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
The Great Indoors room is a Colorado classic. With walls bedazzled with rugged mountain silhouettes and four cozy twin beds sunk into the turf-covered floor, you’ll feel like you’re camping with all the comforts of home. 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
Basecamp partners with area outfitters on fly-fishing, rock-climbing, whitewater-rafting and mountain-bike adventures. So, be sure to ask about that at the front desk when you check in.
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.
If it’s snowy, head to Eldora Ski Resort in nearby Nederland for downhill adventure, plus groomed trails for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing.
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 >>
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Photos courtesy of Basecamp Hotel