Boulder, Colorado: Sun, Sun and More Sun!
I bet you think it's cold in the valley, don't you? Maybe too much wind and snow for your liking? Too overcast? Well, think again! Boulder has a relatively dry climate, as does much of Colorado. For 300 days of the year, the sun is out and shining down on the people, including you, when you take your vacation in this lovely town. The city is protected by the front range of the Rocky Mountains, which is why there is less snow than you might imagine. Because Boulder sits at such a high elevation, the sun warms the snow when it does fall, and it melts rapidly when combined with those Chinook winds.
The average temperatures throughout the year are very temperate with highs in the eighties for much of the summer. During the months of autumn, temperatures are still in the high sixties and seventies, making Boulder the perfect destination for driving through the mountains and watching the glorious color changes in the trees. The leaves burst into flames of color before falling and making way for winter. Winter temperatures don't hover at freezing, which is surprising. With the average temperature around fifty in the dead of winter, you're sure to be comfortable as you hit the slopes for skiing or shop and eat at the famous Pearl Street Mall.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Boulder, CO:
Boulder by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean price patterns by star rating class in Boulder, CO. You can use these line graphs to determine the best time to make a reservation in Boulder for your upcoming travels.
Luxury Hotel Options in Boulder, Colorado
4 Star Average Prices: $174.56
The Hotel Boulderado, available for as low as 305 USD a night, is in the heart of downtown Boulder as is the St. Julien Hotel and Spa, available for 419 USD a night. Each of these hotels is within walking distance of the famous Pearl Street Mall. The St. Julien Hotel and Spa has many amenities including business and fitness centers, a Jacuzzi, spa and a dry cleaning service. Pick a city or mountain view and, if you want to enjoy the fresh mountain air, select a room with a balcony. The brick façade and walkway blend beautifully into the surrounding charm of downtown Boulder.
With Victorian-inspired decor, The Hotel Boulderado built in 1909 is on the National Register of Historic Places. Like The St. Julien, it is walking distance from attractions like the Boulder Theatre, the Carnegie Branch Library, Central Park, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. The Boulderado specializes in wedding services and event catering, has a multilingual staff, ATM/banking services, a health club, safety deposit boxes, and more.
For luxury outside the city, the perfect place is the Chautauqua Cottages, hosting visitors since 1898. With over forty acres and 58 cottages available for nightly rental year round, the Chautauqua Cottages can accommodate singles and groups with privacy in a relaxing, nature setting. Some cottages have fully equipped kitchens and screened-in front porches, and all are smoke-free. Available for as low as 190 USD a night, the setting alone is luxury worth the price. Other high-end hotels that offer more amenities in the city are the Hyatt Boulder/Pearl Street, available for as low as 227 USD a night, and the Boulder Marriott at 289 USD a night. Each of these hotels has a four star rating.
Affordable Hotels in Boulder, Colorado
3 Star Average Prices: $133.25
The closest airport to Boulder is the Denver airport, which is 43 miles away. Because of this, you may need to rent a car, though shuttles are available for 29 USD with Door-to-Door Express DEN Shuttle or 75 USD with Blue Skye Limo service. If you are planning to rent or bring a bicycle to get around the city, there are municipal and regional maps available on the city of Boulder website. Mass transit is also available with a variety of bus routes that run through the city to the outskirts and even to the ski resorts. Ride-sharing companies are also in full bloom, so take advantage of sharing travel expenses when you want to take a day trip out to the slopes. These ride-sharing opportunities include The Boulder Lift and SkiCarpool.org. With travel options under your belt, now you have a better idea of where you should stay to get the most out of your visit.
Boulder grew up around the University of Boulder, which is near the heart of the city. The famous Pearl Street Mall is only blocks away from the university with a number of hotels within walking distance. The Millennium Harvest House is available for as low as 125 USD a night, or The Boulder University Inn has rates as low as 149 USD per night. This newly remodeled hotel offers a free continental breakfast, is pet-friendly, and is also close to Naropa University. To the west of the city, there are a number of nature preserves and, of course, the Rocky Mountain range with the local ski resorts. Hotels nearby include the Quality Inn & Suites Boulder Creek for only 159 USD a night and the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn, available for only 164 USD a night.
Just two miles west of downtown Boulder is an award-winning lodge that is great for groups or singles, the Alps Boulder Canyon Inn. This hotel is available for as little as 164 USD a night. With a creek running through the property, jetted bath tubs, kitchenettes, comfy beds, and a luxury view, it doesn't get better. If you're a hiker, skier or a group of hikers and skiers, these accommodations are perfect, and you're so close to downtown, you won't miss a thing.