Located in the heart of historic Boulder, Colorado stands Hotel Boulderado (a combination of 'Boulder' and 'Colorado'), the city's first hotel. Opening on New Year's Day in 1909, even the hotel's 1908 Otis Elevator still operates for hotel guests. Housing three restaurants, the hotel makes an appearance in Stephen King's thriller, Mercy. Every New Year's Eve, the hotel celebrates its birth with a party called the New Year's Gala Ball.
In the early 1900s, when Boulder was evolving
from a dusty frontier town to a cultured small city, its residents yearned for
an upscale hotel. Businessmen and women raised the funds to build the Hotel
Boulderado, which opened on New Year's Day, 1909. Since then, it's come full
circle from late Victorian luxury, through a shaky beginning in the teens,
prosperity in the twenties, a fall in the Depression, post-war modernization,
deterioration and, finally, restoration to even surpass its former grandeur.
Today the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a City of
Designed by local architects William Redding
& Son, the five-story brick building incorporates both Italian Renaissance
and Spanish Revival features. It follows a trend of open court hotels started
by the Palace Hotel in San Francisco and carried over to Denver's Brown Palace
Hotel, built in 1892.
Early guests included conservationist Enos
Mills, actress Ethel Barrymore, actor Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., and evangelist
Billy Sunday. Some who followed were Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, Robert
Frost, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, as well as a generous representation
of today's political figures, speakers, entertainers, and musicians.
The Hotel Boulderado's name is a combination of
Boulder and Colorado and was chosen so that guests
would always remember where they had stayed.