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“A legend of an old style hotel you can imagine stage coaches stopping by.”
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Hotel Boulderado
Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Boulder
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British Columbia, Canada
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“A legend of an old style hotel you can imagine stage coaches stopping by.”
Reviewed February 10, 2012

This place must be the model for many a western stage setting. It is really wonderefully taken care of. Take a room in the historic section where they have Victorian decor. Go up the staircase or use the old fashioned cage type lift! The beds are new, as is the plumbing! The service and the food is excellent.they have a modern wing if you prefer but I go for the old fashioned atmosphere in the main building. All the rooms are good but you might like to ask for one facing the mountains for a peek of the Flat Irons. There are a few suites and some have balconies but they overlook the main street which can be busy at times. It is a place that will become your favorite and it's always my first choice in boulder.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

The lobby and historic hotel is very nice, the staff was helpful and very friendly. However, we stayed in room 444 which is a corner room in the newer section. At night there were very loud noises from the ac/heater system for the hotel, also this room is very loud with traffic as it overlooks a busy intersection. There was a view of the mountains but not worth all the noise in the room.

It did not feel like you were in a historic hotel, it felt like you were in a Holiday Inn at best. The bathroom was very sterile and cheap looking, old maroon carpet, really needs to be updated to be a more classic decor. It did not fit with the hotel's era at all. No photos on wall and just very plain. I travel allot and love historic hotels, I have to say this one was a disappointment. Also the walk to the room was the farthest in hotel, you had to take 2 elevators and walk through skywalk and then long winding hallways....farther than some massive hotels in Vegas.

The rate was very overpriced for the ammenities of this hotel, no fitness center, bath products lacking, towels and bedding not up the the standard of a $280 a night room. Housekeeping poor. The location is great, you can walk to all the shops, restaurants. Food at hotel was not great, room service was slow and not much to choose from. Went out everyday instead in town found some great little places. If I ever stayed again I would ask for room in old section of hotel to experience the history. Would not recommend unless you want the in town location. The St Julian is much nicer for the price.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

The Hotel Boulderado is a parade of superlatives. The architecture is beautiful, the history and period charm is ubiquitous and the service is very proper if not exaggerated. The hotel sprawls in different directions, so be clear when booking as to if you will be in the historic main building, or the newer, not as historic but still nice newer section connected by a elevated hallway. The lobby featured a fun, old school elevator that could only be operated when accompanied by staff and also a very special water fountain featuring glacial water!

The location was great if you are interested in strolling around Boulder's side streets and shops and well situated by the Pearl St. pedestrian mall. Overall, while the hotel was very nice, it was pricey and my rating reflects the value. When all was said and done the room came to about $250 a night whereas based on my travels including other venues of historic registry, it was overpriced and I felt the room and booking was worth more in the $150-$175 range. Perhaps if you can get a deal or discount bringing it to that range with taxes included, I'd recommend a nights stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Aurora, Colorado
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

First I have to say, that I have not stayed at the hotel, just went there with family for the Holiday tea. The hotel is beautiful, charming and we enjoyed the atmosphere, the holiday music and decorations. I have been to many teas in Colorado (England as well) and this tea was disappointing, especially for the price we paid. The tea selection was fine and the scones were tasty. The sandwiches and the desserts they served were nothing special and even disappointing. If you have ever been to a tea, you know the serving size is typically small. We had plenty of food and dessert left over as not much of it was eaten by our party. The hotel is beautiful but I will be looking elsewhere for a Holiday Tea.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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London
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

I loved my stay at the Boulderado.

Its packed full of history and interesting features such as the drinking fountain from glacier water;operator controlled elevator ;and old fashioned telephones. Location wise its perfect for central Boulder - in itself a great town

There were two bars and a decent dining room although I did tend to eat out mostly. It does also seem to be a popular place for local people to meet for lunch/dinner and cocktail hour

Of course the staff are also great here

If there were criticism's its the lack of an in-room safe . You can get a deposit box but you have be mighty careful with the key.Also missing is a drying string across the bath[ helpful for those wet outdoor clothes and also dry your gym gear ]

Finally the lack of a gym. Its not far to the Boulder One gym, which is free to Hotel Guests, but it was -7c one morning I went . Thats not a great idea either going to or coming from the gym and you should take care not to chill yourself on the trip back . A hotel of this size and stature should have a gym as standard. Please note this is not a criticism of Boulder One Gym which was a very good one- and opens at 0530 for you jet-lagged/time-zoned travellers.[ I would be glad to be a member there]

That said I really enjoyed my stay at the Boulderado and would come back

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Geneva
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2012

This hotel is from another century...which in this case is a real compliment.The rooms are very romantic, quite big, clean and cozy. I had room 302: a living room with a sofa and two chairs/TV a desk, as well as direct access to a very large balcony with tables and chairs (although it was too cold to sit outside); a bedroom with a king size bed, a bench and a chair, as well as a commode and TV. The hotel is centrally located, close to shopping and public transportation, as well as many restaurants. It offers valet parking for 10$/day. The hotel also offers free broadband wifi (it really is broadband!) everywhere in the hotel and has a business center.
I particularly appreciated the old world ambiance of the whole interior..the owners have been able to preserve a lot of the decoration and this makes the setting quite unique.

I will stay here again when I come back.


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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2012

Loved this hotel! We were only here one night to attend a wedding, but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The lobby of the hotel is stunning with the amazing ceiling. We stayed in a clean, quiet and super comfortable room in the north wing. The second sink area outside of the bathroom and the full size mirror in the room really helped when we were getting ready to attend the wedding. All of the staff we encountered were so nice and helpful. The location is very convenient and we were able to squeeze in a trip to the Pearl Street Mall - fun to look in the shops! The wedding was beautiful. The ceremony was held on the huge staircase landing and the reception was in one of the banquet rooms. The food and service for the wedding were both good. I do agree with other reviewers that there is walking involved when you stay in some of the rooms, so do consider that if it is a problem for you. We took advantage of the valet parking which worked out well for us - just left the car and walked around town.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Boulderado
Address: 2115 13th Street, 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 ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Boulder
#4 Family Hotel in Boulder
#4 Romantic Hotel in Boulder
#4 Green Hotel in Boulder
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Boulderado 3.5*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of downtown, Hotel Boulderado is an award-winning hotel perfect for all vacations and business trips. The hotel features 160 rooms and suites, plus meeting and event space while the three bars and two restaurants are local favorites. Hotel Boulderado is a Silver Level Green Leader. · P.A.C.E. certified · Electric car charging stations · Award winning recycle program · Towel/linen reuse program · LED light bulbs ... more   less 
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