We are Stephen King fans and The Shining is our fav novel by King. We knew the story behind the writing of The Shining, had seen The Stanley featured on Ghost Hunters, and being spook lovers, we decided on a July stay. As you come into the small artisan town of Estes Park, the first thing you see is The Stanley with looming mountain peaks behind it. Awesome first sight! As we drove into Estes Park we saw Elk, and I understand they do come into town. The hotel has parking around the back for check-in so you are coming into the patio area where weddings and other functions take place. We were there the weekend of a wedding and it was noisy. There is also no a/c and combined with the noise we had one night of restlessness to no sleep. However, that was the only negative. Back to check-in -- the front desk is exactly like the TV movie The Shining, and the entire lobby is as it was in the film. We were told the movie people had painted the pillars and such and the owners liked it so much they kept the look, so it is like walking into the movie itself. The bar area is not much like the Kubrick movie, but close enough (as the movie version was not filmed there at all). We dined the entire time at the hotel and the food was good, but our mind was more on the sights and the hotel itself. The gateway to the Rocky Mountains is just down the road a-piece so there is that to see and it is an awesome experience. However, the hotel in itself was fun and unexplainable things did happen. We could not get room 217 (THE room) but had another on the third floor. We had gone up to the haunted 4th floor at dinnertime when most everyone was downstairs or out, and that is when our first experience happened. We did hear the laughter of children and there were none. We looked all around for them, and it was hard to pinpoint where the laughter was coming from. At once it was all around us, at others drifting towards the stairs, but no one was there. We did take the Ghost Tour of the Hotel at twilight the next day (it runs all day). We were taken to the bowels of the hotel and all round where we were regaled with ghost stories, and of King's stay and subsequent writing of The Shining. The tour was informative and a lot of fun. The Stanley Steamer in the lobby has its own un-ghostly history and tie-in to the hotel and is an unexpected attraction when you first walk in. Flora's piano and King's stage are also interesting to check out. We had ghostly goings on in our room where I had put my reading glasses on the table to check out the hotel's non-stop running of The Shining on their station, and as I went to put them back on they were gone. We found them on the other side of the room. How they got there we don't know, but we looked high and low for them. Maybe we were primed for ghostly goings on, I don't know, it seemed things happened in broad daylight and nothing at night. The accommodations were lovely, the rooms vary according to size along with prices. There is the lodge if you can't get bookings for the hotel itself, and that too is said to be more haunted than the hotel. Do note there are small art-type shops that fill Estes Park, and they are worth stepping into. There are restaurants and ice cream places all through the town and the river runs through it making for a picturesque setting, so don't forget your camera. It is an expensive town and the hotel was not cheap, but we felt it was worth the expense.
- 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