I was mostly looking for a place to use as a base for day hiking in the Indian Peaks. I was attracted to the west side of town location and reasonable price. I was a bit wary because the reviews here seem very polar - folks either love it or hate it. That is hard to reconcile. In the end, I was quite happy to have stayed here.
It's small. The rooms are quaintly rustic. On a side street next to the river. I was worried about amenities (after all, as many reviews note, bring your own shampoo and the soap bars are tiny!). But the beds were firm as I like them, big pillows (and I'm a big pillow kind of person!) and the towels plush and and soft (though hardly huge like a luxury hotel). The room was quite clean and was cleaned well every day, the plumbing worked, hot water really hot!
I liked the fact that it is small and friendly, you can feel the Boulder vibes. Other guests were friendly and we chatted some. We enjoyed eating our take out dinner on the picnic table one cool evening. Mark in the office would give us our breakfast danish the evening before as we were off hiking before he opened in the morning. Always hot water and tea available in the office, and often some fresh fruit. Very relaxed vibe.
The only issue is the AC, and it is an issue, and should be a deal breaker for some. Now we were there during some very hot summer days (may have set a record in Denver) and when we'd get back to our room late afternoon, it would be pretty hot and stuffy. But there was a high quality fan for each bed. And, in the evening, there was a nice cool downslope breeze from the mountain which would blow through the room and cool it nicely. Just had to tie up the curtains to get good air flow (someone complained about poor curtains? Ha, now they are totally darkening!). Yes if there had been AC I would have turned it on. But there isn't, and the owners are very clear about that when they confirm your reservation, so should be no surprises here. For me, on very hot days, it worked. If I'd stayed in my room all day I would probably not have been comfortable, but why would I come to Boulder, one of the outdoor recreation centers of the world, to stay in my room? Even if it's a cute room...
Electric outlets were a bit limited but I always travel with an extension cord. Fridge was a bit loud but we didn't hear it when we had the fans running. The fans were good, nice breeze, adjustable, and not too noisy.
The river is a nice attraction, but attracts family crowds on the weekend. That's not an issue. One night there was a wild party there and it was really noisy. Just when I was getting ready to call the police, they quieted down and left. Peaceful after that.
Note that though you can walk to the Pearl Street restaurant district, it's nearly a (flat) mile each way. But the location is super to get on the road headed west and up into the mountains in the morning. And it's a pleasant motel to return to at the end of your day; after a few days it feels like coming home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming property, carefully preserved since the 1930's, and tucked at the base of Flagstaff Mountain, the Foot of the Mountain Motel represents the best of Boulder - personality, friendly service and fabulous views. This unexpected gem allows you to live like a local and enjoy city amenities as well as access to nature just steps from your door. As a guest at the Foot of the Mountain, you're biggest decision will be whether to walk the few blocks to Pearl Street or to cross the bridge over Boulder Creek for world-class hiking. At the Foot of the Mountain Motel...Let time stop. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Foot Of The Mountain Hotel Boulder