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Boulder University Inn
Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 20, 2013

If you are pinching pennies in Boulder it is OK, but you get less than you pay for. Although this motel is ~$25 cheaper than the Quality Inn a couple blocks away, the savings are not worth it. The rooms are rundown, carpet old and worn, and bedding and towels of lower quality. The bathroom is tiny, no fridge or micro, and the tv low on channels. The free breakfast was bare bones and the room has tables/chairs for ~3 couples.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We've been staying at this hotel on and off for something like twenty years, it seems to go through cycles where it is renovated and then goes into decline. Currently, the hotel seems to be in a bit of a decline, as the rooms seemed a bit on the worn side and the exterior showed some need of maintenance (carpet worn on outside stairs, rust on handrails to stairs). It's not a fancy place but if you want fancy, just go to the Boulderado or one of Boulders other boutique hotels. The University Inn is a call back to the era when Boulder was a college town not the pretentious place it is today. Front desk staff are extremely helpful. Bicycles are available to use although you're close enough to downtown to walk to Pearl Street mall. Parking can be tight if you get in too late. Room had shower and the showerhead is inflexible - if you're the wrong height, it can be a bit of a challenge. There is a pool, but we always have so many other interesting things to do in Boulder we've never made it in, We continue to stay here because this hotel is a unique piece of old Boulder. I'd give this a 3.5 if I could, this hotel isn't in for everyone but for some of us it works ok.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Decent, low cost, well located spot. Staff really accommodating. Free bikes to ride. AC didn't work well but open windows did the trick. Easy walk to Pearl Street. Great Thai Restaurant next door. Near UC Boulder.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank LarrySc
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Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

I stay here when I'm in Boulder because it fits the tight budget. Considering the price I'm satisfied. They have a simple, ample breakfast and location is good. A special supermarket is across the street and you can walk to the main tourist street. They even have bikes for you which is a nice offer. Biggest negative for me is the motel smell. I don't like it. Hopefully they will proceed with renovations. New carpeting and paint will take care of the problem. Helpful staff. Common computer to print out boarding passes. Pool, but I'm not there during the open months. Request 2nd floor room so you don't hear upstairs guests walking. Street noise worse up front.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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2  Thank Carolyn F
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is a tired property, past due for updating. While the beds were reasonably comfortable, there were zero amenities (no microwave or refrigerator) and the toilet took several flushes to work. The person in the room next to ours played the radio loud all night. The price seemed high for 2 double beds - for a third that I could have stayed in a Motel 6 a bit outside Boulder. The breakfast was basic. There was an iMac in the office I was able to use to print some directions on a monochrome laser printer, which was handy. Had I not been so tired, I would have looked elsewhere.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Our stay was wonderful. Location of the Inn is great, parks, restaurants, shops all within walking distance. I would stay here again. Free wifi and the Alfalfa's store right across the street is great to pick up some great CO beers and snacks.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Trenton H
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Great location, two blocks from Pearl Street and with a very nice supermarket on the side of the street.
The hotel is, however, a bit old and expensive for what it offers in terms of room quality and amenities.
Facing the Boulevard, the University Inn is a bit noisy.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1632 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 (Formerly University Inn)
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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:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Boulder
#7 Family Hotel in Boulder
Price Range: $103 - $184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Boulder University Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Boulder University Inn’s prime location provides guests with convenient access to all beautiful Boulder, Colorado has to offer. Situated just blocks from the famous Pearl Street Mall, the University of Colorado and Naropa University. Their newly updated guest rooms feature complimentary WIFI, microwaves, refrigerators and much more! Enjoy this pet friendly hotel with a seasonal outdoor pool, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast buffet and complimentary parking. The Boulder University Inn offers an exceptional value in the heart of Downtown Boulder. ... more   less 
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