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“Fabulous spirit, delicious food, and meditation too!” 5 of 5 stars
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Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 3 Boulder B&B and Inns
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Westminster, Maryland
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“Fabulous spirit, delicious food, and meditation too!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

On my fourth trip to Boulder I decided to stay at the Briar Rose. The inn, originally a home built in the 1880's in the heart of old Boulder, has been renovated over the last nine years. Welcoming, comfortable, and creative. Being there during a cold, snowy weekend, fires were keep going in fireplaces each day. I loved the fresh flowers arrangements so carefully created for the living space and each of the guest rooms. I appreciated the filtered water provided in my room. A personal pot of tea was prepared whenever I asked and delivered to my room. Breakfasts were generous and outstandingly delicious. There is great attention to organic ingredients. Gluten-free offering were provided as requested. The kitchen was run by a staff of absolutely wonderful college-aged, young women who were always available to make tea and answer questions. What I did not know when I made reservations is that the property is also home to the Boulder Zen Center. Just a few steps from the kitchen door is the beautiful zendo. I was invited to participate in the meditation practices offered in the morning. What a fabulous spirit!!! Gary and Jessica have not only created an outstanding place, but also a warm-hearted and caring environment that nurtures the body and the soul. In my four day stay, it became my "Boulder home". I will return to Boulder and the Briar Rose. Just not soon enough. Five stars for the Briar Rose!! --- Vickii Engel Thomas...Westminster, Maryland

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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PORT SETON, SCOTLAND
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Having spent three weeks travelling in the Mid-west before arriving here, we were underwhelmed. This was the most expensive bed and breakfast we stayed in during our trip and easily the poorest.

It appeared to be run by a group of students who changed every morning, afternoon and night. They were very friendly and enthusiastic but did not appear to have any direction.

Breakfasts were random and shambolic. My wife is coeliac so we chose this B & B as it appeared to be somewhere that would understand her allergy. .It appeared, however, that while a gluten-free option was baked each day the staff had no idea about cross contamination so the items were served with other items containing gluten. I think it would be fair to say that our room could only be described as basic and a reasonable rate would have been about half what we paid for it. Boulder is a nice town but the Briar Rose was an expensive disappointment.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Great b&b. We really enjoyed our visit... Staff was great, room was clean and comfortable, and breakfast the next morning was outstanding! The tea selection is worth checking out...it's impressive! The location is also quite good. Very convenient to many of the great spots to check out in Boulder. Will definitely stay here on one next trip to Boulder!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This is a cute little B&B. Every member of staff we encountered was friendly and helpful. The breakfast is tasty and they leave out cake & cookies the whole day for you to nibble on. Our room was in the main part of the house and was small but comfortable.

We ended up driving to the more touristy areas of the city because the weather was too cold for walking around. But in the middle of summer, it is probably a nice 10, 15 minute walk to the center of town.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mountain Rest, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

This is within walking distance of downtown if you enjoy walking. The staff is over the top helpful and nice. It was not a fancy place but quite comfortable. I really appreciated the tremendous effort to be environmentally friendly------recycling, organic cotton towels and sheets all natural toiletries in large bottles and as much as possible this time of year, locally sourced food.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We were looking for a romantic getaway night in boulder and this didn't disappoint. We stayed in the bigger jetted hot tub room.

Positive things:
Staff was friendly and welcoming.
Room was clean and neat.
Like the Eco-friendly stuff, no surprise in boulder.
Tea was fabulous.
Coffee was fabulous.
DownStairs common area was cozy and comfortable.
Bed was very comfortable.

Constructive criticism:
The breakfast was just ok. I would like perhaps a house specialty dish rather than scrambled eggs and toast.
Perhaps a bit spendy for what it is, but may be in line with local rates.

Overall, we might stay again sometime if in the area. And I would recommend it.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cotes D'armor, France
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3 of 5 stars 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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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
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