The Beaumont Hotel & Spa FAQ
When was the hotel built? 1886
When did the hotel originally open? 1887
Who was the hotel named after? (Beaumont) It was not named after a person; it was named for the meaning of the word. In French Beaumont translates to Beautiful Mountain.
What year did it close? 1965
Why was the hotel painted pink? It was painted pink in the 1950's as pink was very popular in those years due to it being the First Lady's favorite color, it remained pink until it was re-opened in 2003.
How long was the hotel closed? For 38 years, from 1965-2003
Why was the hotel closed for so long? The woman who owned it was in a fight with the city and closing it was her solution to the problem.
Did the hotel always have a skylight? Yes, it was one of the first hotels with a skylight and it is restored to look exactly as it did originally.
Was the skylight originally stained glass? No, it has always had clear glass.
Why are there interior windows? To allow light into the interior rooms that did not have exterior windows. Also to allow fresh air into the rooms when the original skylight was opened, it created cross ventilation.
Has the front desk always been in that location? Yes, the photo of another desk in the corner near the stairs was the Western Union Telegraph Office, not the Front Desk.
Is the safe original? Yes
Was the hotel a bank? No
Why is there a second set of stairs so close to the grand staircase? Those were the Un-Escorted Ladies stairs and entrance.
What are the gold things in the corners of the stairs? Dust catchers, to make cleaning easier on the maids back in the 1800's.
Where is the Grand Ballroom? It is on the second floor
Do you have an elevator? Yes. It was added during the restoration
Is any of the furniture original? Yes, most of the lobby furniture is original and there is at least one piece of original furniture in each guest room.
Do the radiators still work? No, they are no longer in use.
Is the hotel a copy of the Brown Palace in Denver? No, the Brown Palace (1892) is a larger copy of the Beaumont (1886).
How long did it take to restore the hotel? 5 years
What year did the hotel re-open? 2003
How much did it cost to restore the hotel? $14-24 million
Does the piano ever get played? No, it can't be played. (Read the sign on the piano top)
Is the hotel haunted? It is rumored to be.
What famous people have stayed here? Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover, King Leopold II of Belgium, the actress Sarah Bernhart, Oprah, Jewel, Pam Grier.
How many rooms do you have? 13
Do you have any rooms with double beds? Each room has either a king or queen sized bed. Some rooms adjoin.
Do you allow pets? No
Do you allow children? Why don't you allow children? We do not allow children because there are too many places for them to get hurt and too many fragile/valuable things for them to damage. It is also a quiet romantic getaway and all of our guests expect no children.
Do you have a fitness room/pool/laundry facilities? No
Do you do gift certificates? Yes! They make a great gift.
Take a Virtual Tour of Beaumont Hotel & Spa! Use your mouse to move around the hotel. Be sure to look up at the intricate wallpaper on the ceilings and to see the skylights. Zoom in to check out the details. You can tour the atrium, the Grand Ballroom, some of the Guestrooms and even the Spa! Just follow the arrows.
What our guests are saying:
“We have stayed at the Beaumont many times and it is always a wonderful experience. The hotel has been beautifully restored. It has a very relaxing and peaceful ambiance. The town of Ouray is a beautiful historic western town. When you stay at the Beamont and look out at the town, you feel like you have went back in time!“
Kathy V. Durango, Colorado