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

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!

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.

Marie's Birthday Celebrations

5 on January 20, 2017

We have been celebrating Marie's birthday in Boulder for 10 years. We discovered the Briar Rose 6 years ago and wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in Boulder! We celebrated Marie's 100th Birthday this year and the staff gave her a dozen roses and chocolates! The room is always cozy and clean. The staff is always warm, friendly, and attentive. We love relaxing with a warm fire in our room after a wonderful meal at The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse nearby. The breakfast is healthy and delicious at the Briar Rose and we have enjoyed chatting with people from all over the country and world at the communal dining area. We are tea lovers and the choices are plentiful. The homemade cookies and breads are a yummy compliment to our tea. The Briar Rose is our only choice while staying in Boulder!

Innkeeper Response
We are honored to have you ladies stay with us each year and to allow us to join in the celebration of such a great woman! Can't wait to see you next year!

Warm and friendly home away from home

4.0 on January 16, 2017

Great feeling, clean.

Innkeeper Response
That is exactly the feeling we try to give our guests. Thanks for staying!

Perfect Boulder B&B

5 on January 08, 2017

We had such a lovely stay at Briar Rose! The staff was super friendly and the accommodations were top notch! Food was delicious and they went out of their way to accommodate allergies. We also like how allpaper products and bath products were organic/natural. Walkable to all the Boulder fun! We agreed it's the best B&B we've stayed at! Will definitely be coming back!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for such wonderful praise! We love what we do, and are so glad that you do too!

Warm and welcoming

4.6 on January 03, 2017

The Briar Rose is our go-to B&B in Boulder. We love the helpful staff and the great location.

Innkeeper Response
So honored to be your 'regular' Boulder hotel. We love getting to know our repeat guests more and more with each visit!

Lovey anniversary celebration!

5 on December 19, 2016

My husband and I recently stayed at the Briar Rose to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time! The staff was so friendly and accommodating. We loved having a tea tray and selecting our tea from the many, many that were available. We had a lovey fireplace in our room with a warm fire! Upon arrival, there were beautiful roses in the room. The bed was comfy and breakfast the next day was wonderful. We will be back! Thank you.

Innkeeper Response
So glad we could make your stay special. Congratulations on the wedding anniversary, sending our wishes for much more happiness and love.

A charming, peaceful home...

5 on December 08, 2016

I recommend Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast without qualification. Two aspects stand out for me in particular - the incredible service; it was kind, immediate...and accompanied by conversation (if I so wished). Delightful young people. Then, I was quite surprised by the fact there is a zendo as a part of the Inn. As a meditator, I found this to be quite special.

Innkeeper Response
Wow, thank you! That is really the highest praise, we really appreciate it. Guests like you are the reason we love what we do!!!

Peaceful retreat

4.8 on December 03, 2016

Our adult kids live in Boulder and we decided to spare them hosting us 24/7 during our visit over the Thanksgiving weekend. It turned out to be a terrific choice - because Briar Rose is a lovely, peaceful and quiet retreat which was welcome after raucous days with family! The breakfasts are memorable and the kindness of the staff is outstanding. Coffee on a tray was available any time of day - which turned out to be very important to us. Would love to stay there again - and hope to do so.

Innkeeper Response
Glad that we could offer you a little bit of home away from home while you visited family. It was a pleasure to have you! Keep us in mind next time you plan to visit!

What a great way to begin our honeymoon

5 on November 28, 2016

What a wonderful place. The room was just perfect. The food was delicious. The breakfast, the banana bread, and the endless selection of tea. Each stay member went out of their way to make our stay special. They even left chocolate and roses in our room when they found out it was out honeymoon. We would love to come back and stay again!

Innkeeper Response
Congratulations, we wish you many years of happiness! Your glowing review is the best compliment a small business like us can receive. Much appreciated, we hope we will see you again for your anniversary!

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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-12noon
  • 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

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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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