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“Better than average, except for photography policy”

Hotel de Paris Museum
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Georgetown
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. Hours may vary. Call or go online for details.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
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“Better than average, except for photography policy”
Reviewed October 5, 2011

I would rate this "hotel museum" as "very good" or even "excellent", except that they allow no photographs, even without flash.

The old hotel, in the heart of Georgetown's business district is, however, worth a visit. The tour guide presented a very nice tour, albeit with a hint of "attitude". The hotel is quaint, and many of the items within are absolutely authentic. It has been well maintained all these years, and you really get a sense of what a luxury hotel was like back in the late 1800s in the West.

Be a little careful on the stairs -- quite narrow, both in terms of the steps and the width.

You get to visit a sort of parlor where businessmen often displayed their wares, the dining room and kitchen (very interesting), the upstairs guest rooms (only one floor of guest rooms), and even the cellar!

Louis Dupuy was an interesting character, and you learn a bit about him. Then, if you drive south on the old road (past the lake), you will eventually come to the cemetery, and if you wander around a bit there, you'll happen upon his grave -- sort of in the middle between the upper and lower part of the cemetery, along the main path, in the aspens.

Quite a few people went into the hotel lobby, but then walked right out. Too bad, they missed an interesting tour (except for that photography policy).

Visited September 2011
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1 Thank vinlyn
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KevinKuharic, Manager at Hotel de Paris Museum, responded to this review, October 25, 2011
With all of the potential exposure photographers could offer us on their websites, blogs, and social media sites, the staff and advisors of Hotel de Paris Museum made the difficult decision to not allow photography, filming, or recording by non-commercial visitors.

Loss of a revenue stream (the sale of officially sanctioned images) was not a factor for us. The policy protects the museum’s intellectual property, light-sensitive artifacts, tour aesthetics, and security. In addition, it helps prevent the stalking of visitors, volunteers, and staff.

However, we have made a compromise to our policy and accommodated requests for images by creating an on-line press room. Low-resolution images of our period rooms, artwork, and other furnishings are on view and easy to find at http://hoteldeparismuseum.org/pressroomgallery/pressroom.html or http://www.flickr.com/photos/hotel_de_paris_museum/?saved=1

Because of your inquiry into our policy, we made your topic the subject of our blog Odd Host:Odd Hostelry. To see that article, please go to http://hoteldeparismuseum.blogspot.com/

Thank you for taking the time to visit Hotel de Paris Museum. We hope you’ll come back!
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Denver, Colorado
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“Fascinating”
Reviewed September 10, 2011

The Hotel de Paris museum offers an intriguing architecture and history. Do not miss the chance to take the tour and shop in charming Georgetown.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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23 reviews
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“Fascinating! Highly Recommended”
Reviewed August 9, 2011

This was a wonderful tour. I love historic homes but have never visited an old hotel that has been converted into a museum. Our guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job. You visit several guest rooms, including the "sample rooms," rented by traveling salesmen who used the rooms as temporary store fronts. The tour also discusses the life of Louis DuPuy, the owner. What a story! I highly recommend you visit the Hotel de Paris.

For those with mobility problems, please be aware that the tour includes taking the very narrow stairs to the basement. This is at the end of the tour, so you can choose to return to the foyer if needed.

Visited July 2011
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Ft Lauderdale, FL
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6 reviews
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“Take the Tour!”
Reviewed September 19, 2010

My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous tour at Hotel de Paris Museum. What a great slice of history in this old mining town west of Denver! Our guides were very hospitable and extremely knowledgeable about the Hotel and its founder, Louis Dupuy, and the invaluable contribution that Louis and his great old hotel made to Georgetown and the surrounding area. The museum is well-maintained and culturally rich: original appointments and furnishings and unique aspects of the hotel that Monsieur Dupuy had lovingly added. There's a fountain for fresh trout in the dining room! This one's a Five-Star, for sure.

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North America
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42 reviews
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“OK for what it is”
Reviewed August 18, 2010

Pros - period original furniture, friendly tour guides, inexpensive.

Cons - can't take photos, smells awful (musty/moldy, maybe all those books?), not a lot to interest kids.

This was the first of two historic buildings we toured this summer, and if I hadn't done the second tour (Redstone Castle) I would have had less to say about this tour. It was interesting (original owner one of those transplants to the west who changed his identity and created a new life for himself) and the fact of indoor plumbing (every room), much of the original furniture, and especially shelves and shelves of original books, was quite interesting. And the price was reasonable, especially with discounts for families and AAA members.

But you couldn't take photos, many of the rooms were roped off so you could only peer in, and the place smelled dreadful - probably all those old books?

I'd go on this tour as an adult but not take kids (even older ones) as they were rapidly bored.

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LouisDupuy, Director at Hotel de Paris Museum, responded to this review, September 14, 2010
We are presently working on the abatement of moisture in the wine cellar, which should help reduce or eliminate the mustiness you noticed. This $384,000 project will be completed before we resume tours in May of 2011.

In an effort to provide a high level of security for our collection and protect it from damage caused by camera flashes, we do not allow photography. Because other visitors like you have made us aware of an interest in interior pictures, we have begun sharing our official images on our website and facebook page.

Please consider visiting us again next year and thank you for reviewing our museum!
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