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Stanley Hotel
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

We had some family medical issues come up before our scheduled stay and had to make some last minute changes. The staff was beyond compare and helped us out a ton. We were able to make it and enjoyed a great dinner at the hotel restaurant, then went on a late night ghost hunt and had some nice activity. We even had a few things happen in the rooms we stayed in. The views were awesome. A must visit for everyone.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

We stayed at the Stanley in May. It is a beautiful drive and the scenery in Estes Park is breathtaking. Seeing elk wandering around the area and driving around the state park - all I can say is "wow!"

The Stanley - we stayed in "the room." It gave us a strange feeling, but we didn't have any interactions with ghosts. The room was large, clean and old-fashioned. If you stay in 217 bring plenty of (electric) candles, a bottle or two of wine and bubble bath. The tub is the old-fashioned claw-foot type and can easily handle two full grown adults and is wonderfully romantic. That alone is worth the amount of money you'll pay for the room. We heard a room anywhere near 217 also has the same ambiance and ghostly activities, but for a much more reasonable price considering the entire area was once the "presidential suite." But, then again...apparently Johnny Depp stayed in 217 and who doesn't get a giggle by using the same bed, tub and toilet he used?!

On to dinner and drinks. We couldn't get into the Whiskey bar to save our lives. Packed to the rafters with people from morning to close. We did manage to get into the expensive side of the dining area. We ordered the cheese/meat tray and for that we received extraordinary piles of various meats and one teeny weeny slice of goat cheese. Not at all what was indicated on the menu - cheeses - as in several kinds/types of cheese. Very disappointing. The waiter never explained what was on the charcuterie board and lost the value-add of hyping the use local suppliers (as is highlighted on the walls of the bar). The food was not worth the price or the wait - who sells $25 and up steak dinners ala carte? Caaarrrraaaazzzyyyyy!!! We were relegated to going to the outside bar to take part in the hotel's libations for the rest of our stay.

The unrelenting tourist traffic made this hotel somewhat un-relaxing. It was fun to see the movie stuff in the basement and have the potential to spend the night with a ghost, but if i were a ghost the Stanley is the last place I'd want to inhabit. It's fun to visit once, just don't expect world-class service - it's primarily a tourist trap.

Room Tip: Book room NEAR 217 - it used to be one big presidential suite and spooky factor is supposedly the same in all. Save the extra $$$ that comes to booking 217. We did not have any ghostly encounters in 217. Also, don't expect to have a contemporary shower - it's an old-fashioned claw foot tub with hand-held shower nozzle. Bring electric candles, chocolates, bubble bath and your sweetheart - the bath is clean and comfortably fits two. Very relaxing and romantic.
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Dardo505
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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.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Thank NicMarNic
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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 to cool down overnight.
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Thank mama319
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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 tours.
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank sillygoose1977
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