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“Interesting Hotel” 3 of 5 stars
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531 Front Street, PO Box 1059, Fairplay, CO 80440-1059   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Fairplay B&B and Inns
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“Interesting Hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2009

Stayed at the Hand for three nights in August, 2009. This is a bed & breakfast with the feel of the old west. I traveled with a group for a wedding in the area. Several in the group were booked at this hotel. From the 5 or 6 rooms I saw, they were all different with different names. Some obviously nicer than others. I had the Miner Room which is probably one of the smaller and most basic rooms in the hotel. The room was very basic with basic old west decor. Was not expecting anything fancy and did not get it. Only thing I really did not like is that this room is at the top of the stairs and they have carpet over hardwood floors. Therefore, everyone passes by the room on their way in or out so there is some noise from both the floors and other hotel residents passing by. Of course, this is also the least expensive room in the hotel so you kind of get what you pay for. If its an issue, go for one of the rooms towards the end of the hallways.

The Miner has absolutely no luxury amenities. I don't believe any of the rooms have TVs or other items you might get in more modern hotels.

This is a period hotel......expect to get the feel of the old west. If you are more into the modern amenities such as TVs, modern decor, etc., this may not be for you. This is a rustic hotel.

All in all, the hotel was confortable, reasonably priced and the deluxe continental breakfast was very good. I had no problems. I heard from others that were staying at one of the other hotels in town, that the breakfast at the Hand was better and they came over to our hotel for breakfast. Plus, The Hand is in the middle of Fairplay and in walking distance to local eateries, bars and points of interst. However, Fairplay is small and pretty walkable anyway. Breckenridge is about 23 miles north so Fairplay might be a good alternative to Breckenridge Hotel/Restaurant prices.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2007

last year i bought a ticket to denver, rented a car and hit the backroads looking for some fun and adventure, and of course, ghosts and ghost towns. i am an especially hardcore ghost town enthusiast. and i can't think of a better place for ghost towns than colorado. after doing some research on the internet, i found several ghost towns in fairly close proximity to the town of fairplay. so as is my habit, i drove into town without any reservations and looked for accomadations. as luck would have it, i found the hand hotel.
the hotel itself looks like one of those hotels in an old western movie. and in fact, that was exactly what it was designed to look like. inside there are hard wood floors and wood stairs to the second floor which creak when you walk on them. the lobby is cozy and has lots of wood and a rustic feel to it. the hotel also has two gift shops off to each side of the lobby with some nice quality items although eveything is a little pricey.
upon arrival i asked for a haunted room and was not disappointed when they said they have several. each room in the hotel has a theme, and is nicely decorated. i stayed that first night in the 'trapper's' room. the bathroom was small but sufficient. no tv's or phones in any of the rooms, but this is the norm for a lot of hotels in colorado i have found. it all comes with being out in the middle of no where i suppose (for a florida girl like me, i'm use to having a starbucks and mcdonald's around every corner).
anyway, the hotel was very clean and had a wonderful atmosphere, the fellow working behind the counter was nice and let me use his phone line so i could sign on to the internet and access my email. fortunately, there weren't any other guests when i checked in, so i was able to sit on the floor in the lobby with my laptop, and access the outside world with dial up. i also got to peak in all the other rooms as the doors were all open and noticed that the bedroom in the very back on the left had what appeared to be a bullet hole in the window. talk about atmosphere. the breakfast in the morning was plentiful and good. lots of juice and coffee and they serve you at the table.
the location though was the thing that i liked best about the hand. the street the hand is on is the main drag in town and had several small shops, restaurants, and one of the 2 bars in town.
i went in and had a few drinks both nights in fairplay, and enjoyed being the object of curiosity. it's funny how people react when you tell them you are looking for ghosts and exploring ghost towns, almost everyone there said that they had had some kind of ghostly encounter and was more than happy to tell me about there experiences. maybe i should write a book....... in fact it was one of the locals who told me that the hand hotel had been featured on one of those travel channel shows about haunted places. i suppose it is inevitable that old towns have lots of old spirits hanging around.
just down the road from the hand hotel is the 'town' of south park. which is what drew me to fairplay in the first place. south park is a 'town' that has more than 50 (or was it 80?) old buildings that have been moved from all over the state and restored to there original appearance. theres a saloon, dentist office, post office, train station (with old steam engine and caboose) drug store (complete with soda fountain), jail, school house,etc.... which makes south park one of the best preserved 'ghost towns' in existence. this place was far and away the most interesting place i visited in colorado (next to st. elmo). i still wonder why this town isn't more popular than it is. i spent hours walking around there taking pictures and video of everything. there are also several ghost towns within an easy drive from fairplay.
another interesting tidbit is that the town of fairplay is the town that the tv show 'south park' was based on. the locals told me that the characters where loosely based on some of the people from town. supposedly the creator's of south park are from this area. just an FYI.
someday i would truly love to come back to fairplay and i would definitely stay at the hand hotel again. although, i hear the other old hotel in town has a ghost too.................

  • Liked — atmosphere, location
  • Disliked — no mcdonalds near by
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2007

We ended up booking a room at the Hand Hotel when we realized no rooms were available in all of Summit County. A snow storm was moving in Friday night, and we wanted to be close enough to the mountains to enjoy skiing the next day without the hassel of traffic and potential closings of the Eisenhower Tunnel.

Directly south of Breckenridge on Highway 9, Fairplay is about a 40 minute drive away from the ski slopes. It took about 1.5 hours from Denver to get to the hotel, so the trip is a little longer than a straight shot up I-70 to Breck on a day without traffic. But it was nice to break up the trip a little bit, and, well, there's no longer such a thing as a day without traffic on I-70.

Rates were very reasonable compared to the likely suspects in Summit County. Plus the breakfast was a tasty spread of cereal, bagels, cream cheese, fruit, juice, coffee, tea, hot ham and cheese pockets - really everything you wish the name brand hotels would provide. We felt like we got more than our money's worth.

Each room has a different theme, which makes it kind of fun for couples and families. The bed was very comfortable, and rooms have private bathrooms. Ours was small and could use some updating, but it worked just fine for us. The place was built in the early 20th century, so don't expect modern luxury. That's part of the charm.

Our only complaint was that the dining/sun room area got a little chilly sitting near the windows. It was a very cold day, however. The place is probably really nice to visit in during warmer temps, as the hotel overlooks the Middle Fork of the South Platte River.
I can't speak much for the town of Fairplay itself - it's very small - but there seemed to be a restaurant/bar close to the hotel, and we noticed a nice little ice cream and coffee shop nearby.

The best part hands down - pun intended - was avoiding the weekend I-70 traffic on the way up to the high country.

I hope I didn't spoil this little secret, but I wanted to thank the owners and staff for giving us a great place to stay!

Stayed February 2007
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Address: 531 Front Street, PO Box 1059, Fairplay, CO 80440-1059
Location: United States > Colorado > Fairplay
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Fairplay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11

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