We travel to Estes Park every summer to retrieve our daughter from summer camp. We have driven by The Stanley many times and decided to give it a try this summer for 3 nights.
Disappointments: No water or complimentary coffee in the rooms - even budget hotels offer this. No a/c - only ceiling fans and operating windows, though it gets loud at 2 a.m. when guests return from partying. The pool is NOT, I repeat NOT heated!! Even in summer months it is in the low 50's - the pool is FREEZING!! I understand being historic, but this is RIDICULOUS!! The door to our room was a full 2" below the frame, so every word or sound in the hallway was heard as if the guests were in our room - not a plus. The work out room was 1/2 the size of the gift shop, which shows where the $ is being spent. Great view, but 4 machines side by side - not welcoming! Our room and bathroom had not been updated in at least 20 years. This is great for a vintage-lover, which I am, but doesn't justify paying the premium price for the experience.
Advantages: AWESOME location and views. The front porch CANNOT be beat to curl up and read, watch a wedding, share a cocktail, take in the beauty of the Rockies. Starbucks on site, though in the basement. Lovely, period lobby and elevator as well as terrace and waterfall. Though, back terrace seemed to never be open while we were there. Caveat: We did not eat any meals at the resort, so the prices seemed quite high. We also did not use any concierge service (not even sure there was one).
Overall, if you plan to visit Estes 4 or 5 times, I would have this be a one-time visit. You will have your fill in 2 nights and not need to return. It is convenient, just not a bargain for the charm.
- 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