We drove from Denver in our vintage '67 VW Bus and was welcomed by friendly/helpful staff. The Hotel actually use to be a bank and several stores back in Victor's bustling Gold glory days. In the early 90s, it was saved, restored and turned into a Hotel. They truly did a great job of modernizing while keeping the old world feel and touch. I really loved the old Otis elevator.
Our room on the 4th floor was spacious, had 22 foot ceilings and great views of Victor and Battle Mountain. quiet hotel/rooms.
Staff was very helpful in giving us directions to places to eat (both of them!) and get a beer (The only bar!).
I really enjoyed my stay in Victor. It is a little bit like a Twilight Zone episode for a couple of reasons. Victor is not on a main road. CO 67 loops off HWY 24, through Cripple Creek (now a gambling town) around Battle Mountain and back to HWY 24. So basically, you are either going to Victor on purpose, or really lost. Back in 1900, Victor was Colorado's 5th largest town with 18,000 residences. Now, there is about 300. So there are a few empty buildings, but it looks like there is a lot of work going on to restore them.
My wife and I drank beer, watched a ball game while playing cards at the only bar in town. Locals and tourist where hanging out there too. Staff was very friendly.
The next morning, we got a latte at the cafe two doors down from the Hotel (he opens at 6am). It was seriously one of the best coffees I've ever had. We sat outside, read/wrote in journals before getting back into the Bus (we were heading to a VW Bus rally in Colorado Springs that morning).
It's a quiet town with great views. It's on the Gold Belt Scenic Byway and the aspens would be great in September.
Victor is very much off the beaten path, and that's what makes it unique. If you are truly interested in the mining history of Colorado... Victor is a must stop.
And I very much plan on going back to the Victor Hotel.
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