Luxury in the Foothills: Boulder's Most Elegant Hotels

Boulder, Colorado is a mix of rustic and luxurious beauty. The rolling foothills, jutting Flatirons, rambling streams, and razor sharp canyons all beg you to rough it and get dirty. However, after you're done playing you may want to sleep in the lap of luxury. Luckily, Boulder offers a variety of elegant hotels, each with their own distinct personality and offerings. 

 Topping out our list, the St. Julien Hotel and Spa is world renowned and a local favorite as it opens its doors up to the masses for drinks, dining, dancing and much more. Their spa is beyond compare and will leave you feeling pampered as you can choose from a smorgasbord of delicious facials, massages, body wraps, and much more. 

If you still desire elegance but wanna turn the fun up a notch, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk offers elegant dining, onsite bars, a Starbucks and, of course, the casino where you can spend extravagantly and win big! 

For a more historical and "local" experience, the Hotel Boulderado is a tourist and local favorite, offering elegant dining, unique room decor and tons of fun facts for history hounds.

Whether you're in town for a big mountain adventure or simply want to enjoy the pampering of Pearl Street, our list will ensure that you retire in style. 


A casino and spa all in one, Ameristar Casino Resort at Black Hawk is the perfect get-away for both excitement and relaxation. With over 500 guest rooms featuring enormous bathtubs, awe-inspiring views of the Rocky Mountains, and onsite spa, you're sure to be pampered beyond compare. After unwinding, you'll want to take advantage of their luxurious indoor swimming pool or, if you're ready to celebrate vacation with food and drinks, one the many top-notch restaurants and bars located within the casino. For you coffee-lovers, there's also an onsite Starbucks. There is also a 24-hour fitness center, Wi-fi, and plasma TVs in every room.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: A hotel, spa, and casino all in one! Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk is the perfect blend of relaxation and fun.

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With luxurious rooms and unprecedented views of the Rocky Mountains, the Hyatt Regency of Denver is difficult to beat. Not to mention, if you're attending one of the many exciting events at the convention center, it is the perfect place for you to hang your hat. Events throughout the year include The Great American Beer Festival, The Rocky Mountain Bridal Show, and the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo. Furthermore, onsite fine dining makes meals convenient, however, if you want to venture out, the hotel is conveniently located near dining of all varieties. Pubs and clubs are also nearby for your entertainment.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Hyatt Regency Denver is perfect for those attending events at the convention center and offers fine dining and unrivaled views of the Rockies.

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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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Though you wouldn't typically associate rustic lodges with luxury, Boulder Mountain Lodge offers simple luxury so close to the outdoors it's not to be overlooked.

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In town for a week or two and want to make sure that you have all of the comforts and amenities of home? The Residence Inn of Boulder and Louisville offers complimentary grocery delivery, a social hour Monday-Wednesdays were you can network and make new friends, along with a free hot breakfast. Just 35 minutes away, sits the enchanting Eldora Ski Resort of Nederland, Colorado perfect for those powder days when no work could possibly be accomplished because the mountains are calling and you simply must go. In the summer and fall months, hiking, rock-climbing, and mountain biking are just outside the door.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Resident Inn is adorable while still luxurious. Both locations provide beautiful biking paths nearby and fine dining within walking distance.

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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 weariest of travelers. Not to mention, several of the rooms boast picturesque views of the Flatirons. 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 Essentials Spa. This hotel will ensure that you are well-rested for all of your Colorado adventures.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Boulder Marriott's spa will melt your troubles away while its proximity to Pearl Street's attractions ensure that you have your share of entertainment.

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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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Omni Interlocken Hotel offers the luxurious Mokara Spa, a 27-hole championship golf course, and breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.

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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 whirlpool, and a 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 Luxury Hotels because: Renaissance Boulder Suites of Broomfield is near the Flatirons Mall for those you have cash to burn and their Flatz grill will impress.

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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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Hotel Boulderado combines local history with luxury, offers onsite fine dining, and is close to all of the excitement of downtown.

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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 a 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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Westin Westminster is known for its mountain views, outdoor pool, and exceptional service.

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Enjoy this elegant and uncommon downtown Boulder hotel destination. St Julien Hotel & Spa, offers world-class accommodations, luxury, and exceptional service. This one-of-a-kind location to hang your hat sets itself apart from other Boulder, Colorado hotels by being the embodiment of tranquility- offering breathtaking views of the Flatiron Mountains and being situated right in the heart of Boulder's exciting and fanciful Pearl Street. Most notable of all, the St Julien spa is a "must-visit" destination for those seeking renewal and rejuvenation in this mountain town. Come and allow yourself to be pampered by their highly-trained spa technicians and let your troubles melt away.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The St. Julien Hotel is the perfect blend of luxury and excitement, with a world-class spa for relaxation and a bar for fun.

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