On an impulse I booked a surprise weekend trip for my husband and I with out 1 year old daughter the week before Halloween.
We drove from Rapid City, SD and arrived a bit later in the evening. The staff was wonderfully welcoming upon our arrival and we even ended up on the 4th floor! Our room was cozy, we loved the huge closet to put everyting in. It helped us to feel less cramped in the room.
We were exhausted so we ordered room service. The food was prompt and very tasty. We had ordered a bison burger, chicken club and chicken fingers for our little one. I do think the room service was a bit overpriced with the extra 20% added, but everyhting was good notheless.
We hiked most of our Saturday, but I had reservations at the restaraunt for our family. I was worried about being in such a nice hotel and restaraunt with a 1-year old but the hotel and restaraunt staff were so good to us and our little girl. The food at Cascades was very good, but I will admit overpriced. We both split an appetizer and then had cesar salads with grilled chicken for an entre and out little girl had mac and cheese. After dinner we walked around the front of the hotel and enjoyed drinks in front of the fireplace. The atmosphere was very cozy. Our little girl loved marching around the lobby area and we were so happy there were other couples with small kids!
OUr room was qute smaill, but the roomy closet and bathroom made up fpr it. The bathroom has of course been through some updates, but there was some peeling paint and extra grout stuck around the tub. It could have been done with a little more attention to detail, but a nice clean bathroom regardless.
It got a bit warm at night, but I appreciated the heads up about no central air. Opened the windows and were very comfortable at night.
To top off our trip, we totally experienced a haunting! OUr daughter had me up a couple times (she was in a pack-n-play), and i went back to sleep only half covered up. I was woken up by what felt like a little finger tracing the tatoo on the back of my shoulder. When I woke up the top drawer to the dresser was also open. Bout 2:30 Am, my husband and I were both woken up by what somed like kids laughing in the hallway. Creepy!!!
We really did have a wonderful stay and wish were able to do 1 more night. The only reason I didn't do an "excellent" rating was because I thought things got a bit too pricey. I do understand upkeep of historic buildings - I used to live in one, However, I would be more prone to come back if it were a little more affordable. With that said this was probably a once-in-a-lifetime trip for my little family and we had a great time. Highly reccomended if you find yourself witht e opportunity to go.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Stanley Estes Park
- Stanley Hotel Colorado
- Stanley Hotel Estes Park Colorado