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“University Inn - Boulder” 2 of 5 stars
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University Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1632 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302   |  
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Ranked #15 of 20 hotels in Boulder
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“University Inn - Boulder”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is a cheap motel - and you get what you pay for! I asked for a non-smoking room. That is what was on the door. In spite of this, the room reeked of stale smoke. By the time I mentioned this, I had already settled in for the night after a long flight. The Alfalfa's store across the street sold candles and air freshener. When I did say something, the response was "Yeah, we billed the former occupant for the smoke". I would be curious if TraveltoCO found the same response! Other than this, the place was ok. The bed was of average quality, the fixtures rather old and the continental breakfast was very spartan. However, the location was very good, the room was rather quiet (unless the college kids were out!) and reportedly the motel has plans to renovate in the near future (but that is what was reported in other posts and it hasn't happened yet!). The staff were ok. Basically if you want a cheap place to spend the night and don't want/need/expect any amenities, this will do. Barely.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

This hotel is nestled in the very low foothills right near the mountains (as opposed to strip mall city that is most of Boulder). It's 3 blocks from Pearl Street Mall and the other hotels that charge $300 a night, and it's right across the street from Alfalfa's, the local Whole Foods equivalent. Very convenient to Canyon St (which everything you need and McGuckins Hardware which is oh so much more) and 2 of the major bus lines. I stayed in room 209 (someone before me recommended upper rooms because floors creak), and it was quiet, very clean, with a comfy bed and desk and good lighting, but the best thing of all about the room was the screaming fast free wireless. Personnel are wonderful and very helpful with directions, parking is free, free breakfast had instant oatmeal and Alfalfa's across the street (not free). They seem to have fixed the no-smoking issue because my no-smoking room was totally free of smoke. They are renovating in January and the pics look great.

This is not the type of place you want to go on for a romantic retreat, but for my business purposes it was perfect.

Downsides: shower was small and dark and no tun; window heating unit was a bit noisy until I got used to it on the second night. Maybe renovated rooms will fix this.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

My initial thought on this place was, "what a great location for only $70!" Then I walked into the room only to be choked by the intense smell of smoke. My attempts to change rooms were fruitless- the front desk agent seemed well-rehearsed for this common complaint.

Do not stay here if you value sleep. Its prime location turned into a nightmare due to the constant drunk college kids walking past our window throughout the night and the constant sirens from emergency vehicles on Broadway.

Pay the extra money to stay at a decent place in Boulder. You won't regret paying the extra money and you won't have to feel bad about throwing $70 away at this place.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BoulderCreek, General Manager at University Inn, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at the Boulder University Inn, we are in a prime location - convenient walking distance of just 2 blocks to the popular Pearl Street Mall, The Hill and CU Boulder. We are sorry we were unable to accommodate your request of switching your reservation that you made online to a non-smoking room as our property was sold out during the evening of your stay.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is the second time we have stayed at UI. We love to go to Pearl Street so this is the perfect location to be in walking distance. The place does need some updating and it is scheduled to begin in October. The pictures of their plans look great. The staff is helpful and very friendly.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Arriving here to stay a few nights prior to our daughter attend the Fall Semester at CU Boulder was pleasant. The rooms are ample size but we needed a larger room for the four of us (two parents, college freshman and younger brother). We traveled all over Asia last year so we work well together in small spaces but the room was surely large enough to accommodate us all. Two full beds (not queen). The pillows were pretty firm, a bit lumpy but workable. The beds were not the firmest but the remodel may included new beds which would be nice. The shower was a stall- no tub with plenty of towels. Decor was older but clean. The best part was location. Across the street was a whole foods-esque place called Alfafas. This was key as the breakfast provided here was ample but not grand. Oatmeal and Oj are the best choices for the hotel.
The pool was great and we were the only ones in it. End of August was like bath water as the temp soared above 80 degrees. They will provide bikes free of charge for daytime roaming- nice extra.
If you're looking for location, this hotel is prime- just three blocks from Pearl Street, the mecca of restaurants, street performers, etc.. It is the heart of Boulder. The school is just south of the hotel and the hill is only three blocks to the south as well.
A good choice for those on a budget.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We chose this hotel due to the location, within walking distance of pearl street and the college. The location was the best part. Price was high for what it was. Breakfast was ok.
We also enjoyed the free bike rentals they offered, which was nice since they are located right next to a great bike path!
The room was ok, but it smelled weird and the floors squeaked quite a bit (on both the first and second floor).

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

I booked two nights at the University Inn because it was the cheapest option I found that was walking distance from the city center. And while about $110 was cheaper than the other hotels, it seemed too much to pay for what I got. The room was clean, but clearly hasn't had any work done in 10-20 years. I could feel each spring in the bed, the curtains had several small holes in them, I could hear every time another person closed their door, I was awoken the second night by one or more bees on me, and there was a very strange stain on the ceiling. It was manageable because I was there solo, but I don't think my significant other would have been very happy there.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about University Inn

Address: 1632 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
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Location: United States > Colorado > Boulder
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 20 hotels in Boulder
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — University Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boulder's best lodging value offers it all with spacious rooms, complimentary WIFI, continental breakfast, and outdoor seasonal pool. Walk to CU and Pearl Street Mall. ... more   less 
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