Hotel Boulderado Special Events

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Located in the heart of downtown Boulder, Colorado, Hotel Boulderado's vibrant exterior stands out against the stunning Rocky Mountain foothills backdrop. The 1909 mosaic tiled floor, the original Otis elevator, the 5-story cantilevered Cherrywood staircase and the lobby’s stained glass ceiling captivate visitors and guests. Hotel Boulderado is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a City of Boulder landmark. On-site dining options include local farm fresh selections from Spruce Farm & Fish, casual American fare at The Corner Bar, and craft cocktails at License No. 1, a 1920’s inspired speakeasy style bar.
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JW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful Christmas Buffet that was the highlight of Our Christmas Celebration at the Hotel Boulderado.

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Pretty setting but the holiday decorations are getting a bit stale. So were the store bought, boxed cookies served with Christmas Tea! Waiter didn’t pour our tea. No tongs or small spoon in sugar cubes.

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Boulderado Holiday Teas are fantastic, very romantic, and classic. We will probably make it an annual tradition, after having moved back to Colorado this year. -- Steve & Beth Lemanski

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MG
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous holiday tea‼️Great food, tea, service, entertainment & ambiance with the very large holiday tree‼️

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RH
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Nutcracker Christmas Tea wonderful memories with granddaughters and the start of a new tradition!

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love high tea at the Boulderado. It’s my favorite holiday event!

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OT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We were disappointed in this year's tea. Service was very slow (I had to send my pot of tea back because it was cold), and the food was merely adequate. The setting was gorgeous, as always, and the entertainment was delightful.

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g
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Teddy Bear Tea

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LM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This review is for the special Thanksgiving Buffet dinner held in the conference area of the hotel. We were one of the last seatings of the day and were in the smaller of two rooms. It was a pleasant setting, the hotel itself was festive, the conference area/buffet was well laid out and the table settings and decor were nice. There was a live guitar player that added to the ambiance and we enjoyed his playing. The buffet itself was nicely organized and the addition and use of ice sculptures to decorate the buffet and serve shrimp and crab claws was really nifty.

The food was fine. There were several selections for the main protein and the beef tenderloin was very good. The side dishes were copious, however I would have liked a few more green vegetable options.

All in all it was a nice option to have in a year when I was not able to cook for myself.

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BD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Thanksgiving was served in the Conference Center - no atmosphere. The buffet was very tired. The service was indifferent at best. Really disappointing.

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DP
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had Thanksgiving brunch with friends at Boulderado. We had come for three years in a row and this year noticed a difference in food and number of people attending. This time around we weren't impressed with the food; It was good but nothing outstanding. I remember the first year, the menu was much better and they had a variety of dishes and desserts. We felt this time around was very limitted. We also noticed the crowd was much smaller. We were thinking to spend New Years Eve at the hotel this year as well but the only option is the Gran Gala for $230 per person and looking at the menu, it does not seems to be very different from what we got at Thanksgiving so definitely I wouldn't pay that kind of money on New Years Eve.

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SS
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I went to the Thanksgiving buffet and was disgusted by the whole thing. The options on the buffet were very limited. Nothing that you couldn't get at a homeless shelter on Thanksgiving and the service was terrible too. Our waiter, who I thought was a bit cocky, asked if we would be ordering more drinks during the meal after we had given our first drinks order. We weren't so sure at that point and replied probably not. He responded by bringing us the check with our drink order. So within five minutes of arriving before we had even visited the buffet our check was on the table which totally ruined the ambiance and made us feel rushed, and of course nobody knows how many drinks they will want at the beginning of a holiday meal and people did change their minds during the meal but decided it wasn't worth the hassle. I asked someone there why we were given our check so early and they said it was a policy to give the check at the beginning of the meal if people thought that they might not order more so our waiter would know not to approach our table! That is the sort of service I would expect in a fast food place not a special event that costs nearly $90 a head by the time you throw in service fees and tax, and they were far from being short staffed too.

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AF
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to the Boulderado Christmas buffet. The food was excellent, the staff was great, very friendly and helpful. The tables had beautiful flowers and the ice sculpture was beautiful. All around great.

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MY
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I've been to the Christmas tea and the food is usually good (not great). But this was terrible. Desserts and tea were ok. But the rest were truly awful. Dried cold grilled cheeses. Bread and ham on other sandwiches dried and almost unsafe looking. Deviled eggs that looked like they had been out forever. Hot dogs wrapped in puff pastry which were worse than what you can get at the grocery store freezer section - but were the only thing my kid liked...course they were the only edible thing so they promptly ran out and my kid had only one little two inch piece - no more available. $67 for this. I expected much more from the Boulderado. McDonalds and Chuck E Cheese would have been better food...

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

For the cost of the Halloween tea event , 15 minutes for tea to arrive and then having a buffet and not have it at your table was disappointing. Food was not that good given the price. Will not recommend or return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The value just isn’t there. The food was okay, but not for $65/person. They charged us $40 for my 2 year old daughter. We’ll skip next year.

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DR
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Waiter was never around to clean table and to be able to order drinks.

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LC
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Mother's Day Brunch at the Hotel Boulderado has become a family tradition. It is very special to see grandma, great grandma, and little grand-daughters all dressed up for the occasion. The atmosphere is family-elegant and the buffet is extensive and very well done. T

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B
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the Mother's Day brunch immensely. We loved the quiet atmosphere.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Great service. Subpar food, terrible location within the hotel’s secluded, windowless and dark events center.

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DF
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not what we expected. Buffet style and the food was okay.

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O
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I would recommend this place to anyone. We wanted a special Easter brunch and decided we don't mind paying the $65 + over 20 % gratuity if its good food and good service. We were very didsapointed with every thing. For the 6 of us the was $500 a little steap for dry fish,cold and undercooked beef and lamb. We constantly had to search for someone to find for a glass of water . We could have had a wider selection of meats and dessert and a little better quality for the price. The ambiance was not that great either. I will never go back there again it's totally a rip off.

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E
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We have enjoyed the Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hotel Boulderado. This time, we went for Easter Brunch and will not return next year. Upon arrival they seated us (4 adults and 2 tiny children ) at a table for 12. It felt super awkward so we asked to be seated at a smaller table to we could actually talk to each other. The hostess seemed annoyed at the request, but seated us at smaller, more comfortable table for 6. The hotel is charming and lovely, but the event room where we were seated feels like a cheap wedding reception. Although the servers in the buffet area were very nice and helpful, the table service was mediocre. We waited at least 20 minutes for champagne/beer refills, and had to wait even longer for dirty dishes to be cleared. The food was very good, but not necessarily $65 per plate plus an automatic 22% gratuity good. I would suggest changing your policy on charging $25 for a 4 year old child who eats a piece of waffle and some fruit; it quite literally leaves a very bad taste in your mouth. For that reason alone, we will not return.

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JH
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easter Sunday brunch was terrific. Great food (both quality and selection).
Room full of families with little girls in their Easter finery (AND HATS!).
Little boys in unaccustomed collared shirts & jackets.
Noise level was, given the ages involved, up there.
Recommend most highly. We have had Thanksgiving there, and other
holiday/special occasions.

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H
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was yummy. Overall, a great time. Food mostly. I enjoyed driving ten minutes to brunch! Gorgeous venue. A fun time for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Burch was great. Delicious food. Done right.

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WM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at the hotel for Easter Brunch and it was fabulous. The Brown Palace could not compete! The service was excellent and the ambiance very pleasant with friendly servers at the food tables. Would go back any time for that ommellete!!

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LM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The Xmas event was over crowded. Food was cold, buffet menu stated shrimp and crab would be available and none where present. Not enough coffee cups. Only one dessert remained. Not enough staff. Added 20% tip when we only saw server to order drinks. Dinner for 4 was $470! underwhelming on all levels.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Christmas Buffet is always spectacular. My only complaint would be the desserts. Not enough variety. The Main Buffet more than makes up for that. Sitting around the big Christmas tree really tops things off.

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E
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We went for the Christmas buffet, which we have done every year since 2007. The vegetables and prime rib were great, but the salmon was dry. The server had to be asked to remove our plates. The music was inappropriate for a lovely meal. The dessert table was poorly executed this year...it was in a cramped space and the did not keep it stocked. This will be the end of our tradition.

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M
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family loves the holiday events at the Boulerado. We attend every year. The food is delicious and there are options for all diets. The service is outstanding and the overall experience is very pleasant. Thank you Boulerado for making our holiday special.

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BD
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

We've been to the Boulderado for a number of Special Event meals. This was by far the most limited in food choices, and service. Fort $69 per person, plus 20% gratuity already added, we had to get our own coffee/tea, and the plates were not cleared automatically for us when we were finished.

The dessert selection was horrible - very limited choices and none of them were very tasty. I'd love to know what happened to the kind of assortment of food and dessert that was there in the past.

We felt taken advantage of and will not return to another Special Event.

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DB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I like to go to Christmas tea every year! This year, however, we arrived at 1:00 and the host seated us at a dreadful table near the bathroom :( I asked to be moved as it was NOT that busy and he hemmed and hawed and finally moved us. TWO other parties were seated for the rest of the tea. He had made us feel like we were stealing someone else' s table by not wanting the worst table in the place . Very lame! Not only were only two other tables seated, the tables around us were never cleared. Kind of gross. Lastly, the sandwiches are yummy as well as the chocolate dipped strawberries, but I'd bet a whole lot of money that the cookies are from Pepperidge Farm-shortbread with the chocolate dot, checkerboard and chocolate dipped butter, etc.Come on Boulderado for $38??!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My friends and I had a special afternoon tea again this year. We are making this our annual tradition at the Boulderado because of the beautiful setting, good service and excellent tea time fare.

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LB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love this hotel. I’ve had many wonderful times there over the past twenty years. I’m glad to see it progressing with the times while keeping the original look and feel of a historic hotel!

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S
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have gone to High Tea here for 20 years. It is always a delight.

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T
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I went to the Christmas tea with my 16 year old granddaughter. It had The Nutcracker cast in full garb which was nice, and I expected we would hear singing and see some light dancing. The characters walked about the tea and chatted with tables repeatedly, making it difficult for me to even hold a conversation with my granddaughter, whom I do not see very often. It became, in a word, "annoying". There was an additional $10 fee per ticket for this, and my server added an "automatic" gratuity of 20%... and included the $20 Nutcracker fee, so she tipped on $80 as opposed to $60. Our food tray came before our tea, and another employee went to see what happened to our tea order. The food was "so-so" unremarkable. All, told, my bill was over $100 for 2 for tea. NO, I will not do this again. It was overpriced, and I put in a call to be reimbursed for the "over" tipping. When asked why they add the gratuity "automatically" I was told, "We just always do that". When asked if the gratuity was indeed a tip for the server, I was told, "Yes, it helps to pay for the server." Not really what I asked. I suspect our server did not get the full 20%. I also noticed other trays at tables that were laden with fresh fruit, which was not on our tray; perhaps it was a special request. I would have done that in lieu of some of the store-bought baked items on our tray. All in all, disappointing. St. Julien much nicer.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My daughter and I loved our first tea. However, I was given the children's tea plate and paid for an adult tea. (It was the server's first tea service, and she brought me a couple hummus tea sandwiches to go.). Also, I asked for $10 change and never received it. Nonetheless, I would recommend the tea with a more seasoned server. My daughter loved it!

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I've been to the Boulderado several times in the past and have always loved it but this visit was a disaster. They are charging 20% on top of regular tea prices for a "sales department booking fee", which is INSANE. Not a penny of that went to our server, so we ended up having to tip him 20% as well (he did nothing wrong!). That added 40% on to the $36 charge for the tea itself. Super disappointed in this unexpected high charge - we should have been told about this from the start. No idea why they thought us booking our reservation on open table should cost 20%!

Other complaints: our table was missing plates to eat from & plates to put our tea steepers on. Also, most of the desserts were not homemade. ALSO, I requested a pescatarian option and was not served the smoked salmon that my friends were. Super disappointing - will not be back. :(

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d
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I were at the hotel for the holiday tea. We have come several times over the past years and enjoy it each and every time. The hotel is beautiful and decorated so nicely for the holidays. It's a wonderful start to the holiday season for my daughter and I.

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