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Hand Hotel Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 3 Fairplay B&B and Inns
Lakewood, Colorado
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5 reviews
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“Hand Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

We had a wonderful stay at the "Hand Hotel", Bed and Breakfast, in Fairplay, CO. It is a very rustic and historically oriented establishment. It is intended to make you feel like you are living in that period of time. The rooms are named after people, places and occupations. Ours was " the Outlaws", which had wood panelling, plaid bed coverings and the walls were decorated with guns and cards. We had a full size bed and a set of bunk beds. There was a good size bathroom with a shower and a rain head sprayer.
The employees went out of their was to be helpful and friendly. They continually mentioned that we should ask if we needed anything.
The breakfast was included and was quite substantial. There was cold cereal, numerous types of bread products, a variety of juices, mixed fruit, cut grapefruit, yogart, as well as egg omelets, biscuits and gravy and two types of breakfast meats. There was a large selection of hot and cold drinks.
They set out a snack at 4:00. It consisted of popcorn, homemade cookies, animal crackers and fruit. There was always hot and cold drinks available.
We found the staff very friendly and quite talkative. We learned a lot about the town and its history, and plan to return to find out more.
They also have their own gift shop with many selections.

Room Tip: Our room was facing the mountains and a small pond was just below the windows. Beautiful view with s...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2011

I was in the Trapper's room and enjoyed my stay. The bathroom is newly remodeled and modern, with the bedroom itself was rustic. I stayed in November, and in the evenings a large fire was in the lobby. As others have mentioned, there is no TV (in the rooms or otherwise) - but the quietness and views are nice. The people that work there are very nice and helpful. I was there for a writer's conference, and it was great. Plan on returning in the future.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2011

The Hand Hotel is not to be missed! It's loaded with authentic Western charm from the moment you walk in from the boardwalk sidewalk--immense native rock fireplace with elk's head, a front desk that looks like it might have been the bar in a frontier saloon, comfy leather couches... There's a sun-room at the back that offers stunning views. And the rooms are all unique, each named and individually decorated with taste and charm. All have modern bathrooms and ceiling fans (when you're at 10,000 feet, that's all you need, even at high summer--open the window, turn on the fan, and breathe that Rocky Mountain air!).
But all this is just the window dressing--it's the warm Western welcome of the staff, especially Michael, Richard, and Stella, that makes the Hand so wonderful. To say nothing of the substantial breakfasts.
So there's no tv. So the wifi can be skippy. So what? Get away from the hurly-burly and talk to people. Read. Fish. Hike. Bike. Ride a horse (or a burro). Visit the South Park Museum. Ask Richard where to eat (he won't steer you wrong). Sleep deep. That's what real life is all about.

Room Tip: All are charming; Miner is at the top of the stair and might be noisy in an old wooden building. Si...
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Andover, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

Great outdoor view, nice cozy room
We were in the Grandma's room (#12). The bathroom was clean too.
But the rooms do not have any TV or microwave/refrigrator
Only negetive point i have is there is no one to respond take your calls after 8PM...there was no one to provide us with the wifi access pwds...so you might want to get everything you need as soon as you check in.

Grandma (the owner i guess) was a very sweet lady...they have a very hearty breakfast buffet, with lots of options & fresh fruits....the food was cooked well too.
But this place is far from Mount Evans (google gave us the wrong directions from Fairplay to Mt Evans summit).
So you might want to checkout other options if you are on way to Mount Evans.

But all said, Hand Hotel is awesome in itself

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

There are positives at this hotel but the negative of the poor customer service outweighs those. On the plus side, the hotel is quaint, very clean and the bathrooms were surprisingly modern. Our room was fairly small; I wouldn't have wanted to stay more than a night or two as there was nowhere to put suitcases and almost nowhere to hang clothing.

What was the big negative was the uncaring attitude of the manager. When we booked, we asked about the breakfast as we knew we would be leaving early for a big hike. The staff person told us that breakfast was at 7am but to inquire when we arrived if it would be possible to get it earlier. Even if that were not possible, the staff person said they could put some food in the refrigerator for us so we would have at least something. Relying upon this promise, we booked the room.

When we arrived we were told that there would be no way to get breakfast early nor would they put any food in the refrigerator for us. They said this was not their policy and had not been for 11 years. They did not understand why the staff person told us this. When we said that we understood that this might be their policy but we relied on the promise of the staff person. We asked that since we had been promised this, could they at least reduce our rate since we would not be eating any of the food. The manager said he would not do this and if we weren't happy, we could seek accommodations elsewhere.

What was most disturbing was that sort of attitude & not being willing to take responsibility for what their staff member had promised us. We were not asking them to change their policy just to suit us, but to accept that the staff member had given us information upon which we had relied when booking. The manager was not even willing to meet us halfway -- it was a "take it or leave it" attitude that demonstrates that customer service is not something they really care about if it means they have to make concessions.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leicester UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2011

The hotel was built in the 1930's when Fairplay was a boom town. It's a lovely old wooden building straight out of a western film and all the rooms are decorated to a theme. We stayed in "Silverheels" the town tart (I think!). The room - and the whole hotel - was beautifully clean with lots of little attentions to detail. The views over the mountains from our room and the deck at the back were splendid. And they serve the best breakfast I have had since I've been staying in American hotels! And all for only $79. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2010

We discovered this hotel while out on a self-guided and self-supported bicycle tour in June/July of 2010. We came into Fairplay from the East and this part of town wasn’t immediately noticed but the owner of the nice little sandwich shop that we stopped in on for lunch recommended the Hand Hotel.

We highly recommend it now as well, but only if you’re in the right frame of mind. Step back into the days where TV and texting weren’t on people’s minds. This hotel would make an excellent little family gathering place for folks that are focused on “visiting” with each other.

You can tell that they pride themselves on what they do at this hotel and what is offered is a charming, clean and quiet place to stay with river views that make for nice sunsets.
A rear deck off the second floor overlooks the Platte river, as does one of the cozy sitting rooms. The staff was super friendly and went out of their way to provide us with a good place to store our loaded bicycles.

A couple of good places to eat in town and everything is within walking distance. Breakfast included and it’s a step up from the standard continental breakfast that you’d find at a chain hotel.

Among small town hotels of a similar age, I’d rate this hotel as a 9.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hand Hotel Bed and Breakfast
Address: 531 Front St, Fairplay, CO 80440-1059
Region: United States > Colorado > Fairplay
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Fairplay
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Number of rooms: 11

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