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“The Lodge at the Stanley Hotel”
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Stanley Hotel
Ranked #15 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
Reviewed November 9, 2012

The Lodge at the Stanley hotel is the place to stay if you are planning a trip to Estes Park. It has been completely redone. Midge Knerr who oversees the Lodge has done an amazing job with all the details. Right down to the fresh baked goodies that they serve every morning in the dining room. Even the jams and the granola was homemade and there were fresh baked cookies and tea in the afternoon. There is a beautiful front porch with comfy seating to read, relax or just enjoy the mountain views. The rooms have been redone too. This was my first visit and hopefully not my last. Thank you Midge!

Room Tip: Corner rooms have windows on two sides of the building. It helped with the breeze.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2012

You said it best- Midge does an amazing job! It is definitely a more relaxed and quiet environment at the Lodge, which does have very comfy seating on the veranda! We hope to see you again in the near future as well! Thank you so much for your business.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

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!

Room Tip: The fourth floor has the reputation as most haunted......
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2012

It is always great to hear positive reviews! Thank you so much for visiting, I believe our property has a lot of the charm and mstique that you mention. Yes, the room direction does take a little getting used to (I had to learn this when I first started), however, I think it only adds to the charm! Thank you very much for you business.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

This is a wonderful vacation spot. My sisters and I spent two nights here, enjoyed the marvelous scenery, extremely informative and entertaining tours at the hotel, and relaxed a wee bit in the hotel's great bar. I hope to return for another visit soon. Our rooms were very very warm, but okay with the windows open. I was impressed by the wonderfully helpful staff!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2012

It's great to hear how helpful our staff was during your visit, and we certainly appreciate your feedback. We hope to see you and your sisters again in the near future, thank you so much for your business!

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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We had a great stay at the Stanley. Everybody was really nice and the hotel is amazing. Take the ghost tour, it's worth your time and money. This place is an experience, if you and not interested in some fun; stay somewhere else. We were in room 410; creepy stuff will happen there.

Room Tip: Stay on the fourth floor for an interesting stay.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2012

Thank you for your visit, and we are so pleased that you had a great time! Our staff really plays an integral part in the overall experience, and I am happy that we were able to exceed your expectations! Thank you again!

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Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

The price might be steep, but u are paying to stay in the 5th most haunted place in America. Not including its a historical site. Our room was 212 was more then adaquite accommodations. Our room was known for the ghost children playing hide and go seek in the very large strange closet. If u want super paranormal ask for 213/215/217/219 all the same original suite Steven king stayed in. Beautiful hotel. You can go to the fourth floor and perhaps hear children playing. Enjoy your time here.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2012

Thank you so much for your recent visit to our property! There are definite reportings of activity, and this past weekend we had a large group with many famous Ghost Hunters- they had some interesting finds! We hope to see you again in the future, thank you!

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I always love staying in older hotels/motels that provide history and a different experience from the cookie cutter options that are out there.

The rooms where beautiful,the lounge/bar was a hopping place even on a Tuesday evening, and the amount of history and mystery surrounding the hotel made for an interesting stay.

Noticed one of the reviewers calling it a tourist trap, but I didn't get that vibe from the hotel at all and would gladly go back and stay again the next time I am in Colorado.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2012

We are thrilled that you had a great experience at our property! We are fortunate to be able to have a great restaurant, and yes, the bar does stay quite active. Thank you for your business and we look forward to seeing you next time!

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

It is a great place if you enjoy history. There is plenty to read and learn about the history of the hotel and town of Estes Park.
The hotel did not have A/C, although our room had a ceiling fan and an additional free standing fan. It was pretty warm even though the temperature outside was high 60 low 30's in the morning.
The staff was not what I expected. It was more like staying the night in a museum with city employees who are bored with the whole tourism thing.

Room Tip: Ask for a room close to back parking lot. Easy access to car and bringing luggage in.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2012

Thank you for your business, I am pleased to know that you enjoyed your trip, however, am disappointed that our staff fell below your expectations. Your feedback certainly helps us improve and identify where we have opportunities. Thank you again.

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Address: 333 Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517-9665
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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 Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #15 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
Price Range: $215 - $390 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Stanley Hotel 4*
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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