Situated up in Boulder County in the central part of northern Colorado, Boulder is the 11th biggest city in the Centennial State in terms of population. It’s surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and, like many other cities around Colorado, is located at a high elevation of over 5,000 feet above sea level. It’s a short drive away from the state capital of Denver and has close ties with the city, but also has its own history, attractions, landmarks, and locations of interest for both residents and visitors to enjoy. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


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This city was originally used as a supply base for all the miners working around the Rocky Mountains. Workers in Boulder would create and supply the miners with the tools and equipment they needed down in the mines, but the city grew over the years to incorporate other ideas and industries, so as not to become too reliant on mining. For example, Boulder is the home of the University of Colorado, which began construction way back in the late 1800s and still stands today as one of the top education establishments in the state.

Boulder is a great city to visit for people wishing to explore the Rocky Mountains and local natural areas like the Royal Arch Trail, the Mount Sanitas Trail, and Eldorado Canyon State Park. In the city itself, you'll find good shopping malls, the fascinating Museum of Natural History, and plenty of super restaurants and bars to hang out in too. Overall, Boulder is an excellent place to stop off on your travels, and the city is even home to a couple of hostels just waiting to welcome you in and let you stay for some very low prices. Read on to find out more about the best hostels of Boulder, CO.

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2.Boulder Adventure Lodge

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Located in a great spot on the Four Mile Creek just out towards the western side of Boulder, the Boulder Adventure Lodge, also known as A-Lodge to the regular guests, is a great place to spend some time on your next trip to this Colorado city. The Boulder Adventure Lodge is perfect for people wishing to see the natural beauty and scenic surroundings of Boulder, with lots of nice hiking trails right nearby and some stunning natural areas just waiting to be explored. If you want to head into the city itself, Downtown Boulder is only a short drive away.

The Boulder Adventure Lodge provides hotel-standard private rooms and rental cabins for its guests, so there's a nice range of accommodation options here. You'll be able to enjoy a tasty free breakfast in the mornings, as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the property. There's an outdoor swimming pool, which is a nice way to cool off in the warm summer months, and the staff at this Boulder hostel and lodge are very friendly too, always happy to help out and share their knowledge of the local area.

91 Fourmile Canyon Dr, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-444-0882

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3.Basecamp Boulder

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If you're looking for a clean, safe, comfortable hostel location right in the heart of Boulder, CO, this is the place to be. Basecamp Boulder is located right in the center of the city, only a short walk from key locations like the Pearl Street Mall and the University of Colorado. There are some amazing museums, shops, restaurants, and bars up and down the streets around this Boulder hostel, so you'll never run out of things to do if you choose to spend some time here.

Basecamp Boulder is a highly rated hostel with a lot to offer. It's a nice option for families and groups of friends, in particular, with the rooms all coming complete with their own little kitchenettes to help you cook up some treats at any time of day from the comfort and privacy of your own room. There's also an on-site fitness center and an indoor swimming pool, and Wi-Fi is provided to all guests for the full duration of their stay at Basecamp Boulder.

2020 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-449-7550

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4.Hostel Fish

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There aren't too many hostel options in Boulder itself, but if you don't mind traveling a few miles south and staying the Colorado state capital of Denver, Hostel Fish is waiting to welcome you in. This excellent Colorado hostel has received terrific reviews and ratings from past guests and stands out as an amazing option for people wishing to explore both Denver and Boulder, with local landmarks including the Denver Aquarium, the Mile High Stadium, and the Pepsi Center.

This hostel provides modern, urban-style dorms with industrial-style bunk beds, secure storage lockers, comfortable chairs, and nice decorations all over the walls as well. If you’d prefer not to share, private rooms are also available at a slightly higher rate. You'll also find clean bathrooms, a large lounge space, an on-site bar, coin operated washers and dryers, and free Wi-Fi for everyone.

1217 20th St, Denver, CO 80202, Phone: 303-954-0962

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The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is a beautiful handcrafted Persian teahouse from Dushanbe in Tajikistan. Resting on the banks of Boulder Creek with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain Foothills, the handmade building was a gift from the mayor of Dushanbe, Maksud Ikramov to the city of Boulder and is considered one of Boulder’s most popular tourist attractions. The elegant and authentic Persian teahouse serves a menu of international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, as well as a traditional afternoon tea that features over 80 imported teas. The Teahouse also features a lovely creek-side patio and a full-service bar.

Presented as a gift from the mayor of Dushanbe to the city of Boulder in 1987, the Dushanbe Teahouse was handmade by 40 artisans from Tajikistan over a period of two years. The Teahouse was built using craft methods that were passed down from generation to generation, such as intricate detailing, the repetition of traditional Persian patterns, and the use of nature. Once complete, the Teahouse was deconstructed, packed into crates, and shipped to Boulder, erected as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration, and opened to the public in 1998. Today, the magnificent Teahouse stands as a reminder to everyone to value cultural diversity, international friendship, and global cooperation.

In keeping with the tradition that teahouses are usually alongside or close to bodies of water, the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse rests on the banks of Boulder Creek and is surrounded by elaborate rose gardens – another Tajik tradition - that were donated and planted by the Boulder Valley Rose Society.

Design elements on the exterior of the teahouse include eight exquisitely painted ceramic tiles made by Victor Zabolotnikov, displaying the intricate patterns of the ‘Tree of Life’ enclosed by a mihrab motif (the specialized niche in a mosque which indicates the direction of Mecca).

The interiors of the Teahouse boast intricately designed hand-carved cedar pillars and white panels designed and executed by Kodir Rakhimov, which frame contemporary oil paintings, traditional geometric plaster carvings and handmade Tajikistan furniture. Originally built, hand carved using century-old methods, and painted in Tajikistan, the ceiling of the Teahouse is one of its best features with an array of intricate hand painted patterns that are typical of traditional of Persian Art.

A central pool and fountain known as the ‘Fountain of the Seven Beauties’ is surrounded by seven bronze sculptures by Ivan Milashevich that reflect the seven women from the 12th-century poem, ‘The Seven Beauties.’ Completed in 1197 A.D., the ‘Seven Beauties’ is the fourth poem from Nizami Ganjavi’s ‘Khamsa,’ which relay the stories and adventures of Shah Bahram Goirr, the son of Yargourd the First who hailed from the Sasanids Dynasty. The poet uses these experiences to explore the themes of morality, social justice, cultural values and appreciation of nature.

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse serves a traditional afternoon tea every day, complete with beautifully dressed tables with English-style white linens, china, and silverware. A mouth-watering three-tier tower of decadent sweet and savory treats is offered, including freshly baked homemade scones with jam and cream, cucumber finger sandwiches, delicious cakes and muffins, various filled pastry pockets and more. A range of imported teas and coffee is served, along with different accompaniments such as lemon and sugar.

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse can be rented for private parties and other functions, as well as the intimate Tea Garden and peaceful Creekside Patio. The Teahouse offers a variety of specialty menus, including custom ethnic cuisine, vegetarian and vegan fare and can cater for parties large and small.

Other special events held at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse include the Annual Rocky Mountain Tea Festival, which has been running for 18 years and offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about premium, loose leaf teas from around the world. The Festival features seminars, workshops, a small bazaar a Tea Dinner and Children’s Tea Parties.

Another fantastic event is the Dim Sum and Oolong Tea Afternoon Service, which involves a seven-course small plate dinner of delicious Dim Sum accompanied by high quality imported loose leaf oolong teas.

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is located at 1770 13th Street in Boulder and is open to the public for breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner from Monday through Friday, and brunch, high tea, and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays.

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1770 13th Street Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-442-4993

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