Visiting Us

Below is information for visitors on lodging, getting to campus, and Downtown Boulder.  We look forward to hosting you!


For lodging, two good options are the historic Hotel Boulderado, located in downtown Boulder just 1 block off of the pedestrian Pearl Street mall, or St. Julien, which is a bit more upscale and modern and is just a few blocks from the pedestrian mall.  The location of both is excellent, within walking distance to excellent restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, etc. 

Getting to CU Chemical & Biological Engineering

Below is a map to our new building, the Jennie S. Caruthers Biotechnology Building (JSCBB).  The green arrow in upper right-hand area is the new building.  Also, here is an interactive google map.

There is a parking lot just to the west of JSCBB.  To access it, turn north onto 33rd street from Colorado Ave, and then take first available right.  Visitor parking is available at the east (far) end of the parking lot.

Professor Hrenya's office is C225 (C wing, 2nd floor; just up the steps from entrance in middle of west-facing wall, and to the right once you reach the 2nd floor).

Professor Hrenya's office phone is 303-492-7689.  She is one of the last U.S. residents without a mobile phone.

Downtown Boulder

1.  Pearl Street Mall – a pedestrian-only area with coffee shops, bookstores, galleries, restaurants and shops.  Also lots of street performers, especially on weekends when weather is mild.

2.  Downtown is ~1/2 mile walk from a local trailhead – Mount Sanitas – which is located on Mapleton Dr., a few blocks west of 4th Street – the hotel can provide a map.  There are 2 options - the valley trail is a nice gradual incline up ~200 ft, or summit Mt. Sanitas which is ~1400 ft. vertical, non-technical (roundtrip: 1-2 hours). 

3.  Boulder has ride-share bikes, and there should be some very close to hotels.  There are a bunch of local trails and Boulder is very bike-friendly  – the hotel staff can provide additional information.

4.  For a city of this size (~100,000), Boulder has a fine selection of restaurants.  Here a few of our recommendations, all within walking distance of the downtown hotels.  Reservations may be helpful for some of the nicer ones.

  1. Oak at 14th  - mid-high end with modern American cuisine. 
  2. Salt  - similar to above
  3. The Kitchen  - similar to above
  4. The Kitchen Upstairs  - mid-range prices, same owners as Kitchen, but a bit more informal
  5. The Kitchen Next Door  - lower-range prices, same owners as Kitchen, and most casual of the three Kitchen affiliates
  6. Frasca  - very high end, and our favorite!  Ranked in top 25 restaurants in US; recent James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Wine Program.  Inspired by Friuli region of Italy, with owner and chefs trained at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry.  Exquisite food and service.  Definitely call ahead, or plan to get there right when doors open as a few tables are not reserved at start of each evening.  Typically 2-hour or more meal. 
  7. Pizzeria Locale  - mid-range prices, Naples-inspired pizzeria, same owners as Frasca.
  8. Mateo - mid-high end, French cuisine
  9. Brasserie 1010 - mid-high end, French cuisine
  10. West End Tavern  - mid-range prices, very good burger and better eatery, excellent tap beer selection
  11. Mountain Sun Microbrewery  - low-range prices, good pub food, and the best microbrewery downtown with several nitro taps and free samples at the bar .  Local Boulder hangout – hippies and all – a bit loud and very casual. 
  12. Dushanbe Tea House - mid-range prices with a global menu.  Exquisite building exterior and interior -  handcrafted in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Boulder's sister city)
  13. Bramble & Hare - mid-range prices, casual and cozy farm-to-table restaurant