10 BEST Golden, Colorado Bed and Breakfasts + Hotels (2023) 

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Looking for the best places to stay in Golden, Colorado? Here are the areas and hotels worth considering for your visit!

I grew up in Lakewood, a suburb just a few minutes down the road from Golden. For almost a decade, I used to ride horses in Golden several times a week, so it’s an area that I know well and love. From the historic downtown to the incredible views of Table Mesa to Coors Brewery, there’s so much to love in Golden. 

In recent years, I’ve been living in Cork, Ireland and writing about my travels. While in Ireland, I stayed at more bed and breakfasts in a year than I had previously – they’re just more popular here than in the US. There’s nothing like waking up and walking downstairs to a tasty home cooked meal. 

This list includes the bed and breakfasts that I would recommend you consider when planning your trip to Golden. I think you’ll love these B&Bs, especially the selection towards the top of the list. 

An aerial view of downtown Golden
Downtown Golden.

Table of Contents
Best Golden, Colorado Bed and Breakfasts 
Top Golden Hotels 
Hotels Near Golden
Getting Around Golden 
Is Golden, Colorado Worth Visiting?
What To Do in Golden 
Visiting Golden FAQs
Conclusion: Golden, Colorado Bed and Breakfasts

Best Golden, Colorado Bed and Breakfasts 

Set against the mountains, Golden is a wonderful place to visit in the Denver Metro Area to experience some of Colorado’s western heritage. It’s also home to the School of Mines, a renowned public research university. 

Downtown Golden is where you’ll find the best nightlife, restaurants, and activities in the area. If you can, choose a downtown hotel, ideally one near Washington Avenue.  

Expect pricey B&Bs and hotels wherever you choose to stay in downtown Golden. The more budget-friendly hotels and accommodations are located a short drive away in Denver West and Union Square. 

1. The Silk Pincushion

The staff, decor, and overall attention to detail at the Silk Pincushion will make you feel immediately at home. This hotel is run as a B&B in a colorful Victorian house just a few blocks from Washington Avenue. 

The overall vibe is like staying at your grandparents’ house – cozy, welcoming, and plenty of homemade treats for breakfast. 

Children and pets are not allowed.

What’s for breakfast?

The Silk Pincushion serves up a fabulous, homemade breakfast every morning. While the menu is always subject to change, past guests have enjoyed things like homemade biscuits with raspberry jam, eggs and bacon, and fresh fruit. 

Guests report that the staff is happy to accommodate dietary restrictions. However, if you have severe allergies, I’d suggest that you contact them ahead of time to ensure that they’ll have options for you. 

Amenities include:
Free parking
Free wifi
Board games/puzzles
Private entrances

BOOK YOUR STAY AT THE SILK PINCUSHION

2. Pansy’s Parlor Bed & Breakfast

Pansy’s Parlor is a historic bed and breakfast in Golden, Colorado, set in an old home in downtown Golden. The antique-filled rooms are cozy and the beds are comfortable, the perfect home base for a visit to Golden. 

This B&B is the only Golden, Colorado B&B that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house that is now Pansy’s Parlor was built in 1879 and has ties to Buffalo Bill (William Cody), a famous figure in Colorado’s history. The owners are known to share stories about the B&B’s history over breakfast, and they have pictures of the home’s residents over the years. 

Pansy’s Parlor does not allow pets. 

A charming vintage room at Pansy's Parlor in Golden, Colorado. Pansy's Parlor is one of the best Golden, Colorado bed and breakfasts.
Pansy’s Parlor. Photo courtesy of Pansy’s Parlor.

What’s for breakfast?

Pansy’s Parlor is a true bed and breakfast, so you’ll be treated to a full breakfast in the morning. Typically, this includes eggs, homemade breads, fruit, fresh coffee, and sometimes even fresh flowers on the breakfast table. 

China set for breakfast at Pansy's Parlor in Golden
The breakfast table at Pansy’s Parlor. Photo courtesy of Pansy’s Parlor.

Amenities include:
Free wifi
Televisions
Air conditioning

BOOK YOUR STAY AT PANSY’S BED & BREAKFAST

3. The Dove Inn

The Dove Inn is a boutique bed and breakfast in Golden that describes itself as “a Golden staple with a new look and an old soul.” The property is self-service, so you won’t get the sort of hospitality that you might expect at a B&B, but sometimes it’s nice to just have some space to yourself. 

At the Dove Inn, the decor is trendy and modern, but with fun, vintage touches that will remind you it’s still an 1866 Victorian house. It’s also in a great location, just off of Washington Avenue and right in the center of downtown Golden. 

The Dove Inn does not allow children under 12 or pets. 

What’s for breakfast?

Unlike the first two B&Bs on this list, breakfast at the Dove Inn is pre-stocked so that you can serve yourself. The breakfast includes items like fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, and pastries that are locally sourced when possible. 

There’s also a self-serve coffee bar with an AeroPress, pour over, and french press, along with videos in case you need a little instruction. The coffee bar is always open, so you can grab a cup of joe even if you’re catching an early morning flight. 

Amenities include:
Smart TV with HBO Streaming access
Hot tub
Self service coffee bar with craft coffee beans from local roasters

BOOK YOUR STAY AT THE DOVE INN

Top Golden Hotels 

There are a few Golden, Colorado hotels that are highly rated and centrally located. They may or may not offer breakfast, but you’re sure to have a comfortable stay at any of these hotels. 

Note that these hotels are not B&Bs. However, they’re still great places to stay!

4. Eddy Taproom & Hotel

The Eddy Taproom & Hotel caters to outdoor enthusiasts and features modern and trendy rooms with beautiful views. The hotel describes itself as offering a bit of respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – a place to relax after a long day of exploring. 

This hotel offers a lot more than just a place to sleep for the night. Eddy’s features live music, free morning yoga classes, and free bike rentals, so you won’t get bored during your stay. If you’re seeing a concert at Red Rocks, there is a shuttle available for an extra fee. 

As the name suggests, there is a taproom at this hotel where you can try seasonal draft beers and craft cocktails. If you get hungry, you can grab some BBQ from the mobile food truck, Truck Eddy, by ordering online from the taproom. 

Children of any age are welcome at the Eddy Taproom & Hotel. This hotel is pet friendly. 

A king sized hotel room at Hotel Eddy, one of the best Golden, Colorado hotels
The Eddy Hotel. Photo courtesy of the Eddy Taproom & Hotel, photographer: Manuel Mazzanti.

What’s for breakfast?

A free continental breakfast is provided each morning in the lobby, with options like pastries and coffee. The continental breakfast typically includes items like cereal, bagels, pastries, yogurt, and breakfast burritos. 

A man holds a bbq sandwich at the Eddy Hotel in Golden
A BBQ sandwich from Truck Eddy. Photo courtesy of the Eddy Taproom & Hotel.

Amenities include:
Free parking
Rooftop patio & firepits
Free wifi
55” HD television

BOOK YOUR STAY AT THE EDDY TAPROOM & HOTEL

5. Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel

This beautiful, modern hotel is a great choice for a stay in Golden. It’s not located in the historic downtown, but you’ll only be a short drive from Washington Street and other landmarks. 

The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with thoughtful touches like oversized towels and small welcome packages for dogs. On that note: to those who don’t like dogs, this might not be the hotel for you.

If you’re planning to go to a concert at Red Rocks, you can’t do much better than a stay at Origin Red Rocks. It is the official hotel for Red Rocks and even offers a shuttle (for an extra fee) directly to the venue so that you don’t have to worry about trying to find an Uber or taxi. 

Children of any age are welcome. This hotel is also pet friendly.

King bed with artwork in the Origin Red Rocks in Golden, Colorado
King suite at the Origin Red Rocks. Photo by Timothy Faust.

What’s for breakfast?

Breakfast is available for an extra charge each morning at the onsite restaurant, Nomad Taqueria. Dishes include huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, pancakes, and avocado toast. 

Coffee drinks and breakfast cocktails are also available, perfect for a brunch after your Red Rocks concert. 

Breakfast at the Origin Red Rocks. Photo courtesy of the Origin Red Rocks.

Amenities include:
Free bike rentals
Goodie bag for your dog
Fitness center
Free parking

Lights strung across the patio at Origin Red Rocks
The patio at Origin Red Rocks. Photo by Timothy Faust.

BOOK YOUR STAY AT ORIGIN RED ROCKS

6. The Golden Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection

The Golden Hotel is a classic and spacious accommodation right in the center of downtown Golden. You’ll find modern amenities, clean rooms, and friendly staff at this hotel.

The decor is classically Colorado, with leather couches, dark accents, and patterned fabrics. Some rooms feature beautiful mountain views, while others overlook Clear Creek or the downtown streets.  

This hotel is pet friendly, so you can bring your dog along for your stay (fees apply). Children of any age are welcome. 

Lobby with a fireplace at the Golden Hotel
The lobby at the Golden Hotel. Photo courtesy of the Golden Hotel.

What’s for breakfast?

Breakfast is served downstairs for an additional fee in the Bridgewater Grill, the onsite restaurant. Options include staples like yogurt and granola, steel cut oats, and biscuits and gravy. Omelettes, eggs benedict, and breakfast burritos are also usually available.

Amenities include:
Flat screen HD cable TV
Bathrobes
Refrigerator and microwave
Fitness center

BOOK YOUR STAY AT THE GOLDEN HOTEL

7. Table Mountain Inn

Although it’s not a B&B, Table Mountain Inn is a great spot to stay when you’re in Golden. Set right on Washington Avenue, you’ll feel like you’re in the center of the action in the historic downtown. 

The Table Mountain Inn offers spacious rooms with a southwest flair. The lobby is full of personality, with large leather couches and southwestern rugs, pillows, and fixtures. 

Children of any age are welcome. Pets are not allowed. 

A room at Table Mountain Inn, one of the best Golden, Colorado hotels.
A room at the Table Mountain Inn. Photo courtesy of the Table Mountain Inn.

What’s for breakfast?

Breakfast is not included in your stay, but you can eat downstairs at the Table Mountain Grill and Cantina. Brunch options include breakfast burritos, chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and huevos rancheros. 

If you’d prefer to eat at another restaurant or cafe in town, you’ll be only a few steps away from a number of great options because this hotel is very centrally located. 

Tacos, a quesadilla, and chips and salsa from the Table Mountain Grill and Cantina. Two margaritas also shown.
Tacos and a quesadilla from the Table Mountain Grill and Cantina. Photo courtesy of the Table Mountain Inn.

Amenities include:
Paid parking
Free wifi
Flat screen TV with cable
Access to the Golden Community Center (outdoor pool, hot tub, and sauna)

BOOK YOUR STAY AT THE TABLE MOUNTAIN INN

Hotels Near Golden

Denver West is the area just east of Golden’s historic downtown. These hotels are large chains, but they offer lower rates than many of the B&Bs towards the top of this list. 

Again, these are not traditional B&Bs

8. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Golden, an IHG Hotel

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Golden is a budget-friendly option that’s less than 10 minutes from downtown Golden by car. It’s also ideally situated for visiting Red Rocks Amphitheater, which is also about a 10 minute drive from the hotel. 

Although you won’t find as much character in the Holiday Inn Express as you would in, say, the Silk Pincushion or the Dove Inn, the rooms are clean and comfortable. 

Children of any age are welcome. Pets are not allowed. 

What’s for breakfast?

You can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast each morning, with options like bagels, cream cheese, yogurt, boiled eggs, cereal, muffins, and coffee. Additional hot food options are usually available, including potato hash browns, sausages, and eggs. 

Previous guests reported that the breakfast options changed from day to day, so you may see some variations in the menu during your stay. 

Amenities include:
Free parking
24 hour fitness center
Indoor swimming pool
Hot tub

BOOK YOUR STAY AT HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES

9. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver West/Golden

Located across the street from the Colorado Mills Mall is the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, a new hotel that would be a great place to stay in Golden. You’ll be close to shopping options – including a Target – and the restaurant options in and around the mall.

This hotel is still near Red Rocks Amphitheater, but not quite as close as the Holiday Inn Express and Origin Red Rocks. The drive from SpringHill Suites to downtown Golden takes about 13 minutes, and you’ll be about 10 minutes from Red Rocks Amphitheater by car. 

Children of any age are welcome. Pets are not allowed. 

A room at the SpringHill Suites Denver West/Golden.
SpringHill Suites Denver West/Golden.

What’s for breakfast?

SpringHill Suites by Marriott offers a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. Guests weren’t overly impressed with the options, so expect a basic sampling overall. 

Standard items like yogurt, pastries, and some fresh fruit are typically available. There are usually also some hot food options, like scrambled eggs, waffles, and oatmeal. 

Amenities include:
Outdoor swimming pool
Free wifi
Free parking
Flat-screen TV

BOOK YOUR STAY AT SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT

10. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Denver West/Federal Center

This hotel is technically located near Golden in Lakewood, about a 15 minute drive from downtown Golden. I chose to include it on this list because guests love the breakfast here and it’s really only a few minutes further from downtown Golden by car than the hotels in Denver West. 

The rooms at this Fairfield Inn & Suites are clean, with all of the amenities you’d expect from Marriott hotel. Staff at this location consistently scored high marks with reviewers for being helpful, friendly, and attentive. 

Children of any age are welcome. Pets are not allowed. 

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Denver West/Federal Center room with a couch and small suite
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Denver West/Federal Center.

What’s for breakfast?

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott serves a free continental breakfast each morning. There are hot food items like eggs and breakfast sandwiches, in addition to staples like yogurt, fresh fruit, and cereal. 

In reviews, guests particularly raved about the staff serving breakfast – they’re welcoming, helpful, and kind. 

Amenities include:
Indoor swimming pool (no hot tub)
Free parking
Free wifi
Streaming service access

BOOK YOUR STAY AT FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES 

Getting around Golden 

With the possible exception of Boulder, you’ll need a car to get around most any area of Colorado. Golden is certainly no exception – public transit is sparse and often unreliable. 

Only the very central downtown area of Golden is easy to navigate on foot or bicycle. Still, without a car you won’t be able to go for hikes or explore the nearby areas without relying on public transit, Uber, or a bicycle. 

If you can, I strongly recommend that you plan to drive while you’re in Golden. Whether you’d like to visit the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheater, go hiking, or visit nearby Denver, you’ll have the best experience if you drive. 

CAR RENTALS IN GOLDEN

A sign reads "Howdy Folks! Welcome to Golden, Where the West Lives"
The iconic sign over downtown Golden.

Is Golden, Colorado worth visiting?

Historic Golden, Colorado is an underrated part of the Denver Metro Area and it’s definitely worth a visit. From the old-timey shops and restaurants along Washington Avenue to the fabulous views of Table Mesa, there’s a lot to love about Golden. 

Whether you stay for a few days or just pass through for a few hours, it’s worth a stop just to experience something a little different. Golden is a family-friendly place to visit, so there are lots of activities catered to children, like the Buffalo Bill Days in the summer. 

Like Boulder and Denver, Golden is also an especially dog-friendly city. Feel free to bring your dog along, as there are B&Bs and restaurants that are more than happy to welcome them. 

A meadow view of the Golden foothills at sunset
Golden, Colorado at sunset.

What to do in Golden 

Here are some of the best things to do while you’re visiting Golden, Colorado. 

Wander through historic downtown Golden

One of the best things to do in Golden is to simply explore the downtown. Despite its proximity to Denver, downtown Golden has a small town feel with plenty of character. 

Most of the action is concentrated along Washington Avenue, where you can visit the small shops and restaurants that make up the main street. Be sure to also visit Clear Creek, which has a lovely river walk. 

For an added activity, you could complete a self-paced scavenger hunt on your smartphone to help you explore the downtown. 

Buffalo Bill Days

Every summer, Golden hosts its annual Buffalo Bill Days – it’s an enormous affair, given the small size of the city. There’s a parade, rodeo, golf tournament, and arts and crafts festival that you can visit during the event. 

This event is family friendly, so it’s a great thing to do in Golden if you have kids. 

Coors Brewery Tour

One of the most popular things to do in Golden is to take the Coors Brewery Tour. The tour is educational and covers the history of the brewery, the brewing process, and some additional interesting facts. The tours end with a stop in the tasting room, where you can try the beer. 

I took this tour many (blue) moons ago, when I was in high school as part of a sponsored science field trip. Even as a teen I thought it was interesting, though I’m not sure I’d recommend it for people who aren’t beer enthusiasts. No, they didn’t let us try the beer.

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Visiting Golden FAQs

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about visiting Golden, Colorado. 

Does Golden, Colorado have a downtown?

Yes, Golden, Colorado has a historic downtown area. Washington Avenue is the central street that runs through the downtown, home to many of the most popular spots in Golden. 

What major city is Golden, Colorado close to?

Denver is the nearest major city to Golden, Colorado. From downtown Golden, it usually takes about 20 minutes to drive to Denver. Golden is also close to both Colorado Springs and Boulder.

Is Golden walkable? 

While Golden’s downtown area is walkable, it’s a very small part of the city. To get around Golden, you’ll definitely want a car. 

Do you need a car to visit Golden?

In most cases, I would say yes, you should plan to drive when visiting Golden. Only the downtown is walkable, and many nearby attractions are only accessible by car or Uber. 

Conclusion: Golden, Colorado Bed and Breakfasts

Golden, Colorado is a wonderful place to visit when you’re in Colorado. Staying in a Golden, Colorado bed and breakfast is a fabulous way to experience the area. Golden is also a perfect place to stay when you’re attending a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater, which is only a few miles up the road. 

This list includes a few “true” B&Bs, in addition to some great local hotels. Whether you choose the more authentic B&B options like the Silk Pincushion or Pansy’s Parlor or something a bit more modern, you’re sure to have a great time in Golden. 

Whether you stay in downtown Golden or just outside of it, be sure to spend some time exploring Washington Avenue. If you enjoy the western themes in downtown Golden, consider visiting the National Western Stock Show, hosted every year in January.