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Kiplinger Places Boulder as #4 In 10 Best Places To Live - May 27, 2010 -

Video names Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites as example of Boulder lifestyle
By Mark Weinert, Editor
Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine

The Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites management and staff dillegently maintain the title as Boulder's First Zero Waste Hotel.
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Boulder Weekly Picks Boulder Outlook Again - May 2, 2008 -

The St. Julien Hotel and Spa, this year’s winner in our reader poll, is a world-class luxury hotel in the heart of Boulder.
We also appreciate the atmosphere and intention of the Boulder Outlook Hotel, winner of a coveted Staff Pick.
Among the reasons we love the Boulder Outlook is their commitment to hosting live music — often jazz or blues — most nights of the week.
And their commitment to the environment is rockin’ as well. As the first Zero Waste hotel in Boulder, they think about the planet in every aspect of their business — from using compostable packaging and eco-friendly cleaning supplies to having energy efficient light bulbs and “green-key” paperboard keycards instead of plastic keycards. And not only are they running a green business, they are exposing visitors from all over the country and the world to an approach to living that is sustainable.

Boulder Chamber Of Commerce Awards Boulder Outlook Hotel's Owner Volunteer of The Year - February 15, 2008 -

The Boulder and Lafayette chambers of commerce have announced the winners of their annual awards.

The Boulder chamber will honor developer Stephen Tebo of Tebo Development Company as Business Person of the Year at its annual award dinner scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at the University Memorial Center at CU Boulder. Tebo has taken a leadership role in both the business and social communities and given of his personal and business resources.

Other winners include Virginia Patterson, who owned and operated the Printed Page for more than 25 years. She will receive the Franny Reich Award.

Dan King of Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites will receive the Volunteer of the Year award for his leadership on the community affairs committee and tourism programs for increased economic impact.

Members of Distinction honorees are Chris Ratay of Re/Max Alliance, and Benjamin Reed and Tyson Brawley of Goozmo LLC, who made significant contributions to the chamber, the Small Business Development Center and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Colorado CleanTech Initiative Awards Boulder Outlook Hotel its Sustainable Business Gold Medal Of Honor - February 27, 2007 -

The Colorado CleanTech Initiative, a two year old effort to stimulate the renewable energy and "CleanTech" business climate in Colorado, announced today the winners of the 2007 Sustainable Business Medals of Honor. The competition was conducted in coordination with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), CORE, Boulder County Business Report, and Rockies Venture Club.

The Sustainable Business Medal of Honor Awards honor companies providing products or services that are sustainable, efforts that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health, welfare, and environment over their entire commercial cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to final disposition.
Gold Level Award Winners:
  • Blue Sun Bio-Diesel, LLC
  • Community Power Corporation
  • The Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites
Silver Level Award Winners: On the Journey toward Sustainability:
  • Coolerado Corporation
  • Porous Power Technologies, LLC (PPT)
The award winners will be part of the opening events for the Sustainable Opportunities Week sponsored by CORE and the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Colorado CleanTech Initiative Sustainable Business Medal of Honor Awards winners will be cited at two ceremonies at The Colorado CleanTech Initiative Meeting February 27, 2007 and the opening reception for the Sustainable Opportunities Summit February 28, 2007.

Colorado Daily Cites Boulder Outlook For Zero Waste - March 13, 2006 -

Colordo Daily 3/13/06
Boulder Outlook Hotel becomes Boulder's First Zero Waste Hotel

Boulder, CO - March 1, 2006. On March 1st, the Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites launches a comprehensive recycling program in cooperation with EcoCycle -Boulder to become Boulder's first Zero Waste hotel. The newest component of the hotel's expanding program will be the composting of biodegradable kitchen waste from its full service restaurant. The Boulder Outlook has already been recycling the more standard commingled containers and paper products since its renovation and rebranding in 2002. The recycling spirit will extend into all guest rooms with hand painted receptacles to separate waste.

To build participation throughout the hotel, a kick-off gathering will be held Saturday, March 4th for staff and their families. 200 guest room recycling bins will be hand decorated with recycled paint to create unique and colorful containers that will draw guests' attention to the hotel-wide effort. This family participation will provide an outlet for the children to express themselves and recycle energy, save resources, use up paint and help the Earth and the local environment. Colorful and graphic recycling information in the rooms will also increase guest awareness and participation.

"Part of the mission of the Boulder Outlook hotel has always been to reflect the spirit of Boulder, itself", says Dan King, Managing Owner and Ambassador of Cool at the Boulder Outlook Hotel. "While implementing a Zero Waste Program will certainly costs us money in the short term, we believe that protecting and preserving the environment and investing in a healthy future is well worth the additional costs."

In addition to this recycling program, the Boulder Outlook Hotel:
* Has a voluntary water conservation throughout the hotel
* Features a non-chlorine pool with a liquid solar cover to reduce evaporation
* Buys recycled in-room paper products
* Uses corn starch based, compostable glasses and straws in its restaurant
* Participates in the "Clean and Green" program insuring that a portion of the hotels energy needs are met by wind power.
* Is a member of the Community Foundation, pledging 2% of its profits annually to charity.

Team Boulder Outlook Takes 3rd Place At New Haven, CT 20K Championship - Labor Day 2005 -

Jason Hartmann of Team Boulder Outlook
September 5, 2005 Team Boulder Outlook's Jason Hartmann Runs 3rd In U.S. 20K Championship

Jason Hartmann finished in third place running under the sponsorship of the Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites at the U.S. 20K Championships held in New Haven, CT on Labor Day 2005. Hartman is a resident of Rockford, MI and was an All American at the University of Oregon. He is also a member of the United States Half Marathon Team.
Congrats Team Boulder Outlook!!!

Boulder Weekly Picks Best Of Boulder - May 2005 -

Boulder Weekly
BEST HOTEL Boulder Weekly Reader & Staff Pick: Runner-up : Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites.
The newly renovated Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites is hands down the quirkiest place to stay in Boulder-and it's as comfortable, luxurious and outrageous as the city itself. Featuring rocks for bouldering inside the hotel, and hosting big-time events, like last year's International Mead Festival, the Boulder Outlook offers a taste of downtown Boulder without paying downtown prices. And the B-dub recommends stopping by the Outlook's in-house restaurant and bar, the Buffalo Grill, which features a killer half-pound hamburger, drink specials and friendly service that makes it feel more like a neighborhood tavern than a hotel bar.

Outlook FLASH - December 2004 -

Surf By The Pool
Wireless Goes Ubiquitous

In keeping with the technological needs of their guests the Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites has installed a property-wide Wireless access to the Internet. Now visitors can set up Web access anywhere on site as another free amenity offered by the hotel.

DAILY CAMERA - August 6, 2003 -

Dan King of the Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites sits on one of two climbing rocks that adorn the open space area in the newly renovated hotel in Boulder.
Boulder inn boasts fresh outlook

Hotel addresses lagging industry with new flavor

By Matt Branaugh, Camera Business Writer

After eight months and $6.5 million, two local businessmen think they've created a winning prospect to boost Boulder's lagging hotel scene.

At the very least, they'll have fun trying, and hope their guests do, too.

"We thought we had the opportunity to give the property personality," says Dan King, who along with Greg Hartmann and a small group of investors bought the old Ramada Inn at 800 28th St. in December for $5 million.

Personality indeed. With $1.5 million in renovations, the two are turning the 162-room lodge, which originally opened 43 years ago this month as a Holiday Inn, into a colorful, outdoor-loving character named the Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites.

They'll unveil their creation Aug. 15, although the 60-employee hotel has remained open during construction. "There was some trying days when there was some dust-filled air," King says.

Emerging from that dust includes serious changes: refurbished rooms, a new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system and improvements to four meeting rooms.

And there's not-so-serious changes.

Two climbing rocks. Six pet-friendly rooms, situated near a fenced area for pets to run and stretch. A complimentary business center with computer, Internet and fax access. Tweaked executive rooms — 28 in all — with high-speed wireless Internet connections and DVD players.

Plus, there's an adventure concierge, pitching possible outdoor activities, how to do them and where to get the necessary gear.

"Fun is a big word for us," says King, whose official title is "Ambassador of Cool," which really means he manages day-to-day operations. Hartmann remains managing director for the hospitality consulting company HVS International's Boulder office.

Located across the street from the University of Colorado, among a stretch of other inns, the hotel believes its flair for fun, and its room rates — averaging roughly $80 a night — will distinguish it.

It's a plausible plan — but a difficult road lies ahead, observers say.

Despite perks for business travelers, the hotel's offerings mostly cater to tourists and families, says Robert Benton, a hospitality consultant in Parker who writes the monthly Rocky Mountain Lodging Report.

That makes Boulder Outlook dependent for heavy traffic between May and September. It also lacks name recognition, a potential turn-off for out-of-state visitors, he says.

Through June, Boulder-area hotels reported 55 percent occupancy and average room rates of $92.13. At the same point last year, the area logged 59.8 percent occupancy, and average rates of $98.73, Benton says.

Ilene Kamsler, president of the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association in Denver, says obscurity will be an early obstacle, but the lodge's proximity to CU will help. Offering the outdoor feel "probably has a cache for a lot of visitors," she adds.

King concedes the hotel is "now the little guy," without the brand recognition and marketing budgets big chains boast.

"It's really finding our guests one at a time," he says. "Once they find us, they love us."

Contact Matt Branaugh at (303) 473-1363 or