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Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 3 Boulder B&B and Inns
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Cotes D'armor, France
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“"Could do better" especially for the price.”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

As with several other reviewers, we felt that the price (around $195) was far too high...and we have stayed at quite a lot of B/B's in the USA and know that they are mostly on the slightly more luxurious end of accommodation. It IS in an upmarket area of a university town but the road was definitely busy and the parking in the grounds can be difficult when the place is full. To try and give an idea of the ethos---think San Fransisco hippy background. Shabby garden areas where one is encouraged to sit with perhaps own wine- glasses provided helpfully. We also were greeted by being taken into the kitchen with its myriad teas by a very pleasant young chap. We were with 2 American friends; their room was in a sort of adjunct building up stairs and was quite large. Ours was in the main building, was small, not very good bathroom (with super towel "rail!) which is definitely in need of renewing, perhaps in an offbeat style to match the rest of the house. Bedlinen adequate- one upright chair but 2 large other furniture items. It had a door to a garden area, which was nice.
We had a very early breakfast the next morning to catch a flight; two young students offered us pancakes which we had not time for, so otherwise the meal seemed to consist of fruit and some sort of cereal . We saw the owner only briefly the previous p.m., whilst he was chattiing to a regular client. We gather he tends to employ students; the young chap who was at the "inn" the previous day waas really nice aand tried to be helpful; he baked some superb biscuits.
The test of any accommodation is always would one stay again- the answer this time would, sadly, have to be "no", which is a pity because we do like a change from the chain hotels...but that PRICE!! Oh-we'd recommend "Tossa" an Italian restaurant nearby, for a good, middle-of-the road meal.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Landing, New Jersey
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

We absolutely love the Briar Rose! Our son lives in Boulder and this is where we stay when we come out to see him. We love it. The Blanco and Altero rooms are wonderfully spacious and just lovely. The breakfasts are outstanding and meeting and talking to such fascinating and intelligent guests at the dining room table is always a plus. Though we only come once a year both Gary, the owner, and Dan, one of the chefs, remembered us.
On our last day we needed to check out by 5am to catch a flight and a lovely girl asked if she could pack us a to-go bag. She showed me how to start the coffee and when we walked in the kitchen in the morning, she had packed us a bag with granola, apples, and homemade bread along with to-go coffee containers.
The location is perfect. About a 10 minute walk to Pearl Street.
You truly get a feel for Boulder at the Briar Rose! Every night after dinner, it was like coming home. We'll be back! Paul and Nancy

Room Tip: Blanco and Antero are beautiful spacious rooms and very quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Hartsburg, Missouri
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Briar Rose B&B in Boulder, CO is a sweet B&B in an excellent location, within walking distance to Pearl Street and a wonderful tea house which I cannot remember the name of. We stayed in one of the carriage house rooms which is separate from the main house. The room was very clean with a queen bed and bath with shower. Even though the B&B is located on a busy street, our room was quiet. The grounds could have used some sprucing up; lots of weeds in the garden. The staff was very accommodating. The breakfast was excellent. I agree with another review that the owners should put some of the money back into sprucing the place up a bit.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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BRBB, Owner at Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, October 2, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! We very much appreciate your feedback and wanted to let you know that we do, indeed, plan on further renovations this fall/winter. Last year we put $40k into various upgrades and roof replacement, the majority of our net income for the year. This, in part, is why my husband has another job! This year we plan to upgrade at least one room, if not two, replace some rugs and carpeting, do some touch-up painting in our common areas and replace the final section of our roof.

Please know that staying on top of renovations is very important to us and, while it is a slow but continual process, it is always a top priority. When we bought the inn 8 years ago it needed a lot of attention, and we are working on it steadily. So far we have repainted all of the common areas, replaced some common-area furniture, replaced almost all of the artwork in the entire inn, and fixed up 7 out of 10 of the rooms, as well as made many energy improvements. Keeping up with the needs of a house built in the 1880's is an ongoing project, to be sure!

Thanks again for staying with us!!
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California
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47 reviews
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

We had read prior review online, checked out the website and were really expecting something much more. The staff was very friendly but faces changed daily. The breakfast was wonderful and fresh (especially homemade granola, was wonderful) but our room and overall living areas could have used some sprucing up and detail cleaning (carpets and stairway was really dirty). Location was centrally located to university, shopping & some excellent eateries along Pearl.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2012

B&B is close walking distance to Pearl St. and to Boulder Bikes, so everything else in Boulder is just a short bike ride away.
Staff was extremely welcoming. Had tea on the lawn in the evening.
Very accomodating to special diets, great baked goods.
B&B is associated with Naropa University, which provides an interesting atmosphere.
Plus (for me) - endless supply of fresh baked cookies!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2012

What a disappointment! The linens are old and faded. The pillows were sweat-stained and disgusting and the staff didnt have the grace to be embarrassed. Breakfast was unimaginative and pedestrian. Although the server was very nice, service was painfully slow. The location was convenient and street parking was a plus.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

Everyone at the Briar Rose was very welcoming and friendly on our arrival. We stayed a room in the carriage house which was recently updated. The room was very spacious, clean and welcoming. The location is awesome to downtown Boulder/Pearl Street Mall ( about a 10-15 min walk through really cute neighborhoods). The breakfasts were amazing both mornings, only made with the freshest ingredients. If we are ever back in Boulder, we would definitely return to the Briar Rose B&B.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast
Address: 2151 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302-6601
Location: United States > Colorado > Boulder
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Boulder
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Boulder offers organic breakfast, fine teas, and ecologically conscious hospitality. ... more   less 
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