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“Beautiful Property - Fun, Educational, and just a tad creepy!”
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Stanley Hotel
Ranked #16 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
Reviewed 11 April 2013

We stayed here during out visit to Estes - it was an amazing location with beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife that entertained the kids. The hotel itself is a national treasure - it has been remodeled and "Hollywood-ified" since the Shining and mini-series was filmed...the wallpaper and painting in the MacGreggor room is not original to the building - and neither is the exterior. However, it is amazing to see how far this hotel has come since it was built so long ago, and it amazing to hear about the Stanley family and how far advanced they were for their time - the staff are very proud and honored to work there, and it shows with their level of service they shower on their guests..
It is a bit expensive, so plan to go during a special event such as the film "festival" in May or during October's Shining Ball - if you get a chance to go on a tour - DO IT! It is fun, and great to see all the sites that are normally off limits unless you work there. Nothing scary happened during our trip, as they tout that many of the "spirits" are friendly and not in any way malicious or evil in nature....
I would stay again!!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2013

Thank you for your great feedback, we certainly appreciate your time. I am most pleased that our staff exceeded your expectations during your visit. We do offer some great promotional values, and we are very excited for the first Stanley Film Fest in a few weeks. We hope to see you there!

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Reviewed 8 April 2013 via mobile

I love the elegance of the hotel, while the kids are creeped out by the hauntings.
Rooms are large and a bit austere, to be honest.
It's been a fun overnight stay especially with the exquisite view of the mountains.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2013

Thank you for your visit, I am glad to hear your children are having an enjoyable time!

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

The Stanley is a very cool old hotel that is a lot of fun to visit and explore, unfortunately, staying the night wasn’t as nice as we had hoped. The front desk staff was polite but not very welcoming. We paid extra to be “upgraded” to the Lodge which turned out to be a nice but standard hotel room. A king sized bed, TV, coffee maker, small but and updated bathroom, nice bath products, a decent sized closet, all standard modern, clean colors and finishes, and a nice collection of pictures of Colorado on the walls. The Lodge building itself is like a mini main building with all of the same beautiful chandeliers, staircases, picture windows and comfortable chairs on the veranda to take in the views.

Really the only issue with our nice, standard lodge room was the temperature. When we checked in it was 76 degrees and stuffy in our room even though the thermostat was set to off, it was the first weekend of April and the high temp was in the mid 50’s. We were in a corner room so we opened both big windows all the way and turned the ceiling fan on high. We left to explore, have dinner and do a night ghost tour (more about that later) but when we came back hours later it was still over 70 degrees (even though the night was plenty cool) which is not a comfortable sleeping temperature for us. We had to leave both windows all the way open all night and there was a wedding and ghost hunt so people were outside (we were on the front of the building) talking and laughing until 1 or 2 in the morning. I hardly slept until 4 in the morning when it finally had cooled down to the lower 60s in the room but then the sun came up and we had the drapes open so the air could come in so the sun did too. We could not come up with a reason why the room would stay that hot all the time but I cannot imagine what it’s like when it’s 90 degrees out in the summer if we were uncomfortable the first weekend of April. I normally am fine with no air conditioning in the mountains but this was terrible. I would not stay again unless it was winter or they get A/C. If you do decide to stay, at least ask for a rear facing room, you lose the views but you might have less outside noise with the windows open. It’s such a neat old hotel but with summer temperatures in the 90s and charging luxury prices it seems like the hotel is going to have to do something about getting air conditioning (just having a ventilation system would provide white noise to block sounds of weddings and ghost hunts as well).

The other unfortunate thing is the room doors slam and shake all of the walls in the hallway. It woke me up over and over (I think wedding guests were coming and going). It’s an old hotel of course so some noises are expected but it seems like the management could change the hinges so that they didn’t slam as hard.

A definite highlight of the Lodge was the continental breakfast. The pastries and yogurt with granola were delicious. The dining room was bright and comfortable and the jams (I’m assuming homemade) were superb.

We ate dinner at the Cascades restaurant and I would certainly recommend it. The food was delicious (we had the pecan crusted winter squash and the beef short ribs, both of which were perfectly cooked with great flavor) and the service was excellent. They only have 13 tables though so you really do need a reservation.

The Night Ghost Tour should have a disclaimer online warning people that they should actually believe in Ghosts for this tour. We really should have done the daytime History/Ghost Tour as many reviews on here say it’s good but we decided to do the night one thinking it would be touring creepy places in the hotel at night and hearing campfire type ghost stories. It was not like we had thought. The guide was friendly and upbeat (I was hoping for creepy and ghouly – think Lurch from the Adams Family instead we got bubbly and smiling) but she spent a bunch of time trying to convince you that ghosts really exist and then they tell not creepy stories about a nice ghost who cleans rooms and kid ghosts that leave candy around (I think they try to keep it from being scary because you can take kids on it). If you believe in ghosts then you might like it, some people on our tour seemed to, but those of us who don’t didn’t even think it was entertaining. It was a waste of money to us (and expensive!).

In summary, the Stanley is an awesome old hotel…go visit, maybe try the daytime history tour, eat there, and, if it’s winter, sleep there.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the back so there is less noise from outside since you'll have your window ope...
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2013

Thank you for your recent business and very detailed feedback. I am glad that overall you had an enjoyable time, and have shared your review with our team so that we may improve both our product and service. We certainly aim to please all our guests, and your comments help us achieve that. Thank you again.

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We stayed at the Stanley Hotel for our anniversary in February. Our room was in the Lodge at the Stanley. This building has been remodeled and the rooms and common areas are excellent. Our room and bath area were spacious. A continental breakfast was available in the breakfast room where you can sit in front of large windows with a beautiful view of Longs Peak. There is another common area with a large fireplace. The staff was very friendly and provided helpful information about local restaurants. We look forward to going back to the Stanley again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2013

Thank you for celebrating your anniversary with us! The Lodge is my favorite place in the hotel, and Midge does a fabulous job accomodating all of our guests. We definitely look forward to your return!

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Had a Living Social voucher for $99, which included $15 voucher to the restaurant, + upgraded (also at a discount) to a Deluxe Premium King with a beautiful view of Estes Park and the Mountains. There is no a/c in any of the rooms so with the sun shining in the room was a little warm at first until you got the window open and the fan going but at night it was a great sleep on a great bed with great (real) pillows. Also no mini-fridge we had a small cooler w/ice packs to keep our drinks and milk cold for the evening. Hoping to see a few ghosts but didn't get lucky.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2013

Thank you for spending an evening with us, the Living Social promotion is definitely a great value and we have had a great response from our guests. The views from our Deluxe rooms in the front of the hotel are majestic! We hope to see you again soon, thank you!

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Reviewed 6 April 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the Stanley Hotel! We stayed on the third floor of the main building and our room was surprisingly large for such an old, historic hotel. The bed was very comfy with nice linens. Our room was clean with a flat screen TV, large walk in closet and it even had an alarm clock dock for our Ipod. Cascades restaurant and bar was wonderful. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. We took an evening ghost tour and it was fun, but we didn't encounter any ghosts...boo! A side note to Off Season travelers, there are no restaurants in Estes Park open after 9:00pm.

Room Tip: Rooms on the 4th floor are smaller.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2013 via mobile

We stay in room 238 which is a Deluxe King room that is almost directly over the lobby, looking out over the front of the property. The room was nice, with large furniture and a clean bathroom. The floors creak, which I happen to love! There is no air conditioning, but the windows open! So we had fresh air and a cool breeze. Everything was in working order (ceiling fan, TV, clock on night stand). The night stand clock was the kind that you could put your iPhone in to charge and play music, but I didn't use it. The walls are older, therefore we could hear people walking in the hallway, but it wasn't too bad.

The price was pretty expensive for one night. I had a deal through living social and then upgraded to the larger room. That still saved me about $100.00 off of the retail price. For full price I might have been dissapointed in the lack of amenities (no 24-hour room service, no air conditioning, etc). But I kept in mind that the purpose of this trip was to soak up the history and maybe see a ghost! So it was worth is for us. We took the Stanley Tour with Scary Mary for $17.00 per person, and it was worth every penny! The information was great and she was a lot of fun!

We are already planning to stay again, but specifically in one of the more haunted rooms, and maybe on a full moon or something, in hopes of seeing some paranormal activity.

Check-in and out was professional, fast, and service staff was friendly.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Matthew_Lauzon, Manager at Stanley Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2013

Thank you for your feedback and visiting our property. The living social deal is fantastic and we have had a lot of positive responses from our guests. Scary Mary is a phenomenal employee and an absolute joy to work with. We hope to have the opportunity to play host for you again. Thank you!

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Address: 333 Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517-9665
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Region: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 #16 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
Price Range: £159 - £289 (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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