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

Exceptional Food and Service

5 on November 05, 2017

I've stayed at the Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast three times now, and each time I receive exemplary service. The staff go out of their way to accommodate every need. For example, they fed me breakfast on the day that I was checking in (even though check-in isn't until the afternoon), and they also prepared a special to-go breakfast for me on the day I departed (at 5am)!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so very much for your great review! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay, and that we were able to take care of you from the moment you arrived in Boulder! We never want our guests wandering around town with no place to go! When our guests arrive in Boulder on check-in day, we want them to come right to the Briar Rose, and let us welcome them with tea and hospitality! And then on check-out day, we want to be our guest's home base until it's time to leave town. If our guest's flight doesn't leave until nine at night, they can leave their bags and have fun in Boulder, and then return to the Rose to relax, meditate or visit with us for tea before heading off to DIA! Or like in your case, with an early departure, we'll make you a great breakfast to go. Again, I appreciate your review, and I really hope it encourages future guests not to hesitate to arrive early. When you stay at the Briar Rose, you are welcomed with open arms anytime! Please enjoy your travels, and we will look forward to seeing you the next time you are in Boulder! Carly S. General Manager Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast

- Carly Stephens (innkeeper)


4.4 on October 29, 2017

It was a pleasure to stay at your wonderful place Andreas from Vienna, Austria

Perfect Stay in Boulder

5 on October 10, 2017

I really loved this place. We felt at home immediately. Upon arrival we were offered an assortment of teas and French pressed coffee and cookies. We sat by the fire in the living room. Later in the evening I was allowed to do yoga in the Meditation room - and I had it all to myself. I would definitely stay here again! We had an early flight the next morning and they even made us breakfast to go.

Innkeeper Response
How lovely to read your review. Thank you so much for taking the time to let folks know about your experience. I am so pleased that you were able to utilize our amazing Meditation Room. It is such a special place, like a little piece of Heaven on Earth. I am also glad you enjoyed our delicious organic coffees and amazing tea selections, as well as our Breakfast To-Go. I am always disappointed when guests are unable to join us for breakfast, so having the to-go option is so important to allow you to at least in some way get to experience our breakfasts. We really look forward to seeing you the next time you are in the area, and upon your return, I do hope we can succeed in providing you another enjoyable stay! Travel Safely and Happily Carly S. Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast Boulder, CO

- Carly Stephens (innkeeper)

Nice but too pricey for accomodations

3.2 on September 12, 2017

Noisy construction projects on site throughout stay. We were not told about this before or during our stay. Very pleasant and helpful staff. Good location. Good breakfast and cookies.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking time to review our property. I am so sorry that your stay was impacted by the work we were having done on the property. If you do ever stay with us again, please let me know right away of any concerns, as our guests are ALWAYS our number one priority, and I may have sent the workers away-and rescheduled them-particularly since it was something that effected your experience with us. Unfortunately with a house that is over 150 years old, we are always needing to work on our facility to make sure that it stays beautiful and functioning, and scheduling these project is a challenge, but minimizing guest impact is of the most importance, and I am terribly disappointed that we did not succeed in this during your stay. The great news is that we have now almost all of our completed our projects for the year, of course, not all were done during your stay, but guests can rest assured that we will not being doing any big projects for a while. We now have Solar Panels installed, a new back porch, new kitchen butcher block counters, a new beautiful fireplace and all brand new high-end mattresses, as well as many other exterior upgrades and improvements. I do want to assure you that, moving forward, I will make a greater effort to fully appreciate the extent of what each project might entail and I will do a better anticipating the challenges these projects can present our guests. Additionally, in the future, even if it is a small project, I will inform each guest before their stay, as our goal is for every guest to enjoy all of what we have to offer. And peace and quiet are part of the package. Again, I sincerely apologize for not meeting your expectations during your stay with us, but I do hope you will give us another opportunity to provide the best service in our normally peaceful bed and breakfast. I appreciate your your review, and I do hope we will have an opportunity to welcome you again--this time with no projects happening during your stay! Carly S. General Manager Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast Boulder, CO

- Carly Stephens (innkeeper)

Better Than Home!

5 on August 24, 2017

My husband and I stayed at the Briar Rose B&B for 5 nights during the month of August. The room was very comfortable and quiet, as well as having a lovely view of the garden. The bed was incredibly comfortable and we loved the organic shampoo, soaps and lotions that were provided. The wifi worked well and it was nice to have an air conditioner in the room and the AC was both quiet and efficient. Carly and staff prepared a delicious breakfast every morning and they were always very warm and kind and spoiled us rotten! The common rooms of the house were very comfortable and inviting with plenty of sunshine streaming in and lots of comfortable seating areas in which to relax or visit with other guests. The staff took such good care of us, it was hard to leave! We will happily stay there again the next time we are in Boulder

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your kind review. We loved having you with us, and I am so very happy that you enjoyed your stay! I do hope you can forgive the ridiculous length of time it took me to reply to your lovely comments about our staff and property- as you can imagine, I am one busy lady- attempting each and everyday to give our guests the very best, but that is no excuse. I so appreciate the time you took to review our property, and I cannot wait for you to return to stay once again, and I really look forward to providing you a stay that is just as great as your recent one. Travel Safely and Joyfully! Carly S. General Manager Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast Boulder, Co

- Carly Stephens (innkeeper)


4.4 on August 23, 2017

Very interesting, quiet 150 year old house with appended Zen center. Although there were about 12 other guests, we never ran into any of them except at mealtime. Fantastic breakfast with choice of Rishi teas. Staff bends over backwards to serve and help out at all times. If we want tea & snacks mid afternoon, they will happily provide. Staff extremely friendly, accommodating, and familial. Quiet neighborhood within walking distance of stores, restaurants, farmers' market, and Pearl St. Mall.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for appreciating our lovely, interesting bed and breakfast. I love it more every day I am here. I am so glad you enjoyed our location, staff, organic breakfasts and teas, and I am so very happy you felt well-taken care of. This is the exact experience I hope all of our guests have while our visiting us. We hope to see you the next time you are in the area, and we look forward to the opportunity to take great care of you again! Travel Safely and Happily. Carly S. General Manager

- Carly Stephens (innkeeper)

GREAT hospitality!!!

4.6 on August 17, 2017

We felt SO welcomed! Wonderful hospitality, food, tea, comfort, coziness, landscaping, location!!! of the many reasons we chose Briar Rose - proximity to a B-Cycle station!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for the review! I am so happy that our location worked well for you, and I am even more pleased that you felt welcomed by our hospitality and all the rest of the things we have to offer. We look forward to your return and the B-Cycle will be waiting for your return, too. Safe and Joyful Travels to you! Carly S. General Manager

- Carly Stephens (innkeeper)

Wonderful experience!

4.8 on August 08, 2017

I could really have a great time for spending here at Briar Rose. The atmosphere and environment was very nice and beautiful. The stuff was very kind and charming. The healthy meal and a lot of kinds of tea were both fabulous! And also I was very surprised there was a meditation room here. I'm really into it Zen and I was happy to mediate in this quiet place. I felt some kind of spiritual in this house. I really want to visit here again. Kaori Koizumi from Japan.

3-night stay at Briar Rose

3.4 on August 05, 2017

This is a lovely b&b in a convenient central location. The gardens are very restful and pleasant, and the rooms are comfortable (if a bit dated). This was my second stay here because I liked it so much the first time, but I'm not sure I will stay here on my next visit. The staff was very pleasant, but not at all attentive to guests. No one offered me tea (which they did several times at my first visit), at breakfast I had to ask them to refill my coffee cup (they did not offer to do it automatically, and the girls seemed to be more interested in talking to each other than serving the guests), and no one tidied my room after the first night (I didn't leave my room until noon, and didn't get back until the housekeepers had left for the day). These are minor things, but so different from the first time I stayed there that I thought it was worth mentioning.

Great B&B! Comfy beds, very clean, and delicious breakfasts!

5 on July 31, 2017

I would definitely stay here again. Short drive to the heart of Boulder, and close to everything else. The people that work there are so nice it felt like you were a guest in someone's home.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your review! I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay, and most importantly, I am so happy you felt at home. That is precisely how we want you to feel, and I hope we can welcome you to the Briar Rose again someday soon! Sincerely, Carly S. General Manager

- Carly Stephens (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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