What it's like
From the outside, the native red bricks and hand-carved sandstone cornices and sills stand as stately as ever against the mountainscapes that surround the tiny western town. On the inside, beautiful handcrafted woodwork, period wallpaper, and the largest collection of American Victorian walnut antiques add up to a grand evocation of a bygone era. Each of the 93 rooms are uniquely furnished; some run large, and all are filled with old-timey elegance from bed to bathroom.
A goldmine of a property in the bosom of old gold-country Colorado
The wallpaper. Prints go from damask to floral to a more intricate damask to lattice to an even more intricate style of damask.
Eat and drink
The Office Spiritorium, a cleverly named bar with an absinthe fountain, a taxidermied peacock, a fireplace, and mezzanine seating, hosts live music daily and is a popular spot among guests and locals alike. The Diamond Belle Saloon, a ragtime piano bar that turns patrons into time travelers, serves lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Finally, the Mahogany Grille serves hand-cut steaks from the butcher, applewood smoked brisket, pan-seared scallops, and other fine-dining dishes.
Western author Louis L'Amour always asked for room 222, the room directly above the Diamond Belle Saloon. He said that the honky-tonk music helped set the mood for his novels of the Old West.