Spotlight: The Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado
A unique and historic, Victorian-style hotel in the Rocky Mountains
What You’ll Find
The Hotel Boulderado opened its doors on New Year Day 1909. Over one hundred years later, guests continue to enjoy the elegance, comfort and charm of this historic hotel. Not only do its orange-red sandstone blocks reflect the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, but the hotel’s Italianate and Spanish revival facade, the stained-glass canopy ceiling, cantilevered cherry wood staircase and original mosaic tile floor offer a luxurious contrast to the surrounding rugged landscape.
The Hotel Boulderado is located in the heart of Boulder’s historic shopping and restaurant district, less than 50 miles from the Denver International Airport. Many Boulder attractions are close to the hotel—like the Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall, the University of Colorado or the Boulder Creek Path.
Make Sure You
Plan a day trip to the mountains when you stay at Hotel Boulderado—Rocky Mountain National Park and the Arapaho National Forest are both within an hour’s drive.
In the Arapaho National Forest’s Boulder Ranger District, you can enjoy outdoor activities from boating to winter sports. Plan a picnic, a scenic drive (try the Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway), rock climbing in Boulder Canyon or even off-highway vehicle riding. Hiking is a popular activity in the scenic Indian Peaks Wilderness, and a variety of options are available for all levels of hikers. Choose an easier mile hike to Rainbow Lakes, a six mile hike to the Arapaho Glacier overlook or even an eight miler to the Fourth of July Mine. All distances are one-way and take you above 10,000 feet (3,048 m).
Rocky Mountain National Park is a one-hour drive from downtown Boulder, and offers day trippers endless opportunities to view wildlife (bighorn sheep and elk are visitor favorites), or to hike, picnic, join a ranger program and more. Visit the park’s Things to Do page or stop at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on your way into the park for suggestions.
Visit Boulder’s Arts and Culture web page to see what’s on the calendar. Proximity to the University of Colorado and a bourgeoning art scene mean that visitors can choose from among many activities and events including the Boulder International Film Festival (in March) and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (in June).
Boulder is at 5,430 feet (1,655 m), and outdoor activities may take you above 10,000 feet (3,048 m). Even fit and healthy Colorado visitors should learn about recognizing and Preventing Altitude Sickness.
Did You Know?
The hotel’s large blocks of orange-red sandstone came from the old Colorado Red Sandstone Company in Fort Collins, while the thousands of red bricks in the original historic building came from the Thompson Pressed Brickworks, on land that is now part of the University of Colorado campus. The Hotel Boulderado is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.