With nearly perfect weather, lots of outdoor activities for every season, and scenic mountain views, Boulder is undoubtedly our favorite city in Colorado! The health-conscious city is nestled between the snow-capped Rocky Mountains on one side and the picturesque Flatirons on the other.
With over 300 miles of hiking and biking trails, it’s an outdoor lover’s paradise. The pristine natural surroundings offer plenty of opportunities for biking, running, hiking, and skiing. And since it’s a college town, Boulder is home to a thriving culinary scene, lots of independent breweries, and plenty of nightlife and live music to keep you entertained after the sun goes down.
There is something for everyone here – from shopping districts, art museums, and many more activities for people of all ages. Keep reading to learn about the best things to see and do in Boulder, as well as some of the best Airbnbs and vacation rentals, each with their own charm and character.
Below are 9 carefully selected Boulder Airbnbs to make planning your Colorado holiday a snap!
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Top 10 Things to do in Boulder, Colorado
- Enjoy nature while you are still within the city limits via the Boulder Creek Path. It’s a great way to become acquainted with the city while still feeling a dose of nature. The path is about 5 miles long and runs from east to west, so you’ll be able to see many Boulder landmarks along the way.
- Chase waterfalls on the very short, but very rewarding trail near Boulder Canyon to see the 70-foot Boulder Falls. The entire trail is just 100 yards long and will take you less than 10 minutes to complete.
- Hike the trails in Chautauqua Park for an up-close and personal view of the Flatirons Range. You’ll get amazing views of Boulder Valley and the red rooftops of the University of Colorado.
- Picnic at Eldorado Canyon State Park. Boulder is an outdoor lover’s paradise and this state park is ideal for rock climbing, hiking, skiing, swimming, and horseback riding.
- People-watch on Pearl Street – an open-air shopping district that’s a few blocks long. Here you’ll find street performers, the occasional artist, restaurants, unique boutiques, and name brands that you’ll recognize. We recommend browsing the books at the Boulder Bookstore, eating and drinking cocktails at Oak on 14th Street, or picking up a handmade souvenir at the Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery.
- Check out the wide range of ongoing exhibitions at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. The admission fee is just a few dollars, so it’s a fun and affordable way to spend the afternoon.
- Climb Flagstaff Mountain for the best views of the city. There are numerous trails that vary in difficulty levels. It’s great for families as well because there’s an interactive nature center at the top with numerous activities for kids of all ages.
- Sip on craft beer on the Boulder Beer Trail, which hits most of the independent breweries in the downtown district. This trail will take you to over 8 breweries, beer gardens and independent craft beer pubs, all with their own distinct vibe and personality.
- If beer isn’t your thing, take the free award-winning tour at the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory where you can see firsthand how this popular tea is made.
- Sample some local food and brews at the Boulder County Farmers Market, which includes more than 100 vendors and lots of shopping opportunities.
Why Stay in an Airbnb in Boulder
Although it’s a mid-sized city, Boulder has several distinct neighborhoods. And in each neighborhood you will find a variety of Airbnbs, vacation rentals, and hotels. While there are some cool boutique hotels in Boulder, they can be a bit pricy and often don’t offer as many amenities as Airbnbs.
So when we travel to Boulder, we always opt for an Airbnb. Many offer extras like theater rooms and hot tubs, for nearly the same price as a hotel! Especially if you are traveling with a group and can split the costs. Plus, the Airbnbs in Boulder are high-quality and provide a more memorable experience than your average hotel. They are more spacious and offer more flexibility for checking in and out.
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1. Stylish 1-Bedroom Carriage House
If you’re looking for an upscale Airbnb in Boulder, you’ll love this Stylishly Remodeled Carriage House! Featuring a Scandinavian-inspired interior, this hip vacation rental combines new furnishings with vintage pieces for a chic industrial feel.
The home features thoughtful touches like a wireless speaker system, a binder of Boulder recommendations, heated floors throughout, and Netflix on the TV. The kitchen comes equipped with an espresso machine, gas stove, dishwasher, and complimentary coffee and snacks.
The king-sized bed is big and comfy with premium linens for a great night’s sleep. Even the bathroom is beautifully renovated with subway tile and a walk-in shower.
And the location of the guesthouse is phenomenal! Located just two blocks off of Pearl Street, it’s close to the pedestrian mall and dozens of great restaurants and bars. You can easily explore Boulder on the provided cruiser bikes and it’s only a short distance to several hiking trails and the popular 5.5-mile Boulder Creek Path.
2. Luxurious Airbnb Near Nature, with Hot Tub & Pool
Nestle into this Sleek Tiny Home and you’ll find yourself surrounded by modern luxuries while being just steps away from nature. This stunning 1-bedroom Boulder Airbnb comes with skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows, so it’s flooded with natural light during the day.
Once inside, you’ll find an open floor plan that combines a small but comfy living room with a surprisingly well-equipped kitchen. You’ll have everything you’d need to dine-in including stainless steel appliances, a gas range oven, and lots of counter space.
Just off the kitchen, the bedroom is outfitted with a king-sized bed and pillow-top mattress. Climb the spiral staircase you’ll find a loft that serves as an office with a computer monitor and printer available for guests to use.
The full-sized bathroom is just as luxurious. It includes heated floors, a roomy walk-in shower, and a heated towel rack.
And the outside patio is inviting as well, with lots of loungers and seating, a fire-pit, and your own pool and hot tub. Plus this vacation home is situated on a 3/4 acre plot of land so you’ll have plenty of privacy. If you prefer a sleek and modern Airbnb in Boulder, then we highly recommend giving this place a look!
3. Centrally-Located 1-Bedroom with Lots of Natural Light
If you’re looking for something a bit roomier, how about a stay in this Charming Multi-Level Home just a short walk away from downtown Boulder? This 1 bedroom apartment has an open layout, high vaulted ceilings, and lots of windows which make it feel even more spacious.
Enjoy your morning coffee on your private deck for picturesque mountain views. And after you are done exploring Boulder, you can relax in front of the fireplace at night with your favorite shows on HBO or Netflix – both of which are provided. And there are a few nooks for curling up with a good book.
The bedroom is snug and cozy and comes with a queen-sized bed. And the living room sofa also converts into a queen-sized bed so you can accommodate up to 4 people if needed. It’s also family-friendly and comes with a crib and high-chair for little ones.
This bright and airy Boulder Airbnb is found in a quiet neighborhood that’s just a short walk to trendy East Pearl Street. You’ll have Boulder’s best bars and restaurants right in your backyard!
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4. Contemporary 3-Bedroom Close to the University
If you are searching for a cool Airbnb in Boulder with lots of character, you’ll love this 3-Bedroom Heritage Home. The entire house has been renovated and newly furnished, though the owners saved the original brickwork that you’ll see featured throughout the home.
The large open kitchen is one of the main features in the house that comes with everything you may need to cook a meal at home. And the double french doors open to a spacious and private back patio area.
Next to the kitchen, the exposed-brick dining room has a large dining table that seats six. There are two living room areas with open layouts, contemporary furniture, and a beautiful gas fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves.
Two of the three bedrooms come with a queen-sized bed, and the other comes with a king-sized bed and attached bathroom. The two bathrooms have also been renovated and now feature fresh new tilework that contrasts nicely with the exposed brick.
Enjoy your morning coffee on the front patio, and use the grill found on the private back patio for an evening barbeque. You’ll find this home in a safe residential neighborhood, just a short distance from Pearl Street. It’s also close to the university and there are plenty of hiking and running trails nearby.
5. Historic Creekside Home Near Downtown Boulder
Less than five minutes from downtown Boulder, this Historic Stone House was built in the early part of the last century. It was allegedly even home to the first testing kitchen of the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company!
Now this historic home has been artistically renovated into a beautiful and inviting Boulder Airbnb. You’ll be in awe of details like the original hardwood floors and the 100-year-old cast iron radiators that provide consistent heat.
Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, each with queen-sized beds. The upper level has multiple skylights, angled ceilings, and plenty of closet and dresser space for guests. There is also a third queen-sized bed that folds out of the wall in the living room, allowing 6 people to sleep here comfortably.
The two bathrooms have also been tastefully upgraded with subway tiles, walk-in showers, and rain showerheads.
The kitchen also features brand new cabinets, countertops, appliances including a gas stove and convection oven, an espresso maker, a blender, and a french press.
The farmhouse dining room table is perfect for family-style dinners or having friends over. In the living room, you won’t find a television but the home is equipped with a Sonos music system, a small record collection, and high-speed internet.
Outside, there is a lovely patio area with lots of potted plants and also a little sitting area beside the creek – the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee or evening cocktail. The home is found just 3 blocks off Pearl Street, with easy access to downtown Boulder and all of its shops, bars, breweries, and restaurants.
6. Uniquely Designed House with 3-Bedrooms and Hot Tub
The Barrett House is the epitome of luxury and is full of amenities for you to enjoy during your stay in this serene home. Nestled on a private 3-acre mountain peak, this stunning Boulder Airbnb borders Roosevelt National Forest so you’ll have your choice of outdoor activities right outside the door.
This 3,000 square-foot home was designed by celebrated architect Charles Haertling and is decorated with warm tones like amber, auburn, and olive green. It is furnished with beautiful mid-century modern pieces.
Enjoy afternoons admiring the sweeping mountain views found throughout the home. The living room provides a cozy place to relax, where you can unwind by the fireplace or listen to vintage records. Follow the spiral staircase to reach the loft – a nice working area with a desk and plenty of sleeping space. The other two bedrooms have comfy queen-sized beds.
Make mixed drinks at the Mad Men-inspired bar downstairs or enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony with its panoramic views of the forest below. There’s even a theater room to enjoy your favorite movies on the 80-inch HD screen! The 3 bathrooms are spa-like and the ensuite bathroom has a petrified wood sink, a spa-jet shower, and electric heated flooring for your comfort.
The modern kitchen comes fully equipped with all the necessities, with plenty of space to prep food. You’ll find splashes of color in nearly every room, like the funky green cabinets found in the kitchen.
Outside, you’ll find a hammock and custom-built outdoor chairs. Another guest favorite is the luxurious hot tub that overlooks the forest and provides plenty of stargazing opportunities. This lovely Boulder Airbnb promises a memorable getaway with your fellow outdoor-loving friends or family!
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7. One-of-a-Kind Beautiful Mountain Home Built Around the Boulders
The interior of this unique Boulder Airbnb is unlike others in the area! This 4-Bedroom Cliffside Home was built around the rocks so you’ll find unique rock formations incorporated throughout the home. The architect integrated nature into the design and this stunning space is all about panoramic views overlooking the canyons and surrounding terrain.
The windows are floor-to-ceiling which brings nature inside and makes the space light and bright. The wooden ceilings and floor and other natural elements blend into the terrain of the slopes outside.
You’ll find a queen-sized bed in the first bedroom, which is decorated with a tree motif. The second bedroom has a rustic cabin feel due to the wooden panels, ceiling, and flooring. There’s a double-sized bed, an ensuite bathroom, and mountain views.
The third bedroom has a charming cottage-like feel. It’s painted in robin’s egg blue, with a king-sized bed, a private terrace, and an ensuite bathroom. Lastly, the forth bedroom has a queen-sized bed and custom artwork.
One of the bathrooms is super distinct since large rocks were built into the space, so it’s like showering underneath a waterfall. Additional highlights include a comfortable family room with lots of books and Netflix for entertainment. You can warm up next to the indoor fireplace and make full use of the kitchen and all the tools provided.
The outside of the home is just as beautiful as the inside. You’ll find several decks and patios and plenty of seating for enjoying the mountain scenery. This beautiful Boulder Airbnb is in a very secluded spot, yet is only 6 minutes from downtown, with tons of hiking trails nearby.
8. Renovated 5-Bedroom Family-Friendly Home
You’ll be in close proximity to downtown Boulder when you rent this perfectly-located 5-Bedroom Beautifully Remodeled Home. Everything in this home is large and grand, from the soaking tub to the kitchen with brand new granite marble countertops, and the gorgeous patios with mountain views. There’s even a hot tub in the back for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing!
This Boulder Airbnb is about 2,700 square feet with a great open layout. There are 2 master suites with their own bathrooms and all of the bedrooms are spacious and are outfitted with brand new carpet. The home is ideal for families and comes packed with amenities like a travel crib, window guards, a crib, a high-chair, children’s books, toys, and babysitter recommendations.
This Boulder Airbnb boasts beautiful hardwood floors and a fully equipped kitchen, plus a study and a laundry room that’s available for guests to use. Feel free to pick some fresh vegetables from the garden for cooking.
The home is within walking distance to both Pearl Street and the Flatirons which makes it the ideal launchpad for all the best activities that Boulder has to offer. It’s also close to lots of hiking trails and walking distance to the University of Colorado campus.
9. Private Mountain Home with Hot Tub for 14 Guests
Enjoy picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains from your own Luxurious 5-Bedroom Retreat. This home features 11 beds for up to 14 guests so if you’re looking for a luxurious rental for your next event, look no further! Highlights include a built-in hot tub, 3 wrap-around decks, and floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every room.
This beautifully decorated Boulder Airbnb has lots of modern touches. The furniture contrasts nicely with the wooden vaulted ceilings found on the top floor bedrooms, living room, and kitchen area. Each room is spacious and you’ll find lots of natural lighting throughout the home. The kitchen is stocked and includes an oversized dining table to fit your entire party or family. For entertainment, there is also wifi and a flat-screen television.
Inside, you’ll find 5 bedrooms with queen-sized and king-sized beds. And one of the rooms is great for kids because it includes a double-sized bed and 3 bunk beds. One of the 3 bathrooms includes a massive bathtub with an oversized window that overlooks the private woods in the backyard – perfect for a relaxing soak.
Even though this Boulder Airbnb feels secluded, it’s only a 12-minute drive to Pearl Street and downtown. This upscale vacation home would make for an unforgettable stay for your upcoming trip to Boulder!
That’s it – 9 of the best Airbnbs in Boulder! Do you have a favorite vacation rental in Boulder? Let us know in the comments below.
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