Welcome to the Boulder Guest House

Opening in 2021


Stay at a boutique hotel within a Zen center. We offer a retreat-like atmosphere within the city of Boulder.

Each of our four rooms feature a private entrance and private bathroom. If you’d like, join us for meditation, or a conversation in the living room.


Opening in 2021. Enter your email below to receive updates about opening dates and reservations.

About the Boulder Guest House


From 2004-2020, the guest house operated as Briar Rose B&B. Happily, the property is entering a new chapter and has become a residential Zen Center, The Boulder Zen Center (BZC). The BZC has actually owned the property for 16 years while the Briar Rose leased it, and will now operate it.


The property is currently being renovated. Gary, who ran the Briar Rose all those years, is also ordained, and will continue to participate.


In the first part of 2021 the BZC will begin offering a new lodging business, The Boulder Guesthouse. We would love for you to come stay with us!



Letter from Gary and Jessika,  who operated the Briar Rose:


Dear Guests, Staff, and Friends,

We are finally acknowledging the closing of the Briar Rose. Thank you for all of your love and support over these last 16 years. We were so fortunate to have shared with you this beautiful property, and our wonderful community of staff, guests, Zen practitioners, and friends. The decision to close our doors was difficult, but we faced many headwinds. For a couple of years there has been a glut of rooms from the new chain hotels in town, and two more are being built. We were already struggling from this, though working to adapt, but the nearly complete loss of bookings resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a decision to reenvision the property.


Thank all of you. You made the Briar Rose the special place it was. – Gary and Jessika