Hotel de Paris Museum, Georgetown

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“Famous the wide world over,” Louis Dupuy’s Hotel de Paris, an idealized notion of a French inn, began in 1875 and is older than the State of Colorado itself. His creation catered to wealthy businessmen, railroad tycoons, mining investors, and outdoor adventure seekers. Hotel de Paris served as a first-class French restaurant, a showroom for traveling salesmen, and as a high-end accommodation during America’s Gilded Age. Guests marveled at the hotel’s elegant quarters, gas and electric lights, steam heat, hot and cold running, water, and cellar stocked with the finest wine, champagne, cognac, sherry, port, brandy, and whiskey…all nestled in the alpine beauty that surrounded the building and set against a backdrop of wilderness.

A rich and storied past includes visits from notable guests George and Jay Gould and such celebrated figures as the Countess Magri. However, after the Silver Panic of 1893, Hotel de Paris began a steady decline. In 1954, it was purchased and reopened as a museum about the hotel. Over the last 60 years, the building has undergone millions of dollars of preservation and renovation efforts. Restored period rooms showcase the site’s original furnishings, which are faithfully arranged. Visitors are immersed in a setting of authenticity, which provides a fascinating window into the lives of the hotel’s proprietors, workers, builders, and guests.



Today, the hotel is a treasured landmark and appears much as it did during the 1890s. The building poses a striking contrast to the rugged mountain terrain, and is distinguished by its cast iron window lintels and sills, gilded statuary embellishments, and stucco exterior scored to resemble blocks of stone. The interior still boasts its original black walnut and silver maple floors, Scottish carpets, velvet-covered couches and chairs, marble-topped vanities, and an impressive collection of books from Dupuy’s personal library. However, the centerpiece of the site is the hotel’s dining room, with its scratch fresco ceiling, William Henry Jackson photographs, saloon tables, central fountain, and 1880s guest register.

Hotel de Paris Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and lies within the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District. In 2003, Georgetown was named one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Mission: To collect, preserve, and share history associated with Louis Dupuy's Hotel de Paris, and serve as a catalyst for heritage tourism in Georgetown, Colorado.

Hotel de Paris Museum, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately-funded nonprofit organization, works to save America's historic places.
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  • I have visited Georgetown many times, this was our first time visiting the museum. Amazing tour guide, he really made it feel like we would turn the corner and run into Mr. Dupuy. Comparing the furnis...  more »
  • Great tour - went there not knowing what to expect. The guide knew the subject incredibly well - well spoken and eager to answer questions. 90% of the furnishings were from the original hotel - very i...  more »
  • We so enjoyed the tour here, not just because so much has been restored to it's original state but because we felt we really got to know the people involved in the operation of the hotel in it's heyda...  more »
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  • Extraordinarily preserved museum with interesting artifacts from nearly 150 years ago. Our tour invited us to get to know a group of French immigrants and another immigrant from China, who ran a 5 star hotel in the middle of a rough and tumble mining town. The hotel had great history on its own but add the artwork and beautiful furniture and you really have a worthwhile museum if you care at all about the history of that period. I felt like my hour tour flew by, I really enjoyed it!
  • Best guided tour I've ever been on. Very interesting and very knowledgeable. Good presentation. Well worth the entry fee and time. Also you went all over the hotel and into the rooms. Even the basement. Los of fun.
  • Seriously fantastic snippet of history here. The cost is reasonable to enter, and the tour is really worth it. The minutae and little facts behind this place truly are fascinating. Definitely a great stop for people who love history, or stories of the old west. The gift shop is cool, and the people working here really care about the place. If you bring kids, make them listen and seriously shut up while the tour guide is telling the story. Have respect. Learn. Don't answer phone calls on the tour, please.
  • Absolutely wonderful. The best your ever. So welcoming and knowledgeable. Thank you so much.
  • I have never been here, but I TRIED to go. Make sure you check the hours because we went there at 6 pm and were disappointed to find it closed. We did, however, hear good things about it.
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