4.8 on October 25, 2012
I have stayed at a number of places in downtown Boulder over the past two years, and this is my favorite. I stayed here for two weeks in May 2012, and another week in August 2012, and I've booked another stay for a few days in November. I can easily walk to my office on Pearl St. from the Briar Rose, which I prefer over driving. The breakfasts are awesome, and you if come away hungry, it's by choice. They serve homemade granola, with fresh cut fruit and yogurt every morning. Then each morning they cook up something special, whether it is a veggie scramble, Belgium waffles, omelettes, or blueberry pancakes it was all very good. They also have a large selection of quality loose leaf teas to choose from - Oolongs, Darjeeling, Assam, Rooibos, Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong, with lots of other black, green, white, and herbal teas. If you like tea, you'll love the selection.
3.2 on October 18, 2012
We had an overall fine stay at the Briar Rose. I had very mixed first impressions upon our arrival - beginning with the area and neighborhood in which it is located. It looks to be the low rent /campus type housing area with limited parking and lots of traffic. The exterior was in need of much attention. Inside seemed old and confined but clean except for the spotted upstairs carpeting. The bedroom and bath (down the hall) were very clean and comfortable and served our needs well. Liked the varied dining seating options and the breakfast and service was excellent. It was quite a bit further of a walk to downtown then what I thought it would be - so we drove everywhere.
5 on July 28, 2011
What is not to like? The location is perfect for walking around town. My boyfriend and I walked to the University of Colorado's campus, downtown Boulder, and the 29th St. Mall, all from the perfect central location of the Briar Rose. Having once lived in the area, I was worried about the noise on Arapahoe Ave. (being a fairly busy street), but I never heard anything while inside my room. Everything about the Briar Rose is great, but I especially love two things about it: First, I love that they serve organic vegetarian and vegan food with a gluten free option. I have never been to a b & b that does that! Second, I love their commitment to being environmentally friendly. They provide you with a large glass bottle with which to fill an unlimited amount of filtered water. The shampoo/soaps are all in large, re-fillable bottles (so they aren't throwing anything away after a couple of uses). They recycle.....well the list goes on as to how green they are. I'm kind of an environmental freak, so it was so nice to not feel wasteful and guilty while on vacation. The staff are super friendly and extremely helpful. I've stayed at other hotels in Boulder, but after this last visit, I will never stay anywhere else! p.s. They have a meditation room where meditation classes are held, and if you want, you may join in on a class! I couldn't talk my boyfriend into this though.
4.8 on August 24, 2010
I stayed at the B&B for 2 weeks at the end of July (changing room a couple of times). It was great ! The staff are very friendly and there is a restful calm in the house. Great breakfast, bread and cookies available, not to mention the tea !
3.0 on August 08, 2010
Room wasn't cleaned daily. No coffee pot in the room and kitchen was closed in the morning to help ourselves to tea or coffee. Never met the owners. TV not availabe in room or common area. Breakfast made to order was a nice touch.
3.2 on August 08, 2010
I've stayed in several B&Bs and found Briar Rose to be quite nice. The location is excellent. The food was nicely done and just what I (a semi-vegetarian) wanted for breakfast. The setting was lovely and I thought the Zen meditation center was just what you would want from a B&B in Boulder.
4.6 on June 29, 2010
We didn't stay for breakfast but the bars and cookies were great. Oveall, this was a fantastic place with good people.
5 on March 04, 2010
We stayed at the Briar Rose in Boulder, CO and had a wonderful time. The staff were warm and inviting, and the rooms were well kept. The Briar Rose was centrally located, so it was only a short walk to the University of Colorado Boulder campus and Pearl Street. The breakfast was delicious and filling; it was even pretty to look at! They serve tea and cookies all day long, so you can just pop into the kitchen and request a new cup or pot of tea. This place felt like a warm home; super cozy and with good family around. We can't wait to visit again! Thanks for a phenomonal experience!
5 on November 20, 2008
Briar Rose was one of the most charming places away from home I've ever stayed. I thoroughly enjoyed lounging in my room and the staff was absolutely delightful. It is conveniently located within Boulder as well. I highly recommend one experience such a charmer!
4.6 on November 05, 2008
Having stayed at the Briar Rose on several occasions, I can say with certainty that it is a well-run and lovely place, and easily the friendliest travel lodging I've ever stayed in. Breakfasts are delicious and the staff is attentive and warm. I've found it easy to walk from there to wherever I've been going in Boulder - the creek, the university or the downtown area - and it's nice to come back to the comfortable and well-designed rooms. The rooms are neither the cheapest nor the most expensive in Boulder, but I doubt you'd find anywhere better to stay in town.
4.0 on November 04, 2008
I have stayed at The Briar Rose a few times and look forward to returning whenever I get the chance . The rooms feel elegant and yet homey, while the rest of the inn is charming. The grounds include a fairly secluded quite lush fenced in area that I have spent hours reading in that has a kind of serene atmosphere which permeates the whole place, including the very pleasant staff. As one would hope for in Boulder, it exemplifies "green" in every sense. They serve a great cup of tea as well!
5 on November 03, 2008
I loved the Briar Rose. They should sell their granola it's so good. Gary is a blessing. I hope to visit again soon.
4.8 on October 31, 2008
We come so often to the Briar Rose that we really feel it's a second home. We live high up in the mountains, so it's turned into our "town residence." We know every staff member by name. Our daughter, who is seven, is well accomodated and taken care of. My husband loves the meditation room, and meditating. The rooms are very different, small and big, but each has its own advantages. It depends on your taste. In the winter, the fireplace rooms are great. In the summer, the ones with balconies are nice. The carriage house is good because you have a view of some mild city life. One room has its own private patio with a garden. It feels very personal; Gary and Jessika, the innkeepers, genuinely care about your well-being. They have a phenomenal variety of teas, like a tea clinic--green and black, Chinese, Japanese, English, Indian, all kinds of herbal and medicinal blends. The soaps are also exceptional. The brand, Shikai, is the same that we use at home--not your typical cheap hotel products in a fancy bottle. Every time we come to the Briar Rose another room is improved. Walls are painted, new floors, new skylights. They have high thread count organic sheets and highly absorbent, 100% cotton towels. They use a bicycle for all their shopping to cut down on carbon emissions. Overall, for me, there's no better place to stay in Boulder.
5 on October 27, 2008
I LOVED the Briar Rose! Our room was clean, cozy, and nicely arranged, the location was superb, and meditation in the morning was an added bonus. The breakfast we enjoyed was thorough - choice of eggs plus granola, fresh fruit, yoghurt, the works. I'd highly recommend this lovely place to anyone interested in a luxury, affordable vacation in Boulder. The Buddhist touches added the perfect twist - a unique yet comfortable place to stay.
4.2 on October 26, 2008
Comfortable, luxurious rooms. Attententive and friendly staff. Wonderful tea and cookie service available at all times. Filling, homemade, organic breakfast.
4.6 on October 26, 2008
The Briar Rose B&B is a great place to stay in Boulder. It's right in the center of town. Even better than the location are the people that work there; mostly university students, and it feels like they enjoy working there, so bravo to the innkeepers for hiring and training hagh energy, cheerful, knowledgeable help. The rooms are sparkly clean and well appointed. And importantly, for me, there is a meditation room where one can go 24/7 and just be completely with yourself. Finally, I can't leave out the endless organic teas and fresh baked cookies. The bountiful organic breakfast, with fresh fruit, baked goods, homemade granola and eggs the way you like the them is fabulously fresh and filling. You won't regret staying there, I don't.
4.6 on October 26, 2008
This B&B is truly a great find. My wife and I stayed at the Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast for our anniversary. We often stay at B&Bs when we travel and I can honestly say that this one is the best so far in every category. We were looking for a romantic getaway with access to the mountains. The staff at the Briar Rose B&B made us feel at home and welcome. There is a real sense of caring and thoughtfulness in how we were treated during our stay. The room was clean and comfortable and the breakfast was delicious. We can't wait to stay there again next year.
5 on October 25, 2008
I would challenge anyone to not feel at home at the Briar Rose. The atmosphere is so great, it's like you think you're home, and the house that you're home in a big Victorian with beautiful scrolls on the walls and an actual meditation hall where people meditate in the mornings. Loved the food, loved the people. The gardens are beautiful. Great location. etc. Only thing that I didn't like was the loud major road (Arapahoe Ave) right outside the front bushes. But not much they can do about that.
4.6 on October 25, 2008
I'll make this simple. What I liked: Good, organic food. A business that cares about how it affects the world. A great sense of home and hospitality. A whole lot of warmth and welcoming. What I thought could be better: The food service in the morning can be slow. I waited almost twenty minutes for eggs. Sometimes it seems like no one person is in charge. Took me awhile to find someone to check me out. Overall, though: great experience, friendly people. Hard to complain.
5 on October 25, 2008
I flew in from Frankfurt, Germany with a heavy cold and I was happy to arrive at the Briar Rose and just feel welcomed, as if I were at home in my own room. The staff was welcoming me and friendly and open and warm, everything I would expect from a high quality inn was there. I was well taken care of. Since I wasn't feeling well, with jetlag and my cold, this was very important.
5 on October 25, 2008
I've stayed at the Briar Rose B&B perhaps a dozen times over the past four years. What strikes me most is the atmosphere of tranquility that pervades the common space, and the feeling of being welcomed each time I walk in the door. The staff is exceptional, mostly young people, college students, but very well trained, professional, and above all else, tremendously helpful. Gary and Jessika, the Innkeepers, have a thorough knowledge of the area and can recommend anything from day hikes to restaurants. Really, every time I come to the Briar Rose, I feel like I've stepped into an oasis, a kind of home away from home. There are few places like this in the world.
3.8 on October 15, 2008
Great atmosphere & staff. Delicious food. Like the tea & cookie service. Reinvigorated our desire to stay at B&B's.
3.8 on September 22, 2008
Everything and everyone at the Briar Rose made us feel right at home. The atmosphere is delightful, the staff warm and helpful, and the service meets and exceeds all expectations. A most pleasant experience overall. Highly recommended.
5 on September 20, 2008
The Briar Rose Bed & Breakfast in Boulder, Colorado, is a very special B&B. I love the home-made organic foods of breakfast, and the specialty teas of the evening. I appreciate the refillable bottles of soap and shampoo in the bathroom (I hate the waste in all the standard hotels), and the fresh flowers in the room. The peaceful energy of the place and the staff is truly relaxing. And I could walk to all my meetings on campus and in town! It’s really nice not to have to drive anywhere, and still get everywhere. Next time I am in Boulder or the greater Denver area, I know where I’ll be staying!
4.2 on September 17, 2008
My husband and I stayed at this inn for 2 nights. It's in a great location, within walking distance of the Pearl Street shopping and restaurant district. We had the Teakettle Room, one of the smaller rooms. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is served within a 2-hour window, and is a leisurely experience involving several courses. (No meat is served, making this an ideal place for vegetarians.) The inn is very committed to green practices, including recycling and using organic and recycled products. And there are some seriously good homemade shortbread cookies available in the kitchen whenever you like! We enjoyed our stay and would recommend this inn.
5 on September 15, 2008
Thank you. We loved it. Friendly and comfortable and we will be back.
5 on September 15, 2008
The room was beautiful, clean and comfortable. The staff took it over the top. We will most definitely be back.
4.6 on September 08, 2008
The Briar Rose continues to offer me a wonderful destination in Boulder ~ a welcomed respite from the world of commercial travel. From the quaint, well appointed bedrooms to the cozy comfort of the sitting room one feels embraced in the feeling of staying with "friends" at an out-of-the-way retreat.
4.4 on August 20, 2008
Very nice house and garden. attentive and friendly staff. great breakfast, wide selection of teas. even has a zendo.
5 on August 05, 2008
When I arrived, I thought I was in heaven, treated like an old friend visiting often. The feeling was very welcoming and gracious - like family. I want to repeat this experience soon!
4.8 on June 20, 2008
the Briar Rose was beautiful. the best part of our stay was breakfast. the guests were all very interesting and friendly. i would definitely recommend staying here
3.2 on June 09, 2008
Very lovely and convenient!
5 on November 13, 2007
Walking onto the property of the Briar Rose one feels immediately at home. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and are incredibly inviting... little nooks around every corner where you can enjoy a cup of one of the inns many special teas. The organic food far exceeds what one may expect at most inns. The service is very friendly, and the rooms are well kept. The central location is close to everything you might want to see in Boulder. And it feels good to stay at a place that is acting conscientiously, using eco-friendly products and serving organic food. The in-house zendo is a plus too! This is a gem!