We stayed two nights after a family reunion in South Dakota. Would loved to have stayed longer and plan to come back one day. The historical aspect alone makes the trip worth it and if you like ghost stories, even better. Stephen King was inspired to write The Shining after his stay in Room 217 and the Stanley Kubrick version plays in the room 24/7 (although it wasn't filmed there - the miniseries was).
The hotel though is not at all spooky. It has the most welcoming, friendly feel. It is not air-conditioned but the mountain air is so delicious you do not need it!!! At night it gets cool so bring some warmer clothes. Days are hot and sunny with a lovely breeze. You can leave the windows open at night and just let the mountain air cool the room.
The food at the restaurant is delicious but a bit on the pricey side. The town of Estes Park has many nice choices for food if you don't want to pay hotel prices.
While I was checking out someone came up and asked for a rate card. The receptionist told him that there were 20 kinds of rooms - from the smallest up to the Presidential Suite and rates change depending on when you stay...so make sure you ask questions when you book. The 4th floor rooms are smaller - they were originally used for nannies and children (it is also said to be the most haunted floor). It seemed to be a little hotter up there.
The pool is nothing fancy but it was heated and has an 8' deep end, which my boys liked.
It is also pretty hopping on the weekends when there are weddings going on.
If you like a Grand Hotel in exquisite surroundings, history and ghosts...this is the place!
- 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