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St Julien Hotel and Spa
900 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302   |  
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Ranked #2 of 20 hotels in Boulder
New York City, New York
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“Lovely, cozy and excellent location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I recently stayed here for a quick overnight and was very impressed. Upon arrival the doormen greeted us and I could just tell the rest would be as good. In fact, the rooms, lobby, service and facilities were all top of the line. Friendly staff, clean, comfortable and modern rooms and an excellent location are all reasons to make me go back!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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StJulienHotel, General Manager at St Julien Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Dear BellinaRaffy,

Thank you for your kind review of your recent stay at St Julien Hotel and Spa. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your room, the lobby, facilities, and most of all, the service from our dedicated staff. We look forward to having you as our guest again.

Peter T. Walstra, CHA
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I stayed 2 nights in February for a business meeting. The hotel is gorgeous. Very well-appointed rooms, not too big, not too small, in a wonderful location. The staff was extremely attentive and pleasant. Their catered food for the business meetings were more than above average. The one time that I ate at the in-hotel restaurant was a Sunday brunch which I thought was also above average for a hotel of this caliber. I did have one "frownie" moment. On the Friday night, they booked a live dance band for the main lobby lounge which drew in a large number of people who literally whooped it up for the entire night. Literally there was no place to hide from the high volume party. The hotel bar, located right beside the lounge, was crowded with the spillover, and was basically intolerable. So the notion of going out for a nice dinner and then returning to the hotel for a relaxing drink before retiring was simply not a possibility. Even in the room, you could hear and feel the noise. I felt sorry for those on lower floors than my fourth. I was told by the wait staff that this was actually more common than I had thought. I found it quite odd that a spa hotel promoting relaxation would convert into a night club. Saturday night, they booked a more sedate jazz band so the experience was less painful but still intrusive if you wanted to simply chill in peace. You may want to check with the hotel if they have booked bands and of what genre during your stay.

Room Tip: Highest floor in case there is a live band booked in the lounge.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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StJulienHotel, General Manager at St Julien Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Dear Waterloon,

Thank you for sharing your recent experience at St Julien Hotel and Spa. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the hotel’s accommodations, dining and service. I apologize that you found the lobby to be noisy and overly crowded one evening during your stay. The entertainment does vary, and is typically situated outside on the Terrace in the summertime (depending on weather), which makes for a more relaxing ambiance inside. For more information on whether or not entertainment will be available in the lobby or Terrace during your stay, and what genre of music will be represented, visit http://www.stjulien.com/events-entertainment.

Thank you once again for your feedback; we hope to have you as our guest again the next time you visit Boulder.

Peter T. Walstra, CHA
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I stayed at the St. Julien for a long weekend during the Boulder Film Festival, and it was a great choice. I was in a King Mountain View room, which was very comfortable. Beautiful, big bathroom, comfortable bed, nice view of the flatirons. Everything is walkable from here -- many great restaurants and bars. Unfortunately never had time to try the spa but it looked nice and I heard great things. The staff was very friendly and the whole experience was great. I did visit colleagues at their hotel, the nearby Boulderado, and it made me very happy that i had chosen the St. Julien.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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StJulienHotel, General Manager at St Julien Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Dear duggernaut,

We are pleased that you chose St Julien Hotel and Spa for your recent Boulder vacation. Thank you for your kind comments regarding the hotel’s rooms, location and staff. We hope you are able to experience the spa during your next visit, and look forward to having you back.

Peter T. Walstra, CHA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

If you read my reviews you know I love a good HI Express. So a long weekend at the St. Julien over Valentine's Day was a real treat. We'd recently spent a weekend at a Ritz-Carlton property and were nothing but disappointed. St. Julien, on the other hand, exceeded our expectations in nearly every way. Our first day in Boulder it was snowy and beautiful. Upon arriving at the St. Julien we were greeted by what I would come to know as the most genuinely sincere and friendly valet parkers I've ever handed over my keys to. We entered a gorgeous hotel, with a large gas and glass fireplace in the very open lobby. The whole place smells like their signature Canyon Mint product line and it's delicious. We were greeted by more friendlies at the reception desk. Check in was a breeze and we headed up to our room.

The room was breathtaking. Although we didn't realize it until the second day when the snow had cleared, our room had a city view of Boulder and the mountains. Absolutely beautiful. Now you will hear my one and only complaint of the whole trip. Our room was on the second floor literally over the main entrance. Not a lot of privacy out on the balcony. And Samba night, wow that percussion could be heard and felt throughout our room right up until they stopped playing. I wish we'd been warned. When we return to the St. Julien we'll definitely pick a different room.

The room itself was well-appointed. The bed was super-comfy with lots of linens and pillows. Complimentary bottled water by the bed. The valet guys also give you bottled water when you leave the hotel, by the way. Back to the room, there was a good-sized flat screen, lots of outlets, an ihome, lounge chair, desk and chair and a wardrobe. Everything you need. The bathroom was quite large. Two bathrobes, lots of towels and an array of Canyon Mint products that are now sitting in my bathroom here in Atlanta. Yep, I'm that girl. When the products are as good as these were I became a total hoarder. We had a small issue with the water pressure and hot water and it was corrected immediately.

We had room service breakfast every morning. It was delivered by more of the friendly staff and the presentation was beautiful. We looked forward to it each day and were never disappointed. Evening turndown service included a full ice bucket (if you know me you know that's a big deal) and chocolate covered oreos. YUM! No complaints about the service to the room. They even left a newspaper in a little bag hanging on the door handle. Loved that.

We used the spa -- it was amazing. You'll read more about that in a separate review. The spa is the fanciest spa I've ever been to anywhere anytime. They have an indoor infinity looking pool surrounded by glass so it feels like you're outside. So pretty.

We had Valentine's dinner at the restaurant at the St. Julien called Jill's. There will be a separate review on Jill's. I'm pretty tough on restaurant service. It started out rough but ended up great. I'm a sucker for being given a rose on the way out of dinner. Food was delicious and the restaurant is warm and pretty.

I hope everyone has an opportunity to experience the St. Julien. We did not want to leave. But when it came time to, the valet dude offered us water and handed us our keys with a smile and then, for one last time, I received the most sincere tip thanks I've ever gotten.

Room Tip: Do not stay on the 2nd floor front side of the hotel. You get lobby noise and no balcony privacy.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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StJulienHotel, General Manager at St Julien Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Dear jpatlantatraveler,

Thank you for the kind and gracious review of your recent stay at St Julien Hotel and Spa. We are happy to hear that the service, accommodations, amenities and your spa and dining experiences made your Valentine’s Day weekend one to remember. We strive to provide each and every guest exemplary service such as it seems that you received, and sincerely hope to have you as our guest again.

Peter T. Walstra, CHA
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Overall a good hotel in the Boulder area. Rooms are nice and well appointed, if a little small. One complaint in the rooms is that the four post bed obscures the view to the TV from the armchair. Not a big deal, but not great design. Some rooms have balconies with potentially great views. Nice gym and pool area, great lobby. The room service / breakfast food is absolutely terrific. This is among the best hotel food I have ever had. Between the food and lovely appointments, absolutely my place of choice in the area.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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StJulienHotel, General Manager at St Julien Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear Chris B,

Thank you for your kind review of St Julien Hotel and Spa. We greatly appreciate all your feedback regarding the rooms, gym, pool area, lobby and dining. We are pleased to hear that St Julien is your “place of choice” in Boulder, and hope to continue to be well into the future. We look forward to your next visit.

Peter T. Walstra, CHA
General Manager
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I had heard about the St. Julian for years, THE place to stay in Boulder. I have used their Spa, but had never stayed there. Now I have, and here is the report. Very nice. Not the swoon I had expected, but very nice:

The good:
Staff: attentive and lovely (with one exception noted below)
Tub: deep and inviting
Amenities: upscale; love the bath salts
Location: terrific; a block off of Pearl

The not so good:

I was upgraded to a “mountain view room” which was more a “red brick building with a peak of the mountains behind it view.” The room was very, very small. No room for a closet, so they tucked that function into the armoire that held the TV. No cushy reading chair/ottoman. It was basically laid out like any standard Holiday Inn Room, but the fittings were nicer. Comfortable (if you don't mind doing your reading in bed). Certain things were not in completely flawless working condition (e.g. the plug by the coffee machine was faulty; had to move the whole deal into the bathroom; the shower door didn't fit well...)

This is the St Julian "Hotel and Spa.” I treated myself to this more expensive Boulder alternative because of downtime I would have - I had hoped to take advantage of the “and Spa” part during that time. When I checked in I was told that the Spa would be closed for maintenance on the day I would be able to use it. While I was given a coupon for a nearby workout facility, I was hoping to be massaged, not trained. Would’ve been nice to know that before I came. Certainluy wasn't offered a reduced rate or a free drink for the inconvenience. I asked for a late checkout (certainly wasn't going to be hanging in the Spa), and was made to feel like an ungrateful wretch when they would only give me until 12:45.

All in all - nice. Not the lap of luxury, but fine.

Room Tip: Don't pay "up" for an upgraded "mountain view." Mine at least was obstructe...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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StJulienHotel, General Manager at St Julien Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear Barbara M,

Thank you for sharing your recent experience at St Julien Hotel and Spa. We are pleased to hear that you found the staff to be attentive, and that you enjoyed the room amenities and location of the hotel. We apologize for the disappointment you experienced as a result of the spa maintenance during your visit; it is our standard practice to notify guests when maintenance such as this takes place. I apologize if somehow your reservation was overlooked and you were not made aware in advance. We appreciate your feedback, and will certainly take your comments into careful consideration. We hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again.

Peter T. Walstra, CHA
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

For my bachelorette party, a few friends and I went to the St. Julien before heading out for dinner and drinks. We all got pedicures and spent time in the pool, hot tub, etc. The space was a little small for several people to hang out together, but overall was nice. We enjoyed being able to go back and forth from the Spa area to the Salon area, and everyone was really nice. Definitely worth the price - looking forward to doing it again!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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StJulienHotel, General Manager at St Julien Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear cogrl,

We are pleased to hear that Spa at St Julien was your choice for your bachelorette party. Thank you for your kind review and we look forward to your next visit.

Peter T. Walstra, CHA
General Manager
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Address: 900 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
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Location: United States > Colorado > Boulder
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Boulder
#1 Romantic Hotel in Boulder
#1 Business Hotel in Boulder
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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