Hotel Boulderado

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Hotel Boulderado
Hotel Boulderado Boulder CO.jpg
Hotel Boulderado is located in Colorado
Hotel Boulderado
Hotel Boulderado is located in the US
Hotel Boulderado
Location 2115 13th St., Boulder, Colorado
Coordinates 40°1′9″N 105°16′43″W / 40.01917°N 105.27861°W / 40.01917; -105.27861Coordinates: 40°1′9″N 105°16′43″W / 40.01917°N 105.27861°W / 40.01917; -105.27861
Built 1909
Architect Redding, William, & Son; Geranson & Beckstrom
Architectural style Italian Renaissance/ Spanish Revival
NRHP reference #


CSRHP # 5BL.240.41
Added to NRHP November 03, 1994
Hotel Boulderado postcard, sent 1909

The historic Hotel Boulderado is located at 13th and Spruce St. in downtown Boulder, Colorado. It opened its doors on New Year's Day 1909. The original 1908 Otis Elevator is still in operation.[2]

As one of the first Boulder hotels, it is located in the heart of downtown. The hotel's name comes from the words "Boulder" and "Colorado" so no guest would forget where they had stayed. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hotel Boulderado is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.[3]

The Hotel Boulderado houses three restaurants. Located off of the main lobby are Spruce Farm and Fish, a fine-dining restaurant, and the Corner Bar, a more casual eatery. The basement contains a speakeasy-style bar, License No. 1, which recently replaced Catacombs. All three restaurants share a kitchen.[4]

The Hotel Boulderado appears in Stephen King's novel Misery.


In 1905, Boulder was home to 8,000 residents, the University of Colorado, one of the Chautauqua cultural and educational resorts, and twenty-six automobiles. Residents called the city the "Athens of the West." As a new-forged railroad hub, the city did have some hotels to accommodate visitors, but in December 1905, the city council launched the "hotel proposition," furthered by the Boulder newspaper, the Daily Camera. Committees from Boulder's Commercial Association raised funds in the form of $100 subscriptions, and the Boulder Hotel Company was formed, which owned the hotel until 1939.[5]

The hotel was opened with a Gala Ball on New Year's Eve of 1908. The first guests checked in on New Years Day, 1909. The first guest register is still on display in the main lobby, and the modern hotel still commemorates their opening every year with a New Year's Eve Gala Ball,[6] voted the #1 Place to Celebrate New Year's Eve by Downtown Boulder readers.[7]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Albanese, Ellen (October 6, 2004), Boulder is steeped in old, new, Boston Globe [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Hotel Boulderado, a Historic Hotels of America member". Historic Hotels of America. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Pettem, Silvia (2009), Legend of a Landmark, The Book Lode, LLC 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ [3][dead link]

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