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Address: 333 Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO, 80517

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    1. Denver S.
    My husband and I stayed at The Stanley Nov. 23rd-Nov.25th, 2012 & took the Ghost & History Tour our second day there. It was very interesting hearing the history of the hotel & realizing how much F.O. Stanley & his twin brother did that impacted American history. Our guide was super sweet, very knowledgeable, & willing to answer any & all questions. We were able to walk through most of the hotel, & see the tunnel that is used for employees. Unfortunately, our tour guide didn't take us outside to the Concert Hall because it was quite windy & a bit chilly that day. I was bummed out when later that day we saw two other groups entering & leaving the Concert Hall. Aside from that, I do feel like we got our money's worth, & I do suggest hearing the history of The Stanley Hotel from the tour guides themselves because a lot of information I thought to be true was corrected while on the tour. It has a great mix of actual history with a few ghostly claims, so this tour is definitely for everyone!

    28/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Tom T.
    My wife and I did the ghost tour and it was spooky fun. The tour guide was great and we got to walk all over the property. After showing us around a bit he let us explore the concert hall on our own. We didn't experience any supernatural events but it was still fun. My only advice would be to let us ride big wheels through the main hall.

    10/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Sascha R.
    Loved this place.  We learned a lot about this place.  I didn't realize the history this place holds.   Staff was wonderfully friendly and our tour was fun and informative.  I took lots of pictures and was able to capture orbs in the tunnel and outside of room 217.   I'm glad we took the tour.  We weren't able to do the ghost tour.  So, book early if you plan to do the ghost tours.

    06/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Robert R.
    It's informative and fun.  We didn't encounter any ghosts, but it was still a worthwhile tour (and wasn't really expecting to see any ghosts anyway).

    16/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Tina M.
    Beautiful establishment that has kept its vintage quality!  The grounds are picturesque, with a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains.  The restaurant on the premises offers a good selection on the menu and at the bar, though upscale on the prices.  Took the ghost tour to get some history on the hotel and it's many residents.  The docent was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining.  I would definitely recommend it for those interested in history as well as paranormal lore.

    02/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Leslie R.
    I had been waiting to take this tour for YEARS!!  When I finally got my chance this past weekend, I was sorely disappointed.  And I think the main reason why was due to our tour guide, Walter.  He had this "nerd" gimmick going that more so came off as extremely pretentious and condescending.  While he seemed very learned in the history of the hotel and the hauntings/ghosts, he wasn't very engaging and he didn't make me feel excited about the tour.  On top of that, he treated us ALL like children when we were just trying to have fun and explore.  He gave us less than 5 minutes to look around the places and take pictures.  He wasn't personable whatsoever, and I honestly think I had a better time exploring the place on my own than with him "guiding" us.  At the end, he kind of just walked away, and didn't even take us back to get our coats.  To make things even worse, his lack of professionalism was extremely apparent when two people in my group overheard him talking to another one of his co-workers, referring to us as "difficult" and having to "corral" us various times.  Talk about not having any tact!!!  The only reason I gave the tour 2 stars in opposed to 1 is because I love the Stanley and have a feeling this tour was only as awful as it was due to this one bad egg.  He definitely made it NOT worth the $25 we shelled out for the tour!!

    04/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    7. Mike P.
    Pretty cool tour with a lot of good information. Would suggest but make sure it is a warm night...they do take you outside a bit.

    04/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Jessica E.
    For $20 (with the AAA discount) definitely worth it! 90 minutes of hotel history, The Shining history, and ghost stories. Ample
    time given to experience any paranormal that may be present. We did not personally experience any door slamming or ghostly images, but I did personally capture a green ghostly "orb" in 1 frame while I was continuously shooting the outside of the concert hall (which is reportedly the 4th most active building in the nation in paranormal activity). My skeptical friend was even perplexed by the shot I got. Anyway, the tour guide was entertaining, the groups were small (ours had 14), and we had lots of time to explore and take pictures. Well worth it!

    07/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Sheena W.
    Visited in 2008 and was able to take a tour (although expensive) we enjoyed it.  Parking was FREE.  Visited this year at the end of July.  Apparently they've changed owners and the new owner wants to suck even more money out of visitors; they now charge $5.00 to park even though we had lunch reservations at the restaurant for 15 people.  Service was slow and food was "Just o.k" .... certainly won't be back and certainly would NOT recommend this place. I had 3 'street tacos' which had very little roasted pork in them.  This dish cost $12.  I'd say it was worth about $7.  Husband had the Stripped bass ($19) and he enjoyed it - but we've both had much better service and food at a more reasonable price.  We also shared the smoked trout dip ($14).  Although it was good, it was WAY TOO expensive for what you get. Such is life at a "tourist trap".   Again - will not be back.  Just wanted to warn others of the $5 parking charge and if you eat at the restaurant, be ready to shell out "at least" $50 for lunch. Pictures of menu attached.  

    Street Tacos $12.00
    Trout Dip       $14.00
    RedRum beer  $5.00
    Ctriped Bass  $19.00
    Tip                  $13.75

    Total for lunch:  $63.75

    + $5.00 for parking.

    Safe travels!

    23/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    10. Alden C.
    Probably the most notoriety going for the Stanley Hotel is that Stephen King stayed here and got the inspiration to write The Shining here. Probably the second thing that the Stanley is known for is the ghosts that also are supposed to reside here.
    The Stanley is also known for having a history of many celebrities that have stayed here over the years. For example Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel and Pink have spent the night here, just to name a few. The Shining tv miniseries was filmed here as well as Dumb and Dumber. But all that are lesser known things because often times it is all about the ghosts!
    The tour office is downstairs from the main lobby and the check in desk. If you do not plan to stay for the night then parking is five dollars per car. So in that case I would suggest that you park off of Wonder View Avenue to avoid having to pay. The tours come in around fifteen dollars. It is easiest to book yourself tickets at The Stanley website but if you are set on a particular time I suggest you get your tickets right away because the tickets often sell out quickly! The tours take about twenty people for each tour which may explain why they sell out so quickly.
    The tour itself is very interesting! The tour guide covers much of the history of the hotel that you do not get by just wondering around on the grounds and reading brochures and placards. Much of the historical content covers the original and later owners of the hotel, how people...more like women were expected to behave during the vintage times and what rooms they were not allowed into and some information on the people that stayed and worked here over the years. That last part is where the ghost stories come in.
    Nearly all of the buildings on the grounds of The Stanley are open and not boarded up. That was not always the case but as int rest towards the history of the place grew over the years buildings were restored.
    Our first building we went to was the concert hall. There is one ghost known to be here for sure. We went into a tiny room and learned more history and the door we went into closed by itself after the guide pleaded openly for the ghost to close the door for us.
    That was the only ghostly occurrence that happened on the tour. We went back to the main building and went through the billiards room as well as several other rooms and the main lobby.
    Most of the ghosts are in the main building on the fourth floor. There is one on the second too. According to what the guide says there are lots of new ghost stories cropping up all of the time with guests that stay here. We went by a couch that had candy littered on it. This was intended for two ghostly young boys that are known to cause mischief and depending who offers will play with the candy in the hand of the person offering. It depends who offers too, many times nothing happens according to the guide.
    We wrapped up the tour back in the basement and near the Tour Office. We went into a room where workers went through back in the day since they were supposed to leave discretely and unseen. There are tunnels that go back to the servant's quarters. The main passageway is still used by today's staff too for when they go on break or go home.
    The guide then finished off the tour by taking us into the beginnings of a small museum on the bottom floor.
    I felt like I got my moneys worth by going on this tour and especially fun to go on around Halloween! The ghost tours though are offered all year round. For those who want something more than a tour you can also do ghost hunting as well at night. The ghost hunts are sixty dollars per person. There are night ghost tours too and they are thirty dollars per person if you are not a guest and twenty five if you are. There are regular hotel tours without the ghosts for seventeen for guests and twenty for nonguests. That last tour starts on November sixteenth.
    While I am on the fence as to whether I believe in ghosts or not I do admit throughout our lives there are plenty of baffling and unexplained phenomena that occurs. One can explain away forever and using ghost stories are just as good as any to explain why these things happen. Oddly enough I believe in life in outer space much more strongly than in the supernatural. Go figure.

    01/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    11. Holly M.
    The Stanely Ghost tour was great to take w my 12yr old!  He was instructed to download this ghost meter app on his iphone and had a blast w it!  The tour guide, CODY, was great!  Very energetic and funny!  It was well worth it.  I captured these purple orbs on my phone.  be sure to take ur cell phone because u are given several minutes after each section to snap photos and see if u capture anything!  FUN!  I recommend the earier time so u can still take pics of hotel in daytime but nite time it is lite up.

    27/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Nikki T.
    If you want a guaranteed freak out, take The Stanley Hotel Ghost Tour!!!

    If I could give this tour 6 stars I would!!

    My boyfriend took me to Estes Park to let me experience the Rocky's for the first time!
    Beyond the fact that this town is beautiful with its old town charm, I was ecstatic that the Stanley Hotel and all its ghost glory was there! As soon as we got to Estes we made reservations for the ghost tour that night!

    Our tour guide was great! He was extremely knowledgeable with all the stories and all the history of the hotel. He gave us props during our "investigation" in different haunted spots of the hotel.

    The tour was scary but fun! My non-believer boyfriend definitely became a believer after that trip!! If you like this ghost stuff then I recommend this tour! We'll be doing it again on our next trip out there!

    22/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Matthew B.
    We did The Stanley Hotel Tour and it was very informative.  I would say it was about half about F.O. Stanley and half of paranormal activity.  Very informative and you learn a lot.  Our tour guide was very friendly and a good host.  A must if you have some time while in Estes Park.

    22/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Peter J.
    Well, I refer to the hotel know as the DUMB AND DUMBER hotel, why? Come on, we all know that Dumb and Dumber is the best movie ever made, I knew ahead of time before taking the tour that there was some kind of D+D connection. So, after we take the tour, I ask our guide if the hotel room scene was filmed here he mentioned no, it wasn't but these five scenes were. HOW COOL IS THAT!!! Way super total cool, I'me not really into the scarey haunted stuff at all. DUMB and Dumber hotel, and tour is how I look at this, and no one else probably would though, that's ok. The hotel is really cool.

    16/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Tara M.
    Lots of fun! The tour guide was great & I learned a lot about the movie. I also learned that I would not like to stay overnight in the hotel. Seems a bit expensive & the hotel is very old

    13/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Chandra A.
    My husband and I stayed at the Stanley Hotel in May of 2011 for 5 nights.  We got married at the dock on the lake, and our stay at the Stanley was sort of a combined wedding and honeymoon.  Most of our days were spent exploring downtown Estes, and  a day trip to Boulder.  One afternoon towards the end of our stay, we decided to give the ghost tour a shot.  Both of us were extremely skeptical of the tour, and had taken note of the hype the hotel placed on its "haunted" history.  It was apparent in just the difference in price between a room in the main building and the old men's quarters we stayed in.  The beginning of the tour went as expected- we were ushered into room 217, and filled with stories of scared celebrities and a hotel maid that was a frequent haunt.  From there, we went up to the 2nd floor where Lord Dunraven supposedly still hangs around and touches women who stay in his favorite room.  Then we went to the top floor- and were fed another story about ghosts of children roaming the halls at night.  We stood in a circle, and our tour guide invited the children to pull at her pant legs.  The group got completely quiet when we could all see, plain as day, that her pants were in fact being pulled on by no effort of her own.  At that point, I felt an ice cold spot on the back of my arm, like I had been standing in front of an air conditioning vent.  As anyone who has stayed at the Stanley knows, there is no AC in the building. This also happened to be an unseasonably warm day for estes, and it was topping 80 degrees.  Leaving the top floor of the hotel, I started to feel odd.  We finished the tour, and headed downtown to do some shopping. My husband and I went into a leather shop, and all of a sudden I felt like I was going to pass out.  I left my husband in the store and walked out to a bench out front that was facing the front door of the store.  I had been sitting there a few seconds, when I got 3 quick tugs of my hair on the back of my head.  I spun around quickly to see who was standing behind me, and thought maybe my husband had snuck out of the store and was trying to scare me.  That was until I looked and no one was behind me, and I turned back around to the front to see my husband exiting the store.  I started to get so cold that I was shaking, and had to wear my hoodie for the rest of the afternoon (again, it was 80 degrees out).  I went back to the hotel room after we finished dinner(most of which, I don't remember), and laid down.  After a couple hours, I felt completely fine again.  For anyone who doubts my story-I would too.  I stayed at the Stanley Hotel with every intention of being disappointed in the "ghost activity" there, and chalking it up to just another tourist attraction.  Until this experience, I was a skeptic all around when it came to ghosts.  I would say, from personal experience, that there is definitely something going on at the Stanley.  Not everyone will experience it, but if you do, it will most likely make a believer out of you.

    24/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. Kristine M.
    I was at the Stanley for a work gig, and they paid for a ghost tour for us.

    It was more of a history tour, but that's okay.  We got to hear about the history of the museum, and how it'd been changed for the ABC miniseries that Stephen King wanted.  (The tour guide was quite diplomatic about not mentioning that Stephen King greatly disliked Kubrik's version of the movie, and that it was filmed at some hotel in Oregon.)

    The tour wasn't super spooky, in my opinion.  It takes more than turning off the lights to creep me out, especially if there are cell phones and exit signs to light up the room.

    The concert hall was creepier than the tunnels, especially the basement of the Concert Hall.

    Worth doing, unless the ticket price is a lot to you/your group.  If it is, you aren't missing THAT much.

    30/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    18. Misti V.
    Fun ghost tour. Didn't have much ghost action except for a door slamming in my face. Our tour guide said it was Lucy and she might have felt " antagonized." It would be better if they combined the "Stanley tour" with the "ghost tour" so there could be more context surrounding the "ghosts" overall it was ok.

    12/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Annette H.
    These are technically two different tours. The hotel tour was nice and very informative and you learn a lot about how the hotel started (which is really interesting) and how Stephen King found the inspiration for the Shining while staying there and also why the hotel seems to be haunted. They take you around the hotel and in the main hotel (not the lodge) but really you only see half the hotel grounds. For $17 a person (as a hotel guest) it was worth it...the downside to the tour was our guide, while being informative, was not the best...it felt rushed and he seemed more like he was spitting out a script that's trying to make it interesting...basically he seemed bored with having to tell this story yet again.

    As for the ghost tour...$20 a person as a hotel guest and if you have taken the hotel tour don't take this one...and if you do, make sure you have a different tour guide!! We got the same guy and he seemed bored again only this time he took us to the same place and turned off lights. Not worth it at all. We found out the other tour guide took her group into rooms 217 and 401 (the haunted rooms) while all we did was stand in dark rooms...if you go choose one tour and ask for the girl

    29/11/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    20. Justine M.
    I am a bit of a skeptic of Ghost Tours, but I still take them. This was a really cool history/ghost tour of the Stanley that is really worth the ticket. I raised an eyebrow a few times and wonder how much is the power of suggestion or other fully explainable causes. We were in a room that is supposedly haunted by a ghost named Lucy who closes the door. The door did indeed close a few times, but that could be an uneven floor, rigged, etc.
    The only event I couldn't explain away was in the tunnel. As the tour guide was telling us about the death of Flora and F.O. Stanley, I was getting a tad emotional. I felt a pressure in the middle of my back like someone placed a hand on me. It was comforting till I realized that I was on the tour alone. I turned around right away to see if any of my fellow tour-goers were getting pervy, but there was no one behind me. So maybe the ghost in the tunnel decided I needed to be consoled.

    18/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Jennifer R.
    You could tell our knowledgeable but whimsical tour guide loved her job. She had a ton of facts and history but made it fun. Only recommendation I think they should add is the amount of walking to expect. There are multiple flights of stairs and outside walking up and down a hill. Made it really tough for someone having problems breathing because of altitude.  If you are staying at the hotel should check it out. I really wish it was included in the hotel price.

    23/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Emily R.
    Had a great time touring The Stanley Hotel. Lady J was a fantastic tour guide. She was very enthusiastic and very informative. She kept things interesting. The hotel itself is beautiful. And it was so cool to see where Stephen King got his inspiration and the room where Jay had the glass implode. Would totally do it again. And maybe one day I'll be brave enough to actually stay the night! Now to go through the pics to see if I caught any ghostly activities!!

    08/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Michael T.
    I'd been to Estes Park some years prior and I regretted not visiting the Stanley Hotel. So on my return trip I went online to book a ghost tour. According to the website, the "Night Ghost Tour" is now called the "History Tour." Tickets were $30 per person for non-hotel guests. Upon arrival, it appeared that the hotel is still calling this the Night Ghost Tour.

    The tour is intended to accomodate no more than 20 people but the hotel overbooked. I even witnesses people being added on despite not having a reservation. And why does this affect me? Because they make you watch a short movie before the tour begins and there are only 20 seats. My party, which checked in early, was left standing during the film. I nearly demanded a full refund but my kinder, gentler side told me to ride it out.

    The tour began and Kelsey (cute blond with great personality) was our guide. We went through numerous rooms on the grounds including the basement. Kelsey was engaging and had numerous tales to tell. We were given plenty of time to take photos and ask questions. Nothing was rushed. The hotel is very appealing. Given Kelsey's excellent tour skills and the hotel's appeal, I will return in the future and book a stay.

    31/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. Erika Z.
    I went going into the tour expecting a lot of ghost stories and ended learning about the hotels amazing history.  It wasn't scary at all and the tour was extensive.  We got a lot of time to explore and check out where there had been possible hauntings. Really enjoyed it and would recommend even if you don't stay at the hotel.

    23/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    25. Jaycie S.
    Our Tour Guide was absolutely amazing! He was energetic and very animated for our Ghost Tour on July 2nd @ 8:30pm (I forgot his name, hope he gets credit!).

    He was funny, informative, and overall a great delight to spend 90 minutes with. Scared the crap out of us for the bit with Lucy - a little girl spirit living in the piano room of the Concert Hall. haha, such a fun tour! Worth the $20pp for sure! (Hotel guests receive discount).

    08/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Chad Y.
    Creepy Basements, Historic Tales, And Ghoulish Specters
      You hear stories about the experiences while on a ghost tour. Mines was full creepy and creeky rooms! Can't get much better than that :D Going on the Stanley Ghost Tour you get to go places and see things that you wouldn't normally see if you just wander the grounds. On the tour we went into two basements: One that looks like a dark cave and the other is where a ghost resides! We saw a door close it's self...TWICE! They say it is a ghost of a girl who used to hide in that basement that closes the door, but died there as well!!!!!!! :0 Spooky! Honestly though, if you are looking to get your socks scared off you then you are in for disappointment. Here you will hear some cool, yet spooky tales of happenings on the grounds currently and way-back-when from a friendly staff member. You will get to hear how the hotel came to be, about the Stanley family and their journey. Taking this tour you get a more enriched appreciation for where you are staying, but you may also get creeped out and think something is watching you...It can go either way. Some of the other guests saw orbs in their photos. It could have been a member of the deceased!!!! Or just a dirty camera lens. LOL!!!
      Other  highlights: They take you into the concert hall, the billiards room, and the banquet hall. All places that is closed off to on lookers normally :) Plus, you hear how the hotel inspired Stephen King to write The Shining :D I'm glad that I went on this tour! Not a over theatrical tour, but perfect for The Stanley Hotel.

    12/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Claude C.
    I can honestly say that we had quite the entertaining and enjoyable experience with the ghost tour. Our guide was fun and into his work, which made the time we spend walking around, taking pictures, and listening to ghost stories a lot of fun. We have been to the haunted history tours in NOLA and I have to say this tour beat it hands down. A much better experience overall. Don't take any of it too seriously and you're in for a night of good fun.

    28/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    28. Erin K.
    Let me set the scene for y'all: it's a cool night in Estes Park. You ate two gummy bears packed with THC roughly an hour prior to embarking on a ghost tour at the Stanley Hotel. Sounds like a pretty rad little Thursday, right?

    WRONG. Enter Walt, our apathetic, chino-clad tour guide whose skills include cringeworthy jokes, hallway lingering, and deflecting any skepticism with "we looked it up." Before any of you think that I'm hating on Walt unjustly, I have to tell you that I walked into that debriefing chamber (or whatever the hell that cramped room at the beginning of the tour was) with a totally open mind. I love ghosts, I love weed, and I love creepy buildings with cool histories. So when the three are combined, I'm pretty stoked.

    Anyway, we walked around the concert hall at first with Walt spouting off some historical tidbits and third-hand versions of paranormal experiences that people have had. Right on, Walt. Things are looking bright. We dick around for a bit while the majority of the tour group goes HAM with flash photography (the lights were off which I think was supposed to add to the creepy ambience. It didn't, but it did cause one member of my party to face plant over a rogue step which was pretty funny).

    After that, we entered another cramped room down a hallway. Some ghost named Lucy supposedly made the door shut which was pretty sweet. I'll admit that I got pretty creeped out at that point.

    Once Lucy made it clear that she wasn't really in the mood to do ghost tricks for Walt and his pack of overly enthusiastic tourists, we stood in the hallway for a bit as Walt tried to antagonize a spirit by the name of Paul, a maintenance worker at the hotel who had died shoveling snow out front nine years ago. Apparently Paul was having none of that shit, so we eventually gave up. Personally, I applaud Paul for his ability to resist peer pressure. You go, girl.

    We went back out into the concert area and got to listen to Walt's brand of metaphysical philosophy. And yes, it's as riveting as it sounds. When he asked if there were any questions, I immediately inquired as to whether or not any of the hotel's employees had worked there for longer than nine years (thinking that there had to be people who had worked there long enough to have known Paul aka "basement janitor ghost.") Walt retorted with something to the effect of "I don't really trust people's stories...we looked up the HR records." Right.

    The rest of the tour pretty much consisted of Walt being apathetic about historical events, Walt being melodramatic about Jim Carrey, a couple of frat boys having a pissing contest by insisting that they BOTH had to be the first to enter the underground dirt clod arena, Walt being apathetic about more stuff, all of us standing around in the dark with our thumbs up our asses, and Walt ending the tour by just kind of leaving the room. I actually left the building believing in ghosts less than I did when I came in. Walt's next job should be telling children that there's no Santa.

    I just thank the Colorado legislative for making that tour bearable by legalizing marijuana. Although I had one of the most underwhelming experiences of my entire life, I laughed my tits off the entire time. 3/5 for pure comic value.

    29/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    29. Amanda K.
    Take the ghost tour!!!! I saw some crazy things like a door opening with no one near it. I heard a ghost knock when we asked it too. The hotel is located on a power energy field which could make any non believers in ghost to think twice

    23/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. Jodie C.
    (Actual date was 9/2012) Fun tour. Beautiful site. Great drinks at the bar inside the Stanley Hotel. Pictures on the walls were cool. Just fun touristy stuff that makes a vacation what it is supposed to be. Pretty cool.

    07/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Cody Y.
    Even if you don't believe in ghosts, you'll still have a good time exploring the property (mostly in the dark).

    Although I'm a stone-cold skeptic, I have to admit there is something unsettling about the Stanley property. It could be the rural backdrop, the old fashion architecture, or that 've seen The Shining too many times - regardless, there's something about the place. The tour takes full advantage of this in their ghost tour ($25 - but you can get it for $20 if you're a guest, AAA member, Military, Student, etc.). It's a 90 minute walk around the property that takes you to the most active haunted areas, such as the old reception hall, the billiards room, and the basement tunnels. Our tour guide was very peppy and knowledgeable about the property, and you can tell she honestly enjoyed giving the tours.

    So anything paranormal happen to us? Well, in the basement of the reception hall, our tour guide tried to get a ghost named Lucy to close a door for us. We were unsuccessful and left the room to complete the tour. The door was open and secure (it was caught on the carpet and not moving) and I was the second to last one to leave the room. Approximately 10-15 seconds after leaving, the door SLAMMED shut, making all of us jump. Now the tour guide showed us that if you have the door halfway it will close on its own, but pushed all the way back it doesn't move. Also when the door closes on its own, it' just a slow close, not a slam that we heard. A group of us rushed back to the room but, alas, nothing was there. If you're rolling your eyes you have every right - I'm not convinced it was anything paranormal either. But it was a good adrenaline rush and made the tour all the more interesting.

    In sum, it's totally worth the money to take one of the many tours they offer on the property (the history is pretty cool too). Who knows you may turn from skeptic to a believer.

    14/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    32. Shea W.
    These are 2 separate tours, just so you know. I did not take the history tour, we did the ghost tour.
    Our tour guide was Scary Mary. She was cute, charming a little cheesy and very knowledgeable!
    The tour itself is fun and creepy. She took us around to multiple different rooms and buildings in the dark and had us try to sense for spirits.
    I enjoyed that she did not seem to be trying to trick us. There were a couple times some pretty creepy things happened (music playing, water turning on etc) and each time she investigated it and found out it was something else or someone else in the building. She could have easily tricked us because we all thought it was supernatural.

    Couple real things might have happened:
    In the beginning of our time in the concert hall, Mary went down to the stage and closed the door and curtain that lead backstage. While we were sitting in the balcony, she pointed out that the curtain she had "closed all the way" was now partly open. This could easily be the power of suggestion. I saw her walk over there and close it, I think, but also I could've just thought she closed it because she told us she had. It was pretty spooky either way.

    In the basement of the concert hall, we sat in a creepy, pitch black room and tried to talk to a ghost named Lucy. Mary asked Lucy to close the door and the door never closed. In reading other reviews, I saw that sometimes the door does close so maybe that gives it some credibility? That it doesn't happen every time?

    In the billiard room there was an ornament on the Christmas tree that was moving when none of the others were. Maybe that was a ghost?

    All in all it is a very cool tour. You leave feeling a little creeped out and also much more knowledgeable about the history of the hotel!

    22/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    33. Sasha B.
    I have taken both the ghost tour and the history tour and greatly enjoyed myself both times. The drive up to Estes Park is fantastic and the hotel is easy to locate. Over the winter months parking is not regulated however in the warmer months be sure to purchase a parking pass (even if you are just stopping in).

    My travel companion and I arrived quite a bit early but enjoyed exploring the gift shop, sit by the fire, enjoy a snack on the porch and look at pictures from the annual Stanley Film Festival (Elijah Wood came out last year to accept an award and do a DJ set).

    During our tour we were able to walk to various buildings on the property and enjoy some exploring (last tour I was on the tour was kept indoors due to inclement weather). The tour was set up to be strictly a history tour but due to the suggestions of fellow tour goers our guide was happy to sneak in a bit about the ghosties as well.

    I did note differences between the two tours I took regarding facts about the Stanley twins and their beginnings but I didn't mind so much & doubt if many others would pick up on these things if the weren't themselves from Maine (in particular our recent guide noted that the Stanleys attended Bates College which was previously the University of Maine, when in fact they attended Western State Normal School, now known as the University of Maine at Farmington).

    My travel companion and I greatly enjoyed our tour even though one of us misplaced our wallet during the tour (this has actually been known to happen on the ghost tour). The Stanley Staff gave us a call before we made it home and my travel companion was beyond the moon that not a dime was missing from his wallet.

    I look forward to attending a nighttime ghost tour soon.

    *As a side note Groupon currently has a special for rooms at the Stanley hotel and if our tour guide is right, many of haunted rooms go for the same prices as the other rooms.

    11/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    34. Joshua T.
    Great tours of a great place run by great people. The Stanley Hotel is perched on a hillside above majestic Estes Park and overlooks the rest of the valley, and is steeped in more history than one can really explain without taking a ninety-minute tour of the grounds to do so.
    There are two separate tours, one a history tour of the ground during the day, with a bit of the supernatural flair included (as the ghosts are just as much a party of the Stanley now as they were when they walked its halls with corporeal feet) and the other a night ghost tour that includes a smaller group size and some techniques utilized by ghost hunters. Both are worth seeing, for reasons of history and learning and new experiences.
    There's a bit of walking involved with the tours, as they move about the grounds, but it's not strenuous, and more than with the modest admission price. Mention if you have an AAA membership card, as well.
    See if you can catch a tour with Jofia, or "Lady J" as she's called; she has a great flair for the details and a wonderful way of bringing the stories to life as she tells them.

    04/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0