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“Beautiful Setting That Inspired Stephen King's 'The Shining'” 4 of 5 stars
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Stanley Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   333 Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517   |  
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Ranked #12 of 29 hotels in Estes Park
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“Beautiful Setting That Inspired Stephen King's 'The Shining'”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

I'm a big fan of Stephen King and my husband and I are always game to stay in places that are supposedly haunted, so the Stanley Hotel was a great choice for us. We stayed there for one night a few days after Christmas after flying into Denver. The drive wasn't too bad, even in the winter. The hotel is in Estes Park, which is a quaint touristy town with lots of shops and restaurants, so there were plenty of meal choices in town. When we arrived, signs led us to the back of the hotel, when we really wanted to park in front. The front-desk clerk even commented that the signs were misleading. Our room was a bit small, but had everything we needed. We enjoyed having a flat-screen TV, with one channel devoted to showing the Jack Nicholson version of The Shining continuously. We stayed in a room on the 4th floor, which is supposed to be haunted, but we had no "visitations." By the time we had checked into the hotel, there was only one ghost tour left, which was all booked. We ended up taking a morning ghost tour, which didn't have the same impact as an evening tour. It was interesting, but not as much fun. We did some walking around the property and it's a beautiful old hotel. The elevator is the old-fashioned kind that used to have a person operate it. Hotels like these tend to be on the expensive side, but I think staying for a night can give you a taste of how the affluent of past days used to live.

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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

We stayed 3 nights in May. During our stay, all the furniture was replaced. We had a huge room in the manor house with brand new furniture at a very reasonable price. My wife's sister, on the other hand, paid twice the price for a room in the main building, only to be upgraded to the Presidential Suite. So she had 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, a full kitchen and living room, laundry and furnished deck overlooking the mountains. The downside was there was nothing historical about it. Our room still had the feel of a 100 year old hotel.

We ate several breakfasts, a lunch and a dinner in the retaurant. Like many Estes Park establishments, they offer game. We tried elk, bison and wild boar meatloaf, buffalo sliders and elk and buffalo sausage. All were excellent, as were the salad, eggs, seafood bisque, etc.

The grounds are magnificent, with a view of the Rockies on a clear day and elk roaming the premises. There is no need to leave the property for a close encounter! We traveled throughout the hotel night and day without problems, posing in front of 217 and getting a shot of Mrs Stanley's ghost at the piano. Part of each evening was spent with a glass of wine in front of one of the 2 large fireplaces in the lobby.

My only small complaint was housekeeping. The same piece of lint sat under the bathroom sink for our entire stay.

This was a great vacation and the Stanley Hotel lived up to its promise for us.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

We spent my 50th birthday at the Stanley this year, it was quite a treat! The day we got there, they were refurnishing all of the rooms, so we had to wait to register into our room, but the hotel staff made up for it by upgrading us to a King room on the 4th floor. It was very nice, brand new bed, with beautiful furnishings.

The entire experience was excellent. We had dinner in the Steamer's Restaurant - it was good, but a little pricey. Regardless, we went there for the experience, so expected to pay a little exra. The overall hotel is a work of art, nestled in a beautiful setting. We went on the ghost tour, which provided a wonderful history of the hotel and was also lots of fun. I captured a picture of an orb during the tour, and others after the tour in our room later that evening. We stayed in room 428. It was very quiet - I don't think anybody else was on the 4th floor except for us. I was not frightened staying there. If there are ghosts that inhabit this hotel, they are there because they love it so much that they don't want to leave. I can't blame them for that!

Before going to the Stanley, I read other reviews that it was rather loud and creaky. Yes it is an old hotel, and the floors creak, but we had quite the opposite experience. It was extremely quiet and we both slept sound - maybe because we were on the top floor.

This was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend it to other travelers! I only wish that we could have stayed another day or two. It was the highlight of our entire vacation!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

We recently stayed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. We enjoyed seeing the
hotel and taking the history tour. We stayed in the rooms on both sides of the room that
was the inspiration for the Shining. No Ghosts!! The hotel lacks air conditioning but was
comfortable with the windows open. We woke up in the morning the the sounds of Elk.
I felt like I was in an episode of Northern Exposure with the Elk walking through town and grazing in peoples yards. Definately worth the trip.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011

What a great place to spent the night. The staff treated us exceptionally well, the room was wonderful, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. A hearty thanks to the folks at the Stanley for an excellent birthday surprise for my wife!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangor, UK.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011

Setting was perfect. Hotel is recently renovated and very comfortable. Atmosphere is relaxed; service excellent. Food was surprisingly good, and service again spot-on. We had a marvelous relaxing couple of days in between busy business trips. I would come back and invite all my friends and family.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

My sisters and I stayed at The Stanley for a night this past week. Everything was perfect. Grounds were pristine, staff was perfect in every way, food was great and we came home with a few ghost stories and caught one in a picture. It was everything we expected and we are planning another trip up after Christmas with the rest of the family! Thank you Stanley!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Stanley Hotel

Also Known As:
Stanley Estes Park
Stanley Hotel Colorado
Stanley Hotel Estes Park Colorado
Stanley Hotel Estes Park
Address: 333 Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517
Location: United States > Colorado > Rocky Mountain National Park > Estes Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Estes Park
#4 Business Hotel in Estes Park
#12 Family Hotel in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Stanley Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Stanley Hotel is a luxurious historic landmark hotel in a spectacular mountain-view location, offering old-world charm matched with the latest of modern amenities. Take a ghosts and history tour... Enjoy free wireless Internet access throughout the property... Indulge in our full-service spa... Experience Cascades Restaurant... Savor a Starbucks’ Coffee... Or just relax and enjoy the view from your luxurious room, suite or private villa! Come, experience The Stanley Hotel: 7,500 feet above the ordinary in beautiful Estes Park, an hour from Denver and minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park.The Stanley Hotel is a luxurious historic landmark hotel in a spectacular mountain-view location, offering old-world charm matched with the latest of modern amenities ... more   less 
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