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“Come for the scenery and experience an historical hotel.”
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Stanley Hotel
Ranked #13 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
Bloomington
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“Come for the scenery and experience an historical hotel.”
Reviewed July 11, 2014

It's a historical hotel so there's no air conditioning and it creeks, that's its charm. The view and the history of how people vacationed in the past allowed us to get over the price tag. The "ghost hunting" is just a fun side experience.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

Hotel itself has run down grounds, appears unkempt but lots of historical artifacts and stories. We stayed in the condos which were clean, well equipped but not as charming as the hotel appeared. My kids were afraid to stay in the rooms due to the ghost stories. You must take a tour to understand how seriously they take the ghost hauntings there. Pretty funny and kids were not scared after that. Restaurant was average but convenient, realize it closes early as does everything in town, around 9. Great access to RMNP and no competiton in terms of hotels. NO AC but still comfortable for us who are used to cold at night.

Room Tip: Stayed in condos which were nice but NO AC in the hotel and got hot during the day, took a long time...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is such a lovely hotel and I've always wanted to stay for a weekend. Be prepared that this is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Estes. We pulled up (July 4th, our mistake) and there was a carnival in front of the hotel. While great for the tourists, not so great for a couple that just wanted to get out of the city for the weekend.

Our room was a huge relief. We had room 318, a corner room in the back of the hotel away from all the noise. It was surprisingly quiet and peaceful. The rooms are updated but of course, do not have a/c, which isn't really a huge problem. There was a ceiling fan and an extra fan hidden in the closet (yay!). Our windows had screens so we kept those open at night.

The staff was very friendly. If you want breakfast at Cascades, make a reservation. Otherwise, you will be eating at the coffee shop or down the hill at McDonalds.

If I stayed here again (or even visited Estes again) it would be after Labor Day when the mass amounts of tourists are gone for the season. While I do enjoy people watching, it was not the relaxing weekend we wanted. We did really enjoy taking our cocktails to the front porch and staring at the view.

Room Tip: Try to get a room around the back of the hotel. It is very quiet and not a lot of foot traffic from...
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Curtice, Ohio
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

First of all, know what you're getting into. This is a historical hotel that does twice as much foot traffic for the historical and attraction side as the stay itself. Yes the people that are there for the ghosts and not the stay are amusing, but they're part of the charm and atmosphere. The desk staff was very courteous and fast, the rooms were clean and comfortable and had the softest pillows I've ever experienced. Now, it's historical so there is no air conditioning and the windows didn't have screens. If you've ever stayed at a historical national park, it's that kind of room. Be sure to take the historical tour and ask for Rebecca, she was great and answered all of the kid's questions. We were in room 215 so they ate up the ghost stories and it completely made their stay. Once the touring crowd leaves, have a drink at the bar or take it out onto the front porch to enjoy the evening. It is expensive, but definitely worth doing for a night!

Room Tip: Get 219 - 213 if you can. The haunting legends are worth it! Don't buy the magnets in the gift...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Golden, Colorado
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Look, the Stanley is just one of those places that deserves a visit. The history of the place is fascinating (both the true facts and the fictional versions). The connection to The Shining is obviously well known and they exploit it to the hilt, which just adds to the charm of the place.

We stayed two nights, unfortunately on the July 4 weekend, so the hotel was dominated by a fun fair (complete with ferris wheel on the front lawn) and hordes of people wandering through the hotel doing the public tours - which makes being a guest a little less private than we would like.

The room we had was a corner room on the 3rd floor overlooking the main entrance (and therefore the ferris wheel), and they had a DJ playing continuous music all afternoon on both days (very loudly) - so any idea of a quiet nap was out of the question, particularly as it was a hot weekend and there's no air conditioning. Hence the windows had to be open and we had front-row seats to the whole production. Oh well, back to the bar...

Given the historic nature of the hotel, the rooms are adequate but in no way luxurious. Keep in mind that you're stepping back 100 years and enjoy it. A TV does not a modern room make, but the character is undeniable.

The Whiskey Bar is a legend and well worth spending some time in. The main restaurant (Cascades) is very good - the food is excellent and imaginative... but it's important to remember that EVERYTHING here is very expensive due to its fame as a tourist spot. We did have one bad experience with the food - the fried chicken was horribly dry and overcooked, but the waitress (Desarae) was extremely professional and replaced it with another dish - at no cost. She handled it superbly, and the rest of the food was delicious.

Overall, a fun place to visit - and the tours are very interesting and informative. Just pick a non-holiday weekend and it should be a lot less crowded. If you're wanting a quiet remote hotel with nobody around, find another spot. And definitely don't take yourself too seriously - it's not a 5-star hotel with all the trappings, it's a historic monument with loads of character.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thornwood, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

This place was terribly disappointing. It's full of ghost chasers just ridiculous people. People will sit there with a straight face telling you that they've had contact with ghosts in the hotel rooms and actually come to the hotel with ghost measuring equipment it's completely laughable.
The bottom line is that it's a old hotel with no amenities. Not even air conditioning in the summer and it does get hot. The Guests are inspired by the movie the Shining yet they don't realize that the movie was shot at a different location in Oregon so it resembles nothing that was in the movie. Just a sad bunch of freaks.

Stayed July 2014
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Frank W, General Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. While I respect that you may not be a believer in the paranormal, we have thousands of people each year who travel internationally to the Stanley who do believe in its haunted history. Also, you are correct that the Stanley Kubrick film was not made at our hotel, although that was the original intent. However when Mr. Kubrick came to do his site inspection, the hotel was painted nearly all white inside and he said he couldn't film a horror movie in a white hotel, so he moved the interior shots to London and filmed the exterior shots in Oregon. That said, The Stanley was the inspiration for the Stephen King book when he stayed here on a very snowy winter night on the last day of the season. He later came back and had the interior of the hotel painted to look like woodwork (the trim is actually plaster of paris) and filmed his own version of the movie which was shown as a TV mini-series, because he didn't feel that the Stanley Kubrick film accurately reflected the book. As far as other reasons to stay at The Stanley, there are many including our award-winning Whiskey Bar and Cascades Restaurant featuring over 500 different types of Whiskey and a Colorado inspired menu, our new Amethyst Spa featuring a holistic menu of nourishing hair, nail and touch therapies, our location at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, the incredible scenery of the Continental Divide and 14,000 ft. Long's Peak, world-class hiking and climbing right out our back door, our weekly Monarch Butterfly releases, our proximity to downtown Estes Park shops and Riverwalk, our special events including the annual Stanley Film Festival, Fourth of July Small Town Carnival with a 52' Ferris Wheel, and Holiday Brunches.Our indoor and outdoor Wedding venues, our Mountain Destination meeting venues, world-class fly fishing in Big Thompson river, and our History Tours to name a few. And yes, for those with an interest in the paranormal, we also offer ghost tours.
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Frisco, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2014

This place cares more about the revenue they receive from the ghost tours then the quest ( you're just part of the crowd). The place is dirty (lobby barroom had toilet water all over the floor for hours), the bar is disorganized , the food very plain, the room we stayed in (their best) had old rasians on the carpet ( never vacumned while there for 5 days), had to ask for toilet paper, no air conditioning (very hot rooms) and you have to wait at a gate to enter the property because they are collecting money for the ghost tour (avg 10 minutes wait), again you're treated like you're part of the ghost tours. Don't waste your money staying, just give them them$20 and go on the tour. Terrible place for the money spent.

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Property: Stanley Hotel
Address: 333 Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517-9665
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 Spa Suites
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Ranked #13 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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