St Julien Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Soaking tubs with separate glass showers in every room
- Plush couches in the lounge attract Boulderites gathering for hot toddies
- Floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain views
What To Know
- More appropriate for couples than families
- Spa lounge is co-ed
- Friday night salsa can draw crowds of 400 or more
- The hotel was renovated in 2010
With an earthy exterior of rust-colored stone and muted greens and golds, the four-story St Julien Hotel & Spa blends naturally into the jagged mountain backdrop of downtown Boulder. Floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides of the oversize hotel lounge blur the line between inside and out, as does the glass fireplace that anchors one end of the room, offering peekaboo views of the outdoor fountain just beyond. A blend of locals and guests mingle in what’s become Boulder’s favorite living room, sipping mulled wine while curled up on deep couches and chatting about the latest Pearl Street oddities. Rooms balance the rugged outdoors with indoor creature comforts with their rich wood floors, plush earthtone rugs, natural stone walls and soaring ceilings, as well pillow-top mattresses and Italian linens. Little touches like custom art by a local photographer and an iPod dock add to the homey vibe.
In the Area
The hotel sits right in the middle between Boulder’s Rocky Mountain majesty and its urban epicenter. On one side are the craggy, climbable Flatiron Mountains and access to the city’s 45,000 acres of hikeable open space. On the other is the Pearl Street Mall, a pedestrian-friendly hub of boutiques, cafés, bookshops, breweries, street performers, and no shortage of dining options. Resident foodies have a preference for local, organic ingredients, and the most sought-after restaurants in town deliver. St Julien’s restaurant, Jill’s, holds its own. The handlebar-mustached Frenchman’s penchant for tableside cooking, from steak to bananas foster, means your entire meal can now be prepared while you watch.
How to Get There
Very nice, centrally located hotel and spa facilities. Rooms are comfortable, providing slippers and bathrobes for each guest. Tried to eat at the lobby restaurant but the service was horrible. Hotel staff very professional, but restaurant service was awful.
For a hotel as highly rated (and pricey) as St Julien, I must say we were a bit disappointed.
First, the good: Check in was fast and efficient and we were able to check in early at about noon.
Bathroom was very pretty with lovely stone-tiled walls, floors and glass-door shower enclosure.
Location was great - Pearl Street just steps away in one direction and Boulder Creak path in the other.
Now the not-so-good:
In such an arid environment as Boulder in summer, no water pitcher/cooler in lobby to refresh guests upon arrival.
Fitness facility - sorely lacking. One weight machine,one bench and a rack of weights along with aerobic machines.
Spa and services were nice, but nothing to write home about. Not complaining at all - I enjoyed it, but nothing extraordinary that would make for a stand-out experience.
Now the coup de grace:
One of the reasons I enjoy a splurge at a nicer hotel, is the little extras that come with it; the special touches such as the gourmet treats, lovely toiletries, fine linens, etc, so when we left our room in the morning for a long day of hiking and adventure, I looked forward to coming back to a clean, fresh, restocked room. We arrived back at our door puzzled to see a DO Not Disturb sign there, which we had not placed. We then discovered our room hadn't been touched by housekeeping! I called the front desk immediately to report this and received an apology and an offer to send housekeeping up. At such a late hour, it seemed pointless, but I did request water bottles be sent up and was told they'd be delivered immediately. They never arrived. I called front desk again in the morning and was given another apology for the oversight regarding the lack of water (it seems the notes from the night before neglected to mention the fact the sign on the door was NOT placed there by us - which to me is key here - signaling that someone from housekeeping chose to hang that sign rather than service the room). Once that point was clarified, this second staff member said she'd refer it to a manager to see if "something might be done". No mention of what "something " might be, and a phone number or email was not taken to contact me. I feet we should have had some sort of restitution (other than two "So sorry"s), as a clean, re-stocked, made-up room is an essential part of a stay for us as hotel guests, especially when paying higher room rates. This was the one not-so-bright spot on an otherwise fantastic trip to beautiful Boulder.
The location is perfect. It is minutes away from dining, shopping and a moderate walk to hiking/biking in the mountains. The room is fairly clean, however I have been to this hotel numerous times for the past 6 years and it needs updating.
St. Julien Hotel And Spa was a great choice for Ironman Boulder. It's within walking distance to Ironman Village and the finish line. Also part of the run course is very near by. It's a beautiful place, the service was outstanding and everyone was so supportive of the event.
The St. Julien has well decorated rooms. The lobby is amazing and they have wonderful restaurants. I have never used the Spa but the swimming pool area is very well designed. The hotel is next door to a large parking garage so parking is inexpensive and convenient.