Hotel Boulderado
The historic Hotel Boulderado is located at 13th and Spruce St. in downtown Boulder, Colorado. It opened its doors on New Year's Day 1909. The original 1908 Otis Elevator is still in operation. "As one of the first Boulder hotels, it is located in the heart of downtown. The hotel's name comes from the words "Boulder" and "Colorado" so no guest would forget where they had stayed. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Historic Hotels of America." The hotel maintains the original Victorian elegance of the property in every guest room, with elegantly furnished guestrooms, and comfortable antique furnished sitting areas. The lobby boasts a restored copy of the famed stained glass ceiling and the original cantilevered cherry wood staircase. Hotel literature from the 1920's stated "every guest may expect the best and get it", a policy which is still upheld in a modernized hotel with all the latest amenities. The Hotel Boulderado houses three restaurants. Located off of the main lobby are Q's, a popular fine-dining restaurant, and the Corner Bar, a more casual eatery. The basement contains Catacombs, a lively bar generally open until well after midnight. All three restaurants share a kitchen. The Hotel Boulderado has a slight appearance in Stephen King's novel Misery.

In 1905, Boulder was home to 8,000 residents, the University of Colorado, one of the Chautauqua cultural and educational resorts, and twenty-six automobiles. Residents called the city the "Athens of the West." As a new-forged railroad hub, the city did have some hotels to accommodate visitors, but in December 1905, the city council launched the "hotel proposition," furthered by the Boulder newspaper, the Daily Camera. Committees from Boulder's Commercial Association raised funds in the form of $100 subscriptions, and the Boulder Hotel Company was formed, which owned the hotel until 1939. The hotel was opened with a Gala Ball on New Year's Eve of 1908. The first guests checked in on New Years Day, 1909. The first guest register is still on display in the main lobby, and the modern hotel still commemorates their opening every year with a New Year's Eve Gala Ball, voted the #1 Place to Celebrate New Year's Eve by Downtown Boulder readers.