Nestled up against the Rocky Mountains, Boulder enjoys a reputation as one of Colorado’s most progressive and culturally creative cities. A favorite destination for both domestic and international adventure-seekers who flock to the city for the clean air and pristine environment, Boulder retains its laid-back frontier heritage while embracing cosmopolitan finesse.
A true oasis for tranquility, the St Julien Hotel & Spa encapsulates the city’s relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere with its own style of world-class accommodations and friendly, attentive service. As the first new hotel to open in downtown Boulder since 1909, the independently owned St Julien first welcomed guests in early 2005. The St Julien Hotel & Spa is a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond award, was ranked one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” in 2010 by Condé Nast Traveler and recognized with the 2010 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
The hotel’s 201 inviting guest rooms, including 12 suites, are furnished as much for comfort as they are for style. Averaging 450 square feet, most accommodations boast stunning views of the nearby Flatiron Mountains and feature a palate of warm, earthy tones and natural textures such as cork, accented with original photography by local artists. Rooms include either a California king or a pair of queen beds with inviting, custom-made pillow-top mattresses, while the oversized, slate-tiled bathrooms are separated from rooms by French doors and include glass-enclosed showers and separate soaking tubs. In addition, each room is also appointed with today’s can’t-do-without amenities, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, oversized televisions with Direct TV, and iPod docking stations.
Although the St Julien is within walking distance of many wonderful Boulder restaurants, guests will not want to miss out on the culinary excitement found at Jill’s Restaurant, the hotel’s modern bistro highlighting contemporary American cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Jill’s is helmed by executive chef Laurent Mechin, who previously worked at The Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif and went on to open several restaurants at the Four Seasons Resort Papagayo in Costa Rica. At Jill’s, he draws inspiration for many of the dishes from the harvest of the on-site Chef Garden, artisan cheeses, local farmers, sustainably-raised products and the flavors and culinary traditions of ancient countries.
As the day begins, guests can fill up on homemade pastries, tempting dishes, or a favorite from the á la carte menu. At dinner, chef Mechin always features an array of appetizers and entrées prepared with great flourish and each dish can be paired with a selection from the international list of sparkling wines, reds, and whites. Jill’s also features extensive by-the-glass wine offerings.
Just around the corner from Jill’s is T-Zero Martini Bar - the hotel’s contemporary lounge, which was named after a local climbing route. A favorite of Boulder residents and hotel guests alike, the bar exudes a chic ambiance. Guests can grab any one of the bar’s signature Martinis and enjoy live music that happens five nights a week – everything from jazz to samba – or view an exhibition of artworks, which are rotated on a regular basis in a space adjacent to the lobby.
At the St Julien Hotel & Spa, it is tempting to lose oneself entirely in the rooms. However, guests certainly will want to rouse themselves for an indulgent visit to St Julien’s 10,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. Whether treatments are enjoyed inside or out on the terrace with breathtaking views of the Flatiron Mountains, the skilled staff enlivens guests with a variety of services from the comprehensive menu of purification therapies, rejuvenating massages, and skin-replenishing techniques. The Spa at the St Julien offers signature treatments based on “indigenous therapies,” featuring nature-based healing properties of the plants and minerals found in the Boulder area, including spearmint, mint, sage, piñon, pine, rock, flagstone and granite.
For invigorating exercise, the fitness center features an indoor infinity-edged lap pool, oversized whirlpool, and strength-training and cardio equipment in a spacious setting complete with sandstone tiling and views of the mountains. For active excursions, the hotel’s concierge can arrange for guests to use complimentary cruiser bicycles or provide information on the myriad outdoor activities that make Boulder world-renowned, including rock climbing, hiking, rafting, and nearby skiing. There is no shortage of options for travelers looking for outdoor adventure who also desire a comfortable place to return to at the end of the day.
Plus, with over 16,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including four terrace and garden areas with views of the magnificent Flatirons, the St Julien serves as a prime destination for any private occasion.
The St Julien Hotel & Spa exhibits the spirit of Colorado, melded with the sophistication, service and décor found at upscale hotels around the world. It is a refuge for the body and the spirit. It is truly Boulder’s hotel and spa. For reservations, visit www.stjulien.com or call (877) 303-0900.