I sipped my morning coffee, purchased from the lower level cafe, on a secluded side terrace just outside the music and billiard rooms, but every corner of this hotel offers a place to explore --once the tour groups are gone. While our dinner was not particularly memorable, our breakfast was surprisingly good, which is important since guests are pretty much captive for breakfast. I can't imagine dragging myself away from the hotel on a cool summer morning. We were concerned about reviews that mentioned hot stuffy rooms, but lucked out with a cool August evening which made it possible to sleep with open windows and a gentle breeze from a small room fan. My advice, check in and check out, explore the grounds, take an afternoon hike in the area or catch a ride up the tram, come back later in the evening as the crowds ease and have a drink at the bar, wake up early and enjoy the peace before the crowds descend on the hotel for the early tours. We did not take the historic tour, but were able to pick up a great deal of the history through photographs and discussions with the staff. Although we also avoided the ghost tour, it was impossible not to pick up some of the 'vibe' as the tours made their way through the hallways. We may even have been visited by one of the ghosts. My son woke up half way through the night and said there as a man sitting by the side of his bed staring at him. The roll-away was unused for the rest of the night and we had no further visits, though the room keycard mysteriously stopped working on several occasions and my bath towel fell to the floor with a loud thud as soon as soon as I turned my back to the hook (perhaps a loose screw?). While the hotel was not the setting for the movie, it was the inspiration for the book and was used for the 1997 TV mini-series written by Stephen King. Former guests include Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. My husband, amused by the 24/7 Shining station on the TV and fighting the urge to call the bartender Lloyd, was the most skeptical about the value of the experience, but purchased a coffee mug on the way out... so I guess it was all good.
- 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