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“Night Ghost Tour of Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado”
Review of Stanley Hotel Tour

Stanley Hotel Tour
Ranked #12 of 29 Tours in Estes Park
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed September 2, 2013

This tour was definitely not worth the $30 per person charged. We visited the pet cemetery outside, three rooms in the main hotel, a section of the basement, and the concert hall. Most of the areas were dimly lit. There were quite a few stairs and I did not see an elevator in the sections we were in. The tour did not include access to any of the upper floors of the hotel so we did not see any of the actual hotel rooms. The guide did tell some history of the hotel but mainly told stories of paranormal activity that other people had reported. He repeatedly told us that the hotel would try to disprove any claims of paranormal activity if they can. The whole experience was disappointing.

1  Thank Pam G
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Jesse F, Manager at Stanley Hotel Tour, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2014

Thanks for the comments on your tour. As we are a fully functional hotel, we do not venture onto guest floors per respect for our guests privacy. The tour is designed to be focused on the Concert Hall which is where most of our paranormal activity has been reported and where investigations take place.

Part of explaining paranormal activity is playing the skeptic and debunking things that happen. Without trying to explain things, being a haunted site would lose credibility.

If you are more into history and would like to see a little more of the hotel, I would recommend trying our Stanley Tour in the future that runs during the day.

Thanks again.

Jesse Freitas

Guest Services Manager

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

My husband and I went on the Stanley Tour, $20 per person for 90 minutes. We'll worth it! This tour gives a history of the hotel along with some of the paranormal stuff. We came away with a ton of stories to tell and completely amazed by the Stanleys. ParaNorma was our tour guide and she was great!

1  Thank Ann K
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

If you're a huge The Shining fan then maybe this makes sense. If, however, you're interested in learning something or being entertained then this is a disappointment. We've been on several other ghost tours and this is, by far, the weakest of the bunch.

4  Thank Never_Easy_to_Please
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

If you don't have time to read the whole review, here's a snapshot: Tourist trap, but kinda fun.

We had decided not to stay at the hotel due to its lack of air-conditioning. But we thought it would be fun to take the ghost tour. Hotel guests pay $25 for this, but as non-guests, we paid $30 each. The tour guide was an extremely chatty, fun, and engaging college student, who spoke so quickly that I wouls swear we heard twice the information than would normally be relayed in that time frame. (I think ithe tour was 90 minutes long, but this was almost 2 months ago, so my memory may not be right...)
The guide led our group around to the various rooms and areas of the hotel grounds that are supposedly "haunted".. (We visited none of the actual "haunted" hotel rooms, though, not even the room where Stephen King famously was inspired to write his books, "The Shining" and "Pet Sematary").
She repeatedly mentioned that some TV show named the Stanley "one of the top ten haunted spots in America". As if this would be reason enough to fork over $60.
The guide worked hard to try and get us all in a creeped-out mood, but it really just ended up being mostly a tour of rooms at night with the lights kept off so that we couldn't really see much. And a walk out to the actual cemetary where the owners of the hotel laid their pets to rest, which is conducted in total darkness, scared me only in regard to the fact that the road was unpaved gravel and I was afraid I would trip and sprain my ankle.
The most fun thing is the replica door they have with the room number of Jack Nicholson's character in "The Shining", with a hole punched out so that you can go up and stick your head inthe hokle and have your picture taken. (Except in the movie, I think he is trying to get INTO the room to get Shelly Duvall, so wouldn't the number be on the reverse side of the door, no tthe side where his head comes crashing through? Details, I know...)
The town shuts down early - most visitors plan to get up early and start hiking in the glorious natural surroundings. This tour is mildly amusing if you want to "do" something, not just watch a movie in your hotel room. But is it worth $30 per person? Not really.

1  Thank 332Gail
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

We really enjoyed the Stanley Tour, led by "ParaNorma." She was very friendly and informative. We learned a lot about the hotel, F.O. and Flora Stanley, and Estes Park. It is fairly expensive ($20 each), but the tour lasts 90 minutes and we found it very interesting. We also liked hearing all the ghost stories.

Thank Rachel K
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