For our past few visits to see our son in Boulder we have stayed at the University Inn primarily because we like the location (close to CU campus, the Hill, Pearl St), price, and basic hotel amenities. Since we spend very little time in our hotel it makes no sense to us to spend a lot of money on a hotel room so we look for a good value of our dollar. This trip we passed on the University Inn as I was told that construction/renovations would be starting late Jan/early Feb and instead chose the sister hotel, Quality Inn and Suites. This was a good choice!
The location of the Quality Inn and Suites is convenient to the Pearl Street Mall. It took us approximately 15 minutes to walk from the hotel to the corner of Pearl and 10th, keeping in mind some of that time was spent waiting at crosswalks. It was pretty chilly while we were in Boulder so we only walked down & back twice and the other nights chose to drive and park in the garage. Our son is now a CU graduate and no longer lives on The Hill so we did not need to have pedestrian access to the campus and I cannot say how far/long of a walk it would be to get to campus or the Hill.
Parking at the Quality Inn and Suites is free and we never had a problem finding a spot in front of our room (some downtown hotels charge $10 per day) and the in room wireless internet is also free (some downtown hotels charge $12.95 per day).
We were 3 adults and based on the recommendation of the person at the front desk we booked the king/queen suite for our 4 night stay. This was the perfect set up for us! Although the sleeping areas are not separated by a door there was plenty of privacy on each side and was a great alternative to a standard room with 2 beds.
Upon entering our ground level room, there was a double closet with 2 bathrobes & ironing board to the right and to the left a sink/vanity area with hairdryer. Off that area was a very small bathroom with toilet & tub/shower. The small bathing area is probably the biggest downfall of this room. For a 6’3” adult, the space was very tight. The shower itself was very nice, great pressure and plenty of hot water.
Back at the entrance, going forward to the right is the wet bar complete with sink, mini fridge/freezer, microwave, single cup coffee cup w/ coffee & tea as well as plastic and Styrofoam cups, and lots of cabinets! We were only there for 4 nights, but a lot of our trips to Boulder are for 7+ nights and the wet bar would be a great thing to have for an extended stay.
To the left of the wet bar is the queen size bed and lots of shelving. Across from the bed is an area with a 3- drawer bureau with mirror and a door to an adjoining room. There is a small flat screen tv on the wet bar column that can be watched from the queen bed.
There is a doors width opening between the queen bed sleeping area and the king bed sleeping area. This is a fairly decent sized area; to the right is a comfy chair with ottoman, a cabinet with a larger flat screen tv and a round table with 3 chairs. To the left of the door opening is the king bed and 2 bedside tables and a big window overlooking an alley.
Having both tv’s on at once, on different channels was impossible because of volume. The tv in the king bed area is so far away from the bed you have to have the volume up pretty high, especially if the heat (and probably AC as well) kick on. Depending on the position in the queen bed you can see the tv in the king bed area. For the few minutes in the morning we had the tv on to catch news/weather we only used the larger tv. (when tv is turned on it said “no signal”.. press the channel button down and you will get to channels)
The setup of the suite was perfect for the 3 of us. For those who like to leave the light on later or wake up earlier did not disturb the others. Although I suppose if the person in the queen bed is a light sleeper, when others walk thru to use the bathroom might disturb them. We much preferred this suite over a room with 2 beds.
The décor of the room was “lodge-y” and we loved the comfort of the bed & bedding. There was plenty of storage space for 3 adults to keep clothes, coats, suitcases, etc.
Aside from the small bathroom our only other “complaint” about the suite is the lack of available electrical outlets! There is an outlet right next to the wet bar sink, which means the cords are going across the sink and your electronic device is close as well…. not very safe! The other outlet was by the table and we had to unplug the table lamp to have access to 2 plugins. We also unplugged the coffee maker to use that plug. There are no available outlets next to either bed. For 3 people with cell phones, laptops, ipods & kindles that needed charging 5 plug ins was not enough and we did not feel totally comfortable using the outlet by the wet bar sink as you had to be careful when turning on the water that it did not splash onto the electronic(s). My suggestion is to install a power strip near the table so multiple items can be charging without having to unplug the lamp.
Daily we enjoyed the breakfast in the breakfast area which had 5 or 6 tables and a large screen tv, it was comfortable and we never had a problem finding a place to sit. We found the food choices to be decent variety of yogurt, fruit, dry cereal, hot cereal, pastries, juice, hardboiled eggs, and the fixings to make egg, sausage & cheese sandwiches and of course the infamous pancake maker! This is a continental breakfast included with the room rate, so it is not like going out to a restaurant to eat breakfast. If you want eggs to order w/ home fries and bacon, try the Buff or the Village Coffee Shop.
We spent most of our time away from the hotel and although the indoor pool & hot tub looked inviting we were never around long enough to use it. The fitness room equipment looked decent and a big plus for extended stays is the easy access washer and dryer ($2 each).
The staff we interacted with were friendly and helpful which always makes a stay more pleasant. The pictures on the website for the king/suite and public areas are (in my opinion) accurate and if you are considering staying here look through them. I would definitely stay here again and would also recommend that others visiting Boulder check it out, but now I am torn.... For our trip to Boulder this summer where do we stay?! Quality Inn & Suites or the University Inn?!
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