Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast

2151 Arapahoe Ave. , Boulder, CO 80302 USA (Show map)


The Briar Rose is located in downtown Boulder with very close proximity to the University of Colorado, Naropa University and the Pearl Street Mall. The B&B is run with kindness… to the environment… and to the guests that arrive from across the world. A full, organic breakfast is included, and looseleaf green, black, and herbal teas are served throughout the day with fresh-baked treats. Fresh flower arrangements can be found everywhere, and the gardens are lovely Spring through Fall.




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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Outstanding in every way!

5 on July 12, 2017

We fell in love with this extraordinary gem in beautiful Boulder. Everything from the accommodating staff to the simply amazing breakfast was so special! Our room was nicely decorated, comfortable, spacious, and very quiet and peaceful. I do not typically take the time to leave reviews, but this b&b deserves 5 stars for a job done well! We will be visiting again!!!!

Charming place

3.8 on June 06, 2017

We enjoyed the beautiful garden and art work in the house.The young ladies who served us were most accommodating and willing to provide us with the food we wanted. The cookies were great, too.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your lovely review. Our goal to to exceed your expectations and earn the higher review scores, so please never hesitate to let me know how we can more fully meet your needs. I want you to walk away from our Briar Rose, feeling like fully (5 Star) satisfied in all areas! We look forward to your return and thank you so much for staying with us and then taking the time to provide a review. Happy Travels! Carly S.

- Carly Stephens (General Manager)

Wonderful and peaceful experience

5 on April 27, 2017

The innkeeper has done an impressive job creating a wonderful community around this bed and breakfast. From the deliciously-cooked breakfast to the hospitable dining staff to the onsite meditation services, it's a relaxing and wonderful place to get away and restore yourself. I came away wishing I had stayed longer.

Innkeeper Response
You are so sweet! Glad that our team was able to help give you such a lovely visit to Boulder. Sounds like you'll just have to come visit us again!

- Jessica (innkeeper)


5 on April 23, 2017

We loved the friendly and family type atmosphere that Briar Rose had. It was very clean and felt like my grandma's kitchen with delicious smells and fluffy bedding! I highly recommend!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for staying. So flattered we evoked that homey-feeling & memory of grandma's what a sweet compliment to our staff!

- Jessica (innkeeper)

Home away from home

5 on April 18, 2017

Comfortable, homely in a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for staying with us!

- Jessica (innkeeper)

A Wonderful Bed and Breakfast in Boulder

5 on April 06, 2017

Our three night stay at the Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast 3/14-17/2017 was simply wonderful. Briar Rose is located in a convenient location that allowed us to explore so much - we walked everywhere and drove to many excellent hiking areas. The service, the hospitality and the restaurant recommendations were appreciated. We welcomed the quiet peaceful atmosphere. It felt like home. The breakfasts were very delicious and healthy. The property and its detail was great - the interior was like a little museum, the little gardens, the seating areas and the affiliated sanga building were peaceful. We look forward to our next vist to Boulder and staying here. We would recommend Briar Rose to those who are looking for the same while staying in Bouder. Linda

Innkeeper Response
I am so glad our staff was able to make your visit to Boulder so comfortable and delightful, that is exactly our number one goal. Thank you for the glowing review, it is the highest praise a small business like ours can receive.

- Jessica (innkeeper)

Get away in Boulder

3.8 on April 03, 2017

Shave at Floyd's; visit to Leanin Tree, dinner at BDT and stay at Briar Rose.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for staying. By the grading it looks like we fell a little short in some places. Can you tell me what we could do better for next time?

- Jessica (innkeeper)

the place that is far beyond just a bed and a simple breakfast

5 on February 25, 2017

I always come back because the staff goes way far beyond to make my day enjoyable.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for staying with us again, always a pleasure!

- Jessica (innkeeper)

Clean, friendly, organic

4.0 on February 15, 2017

Stayed there for the first time on Feb. 11, 2017 and it was great. Very clean, comfortable, and friendly. The location is not bad (central Boulder), although the street it's on is kind of busy; however, once you're inside the house you can't hear the street at all. The food was pretty good too and it's nice that it's organic and they cater to most people's needs (FG, vegan, etc.). They have good tea/coffee, tasty snacks, and an overall peaceful and cozy atmosphere. Definitely recommend it.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for staying with us in February! I am sorry I missed replying to this for so long. We really enjoy hosting and providing a welcoming place to explore this beautiful city from. Glad you enjoyed our home-style comfort and food!

- Jessica (innkeeper)

Thank you for a lovely stay

4.2 on January 22, 2017

The service was outstanding and I especially appreciated the generous way in which the staff accommodated my allergies. I would definitely stay again

Innkeeper Response
Thanks! Our staff just loves to host folks from all over. We hope their enthusiasm for good food and friendly natures shine through to all our guests.

- Jessica (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates

Shavano Room

This room offers option of either one King size bed or two Twin beds. A drop-leaf table with plenty of light provides a romantic spot to enjoy tea service, or work space for the business traveler. The newly renovated private bath has a rain shower, pedestal sink, and gorgeous tiling. The shared balcony overlooks our side garden and patio, providing a great spot to sip tea and relax. All rooms have flat screen cable TVs and WiFi. *Please specify your room choice as King or Twin.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Crestone Room

This large room has a queen bed and features a bathroom with a tub and shower, as well as a vanity, love seat, and a writing desk. Crestone is a quiet and spacious first floor room. All rooms have flat screen cable TVs and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Windom Room

The Windom room is upstairs in our carriage house, a private respite. Large windows and a queen bed make this room wonderful for a romantic getaway. A drop-leaf table with plenty of light provides a great spot to enjoy tea service, or work space for the business traveler. The bathroom has a rain shower and pedestal sink. You can also enjoy a shared balcony that overlooks the side patio and gardens, providing a great spot to sip tea and relax. All rooms have flat screen cable TVs and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Cameron Room

Tall ceilings and french-doors give this 2nd story room a very open feeling. The doors open to a large private deck nestled in the foliage of a large black walnut tree facing west - an intimate spot to relax or share a private breakfast or tea. The room has a queen bed and an oak secretary desk. The beautifully tiled bath has a shower. All rooms have flat screen cable TVs and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Redcloud Room

This is a charming room, upstairs in the oldest part of the house. It features a queen bed, a small alcove with an armchair, and a writing desk overlooking the side garden. The private bath has a skylight, a beautiful tile floor, and a pedestal sink (due to the nature of this beautiful & unique old home, the private bathroom is situated across the hall, and bathrobes are provided). All rooms have flat screen cable TVs and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Blanca Room

This large room is full of light. It features a queen bed, a sitting area with a writing desk, a plush sofa which opens into a queen-size sleeper, and a wood-burning fireplace. The private bath features a rain shower, a beautiful tile floor, and a pedestal sink. The room has a gorgeous rustic-oak floor and skylights (not pictured) that give this room a wonderful open feeling. Our most spacious room, and one of our most romantic. All rooms have flat screen cable TVs and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Northstar Room

Northstar has the option of two twin beds that are great for siblings or friends traveling together or can be converted to a single King-Size bed. The en suite bathroom has a home-size tub with shower. An extra outside entrance gives great access to our backyard sitting area, and rear parking (the main entrance opens from the main house). All rooms have flat screen cable TVs and WiFi. *Please request which bed size you wish*

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Teakettle Room

Teakettle is our coziest and most recently renovated room. Featuring a queen size bed, walk-in closet, and bath with a tub and rain shower. Located on the first floor, it has the benefit of an extra outside entrance which provides easy access to our backyard sitting area (the main entrance opens to the house). All rooms have flat screen cable TVs and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Huron Room

On the 2nd floor, this room features a queen-size bed, an alcove with a sitting chair, a writing desk, and a large bathroom with a jetted tub and shower. It also features its own small private balcony overlooking the front yard, with seating and a view of the Flatirons. All rooms have flat screen cable TVs and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Antero Room

Enjoy the wood-burning fireplace in the private sitting area in this large room. The private bath features a rain shower, a beautiful tile floor, and a pedestal sink. The queen bed is placed in an intimate separate alcove, and hand-painted flowers adorn the wall above the headboard. The sofa opens into a queen-size sleeper to accommodate up to 2 more adults. The room also features a gorgeous rustic-oak floor, and skylights (not yet shown in picture) that give this room a wonderful open feeling. All rooms have flat screen cable TVs and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

in the heart of Boulder, on the northern edge of CU campus, opposite Naropa University, on the northwest corner of Arapahoe Ave & 22nd, Mountains


Denver, CO (DEN-Denver Intl.)

Directions to property:

Proceed North on I-25 from Denver to Hwy #36 exit to Boulder. Follow Hwy #36 for about 30 miles. Turn left on Arapahoe Ave(2nd traffic light) and head West for 1/2 mile. Turn right on 22nd Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Night life, Chautauqua Music Barn, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Rocky Mountain National Park, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Tours, University

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Bath robes, Bike rental, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Parking

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall, Shakespeare Festival, University events and activities, hiking trails, Rollerblading, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3-9pm
  • Check Out:: 8am-11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes well behaved
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Generally, no minimum stays are required.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit Card
  • Cancellations: RESERVATION AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Our standard cancellation policy states that you have up until 5pm (Mountain Time) five days prior to your arrival date to cancel or shorten your stay without penalty. Cancelling or shortening your stay within five days of arrival will result in your being held responsible for the entire stay, unless we are able to re-rent the room to another party. SHORTENED STAYS: Guests that stay fewer nights than reserved are subject to the cancellation policy for those nights.
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Gary & Jessika Hardin

Languages spoken


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About the innkeepers

We have owned the Rose (the business) since July, 2004. Today the Rose reflects our slightly eclectic blend of East and West - the Rose may now best be described as "Zen/Victorian-light". Most importantly, the Rose reflects our values of taking care of whoever walks in the door. We are fortunate to have a delightful staff of friendly and hardworking young people. Jessika ran the Rose day-to-day until Natalie came along in 2013 (finally!). (The photo was taken in 2014 on a vacation of our own.)

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  • Time Served: 7-9 weekdays; 8-10 weekends
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Vegetarian vegan, wheat-free, allergy sensitive.

Signature Dish

Southwestern Frittata
Gary's own recipe for this great egg and veggie dish has been a guest favorite for over a decade is amazing with a side of salsa! We use only the finest organic ingredients and make (nearly) everything from scratch each morning.


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