I just walked in the door from spending the weekend at the Stanley. I had traveled through Estes Park on the way to Denver some few years ago and had made a mental note that someday I wanted to stay at the huge mansion-like hotel overlooking the town below. Plus, of course, I knew of the hotel's history and role in the Shining and thought it would be fun to one day stay there.
It was mine and my husband's 20th anniversary this past weekend. We paid $150 for our room. I booked it directly through the hotel's web site, and then called to confirm the reservation a day or so later. This seemed to be the way to get the best rate.
Anyway, being from Texas, it never occured to us that any hotel would not have air conditioning. We were in room 411, which is on top floor, and we left our small window open to get a breeze. We noticed as we walked down the halls that most people had left their room doors ajar, so we did the same until we literally went to sleep for the night.
The plug in the bathroom was odd in as that it would not heat up a straight iron or blow dryer past the lowest setting, and although there is a jacuzzi bathtub, the water never got past the point of lukewarm--- and the room was stifling hot. I mention these things because those were all 'technical' issues of things that were wrong with the room.
However, I want to add that we had a wonderful time, and found the staff (contrary to a few other reviews I just got through reading) to be very accommodating. The staff was extremely helpful in my opinion, and while there was a review on here about a horror experience in trying to check out late, we didn't need a late check-out so I cannot vouch for whether or not the staff would have been helpful or not.
Let's get to the point. If you stay here, know in advance that you are paying for the experience of staying at the Stanley. You should NOT go anticipating the latest in modern conveniences. You should expect an old hotel with charm that has a gorgeous view from the front veranda. (Side note: there were drunk 20-something year olds talking very loudly on the veranda all evening long, and it ruined the experience for everyone else. Within a half hour, every other couple who had previously been enjoying the deck had abandoned the porch and these rude guests continued on while ordering multiple rounds of drinks from the bar until one of the females stumbled and could not get up. We could here them all night from our open window, and their languauge was foul and literally laced with all of the words on George Carlin's list, and several people had young children who could hear.)
Anyway, while this may seem like a bad review, I actually am attempting to point out that in SPITE of the hot room, the cold water, the not-up-to-modern-standards plug, the drunken guests on the veranda and the small rooms, we got exactly the experience we were looking for and feel that the experience of staying there vastly outweighed these inconveniences.
When we want modern standards and the utmost in luxury, this would not be our choice. If you want old-world charm, and luxury from a bygone era, you would not find a better choice than this. And no-- we didn't complain to the front desk about these problems because (as I said) we considered them part of the quirkiness of an old hotel. We could have done without the drunk wedding guests who took over the veranda all night, and we should have complained. But that aside, it was lovely and I would stay there again.
Again, I repeat-- do NOT expect the ultra modern luxury of a 5-star hotel. However, you can count on a gorgeous jaw-dropping view of the Rockies, an attentive staff, and a gracious charm akin to spending a weekend at your rich grandmother's house at the turn of the century. If this is what you are looking for, you'll love it. Probably a better fit for the over-50 and more affluent traveler who appreciates the history and will overlook the quirks than it may be for young familes with small children who may be searching for the best value.
- 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