Website: Hotel Boulderado Weddings Website
The Hotel Boulderado is Boulder’s most historic and sumptuous hotel. The first couple to get married here did so on the grand staircase in 1911 with a celebration in the mezzanine afterward and since then countless couples have participated in this sweet tradition by hosting their wedding ceremonies on the grand staircase.
While other area hotels are newer and have a more sleek and modern feel to them, I actually adore the old-fashioned vibe of the Hotel Boulderado which is located in an old red brick building just one block away from the Pearl Street Mall. Please don’t mistake “old-fashioned” as “dingy” because unlike other historic hotels that haven’t quite kept their buildings up to par, The Hotel Boulderado has meticulously maintained their spaces to keep a historic and opulent look to them. In fact, in 2017 they underwent a huge renovation to freshen up this historic hotel. I am a total sucker for loud Victorian style like floral wallpaper and glittery chandeliers and this hotel still has that in droves. But in my opinion, the most remarkable feature is the Hotel Boulderado’s gorgeous golden colored domed stained glass skylight over the mezzanine with it’s fancy curved glass. Although not original (it was recreated in the 70s after a huge snowstorm destroyed the original) it’s a stunning work of art and I always try to capture it as much as possible in photos when I am photographing weddings at the Hotel Boulderado.
The Hotel Boulderado is a pretty awesome choice for those who want to host a destination wedding in Boulder and keep guests all on-site in a convenient location. They also offer a free shuttle to take your guests out and about to explore what Boulder has to offer. The hotel has plenty of guest rooms and suites and if you want to book one of the carriage house spaces you’ll have even more room to spread out during the wedding day preparations with your wedding party.
You’ll be able to host up to 240 guests at the Hotel Boulderado and you’ll spend anywhere from $55 per guest for a brunch reception up to $159 per guest for the platinum dinner reception option with lots of budget choices in between as well as enhancement options like Charcuterie boards and carving stations too.
I’ve done my best to describe the various wedding locations and spaces that are offered at the Hotel Boulderado below. You’ll find square footage and capacity numbers for each of the spaces. These rooms and spaces are quite flexible meaning they can be used in conjunction with each other or only rent a portion of them. Overall the Hotel Boulderado has 10,0000 square feet of space available to reserve for your wedding celebration.
Let’s start with the most historic part of Hotel Boulderado where the gorgeous stained glass skylight and grand staircase are located.
Mezzanine Lounge: The Mezzanine Lounge is an extremely popular area to use for a wedding reception or cocktail hour at the Hotel Boulderado. Above you’ll see the domed skylight and it’s open to the main level giving it an airy and spacious feel. There is also a wall of windows on both the west and south walls of this space helping to bring some light into this dark hotel. It’s 3,289 square feet and you’ll be able to accommodate up to 230 guests there (160 guests if you plan to use it for a sit down dinner with rounds).
Aspen Room: The Aspen Room is a little alcove connected with the Mezzanine space. It’s located along the west wall so it has good natural light with that wall of windows there. There are 555 square feet of space and you can fit up to 50 people in this space (up to 40 if you plan to use round tables).
Driftwood: The Driftwood room is a cute little room just off of the main mezzanine and has a couple of windows letting in some natural light. It looks like it’d be a nice little spot if you were trying to host a more intimate dinner reception. It has 375 square feet and you can host up to 25 guests (20 with rounds).
Evergreen: The Evergreen is right next to the Driftwood room but it’s larger and also has the Porch right off of it. So it has lots of natural light coming in from the Porch. It has 604 square feet and can fit up to 40 people at an intimate wedding reception.
The Porch: The Porch is located right off of the Evergreen room (you must walk through the Evergreen Room to reach The Porch). It is an enclosed space with even more light than the Evergreen since it’s closer to the windows. It can be sectioned off from the Evergreen room to use separately but also would be great combining both rooms. The Porch has 488 square feet and also has space for up to 40 guests.
Staying over on the historic side of the Hotel Boulderado is one more area you can rent for your wedding located on the ground level.
Juniper Room: The Juniper Room is a super cute space with large windows along one wall. I love that there are doors that open up to an outdoor patio area in this room. It also has super pretty glass chandeliers hanging from the ceiling! The Juniper Room is 493 square feet and you can fit up to 40 guests (30 seated at rounds).
Heading over into the newer side of the Hotel Boulderado there are even more wedding and event spaces available to rent for your celebration. This is where you’ll find a more traditional ballroom style space for your wedding.
Boulderado Ballroom: The Boulderado Ballroom can be used as a whole or divided and broken down into the Columbine, Balsam, & Alpine spaces. This is one of the larger spaces at the Hotel Boulderado and unlike the Mezzanine, it has more of a traditional shape (the Mezzanine is more of a U-shape since it overlooks the lobby level) The total square footage is 2,867 and you can fit up to 300 people, or 240 seated at rounds. When broken down into the Columbine space, it has 1481 square feet and can accommodate up to 120 people or up to 90 when seated at rounds. The Balsam and Alpine breakdown spaces are a little smaller at 692 square feet and 663 square feet respectively. Both breakdown spaces can host 50 guests (or 40 when seated at rounds).
Foyer: The Foyer is located right outside of the Boulerado Ballroom and would make a great cocktail hour space. You can host up to 120 people there.
Executive Boardroom: Over on the newer side of Hotel Boulderado is also an executive boardroom which has some built in cabinets on one wall and nice large windows that are cattycorner from each other on the opposite side of the room. It is 649 square feet with room for up to 50 guests (40 when seated in rounds).
Outdoor Plaza: Because of the location of Hotel Boulderado, it’s biggest downside is probably the lack of outdoor space available. (it’s located right in the heart of the most crowded part of Boulder where all of the action is so outdoor space comes at a premium there) However, they do have the stunning outdoor plaza full of plants so they do have some nice outdoor space available to rent. The Outdoor Plaza is quite decently sized too at 2,425 square feet. It’s layout is on multiple tiers so that cuts into the amount of guests you can comfortably host though. Still, for those looking for a smaller cocktail hour outdoors, you’ll be able to host up to 60 guests there.
I hope this Hotel Boulderado Wedding Guide has given you a rough idea of what’s available at this beautiful, historic Boulder wedding venue. It’s perfect for couples who love all things vintage and want to easily host their wedding all in one place while being close to all of the action in Boulder. I’ve been photographing weddings in Boulder for over 14 years and I’d love the opportunity to talk to you about your wedding plans. Please take a look at the WEDDINGS page of my site and get in touch to tell me about yourselves!
Address: 2115 13th Street Boulder, CO 80302