Hotel Boulderado – Colorado

The historic Hotel Boulderado has special significance for me personally, as one side of my family has been in the state of Colorado of four generations, and both of my parents attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, where you find yourself passing by this location almost daily.

Everyone person residing in Boulder, Colorado knows the Hotel Boulderardo – do you? You should, it’s a gem that is part of the university town’s history in the wild west. For more than 100 years, Hotel Boulderado has been one of the most famous landmarks in Boulder, Colorado in a place that has quickly become a booming, trendy town just north of Denver (CU is here, advertising giant CP+B started here, Google just built a new campus here, Kimbal Musk lives here, and more). Whenever I visit – which is often – I make sure to make a stop at the hotel while I am shopping on Pearl Street Mall, to marvel at its beautiful stained-glass and majestic cantilevered cherrywood staircase, and grab a drink at The Corner Bar (though they have three restaurant and bar options).

Built in 1909, the Boulderado manages to stay true to its Victorian roots but is fully modernized thanks to a recent renovation.  The 160 rooms and suites offer views of the iconic Boulder Flatirons, Rocky Mountains, or downtown Boulder (they also offer a restored Carriage House located just across the street, as a more intimate setting). Throughout the years, this City of Boulder landmark has been the place to see and be seen, having hosted everyone from Ethel Barrymore and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., to Robert Frost, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong. Today the hotel continues that social tradition, with many local events, including the annual Grand New Year’s Eve Gala is every bit as decadent as their inaugural party on December 31, 1908.

“We’ve been at the heart of the Boulder hospitality scene since 1909, and we take great pride in catering to discerning travelers as well as local residents.” ~ Creighton Smith, General Manager

Address2115 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302

*All photos courtesy of Hotel Boulderado

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)