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Stanley Hotel
Ranked #16 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
Reviewed 30 July 2014

First off, Estes Park is a summer town, there is no such thing as quiet or sparsely populated areas during the summer months. We have stayed at the Stanley in summer, winter, and fall and there is a huge difference from season to season. The rooms are historical, which adds to the stay. The lobby is beautiful, and there is a coffee shop downstairs (though there is a small cafe very close as well-right by the safeway) We recommend the Stanley to anybody that is heading to Estes

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We had a room on 3rd floor in the lodge. Elevator was not working, so we had to lig our bags up the stairs ourselves..no bellhop either. Sofa bed was not made up, no ac, and floor fan sounded like a jet engine. Room had no cross breeze. Bathroom was very well done, and very attractive. We had prepaid the room, so the young man at the desk explained we did not have a receipt...surprise, they had charged my Visa again. An email to the GM quickly remedied that situation. We had stayed there last year and really enjoyed our visit, but this visit will be our last for awhile.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank Janlyn5
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Well I always wanted to stay at the hotel as a student in college in Colorado but never could afford it. Forty years later I planned our national park tour with a three night stay at the Stanley which we looked forward to very much. The hotel was a little expensive so I thought it would sort out the folks that couldn't afford the room costs, not to be snobby about it I was looking for a little more catering to after all its vacation. Late night and early morning the lobby was quiet and you could enjoy a coffee or cocktail in the lobby without someone photographing you or being overrun by ghost seekers. During the day it is packed with visitors and folks on ghost tours they do their best to keep unregistered guest off upper floors but some slip upstairs and seemed to always be outside our room which was 215 which is right next door to the haunted 217. The service at the hotel was excellent once they realize you are a guest and not just visiting. I,m for the ghost tours because of the money they bring in and the building is a hand full to maintain so the money well used. The rooms didn't have AC and were a little stuffy in the heat of the day but cooled off nicely at night and were comfortable for sleeping. It was very clean and the linens were nice. My rating on the shower is a 6 out of 10 mainly because of the pressure was good but it fit the hotel style which is historical.
I would love to stay again maybe more in the fall when the kids go back to school and the aspen's our turning gold. The historical value of this place is great with photos of the days gone by lining all the walls and a grand steam car right in the lobby. Nice stay would recommend especially in Fall. Nome

Room Tip: Stay away from higher floors no AC in hotel. Stay away from 217 everyone on ghost tours wants to see...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

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.

Room Tip: If staying in the summer, choose a room that will get a breeze. Otherwise, ask for a different room...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank sandyinlv
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

First, yes, there is no A/C but hardly a cause for the amount of wailing in some reviews as temps are in low 80s (at most) with no humidity during the day and low 60s or high 50s at night. Being from the South, it was very pleasant. We had good service (even checked in early) by both hotel and dining staff. Of course, the hotel is very interesting with great views. My friend said it was his favorite place we stayed during our WY/CO excursion.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank mdlmouse
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

I stay at historic hotels frequently and don't mind the quirks (e.g., in the Stanley's case: no A/C, bathroom doors that don't close properly, among others). But the service at the Stanley is absolutely horrendous, which was particularly frustrating during our stay given the expensive rates for peak season. Some examples: (1) We arrived at 3:45 for 4:00 check-in, but our room wasn't ready. The desk clerk said he would call when it was available, which never happened. (2) The hotel has no complimentary newspapers, not even at the restaurant during breakfast. The general manager sent a welcome e-mail on our arrival, which said that guests should contact him should they need anything. I responded with a comment that newspapers are a common - and appreciated - hotel courtesy, but he never replied. (3) We bought a breakfast package, and I asked twice (front desk clerk and restaurant hostess) about how it worked. Both told me that all breakfast charges would be reversed upon checkout. Of course, I only was told at checkout that there is a $30 limit. (4) This is minor, but the room didn't even have a Do Not Disturb sign; I had to order one from housekeeping. As noted by other reviewers, the Stanley Hotel appears to value its day visitors far more than guests who actually stay at the hotel. Tour guides seemed knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The other hotel staff were anything but. Two exceptions: Bartender Jimmy, who knew his whiskeys cold, and Leo in Cascades Restaurant who made a special trip to the coffee shop to get me a muffin, which wasn't on the restaurant menu. In summary, the glamor of the hotel compensates somewhat for the miserable service. But people who expect to get something for $300+ a night in hotel costs will find their money poorly spent.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank ontheroadoften
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Stanley Hotel in July, using a gift certificate given to us by friends. At check in, the gift certificate was taken from us. At check out, the gift certificate was no where to be found, and the clerk charged us the full price of the room. The clerk did correct this mistake (without ever locating the gift certificate). When our visa statement arrived, we found that we had been charged for the full price of the room! We are still trying to reach someone at the hotel to correct this (hold times are very, very long).

The room was very nice, but there were very large group tours being led through the hotel all day long and into the evening. This hotel seems far more interested in serving their tour groups and maintaining the hotel as some type of museum than serving their guests.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Fanchon K
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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: £138 - £264 (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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