I recently broke a month long work visit to Denver by taking a short break at the Stanley. Estes Park is an absolutely beautiful place at the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park and the Stanley, high on a hill overlooking the township, is the dominant building in the area. The hotel is quirky with Stephen King's "the Shining" reputedly inspired by the hotel. The furnishings around the hotel are very good. The rooms are not large but are adequate and the bathroom was a good size. Service is efficient but a little abrupt at times. This was particularly the case at the hotel's restaurant, "Cascades", where the service was adequate, if a little patronising. The food was good but probably not what would be expected given the prices.
However, any minor concerns about the hotel become irrelevant as soon as you look out any of the windows and take in the views of the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains. This is good, rather than great, hotel but I would return tomorrow given half a chance.
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