The Boulder Outlook is the city’s first Zero Waste hotel. Located about 2.5 miles from the downtown and across the road from UC Boulder, the brightly colored, newly renovated hotel is a comfortable, friendly, clean hotel that pays attention to details that matter.

Each room is equipped with cheery notes asking that you consider sleeping on the same sheets each night and reusing towels during your stay. The rooms themselves are appointed like standard hotel rooms except that there are fewer paper products and more recycling baskets into which you can sort your “trash” so that it doesn’t become trash.

There are recycling bins all over the hotel and there is filtered water in the lobby, to encourage folks to bring and fill their own bottles when out and about. They also have loaner bikes!! We rode into town, along Boulder’s fabulous bike paths, and these sturdy pink bikes were terrific.

We were very happy to go down to the “continental breakfast” the first day and find real food; ripe fruit, yogurt, organic coffee & half & half, etc. Real food, not processed,carb overload junk that we’ve had in other “value” hotels. We’ve been saying for years that it isn’t that expensive to eat well; it just takes thought!

By day the restaurant at the hotel serves wholesome, homemade food and at night it becomes a club for great blues & jazz. Last night they had a blues jam and the calendar for the bar shows something happening nearly every night of the week. Blake (our green house guru and musician) checked it out and said that the people playing downstairs were really talented. In this mecca of art and creativity (Boulder) I’m not surprised at all to hear that!

And finally, the staff here has been incredibly friendly and helpful. We’ve gotten great restaurant recommendations, directions for hikes & biking excursions and overall info about Boulder and they’ve been great. It’s clear the employees are selected for their friendliness AND their skills!

So, if you’re in Boulder and you want an affordable ($109/night), progressive and “light” place to stay, check out the Boulder Outlook!

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