If you’re looking for the best hotel in Boulder, Colorado, it’s the St Julien — hands down. I say this mainly because you will be well rested and well taken care of, the only things that really matter when you’re traveling on a business trip. How do I know? I spent a night working (to film this interview with venture capitalist Seth Levine) and resting in one of the St Julien’s king suites last week and the experience was superior to staying in the presidential suite of a famous hotel chain.
Let me start by describing the one thing that really matters most in a hotel, luxury or otherwise: the bed. If the bed isn’t nice (or amazing, in this category), nothing else matters. If you’re not well-rested, the rest of your vacation or business trip will suffer. Thankfully, the bed was exceptionally comfortable at the St Julien. In my mind it is tied for the nicest (most comfortable) bed I’ve ever slept on along with the king bed at Beaver Creek Lodge. That’s a very good start.
To say everything at the St Julien is top-of-the-line would truly be an understatement. To summarize, I’d say the hotel is lavish without being over-the-top. It’s just the right mix of comfort and class. From the spacious lobby with it’s giant windows, large fireplace and lots of seating to the stylish in-room furniture and luxurious tub and shower lets you know you’re in for a relaxing, enjoyable stay.
The king suite I stayed in was incredible. It was in the corner of the 4th floor (the top floor): room 444. When you walk in the room the spacious, stone-appointed bathroom is to your left, the bedroom is straight-ahead and the common area (or bonus, entertaining room) is off to the right. But that’s not all: there’s a GIANT balcony off the common area that’s approximately the same size as the bonus room itself.
I’ve already described the bed, but the bedroom itself was large, decorated nicely with photography from around the city (as was the rest of the hotel) and has a great desk, a chair with an ottoman and an armoire/TV setup directly across from the bed. The furniture was all made of a dark, rich wood that feels like it belongs in an upscale hotel right near the base of the Rocky Mountains.
The bathroom was palatial and ...