Hotel Boulderado: Old World Splendor in Boulder, Colorado

Lobby of the Hotel Boulderado

Thinking about staying at a historic hotel on your next trip to Boulder?  I recommend you do so at the Hotel Boulderado.  My sister, nephew and I spent Christmas eve at this hotel in December 2010.

Rooms at the Hotel Boulderado went for $1.00 when the hotel opened in 1909.  While rooms are a bit more expensive these days (we paid $149), the price isn’t bad for a luxury hotel that offers great service.  Our large room on the 5th floor was in the historic wing of the hotel.   The room was refurbished with art deco details throughout — including the clock radio on the nightstand!  While the room was nice, the hotel lobby was the most impressive aspect of this hotel.

Water Fountain

While reading a magazine in the lobby, I admired the stained glass canopy ceiling over the lobby.  I also checked out the unique water fountain as well as two old stamp dispensing machines and an old cash register.  As it was Christmas Eve, there was lots of activity in the lobby.  I noticed that many people came in off the street just to take pics in front of the impressive, living Christmas tree.

Apart from Q’s, the hotel restaurant, the service at the Hotel Boulderado was excellent.  The folks at the front desk were friendly and empathetic when I recounted the horrible service I received at Q’s.

If you like to stay in historic hotels, this is your hotel in Boulder.

Hotel Boulderado



About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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