The Boulderado hotel combines historic ambiance with 21st century comfort
Boulder, Colorado, at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains, is a year-round must-see for its easy access to nature, burgeoning restaurant scene, and unique shopping. The Boulderado hotel is ideally placed to put you close to all three, and it has a long history. A stay here will immerse you in Boulder’s rich past, as well as stories both told and untold.
The hotel opened on New Years Eve in 1908 with a gala ball, and subsequent guests included Ethel Barrymore, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, Robert Frost, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong. The past is palpable in these rooms and hallways, and there is even rumor that there is a resident ghost (which makes perfect sense given the range of personalities who have graced the premises). Some rooms are decorated in a ‘modern mountain’ style, while others retain the Victorian look of its origins.
The five-story red brick building was designed by local architects William Redding & Son to incorporate Italian Renaissance and Spanish Revival styles. It has a gorgeous open lobby which is the internal centerpiece of the property – the focal point for seasonal celebrations (come in December to see the giant Christmas tree) and a meeting point to branch off to a bar’s bar. side or the onsite restaurant, Spruce Farm and Fish, on the other. The lobby’s design reflects its era and remains solid, both aesthetically and architecturally.
There’s even an in-house historian, Laurel McKown, who’ll take you on a private guided tour of the property (reservations required), and there’s a fun and educational scavenger hunt to get the kids involved in your party.
Speaking of restaurants, the Spruce Farm & Fish menus are set entirely in the 21st century but with a nod to classics, including clam chowder and oysters on the half-shell. Brunch is offered daily (think huevos rancheros and prime rib hash), and the hotel’s popular Lobster Pot Patio Pop-up runs until September 4 from Wednesday to Saturday on the outdoor patio of Pine Street. And don’t miss License # 1, the first place in Boulder to get a liquor license.
The property is just steps from Pearl Street, Boulder’s most vibrant area for dining and shopping.
The Boulderado Hotel is a welcoming and fun place in the heart of Boulder that puts the hottest restaurants, the coolest shops and the great outdoors at your fingertips, with the added benefit of letting you inhabit the living history.