My best bit of advice for anyone looking to stay at the Stanley is NOT TO STAY IN THE SUMMER! As other people have written, there is no air conditioning. The windows open, but we happened to be on a side of the hotel that got no breeze or air circulation whatsoever. The thermostat for the heater was over 90 degrees during the night. We had no sleep and all needed additional showers in the morning from sweating all night.
Some other things, although minor, that the hotel should address: no literature on the history or ghost stories. If they just put a little flyer together, they could save so much time and bother from people. They've put their hotel on the map as a haunted hotel, but unless you want to pay for the tours, you're out of luck on doing any exploring of the hotel. Most of the cool areas are closed off from guests. I guess it's another way to get money from you on the already overly priced rate. Another little glitch are the bathrooms. Although nicely tiled and modern sinks, there is no shelf in the shower. That forces you to put all of your shampoos, washes, and even soap on the floor! Ewww.. I just put the soap dish in there, but that really is something they could easily fix. The staff is not as welcoming and friendly as they should be given the prices. If you pay that much, you have an expectation of being treated as a guest and not a bother. The restaurants don't offer many kid friendly options. Elk-meatloaf is not appetizing to most kids, so we ended up having to drive downtown for food.
Keep in mind with the no A/C, there is also no closet. They give you a few hangers to hang on some hooks from the wall.
The only cool thing about staying here was watching The Shining in the room. Other than that, there is no reason to actually stay the night at this hotel, unless you want to lose some weight sweating all night long.
- 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