Award Winning History Tours
Since 1909, Hotel Boulderado has offered Rocky Mountain elegance in the heart of downtown Boulder. Explore the history of an iconic building through self-guided and guided tours for individual and groups. The history tours have been curated and developed by Hotel Boulderado’s in-house historian, Laurel McKown.
Our historic property was the first luxury hotel built in Boulder. The name comes from a combination of Boulder and Colorado designed so guests would always remember where they had stayed. Thanks to being a part of Boulder’s rich culture, we are a City of Boulder landmark, proud members of Historic Hotels in America and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The hotel opened the doors in true elegance and style with a Gala Ball on New Year’s Eve in 1908. The first guests were able to check into the hotel on New Year’s Day in 1909. Since then, the hotel has celebrated the date of the grand opening each year with a majestic New Year’s Eve celebration.
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. In 2018, we won an award for Best Renovation Project from Colorado Meetings + Events due to the extensive updates completed in the lobby and mezzanine spaces.
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.
So, whether you want to stay in one of the beautiful rooms or grab something to eat and drink at the in-house restaurants or bars, guests are always welcome to drop by. You can even ride their original Otis Elevator, which is still in operation.
Get a taste of Boulder history when you visit our FREE self-guided history tours on the 3rd floor of the historic section of the property. If you’re interested in a guided tour, inquire with the Front Desk for availability and scheduling.
What Tours Are Available
Explore the 3rd floor of the historic wing of Hotel Boulderado, guided by a helpful brochure full of historic artifact information. Make sure to check-in with the Front Desk before starting the tour to receive the brochure and instructions on where to start. History book is available for purchase at the Front Desk.
Guided Tour for Individuals
Reserve a guided tour through the Front Desk (subject to availability). This tour is designed for 1-4 people. Includes informational brochure and 30-45 minute tour with Hotel Boulderado’s in-house historian or trained staff. History book is available for purchase at the Front Desk.
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Guided Tour for Groups
Reserve a guided tour through the Front Desk (subject to availability). This tour is designed for 5-15 people*. Includes informational brochure and 30-45 minute tour with Hotel Boulderado’s in-house historian or trained staff. History book is available for purchase at the Front Desk.
*Due to COVID-19, groups are limited to 6 people or less.
Reach out to us with your questions. Reservations are required for guided history tours at Hotel Boulderado. If you would like to reserve a guided history tour, please send your contact information and availability.
Call 303-442-4344 ext. 4211 or email us below!
2115 13th St
Boulder, CO 80302