by Julie Bielenberg
There are 12 guestrooms at the Alps Boulder Canyon Inn. The B&B is set just outside downtown Boulder on gorgeous Boulder Canyon Road. The Inn is decorated in authentic Mission furnishings, adding to the mountain appeal. There are private bathrooms in all guestrooms, air conditioning, TVs with DirecTV/DVD/VCR/CD and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms have walk-in showers, rain showerheads and hairdryers. Most of the hotel’s guestrooms have private two-person whirlpools or antique claw-footed tubs and private balconies or French doors to furnished mountain-side patios. A gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening desserts, L’Occitane bath/spa amenities and Godiva turndown chocolates are all included.
Our Editor Loves
- The spa-like, intimate ambience
- Complimentary, gourmet breakfast
- Canyon location
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
This property is located 4 miles outside of Boulder. Make no mistake, you are not walking to town from here. Only road into boulder was blocked twice bc or construction and/or landslides. we Google mapped another route which took us on a 45 trip through some mountain dirt roads and was rather harrowing in the day--couldn't imagine at night. We still beat the traffic that was stopped by the construction.
None of this is the fault of the property, though. Staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was pretty good (waffles live up to hype). Our particular room felt small; kind of weird layout, maybe they could've worked out better furniture. However, we just needed a comfortable place to sleep. And that, it was. Bathroom was really spacious.
Although on second floor, our window and back door opened up onto the ground (built on a mountain, y'know). On our second morning, saw a Mama bear and 2 cubs walking around just outside the window (they were too fast to get a pic tho).
On a different note, the property was for sale and they had buyer's info right at the front desk. While I was don't think this affected the quality of our stay, it felt odd knowing these people were going broke running the place.
Another note: it was indicated that you could access a running trail that runs along the Boulder creek, from the property. This is not really the case. First, you hav upe to walk about 1/4-1/2 miles down the highway to the access point (right at the construction zone). The trail IS cool and we accessed it fro. The other side, right at the edge of Boulder proper.
We understand, from the manager, that the hotel’s owner has been trying to sell this property for 3 years and hasn’t been successful. It’s apparently clear that while the property has been on the market, the owner (s) hasn’t participated in the general upkeep that the building requires, particularly in the harsh Colorado climate where the sun and general dry conditions can cause a building to deteriorate quickly if safeguards aren’t in place. Here is what we noticed and what happened: the front stairs to enter the property are destroyed, and this causes problems entering the building easily, especially for older people. The rooms have damage, as well, and there are cracks in the floor of the shower and the light doesn’t function properly. Our hotel room deadbolt lock came off in my wife’s hand and she was only able to exit the room by going out the back patio and going around the entire property and through the front entrance (this is a fire and safety hazard) Parts of the building are blackened, as if there was a previous a fire and anybody can see that the building doesn’t look structurally sound. Apparently, the owner adopted a cat, and, like all cats, the cat has hunter/predator instincts and brought a dead mouse in to the lobby and dropped the mouse on the floor. Apparently, the owner sees this as being okay although the hotel is deemed to be a luxury property and doesn’t seem to consider how visitors may react, or if lodgers have allergies or health concerns (I am allergic). The whirlpool was broken and we would not have booked the reservation if we had known how horrible the place has become in a relatively short period of time. My wife and I stayed at this hotel 6-7 years ago and we returned to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We’re trying to forget these horrible 3 and a half days. The staff acknowledged our anniversary by giving us some bubbling apple cider, which was nice. Yet the conditions of the property- the apparent disregard and concern for us and our well-being were really evident when the manager, who wasn’t wearing shoes, came to fix the door and offered no apologies or gestures of good will/condolences or acknowledgement that being locked in your room is a scary feeling, and we told her we were going to leave early and her response was that we may have trouble receiving a refund. Unbelievable.