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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  • We spent half the time trying to get our kids not to touch things. But the guide was very knowledgeable and had interesting information to tell us. I wouldn't take young kids.  more »
  • I think there are a lot of fun things like this to do in Georgetown about which a lot of people don't know. We had a tour from a very knowledgable woman about the interesting history of this home/hote...  more »
  • First visit to Georgetown. What a charming little town. In looking it up on TripAdvisor i read about the Hotel de Paris. We are visiting in January, and it's their off season. But we were fortunate to...  more »
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  • The tour of the hotel was educational and informative. Did this as one of the activities for the day while attending the European Christmas experience on the second Saturday in December. My granddaughters ages 6 and 8 (free admission-children) enjoyed hearing and seeing things from that time period. Museum staff were helpful. Provided hot cider and wonderful baked goods for this event.
  • Great place to visit, we were shocked by having to pay an entrance fee but it was worth it.
  • We had watched the Colorado Experience segment on Hotel de Paris on ROKU before going on our tour and were pleasantly surprised to get so much more information on the tour. Our tour guide, Kevin, was saturated with more information than could be given in a one hour tour and you could tell he absolutely was taken with Louis Dupuy's story. This is the kind of person you want giving the tour - someone who connects and relates deeply to the story being told. Relatively inexpensive ($17 for 2 adults and 1 child) and proceeds go towards keeping the history and story alive. Highly, highly recommend!
  • This is a great museum that will transport you back to the turn of the century, and the volunteers who conduct the tours, hourly, are very friendly.
  • Beautiful property, gorgeous detail, wonderful preservation, super informative tour. Definitely recommend!
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