Before you move to the Boulder area you will need to visit. When you need lodging in Boulder here are some choices to consider. I have tried to give a good selection of price ranges while choosing the locations that I think would help you get a feel for the town. Prices will vary depending upon your dates and availability at the hotels.
Hotel Boulderado – ~$270 http://www.boulderado.com/ The Hotel Boulderado is located right in Downtown Boulder, one block from the Pearl Street Mall. Staying at the Boulderado will give you a great sense of what Boulder is all about. If you have never been to Boulder this is a great place to stay. It was built in 1909 as a joint project to attract tourists. It is still attracting crowds.
St. Julian Hotel – ~$350 http://www.stjulien.com/ If you are looking to be pampered in Downtown Boulder this is the place. Located right downtown with easy access to all that downtown Boulder has to offer. If you really want to do it up request a room with a view of the Flatirons. Spa on site.
Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast – $165 – $205 http://www.briarrosebb.com/ A bed and breakfast conveniently located near downtown Boulder and the University of Colorado. Great option if you are looking for something different than a normal hotel.
Courtyard by Marriott – ~$230 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/denbd-courtyard-boulder/ This hotel’s location is an easy drive to anywhere in town but there are no restaurants within walking distance.
The Bradley – ~$175 – $275 http://www.thebradleyboulder.com/ The Bradley is a small boutique hotel right in Downtown Boulder. Quiet rooms, nicely decorated. This would be a great escape from the everyday lodging choices. Just a few blocks east of the Pearl Street Mall and right near many great restaurant choices.
Boulder Marriott – ~$250 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/denbo-boulder-marriott/ A nice full service hotel located near everything. Close to CU, 29th Street Mall.
Chautauqua Cottages – ~$200 (Varies with cottage) http://www.chautauqua.com These cottages are especially popular in the summer but are available year around. If you have hiking and relaxation on the schedule this would be a great option. Located right at Chautauqua Park.
Millenium Harvest House – ~$140 http://www.millenniumhotels.com/millenniumboulder/index.html Located right on the Boulder Creek Path and located next to CU. There are 15 tennis courts on site. This is where I have played tennis since I was a kid. Close to restaurants and shopping.
Homewood Suites – ~$160 http://bit.ly/wQ9soD This hotel is located near Foothills Parkway and Baseline Road.
Holiday Inn Express – ~$180 http://bit.ly/xR41o9 The Holiday Inn Express is located on North Broadway. There are some good coffee shops and restaurants within an easy walk.
Twin Lakes Inn – ~$119 http://www.twinlakesinnboulder.com/ This small hotel is located in a residential neighborhood in Gunbarrel about 5 miles from downtown Boulder.
Alps Boulder Canyon – $160 http://www.alpsinn.com/ This hotel is located approximately 4 miles up Boulder Canyon. It is definitely different than all of the other choices because you are in a small in up in the mountains. If you are looking for Colorado quaint check this place out.
Hyatt Place – $250 http://boulderpearlstreet.place.hyatt.com This is one of Boulder’s newest hotels. It is located on east Pearl Street and is a short walk to the 29th Street Mall.
Quality Inn Boulder – $130 http://www.qualityinnboulder.com/ This traditional hotel is located on Arapahoe Street close to Boulder High and the CU Campus. It is very centrally located and is well maintained.
There are other options out there for lodging in Boulder Colorado, but this gives a good cross-section of what is available. The prices listed may vary depending upon time of year etc.