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“Great location, okay rooms”
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Hotel Boulderado
Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Boulder
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Milwaukee, WI
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169 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Great location, okay rooms”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

I am giving the Hotel Boulderado a very good rating because of the location, restaurants, and overall historical ambiance. Otherwise, I would give it an average rating.

First, the positives: the hotel is in a fantastic location - walking distance to tons of restaurants, shopping and the Pearl Street mall. The lobby is beautiful, they have kept the old world charm and I loved the original safe and elevator! The Corner Bar has a great outdoor seating area and good food. The Liquor Bar is nice too. I didn't eat at Q's but would have if I had more time.

We stayed in a queen suite in the historical part of the hotel. The hotel's rates are not cheap, so while I wasn't expecting uber modern amenities, I did expect quality. The bedding was a bit substandard for the rates they charge. The bathroom only had a small pedestal sink, and although there was a small shelf above it, it really wasn't big enough to put toiletries. One person in our party slept on the pull out sofa bed, and it was in pretty bad shape. Again, not up to the quality I would expect for the price they charge.

We did enjoy our stay overall, but just know you are not getting quality equal to the price you will pay to stay here.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Lynn B, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Boulderado, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback on your stay at the Boulderado. I'm happy to see you enjoyed the location of the property as well as the newly revamped Corner Bar and brand-new License No. 1. I am passing your notes regarding the bedding, bathroom, and sofa sleeper on to our Executive Housekeeper for review, and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future!
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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

We were recommended this place from a resident of Boulder. We only stayed in the hotel for 1 night while passing through Boulder. The hotel takes you back to the olden days but is beautiful and unique while doing so. But at the same time it's still within modern times (flat screen tvs, new bar, etc). We checked in before 4pm so as far as the below comment from another reviewer, they seem flexible with that. We checked out at 11am but thats pretty standard anywhere. The rooms are huge and the beds comfortable, I had a great nights sleep. We rode the oldest elevator (not sure if its the oldest in CO or in the USA) and that was charming and fun. It is super close to Pearl St which was awesome since we are 4 adults in our 20/30s who were at bars all night. One of the best parts were the door men. They were so attentive to us no matter if we were coming or going and a door was always held for us. Very charming.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Lynn B, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Boulderado, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Thank you for letting us know about your recent stay with us! I'm so glad you enjoyed the unique combination of historic ambiance with modern amenities along with the attentive staff. Our 1906 elevator is the oldest Otis elevator on this side of the Mississippi River, but that hasn't stopped him from opening up his own Twitter account (@BoulderadoOtis)! We hope to see you again at the Boulderado someday.
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

Probably a generational thing, but for anyone under 40, this place will feel incredibly dated - like grandma's house. The staff and service is generally good, but some things are pretty odd like the 4pm checkin time and 11am checkout. Taking more than a quarter of the day away from a guest is pretty stingy, especially at the rates they charge. The elevator is an adventure right out a movie. If you can deal with little quirks like that, you'll likely enjoy your stay.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lynn B, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Boulderado, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to let us know your feedback from your recent stay at the Hotel Boulderado. We’re sorry that our historic design did not appeal to you but hopefully our service team members succeeded in helping to make your stay a pleasant one. It is common practice to have an established check-in and check-out time so that the housekeeping staff can ensure a freshly cleaned and prepared room for every guest. If we were not full the night prior, we absolutely will check our guests into their room at whatever time they arrive. When you return to Boulder in the future, please let us know if you plan to arrive earlier than 4pm and we will do our best to ensure your room is ready upon arrival.
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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

Saturday morning brunch in peak season! Could not find waitress then when I did she said they were out of orange juice as she served the last glass at 8:00am
The food was good other wise and the rooms were clean! Will come back but will visit another restaurant

Stayed June 2014
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Lynn B, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Boulderado, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to let us know your feedback from your recent stay at the Hotel Boulderado. I apologize that we ran out of orange juice in the restaurant during your stay, but I was glad to see you enjoyed the food and the cleanliness of the rooms. We have shared your experience with the restaurant staff so that they are prepared for our future weekend brunches. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future!
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2014

My husband and I stayed at this hotel last weekend as part of a friends wedding celebration. As part of that we got a "group rate" which I still felt was pretty high. The hotel has a lot of historical architecture and very pretty stained glass ceilings which was a big plus. The reason for the 3 star rating... the décor is really out dated with furniture that antiquish but not very comfortable. The bed was comfortable, but the carpets look old and dated as did the wallpaper. Our room also had a view of the alley behind the hotel so it was better to keep the curtains drawn. It was a comfortable hotel and it a location where you can walk to a lot of shops and restaurants, but in my opinion not worth the value. Part of my review might be based on the fact that it smelled like my grandmothers 100 year old house. I guess if historical and trying to be period authentic is your thing you might rate it higher.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lynn B, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Boulderado, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to let us know your feedback from your recent stay at the Hotel Boulderado. We’re sorry that you found our Victorian era décor inconsistent with your preference for design – we are continually working on improving and upgrading the furnishings and appreciate your perspective. With 109 years of authentic history, there are some aspects that may never change but we will include your comments in our notes for future renovation projects. We spend a significant amount of time in training our service professionals to ensure each guest departs with a memory that can last a lifetime; we hope that when your travels bring you back to Boulder that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back again.
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

A wonderful way to experience the history of Boulder. Elegant original furnishings and woodworking, staircases, lovely service and rooms are a piece of history in a time gone by. Food delicious, and easy walk to Pearl street mall at the heart of town. A little pricey but a wonderful 2 night experience.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Lynn B, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Boulderado, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Thank you for letting us know about your recent stay with the Boulderado! I'm so happy you enjoyed our connection to Boulder's history, and we all love maintaining that historic charm while keeping up to date with modern amenities travelers expect these days. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future!
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North Richland Hills, Texas
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

If you get the chance, this hotel is worth a few extra dollars. It has a colorful history (try riding one of the few original built elevators - you need an operator but there is always one available). This hotel had exceptional and friendly service. The upkeep over the years is evident, the rooms are spacious, clean and pretty!

Room Tip: The "old section" has been completely updated - try to stay in it!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Lynn B, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Boulderado, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a great review! Like you, we love the beauty of our historic property and take a great deal of pride in the staff which serves our guests. And of course, our location cannot be beat! If you make it back to Boulder and stay with us again, you can avoid the "tricky" way to your room by requesting a stay in our Historic Section, which is the building with the ceiling you admired from our lobby.
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Property: Hotel Boulderado
Address: 2115 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
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Region: United States > Colorado > Boulder
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Boulder
#4 Green Hotel in Boulder
#4 Romantic Hotel in Boulder
#4 Family Hotel in Boulder
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Boulderado 3.5*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of downtown, Hotel Boulderado is an award-winning hotel perfect for all vacations and business trips. The hotel features 160 rooms and suites, plus meeting and event space while the three bars and two restaurants are local favorites. Hotel Boulderado is a Silver Level Green Leader. · P.A.C.E. certified · Electric car charging stations · Award winning recycle program · Towel/linen reuse program · LED light bulbs ... more   less 
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