Boulder's Family-Friendly Hotels Sure to Please Your Pack

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. The majority of the hotels on our list offer indoor pools perfect for burning off some kid-energy, as well as luxurious spas to help Mom and Dad unwind. All are conveniently located within walking or driving distance of exceptional dining, outdoor recreation, shopping, and much more.

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. 

Want a wilderness experience without going too far from the city? The famous Boulder Adventure Lodge is perfect for families who want to be right in the thick of nature but minutes from downtown's attractions. They also offer "adventure programming" where you can research and book off-site adventures such as rock-climbing and white water rafting from a tablet located at reception or in your guest room. 

With so many unique and family-friendly places to stay in and around Boulder, your trip is sure to be one you'll not soon forget. 


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.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Families will love the indoor pool, cozy feel, and proximity to Boulder's bustling downtown.

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Conveniently nestled between the city and the mountains so that you don't have to choose.Only miles from world-class rock climbing in Boulder Canyon, skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort, and hiking near Boulder's Flatirons, you and your family will have plenty to occupy your time. On-site activities include a slack line park, four-mile and Boulder Creek paths for walking, bike-riding, and fly-fishin, along with an indoor hot tub and pool. Wanna get the kiddos out of the room to play some card games while you sip a beer or wine by the fireplace? The Adventure Lodge's Community Room is the perfect place for kiddos and adults alike. Not sure where or how to begin your adventure? The Boulder Adventure Lodge offers "adventure programming" on a tablet in your room, where guests can browse, research, and book adventures nearby.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Boulder Adventure Lodge offers a free weekend shuttle bus up to Eldora Ski Resort in Nederland, perfect for families with kiddos with energy to burn!

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The foothills of the Rocky Mountains offer a picture-perfect background for the Marriott Boulder, which happens to be conveniently situated near the University of Colorado, Pearl Street's restaurants and thoroughfare, including galleries, shopping, breweries, theaters, and more. 157 boutique-style guest rooms provide an elegant and restful stay for the most weary of travelers. Not to mention, several of the rooms boast picturesque views of the Flatirons. If you and your crew are hungry for some fresh Colorado cuisine but don't feel like venturing out, Canyon's Restaurant is on-site and perfect for a cozy night in. For some fun, splash around in the indoor pool or whirlpool, get Colorado-fit at the fitness center, or let your troubles melt away in the Boulder Marriott's Essentiels Spa. This hotel will ensure that you are well-rested for all of your Colorado adventures.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Families can enjoy on-site dining at notable Canyons Restaurant or grab a quick snack and drink at the cozy Starbucks located in the Marriott's lounge area.

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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.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Children under 18 stay free with an adult. Cribs are provided upon request for families with infants and beautiful Scott Carpenter Park is nearby.

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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.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This hotel is located near many family-friendly activities, including mini-golf, bowling, and family restaurants. Not to mention, the pool is perfect for entertaining the kiddos.

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The most family friendly aspect of this Four-Diamond hotel is its "Summer Kids Program" featuring a visit to Broomfield's Butterfly Pavilion, crafts, pool-time, and snacks all while you're out and about with your sweetheart or friends. The Omni Interlocken Resort is yet is 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.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Complimentary bikes and helmets for the whole family provide transportation to Colorado adventures and the "Summer Kids Program" offers hours of entertainment Friday-Saturday from May-September.

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Homewood Suites 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.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This gem provides a hotel shuttle within 5 miles of the property and complimentary bicycles for the whole family.

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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.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A large seasonal outdoor pool provides the perfect playground for kiddos during the warm months.

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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. Just a tip: Stick around in the afternoon, and you might be treated to fleshly baked cookies!

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The indoor pool is a perfect place for kiddos to burn off some energy and the hotel is located within walking distance of several playgrounds.

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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.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Pool tables,nearby family fun, and a pool with a rock climbing/bouldering wall to climb on make Boulder Outlook a great hotel for family fun.

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