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About Hotel Boulderado Special Events

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.

2115 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Each event varies. Please check our website for more details.

Cross Street:
Broadway between Spruce and Pine

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 440-2882

Website:
http://www.boulderado.com/

Parking Details:
We offer valet parking for $2 per hour at the 13th Street Main Hotel Boulderado entrance.

Public Transit:
Hotel Boulderado can be reached via RTD bus and is located at the corner of 13th Steet and Spruce in Downtown Boulder.

Executive Chef:
Peter Morrison

Private Party Facilities:
Perfect for intimate gatherings as small as 15 and sizeable celebrations as large as 300, Hotel Boulderado boasts 10,000 square feet of full-service and fully customizable event space tailored to your events. The spring 2016 renovation of Hotel Boulderado included 114 guestrooms and suites in addition to 5,000 square feet of event space. The newly remodeled Event Center includes a relaxing outdoor plaza with a waterfall and fire feature that can be utilized for any social event or party. The updated indoor event spaces are complete with brand new state of the art audio-visual equipment including 3,000-lumen projectors, retractable screens, and a new speaker system. Hotel Boulderado ensures guests enjoy every aspect of the celebration as operational and banquets teams provide superior service. Executive Chef Peter Morrison attended Johnson & Wales University and leads a team of culinary artists in providing exceptional cuisine.

Private Party Contact:
Hotel Boulderado Sales Office: (877) 925-2129

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit www.boulderado.com to learn more about special events year-round.

Hotel Boulderado Special Events Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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3.8

service

3.6

ambience

4.1

value

3.0

Noise

Moderate

61% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
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Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Good for a Date (2)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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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·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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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 (Denver)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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??!

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Fun, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, People Watching, Sunday Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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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·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We came for the holiday tea. Our table was partially behind a post, so one of our guests could not see the decor or the tree. Not enough scones or sandwiches and too many desserts, some of the cookies seemed out of a box. No clotted cream or lemon curd for the scones. Not a good value for the price at all. Crusty humus on dry bread is not a teasandwich. I have been to many teas, and this was one of the worst. I was surprised because the food at murder mysteries with dinner at the Boulderado has been excellent. Very disappointed in this tea.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

the hike in price was alarming. the food was great as usual for these holiday meals.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving Buffet. Even though there was a pop up flash mob Animal Rights Protest, (that's SO Boulder), the Management handled it very well and didn't skip a beat. loved the Crab claws appetizer. Beautiful hotel.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Service was extremely slow, tables were crammed in so tightly that getting to the buffet at all was an unwelcome adventure, and Turkey protesters (which happens every year) were allowed 10 minutes of screaming at us, which is very upsetting to children. You’d think after a few years of this they’d be better prepared.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Although the food was good, it was incredibly overpriced. Furthermore, I did not approve of the restaurant adding a 20% service charge for a buffet. We didn't order alcohol, and there were only two of us.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I don't like the non traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Let's keep the water chestnuts out of the stuffing. Let's keep the pomegranate out of the cranberries. Finally, I felt pressured to leave a tip after an already large "service charge" of 20% (about 35 for three people).

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Everything we great. Food and service was wonderful.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Must do - Beautiful venue and lovely Mother's Day Brunch!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 14, 2017

the food was excellent and the service was fantastic by everyone from the valet car staff to the waiters and bus people.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Very nice. Infortunately our reservation was too early to enjoy such a lavish spread but it was too late to change on Sat.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Did not enjoy at all. They lost our reservation and the brunch was horrible.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Took my family for Easter Brunch. Food was good, nice selection though they had already ran out of several items. Service was fair, could have been more attentive. Dining was set up on folding tables in a conference room, less than elegant.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We are a little disappointed with food, the overall atmosphere, and organization of the event. We came for 1:15 Easter Brunch with my family and a little grandson. He was asking to see Easter Bunny and I was shocked to learn from our waiter that he cannot locate one! After me insisting on one to come, somebody showed up without Easter basket and a little treats for the children. In 5 minutes he was gone. Last year at the same event we were offered a glass of champagne or prosecco, but not this year. The food was not very tasty, cold or barely warm and small quantities. The meal was not worse the price. We will probably go somewhere else next year.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We attended the Boulderado's Easter Brunch. The buffet food was completely unremarkable. The waffles were barely warm and notably not fresh. The pastries were dull and dry, and nothing else was anything I would have paid for at a normal restaurant. The omelets were the only dish that we all agreed was edible. The waiters didn't seem to know what to do (so many of them were standing around- always in the way!). The room for the event looked like a cheap, overly-crowded wedding reception. The $55 per person price tag didn't include any specialty coffees or alcohol. We paid over $300 for 4 people (only two champagnes were included in that bill) and the experience wasn't worth half of that. The only enjoyable factor was that my two-year old liked the props for the selfie booth. But then they tried to charge us $25 for her meal (kids under 4 were supposed to eat free)... Absolutely would never recommend this. Plus their marketing sign at the entrance of the brunch had the wrong price on it!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Great as usual..was there for Thanksgiving also.. Christmas dinner: we would like some of the traditional items like turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie...but we'll back next year.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Have been to the Hotel Boulderado for the Christmas Buffet several times. Awesome food and the Atmosphere just enhances the Holiday Season.
Highly recommend it.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Beautiful Victorian Hotel. Gorgeous Christmas tree and decorations. Excellent valet and elevator service. Great food and wait staff for the Christmas buffet. Will return for special events or at other times.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Beautifully decorated and great service. Not enough sandwiches for all of us and when I asked for me they couldn't accommodate.That was a disappointment especially since some of us can't eat sweets.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2016

We have attended the Boulderado Holiday Tea for many years and for the last ten years straight. By far the best selection of teas and food. Our waiter was absolutely great. The entire staff was most gracious, kind and attentive to my two very young granddaughters. Thank you to the Boulderado and especially the caterer and his/her staff.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Our overall experience was excellent. However, I expected a few more tea sandwiches for the price.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Excellent. Too many desserts. You need more scones and sandwiches. Very nice. :)))))

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Vegan, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Organic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2016

I love the Hotel Boulderado more every time I go there! It is definitely the gem of Boulder! The Nutcracker Tea is always adorable. My only suggestion is a few less sweets and (2) scones per person instead of (1). Get champagne extra! It's worth it!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Healthy, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Casual, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 4, 2016

The ambiance is amazing for tea at Christmas time. We had carolers amd it's just lovely.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2016

The buffet was overall disappointing. The food was laid out unattractively on long tables in a dimly lit hallway; somewhat like a church supper. The hot food itself was tasty but hard to see it in the dark. There were only two sad bowls of salad. Ample crab claws and shrimp were a high point, as was the chocolate fountain.
By comparison, two years ago we celebrated New Years Eve at the Boulderado. The buffet dinner , served at mezzanine level, was sumptuous and beautifully laid out. Many salads and fresh vegetables, a beautiful cheese board, seafood, and the usual hot items.
Yes, it was more expensive , but well worth it.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2016

13th year for Thanksgiving . Least satisfying by far. Most of the food was served cold. Really too bad given the decade plus of good experiences. Server and staff were friendly though.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Did not think the food was quite as good as last year, but still good. Really liked the shrimp and crab, but not the pumpkin pie.
I am someone that likes gravy on the potatoes, dressing, and turkey. So the gravy placement makes this a challenge.
I did enjoy my meal!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2016

We enjoy it every Thanksgiving. I appreciate the Gluten-free options. Would like to see more Gluten-free Thanksgiving dessert favorites. Our only complaint is the creme brulee. They fill the ramekins with about 1/8 inch worth of creme brulee. It is really a joke. Unfortunately there are very few Gluten-free options. And that is one of them. I think they would save more money filling them. Cause they have to wash the 12 ramekins we eat to get a full serving

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