The Stanley was highly recommended to me, and I frankly had no idea what to expect. I knew it was beautiful, supposedly haunted, but that's all I knew going in. Walking up the stairs into the lobby takes your breath away. It is wonderful that this is an historically preserved building, as it is typical of construction that is not done any more. The layout is original, with a billiards room, the music room. You can read the history and the prior usage of these rooms. The hotel still has the original elevator, however thankfully modified to make it modern. The service at the front desk was efficient and businesslike.
My room was on the fourth floor, which is supposedly the most haunted. Finding the room was a bit difficult as the direction signs on the floors point to even and odd rooms, (see photo). I had a standard queen room. The room was small, I would guess about 12 x 12. There was a small bathroom with a good shower, and a closet. There is no air conditioning, however you can open the windows which is also unusual and the room was a comfortable temperature. I found the bed hard and somewhat difficult to sleep on. There is good, free Wi-Fi.
Come here as much for the mystique, the history and the beautiful old building as much as for the rooms. "The Shining" plays continuously on channel 42, and there is a whole section of the gift shop devoted to memorabilia of the movie.
I would do it again in a heartbeat!
- 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