The Boulderado Hotel was the first luxury hotel built in Boulder, Colorado. This year, this beautiful property celebrates 113 years of activity, and with it 113 years of belonging to the culture and history of this city. As a city landmark, a member of Historic Hotels of America, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this is a property that oozes old-world elegance and charm.
The five-story brick building features both Italian Renaissance and Spanish Revival architectural styles, as well as unique design elements found throughout the property, such as a stained-glass ceiling located in an entrance hall opening onto the courtyard; an original Otis elevator that is manually operated to this day; a cherry wood staircase; antique trunks; historical paintings; original hotel safe and more.
Many rooms and suites are equipped accordingly with authentic Victorian decor, paintings, furniture, etc. Guests interested in the hotel can even take a tour with their award-winning historian, Laurel McKown.
The hotel is also a foodie destination in Boulder, offering four distinct dining experiences worth checking out: Spruce Farm and Fish, License No. 1, The Corner Bar and Boxcar Coffee Bar.
Spruce Farm and fish
The hotel’s upscale restaurant, Spruce Farm and Fish, offers seasonal cuisine using the finest local ingredients. It offers brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks.
Popular breakfast favorites include Prime Rib Hash with CAB Prime Rib, Bordelaise, Too Easy Eggs and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes; House-smoked salmon hash with fresh house-smoked Verlasso salmon, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce; as well as Carrot Cake Pancakes with grilled pineapple, crème caramel and carrot sauce and maple syrup. They also offer a selection of omelettes and Benedicts, as well as lighter options like homemade granola and berries.
The lunch and dinner menus are extensive and offer a variety of seafood dishes, including Icelandic fish and chips with cod; rocky mountain trout; Verlasso salmon sandwich; Sea scallops and corn nage with corn nage and butternut squash succotash; and Seared Sable with a golden raisin-pecan velouté and a medley of roasted summer squash.
Also on offer are hearty meat platters like the Bison Strip Steak with creamy rosemary butter whipped potatoes; Glazed duck breast with cherries, pearl barley couscous and mashed grilled corn and sweet peas; and grilled New Zealand lamb loin with mashed red and golden beets, farro and leeks.
This speakeasy-style underground cocktail bar holds one of Boulder’s first liquor licenses after the citywide ban. It was in 1969 that one of the first legal licenses to serve hard liquor in a restaurant was issued to the bar in the basement of the Boulderado Hotel and today the #1 license continues to operate with the same liquor license issued for the first time. at the time. They offer weekly live music, open mic nights, comedy and more!
This super cozy lounge has a cocktail menu with all kinds of liquors ranging from mezcal and rum to bourbon, rye and whiskey. Popular cocktails range from classics like sazerac, old fashioned and mullet to cocktails with a different twist like Buffalo Blueberry Tea with Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Blueberry Black Tea, Lemon, Honey or Bridge to Hawaii with Espolon Reposado tequila, Aperol, lime, pineapple and orgeat.
The menu features small bites like crispy Brussels sprouts and cauliflower; Lemon Pepper Wings; Prime Rib French Dip Sliders and more. It also offers a selection of sandwiches and burgers like the Rosemary Chicken Sandwich and the Bacon Jam Bistro Burger.
The local bar
This lively spot offers an all-day menu; Happy Hour; late night bites and excellent martinis. Sharing dishes on the menu include half-shell oysters; Grilled Caribbean prawns; and Prince Edward Island black mussels.
Popular salads include tuna a la niçoise with chili and fennel crusted rare tuna and fingerling potato salad; a blue crab and fennel salad with citrus fruits; and a mustard-crusted salmon salad with quinoa. Larger entrees include steak and fries; Bison pastrami sandwich; and the Chili Relleno Burger with a goat cheese stuffed poblano pepper in a crispy wonton.
Boxcar Cafe Bar
Tucked away in the iconic lobby is Boxcar Coffee Bar. This lovely cafe offers drip coffee, lattes, teas and freshly brewed pastries. Definitely the place to grab a coffee and a quick bite to start your day in Boulder.