We had stayed at the Stanley before for a wedding, but this time we were just "regular" guests--and it was still amazing. The hotel is stately, historic, and stunning with unusual features, fun nooks-and-crannies, and views that fill every room. The rooms each have a distinct personality and I have yet to see two that are the same. Vintage photos of the grounds (and guests) are beautifully presented in each room and the old-school windows open wide to let the fresh mountain air in. Comfy beds and cushy chairs are in each room and we even had a big, jetted bathtub in our bathroom! Gorgeous staircases, a brass elevator, and a tin-ceiling-and-agate whisky bar make this a place you will remember visiting. Oh, and then there is the mystique and charm of "The Shining" <grin> and the rumor that the hotel is haunted. Even more charming! Yes, it is an old hotel (and could maaaaybe use a tiny bit of scrubbing around the edges), but this is where you want to stay when visiting Estes Park and the Rockies... You really do.
But wait, there is even MORE... The meticulously maintained Manor House Lodge (adjacent to the main building) is now home to a very special chef-inspired dinner service! (Summer months on Friday and Saturday evenings) It is NOT to be missed and, if I lived closer, I would book regularly--it was spectacular in every detail. For $65 we had an impeccable farm-to-table dinner that included made-to-order cocktails, a fabulous amuse (house made corn tortellini, I had ~4 and had to stop myself), a gorgeous pickled striped bass and kim-chi appetizer, two well-composed main dishes (a tomato course that was outer-limits delicious and a meaty trio of local beef), and a scrumptious lemon-blueberry dessert. The wine pairings were carefully chosen and, while at an extra (quite reasonable) cost, were perfect accompaniments to the meal. So, would you rather go into town and have a slice of pizza or have a memorable feast at the Stanley Hotel? Trust me, you should go with the latter. Here is the website: http://www.stanleyhotel.com/dining/lodge-table-restaurant (Oh, and you may also want to consider staying in the boutique-y Lodge rather than the main hotel--it is right next door and *gorgeous* for only a few dollars more and you get breakfast!) Don't worry about the lack of AC, you won't need it with the cool mountain breezes.
The entire trip was a delight and I can't wait to go back again. What a charming place!
- 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