Boulder's Family-Friendly Hotels Sure to Please Your Pack
By Hope Gately
Boulder Local Expert
Don't let family vacation time intimidate you; travel with the whole crew and stay at a family friendly hotel in Boulder. Looking to spend time in the company of your kids or relatives without sacrificing privacy with your spouse? Try the BEST WESTERN PLUS Boulder Inn or Homewood Suites by Hilton. As you drink in the skyline and the city's sights and sounds, let the whole family create and share the memories from your visit to Boulder. Family friendly hotels can help remove some of the stress of a group trip so you can focus on time with your loved ones by offering indoor and outdoor pools, rooms that have built-in dividers so you can sleep in comfort on one side while the kiddos stay up and make shadow puppets on the other. Many of the hotels on our list allow children under 18 to stay for free, offer complimentary cribs for infants so you don't have to hassle with bringing your own, and provide guests with brocures pointing them in the direction of family-friendly fun. Many of the hotels on our list are also located within walking distance of parks and playgrounds, in case the kiddos are gettin' a little stir crazy. No matter how large or small your family, our list is certain to provide you with the perfect pick for a family-friendly vacation and stay.
10 Hotel Boulderado
Not only will you find Victorian elegance at the Hotel Boulderado but, as one of the first Boulder hotels, you'll also find history and the perfect base of operations for all of your Colorado adventures. Interestingly, the hotel is a National Register Landmark as well as a member of the National Trust's Historic Hotels of America and Stash Hotel Rewards. Located in Boulder's downtown hub, you'll have no trouble walking to fine dining, entertainment, and shopping. Not to mention, many local breweries and pubs are nearby, so driving will never be an issue. 160 guestrooms and suites, many of which provide you with astonishing views of the Rocky Mountain Foothills, ensure that you'll stay in the lap of luxury. Should you feel the need to nibble but you don't want to step out for the evening, the in-house award-winning restaurant, gift shop, and lounges offer the perfect venues to grab a bit, peruse some souvenirs, and relax.
9 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, and a seasonal swimming pool.
8 The Westin Westminster
The Westin Westminster not only offers exquisite views of the Rocky Mountains and is a first-class hotel near all of the Denver and Boulder attractions, but it has also been praised for its current green initiatives, which include the installation of a new, state-of-the-art solar panel system. Some the Westin's accommodating amenities include, their heated indoor pool ready to warm you on chilly, Colorado nights, whirlpool, cozy outdoor fireplace, massages, and fitness center. For dining and attractions, visit the nearby Westminster Promenade featuring the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, movie theater, shopping, and more. If you have the kids in tow, take them to the delightful Butterfly Pavilion to marvel at these beautiful insects and learn in the process.
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 Renaissance Boulder Suites Broomfield
This winner of the Certificate of Excellence in 2012, Marriott's "Hotel of the Year" award, and AAA's Four-Diamond rating, the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel offers luxury, repose, and is conveniently situated just across the street from the Flatirons Mall for shopping, dining, and more. Some of its top-of-the-line amenities include, their popular Flatz grill complete with patio seating and cozy firepit, gorgeous and unrivaled views of the Rocky Mountains, a relaxing whirl-pool, and fitness center. Moreover, this gem's location is easily accessible from the Denver International Airport and within short driving distance not only to the many attractions of Boulder, but Denver as well.
5 Omni Interlocken Hotel
The Omni Interlocken Resort is yet another Four-Diamond hotel on our comprehensive list and if sure to afford you all of the luxury and rustic elegance that the Rocky Mountains, Boulder, and Denver have to offer. Golfers will swoon over the Omni's 27-hole championship golf course, which was ranked Third Best Course in the Rocky Mountain region by Golf Magazine in April 2008. If you've hooked and sliced your way to stress for the day, please allow the Mokara Spa to relax away your troubles with a massage or two. Then retreat to one of the 390 rooms, many of which supply breathtaking panoramic views of the Rockies.
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 BEST WESTERN PLUS Boulder Inn
This lovely inn ensures that your stay is affordable without sacrificing the amenities and comforts that you so desire while on vacation. Complimentary hot breakfast, high speed internet access, LCD TVs, and 24-hour business center and health club privileges allow for maximum relaxation and productivity, should you need to turn your stay into a working vacation. You may also want to take a dip in their large seasonal outdoor pool, clear those pores in the sauna, or chill out in the hot tub. Impressively, Boulder Inn also boasts a multilingual staff known for their personalized service to ensure that international and multilingual guests remain stress-free and are well attended.
2 Holiday Inn Express Longmont
Perfect for families with children, kids will enjoy the indoor pool with 150ft waterside while parents enjoy the high-speed internet and onsite fitness center. Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, you'll be close to all of the hiking and sight-seeing opportunities provided by Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Peaks Wilderness. A 24-hour business center ensures that you're able to work and play during your stay while Boulder's nearby downtown area offers live music, local festivals, the Boulder County Farmer's Market, and some of the country's finest microbreweries including, Mountain Sun and Walnut Brewery. So relax, raise a glass, and leave the rest to the Holiday Inn Express.
1 Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites
Boasting on of the largest, most colorful, and unique indoor pools on our list, the Boulder Outlook Hotel is a hip, fun, family-friends 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 message at the hotel's elegant spa or treat yourself to a delicious meal at the Blues & Greens restaurant. Wanna keep your family Eco-friendly? Boulder Outlook Hotel boasts three green "eco-leaves" from iStay Green.
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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