Boulder, CO Destination Guide – Hotels Above Par
Located at the base of the Flatiron Mountains, Boulder, Colorado holds the title of “America’s Happiest City” for a reason. It’s so much more than the University of Colorado Boulder – you’ll find people strolling downtown Boulder’s historic Pearl Street Mall for trinkets and pints of beer, hiking the rugged trails from Chautauqua Park (the best view in Boulder, if you ask us), and sipping cups of chamomile in its resident Persian-style teahouse. Your guide to this multifaceted Rocky Mountain town awaits below.
Hotel Boulderado opened its doors on New Year’s Eve as Boulder’s first luxury hotel in 1908 — and it’s held to the same standard of elegance for more than a century. Located one block from the historic Pearl Street Mall, this iconic living room features classic Italian Renaissance-style columns and mosaic-tiled ceilings, combined with Victorian-era brick exteriors. keeping its original grandeur inside while blending in with its surrounding counterparts. Enjoy a top-notch dining experience at the hotel restaurant, Sprucebefore going down to his posh speakeasy, License #1 (more on speakeasy to come below).
Saint-Julien Hotel & Spa
With iconic views of the Flatirons from every angle, Saint-Julien Hotel & Spa exudes modern mountain luxury from its design to its impeccable service. Rooms and suites are dressed in ornate gold accents, warm wooden furniture, and spacious bathrooms filled with lavish amenities: complimentary toiletries, soaking tubs, and vanity lights to name a few. . After a day of exploring Boulder, return to T-Zero Lounge for a cocktail followed by a treatment at the Spa de St Julien (we recommend the St Julien Classic Massage for the ultimate relaxation of the body).
The kitchen is an upscale American bistro offering delicious bites and a lively atmosphere. If you are a seafood lover, the Lobster roll in this establishment, mouth-watering delicacies are served hot with a side dish of aioli and homemade fries.
Boasting a prime location right in the heart of Pearl Street Mall, japango is an elegant Japanese style restaurant that is perfect for a late night meal or one of their daily happy hours. With specialty entries such as Magic Mushrooms: salmon wrapped in grilled avocado in a dynamite sauce (not sure what this sauce actually includes, but we can assure you it’s “the bomb”), and mains, including the Diablo Roller: spicy tuna and avocado topped with seared tuna, green onions and ponzu sauce.
Chic dining room and rooftop lounge, Rosetta Room, is one of the best places to spend an afternoon in Boulder. (Try it Daisy rosette which includes campo bravo Blanco, dry curaçao and fresh organic lime for a refreshing libation.)
Hidden under the Boulderado Hotel, License #1 is Boulder’s first underground speakeasy (that’s the real deal: the spot was operating underground during the prohibition era). Expect moody decor and a menu featuring a bespoke mix of cocktails.
Hike in the Flatirons
Recognized as Boulder’s most iconic landmark, these amazingly sloping mountains are the perfect backdrop whatever the time of year. Starting at the foot of the mountain, head towards the Chautauqua Trail where various hiking trails are available, from easy to advanced level. Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely stroll or a rigorous hike, you’ll pass through ponderosa pines and pastures, while admiring views of Boulder and the Flatirons.
Walk down Pearl Street Mall
Those who love a mountain town time should opt to spend their afternoon strolling through bustling downtown Boulder. Pearl Street Mall. Walk down brick-paved walkways to trendy boutiques such as Elison Road.unique gift shops like Savannah Bee Societyand notable dive bars such as the sunset lounge.
Boulder Dushanbe teahouse
The Boulder Dushanbe teahouse stands out from the rest of Boulder’s buildings with its colorful Persian-style exteriors giving way to interiors: eight large ceramic panels, each intricately carved and carefully painted, create a harmonious temple atmosphere for people to enjoy tea from the afternoon, dim sum, and a game of chess if you wish.
Lost Gulch Overlook
Drive through the winding Flagstaff Road past the East Flatirons Lost Gulch Overlook — a lookout just 15 minutes drive from Boulder. Perfect for a sunset picnic while admiring views of the Rocky Mountains, Lost Gulch is the perfect place to take your Instagram shot.