A veranda view at the St Julien Hotel & Spa. Courtesy photo

Lodging in Boulder: What you need to know


Whether you’re visiting Boulder for the first time, you live here and your relatives are coming to visit or you’re just hoping to take a little staycation, you might be wondering what’s going on with hotels and other lodging options in Boulder.

No doubt the coronavirus pandemic has made traveling slightly more complicated, but you can still find plenty of lodging in Boulder to suit your needs and your budget.

Most, if not all, Boulder hotels are open for business. And they’re taking lots of extra precautions to keep visitors and staffers safe and help prevent the spread of the virus. Many are taking employees’ temperatures before every shift, implementing even stricter cleaning protocols and limiting the number of people who can use common areas or shared amenities at one time. Boulder’s hotels are doing their best to offer their usual top-notch hospitality while at the same time balancing the health and safety of everyone who passes through their doors.

Here are a few examples of how Boulder hotels are adapting during the pandemic. If you’re wondering about a specific hotel, it’s best to call them or check their website, as the rules and guidelines for hotels are changing rapidly — you’ll be able to get the most up-to-date information by going directly to the source and asking what’s up.

St Julien Hotel & Spa

The St Julien does everything well, and responding to a pandemic is no different. The hotel recently renovated its guest rooms and has instituted a comprehensive wellness and safety program to help guests feel relaxed and right at home during their stay. During your staycation, you can enjoy dinner and drinks on the terrace, which has been reconfigured with a new socially distanced layout, or grab a bite from Jill’s Bistro and T-Zero Lobby Bar. The spa is also open for appointments, and the pool and hot tub are available for guests, so long as no more than 5 people are using them at one time.

St Julien Hotel & Spa. Courtesy photo

A-Lodge Boulder

Located just a short drive up Fourmile Canyon from downtown Boulder, A-Lodge isn’t your ordinary hotel. It’s a hostel, campground and hotel all in one, with 27 private cabin rooms and suites that overlook Boulder Creek. But what really sets A-Lodge apart are the two Mercedes Benz Sprinter “adventure vans” that are available to rent. If the idea of hitting the open road and socially distancing from the comfort of a tricked-out van appeals to you, then look no further than A-Lodge.

A-Lodge Adventure Van. Courtesy photo

Hotel Boulderado

Hotel Boulderado has more than 110 years of experience — they got this. The hotel is doing whatever it can to keep both guests and workers safe through an array of preventative measures. On-site restaurant Spruce is now back open for dine-in service, but you can also opt for room service or grab a bite to go, if you feel more comfortable that way. The Corner Bar is also now open daily.

If you’re in need of a staycation, you’ll be happy to know that the Boudlerado is offering a fun socially distanced package this summer, too, featuring a live Maine lobster dinner for two and a bottle of wine on the Pine Street patio, plus an overnight stay.

Hotel Boulderado. Courtesy photo

Briar Rose Bed & Breakfast

Briar Rose Bed & Breakfast is once again open for guests, with a few tweaks and changes to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. For example, the bed and breakfast is limiting occupancy to 50 percent and serving its delicious breakfast in guest rooms, rather than in a common area.

The Briar Rose B&B in Boulder. Courtesy photo

Colorado Chautauqua

The cottages at Chautauqua are private and naturally socially distanced from each other, without the use of a general common area or hallways. The cottages are open and available for booking right now, and Chautauque is even offering discounts for short- and long-term stays. Explore the 40 miles of trails (while wearing your mask!), sit on the wraparound dining porch (while staying six feet away from other parties!) and enjoy new contactless check-in and check-out procedures.

Go for a picnic on the Chautauqua green. Courtesy photo

Bradley Boulder Inn

The Bradley Boulder Inn is accepting reservations for July 29 and beyond. The inn is also encouraging guests who feel ill to cancel their reservations at no extra charge.

The Bradley Boulder Inn. Courtesy photo

Millennium Harvest House Boulder

Millennium Harvest House Boulder is taking extra precautions and steps to ensure the safety of its guests and staff members. Plus, the hotel is offering a special “Stay Safe” offer to guests, including free cancellation up to two days before the reservation start date.

The Millennium Harvest House in Boulder. Courtesy photo

Basecamp Hotel

Boulder’s Basecamp Hotel is open for business — with a few changes because of the pandemic. They’re using a one-hour reservation system to encourage social distancing during the use of amenities like fire pits, games and decks. Hot tubs are closed and you’ll have to venture out for breakfast. The hotel is also extending cancellation and change waivers for guests.

This is a hotel room at the Basecamp Boulder Hotel. Courtesy photo

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