I first need to disclose that I am jaded by my romantic love of historic hotels... Can't help it. So when I see worn carpet edges, sagging ceilings or dated bathroom fixtures - I only smile. Not to say that's what you'll find at the Stanley. The exterior is indeed a bit gray around the edges... But the interior is extremely well maintained! Just beautiful lobbies and food and beverage outlets. Shoot-- any hotel with a Stanley Steamer in the lobby ain't all bad! I was so smitten that I returned for a drink and a bite at the bar later that evening. But BEWARE! The "wall O whiskey" is tempting, and one could get in big trouble here from the cool brands and wide variety. Alas, I succumbed to the FO Stanley - a cross between a Manhattan and a Sazerac. Some excellent mixed nuts to munch on with were Malaysian in flavor and spice. And the 'house smoked' turkey wrap - really is! I detest mediocre sandwiches- and this was fantastic. Rather excellent bar fare! The bartenders were cordial, friendly and knew their stuff. The mix of locals and visitors provided great conversation a leading to a much longer time in the Lounge than planned. No matter; as some would leave the bar to enjoy the ghost tour (another great story), newcomers slid in and the chatter continued. I for one can't wait to be back!!
- 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