SPEND A STRESS-FREE WEEKEND AWAY IN AN OPULENT, LUXURIOUS BOULDER RESORT
Considering that Boulder has been ranked number one in happiness by National Geographic, it is no surprise that many residents have no desire to leave their blissful bubble to vacation elsewhere.
Why travel outside of Boulder real estate when you can plan a luxurious staycation at one of the many plush and ritzy resorts in the area? The following list recommends eight fantastic Boulder resorts to consider booking for your next staycation.
Photo credit: Hotel Boulderado
As a Boulder native, Hotel Boulderado should be the top resort on your list since it was the first luxury hotel erected in the city. The name itself is a homage to both Boulder and Colorado.
It is on the National Register of Historic Places and a city landmark, in addition to being a member of Historic Hotels in America. William Redding & Son, local architects, incorporated both Spanish Revival and Italian Renaissance architectural features into the stately building. It is modeled after the open court hotels initiated by the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
But all of this opulence isn’t surprising if you know how Hotel Boulderado opened its doors — with a magnificent gala ball hosted on New Year’s Day in 1909. Another benefit of staying at Hotel Boulderado is the free self-guided tour of the hotel’s historic section. You’ll need to speak with the front desk to make reservations for a guided tour.
The hotel also offers high-class dining and a bar area to grab a quick bite to eat or meet with friends for a drink. As if all of that isn’t impressive enough, the hotel has catered to esteemed clientele, such as Clarence Darrow, Louis Armstrong, Robert Frost, among others.
THE BRADLEY BOULDER INN
The heart of Boulder is the bustling downtown district on Pearl Street, and there is plenty to see, places to shop, and unique cafés and restaurants to dine in. If you want to be close to the Pearl Street Mall, then there is no better place to stay than the Bradley Boulder Inn, the closest hotel in the downtown area.
With so much to do, it is easy to miss out on some of the best spots in the area, even if you are a local. Make a reservation at The Bradley Boulder Inn, a boutique hotel within walking distance of the area’s hot spots. It is an elegant and contemporary inn that consistently earns five-star ratings and reviews on websites like Tripadvisor and Frommer’s.
Additional guest accommodations are The Bradley’s excellent wine and cheese hour and their scrumptious, home-cooked complimentary breakfasts. The inn also offers free wifi, complimentary parking, and health club privileges.
It might surprise you how many amenities are free components of renting a room at the Bradley, such as tasty baked goods and organic coffee available all day, along with late afternoons spent near the river rock fireplace.
Photo credit: Alps Boulder Canyon Inn
ALPS BOULDER CANYON INN
Romance is in the air at the Alps Boulder Canyon Inn. This cozy inn is an excellent staycation spot for a couples retreat or even a business trip. Colorado is renowned and revered for its scenic views and outdoor recreational activities and sports.
Plan a ski trip to the area, and the concierge at the inn can assist you in setting up everything you need to make your trip as comfortable and entertaining as possible. Enjoy hot cider, downhill and cross-country skiing, sports games, and more in the colder months, and then return for hiking, fishing, birdwatching, and bicycling in the spring and summer.
Despite being located only five minutes away from the downtown area in Boulder, the inn is still nestled in the mountainous region of Boulder. This creates the feeling that you are immersed in the gorgeous outdoors.
No matter the season, you can be assured that the exceptional staff will provide you with a private, secure, and optimal experience in one of the many intimate guest rooms. Each room is decorated with authentic Mission furnishings and a working fireplace. Guests receive free gourmet breakfast, tea, and dessert in the evenings.
FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN MOTEL
Don’t let the “motel” part of the Foot of the Mountain Motel fool you. Foot of the Mountain is a kitschy, unique spot to rest your head for a night or two. Staying at this treasured motel guarantees you the quintessential Colorado mountain experience. The location couldn’t be more perfect as it is literally settled at the foot of the mountainous landscape!
Catering to old-school Americana vibes, you’ll swear you are staying in your own private little log cabin. It’s like taking a step back in time, an intimate place for couples to take time off and spend time together. But despite its rustic charms, the Foot of the Mountain has plenty of new-age technology to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible.
While you might be a local already, the staff will do their utmost to make you feel like you’re at home. Continental breakfast is provided, dogs are allowed, and you even get HBO, cable, and free wifi. There is also a lending library and an outdoor firepit to settle around when dusk falls.
Staying at the Foot of the Mountain Motel is especially great for those who plan on taking advantage of Colorado’s bountiful wildlife. Go tubing down Boulder Creek, or go biking alongside it. Fishing is also permitted in certain areas, and there are numerous trails around to view the natural habitat. Who knows what unusual specimens you might encounter?
Photo credit: St. Julien Hotel & Spa
ST. JULIEN HOTEL & SPA
St. Julien Hotel & Spa is a dignified hotel with more than 200 rooms available along with six two-room suites. Each room is equipped with a large bathroom decked out with slate flooring and granite countertops.
Accommodations are top-of-the-line with your choice of a mountain-view, city-view, or balcony room. Rooms come with wireless internet access, a complimentary shuttle service, parking, and a fully stocked minibar.
In addition to its luxury rooms, there are plenty of places to drink and dine at the St. Julien. The Redgarden Terrace has a stunning, uninterrupted view of the famous Flatirons and the neighboring mountaintops. The T-Zero Lounge is a secluded modern bar in the hotel lobby and is an excellent place to grab a martini. St. Julien’s spa includes nail, hair, waxing, scrubs, wraps, massages, and other services, with rejuvenation serving as the fulcrum of all the spa menu items.
The variety of options available at their spa will blow your mind and ensure you leave the hotel feeling more refreshed than ever. St. Julien’s also offers entertainment in the form of special events and live music. There is always something to do at the hotel, and staff can guide you to the best places in Boulder to revel in during your staycation.
BRIAR ROSE BED & BREAKFAST
Briar Rose Bed & Breakfast is not your customary upscale resort. While it offers a more subdued bed-and-breakfast experience, that doesn’t mean it is without deluxe amenities. It strives to be both an “eco-luxe” and eco-friendly bed and breakfast through its conservation efforts, composting, and recycling.
The staff is hands-on with guests to ensure they have the best stay possible by selecting the best room, meals, drinks, and anything else they could possibly need for a dreamy staycation. The Briar Rose is known for its vibrant gardens and beautiful works of art. Briar Rose is a zen location. Not necessarily known for being fancy, it feels cozy and safe, like a sanctuary.
Aside from its delightful rooms and delicious breakfasts, Briar Rose also has a 400-square-foot meditation room. It is a special space for those who wish to make use of it.
BASECAMP BOULDER HOTEL
Basecamp Boulder is particularly suited for the adventurous, outdoorsy soul as it presents guests with a hotel experience unlike anywhere else. In addition to the conventional rooms, there is The Great Indoors suite, which comes with four twin beds and all the amenities needed to “glamp” in style. If you opt for the glamping package, you even receive a round of s’mores on the house!
The hotel uses its minimalist design to create the ideal layover for those intent on hiking the many Boulder trails, kayaking, or other outdoor activities that appeal to an intrepid wanderer intent on exploring the natural surrounding wilderness.
The Basecamp lobby serves as both a café and a juice bar. It’s the place to grab a quick panini or shredded chicken empanada before heading out on your next adventure. There is also a fire pit where you can sip hot cocoa or a smoothie.
The Lounge next door serves tasty food, and the hotel always has locally brewed craft beer on tap.
Life in Boulder, Colorado, is bliss in itself, so it’s no surprise many people prefer to stay in town for their vacations. Learn more about homes for sale in Boulder by contacting us today.