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“Cool, old, historic hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Stanley Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   333 Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517   |  
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Ranked #15 of 30 Hotels in Estes Park
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13 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Cool, old, historic hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We finally decided to go out to The Stanley Hotel to check out the hotel that inspired the book, The Shining, and do some ghost hunting. Now if you're expecting it to be set back in the remote wilderness with nothing around like the movie, you're going to be sorely disappointed. The town of Estes Park is only minutes away, and Wendy & Danny Torrance could've easily run down to the McDonalds for help. The hotel in the movie isn't The Stanley. The Stanley is a cool, old, historic hotel with lots of character. I was a little disappointed we didn't get one of those old keys hanging up at the registration desk for our room as they've updated the doors with key cards, so now those keys are just for show. And we were bummed that the ghost tour wasn't going on when we were there, but the Stanley Tour was really great. Our ghost hunting was a complete bust. No paranormal activity or any orbs/mist/etc in our photos. Maybe we'll have to stay in one of the haunted rooms next time. For those who want to stay in the haunted rooms, they're room 217 (the Stephen King room), room 401, & room 428, but be sure to call to reserve them as they're the most popular rooms in the hotel! The hotel restaurant was fairly expensive, and the menu selection wasn't that great, but since downtown Estes Park is so close by, it's not that big of a deal. My only real complaint about the hotel is our room only had barely lukewarm water. You would think with the cost of a room there that they could have hot water. I'd go again to stay in a haunted room if they got the hot water issue fixed.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jesse F, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
Thank you for the comments on your recent stay. Sounds like you had a chance to learn a lot on the tours and really enjoy the hotel. We will definitely look more into the issue with hot water, so you can come back to a haunted room and experience more of the unknown.

We look forward to seeing you in the future.

Sincerely,

Jesse Freitas

Guest Services Manager
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The hotel was beautiful, teh outside paint is immaculate, the grounds are clean, the staff are very friendly and kind. I would definitely suggest this place to anyone looking for a fun and romatic time. I would definitely go back! We also did the paranomal investigation, which was a lot of fun!

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Jesse F, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you for the comments about your recent stay with us. I am happy to hear you had a fun time and were able to get on one of our paranormal investigations too. We look forward to having you back in the future!

Sincerely,

Jesse Freitas

Guest Services Manager
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Yucaipa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

My husband and I spent our honeymoon here the first week in November. Estes Park is a gorgeous town, with breathtaking mountain views. The Stanley Hotel stands out above the rest. They rely much on Stanley Kuberick's version of The Shining, with Red Rum mugs, tees, etc. The restaurant Cascades is good, but has a small menu and is very expensive. Their cafe leaves much to be desired, cheap but not fresh. The room was clean, and a good size. The water in the shower is a little dysfunctional though, the hot side is either cold/luke warm or burning hot. There are many restaurants nearby, downtown and an excellent one, the Mountain Home Café just a five minute walk near the Safeway grocery store. Overall, it is a beautiful old hotel and we had a nice honeymoon. Didn't see/hear any strange noises though, so I don't think it's haunted, but it's nice nonetheless.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Jesse F, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Thank you for the feedback on your recent stay. We will definitely look into some of the points addressed here. We are happy that we were able to host you on your honeymoon and I invite you to return for many anniversaries in the future! Congratulations!

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Jesse Freitas

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We stayed at the Stanley hotel in August as a stop between Denver and Steamboat Springs. So impressed were we that we will be returning next August. This is a wonderful place to stay - full of character and charm with magnificent views over the Rockies from all angles. It would be hard to beat the peacefulness of sitting sipping cocktails on the deck as the sun sets over the mountains beyond.
Our room was full of character, and we loved the fact that they have not tried to 'over-modernize,' so that the creaking wooden floors added to the feeling we were part of history. Where else can you stay in a hotel where guided tours were a part of the atmosphere? It made us feel very special as we climbed the wonderful staircase past the sign saying 'Residents only'.
We dined in the restaurant in the evening and the meal was great, with no problems accomodating my gluten-free needs. Staff were attentive, charming and interesting both in the restaurant, and throughout the hotel.
If you want hi-tech, Philip Stark modernism this is not the place for you. But if you want to stay in a place you will always remember then this is perfection.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jesse F, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Thank you for the feedback on your recent stay. I am glad to hear you were able to cross us off your bucket list and we look forward to your return in August! See you soon!

Sincerely,

Jesse Freitas

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Whitehouse, Texas
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

My sister and I recently stayed a night in the Stanley Hotel...I was pleasantly surprised by the charm and beauty of the hotel...I had been told that it was in need in updating, but did not find this so at all. Our guest room (room 415) was quite small but charming with the antique bed nestled under a small alcove. The bathroom was roomy and updated and there was a large closet in the bathroom. The TV was a very large flat screen and we enjoyed watching "the Shining" late into the night...The staff were very friendly and helpful and they got us in on the last historic tour of the evening (which also included ghost stories)...We did our own ghost hunting but had no adventures (except for several orbs captured on film). The next morning we awoke to the site of the beautiful mountains and a herd of about 50 elk grazing on the front lawn. As we were leaving a nice Aussie couple asked if we had had any encounters. When we replied that we had not they proceeded to tell us about being awakened in the early hours by a child yelling and of having toys moved. It was obvious they were convinced of the haunting and the man said he had never experienced anything like this...

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jesse F, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Thank you for the feedback on your recent stay. Sounds like you enjoyed all the fun parts of the Stanley Hotel. The stories we hear every morning never cease to amaze even us. We hope to see you back in the future!

Sincerely,

Jesse Freitas

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San Angelo, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We had a 6 day stay at the Stanley over Halloween. It was a good stay, but the staff was not as friendly as I would have thought they would be. The guy who checked us in was curt and not helpful, and no one that we ran into was as nice as the people we met in the community. The housekeeping staff was always giggling and not very professional. The room was nice but not as historical as I would have thought it would be. The hotel and grounds were beautiful though. The view can't be beat. We can't wait to go back though, but won't expect the hospitality we did this time.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jesse F, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Thank you for the feedback on your recent stay. We definitely hold our employees to a high standard for guest services and these comments go a long way in correcting that. We look forward to having you back in the future and as a hotel, we will improve on your experiences with the staff.

Sincerely,

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very rural Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

A must see when visiting the Park and Estes, but not so sure about staying overnight! Our deluxe "renovated" room in the Lodge was cramped .... a lovely King bed, luxury linens, LG flat screen and high speed free wi-fi. But could barely get around the bed in the very small room and the adjoining tiny bath was sad. Pedestal sink, not even a place to put the toothbrush, aged 4x4 tiled bath, vintage shower curtain. Chilly in Estes Park in early Nov so the property had turned the heat on. Hallway must have been 85 degrees. Heat off in the room but thermometer registered 79. Opened both windows wide plus tiny bath window. Sweltered through the night; temp down to 74 by dawn.

That said, the property, gardens, staff, classy bar, and lovely restaurant wowed us. The community is recovering from a devastating flood and every single person we spoke with was lovely and just glad to see things getting back to normal. The elk were bugling in the park and you owe it to yourself to see this place!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jesse F, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Thanks for the feedback on your guestroom. We will communicate these suggestions to the appropriate departments. Glad you had a good time and were able to get out in the community and see the elk come around! Hope to have you back in the future!

Sincerely,

Jesse Freitas

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Additional Information about Stanley Hotel

Address: 333 Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Stanley Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 130
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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