Boulder's Budget Hotels: Hang Your Hat without Breaking Your Bank
By Hope Gately
Boulder Local Expert
Where you hang your hat on vacation is important and can set the tone for your entire stay. And if you're shelling out a ton of cash just to lay your head down in the evening, it might put a damper on your visit. Since the Boulder/Denver area has a variety of attractions, restaurants, and entertainments we doubt you'll be spending a ton of time in your hotel or motel but, when you do, our list will ensure that you stay in comfort.
Motel 6 of Denver puts you right in the thick of the city and is only minutes from Coors Field and Elitch Gardens. America's Best Value Inn offers an outdoor BBQ, continental breakfast, and is located close to dining and attractions.
For something unique and perhaps a bit more cozy, Boulder Mountain Lodge offers a rustic feel near all of the sites and outdoor recreation that Boulder has to offer. Boulder Outlook Hotel and Suites boasts one of the most funky and fun indoor swimming pool, which includes a rock wall and waterfalls.
With ten options to choose from, you'll spend your stay well-fed, well-rested, and pampered without draining your bank account or sacrificing dining and shopping adventures.
10 Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites
Boasting one of the largest, most colorful, and unique indoor pools on our list, the Boulder Outlook Hotel is a hip, fun, family-friendly pad for all. Rock-climbing boulders line the pool, perfect for the rugrats to scramble up and splash down into the waters below. A rec room, complete with pool tables, vending machines, and a big screen t.v., is the perfect hangout spot for teenagers or the entire family. Take a break from the brood and relax with a massage at the hotel's elegant spa or treat yourself to a delicious meal at the Blues and Greens restaurant. Wanna keep your family Eco-friendly? Boulder Outlook Hotel boasts three green "eco-leaves" from iStay Green.
9 Quality Inn & Suites Boulder Creek
Boulder Creek Quality Inn and Suites offers quaint and cozy lodging at the base of the Flatiron Mountains and is a six-time gold-award and five-time platinum-award winner. If you desire a quick jog in the morning hours, beautiful and ambling Boulder Creek is just out your doorstep and, what's more, you can take your pup along since Quality Inn is pet-friendly. Moreover, you'll be within walking distance of all that downtown Boulder and Pearl Street has to offer, including local breweries, pubs, the Boulder Theater, as well as exceptional dining choices. Amenities include high-speed internet, a business and fitness centers, indoor hot tub, dry sauna, pool, and much more.
8 Quality Inn Longmont
The Quality Inn Hotel, located between Denver and Loveland on Interstate 25, is the perfect place to hang your hat and visit the following attractions: Rocky Mountain National Park, Elitch Gardens, Coors Field for a Rockies Game, and some of the best breweries for miles around, including Oskar Blues of Longmont and Lyons, Avery of Boulder, and Denver Beer Company of Denver. Their complimentary continental breakfast will get you up and running and the heated in-door pool and hot tub can assist you with unwinding at night. Amenities include free local calls, free coffee, high-speed internet, along with copy and fax services for those of you on business or taking a working vacation.
7 America's Best Value Inn Boulder University
Free continental breakfast, a spacious outdoor barbeque area, and rooms with balconies are just a few of the accommodations that will make your stay with the family convenient, fun, and relaxing. If you have a furry member of the family, pets are welcome for a moderate fee of $10 per night. An outdoor, heated pool is perfect for crisp spring and fall nights when the kiddos need to burn some energy and you need to relax from all your outdoor, Boulder, adventures. Located near dining, outdoor attractions, and entertainment, you'll have no trouble finding plenty for the family to explore.
6 BEST WESTERN Crossroads Inn & Conference Center
This elegant hotel offers comfort, amenities, and is located near many attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. If you're in need of a place to make or store food, many of the rooms come equipped with a microwave and mini-fridge. If you decide to stay in for the night, cable and WiFi are available so you can catch up on your shows or do some Facebooking. Laundry facilities are also available, as well as homemade hot breakfast every morning. If you need to work on your tan or backstroke, an outdoor swimming pool can help you do just that. Not to mention, Best Western prides itself on employing eco-friendly practices.
5 Boulder Mountain Lodge
Conveniently nestled between the city and the mountains so that you don't have to choose, Boulder Mountain Lodge offers complimentary bikes for riding up and down the canyon and cycling around town. Only miles from world-class rock climbing in Eldorado Canyon and Boulder Canyon, skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort, and hiking, you and your family will have plenty to occupy your time. Family owned and operated, this quaint lodge offers partial and full kitchenettes for convenient cooking that is sure to satisfy the whole family. Amenities include an eco-friendly and outdoor fitness center, hot-tub by the creek, a children's fishing pond, as well as a seasonal swimming pool.
4 Homewood Suites by Hilton Boulder
A seasonal pool and whirlpool provides hours of fun for the family. Cycle down to Chautauqua Park on the hotel's complimentary bicycles. This historic and beautiful park provides hours of hiking, picnicking, and a dining hall serving exceptional breakfast and lunch. One- and two-bedroom suites allow plenty of space for work and rest. Internet access, flat-screen TVs, and kitchens equipped with full-sized refrigerators, two-burner stovetops, and microwaves, make relaxing with the family simple and fun. What's more, if you're looking to save money on eating out, family meals can be cooked with ease. Conveniently located off Foothills Parkway, you and your family will be minutes from hiking, dining, and shopping.
3 Affordable Inn Denver West Wheat Ridge
The Affordable Inn of Denver supports our troops and senior citizens by offering 10% Military and senior discounts. This can make a big difference for those on a fixed incoming traveling back home or heading out for some adventure after retirement. Bringing your fury friend along for the ride? Affordable Inn is pet-friendly (check for breed restrictions). Also, with their philosophy that a good night's rest shouldn't cost a fortune, you'll find rooms for under 100 dollars a night. Located close to recreation, dining, and all of the sights of the Mile High City, you're sure to be perfectly entertained during your stay.
2 Motel 6 Denver West Wheat Ridge-North
Located near the sporting events of the Pepsi Center, the shopping and dining of the Sixteenth Street Mall, and the wonders of the Colorado History Museum. This motel will put you in the midst of breweries, scenic city walks, and bars. Not to mention, if you have some work or Facebooking that you need to catch up on, WiFi is available. In the morning, treat yourself to free morning coffee. You can also rest assured knowing that this particular Motel 6 employs eco-friendly practices. If you're a skier or have a powder junky in your merry band of travelers, ski resorts are less than 50 miles away.
1 Motel 6 Denver Thornton
Just a few miles down the street from Waterworld, Coors Field, and Elitch Gardens sits Motel 6 of Thornton. This lovely and affordable hotel is truly in the thick of it all: near the shopping and sporting events of Denver, the dining, breweries, and outdoor recreation of Boulder, and about an hour's drive from the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. At Motel 6 you'll be treated to WiFi, complimentary continental breakfast, 32 inch LCD TVs, and this particular location just happens to be 20 minutes from the airport. This charming motel has it all but won't cost you everything.
About Hope Gately
Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains, lakes, and lush valleys. She plays in them as often as possible and, when she's not lacing up her hiking boots, she's slipping into some sexy heels for a night out at a local Boulder restaurant or brewery. Along with writing about Colorado in all its glory, Hope practices living locally, by attending farmer's markets, listening to live-local music, frequenting festivals, and recreating in her community!
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