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The Stanley Hotel

333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, Colorado 80517 USA


The Stanley Hotel

Open Now
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  • Outdoor
  • Wifi

“one of America's most haunted hotels”

The Stanley Hotel, known for its architecture, magnificent setting, and famous visitors, may possibly be best known today for its inspirational role in the Stephen King's novel, "The Shining." This Colorado hotel has been featured as one of America's most haunted hotels and with the numerous stories from visitors and staff, The Stanley Hotel continues to "shine" today, as it did in 1909 when first opened.  Forced by poor health to move West, F.O. Stanley and his famous Steamer arrived in Estes Park in 1903. Finding the town lacking in amenities, F.O. set out to change the local economy. On the 160 acres he purchased from Lord Dunraven, Stanley first built the main building of the hotel, one of 11 buildings in the original complex. Many of those original buildings remain in use today on the remaining 55 acres. Estes Park is the gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park full of lush forests,thriving wildlife, and over 300 miles of hiking trails. From horseback riding to mountain biking, there is no shortage of outdoor activities to keep everyone in the family entertained. Enjoy the majestic scenery of the Rockies and the unique Colorado lodging The Stanley offers. There is no hotel in Estes Park more appealing and mysterious.  Film:Location of the Danbury Hotel in Dumb and Dumber.

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Dana Newkirk

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August 27, 2014
Rated 4.0

According to legend Ms. Elizabeth Wilson (who was once a former chief housekeeper at the Stanley Hotel) is still assisting guests to this day… only she died in the 1950s. Many who have stayed over night at the hotel in room 217 say the the former housekeeper has a history of unpacking bags, turning the beds down, and even tucking guests in at night. Yikes.

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August 27, 2014
Rated 5.0

One of my favorite places to stay - it's posh enough that you know you're in a 5-star hotel. It's spirited enough to earn its haunted fame. It's offbeat enough to make accessing one of the newest national parks easy and enjoyable. The price is high (haunted rooms cost an extra per-night-premium) which can deter many, but their food is fantastic and their tours are highly entertaining. It's worth a stop at the very least.

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July 15, 2017
Rated 5.0

Correction not the Motel6. It was some other midrange hotel.

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July 15, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great place. Peaceful and relaxing. But the hotel is using the exact same hair and body lotion as Motel6. Tha is not right.

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August 14, 2016
Rated 4.0

We stayed at the Stanley Hotel during June 2013 for a family wedding. Just staying at this grand old hotel was treat. The accommodations were nice, although the room (in the main building) did not have air conditioning. Between no air and our fourth floor room facing the west, the evenings were very warm.

The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, I highly recommend the Night Ghost Tour. It combines the general history of the Stanley with the hotel's haunted history. Our tour guide told my wife and I about paranormal experiences she had in our room.

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July 24, 2016
Rated 4.0

I was so excited to stay here and I'm still happy we did, but I wanted to warn other people so they know what to expect. It's a very old hotel with creaking floors and smaller rooms with no AC. So to be there in the middle of July wasn't the most comfortable night of our vacation. It's also a tourist hotspot, which is great when you're the tourist and not so much when you're an overnight guest. We were in the room right next to 217 and the tours were outside our door all day. I think the Lodge building is better for privacy. That said, the architecture, grounds, and restaurants are amazing. I couldn't stop taking pictures of everything. Cascades has great food and drinks and over 900 types of whiskey.

Estes Park is a nice place, but very cramped and busy. Driving anywhere is a pain. And don't forget that reservations need to be made for more than just your room. The tours were booked, the illusionist that was there was booked, the Twin Owls Steakhouse nearby was booked. That's our fault, so I'm just trying to warn others so they don't make the same mistake.

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December 26, 2015
Rated 4.0

Loved the Stanley and loved Estes Park. I stayed here on July 4th, and they put on a great show despite the rain.

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Jeff Limer

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December 07, 2015

I used to frequent Estes Park in the summers when I was younger. My girlfriend had never been to Colorado, so I took her to Estes Park and we stayed a few nights at the Stanley. What a beautiful hotel and views! Great history and stories, too! Book early as to get a better rate, but def worth the stay! Will go back again the next time we're in Estes Park.

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October 07, 2015
Rated 5.0

Seriously my favorite place on my road trip!! Didn't get tot stay there but we did take in a ghost tour (which was awesome) and a bite to eat while we were there. Food was awesome too!! Estes Park is amazing on its own!!! Saw plenty of elk and great shopping!! I will def go back one day!!

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July 31, 2015
Rated 2.0

It's a beautiful hotel. My first stay was much better, but this time we had a dirty, small room without many standard amenities (trash can in the bathroom? A table? Air conditioning so as not to have to keep the windows open and the room interior visible to those outside?). Also, they had drilled a bolt in the tub handle to repair it... Not what I expected for nearly $400 a night.

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The Stanley Hotel

333 E Wonderview Ave
Estes Park, Colorado
80517 USA


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