A holiday party brought me to Boulder, Colorado recently, and we opted to overnight at the 269-room Millennium Harvest House Boulder, about 40 minutes from DIA. This 3-star hotel is currently under renovation, but offers a prime location at the foot of Rocky Mountains and near the University of Colorado and Folsom Field. In years past, I’d attended business meetings and conventions at this Colorado hotel, and with its location near the Boulder Creek Path, this is often our stop when we’re heading to a football game at Folsom Field.
It was a quiet Sunday evening with only a handful of cars in the parking lot – free parking! I entered the building to a friendly receptionist and a festive lobby decorated for the holidays with Nutcrackers, red garland and a Christmas tree. The lobby definitely needs a renovation, but it was clean. To the right is a lounge with a beautiful antique bar. Past the reception desk toward the right leads to the main dining area and the door to the gorgeous grounds next to Boulder Creek.
I was told that our standard room was upgraded to an oversized double on the renovated 5th floor. The elevator was an old clanky one, but it did the job. I had read online reviews about the shabbiness of the rooms, but our room was perfect, recently renovated, with the exception of the old (non-flat screen) television. We had a view of the mountains, which was gorgeous. The bathroom was small, but clean. The workspace was great, and right next to the window. Complimentary WiFi was available in the public areas, but in the room it was $9.95 daily fee (total bummer).
Hands-down, the best feature of this hotel is its 16 beautiful acres of gardens along the Boulder Creek & Path, beautifully landscaped with water features. During CU football season, Millennium hosts a pre-game, tailgate party with a Jumbotron TV in the Gardens and opens the “shack” in the middle for outdoor bar service. This space is also used for many other community events, such as yoga, free concerts, weddings, etc.
In addition, the Millennium offers fitness center, indoor/outdoor pools, 15 tennis courts, on-site full service restaurant, Thyme on the Creek serves organic food. There is a small lounge off the lobby, and the larger sports bar is currently closed for renovation but set to reopen sometime in 2014.
The Millenneium Harvest House Boulder (Colorado) is in the midst of a desperately-needed complete renovation. The staged renovation is in progress with signs of improvements especially to the rooms. This Boulder hotel does offer one of the best locations for those visiting Univeresity of Colorado. Its location on the Boulder Creek & Path is another bonus for those wanting quick access to outdoor activities. Rates $109-$370.
Photos courtesy of Diana Rowe & the Millenneium Harvest House Boulder.