You’ll find a good selection of comfortable lodgings in Boulder, with a wide range of rates to suit almost every budget. Be aware, though, that the town literally fills up during the popular summer season, making advance reservations essential. It’s also almost impossible to find a place to sleep during any major event at the University of Colorado, particularly graduation. Those who do find themselves in Boulder without lodging can check with the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau, which keeps track of availability. You can usually find a room in Denver, a half-hour or so away. Rates listed below do not include the 10.25% accommodations tax. Parking is free unless otherwise specified.
Major chains and franchises that provide reasonably priced lodging in Boulder include Best Western Boulder Inn, 770 28th St., Boulder, CO 80303 (tel. 800/780-7234 or 303/449-3800), with rates of $109 to $149 double; Quality Inn and Suites Boulder Creek, 2020 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302 (tel. 800/228-5151 or 303/449-7550; www.qualityinnboulder.com), with rates of $126 to $149 double; and Days Inn, 5397 S. Boulder Rd., Boulder, CO 80303 (tel. 800/329-7466 or 303/499-4422), with rates of $79 to $99 double.
Among the nonchains, Boulder University Inn, just south of downtown at 1632 Broadway (tel. 303/417-1700; www.boulderuniversityinn.com), is a solid option, with reasonable double rates of $69 to $119.
Conveniently located between Denver and Boulder just off U.S. 36, the Westin Westminster, 10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CO 80020 (tel. 800/937-8461 or 303/410-5000; www.westindenverboulder.com), is a swank option with a terrific resident eatery in O's Restaurant. Double rates run $139 to $229 and suites for $325 to $800.
Millennium Harvest House -- A good place to stay with the kids, especially in the summer. The Harvest House has large rooms and suites to stretch out, a nice swimming pool, and lots of nearby green space; it’s also next to the Boulder Creek Path and within walking distance of 29th Street.
Foot of the Mountain Motel -- There’s lots of space here where the kids can expend their energy. Across the street is a lovely park with a playground, as well as the Boulder Creek Path.
Boulder Outlook -- At this eco-friendly motel, kids can use the pool and play inside even when the weather is bad, and the diversions are many (bouldering rocks, game room, dog park).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.