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Come Be Part of Our History

In the early 1900s, when Boulder was evolving from a dusty frontier town to a cultured small city, its residents yearned for an upscale hotel. Business men and women raised the funds to build the Hotel Boulderado, which opened on New Year's Day, 1909. Since then, it's come full circle from late Victorian luxury, through a shaky beginning in the teens, prosperity in the twenties, a fall in the Depression, post-war modernization, deterioration and, finally, restoration to even surpass its former grandeur. Today the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a City of Boulder landmark.

Designed by local architects William Redding & Son, the five-story brick building incorporates both Italian Renaissance and Spanish Revival features. It follows a trend of open court hotels started by the Palace Hotel in San Francisco and carried over to Denver's Brown Palace Hotel, built in 1892.

Early guests included conservationist Enos Mills, actress Ethel Barrymore, actor Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., and evangelist Billy Sunday. Some who followed were Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, Robert Frost, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, as well as a generous representation of today's political figures, speakers, entertainers, and musicians.

The Hotel Boulderado's name is a combination of "Boulder" and "Colorado" and was chosen so that guests would always remember where they had stayed. You can read the full history of the hotel in Legend of a Landmark: A History of the Hotel Boulderado, available in the Boulderado Emporium gift shop.

View the Hotel Boulderado History Brochure