Boulder's Most Romantic Love Shacks: Hotels and Mountain Lodges for Love Birds

Rekindle your love life with a trip to a romantic hotel in Boulder. With the mountains, canyons, and rivers as the backdrop, Boulder offers some of the most romantic hotels in Colorado. Not to mention, the majority of our picks are situated near Pearl Street, which is the perfect place for love birds looking for some refreshment and fun. 

Topping out our list is the St. Julien with its world-class spa, award winning restaurant, and exciting night-life, which includes a fully stocked bar, live-music, and dancing. 

If you're in the mood for something a bit more historic, the Hotel Boulderado, Boulder's first hotel, offers rustic elegance, the famed Q's restaurant and outstanding views of the foothills. 

Wanna get out of town and commune with nature on your romantic retreat? The Boulder Mountain Lodge offers just the escape. Set near mountains, canyons, and ambling creeks you'll escape the noise of the city and can do some star gazing since the light pollution is dramatically reduced. 

Whether you're looking for expensive elegance or something cosy and affordable, our list has something for everyone and is sure to provide you with the romantic retreat you've been dreaming of while visiting the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. 


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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Westin's outdoor fireplace and pool, spa, and lush rooms earn it a spot on our list.

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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 bath tubs, 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 Romantic Hotels because: With epic mountain views, a luxurious indoor roof-top pool, and a casino for exciting night-light, Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa is the perfect romantic getaway.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The Renaissance Boulder Suites' famed Flatz Grill, its plush rooms, and views of the Rocky Mountains rank it on our list.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Omni's elegance, amenities which include a world class spa, and its views earn it a respectable spot on our list.

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The Bradley Boulder Inn offers twelve luxurious guest rooms sure to allow you to relax after a long day of Colorado play. Private baths, fireplaces, and mountain views will make you feel like a king or queen while the wine and cheese hour will ensure that you feel like a mountain aristocrat. The state-of-the-art health club is available if you need a break from playing in the Rockies, while movies and wireless internet are there to entertain on rainy days. For those not-so-rainy days, The Bradley is located in the heart of downtown Boulder, minutes from Pearl Street for dining, drinking, and shopping.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Fireplaces and mountain views are just the thing to add some spark to your romance at The Bradley.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: This hotel's old-world charm, unique rooms, and delicious dining rank it high on our list.

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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. 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 Romantic Hotels because: The Boulder Marriott offers astounding views and is right in the thick of the downtown action earning it a spot on our list.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The pool alone is enough for Boulder Outlook Hotel to rank on our list, along with its beautiful rooms and its helpful staff.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Get out of the city and into nature with Boulder Mountain Lodge, situated near flowing Boulder creep and only minutes from your favorite outdoor activities.

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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 Front Range town. Come and allow yourself to be pampered by their highly-trained spa technicians and let your troubles melt away.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The St. Julien offers a romantic spa, exquisite rooms overlooking the mountains, dancing, and much more.

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