St. Julien: A Luxury Hotel Forging Its Own Responsible Path

Hotel St Julien

“Environmental Preservation” and “Cruelty Conscious” are not often associated with the luxury hotel industry–a commerce that is notorious for using billions of gallons of water washing towels and serving delicacies of veal and lobster in the opulent restaurants around the world. St Julien of Boulder breaks the mold and surpasses even Boulder standards of being an upstanding business citizen for the city.

The luxury hotel is situated steps from the famous Pearl Street Mall. Overlooking the Flatirons and Boulder Creek, this is an ideal location for a business trip or luxury getaway. The 201 hotel rooms afford guests the same fantastic views and bright, sunny accommodations located near biking and hiking trails as well as world-class climbing in Boulder. Four-post beds and sleek slate bathrooms make for a comfortable stay in the heart of the Front Range city.

4 Poster Bed
Four-post beds and sleek slate bathrooms make for a comfortable stay.

St. Julien, a local and family-owned hotel, is concerned about the welfare of both animals and the environment. With a “no kill” policy on property, popular foods such as lobster and mussels are not on the menu as those foods are delivered live and inhumanely slaughtered on location in most restaurants. Other items you will never find on the St. Julien’s menus are veal or lamb, for obvious reasons.

Going as far as to relocate the Prairie Dog population from the building site, the fuzzy creature’s plush relatives can be found in rooms as the unofficial mascot of the property, a friendly reminder that everyone can do a small part to make the environment a happier and healthier place.

Terrace View Of Flatirons
The St. Julien offers many views to the surrounding foothills and Flatirons throughout the hotel.

The contemporary lobby of the St. Julien is home to T-Zero bar and a beautiful water feature off the back patio. Arched ceilings and views to the surrounding foothills and Flatirons meld seamlessly with a light and airy lobby with chic design and touches such as a stunning fireplace and baby grand piano.

Anything but quiet on Friday nights, the lobby becomes a hotspot of Boulder, with up to 3,000 people dancing the night away to salsa in the lobby and outdoor courtyard complete with gazebo.

For a quieter event Afternoon Tea is offered in the lobby with pianist Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett’s previous pianist, every Saturday. Teaching etiquette as well as a fantastic tea service, St Julien also donates proceeds from the tea service to Bear with Care, a local charity.  Ralph takes requests and can play just about anything your heart desires from a lifetime of musical repertoire—a unique and priceless experience.

Mani Pedi In The Spa
The Spa at St. Julien is home to 16 treatment rooms and outdoor services in the summer.

The Spa at St. Julien is home to 16 treatment rooms and outdoor services in summer. Complete with high ceilings, steam and sauna facilities and full-service salon, brides-to-be find a fantastic haven before the wedding day to relax and be pampered or prepped and readied for the big day.

Packages such as the 5-hour “Day of Decadence” or 3-hour “Timeless Trio” combine upscale treatments such as sugar scrubs and full-body massages in the tranquil space. The “For Men Only” package is also great for guys seeking a 130 minute relaxation respite with an 80 minute deep-tissue massage and gentlemen’s facial.

From the local artwork displayed on the walls to the natural wonders just outside, St. Julien is a contemporary stay in the heart of Boulder. With high standards and personal beliefs of the ownership reflected in every aspect of the property, the modern, low-key environment is perfect for a Front Range getaway or night out on the town with Salsa seconds away.

If You Go

St. Julien Hotel is located in Downtown Boulder, Colorado.  Located just under an hour from Denver International Airport and 45 minutes from Downtown Denver.

St Julien Hotel and Spa
900 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302

Chad Chisholm ( is a Denver-based travel writer and photographer, his work is featured in AAA EnCompass, JustLuxe, Denver Life Magazine, Colorado Expression, Denver Post and various other outlets.

Photos courtesy of St. Julien Hotel and Spa.