The Beaumont Hotel
~ A Slice of History, Beauty, Extravagance and Luxury All in One Spot ~
The Beaumont Hotel in Ouray is truly considered royalty on the San Juan Skyway and it lives up to its nickname of ‘Flagship of the San Juans’. Few hotels anywhere in the western United States have had the history and notoriety afforded this grand hotel of Colorado. It’s guests have included presidents such as Teddy Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Bernhardt. If the posh 12 rooms of this celebrated hotel could talk it would be an amazing story they could tell.
Construction of the solid brick and stone three-story Beaumont began in July of 1886, it was completed only six months later and after organizing staff and operational details had its grand opening in July of 1887. All of the original furniture was made by Marshall Fields in Chicago. The cost to build this combination of Victorian, Queen Anne and French Second Empire architectural style hotel was about $80,000. That of course seems like a bargain when you compare it to the price of its renovation in 2003 which had a price tag of $24,000,000. Even the cost of detailing the wallpaper to match the original came at a cost of $1,000,000. A fair-minded person almost feels guilty in renting a room here at its reasonable nightly rates which don’t in any way compare in degree of proportion to the hotel’s building costs. Lucky you! Don’t feel guilty, just make your way through the grandiose front entrance to the grand staircase leading to the spectacular lobby and enjoy your piece of history.
The awards won by this hotel have been numerous. They include the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation in 2003 followed by the Preserve America Presidential Award the following year. The Conde Nast Traveler has consistently rated the Beaumont on its best hotel list since 2010 and it has been continually recognized as one of the best boutique hotels in the West by numerous additional magazines and websites.
Beaumont Hotel Accommodations
When you check in at the Beaumont you know that your room is going to be unique. No two rooms are the same and each are different shapes and uniquely appointed with beautiful antique furnishings (many of which are the actual originals from 1887). Rooms will either have a Queen or a King bed and each room is designed to accommodate two persons (the Presidential Suite however can sleep six). Views of surrounding Ouray are available in many rooms but will of course vary depending upon the placement of the room and will provide spectacular views of Cascade Falls, Box Canyon, Main Street, Twin Peaks or Mount Abrahms. Don’t feel however that because you are staying in historic rooms steeped with antiques and unique artifacts from the past, that you will not be cradled in the luxury of all the modern conveniences. You can expect microwaves, mini-refrigerators, complimentary wireless internet, flat screen TV’s, heated parking and other luxurious amenities to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Because of the historical significance and painstaking effort that has been required to bring these rooms to their current level of excellence, no children under the age of 16 or pets will be accommodated.
The Beaumont Spa
After a day enjoying the many activities available to you in the Ouray area or even after spending a day wandering through all the varied shops and boutiques on Main Street, there is nothing more relaxing than a professional massage given by experienced massage therapists at the Beaumont Spa. From your spa table you see the surrounding mountain tops and you have an excellent assortment of treatments available to you for a duration of either an hour, hour and a half or two hours. Your treatment choices are hot stone, deep tissue, hair and scalp treatment and reflexology. You also have access to your own private hot tub and sauna.
Activities and Tours Near the Beaumont Hotel
More Information Relating to Ouray
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