Recharging in Boulder means you can delight in fine dining one night, then hike the jutting Flatirons the next. Embrace all the college-meets-adventure-town energy with a stay at Basecamp Hotel. You’ll be just steps from all the action on vibrant Pearl Street — and a quick drive to the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Basecamp’s sleek look can be admired even from the street. It’s glossy black exterior — enhanced with pops of white, fiery orange and gold — is certainly eye-catching. And with all sorts of cool amenities like outdoor firepits and velvety craft beer on tap, not to mention a game room, a dry sauna and toasty hot tub, you’ll unwind in true Colorado style. Pet-friendly rooms come with water bowls (and even disposable litter boxes if you’re traveling with your floofy adventure cat). Looking to extend your stay? Make use of the hotel’s speedy internet and on-site guest laundry.
What makes it special?
It’s all the green initiatives, like the property’s 112 solar panels and Energy Star certification, plus its composting program for breakfast leftovers and focus on buying local and organic ingredients.
The most Colorado thing about this place
It’s the adventure-themed rooms with design features like stickered ice chests, wall-mounted bicycle seats and handle bars and carabiner-fastened canvas maps of the Boulder area. You’ll still feel close to the outdoor action, even while you’re resting up. And don’t forget a book (or pick a new one at Pearl Street’s Boulder Book Store) so you can read in the warm glow of your in-room lantern.
Most unexpected amenity
The indoor rock-climbing wall in Basecamp’s common area is pretty sweet. Clamber from hold to hold as you find your favorite route, then retire to one of the cozy couches for sudsy refreshment.
Top sensory encounter you’ll experience
It’s all the fabulous things happening on nearby Pearl Street, lovingly called Boulder’s “heart and soul.” People-watching is a favored activity on this pedestrian-friendly, shop- and restaurant-lined stretch, and you just might see a street performer juggling fire.
Our favorite traveler review
“Basecamp is a little gem ... steps from the CU campus and great little eateries and shopping. But the staff ... the friendliest people and always there to take care of you! Coffee on the porch or beer in the afternoons there — it is a great little spot with great staff and with a cute, quirky charm.” — PLA512, Tripadvisor
Things to see & do nearby
As a recreational paradise, there is plenty to do in Boulder. Check out local outfitters for guided exploration, such as biking tours with Front Range Ride Guides, or to try new sports like fly-fishing excursions with Rocky Mountain Anglers or rock-climbing adventures with Alpine to the Max.
If you prefer self-directed exploration, consider a hike into Boulder’s foothills from the Chautauqua Trailhead found at the base of the stunning Flatirons (unique rock formations known for their distinct reddish hue). There you’ll sweat your way up to the ultimate reward — iconic views of scenic Boulder Valley.
Thirsty after all that exercise? Boulder boasts numerous craft breweries where you can sip and sample to your heart’s content. Check out the Boulder Beer Trail map here.
Photos courtesy of Basecamp Hotel