We booked a one night stay at the Stanley Hotel and decided to dine in the Cascades Restaurant for dinner. ( I am reviewing them together since the restaurant is part of the hotel.)
The pros: The grounds of the hotel are beautiful! The historic hotel is beautiful on the inside, also. Parking was free and easy. From the front desk staff to the bar staff to the dining staff, everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. Other than one issue mentioned below, we really liked our corner room on the second floor (Room 216). We enjoyed sleeping with the window open and we could hear the waterfall in the courtyard area. The "Ghost Tour" @ 9:15 was a lot of fun. If you don't mind a 15(ish) minute walk downhill, you can get to the riverwalk area of Estes Park without taking your car. (Obviously, you are walking uphill coming back, which is more difficult!)
Cons: Our room (#216) was at the end of a hallway next to a door to the outside that the staff uses. The door was slammed multiple times with staff going in and out. The bar staff was a lot of fun but we were overcharged at the bar and had to go back to get it corrected. We had placed an order for an appetizer at the bar and it never arrived, so we had it sent to our dinner table. Our server in the dining room was very nice but completely disappeared at times and forgot to place our soup order and we received our main course prior to the soup arriving. She offered to still bring the soup and not charge us but it took another 30 minutes to arrive.
One more general tip: This may be specific to the room we stayed in but...I didn't find the hairdryer in the room until I had accepted the fact that I had to air dry my hair. It was in a drawer in the TV cabinet.
Would we go back? Absolutely! This is a lovely, historic hotel! Although there were a few errors in the bar/dining area, we want to come back take the "Stanley Tour" to gain additional knowledge of the history of the hotel. We just didn't have time to do it on this little trip.
- 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