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The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO


Premier destination hotel and resort in Estes Park Colorado only 3 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park


Established in 1909.

First opened by FO Stanley, the inventor of the Stanley Steamer, the hotel has a long history of entertaining and hosting guests to Estes Park for over 100 years.  As an additional point of interest, the Stanley is known for the location that Stephen King envisioned and wrote "The Shining".  There are many tours offered here to inform guests about the rich history of the hotel and the supernatural side of the historic building.  For those interested in fine cuisine, the Cascades Restaurant and Bar offers the finest cuisine in the area and the largest single malt scotch selection in the country.


Company Info:

Rating: 3.68

Address: 333 E Wonder View Ave, Estes Park, CO, 80517
  • Mon: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Tue: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Wed: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Thu: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Fri: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sat: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sun: 6:00 am - 5:30 am

Hotels in Estes Park, CO



Comments (238):

1. Rah Rah C.
A wonderful chance of living in history. Beautiful scenery and mountains. I have only eaten here and never stayed the night(too afraid of ghosts)!  OK, so the new development behind the Stanley is bothersome, but you can still see Owl Point from in the hotel and everywhere else on the grounds.  Also view the elk coming up for the pre-dawn snack. The staff was very helpful and informative. Loved the bronze disk at the entrance that helped point out which mountains you were looking at!  LOVED the main foyer, with the fireplaces.  Would I recommend this hotel to my best friend?  Absolutely!  The Stanley is a wonderful vintage hotel in beautiful country.
I recommend this hotel for:  An amazing honeymoon, A romantic getaway, Girlfriend getaway, Older travelers, Families with young children, Families with teenagers, Tourists
I do not recommend this hotel for:  Pet owners or folks who need air conditioning!

12/07/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. H J.
I must note that I went to The Stanley because of a Groupon which made it affordable. The parking lot was crowded but it was mostly due to a wedding. Check in was easy and they staff were really friendly. I didn't have my Groupon paper with me and she didn't make a big deal about out and let me bring it by later. The elevator was neat and small but it did the job. We had a classic queen room on the 4th floor. The room was smaller than standard hotel rooms you may be used to but the space was fine. The massive tv on the wall was an odd contrast but made it fun to watch The Shinning late at night. We did the Ghost Tour and had Connor who did a dandy job. He was interested in both history and the paranormal. I am not into paranormal but enjoy watching others get into it. We didn't eat at the Cascade but did get a drink. It was nice that you can take your drink wherever you want so drinking on the porch is A OK. There is a lot of people who stay who are really interested in paranormal activity and they tromp around at night, but still we slept just fine. All of the staff we ran into were friendly. If the price was right, I would go back.

03/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Iris C.
At the hotel bar / lounge, the food was exceptionally good. Interesting menu.  Quality food and service. I will return.

31/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Tara B.
Whether you stop by the Stanley for the view, stay for the night or are there for a conference for several days, you'll be glad you did. I was there for a multi-day conference and enjoyed not only their huge but unconventional conference room but also the amenities of the hotel. One of my favorite features was the All Shining All the Time Channel. They'd alternate between the Jack Nicholson version and the Made for TV version that was actually filmed there at the hotel where Stephen King based his work. I ordered room service and was pleasantly surprised. I was sharing a smaller room with a colleague but was still impressed with the room size. The view can not be beat. The water fixtures and other things might make you feel a bit trepidations as they occasionally feel like they might break in your hand. I personally didn't experience any ghostly moments, but will be haunted by the beauty of the stay for a lifetime.

04/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Demian R.
It may be that I was just unlucky, but my experience at the hotel was not good at all.  This despite our excitement at staying at the source of inspiration for my wife's favorite movie (which plays on one channel 24-7).  

Our $200 per night room was right next to the elevator, which wasn't bad except when traffic was heavy.  Right after we got into our room, I found someone's medical armband hanging from the bedpost, which apparently none of the staff noticed - this made us uneasy to start off.  Then, at around midnight, as we were undressing to go to bed, we pulled back the covers to find a brown stain on the sheets, exactly where one would expect to find one.  Now throughly grossed out, I clothed myself again, went to the front desk, and requested new sheets.  I sat myself in the lobby, waiting, while the called help (who did not notice my presence) complained about the request and assumed that it was perhaps a German family wanting the sheets (whatever that meant).  When he came back with sheets, he was kind enough to ask if I needed him to put the sheets on the bed - I told him I would do it myself, to which he assumed it was because I could just tuck them on the bed the way I wanted (in fact, my wife was partly undressed, waiting for bed).

To top things off, we went two days without shampoo, soap, washcloths, or hand-towels.  Also, the faucet was not working, only putting out hot water.  The drapes above the toilet did not close fully, and allowed guests above a reasonably clear view of whoever was going to the bathroom.  In our room, it was a major avenue motel experience for the heavy cost of $200 per night.  I would have gone elsewhere if it weren't for the hassle and the fact that everything was more-or-less booked out solid.

That noted, the hotel itself was lovely (albeit busy with wedding parties and historical tours).  My favorite aspect (the only one that makes me consider a three-star rating) was the spa - the masseuses that work there are top-notch, and I enjoyed it so much I went a second day.

26/07/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
6. Kimberly K.
so when my friend invited me out to the stanley hotel for the shining ball, i couldn't pass up the opportunity.  i mean, the place itself is known for it's creepiness.  hello? the shining.  
not only that, but it's a cool way to spend halloween, if i do say so myself.

so we headed up to estes park.  i mean, you can't go wrong.  right smack dab in the middle of the mountains?  check.  creepy fog rolling in through the mountains?  check. day after a full moon?  check.  ghost hauntings, halloween music playing, and a big, historic building?  checkeroo.

this place knows how to throw a shindig.  A-FUCKING-MAZING.  
throughout the weekend there were haunted tours, scenic views, and a completely decked out ballroom with cobwebs, fake blood dripping from the windows, the shining playing on loop, some to die for costumes (oooh snap!  puns are fun)  and delicious food.  
the hotel is beautiful.  it's historic.  it's the best place to spend halloween.

and well worth the trip out there.  we had a blast, made lots of new friends, ate too much, drank too much, and will definitely be returning for many more halloweens to come.

hey- p.s.  the bar is where the bar scene in dumb and dumber was filmed.  so the bartenders were lloyd and harry.  i mean, don't they win right then and there for the coolest thing ever?

yep. yep they do.

you rock, stanley hotel and your halloween shining costume ball.  and i'm not just saying that bad pun cuz you're in the middle of a bunch of rocks.  big ones.  that are high.

oh-and p.p.s.  if you're not from here, it's high.  so if you're drinkin'.....you're gonna be D-R-U-N-K.

altitude is fun.

28/10/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Nicole D.
Absolutely beautiful hotel, wonderful workers, but the amount of tourists there was RIDICULOUS! I don't really want to go there again in the summer, for a couple different reasons:
1) The tourists. There were hundreds, and hundreds of daytrippers that clogged pathways, doors, and a lot of people let their kids run around in the lobby near the desk, in front of the main entry, and it's really annoying.
2) The heat. We stayed on the 4th floor, but even with the windows open, there was no airflow, even with a breeze. It wasn't until the next day we saw other rooms on our floor with fans in their window, and nobody told us about them when we checked in.
But I definitely want to come here during the winter, when there are less people around.
If you want to do your own little Ghost Hunting excursion, good luck. There was a wedding the day and night we were there, and people were screaming outside until about 1:30AM, and running up and down the halls.
For historical value, and AMAZING service at the restaurant, though, I gave this four stars. The restaurant had positively, the best service I've ever experienced, even with an 18 month old throwing a fit. They even accommodated our request of a small plate of broccoli for him, even though it wasn't on the menu (only down side to that, was it was $5).
They have a rather large wine menu, and if you're staying the night at the hotel they let you take the remainder of the bottle with you (if you purchased a bottle and not glass by glass). You obviously can't drive off with an open wine bottle in your car, though.
Even with the amount of people running around, the hotel is ultra laid-back. We had a beer on the porch that evening, and there were plenty of other people around, but there were still some open seats. Our son was running around the porch, climbing on furniture and entertaining some of the other patrons, who were so friendly it shocked me. It's a nice place to come to relax, converse with some people from other parts of the country, and have a little history lesson at the same time.
For reference, the Red Rum ale, which is brewed specifically for the hotel, is very hoppy. I'm not a hops kind of person, I like my stouts and less bitter flavor. The bottle is awesome though.

26/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Andy M.
Made another trip to the Stanley this past July and was pleased with the stay.  However, when staying here during the summer keep in mind there is no air conditioning in this Hotel.  We requested the fourth floor and got it. . . . . almost sorry we did as it was borderline uncomfortable the entire stay.  They did have fans in the room and the windows were open the entire time we were there.  If I had to stay here again I would have requested one of the lower floors - especially during the summer months.  Restaurant was not as good as the last visit we made - not impressed.

05/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Jessica P.
This is a great place to spend an inexpensive but wonderful honeymoon. The staff was so friendly and the place is just gorgeous. The wonderful, welcoming, warm feeling is experiance the moment you walk through the door. It's a fun hotel to walk around with all of the back doors and diffent stairways. The room is cute, comfy and just perfect. We had such a great time.

07/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Curt K.
went for a overnight visit- was on the second floor and the room was nice and on the end-   The Bed was high almost as high as my waist so they had a little step stool to get into it- had to laugh at the two looped shows going on- one showing a stanely steamer car- and one showing the shining.   Front desk was good service- The restaurant- went for breakfast and spent twenty bucks on scrambled eggs, bacon and potatos, and toast and a pepsi.  I had wanted to try the banana bread french toast- but NOOO they were out of it-  the key card machine was down when I arrived- so I had to wait around up in my room for them to get me a key card so I could leave- The room was very warm-  and didn't hear much except in the morning.   It was interesting- cool lobby- the room suprised me I thought it would be a litle more fancy than it was- The tv was very large-  the 4 poster bed was kinda cool, the bathroom had a copper sink- and a jetted tub--- which was a big step over the edge to get into... give me a huge shower anyday.  But the walls were just white- a couple of photos, gray carpet- and standard drapes and a ceiling fan.  nice place to visit once just to say you stayed.... You really do need car if you stay...

31/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
11. David K.
Overpriced and the most uncomfortable sofa bed I've ever tried to sleep in (although the main bed was fine).   Dunno if its haunted or not, but its not nearly worth the price. I should have stayed somewhere else.

The clearly are working hard to milk every dollar out of 'The Shining' that they can - complete with it running on TV 24/7 - but the relationship between the movie and the hotel is difficult, at best, to glean.  

If the hotel were a super nice 5 star hotel - in keeping with the super high price - I'd recommend it - but its just an ok place.

26/11/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
12. Haley M.
Keep in mind when you are booking a room at the Stanley that since this is mainly a tourist attraction, they don't expect your repeat business and the staff will likely treat you accordingly.  First, as with most other reviews I read prior to our visit, the rooms are not impressive.  There is no fridge or coffee pot and be sure to read the fine print before drinking the bottled water - or it'll cost you $2.25.  I ordered champagne and chocolates when I booked the room to presumably be in the room upon arrival.  For any of you thinking about doing the same - beware.  First, the guy at the front desk ruined the surprise by letting us know that it wouldn't be in the room because we were checking in (at 3:25) before actual check-in (at 4).  However, even after 4 the champagne never came.  I had to call downstairs only to have someone run up a small box of 3 chocolates and mismatched champagne glasses thrown into a bucket filled with ice and the bottle of champagne (at 4:45).  What a disappointment.    The rooms (especially on the 2nd floor) can be noisy due to the tours that come thru regularly.  We asked to be moved since the room they initially put us in was right at the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor.  They ask that no one other than hotel guests walk around the halls of the hotel, but there's no enforcement.  When we were checking in, I heard no less than 4 people have issues with their reservations when we were checking in.  The staff at the front desk is clearly trained to give certain responses to certain issues - none of which are helpful.  My suggestion to anyone looking to stay at the Stanley is to just go visit during the day and stay somewhere else.  It's really not worth all the hype.

03/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
13. Jim P.
THE UP-SIDE:  You can see this place from miles away, nestled in the breathtaking view of the Rockies.  It's big, historic, and feels like a "destination" in itself.  The hotel offers a restaurant and lounge, free wireless throughout, plenty of unique and interesting rooms for event space, and several "villas" for more private and spacious accommodations.  And let's face it - it's pretty damn cool staying in the hotel that served as the inspiration for Steven King's, "The Shining."  (Which, by the way, runs 24 hours a day on one of their in-house TV channels!)

THE DOWN-SIDE:  For all the hype (some of it, well-justified) this place DOES NOT OFFER AIR CONDITIONING!  Yeah, it's an old, historic building and "that's just part of the charm!"  However, I don't buy it.  Not for a minute.

This place rakes in the cash by the pile.  It's at no loss for money to install the standard window AC/heating units you see in every hotel in America.  In addition, they have already done some major updating of the rooms; in particular, giving the bathrooms a very classy and clean new look while maintaining the "old school" feel.  They can easily go the further step to install AC.

Without the AC, you are forced to turn on the ceiling fan and open your windows.  God forbid you are on the first floor with a view of the inner courtyard; as was I.  You will have to endure the loud sound of the huge courtyard waterfall all night long.  It's your choice; get no sleep because you're sweltering, or get no sleep because of the noise of the fountain.

THE SUM-IT-UP:  There are numerous reasons to stay at the Stanley.  It's big, historic, family-friendly and chock-full of atmosphere.  Plus, it's part and parcel of the bigger, beautiful, Rockies view.  It really is a great place to stay.  None the less, if you are going in summer, keep in mind that you will be WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING.  You will find it warm.

12/06/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
14. Matthew B.
Never stayed at this hotel, but I've been to visit about a million times. I even saw a scene of ABC's The Shining being filmed here.

"Danny, don't go there, It's dangeous."

A line I'll remember for the rest of my life.

23/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Lauren O.
Historic hotel, and they do a nice job keeping it up. Classic Estes Park and if you're a literature buff, you'll enjoy "The Shining" history (note: this is not the hotel the movie was filmed at just fyi). Got a good deal on hotels.com instead of booking through the hotel itself.

Rooms were spacious and quiet, but no AC (didn't need it at that elevation). Beautiful patio and good bar. They also have nice fireplaces and sitting areas- and a historic Stanley Steamer vehicle. Also, GhostHunters (the channel on Discovery show) films there occasionally.

A nice splurge.

18/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Chris K.
Stay here! Seriously. Stay here. It's a great hotel. Tons of charm and atmosphere. It's very old so it smells like old wood but in a good way. The rooms are somewhat small but cozy. Since they try to keep the old charm, there isn't a lot of counter space in the bathroom or near the bed. Luckily, there's a smallish closet for your clothes and luggage.
They have some nice, newer, multi-story suites on the back side of the hotel that are like condos. They have all the amenities of a modern hotel.
There are also banquet and reception rooms with great views of the mountains and Estes Park. I imagine it's an amazing view during the winter.

Walk outside around 5 or 6pm and look for the elk hanging out in the brush nearby. Soon they'll be grazing on the landscaping right next to the buildings and rooms. They cruise in, chomp away, let you stand about 10 feet from them and then walk away some time later like it was no big deal. They seem to have gotten used to humans being around.
Raccoons also patrol the area. One climbed up the rain gutter and clawed at our screen on our window at 2am. I guess he/she could smell people and/or food in our room. Luckily, the screen held and I got about 2 minutes of excellent video of the raccoon. You can see it here. youtube.com/watch?v=hFDJ…

19/09/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Sarah Y.
I've only wandered around the outside of the hotel, but it is still really fun place to see.  The view of the Rocky Mountains and Estes Park from the grounds is stunning.

06/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Sandi D.
I'm living in Denver for more than 3 years, when it dawns on me --- I've never been to Estes Park --

The Horrors of It !!
Oh, different movie --

So we pack up at the last second, and up the Mountain we go, armed with reservations for the Stanley Hotel.

We arrive much later than we should have -- not the fault of either the Stanley, the elk in the middle of Route 66 ( no, not that Route 66, Hwy 66), but the other hotel on the way who wouldn't let me use their indoor plumbing.--and no, I won't diss them on Yelp for that, but you know who you are.

Finally we see The Stanley as we drive into town, very much the Sentinel on the top of the hill. It was just getting dark, and the ominous weather did nothing to help the dispel the "Ghost Mystique".

Check in was as breezy as the outside weather --We tried to cheap out, so we were delegated to the "Manor", which was 50 or so feet outside the regular hotel. I couldn't be too pissed at the hotel for putting us there, OK, I can -- On top of paying $50 more than I was quoted for the night before ( we ended up going on Friday Vs Thursday), they then wanted an additional $75 for the privilege of being in the main hotel.

So off we trekked to the Manor next door --no, it wasn't a far walk, but the 80 mile wind gusts didn't help. We got inside, and heard a meeting going on --well, not so much a meeting, but a group discussing Metaphysical Stuff.
Turns out they also cheaped out, and was given the space leading to our hallway as their meeting area;
Yes, we had to walk our luggage right through their meeting to get to our room.
We were apologizing, just as our neighbors were walking through their meeting going the other way --
Here they were thinking intrusions were going to be ghosts -- not guests.

The room itself was fine. Shabby without any Chic.
One creaky Queen bed
2 standard night-tables
1 huge TV poorly mounted to the wall; exposed wires everywhere
1 desk / chair along the opposite wall.
2 old fashioned window which really open.

The bathroom and closet was as big as the room -- no kidding.

Although it may sound as if I'm bitching, I'm really not. The room was fine, and my problems didn't lie in the lack of decor.
It was, as the other called it -- the creakiness.
We were on the dreaded 1st floor - and either the room above was haunted, or. more likely, we heard every footstep on the non-carpeted floor.
It was, of course our luck, that our upstairs neighbor was not only a night owl, but liked to pace
Back and Forth
Back and Forth
Step, step, step -- creak, creak,, creak
The entire Friggin night !!!

On a positive note, the bed wasn't bad, and the huge TV had every HBO channel, so I caught up on my shows during the night.

I'll review the bar and restaurant separately, but I will mention that that the bar staff was very friendly, and shook up some fine martinis.
The food at the restaurant was quite good -- Very Pricey, but very tasty.

Our main disappointment stemmed from how disorganized the Tour Department was run.
The woman who "manned" the Tour Desk, and managed the sign up, told me in detail how unfortunate is was that I came that weekend, since they were "In Transition".
For 10 minutes I heard how they usually have 15 tours a day, but they're transitioning to only 9 tours, and that they were all booked up.
If she left it at that, I would have an Oh Well Attitude, but she gave the TMI -- no, not everyone shows up (it's not pre-paid), they're not organized enough to call us when someone cancels, and that there were plenty of people and staff to have another tour added

Unfortunately, I left without any connection to the hotel, and for that price, will Never return.

28/10/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
19. Jessie V.
The shining wasn't even filmed here!!! But it inspired the book as you would find out in the "ghost tour". The hotel was amazing and the history is more of what the tour consists of. Our tour guide was great their bar was classy and the entire staff was more then accommodating. I would definitely put this on my list of places to go back to.

02/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Fastfish S.
I would give the Stanley four stars if the staff had been a bit more helpful and friendly. Nice, old historic hotel and the walking tour is great, maybe just a bit too long though. Old, quaint, small rooms, and a bit noisy. If you are in the area on vacation at least take the tour, if not stay here a night or two. Family from East Coast loved it. And of course there's that Stephen King story... The food was quite good too.

20/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
21. Scott S.
Great get away to the Stanley. Our room was nice and comfortable. Drinks on the front porch looking at the sunset over Rocky Mountain Natl. Park was the highlight. I highly recommend a stay here.

04/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. M V.
Hotel is stunning and so is town. You will be wow'd but suggest this for a historical property experience not the haunted one. The tour is not all that impressive - better walking around yourself in our opinion. The room we had was nice but the sofa beds were a joke. Apparently they were exchanging them all the day we left... our luck :( Cascades was ok not really up to par with prices. However, staff and site were worthy of experience overall

25/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Kyle G.
Tour / Ghost tour was fun for the price (cheap), loved eating lunch and having drinks where so many famous and historical people have stayed ... nice enough bar, food was a little over priced and hit or miss.  It was a fun visit

28/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
24. S. R.
My husband and I took the night history and ghost tour on 8/21/12. Our tour guide, Kiefer, was very entertaining and knowledgeable. There was a little less history than ghosts, but I think that's what people were there for. (Although Kiefer did know his Stanley history.) The other guests ranged from 10 years old to adults, so he had to accommodate a wide audience. Our favorite part of the tour was the concert hall, where my husband saw something zip down the hall during the tour. It may have been the resident ghost, Lucy! Although the ticket price was not inexpensive, we definitely recommend this activity when in Estes Park. After all, how often do you get to talk about seeing ghosts in rooms full of strangers without them thinking you're off your rocker?

22/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Steve O.
This place is a "Grand Olde Hotel." If you're looking for a W type experience, this isn't it, but it's good for what it is. The room we stayed in had late-Victorian decor, but had new carpets, bed spreads, etc., and a new flat screen TV.  The bathroom was recently updated with modern touches. It had no A/C. but open windows and a ceiling fan in the mountains keeps the room nice and cool in the summer. If you want one of the nicer rooms, you'll pay for it, but it's worth it. The bed was comfy. It is a great place to relax in the evening. It has a BIG front porch with great mountain views. It also has a great bar with an ENORMOUS whiskey selection. The bartenders knew their stuff and I had a glass of topnotch scotch while we sat on the porch and watched the sun set. I almost didn't want to get up to go into Estes for dinner. There's a shuttle that will run you from the hotel to the main strip, but it's only a 10 minute walk, anyway. What others have said about the tours and non-guest tourists is true (hence 4 stars). We had room 219, right next to the infamous 217, so there were tour groups that came by on a semi-regualr basis right after we checked in at 3pm, but they aren't right outside the door, are only there for a few minutes before they move on, and tours stop at around 5pm or so. We ate at the restaurant the next morning, and the breakfast was very good. Nice, thick, smokey bacon, fluffy and moist, but not wet, scrambled eggs, etc. etc. Bottom line, this place beats the living (or dead) $#*+ out of other hotels in Estes.

17/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Corrina H.
My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary. We love the history of the hotel and other than NO air conditioning we loved our room. (BTW- they do provide a fan located in the armore that helped cool of the room)

We booked the Romance package and it was exceptional. We stayed in a large room with a big screen TV. They had a nice bottle of champagne and truffles in our room on arrival. Just what we needed after a long drive. The view was breathtaking! Our package also included a $75 credit to the Cascades Restaurant. I would highly recommend this package. It was actually cheaper to book this package than to stay at the normal fee of $375 a night.

We stayed directly above room 217. I'm glad we didn't stay in room 217 since we could here the tours who came thru even one floor up, but we expected this already since it's a tourist hotel.

All of the employees at the hotel were very helpful and pleasant excluding the server in the Cascade's Restaurant.

Please see my Cascade's  Restaurant review.

Great overall experience.

12/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Ali W.
This is a gorgeous historic hotel, as evidenced by mobs of tourists blocking my entrance to the hotel lobby and taking photos, but not really the best hotel to stay at.  By the way, who doesn't know how to use a digital camera these days???  Anyway, once I forced my way through the Flinstones and their digital cameras, I finally approached the front desk to check in for my conference and room.  The layout of the hotel is kind of warped, as I had to take extended paths around the outside of the hotel to get to my conference room, the cafe, the lobby, and my room i.e. things are not connected.  The rooms are pretty old: cracked windows, paper-thin walls, chipping paint, cheap curtains, and inadequate lighting.  Since the walls are paper-thin, I could hear all the noises next-door, in the hallway, and outside.  Their staff take absolutely no discretion at moving loud-noise items while you are trying to sleep.  The hotel does have your essentials: comfy bed, working toilet, free Wifi, and large plasma T.V. (very essential).  I must make one comment about their rooms' door knobs, they were so low that I had to stoop over to open my door each time, and I'm average-height.

Me: *dialing 0* Hi, I forgot a shower cap, would you send one to my room?
Front desk: Sure.
[5 minutes later, my phone rings.]
Me: Hello?
Front desk: We don't have shower caps.
Me: Okay, no problem.
[5 minutes later, my phone rings.]
Me: Hello?
Front desk: We found some shower caps, I'll have someone bring them by.
Me: I really only just need 1.
Front desk: Okay, I'll have someone bring 1 by.
[5 minutes later, my phone rings.]
Me: Hello?
Front desk: Sorry, we don't have shower caps.
Me: Okay, no problem.
[5 minutes later, my phone rings.]
Me: Hello?
Front desk: We actually do have shower caps, I'll have someone bring them by.
Me: You sure?
Front desk: Yes.
Me: I just need 1.
Front desk: Okay.
[5 minutes later, a young man from housekeeping arrives and hands me 3 shower caps.]

1 star extra: being an old, creepy hotel with character
1 star off: couldn't sleep from all the surrounding noise
1 star off: the whole shower cap fiasco
1 star off: door handles were way too dwarf-friendly

18/07/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
28. MileHigh G.
As a Front Range resident, I have been bringing people to Estes Park and the Stanley Hotel for 20 years.  I have to say how disappointed I was by today's visit.

You now have to pay $5.00 just to park. Which would have been okay if one was still able to walk through the beautiful hotel. Sadly, all the ballrooms were roped off. Every single one. The ONLY way to see the hotel is to be a guest or pay for the ghost tour.  So we paid $5.00 to see a hotel lobby. I was furious. What a rip- off.

Don't  bother going to see the hotel thinking you will see much of anything unless you plan to pay for a tour. What a sad development.

17/10/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
29. VBaby O.
Oh come on Steven KING! WTF?  

So I was just looking for a great place for a anniversary weekend and thought this place was spectacularly beautiful and historic- NOT REALIZING it was a tourist trap of money grubbers. The website looked so beautiful and pristine and so we booked a room at a $140 a night thinking we would get something similar to the pictures online but NO! Instead we get a ghetto 'manor house' room equivalent to the super 6 motel they sell for $39 in the hood. Dang. So small like maybe 12x12 -They had the flat screen mount on the wall just to tempt us but only provided an old 25 inch tube tv with crappy reception and a long black cord to the wall. The blankets were old and seriously could have been originals in the early 1900's when the place was built. I think to get anywhere close to the website pics you gotta get a $200+ room. Not to mention they won't match hotels.com pricing- dumb and all there special packages are for weekdays only- dumb- who wants to do a romantic package on a Mon!??!

The hotel is BEAUTIFUL for any history buffs, but since I didnt know Stephen King's The Shining was based off this places story etc I wasn't aware that I was paying for the celebrity not the delivery of amenities. The staff was nice and friendly and the place is worth a visit for the sheer beauty of it but seriously getting a Holiday Inn would be better money spent.

The restaurant was ok, but at that price point you really shouldn't blend your mashed potatoes with an immersion blender! Too much starch released in a baby food blob of sticky depression. I vote hand mixer or rice musher thingy- keeping them light an airy. The bison rib-eye was fantastic but the appetizer portions a bit small. The bread service creative but a bit bitter- hmmm needs something with it.

Again this is what I get for not doing the research on this place in a hurry but seriously make this place a passing through place not staying over until these money grubbers deliver on what they're charging or bring their price down. :(

02/11/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
30. Lindsay D.
I did not stay at the hotel, but I did go on the ghost tour. The tour was pretty good! Our guide was informative and entertaining. I feel a little ridiculous, but I really thought some scenes from The Shining were actually filmed there and realized on the tour that indeed ZERO scenes were filmed at The Stanley hotel. Yeah. That's kinda why I went. Anyways, despite that moment, we did have some fun exploring the hotel and hearing about the original owners. Also, "The Shining" loops on the television in the workout room in the basement...which was totally hilarious. Good times with a beautiful location!

26/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
31. Sherri K.
Hotel was beautiful and worth the trip if you're in the area - ghost tour was awful and not worth the time/money (mostly because of the tour guide).

18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
32. Becky S.
Dear Stuffy Elitists,

Do not stay at the Stanley Hotel.  This hotel does not offer any of the comfortable amenities you're used to at the local Hilton or Four Seasons, and therefore you should steer clear.  


But seriously, The Stanley is amazing.  I'm in love with its Grandma's-House feel to it.  I woke up there on Thanksgiving morning to the smell of Turkey.  The walls were thin, the furniture looked antique or just old, and the linens were dated, and I loved every inch of it.  Sure those luxury hotels are comforting knowing that they have everything you could ever need, but I'd rather stay someplace with character.  

I stayed for Thanksgiving, so the temperature in the room was perfect, there weren't many tourists click-clacking their cameras, and the fresh snow in the morning just made our view picture perfect.  Everyone who helped us was friendly and knowledgeable.  I'd recommend this to any couple willing to leave a few luxuries behind - and take on some character instead.

02/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Lucy T.
This is a review for the Ghost Tour only, never stayed at the hotel.
I'd give it 3.5 stars if possible. 4 was just too much because I'm not really a "fan".  I'd recommend going at least once.
An out-of-town cousin came to visit and wanted to do something "haunted".  We brought her here. It was $15 a person. Call ahead. Internet didn't take my reservation, but a kind worker did call me back and take my reservation over the phone.

I don't believe in ghosts, but when the tour guide brought us in room 217 the battery on our Canon 40D went dead. The battery has never gone dead before. I did charge it and it was fully charged when we took a couple photos outside the Stanley. So I'm convinced something was going on. Maybe they have a machine that drains your battery. Hmmm.
The guide did say that batteries get drained from the spirits.  So she brought us to room 217, because nobody was staying in it at the time, if someone way, well, you wouldn't see it. She took us down the halls  and told us stories. My cousins swears she saw a shadow, we laughed at her until some guy told her wife he saw the same thing. Who knows.  So lots of story's about ghosts, when the Shining was written and when the mini-series was filmed there, Jim Carrey, and such.  It was about 1 hour long. I think the cool thing is, we got to see the rooms, halls, and places we wouldn't have normally. I doubt any 10  year old children would get scared. I'm not sure, but there is an age requirement.  
There were about 25 to 30 people on a tour, seemed like a lot of me at first, but I don't think it effected it at all.

So, if you are into this sort thing check it out. Take your guests here.

If you just want to see the Stanley, you can see many of the rooms on the main floor, near the lobby and basement. They don't want you to take upstairs to respect the privacy of the guests, which I always understood, that is why it was fun for me to see the rest of this place.

They used to have an awesome holiday buffet, not sure if they still do. I made reservations once and they cancelled it a couple weeks before. They called, but I was still bummed and had to find another place to eat.

04/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
34. Adelle L.
When we got here, went to the main lo by to check in. What incredible charm!! Clean, gorgeous. For the heck of it, I asked if there were any upgrades available. For no charge, they upgrades us from a king room to a 3-bedroom villa.

AMAZING!!!! We had our own garage, 2 1/2 baths, 3 bedrooms, jacuzzi tub, private hot tub outside, giant tvs, 2 fireplaces, balcony, and amazing views. Place was meticulous and beyond comfortable. I did not want to leave!!!

02/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Spicy M.
My husband and I stayed here for our 25th wedding anniversary. We loved this historic haunted hotel. The first night I convinced my husband to go get some ice and he said, " if I see a little girl in the hall, I'm going to scream like a little girl, AAAAND, this door better NOT be closed or I'll tear it off the hinges!!!!" Well, it took all of 3 seconds, and I heard him RUNNING down the hall screaming like a little girl! I was laughing my head off!!! REDRUM......of course spells MURDER backwards.......was written on the elevator and a few walls.......it wasn't graffiti like. The views of Rocky Mountain National Park are beautiful from the wonderful front porch of The Stanley. We have vacationed in Estes Park for many years with our kids. Estes Park, CO will always have a piece of our hearts! As far as The Stanley, we will stay here again. Very Charming!

22/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. Larry B.
Overrated and pricey.

06/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
37. Squirrel L.
I *adore* everything about The Stanley.  We spent our wedding weekend here.  Since we eloped, we didn't book the room very far in advance.  I really wanted to stay here, but found that they were totally booked when we tried to get a room directly with the hotel.  I searched all of the travel Web sites and found rooms available on Orbitz.  YAY!  

When we arrived, we were pleased to find that our room was on the 4th floor and at the end of a hall.  We weren't as disturbed by noise as some of the other people here seem to have been.  Although there's no a/c, there are ceiling fans and other small fans.  We stayed here in late July and were totally fine with just the ceiling fan.  The temperatures drop into the 50s at night up there.  Seriously, you're not going to die without a/c.  Maybe this is just because I live in San Francisco and nobody in SF has a/c?  Buck up people!

I love the history of the hotel, both the verifiable history and all of the ghost stories.  We had some odd things happen, but I think it was due more to having ghosts on the brain (and in our dreams) than to there being actual ghosts in the room.  I wish that everyone who sat in their room and watched Kubrick's version of The Shining on the continuous loop also read Stephen King's book.  In my opinion, the book is so much better.  The movie really strays from the original story in ways that are frustrating.

One of my favorite features of The Stanley is the veranda.  Perhaps it's the Southerner in me, but I just love a good porch.  With the summer thunderstorms, we saw afternoon rainbows every single day.  It was amazing.  After a long day of hiking around Rocky Mountain National Park, it's so relaxing to sit out on the porch in the evening before dinner.

We will certainly be back to celebrate future anniversaries at The Stanley.  In the future, we'll book further in advance and try to stay in room 401 or 418.  I ain't afraid of no ghost!

24/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. Madeline R.
The hotel is beautiful in its antiquity and history, but the "ghost stories" are sketchy at best. I did the 1.5 hour historical/ghost tour and found it sorely lacking. It was a $15 tour that should have cost $7.50 and lasted under an hour. The tour guide was nice but very scripted and awkward. The history was interesting but honestly 98% of the "ghost stories" started with the line "... and another guest told me that..." ... you get the idea. Almost all of their "true ghost stories" were retellings from guests. C'mon! I could have told her I saw Jack and the Beanstalk drop down from the ceiling when I was there last time and I bet you she would be retelling guests my nutty and completely falsified story on her next tour. Psh.

18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
39. Alden C.
I spent a great night here at the Stanley! The room was great! An amusing bonus was that they played the Kubrick version of The Shining over and over on one of the channels.

22/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Carrie B.
Don't waste your time...or money. After one look at our room we knew it wouldn't work. Of course you expect the decor to be dated but everything seemed dirty to boot. The beds were in desperate need of replacement and, as another Yelper mentioned, there is no AC. They should have taken the money they used to put giant flat screens in every room and put it towards refurbishing and a hefty cleaning. Also beware that tourists constantly walk your hallways making it difficult to relax or get around.

Neat bar, beautiful scenery but save yourself $100+ per night by staying somewhere else nearby.

12/05/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
41. Zac T.
No ghosts, small rooms, creaky everything, expensive and overpriced, but fun fun fun!!!!  stay up late and do some exploring, say hi to the staff, they are super friendly and seem to be down with the ghost hunt stuff!

10/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. G P.
We had time to kill between our early Denver arrival and our afternoon Breckenridge check in. So we opted to drive from Denver to Estes and hang at The Stanley for a bit. Great for a one hour walk around and cocktail on the porch. The architecture is beautiful and the views are stunning. The downstairs area suffers a bit from "Shining" overload and touristy kitsch. We then rode the Peak to Peak highway down into Breckenridge. (Gorgeous)

22/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Chris Q.
We stayed here to enjoy some pampering before heading home after several days of camping in Rocky Mountain National Park and were somewhat disappointed.  The hotel itself is lovely for the reasons you'd expect:  Great vistas, historic charm, ghost lore, good amenities (no coffee service in room, however), etc.  Mom and Dad's meal at Cascades was very good but, all things considered, significantly overpriced.  Neither child liked his kids' menu pasta entree.  Service throughout the hotel ranged from average (restaurant) to poor (front desk). Staff were generally indifferent.  Ghost hunters and tour groups file in and out throughout the day.  Rate notwithstanding, this is a tourist destination not a luxury hotel.

29/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
44. Andy M.
Some of you might consider this a bogus review because C.R. and I didn't spent the night, but we did spend a good two hours here touring the grounds.
If there is a more beautiful setting than Estes Park, I would love to see it. The Stanley Hotel is a perfect addition to the wonderful mountain landscape.  The staff at the Stanley could not have been nicer. We had full access to the grounds, bar and lobby. The only place that was off limits were the area where the rooms are located. The lobby is beautiful, it's just what you would expect from a hotel with a such wonderful history. There is also a little garden in the back that is breathtaking. C.R and I are already making plans to stay here. Possibly for our honeymoon next year.
A big thanks goes out to the front desk clerk ( I feel like a schmuck for not remembering his name) who was nice enough to take 20 minutes to talk to me about the history of the hotel. He also told me some pretty cool ghost stories. One of the stories happened the morning we made our visit. If the Stanley is haunted, I can see why. If I was a ghost, I would love to haunt a place that is so beautiful and elegant.
 I have always wanted to see the Stanley hotel, and it was more beautiful than I could ever have imagined. I can't wait to spend a few days there as a guest next year.

23/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Donald S.
After reading some of the reviews from others, I believe that most people have hit the nail on the head. Before I forget, NO, the movie The Shining was not filmed here!!.......at all!! It only inspired Stephen King to write the novel!!
I came here for my very first time last Thanksgiving to get out of Iowa and to visit some Denver friends. Being a traveler and a History and movie buff I figured this would be the perfect place for a nice dinner amongst friends and stay the night at a historic hotel. The prices are reasonable, except the Thanksgiving Brunch, $50 per person. I'm never that hungry.
Room rates are very reasonable if you're not picky. I use my military discount and save even more. Rooms themselves are very cozy.
Haven't taken the ghost tour yet nor am I in a big hurry to do so. I recommend visiting the gift shop and purchasing a 73 page book, "A Concise History of the Stanley Hotel" by Ron Lasky, a local from Estes Park. It sells for $5.99 and I learned everything I wanted to know and more about this place.
My friends and I always have a great time here and not only is the hotel an amazement in itself but the surrounding scenery is just gorgeous as well.

24/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Matt T.
Stayed at the Stanley for a conference. It's an elegant old style place that retains it's elegance. The rooms are good size with a comfortable bed and the views from the front can not be beat. The staff in the bar was friendly and attentive. The one drawback is lack of regulation of heat in the rooms...we kept the bathroom window open to regulate the temp of the room...other than that, a very nice time....and no ghosts in my room :-)

22/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Mina N.
2 Hour Tour.
I really enjoy the Stanley Hotel.  Beautiful, historic and maybe even haunted? We went to the tour expecting to be scared the bejeezys out of us, but instead, got to learn about a beautiful history, love story and the history of Estes Park.  

The design was impeccable, and I could really see how people get married there. I  don't think that the place was that scary at all.... and after I did the tour, I went home and watched the Shining and also am thinking about watching Stephen King's version of his book also.  Great hotel, up in the high mountains, beautiful scenery.  I'm glad I made up it there.

17/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. Todd O.
#1 Estes Park is expensive in the summer, #2 The Stanley is a historic place those are 2 reasons its going to be outrageously priced.  I care about value and there is NO value in the Stanley.  Spend your lodging money somewhere else and go and have a drink at the bar or simply walk around the place.  Take the ghost tour but don't stay there.  The rooms are fine not good or great and the service is horrible.  If someone doesn't care if I'm there I promise I'll share that experience with anyone who will read my review.  The Stanley is super cool from a historical perspective and definitely a place you can't miss while in Estes...JUST DON'T STAY there.

05/10/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
49. Travis P.
Well, it's not 1875; it's 2011. You can however feel like it's 1875 if you like by staying at the Stanley. My buddy, his girlfriend and I were coming out to Estes Park for a quick 2 day flyfishing trip before a friends wedding, and after looking at the website briefly, thought we could splurge a bit for the 3 adult room and stay somewhere unique like the Stanley. Sure, we could have spent less by staying at another local hotel, but what would that have gotten us? air conditioning? Two beds? A room that bugs don't get into because you have to keep the windows open or else it gets to be 83 degrees? Sure. It would have gotten us all of that, and for about $50 cheaper. But then, it wouldn't have the distinction of being "unique." oh, and did I mention that we have to pay $15 extra for that 3rd occupant so that he (read:6'1" me) could sleep in a bed that is only about 5'10" long and 2 feet wide? I've slept on bigger roll out beds in bigger rooms in a $10 European hostel that was older than this place, but hey, they weren't The Stanley.  

All sarcasm aside, the staff was very apologetic, and maybe I should have said something about my dissatisfaction earlier in the night, but I was exhausted and didnt want to put up a fight.  Great people, tough hotel during a heatwave.

05/09/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
50. Tessa H.
We recently enjoyed a night at The Stanley to celebrate our anniversary.  The hotel is old and full of lovely antiques and history.  We opted to stay at The Lodge, which is separate from the main hotel as we wanted a quiet evening away from a lot of people.  Our room was small, but beautifully appointed (as was the lobby and other rooms in the building).  Our king sized bed was striking and beautiful and extremely comfortable. The continental breakfast offered in the morning was an amazing combination of fresh, delicious baked goods, fruit, yogurt, granola with good, hot coffee, tea and juices. The staff were friendly, but the reason only 4 stars and not 5, is that no information was shared at check-in concerning the restaurants and bar in the hotel, the amenities, the tour... we had to figure it all out for ourselves.  I would have thought there would at least be some information left in our room about the hotel, including some of the history but there was nothing.  We also got a kick out of seeing the Jack Nicholson "lookalike" standing outside the front of the hotel.  I did a double- take...make that a triple-take when I saw him!  We thought maybe the hotel hired him to hang out, but I forgot to ask.  It was a nice pick for our anniversary getaway.

20/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. CRASH B.
Planned a trip to Estes Park in February (off-season). Originally wanted a cabin with a hot tub, but once I checked the Historic Stanley Hotel reservation pricing I saved a hundred dollars on a two night stay and marked off one more hotel from my Bucket List!
Channel 42 plays Stephen King's, The Shining 24 hours a day. The Hotel was where Stephen King stayed when he wrote his novel about isolation- it is however NOT the Stanley Hotel in the movie. (Timberline Lodge in Oregon)

The Manor House, originally built as a bachelor house, is a 1/3 sized replica of the main hotel.
Every Bed was custom made specifically for the Stanley Hotel. They are uber-comfortable!
Room 217 is fabled as a haunted room and if you happen to meet the people staying in 217, you'll probably discover that they are amateur ghost aficionados.

The Food and Beverage manager, Mark is a dedicated and personable man who will be renovating the bar- completion set for early March 2012. He is installing the world's largest whiskey and bourbon selection. 350 selections.  The bar itself will be restored  with the addition of 15 feet in length.
The Bar's appetizer menu is sufficient for dinner.
If you eat in Estes Park, eat at Cascades in the Stanley Hotel. The Chef was recruited from a top Vail restaurant and the dinner we had during our stay was the best in Northern Colorado to date. We had lamb meatballs on polenta, smoked pheasant cream soup as appetizers, Wagyu beef short ribs and Elk medallions for entree.
This is not a five star hotel and has no desire to compete with the Broadmoor. This is a 3 1/2 star hotel with unbelievably high standards of service and beds that you won't want to leave.
Take one of the night tours for an historical lesson about the original owner F.O. & Flora Stanley and a guided tour through the Stanley Hotel's haunted areas.
Our guide was Tyler who we had visited with the night prior, he's an inexhaustible and fun young man from Maryland. We were told by other guests to next time request "Scary Mary" as our guide.

I could go on and on, but I'll leave some things unsaid for your own personal discovery.

27/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Liz K.
Really this is a review for the haunted tour. My expectations for this were high, but mostly I was excited just to walk around the hotel itself since it's beautiful and definitely a little creepy.

We arrived early and spent time exploring, and while the hotel doesn't necessarily have ALL the modern amenities, it does have giant tvs in the room and it is surprisingly quiet -- definitely nice for a quiet, relaxed stay.

The tour was really fun, especially as our tour guide (Cassie... or as she is nicknamed, Creepy Cassie) was super bubbly. The tour took just a bit over 90 minutes and we walked through a large part of the hotel. It does suck a little that some rooms can't be entered (as they're occupied), but we did still get to go to a number of places and hear both the history of the hotel and the "ghost stories".

Overall it was fun and completely worth 15 bucks a person.

06/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Margaret C.
The past and the present of the majestic Stanley are both etched clearly in my mind, as is, of course, the classic movie inspired by the Stanley, "The Shining."  

I worked a few partial summers at the Stanley prior to the time writer Stephen King actually discovered Estes Park and the Stanley.  I lived in the dorms that are on the left side of the hotel as you stand facing it.

Though I knew little about the spirit world at that time, there was a spookiness everywhere at the Stanley.  The ghostly presences, or whatever they were, must have been friendly or neutral, though, or I must be very resilient and brave, because I don't remember being scared.  The only thing that really scared me in Estes Park were the guys who frequented The Wheel Bar   thewheelbar.com
which was in town.  Still a bit haunted at times by memories of a few of these men.

I'm getting on a tangent and must get back on course.  One summer I worked on the old old classic antique switchboard and that was really something.  It was ok except for the Lysol lady who had a horrid habit of spraying the employees with Lysol.  How rude is that?  That stuff is toxic to breathe, especially in an unventilated room.  

Another summer I worked for awhile there with a chef who spent summers at the Stanley and was a chef at the Brown Palace in Denver during the other 9  months.  I don't remember many details about that summer.  

The Stanley has completely different ownership now, which is good, and feels much healthier and saner now to me than it did when I worked there.  

A few years back I went to the restaurant there for Sunday brunch to celebrate a friend's 50th birthday.  A person would probably need to fast for several days in order to fully appreciate the wide array of foods on the many brunch tables, especially at the price they charge for brunch, but it was still a nice meal in a perfect setting with incomparable views in several directions.  Food is as well-prepared as ever.  This is a consistently good place to eat.

The carpets, and woodwork, and staircases are all beautiful and nicely maintained.

I have not ever stayed in the hotel, other than living in the dorms so many years ago.  So I have no personal stories to share about spending the night in the hotel proper.  I'm sure it's a unique and interesting experience.  

When travelling to or through Estes Park, take the time to stop and visit this place.  Sit on the porch for awhile and take in the breathtaking view.

18/03/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. Knittycats L.
Over-priced....the room we had was small, tub did not drain, large screen tv took up half a wall but the picture was fuzzy.  On the positive side the bed was super comfortable and feather pillows the best.  Restaurant pricey and did not offer vegetarian choices but had gluten free options.
In spite of everything, the hotel  staff was very helpful.

25/09/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
55. Coco C.
I can't really say anything about the accommodations.  What I can tell you is that I wanted to make reservations and I couldn't.  On-line system kept telling me to call.  When I called, I got voicemail.  Left several messages.  They called me back 6 hours later but of course I missed the call.  Called again and again.  Sent an email pleading.  They finally called me back.  No apologies.  Just said they were very busy.  When they started a sentence with "Ma'am you have to understand that...." I said thank-you and hung up.  Going for a spa weekend someplace else where they want my dollars.

Happy New Year!

28/12/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
56. Jon S.
Couldn't ask for a more picturesque setting, simply nestled in the Rockies with elk roaming nearby. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of a major city and escape to God's country, this location is ideal.

The customer service was really top-notch. I stayed there for a company meeting, and the representatives attending to our function were very pleasant, always greeting us with a smile and fulfilling all of our requests.

As a result of the hotel being so old, the rooms do not have A/C. Surprisingly, however, this was not a major problem since when you open the windows and and turn on the fan the room cools down dramatically.

I also liked the experience of staying at the hotel that The Shining was based off of! Pretty cool to say that I have stayed there. Along with that, it is supposed to still be haunted, but I did not see, hear or experience anything.

I think one factor that is keeping me from bumping this rating up higher is that the food could've been a lot better. Perhaps because they had to do a lot of mass cooking for our event, but the food was rather bland and lacked necessary flavor.

I would totally recommend this hotel for those who just want to escape to the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

25/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
57. Kevin A.

It's definitely worth a stop to this historic hotel, especially if you're on your way to Rocky Mountain National Park.  You will be taken in by the beauty of the hotel, its century old charm, amazing craftsmanship, and yes, its subtle creepiness.

One thing that needs to get cleared up:  While the hotel inspired King to write The Shining, he never actually wrote it here and the movie was not filmed here.  It was actually filmed at a the Timberline Lodge in Oregon.

That said, it's still a beautiful place and definitely worth a visit.

31/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. A Z.
Not going to lie, this place really is creepy especially if you arrive at night. My only complaint is that we got a room in the Manor which is next door and not in the main building.

Our Queen Manor room was small but comfortable and they play The Shining on gigantic flatscreen tvs in your room 24/7 on channel 42.

The showerhead was worth noting, as it wasn't your normal showerhead and was instead one with all kinds of crazy functions.

The cool part about the manor house is that nobody attends it, so you can explore as much as you want, although there are only three big rooms to really get into. Next door is the haunted concert hall which you could totally get into if you wanted. In fact, the manor house is so unguarded that anyone could really go in and sleep on a couch in the hallways if they wanted to without booking a room.

It's also the perfect location, right down the street from all the shops and only a few miles from Rocky Mountain National Park.

My only real complaint is that the bar closes at like 10pm during the week.

Other than that, I'd definitely stay here again and probably will. The whole place brings you back to the early 1900's and it's a very weird place to be.

10/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
59. Robert K.
DJ for a wedding at the Stanley over the weekend.  

The staff is always very nice and very accommodating.
Catering always does a wonderful job with food.

The rooms are nice and clean, but the building is from a different era, so room size feels a bit small.

04/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
60. Nina D.
Meh. The place is beautiful, but I called in hopes of finding an elopement package. Never heard back from them. So I decided to pop up from Denver to have lunch and enquire in person about my wedding. Food was expensive, waiter was good. But the customer service at the front was completely lacking. I asked about a room to stay in for my honeymoon night and they didn't seem to care at all. I guess when you have four weddings in a day you don't really care if you have one dissatisfied bride. Anyways, pretty place, but definitely not getting married there!

22/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
61. Erin M.
Stayed here for 1 night after hiking and camping our way through RMNP.  We chose it because it was a good value on hotels.com for a pretty looking hotel. Of course we didn't exactly do our research and didn't know the place was haunted...but it turned out ok.

At first, we were given a room with mold in the tub...they have no A/C and apparently when they remodeled, they used the wrong caulking...anyway - they moved us rooms from the 1st to the 3rd floor of the Manor house.  This was nice but there was still some mold in the tub...oh well...

It gets 4 stars because it IS actually haunted.  We were on the top floor of the Manor house and heard a loud crash above us in the middle of the night! So maybe it was just a guy with a big roller bag next door, but hey - they did a good job convincing us it was haunted so we ran with it...

The swimming pool was heated and a nice way to spend the morning before checking out.

Had appetizer, dessert and drinks at the restaurant in the evening - all awesome.  The Meze plate was amazing.  Eggplant relish, avocado goat cheese and hummus serves with pita bread.  YUM.  Lots of people spent the evening drinking on the balcony.

01/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
62. vicky m.
Made it back to the Stanley, and this time we got inside.
We didn't take a ghost tour but we wandered a bit around and took a few more pictures. The pool was open and there were movie stills on the wall and such a lot to see. There were, as before, lots of peole and I spoke to two who couldn't wait to talk about their experiences on the ghost tour...they had "experiences". They were so happy and said the ghost tour was "totally worth it".
Oh, the Stanley really does have a resident psychic...got her own office.

Estes Park is a tourist town and I don't recommend going on a weekend because the town-which is full of cute shops and restaurants and parks-is crowded. Traffic moved very slowly and people were crossing the streets whenever they wanted, darting between cars.  Made for some stress in the front seat behind the wheel.

We ate at Subway-which was crowded but we found a cast iron table and chair place to sit and eat our lunc:h: breezy, shadier and cooler than Denver. Pretty drive up, pleasant drive back.

We plan on going back closer to fall and take the "tour".
I am a fan.

By the way, we did stop for gas in Lyon  on the way and it was 30 cents cheaper than Denver. Lyon itself looks like a nice town to stop for lunch and shopping. Don't fly through it! LOOK!

23/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. Carolyn V.
DISCLAIMER: This review is only for the bar and the ghost tour, not for the lodging accomodations.

The Good:
 :: it's a really nice, well-kept older hotel. very very unique in its exterior and interior
 :: they have a very spacious outdoor patio where you can enjoy a beverage and food! there is also a cute pond outside adjacent to the patio area
 :: the food we got to snack on was really tasty! you won't miss with anything on the appetizers list!
 :: parts of "dumb and dumber" were filmed here. bonus!!!

The Bad:
 :: the bar interior looks dated and not in a good way. bleagh.
 :: parking was bad due to the popularity of the hotel being a tourist destination
 :: the ghost-and-history tour was too much history for me and not enough ghost stories. however, we were very entertained by everyone thinking every single thing that happened (from cell phone interference with a radio to "ghost orbs" caught in photos) was due to a ghost. wow.

The Ugly:
 :: there is no hedge maze. NOOOOOOO. that was just for in the movie! so disappointing.  
 :: the bartender was a complete douche balloon.  when i asked what drinks they made well, he gave a snarkily delivered "everything". then i asked him how well he made dirty martinis and he made a really annoying comment that he'd been working there for over 12 years and that he hoped he knew how to make one by then. so i put him to the test and ordered one. when i drank it, i wanted to throw up. all i could taste was alcohol. it was so disgusting i couldn't drink anymore. a good drink means you should NOT just taste alcohol, but this guy clearly lost that memo and thought quantity of years, not quality of skills, was king. what a douche balloon.

Would I go back? Sure...I want to stay in a ghosty room and see if anything happens to me.

This place is IN.

12/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
64. Laura T.
You know when your parents used to tell you "I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed?" Well that's what I felt like telling the Stanley Hotel. Perhaps I had my expectations elevated a little too much, but this place didn't even come close to what I was expecting.

Now in all fairness I didn't stay the night there, I merely went to take a tour because we were thinking of having our wedding there. The prices were OUTRAGEOUS....seriously, $100 per person was the cheapest price they charged and that was simply for a 2 hour cheese and cracker reception....if you wanted an actual dinner it was upwards to $200/$250 PER FREAKIN' PERSON!

I went expecting the ballrooms to have beautiful architecture and amazing personality, but alas I was let down once again...the main ballroom was dark and dreary and the other option looked and smelled like a sterile hospital ward. Not to mention the lack of repair and upgrades...for fuck sake some of banisters were missing their tops and were simply broken jagged wood pieces sticking out!

The ceremony site is a concrete circle in the very front of the hotel....yeah you heard me right...who in the hell wants to get married in the front of a hotel with people rushing by pulling luggage and tours whizzing past? Excuse me while I howl with frustration AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!

I literally almost cried when we left because the Stanley Hotel was one of my top choices for my wedding and it disappointed so bad that words failed me.

28/06/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
65. Monica H.
The hotel was built in 1907 and opened in 1909... so keep that in mind when you are booking a room, it's historic and it ain't the Ritz Carlton.

Stayed in Room 426 unfortunately no ghost sightings to report. Though we had a delightful stay and would return again. The restaurant was surprisingly amenable to making me a special salad (all raw) - super delicious and fresh to boot. The bed lacked enough support or perhaps the altitude sickness kept me tossing and turning... or was it the ghosts roaming the rooms that kept me from a restful night sleep...hmmm... nevertheless I'd go back!

04/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
66. Khara L.
I don't know if I have the words to truly say how much I love this place, but let's try. :D I spent the weekend here last October with some friends to celebrate my birthday. We also did one of the historic ghost tours of the hotel and had dinner in the awesome restaurant in the hotel. First the birthday dinner and drinks in the in-house restaurant were wonderful. The dinner was phenomenal and the bartender mixed such truly fabulous drinks. The Shining plays over and over on one of the offered channels in the rooms, and the ghost tours was informative and a great time! I love horror and hauntings and all that good stuff, so this place is an absolute must for a person like me. I enjoyed very minute of my stay and found the location to be breathtaking!

06/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
67. Allison C.
My review is only for the ghost tour.

We had the most entertaining tour guide EVER!  He was so funny.  It was a windy evening with a storm coming in.  The loud wind gusts added to the atmosphere, as did the hotel doors closing rattling in their frames due to the air pressure.

I cannot speak to staying at the hotel or the restaurant, we avoided both very expensive activities.  

The views are gorgeous.  

Be advised that you have to pay $5 to park in the hotel.

06/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
68. Evil S.
So very expensive, but also so very nice.  The rare steak that I ordered was the best rare steak that I've ever gotten anywhere, and unfortunately I've eaten my fair share of them.

23/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. Denver S.
My husband and I stayed at The Stanley in Room 401 this past Nov. 2012, & it was well worth the trip! Everything from the tour, to the ghost hunt, to the room service was amazing! We arrived kind of late to the hotel, & had dinner at the bar. We got a couple of drinks in us, & headed to our room. Instantly we start hearing noises frmo the closet that everyone talks about, but since 401 is right next to the 103 year old elevator, we assumed it was the elevator making so much noise. Of course when we got settled & hit the super soft bed, my husband falls right asleep. After an hour of tossing & turning & psyching myself out, I finally start to fall asleep. I'm still hearing a TON of bumps from the closet, but keep saying it's the elevator. Then I start to feel the bed bouncing. Not super obvious, but a gentle bouncing. I thought it was me feeling my own heartbeat pumping kind of hard, but I calmed myself down, stayed super still, & still felt the bouncing. I tried to wake my husband unsuccessfully, & after 30-45 seconds, the bouncing stopped. While trying to fall asleep I also kept feeling spiderwebs or hair on my shoulder & cheek. I have short hair that doesn't fall that far, & after brushing myself off a few times, it definitely wasn't my own hair tickling my face. I ended up falling asleep eventually, but I'm woken up by my husband around 3am who says that he heard the closet door handle jiggle to the point where it woke him up. We didn't hear it again, but my husband is a super skeptic & doesn't create things like this for show. He still swears that's what he heard. I recreated the noise, & sure enough it was the closet handle.

The next night we got in after our Ghost Hunt around 1:20am, & the room was completely silent. I expected to hear the elevator noises again, especially since guests were still running up & down the elevator (there was a huge event that night). It was then I realized that the noises weren't the elevator, but most likely the paranormal noises everyone claims to hear in there. Before our ghost hunt, we even ate dinner in the room, & we noticed how quiet it was compared to the night before.

The next day it was time to leave, so I hopped in the shower. Within a minute of two of being in the shower, I start feeling light poking or water dripping down my back. I hadn't gotten completely wet from the shower, so I asked my husband to look at my back to see if there was water running down it, & sure enough my back was completely dry. I've never felt anything on my back like that before while taking a shower, & I couldn't explain it.

Lastly, we did go on the 5 hour Ghost Hunt, which went way too quickly, but it was well worth the money! Fortunately, most everyone had something happen & we had some GREAT responses in Paul's Room with the dowsing rods. My husband is now more of a believer in the paranormal after trying the dowsing rods for himself. Again, my husband is a HUGE skeptic, & this Ghost Hunt with Karl & Conner changed him! We hope to go back very soon!

28/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
70. Daron S.
So I'm biased. I LOVE this hotel. I love 'the Shining' (both the movie and the miniseries, check-it miniseries was actually done by Stephan King and filmed at the Stanley). I love Dumb and Dumber. I love historical places, especially when haunted! And I will always love this place because I got engaged here. Yes it is old, yes it isn't exactly quiet, but it just has a warm place in my heart. The ghost and history tour is worth the $15.00. I've taken it twice and different stories both times. After the proposal, there was supposed to be fruit and champagne in the room, but they messed up and it was not there. It did take them a half hour to bring us a bottle but it was easily comped when we checked out. We were just so happy that it did not matter. My fiance even booked us a haunted room which was so awesome (I'm different OK?) Something did happen and it wasn't freaky at all! It added to the whole experience. We were given two more bottles of champagne during dinner and drinks on the house for being 'newly engaged' Thank you Stanley. I love you Stanley, you cannot beat the view while enjoying a drink on the huge front porch. You'll always be special to me, Stanley!

Side note: I believe the Lodge (formally the Manor House, building right next door has quieter accommodations that are pet friendly and cheaper than the main house. At least take the ghost and history tour and enjoy a drink on the front porch.

31/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
71. Samara R.
My husband and I travel a lot to Denver area and finally got to stay at the Stanley.  My husband got us room 217 and it was $$$ but it was worth it! I loved it.  The view from our room was the mountains and the hotel is just amazing to be in.  We didn't even want to leave the hotel.  We sat on the porch and had some drinks and appetizers.  I will say the restaurant isn't the best so just go down the hill to another restaurant but the hotel is so worth it.  Yes they have reserved the historic aspect of the hotel but if they updated it then the charm would be ruined.  Stay here!

25/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
72. Rachel R.
I can be a tourist in my own state, so what? Been here several times. Just like another reviewer said, I LOVE The Shining and even more so I love history. I don't get spooked out or buy into the ghost thing, but it is fun to humor yourself and see the infamous locations of the movie. Strolling around the gardens is nice. If not for the appeal of the movie sites and ghost sights, come for the architecture and old charm.

06/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
73. Melyanna S.
This is one of my favorite places in Colorado. The Stanley Hotel, poised so photogenically over Estes Park, simply oozes history and tranquility. In contrast to many other yelpers, I slept like wee babe here, something about how settled-in the place is perhaps, or the fact that it was built as a giant party house by a wealthy couple that were truly in love and wanted to share it with friends, and give back to the community. The Stanley is a sublimely peaceful place if you aren't burdened by belief in the supernatural; my blood pressure drops as soon as I pass the last elk chilling on the side of the drive and step out of the car. As a hotel, it's classy and gorgeous; has the whole distinguished thing going on, complete with creaky floors and a bitchin old-ass elevator. The rooms are clean though small and definitely broken-in... let's go with "quaint". I truly dig the energy of the main hotel, despite the occasional teenagers giggling down the halls at midnight; even an old skeptic like me feels something special in the wood and plaster of this place. (The bachelor's frat house off to the side is presumably much quieter if that's your thing).

As a tourist attraction: I've done the tour a couple times, and it does not disappoint. yeah, there's the ghost stuff and all, but you get a wonderful history lesson along the way, which deepens your appreciation for this treasured property and the folks that built it. The first time I did it, I ate a brownie about an hour beforehand and was utterly swept away by the storytelling of our guide and the placid beauty of this stalwart hotel. We even took some pictures in the bathtub in the Stephen King room, though the occupants have to agree to it so its not a sure thing. They have a channel that plays the Kubrick film in a perpetual loop in your room, such a cool touch. Even the restaurant is good, not gourmet, but honestly good; I recall a ravioli dish with a pumpkin cream sauce sort of blowing my mind.

So yeah, The Stanley has a special place in my heart. I wager if you check in early, mosey around a bit, take a tour and cap it off with a good meal, you will fall in love too. It's a special place.

01/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
74. Colleen M.
I did not stay at the Stanley Hotel but I ate dinner at their restaurant and went on their ghost tour.  The Stanley is a beautiful building.  It seems expensive to actually stay here, so we stayed in a cottage nearby instead.  The "haunted" rooms are more expensive.  They are not able to put air conditioning in the building because it's a historic building, so keep that in mind during the summer if you plan to stay here.

We had a good experience dining at their restaurant.  Service was good and most of our party enjoyed their food.  I decided to be adventurous and order the hunter's meatloaf.  It was pretty good.  The desserts were excellent.

The ghost tour is entertaining.  We of course did not actually come across any ghosts, but it was cool to see Room 217 and hear about the history of the building.

If you are not a guest it costs $5 to park.

25/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
75. Ken K.
Looming over downtown Estes Park, the Stanley Hotel is a stately white masterpiece on a hill. Parking is relatively easy for a historic hotel, its wood floors creek with age, and the lobby opens up to stunning views of snow capped mountains, the town below, and a large grass yard around the hotel.

Stanley's main restaurant and bar, just to the left of the registration desk and down a hall, is amazing. Even on Christmas day, I enjoyed in the lounge an amazingly delicious BBQ pulled elk sandwich and a tasty craft brew for about $20. There's a decent espresso bar in the basement to boot, which was also open on Christmas Day.

Unfortunately, the overall management of the Stanley Hotel let me down. For starters, my reservation clearly read "Queen Room" and I was put in a double bed over the bar, which you could plainly hear at night. My room had no appreciable views and my girlfriend smelled bacon from the restaurant in our ventilation-free bathroom. A giant flat screen TV aside, the room sucked.

I tried to contact the front desk about a broken seal on one of the room's bottled waters, only to give up after waiting several minutes. I never saw more than one person working the registration counter, and although the service at the Stanley was always friendly, the staff was clearly too small to handle the load.

Frankly I expected more. The Stanley Hotel has a high opinion of itself. Too bad it doesn't live up to it.

28/12/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
76. Deanna S.
This review is for the restaurant, and not the hotel respectively.  I've eaten at the Stanley before, as I live here in Estes Park, and was not thrilled with the service or the quality of the food, so I did not return for almost 6 years.  

On my second trip to the Stanley for a meal, it was a much better experience.

The service was great, the wait was short (last time it took 1.5 hour to get the apps, and 1 hour for water.)
I ordered the Street Tacos, because I'm from Texas and love Tacos.  
The Tacos were fantastic, and authentic tasting in every way.  

So much better than the last time.  The only reason why I am not giving it 4 of 5 stars and just giving 3..  Those 3 little tacos cost $15.00.  
Granted, I live up here, so I know the cost of existing up here.. but come on.  The BEST taco joint in Texas wouldn't charge over $7 or $8 for a plate like this.

So yes.. the BEST tacos in Estes Park are at the Stanley Hotel, but they are about twice the cost you'd pay for the same at a lower elevation.

05/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
77. Monica B.
I haven't stayed here, but I visited with family a while back and we had fun. Take the ghost tour and learn some interesting historical facts and creepy stories of hotel guests getting spooked. It was fun to wander around the hotel and the grounds, as well as explore Estes. Even if you're not interested in staying at the hotel, it's worth a day trip to see it, learn about it, and maybe even have a paranormal experience ;)

26/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
78. Tiffany N.
I feel the need to be really upfront that the only reason The Stanley gets a fourth star is it's historic significance. Because I love history and I love the idea of hauntings and so of course I would love a place like The Stanley.

But, as a hotel it isn't all that and a bag of chips. Since the building is so old the walls are paper-thin. This means that when the maids are cleaning the other rooms on your floor having a Do Not Disturb sign on your door to avoid being woken up at 8:30 am on a Saturday vacation is pointless. You will hear them talking and cleaning and walking and doing a million other tasks. You might as well wake up and get an early start on your day. You'll also hear every ghost tour that comes by because they tour the hallways. On the plus side you just saved yourself 10 bucks.

And everything is super creaky because it's all so old. The floors creak when you walk. The bed creaks any time you move. The doors creak when they open or close and you have to bang them shut to get them to stay.

But, it is old and it is beautiful and you can take your drinks anywhere you want on the property. Staying at The Stanley is just one of those experiences that I needed to have and I'm ever so glad I did. I just don't know if I'll be rushing back to experience it again.

02/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Nicholas N.
I'm sticking with A-OK today.  I've been pretty stingy with my 4 start reviews lately and I can't bend for the Stanley.  It's a beautiful, historic hotel, but the downsides are just too much for me ignore.

-Great Bar...  The staff was super nice and the ambience is radical to the max
-Historic feel to our room...  We had a beautiful four-poster bed that looked great in the decor of our room
-Gorgeous scenery...  You really can't get a better view than the one this place provides, and the interior is decorated very elegantly
-Crazy Ghost Stories...  You can't beat a hotel that provides a slew of nice ghost stories including a piano-playing lady
-The Stanley Steamer... duh.

Everything is creaky...  I could hear people walking around at all hours even far away, and our bed, floor and door were all noisy.
Disorganized...  We were woken up on our first morning there due to construction in the room next to us.  I spoke with the front desk and they didn't even know about it even though I saw the spackle guys carrying buckets around.  Unless they were ghosts, there was construction.
Crazy Rude Lady hosting the Ghost Tour...  We hung out at the hotel bar waiting for our ghost tour to start and saw members of the previous tour walking around with drinks so we chose to as well.  They tour lady we had refused to take us with cocktails, telling us she would not have drinks alcohol carried all over the hotel...  Again, this is disorganized.  And her manner of notifying me was rude and she wanted me to chug my beer to go on the tour.  No thanks.

So, in the end, I think this place is a great piece of history and it's definitely worth seeing, but I doubt it will be my first choice destination for a romantic weekend get-away, should I want quiet and comfort.

17/02/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
80. Elle H.
Okay, I'm going to preface this review saying that I swear I caught an EVP on my recording device once I came home and listened to my recorder. If you don't believe in that kind of stuff, well, it doesn't weigh very heavily on the totality of my thoughts so please read on. The only amenity the hotel has is its architecture and views. THEY ARE STUNNING. It is very close to beautiful mountain drives as well. To stay here is very expensive. My boyfriend and I paid a little under $200 (and that was with a mid-week discount) and there are NO amenities in the room. I was annoyed that there was no coffee pot in the room, complimentary coffees or teas, anything of that nature. I can stay at a Ramada Inn for cheaper and get a little something extra. I know I'm not the only one who likes their coffee in the morning! And forget any sort of continental breakfast. They leave you bottled water in the room and then a little note (that they make sure you read after you open the bottle) that if you drink it you'll be charged $1.50 extra. I can't even get a complimentary bottle of water?? Not to mention the incredible noise. You have to sleep with the windows open due to the lack of air conditioning (as so many of mentioned before) and the noise in the halls from other people and outside in the courtyard made it a horrible night's sleep. The walls are paper thin, apparently. The hotel is riding this whole "ghost" thing hard, and I guess that's part of why they charge so much, that and maybe the ties to The Shining?  Ghosts, shmosts. That is of little consequence to me. Or I'm just a cheapskate. You can make the call. I just don't know how they justify charging so much for so little.

01/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
81. Laurie W.
It's the Stanley.  Elegant, historic, haunted.  Really, can it get any better?

A friend and I stayed in a newly remodeled room with a king bed, which was very comfortable.  We stayed only for one night, and stayed on the property the whole time.  Believe me, we weren't bored.

We went on the ghost tour, as well as the concert hall ghost tour.  I'd highly recommend them both. Then we had some drinks and dinner, and then we sneaked around the hotel, taking pictures.  Really, nothing otherworldly happened, but we had a blast anyway.

Go, scare yourself silly, watch The Shining (it was not filmed at the Stanley, by the way) or Dumb and Dumber (which did have parts filmed at the Stanley) and have a fun night.

Who knows, maybe Mrs. Wilson or Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl will come and greet you.

13/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
82. claudine p.
Loved every minute of our stay. The hotel was beautiful, romantic, and friendly. We even had our own ghost experience. The ghost tour was a little long for our taste, but eventually got to see something other than the billard room. Can't wait to go back! Plan on spending a gold penny, especially at the bar!

22/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. Rob S.
How can we classify the Stanley Hotel?

To the average individual that enjoys all the Features new Hotels offer, the Stanley Hotel might offer a different experience.

If you are a person, who does not like noises during the night, the Stanley Hotel is not for you....

Now, would you classify the Stanley Hotel as Hotel/Museum/Haunted House?

This is a very very old Historical Hotel, with fairly new Features. The rooms have 42" LCDs, bathrooms are nicely decorated, the rest of the furniture are well maintained/restored classical antiques.  Since this is a 100 year old + hotel, when you walk one step, not only your neighbor hears it but your neighbor's neighbor, housekeeping, even the front desk will probably hear your moves. It is all for fun...

Rooms that you might want to consider making reservations (217 and probably the entire 4th floor) Most of the rooms in the 4th floor were dedicated for kids and their nannies, so they tend to be smaller than the other rooms

I have stayed at the Hotel twice, and I have heard different noises throughout the night......it is not scary, but an amazing experience....difficult to explain the feeling. Of course, since it's old, you will hear bunch of noises based on the structure alone. On one instance tough, I stayed in the billiards room and my room was located right next to the exit....anyways it was around midnight and I hear the exit door slammed and couple of kids running and giggling through the hallway. I got up, open the door slowly and nothing, not one person. I open the exit door and nothing...it is dark and windy. There are things that one can explain, but others are a complete enigma.

The people at the front desk are extremely nice and helpful. In fact, everyone was cordial, helpful and very nice.

The Stanley Hotel gets a solid 4 star because it has all the features most individuals would want. Plenty of Parking, WiFi, Starbucks, Restaurant, Tours, great customer service etc.  The only thing is the Hotel's Structure, but if it wasn't old, then how can you get the full experience this Hotel offers.

01/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
84. Lannette G.
Not so much a review but just a note.

I was at the Stanley for a quick tour around Estes Park. I definitely loved the area, and thought the hotel holds on to it's historical charm. I'd like to go back if I'm ever in the area.

27/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
85. Victoria M.
WAY over priced, but you pay for the ability to say "I stayed at the Stanley;" which may or may not be important to you... To us, it wasn't so we won't be staying here again. The room was very nice the bed was even better but they forgot our Champaign and truffles, our breakfast was brought to the wrong room, and we received unwelcome wake up calls at 7, 7:05, and 7:10. There were a few other minor issues but we aren't difficult people. There are just a few things you expect a hotel charging $250+ a night  would get right. However, refunded our food voucher, never charged for the champaign that they eventually brought up, upgraded our room, and never made a fuss. All in all it wasn't a horrible experience, however, they charge too much to make such mistakes. Sorry Stanley, it's been real.

18/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
86. Anne W.
The facility is beautiful and historic, but highly over priced. The area is great, especially Rocky Mountain National Park. The restaurant at the Stanley had adequate food, at best. The customer service throughout the hotel and restaurant was very poor. I wasn't interested in the ghost tours, seemed very cheesey. On the whole it was disappointing.

27/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
87. Isibella A.
I will admit I go to the Stanley way too much. As it combines two of my favorite things! Historical architecture and ghosts! Hurray! Stanley is rich in history and beauty, but most of all is excellent for ghost hunting. Especially if you can get on a ghost tour that goes into the basement under the concert hall. I've stayed in each of the supposedly haunted rooms and each were actually quite pleasant. So grab your friends, reserve a room and tour, get some chilled champagne and enjoy a night of ghost hunting! Be sure to reserve a haunted room in advance though as they tend to be booked often and quite busy even outside of halloween season. The shinning ball is also an excellent event to attend at this hotel.

The hungry kitten says: Watch out for Lucy in the basement!

22/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
88. Tanay N.
Came here to check it out as the inspiration behind The Shining.  Well the first disappointment is that the movie wasn't actually shot there (though a little Googling could have told me that).  The hotel itself isn't very interesting; just a few random exhibits.  The most interesting thing was that it was the location for the hotel scenes in "Dumb & Dumber".

30/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
89. Libi K.
I LOVE this place and the Lodge!! Can't wait to go back and stay for a night or two!!!

05/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
90. Erika G.
Elegant Colorado glamour, and the setting for the writing (not the filming!) of the book "The Shining". This hotel looks incredibly beautiful with the mountain backdrop - very dramatic.

Inside the rooms are comfortable and the beds - wow, cushy. The bathrooms are clean and elegant. Shower massagers attached to the showerhead! The rooms are not cheap, but they are well priced for how nice they are.

The bar is fantastic, with one friendly and one dull bartender. At any rate, the cocktails are delicious and very welcome after a GIANT hike like I did, with my intrepid cohorts, on this day.

An extremely pleasant experience.

02/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
91. Sonya A.
Management has since contacted me and explained that the additional charge was an error and they would be refunding the $129. I do appreciate how quickly management addressed the situation and are in the process of safe guarding this from happening to someone else. As soon as I see the refund I will revise my review to a 4-star instead of three.

11/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
92. Erica C.
Nestled away in Estes Park, Stanley Park is surround by those most breathtaking scenery. Imagine opening your window to the view of the majestic mountains. It was a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

I had the opportunity to stay here for a company meeting. The service was great and I enjoyed the food that was served.

The rooms are a bit old, there's no AC, and almost everything creaked. With all the "ghost" stories it gets hard to sleep at night when you can hear every hoot, creak, and door shut. I can say I didn't see any "ghosts" but just the thought of them kept me up. I saw the prices for a room and it is definitely not worth the price.

31/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
93. Caitlin P.
Love this hotel. Its romantic, spooky and luxurious. Can't beat the views and the staff are so friendly. Only downfall was no a/c but its a historic landmark and that is to be expected.

29/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
94. Megan R.
Very cool hotel, but I'm with the other reviewers who say come visit, but don't stay. The rooms are tiny, stuffy and in bad need of maintenance. To a point obviously they can't alter a historical site, but paint was peeling and tiles were chipped and it just didn't look like a hotel that's $300 a night. I've stayed at historic hotels before that are kept in much better repair. The ghost tour was fun, but I wish we had signed up for the long version that goes in the Concert Hall (so that's recommended). The restaurant was good but also overpriced for the quality that it is. I wouldn't spend the money to stay again, but I guess I'm glad I can say I did.

01/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
95. CLaudine F.
We went for a special occasion and they accidently gave us keys to someone else's room. We had to go back to the front desk several times. It was a nice hotel and fun to go to, but I'm not sure I would pay $379 per night again for a room.  It was loud and overpriced...next time we will stay somewhere for $100 and go visit the hotel for dinner.

28/12/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
96. Lindsay A.
It was my birthday weekend when we first stayed at the Stanley Hotel. We couldn't go too far out of Denver due to work so we opted for a nice place not too far out of the city. We purchased a room for $120 from Travelocity which isn't too bad. I recommend going in the off season(winter).
Our room was in the manor house which is right next door to the main building. I could have swore that we were the only ones staying in the building due to how eerily quiet it was. We spent the first hour walking around the property. There is so much amazing history around this place. We highly recommend a Ghost and History tour if there are tickets available. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny. The most famous room is 217. As we were standing outside of it, it opened and closed. Nothing or nobody there. Pretty freaky.
The movie Dumb and Dumber has parts that were filmed here. naturally, the boyfriend just had to sit in Jim Carey's chair at the bar. The drinks we had were pretty pricey but delicious. All in all, we would go back to the Stanley.

19/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
97. Stacie G.
Spending a night at The Stanley should be on everybody's list of things to do while in Colorado but one night'll do ya.  The bar area is amazing (and, of course, it is the location where one of the Jim Carey Dumb and Dumber scenes was filmed).  The tour is alot of fun and worthwhile and I recommend it.  BEWARE of the continual ghost tours passing by your room though, expecially if you end up with one of the rooms known to have paranormal activity.  There were, unfortunately, a surprising number of rude people wandering around on the floor well into the wee hours of the night creating a disturbance for guests (running, laughing, screaming, etc. in hallways).  It's understandable just because of the nature of the place but I think the staff at the Stanley should try to do a better job of controlling entry onto the guest floors after a certain hour.  Oh, and the food in the restaurant on-site is very good.  You can dress up or dress down (most people are in casual clothes - typical Colorado) even though their website requests "business casual".  I'm giving a 4th star strictly for the fun factor (of being scared stiff all night - I swear I heard children's voices while in the bathroom late at night), the historical significance, the informative tours and the tasty food available on-site.  Take a pair of headphones and go have fun!  (Last plug:  exploring the downtown area during the day is great too - there's a fabulous knitting store, candy store, outdoor equipment and book store down on the main drag).

07/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
98. Jennifer H.
This hotel is beautiful and historic.  It is entirely to bad that the service is not good.  The hotel seems to be changing managers on a regular basis as well.  The hotel did not honor their original online reservation price.  First they gave away our room and tried to charge us more to give us the room we were supposed to have.  The promised Rocky Mountain National Park voucher had to be asked for after check -in.  The dining voucher was not in writing, when they finally honored it, the charge had to be billed to our room and then they credited the $25.  The online special was only good for one night instead of the entire stay as indicated.  The room was dirty with dust where it is not easy to vacuum and the bathroom was dirty with mold, gunk on the sink handle, a very dirty full length mirror and stuff behind the toilet.  This hotel is way to expensive to have these issues.  On a good note, the bed linens and towels were very clean.  The bed was very comfortable.  The food at Cascades Restaurant was very, very good.

30/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
99. Vicki M.
We recently spent the night at the Stanley as a getaway destination. We had attended a wedding there a few years ago and I was fascinated by its charm. It's a beauty from the outside but our room was a disappointment.  The hotel is desperately in need of some love and some taste in the maintenance and upkeep. The bathroom had been remodeled but not in the style of the original hotel which I think was a shame. The walls were scuffed, the carpets shabby and the motto seemed to be "if it doesn't fit-fill it with caulk". The plumbing gurgled all night and our windows rattled and the chains on the flags outside clanked all night. If I believed in ghosts I would blame them. We did not eat there because the reviews were not great so I won't comment on anything but the room. Pretty disappointing for the $300 charge.

31/12/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
100. Gabi J.
This place is famous as it is part of Colorado history. I would not stay here as they are way to overpriced for what you get, but I also believe they charge so much as parts of the hotel is haunted. I have had friends tell me they have had experiences.

Anyways this hotel is great to stop by, wonder the property and grounds, but not to stay the night, to expensive.

18/03/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
101. Jordan P.
So, this was on my bucket list and when they ran a Groupon back in October, I jumped on it. Don't get me wrong - this place is just as I imagined. Its almost overwhelming and incredibly beautiful. I went up for the night and had drinks and appetizers in the bar. Good drink selection, polite staff. Slightly pricey and I suppose thats to be expected. We stayed in a King suite that had the jacuzzi tub. It was nice with a pretty decent view. However, its when we tried to go to sleep we realized we were in an old building. Could hear EVERYTHING. Walking. Running. Jumping. Tv's. Etc. Needless to say, we did not get a restful nights sleep.
The next day I went on the haunted Stanley tour - which ended up really just being a history tour of the hotel. It was very informative but I was slightly annoyed when the tour guide said that the concert hall tour was actually much more haunted - which I didnt think was the best way to start the tour. I didnt actually stay for the whole tour because, well, I got bored.
Overall, I am glad I went and can cross this off my life but probably wouldnt make a return trip (unless I had another coupon, maybe).

03/02/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
102. Charlie F.
Room was nice, front desk staff were ok. The resteraunt was awesome, our waitress was very nice and the food was soo good. The ghost tour was a lot of fun (nothing paranormal happened, but it was fun watching everyone freaking out over nothing). My favourite part of our stay was the bar, the bartenders were very friendly and cool, told us lots of stories abut the history of the place and movies that have been shot there. Loved that we could walk around all through the music rooms and pool rooms at night when there was no one else around. Was a lot of fun.

13/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
103. Amy M.
Recently purchased a groupon for a night's stay and the ghost tour.  The hotel itself is beautiful to behold as you enter Estes Park.  I had never been inside until now.  Hotel guest parking is located in the back.  We found a primo spot and resigned ourselves to leave the car there for the night.  As we checked in we found out they offer a paranormal hunt from 8pm-1am.  Sadly it was sold out.  We signed up for the Ghost Tour and added the Concert Hall tour for a $15 two tour combo.  We checked into our room which was dated and tiny.  Make sure you request to stay in the Main House which is where our room was locatd.  The elevator to go the rooms is ancient and I felt like I was on the Tower of Terror ride just waiting for it to drop.  The hallways are spooky and I got turned around quickly.  Tour groups wander the halls so be prepared to run into them as you head to and from your room.  By far the Concert Hall tour was the best.  Led by Scary Mary who is creepy and cool at the same time, she takes a small group to the Concert Hall building where you sit in complete darkness in the basement hoping to experience a connection with Lucy who haunts this location.  For the $89 price that Groupon offered it was well worth it to experience.  Bonus "The Shining" plays on loop on channel 42.

06/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
104. Tricia K.
The Stanley Hotel is one of those places you must visit at least once, especially if you live in Colorado.

My family and I stayed here for a few days and definitely had our adventures. Take the tour if you can - you'll learn interesting facts and meet the local celebrity (the tour guide)! We love ghost shows and noticed we had seen the tour guide on them on more than one occasion. At the start of the tour he collected tickets but did not check how many people were in the group so we noticed a few people were able to go though they did not pay. Afterwards, we checked in and got to see the rooms. They were dated and looked pretty old. Five of us shared one big room and it was enough but for the price and ambiance of the hotel, it felt expensive in an overpaid kind of way. There is a lot of traffic here, in the hallways, in the lobby, in the courtyard... Overall the hotel felt like it could have been grand at one point but did not antique properly, like an old brooch that desperately needed shining. Pun, not intended.

Later we left to check out the little town nearby. It is pretty touristy. You can buy t-shirts and mugs and the regular memorabilia... Nothing Shining-inspired, at least none that I found, surprisingly. Walking around was invigorating with all the clean air. There is delicious home-made ice cream. We were left with a lasting note that Estes Park's sweet but pretty expensive all things considered.

After exploring (and after realizing places close early - keep that in mind!), we were pretty beat and ended up in bed by 9pm. We watched a little bit of The Shining, of course! And then as we nodded off to sleep we noticed we heard shuffling around the corridor. And then little voices laughing. And what sounded like a ball bouncing... I kid you not!! We were pretty scared!! Finally I poked my head out the door and what did I find? Two little kids playing with a ball down the hallway. (o.0) The mom was on her cell phone with the door open and when the kids realized a few of us had poked our heads out (thank goodness we were not the only room scared... I mean curious) they ran inside and the mom came out and apologized. Seriously though - don't these people know where they are staying?!?? WHAT.

On the second day, we used the pool (average) and walked around some more, though we felt we saw all that we needed to saw that first day. That was the extent of our adventure. Our lasting note is... Enjoy Estes Park and specifically, tour the Stanley Hotel but stay in one of the many quaint log cabins we saw only fifteen minutes away.

10/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
105. Sarah H.
I have been to the Stanley hotel (as a paying guest, not just a tourist) for three years in a row and each time is a fun and relaxing event. There are definitely some pros and cons to this establishment and once you come prepared, you're sure to have a great time relaxing in quaint Estes Park, CO.

First off, the things you will not like - due to the fact this is a historic building, the air in the hot summer is not ideal and yes you can occasionally hear the creaks, cracks, tv next door and water moving through the pipes. You are not going to have tons of extravagant luxuries of the digital world but you will have a basic tv with remote and an iron/board. Room service is quick and you can order full menu items but it is expensive and not always large portions that Americans are so grotesquely used to. Most everything in Estes Park, CO closes early so don't expect to get pizza delivered past 9pm or get your Starbucks past 7pm.

The pros you'll remember? The beds are so comfy you'll never want to crawl out from under the thick, heavy, fluffy duvet and the bathtubs in 'most' of the room (yes, each room is unique) are huge and have endless hot water. The unique finishing touches makes each room a surprise and some have marble floors, old glass door handles, crown moldings and early 1900 furniture that makes you squeal like a princess. The room service cleans the room, folds your clothes and nearly packs you up each day and the view is PRICELESS; eagles soar over the elk bathing in the crystal waters that mirror only the mountains...

YES there is a small village that blocks the pristine view of perfection but at least you can get some cheaper food in your break from dream-world.  The ghost tour is fantastic, you'll never miss seeing the inspired SHINING on tv (as it loops over and over) and their Bison Burger in the restaurant is to die for (the new chef is awesome).  I enjoy going most in the fall when you can have a fire in the fire pit outside and see the snow fall around you as you bustle up under the covers and relax.

I'll admit - the Stanley is historic, dreamy, entertaining and fun and though it's very pricey, I've always had a ghostly experience and remembered the beds as being pretty close to priceless.

30/12/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
106. Jo D.
We had a great time here - came in Thurs and left Sunday. We stayed at the Lodge - which was a blessing, by Saturday the main Hotel is really busy (last night there were two weddings and one work event underway) and this is a little oasis away from the hub-bub of a tourist attraction.

- Room - I didn't see the main hotel rooms but the Lodge is really nicely done, very traditional and not tired at all.
- View - with the Rocky Mountains in the distance you can't go wrong
- Breakfast - in the Lodge was OK, nicely done but too heavy on the pastries (some cereal would have been great). The Host is really nice.
- The best bit - sitting on the veranda watching the world go by!

Estes park itself didn't grab me - bit of a tourist hot spot, but access to Rocky Park was excellent so you can't complain. Food in the area is not great, if I was coming again I'd try and get a condo with a kitchen ... much as I loved the Stanley experience.

16/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
107. Boston J.
They have turned an old beautiful Gregorian style hotel into a paranormal circus, with a ghost your that is mainly historical and the stories are a friend if a friend of a friend. When we had to start singing Little Star for the "children", I almost left the tour. The ghost your people don't care if they park themselves in front of someone's hotel door and yell out their tour to the participants. So people are paying $15.00 for a tour they could do themselves while the people paying almost $300.00 for their room have to suffer in silence? They've added a psychic to the hotel, no she isn't free like anything else at the hotel. If you aren't staying at the hotel, you have to pay to park your car.  They've added night ghost hunts with a maximum people of 30+, yep you sure get a lot of ghost evidence with that many people not to mention the noise they make going up and down the hallways. They added annual and semi annual paranormal events which take over the hotel and any sense of a peaceful stay. They've built condos next door to the main hotel, ruining the scenic beauty of that area, I heard they dug up the pet cemetary to make for more room for weddings, they make a lot of ghost claims but don't show any evidence of it, has there ever been a photo, even recently, of Mr. Stanley wandering the hotel? The rooms are very small, walls are paper thin, house keeping (cleanliness) of the rooms tends to be lacking at times, tour guides let people into the "spooky" rooms, inconsiderate tour attendees sit on the bed, mess up the blankets and bed spread and the tour guide does nothing to straighten out the mess she/he caused...if you can put up with all of that then you should have a nice time! I find it sad what they've done to the history, grounds and reputation of the hotel.

15/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
108. Riza H. C.
"Come out come out where ever you are"... I whisper....

Saturday November 29 2008:

 I was so excited for this trip to Estes Park.  Primarily, this was my very first time staying overnight at The Stanley Hotel.  With a huge party and a big group of 40, we came here for our Annual event for some Ghost Hunting experiences.

 The Stanley Hotel stood still with the majestic mountains surrounds the premises.  The Stanley Hotel was also featured when "The Shining" was written by Stephen King the world famous thriller writter and made into a movie by Stanley Kubrick.

 When I first arrived here with hubby I was indeed awed by the beauty of The Stanley Hotel.  Hubby made a reservation for me way in advance since September this year so I can have a room at the 4th Floor.

 Yes, the whole group of us "Ghost Hunters" are situated and have the 4th floor to stay overnight and the entire compound of The Stanley Hotel for some Ghost Hunting experience.  The Stanley Hotel was also featured in "TAPS" ~ Scifi Channel Ghost Hunters show during their investigation of the haunting, paranormal "LIVE" coverage during Halloween 2006.

 I cant deny there are others "stayers" or shall I say tourists alike who came for that evening and stay in The Stanley Hotel all across the floors.  The car parking was filled by the time we were there.  Its only before 14:30hrs when we arrive at the hotel.

 So after signing and verifying the reservation, we received our key ~ hubby and I headed to ROOM 420.  Yes that is the room that I stayed for that evening.  We took the elevator to the 4th floor.  I was there alone to sleep in ROOM 420.

 I agree with others with the dated decor of The Stanley Hotel.  Since this hotel is almost 100 years old with "squeeky" floors or even some uneven floors covered with carpet.  Nevertheless, I loved the pictures hang along the walkway or the hallway of each floors.  Hmm, if I am not mistaken only one of the floors have no pictures of old photographs featuring either tourists or the founders of The Stanley Hotel.

 The walls seems to be "thin" so when someone walk across the hall-way you can hear footsteps or even hear conversations.  But the sounds of these footsteps or conversations are "muffled".  I am being skeptic upon Ghosts or Paranormal... but open to feel or see things behind the unknown.

 My room is cute and tiny small.  I believe its a "Queens Room" but yet the bed looks so tiny like a "FULL Bed" room.  Nevertheless, I like it it.  But with $159 per room per night, I believe it can be steep for some.  Since this was a gift from hubby for my early birthday present and a get-away with my friends who are into Ghost Hunting, I cant refuse that offer.

 I wish to come back to The Stanley and stay several nights with hubby in the near future.  During my stay though its only overnight, I dont feel a thing, I dont see a thing... let alone from the investigations, I dont get anything.

 Is this because, I was under the weather on that evening, the Ghost ran away from me?? Hehehe ;)  Well if you want or dare or even can, do stay in The Stanley Hotel especially in any rooms of the 4th Floor.  Or rent ROOM 217, believe when "The Shining" took place.

 If you see anything, capture anything on audio or on digital camera or film do give me an email or something.  Meanwhile do have fun and enjoy what The Stanley Hotel has to offer.

 One drawback about this Stanley Hotel, one they DO NOT Have any vending machine if you need any "snacks or drinks" at the middle of the night.  So be warned, please do come prepare with snacks, or drinks.  They have a cafe at the basement but its only opened during certain hours.

 Ohhh, if you have the opportunity do go for the GHOST Hotel tour conducted by the hotel.  But you need to book them in advance coz the tour fills up FAST!

Have FUN!

05/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
109. Chelsea B.
I didn't stay here, but I paid the $5 parking fee to get to walk around this historic haunted hotel. I knew before I arrived that Stephen King's "The Shining" was based on this hotel, but I did not know that scenes from Dumb and Dumber were filmed here. I walked around taking pictures of pretty much everything. I was having so much fun. Then my bf and I decided to have a drink at the old school looking bar. I almost got the Negroni, but the bartender suggested getting something not as bitter and let me taste the Campari so I understood what he was talking about. Much appreciated. I ended up ordering, not the Elderflower Mule, but a similar concoction recommended by the bartender. He was very helpful. I asked if he saw any weird activities working at the hotel. He said, being a skeptic, that he believes it is haunted because other skeptical employees, especially those working alone late at night have witnessed the piano start playing itself. I was so excited to be at the Stanley Hotel, and probably would have gone on a ghost tour if I had known about them and had a bit more time. There is also a resident psychic. I've never been to a psychic, but I bet the Stanley is the perfect place to see one. Fun place with historic charm and nice & helpful employees..can't beat that.

07/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
110. Samantha L.
I didn't stay at the hotel, but I have visited twice.  It is so beautiful and in the perfect location.  There are amazing views of the mountains right out the lobby and a divine outdoor restaurant surrounded by fountains.  The history of this place is also totally fascinating...  it gave Stephen King the inspiration for The Shining and was a setting for Dumb and Dumber.  Tell them you're going to eat or just picking someone else or you might get stuck paying an inconsistent parking fee.  We did the ghost stories on a Friday night and really enjoyed them, though we would have prefered touring the hotel to sitting in the ballroom listening to a random woman tell stories.

13/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
111. Debra W.
What a Grand Hotel.. You must do the Ghost History Tour since this is a Haunted Hotel and has so much history and star quality. The renovation of this hotel really shows well , our room was small but cozy with creaky floors and all..
Our next favorite experience was Jimmy(from Baltimore) as our Bartender. For being so young he really embraces his job and makes the night entertaining and he is so knowlegable of the drinks and his fine liquor he has the pleasure of serving.
Later in the evening as the tourist leave and the fireplaces are going, this old hotel takes on a whole new face.. you must walk around and enjoying the quiet grandeur.

Did not have dinner here.. but breakfest was yummy except i missed out on the Bacon infused Bloody Mary due to it being locked up with no key for morning staff...next time i will try it since it is supose to be out of this world.

The staff could not be nicer and more helpful.. It was a lovely night
Thank you for keeping the Stanley as she should always be remembered..

28/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
112. Valerie M.
The hotel itself is very beautiful and the staff are well trained and attentive.  Everything was very clean.  However, we stayed here in June and our room was too hot.  There is no air conditioning. On our last day we noticed that there was actually heat coming out of the baseboard heaters!  We were unable to keep the windows open during the day due to the meat smoker in the courtyard filling our room with stinky smoke which we worried would get into all of our nice clothes.  We were so uncomfortable with the temperature in the room we had trouble sleeping both nights we were there.  The bed and pillows were comfortable but the sheets were a bit sandpapery.  I would not recommend a courtyard view room due to the fact that there is basically a sports bar right under your window.  It was very loud on Saturday night due to a wedding party.

25/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
113. Cayla C.
checked into our $200 a night hotel room... Used water bottles and water glasses. Not clean. Really disappointing...

19/01/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
114. Ann G.
When I told my husband we should go somewhere we have never been before for vacation, he suggested The Stanley.  Loved it! Beautiful architecture, fantastic location, nice people.  Opted for an upgraded room (suite) in the main building.  Turned out to have not only a sitting area, but also a full kitchen and washer dryer.  Rainy weather kept us out of RMNP- no views anyway.  Took the history tour with Toya -Fantastic Guide.  Very friendly staff, comfortable bed.  Just remember, this is a 100yr old building and creaking floors are to be expected!  And try the Redrum Punch in the bar.

11/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
115. Valentina L.
The pluses: Beautiful hotel. Great beautiful room. Great view.

A few minuses: Water could be hotter out of tap and shower.  Room remained cold, despite me putting heater to 80.
Wish there were some more late food choices in hotel.

Excellent staff, very friendly and accommodating. Bar is fun too, could be a little more cozy.
Fun, and interesting place for sure! A bit of history.

Didn't experience anything paranormal yet. Though I have two more nights here. I did get touched on my arms in the tunnels under the hotel, but nothing else.

20/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
116. Kay S.
This is a review of the nighttime ghost tour ONLY:

We had Keith as a tour guide and he was very informative and interesting. I admit I went in a bit skeptical and just looking to have fun. We went to the concert hall as the last portion of our tour and we all as a group actually heard something. No idea if it was paranormal but it scared me enough. The tour was A BIT expensive but we got three hours of entertainment out of it and I would definitely do it again. I'm disappointed we didn't stay there too, just to see if something would have happened.

14/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
117. Jacqueline M.
Towering in the hills of Estes Park, Colorado, are the haunted rooms of the century-old Stanley Hotel.  Built by car mogul F.O. Stanley, paranormal investigators and curious pseudo ghost hunters are lured and welcomed here, with the hotel's unique ghost tours.  Visit the room where Stephen King wrote "The Shining," journey to the underground tunnels, see the most haunted rooms and places of the hotel, and be regaled with ghostly tales.

The hotel has not just had a draw for the macabre, but also the humorous.  A scene from Dumb And Dumber was filmed here, and once can visit its memorabilia in the downstairs tour office.

Aside from its Hollywood allure, the hotel itself lends great views of the lake below, and neighboring Colorado Rockies.  Accomodations vary from quaint victorian rooms, to suites, a presidentail cottage, and overlook villas designed with lofts and fireplaces.

The restaurant, Cascades, offers local wines and beer, as well as contemporary cuisine.  We sipped cocktails on the white washed veranda, in wicker chairs, enjoying the cool breezes sweeping down from the Rockies.

If ghost hunting has you stressed out, there is also an intimate full-service spa on the premises.  A plethora of treatments ranging from arctic algae wraps to hot stone massage is offered here.  The pool is outdoor, and is reminsicent of a Motel 6 piscine.  There is no privacy for guests as visitors taking snapshots of the entrance to the hotel can peer down to the pool area below.

If coming here on a day trip, I highly recommend sipping a martini on the veranda, where Stanley used to sit feeding the alpine birds.  Follow that with a ghost tour, explore the centennial architecture, and walk away feeling you have experienced a piece of history.

12/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
118. David E.
My wife loves haunted houses, ghost stories and ghost seeking tv shows.  As we live in Colorado now, she had to go to The Stanley Hotel.  She was stoked!  That said, I was less excited.  
 I knew it was an old hotel and had some movie touches (Dumb and Dumber being what sold me).  But I never imagined how hot it would be.  We underestimated the summer temperatures and overestimated the room fan.  That combined with paper thin walls and you don't get to sleep for long.  
 My wife enjoyed the tour and I enjoyed the bar.  We both loved the area and can see why people still come here - small town, great nature scene to say the least.
 If you like ghost stuff, the tour may be worth it but I'd recommend you simply come for the tour and not stay the night.

07/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
119. Julie L.
This hotel truly is a must see if you're in the Estes Park area.

My sister worked here during her summer break from a Colorado university so when I went to her graduation she gave us a tour.

Just for the record, Stephen King only got inspired by the hotel for his movie "The Shining", it wasn't actually filmed there.  However his room, 217, is one of the most requested rooms, along with 401, that people want to stay in because those 2 rooms are the ones where the most activity has been noticed.

There are so many majestic picture taking opportunities with the surrounding mountains and the hotel itself is just picturesque.

I'm not a fan of the hauntings and whatnot but I did play along and try to get the spirits out.  Nothing happened but it would be interesting to say I saw something if I ever do.

17/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
120. Megan C.
Don't stay here if you value sleep - if the actual ghosts don't get you your imagination will. Beware - there are maintenance hatches in the closets that cause odd drafts (and made my mom think my close door pulled itself from her. Cue us holding vigil staring at the door till 5 am). The tours are cool - we did the hotel history and ghost tour with Toya, who is great and the concert hall tour with Keith. Part of the tour involves seeing a door close. We tried to figure out why it closes itself. It is suspect they have spring hinges on the door. We also encountered random rose fragrance (supposedly the owners wife haunts the place and loved
It) and candy scattered about (the kids from the fourth floor supposedly leave it
around.)  I am exhausted so pardon this review if it's dumb. I need a non-haunted bed stat!

21/06/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
121. Claudia B.
I absolutely love going to the Stanley Hotel!!!  But I should state upfront that I've never actually STAYED here.  I cannot speak to the room accommodations.

However, I have been here numerous times and I'm never disappointed.  The Stanley hotel is like this large white mansion that just rises from the hillside out of nowhere as you are pulling into Estes Park.  It's just absolutely astonishing to look at.  The history and story behind the building is equally amazing and fascinating.  I've yet to do the ghost tour but it is on my list.  

We usually just walk around the grounds and end up at the restaurant/bar area.  The bartenders there are fabulous and we always get into good conversations with them.  

There is just something serene and cool about going here and it is definitely a favorite weekend destination for us, especially when we have company visiting.  They always love it!  Check out the basement with all the photos from the TV Series The Shining (filmed here) and stories on Stephen King's inspiration for the original movie based on his stay here on a "final summer evening" when the hotel used to actually shut down for the winter.  Lots of really creepy stories!!!

23/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
122. Julie G.
I love the Stanley. My boyfriend and come here every few months and have breakfast and bloody Marys, and then sit on the patio and drink wine. I love that porch. The food at the restaurant is delicious, though there aren't many vegetarian options. The bloody Mary is the best I've ever had I'm pretty sure. The staff is always really friendly and professional..... except this one time.....

We stayed in one of the rooms this summer with some friends, and although I don't believe in ghosts, I still couldn't sleep. I kept hearing doors creaking but the doors weren't moving at all. But I had also been drinking heavily so who knows what was really going on.

There is a pool but it is filled with water from the mountains, so it's not heated. We jumped in it on a day that was probably in the high 70s and it was freezing but delightfully refreshing. And we had it all to ourselves, since it must have been too cold for loud children. Even better!

I haven't done a ghost tour because I noticed that they start with what seems to be a rather long, boring video of Jay Leno working on his stupid cars and there's just nothing worse than Jay Leno. So I'll never do a tour because I'll never willfully let someone subject me to Jay Leno.

09/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
123. James B.
I stayed there for my brother's wedding recently and I couldn't believe how indifferent the service and food was throughout the event.  For the cost of the accommodations and the event, it was utterly disappointing.  To be specific:  there were always very long waits at the check-in desk.  The room we stayed in, one of their condos, had furniture with clear rips in it and the decor was quite dated.  Most of all, the hotel was very incompetent with the event planning, losing key documents we sent in, telling members of the party that there were no more wedding-rate rooms available, getting food orders wrong at the reception, and then failing to show up and unlock the venue the next morning so we could clean up.  I know a lot of people come on Yelp and hyperventilate about trivial issues or generally seem snarky, discrediting themselves.  I hope I can claim with some objectivity that this place is to be avoided.   Highly overpriced and clearly mismanaged.  The employees all seemed like they couldn't care less.

20/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
124. Danielle Y.
Bummed.  We made our reservations online for a room and specified in the reservations when we would be arriving, and wanted to be sure to book a tour after arrival.  When we called to confirm the tour we were told that all we had to do was show up 15 minutes before the tours began, and assured us that with it being the slow season we would have no issues.  

Sold out...2 teens looking forward to the tour and we can't book any tours until next week.

Not happy.

The service at the restaurant is great.

19/11/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
125. Brendon D.
We had a banquet type of event here in the winter and it was great.

Sure the hotel is beautiful and full of history.  But, the food was really tasty too.  They were able to have a great vegetarian option for our group.  The servers were attentive and professional.  We were all glad that we came here for our event.

Don't half step.  This is a really cool place to have a wedding party or just to get a nice warm room on a cold and windy winter night.

19/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
126. Steve S.
The Stanley's web site paints a lovely picture of a magnificent resort nestled in the foothills of the RMNP. Word to the wise: it's all marketing magic. Stay away from this ancient, cramped, noisy tourist trap.

The Stanley is historic in every sense of the word. Built in the early 1900s to rip tourists off, it's still doing it today. Our room was cramped beyond reason and un-air conditioned. Back in the 90s, they may have taken a glancing pass at redecorating, but it only proved to stuff 20 pounds of, um, stuff, in a 10 pound sack. We were constantly knocking into things, the bathroom door banged into the tv, and everything creaked and groaned. Bottom line, this was one of the worst nights of sleep I've ever had while traveling, and that's saying a lot.

On the service level, the hotel was understaffed by a mile. Absolutely no one was there to greet us when we pulled in. Instead, we had to park, find our way to the lobby (which is miles away from the supposed registration entrance), and ask for help. The concierge desk was staffed by a high schooler who seemed like he was going to faint at any moment. Probably because it was immediately obvious he knew less about the area than we did. The help desk in our building (separate from the main hotel) was unstaffed the entire stay. Plates, dishes, and glasses littered the lobbies, porches, and hallways the next morning. The security gate was unstaffed and wide open every time we went through. On our few interactions with actual staff, they were either uninformed, un-empowered, or simply didn't care. When checking out, the lady at the desk--who, to her credit, didn't even blink at my request to check out a day early--spent the entire time simultaneously checking me out and picking up the phone to help others.

The hotel seemed to exist to siphon money out of the pockets of the many, many tourists groups streaming through the lobbies and across the grounds. The end result was that we, as paying hotel guests, felt like second-class citizens on the grounds. It got so absurd at one point, we were photo-bombing the tourists' pictures simply by staying seated on the front porch of our building and raising our glasses. Although there were several signs instructing tourists that our building was for guests only, there was a stead stream of people walking through the door wondering, "What's in here? Oh, this is pretty!" After taking a few pictures, they would leave just as loudly. I even saw one couple knock the sign over as they came through. If I had to guess, the tourist-to-paying-guest-ratio was probably 100-to-1. At least it felt that way. It was absurd.

Bottom line: save yourself from an expensive, uncomfortable, sleepless stay at this overpriced, over-hyped tourist trap.

13/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
127. Javier V.
An architectural gem!

10/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
128. Noel J.
Being a big Stephen King fan, I dragged my wife and cousin all the way out to Estes Park to see where was inspired to write the his third book " The Shining".
We were a tad late for the tour but the guide let us join in anyway.
The tour was very informative, nice history lessons with all the ghost stories mixed in.
Oh yeah, did I mention the place is fucking haunted?
Not sure that I can stay here after hearing about all the nocturnal activities but getting to see the famous room 217 and being entertained by the tour guide was worth the trip alone.
Its worth to mention scenes from Dumb and Dumber were actually filmed here. Remember when Jim Carey screams "We landed on the Moon?"...yeah, that was in the bar... and so is the framed newspaper.

10/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
129. Niq S.
My kids and I love the Stanley, we spend a lot of time looking for holograms.. The rooms the grandness and the historical aspect make it an all time favorite for my family.

05/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
130. Katie B.
We came here for just a tour and went to the restaurant (which I reviewed separately and won't return to.) we got there for our tour right when it was starting and I stood in line for about 10 minutes while the guy at the desk chatted with the people checking in. Finally someone else came out to help the very long line of customers and she told me check in for tours is down the stairs. A sign directing people to tours would have been nice since about three other people left the line and went downstairs as well. We missed what was about a 10-15 min video they show before the tour. I asked the tour guide if this was the 5:40 history and ghost tour he said yes and asked if we had tickets and I said we registered online and he just said 'okay you're fine'. It kind of makes me wish that I had saved my $40 if I knew that I could just walk on in and say I registered and no one would question it. If I hadn't have asked anything we probably could have just tagged along on the tour and no one would have noticed anyway. The tour was fun, the guide (Rob) was super nice and friendly. Not much paranormal happened, and it seemed odd that we were gathered around rooms 217 and 401 with people taking pictures of the doors while the guests are coming in or out of their rooms. I don't know that I would want to stay in one of those rooms for that reason since these tours are given several times a day, every day. Never mind the fact that the price is doubled for a room that they say is haunted. Leaving the hotel we found that we had locked our keys in the car. I went to the front desk to ask if they had a wire hanger or a maintenance man with some tools to help us out but all he did was print out a number of a nearby towing company which I could have easily found on my phone I was just looking for a cheaper option. I know it was probably not within his scope of work, but even looking for a wire hanger or something that could be of assistance would have been nice. We ended up getting in on our own but not before several workers passed us by and saw us without asking if we needed help or questioning what we were doing. We could have been stealing someone else's car for all they knew. Overall I might consider staying there for a night if I just have a lot of money to blow, but I probably won't expect much from customer service or eat at the restaurant.

25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
131. Jay B.
My family enjoyed our experience at the Stanley Hotel. We stayed there at the beginning of June 2013. The staff as a whole, was erratic. The people working the front desk at check-in weren't overly helpful. The wait staff was pretty good. We managed to have the same server and he was personable and funny. Our bellhop was the best, he was very personable and helped us out with many needs. My wife and I took the Night Ghost Tour and it was very entertaining. The tour takes the regular hotel tour and adds the paranormal history taking guests all over the property. Best of all, they limit the number of attendees to 25. The website warns guest of no A/C, so be prepared for warm temperatures if staying on the 4th floor.

14/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
132. Jeanne J.
We LOVE this place!! We just went for the Stanley Film Festival May 2-5 and it was so nice :) The rooms are great and so very comfortable with windows that you can open!! At night the nice mountain breeze comes through the window and puts you in a very deep sleep :)  We stayed in room 420 in the main house and loved the views :) The room was very quite and we really never heard other people next to us. The hotel staff was amazing and the grounds are just as beautiful as you would expect them to be. They did a wonderful job with the film festival and everything ran really smooth.  We were able to see lots of movies and just had such a great time! The volunteers were very helpful and everyone was a delight :) But do remember if your staying here in Estes Park that the town closes down early so be sure to plan if you will be getting hungry late at night. The GM was around all weekend which was great to see :) Thanks Stanley Hotel for a very relaxing and romantic weekend!

06/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
133. Kati S.
My only problem was the person I stayed with was a complete jerk off. But the hotel itself was very enjoyable, the staff was kind and courteous. The bartenders are the bar were marvelous! I ended up there quite a bit on my birthday since my date was such a jerk so I had some wonderful conversation haha I didn't get a chance to do ghost tour so I plan on coming back next summer so I can do that. As far as paranormal activity in our room there would just be random smells and cold jolts of air. They also offer rooms for if you have your pets. Just as I mentioned, don't stay with a jerk off especially if he had the most annoying cry baby dog in the entire world!

14/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
134. Paul W.
There's a lot to like about the Stanley Hotel. Just the approach from Rocky Mountain National Park could win you over.

Room was very nice, though a tad noisy. Cafe, bar, restaurant, and tours were managed well enough.

We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it highly to folks who prefer a novel or interesting hotel to the cookie cutter experience from Marriott or other chains.

16/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
135. Michael N.
Both stars go to the location and the old vintage feel of the hotel.  If you are visiting Estes Park and have the opportunity to stop in, walk around and maybe grab a drink at the bar then I think it's a fantastic idea.

If you are going to stay there then it's a different story.  The service level still feels stuck in the "we are better than you" era of hotels.  Colorado had floods and most of the roads washed out so there was only one way in to the hotel.  When I called in to find out the best route to take the guy who answered the phone said "there's only one way in and it's through Golden".  I sat with him still on the phone looking at my monitor and was seeking where Golden was (I'm from Chicago) and he said "Ok, so Golden...anything else?"  I said, "nope, I guess that's it" and the phone was hung up from the other end.  Clearly he had better things to do.  When we were at the hotel, I was looking to find one of the on-site wedding planners.  The gentleman at the front desk said "they're around here somewhere".  I asked if it would be possible to located them and he said no.  I then asked if I could leave my number and if they walked by to call me and he said no.  Much more helpful was the hostess to the bar / restaurant who at least took a peak into one of the rooms where a different wedding was going on.

I get that the front desk has better things to do, especially with the number of tourists that pile through there every hour with cameras out.  It would just be nice to match the service of the bar staff (waiters, bartender and hostess were flawless).

I was there for a wedding myself and when visiting the bride in her room, I was surprised that they would put the couple into such a tiny room.  It was cramped and more or less nothing special.  I would visit the hotel 100% and explore the property, but I would pick a different hotel in which to stay in.

15/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
136. Baer B.
This is a grand hotel with style. Grand staircases and an antique elevator are nice details. Rooms are on the small side but this is expected for a hotel of that time. The restaurant and bar could be a bit more classy, I find, and the food is average.

Staff is quite helpful but either they are all newly recruited or have all summer jobs here because hardly anyone had any substantial information about the hotel. Clientele is mixed American family-type.

23/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
137. Flash ..
Great old hotel. Rich in history and beautiful. Had a Groupon which made the price reasonable. Should have done the ghost tour but oh well. Lots of creaks and moans from the building as people walk around which adds to the creepiness but makes it hard to sleep for light sleepers like myself. If you have the chance to stroll around on your own do it...if you're not afraid to.

17/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
138. Doug A.
Nice old hotel with charm and service.  Everything was a bit better than average but not great.  Our room didn't have a fan in the bathroom...as most hotels.  The faucets were strange with no on/off position.  You had to find the center position to try to make it turn off.  And the water pressure was horrible on the second floor.  Our maid didn't empty our trash can and didn't replenish our lotion.  It's very frustrating to enter in the back of the hotel and have to climb down stairs in the pouring rain with no roof to protect us.  Very strange.  The hotel doesn't mention other tours around town since they have their own tours to market.  Frustrating.  The cafe was nice and the store was nice.  Huge front porch. I'll probably stay again.  Well appointed rooms.  Sign up for the ghost tours early since they fill up.  Frustrating that there's no smoking areas around.  People were smoking on the front porch, the back porch, etc. with no ashtrays.  It would be best to have covered areas for such with ashtrays.

25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
139. Laurie S.
This place is beautiful and in a great location with great views.  We started out late afternoon on the front porch with a few drinks, relaxing and looking at the great view. We came back after dinner and headed to the bar for a few drinks and while the bartenders were great and the drinks good, it was a makeshift bar until the remodeled one is up and running so it was a little disappointing. The room we stayed in was small but clean and the bed was super comfortable. We were woken up bright and early to a church group singing a few doors from us and didn't have the sense to close the banquet room door, although given the loudness I'm not entirely convinced that would have worked. I would have expected a motel of much less caliber and much cheaper prices to have a lack of consideration for its overnight guests.

15/04/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
140. Diana W.
Did the ghost tour here.

The hotel is fantastic.  Beautiful view of the surrounding areas and mountains.  The decor inside is classically old.  Great place to grab a drink at the bar and just sit on the backside patio.

The ghost tour is 1.5 hours long.  The tour guide was friendly and encouraged questions.  It took us to the basement, upstairs, into a room, and gave us a history of what haunts the hotel as well as the history of the hotel itself.  

I wouldn't say it's a MUST to do this tour, but the hotel is worth checking out if you have a half hour to spare.

08/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
141. Kelli D.
EVERYTHING it's cracked up to be! I LOVE this hotel and everything about it. It's gorgeous, historic and fun. I see reviews where people complain of heat or say it's too crowded- remember folks, this is a historic hotel so some of the modern accommodations that you might find in the Holiday Inn will not be here. This hotel is unique and beautiful!! A must stay

02/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
142. Jeff S.
We didn't stay in the hotel, so I can't vouch for that, but the tour was interesting. The approach the supernatural with a healthy (not fanatical or "showy" attitude.) The history around the building and the Stanley Steamer cars is perhaps the most interesting part.

One thing I didn't know until the night before, though-- it is best to book your tour online.

18/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
143. David B.
This review is for the rooms at the newly upgraded Manor House, renamed "The Lodge."

The Manor House was built a year after the main hotel and was originally designed for bachelor housing. Over the years it has been upgraded a few times but has always been the little sister to the main hotel. The main reason we have stayed here is that they allow dogs. They still do, but just about everything else has changed. The owners have put a ton of money into upgrades, perhaps too much. It used to be cheaper to stay in the Manor House, but now the Lodge is more expensive than the main hotel.

It is more of a boutique hotel now, with its own concierge, and a freshly made breakfast included each morning. The breakfast was absolutely fantastic. It's worth staying here just for that perk.

The rooms are nicer but they are still going through growing pains, with paint and carpet still being done while we were there. No matter what they do, it's still a hundred years old as a building, so you should not expect typical four-star lodgings, instead expect a nice historical hotel that has been upgraded.

We love it here, and hope we can still afford to stay in the Lodge.

28/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
144. Jessica F.
I am mildly obsessed with "The Shining" and as luck would have it "Dumb and Dumber".  Many a time I scared my stepmother by holding my finger up and saying "Redrum!!!" and quoting our favorite "Dumb and Dumber" lines is a regular activity between my sister and me.  "Mock!  Si! Ing!  Si!"  
That being said I heart this hotel.  I have been here a number of times and it still hasn't gotten old for me.  I have never had the opportunity to stay but have explored the inside and the grounds to the extent I am allowed.  It is a beautiful hotel with a gorgeous view of the Estes Park valley that surrounds it.  

The hotel does offer tours which of course include the required ghost tour which meet in the basement.  We found our way to a guest hallway and did try to find room 217 but seemed to have ended up in the even wing.  Did not stop me from taking a picture of my sister in the creepy hallway of course.  Parking at the hotel will cost you $5.00 which I believe is a recent thing in the last few years or maybe it has always been this way.  I am not sure.  

There was a wedding taking place in the front of the hotel that day and this would be a great place to have a ceremony with the Rocky Mountains rising around it.  Of course, there is also a restaurant that is open to anyone, guest or not, and then there is the bar.  Because, after all... all work and no play...

(note: I am aware that the original "Shining" was not filmed there but it was inspired by it and then the second one was filmed there.  Who cares?  The place still has a creepy old hotel feel.)

06/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
145. Donna M.
We stayed in room 215.  217 is the room Stephen King stayed in when he got the idea to write the book the Shining and it is haunted !  217 used to be a suite back in the day and 215 was part of 217 this it is haunted too !  There is a ghost named Mrs Wilson who was a caretaker there for 87 years. She still haunts rooms 215 and 217. She folds clothes, and tucks you into bed at night.  Here is the story of our haunting ----Ok here is the story of our haunting ! I was laying in bed almost asleep when I heard Stacy Waters Phillips and Rebecca Waters saying that they were going to play a trick on me. I had my eyes closed and I felt Rebecca standing over me. I could here her breathing. When I opened my eyes no one was there both Becky and Stacy were in bed. I sat up and screamed. And told them what happened. They were never talking or planning to play a trick. Soooooo. We go back to sleep 20 mins later I here Stacy jump up and say "what". She heard "me" whisper "Stacy" in her ear and felt me standing over her. I was in bed asleep. We go back to sleep and 20 mins later I feel someone on top of me wrapping the sheets around my legs and body. I started screaming. By this time I was like ok not liking this anymore !!!! Went back to sleep and felt it one more time !!!!! Soooooo believe it or not mind games or hysteria ????? I for one am a believer !!!! Eileen Cone Leininger says we are crazy !!! But I know what I felt !!!! On a funnier note people come up to our room throughout the night to see if they can see the ghost so we here a ton of people outside our room. We would open our door super fast and scream at them. People would freak out !!! All in all a fun night. We have one more haunted hotel in glenwood springs. Yikes.  Great hotel beautiful location.  We took the Stanley Tour which was very informative !!!

12/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
146. Meghan M.
Lovely, historic hotel in the heart of Estes Park.

Pluses: Super comfortable bed; reasonably priced, nice restaurant, beautiful view from the front deck

Minuses: Small room, lukewarm shower water (vs hot)

You come here for the setting, the history, and the overall experience. It's a cool place, even though we didn't see any ghosts.
Have a drink at the bar, and hang by the fireplace, then go to your room and sink into the pillow-like bed for a good night's sleep...Good stuff.

26/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
147. Alice G.
Ahhh, the majestic Stanley. So beautiful and they try so hard to be a real, grown up hotel. I have stayed here 3 times in the past year and the experience is widely variable.

At best the hotel is pleasant. Staying in the old building will get you ghosts and incessant ghost tours.  I happened to stay in 213, one of the more haunted rooms, and got one of the best sleeps I can remember- once the ghost tours finished and the creaking died down.

The condos behind the hotel are in theory, fantastic, with private hot tubs and all the amenities.  However, they are privately owned and appointed and range from professionally done resort quality to rummage sale I am kinda afraid to sit on that sofa junkyard misery. DO NOT STAY in condo 345- it is not worth the money and is situated so headlights come through e bedrooms at all hours. Also C345 does not have enough hot water for one person to take one shower .

The cleaning staff here has been professional and friendly. The front desk and phone operators are bipolar and have good moments and bad moments and clearly have not been trained for consistent customer service. And good luck to you my friend in the restaurants and with room service!  Luckily there is a Safeway 5 minutes away that has boxes of tea in the winter ( the Stanley does not have tea this winter of the hot or iced varieties). Nice spot, home of dumb & dumber and the shining- check it out, but beware.

01/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
148. Jamie W.
I thought we were going to be in trouble when we arrived at the gate and the attendant told us that there were three weddings going on and there was going to be little to no parking. We drove all the way to the further edge of the property and finally scored a spot. I will say that this is annoying if you do have a room reservation. Note that there is no valet at this hotel.

The front desk people were great. Apparently we were given an upgrade from "classic" to "deluxe". Can't complain about that, especially when we entered our room. Not at all horrible, but not exactly "deluxe" either. Let's just say it has the basics... a bed, a washroom, a TV and a window. There is NO air conditioning. I woke up in the middle of the night with a heavy feeling in the air around me... no it wasn't a ghost, it was just the cloistering feel that a July night with no A/C can bring on!

For such a big hotel with it's popularity mostly coming from those interested in the paranormal, it's kind of surprising that the employees at the Stanley Hotel were so great. From the minute we arrived to the second we left we felt like (service-wise) we were staying at a five star hotel.

The highlight of the entire hotel has to be the ghost tour. Our guide was super funny and gave us so many anecdotes about the hotel's history and ghostly tales that I felt myself completely enthralled for the entire 90 minutes. Not bad for $15 per person!

Just a few notes...

- Don't request one of the famous rooms unless you want throngs of tourists camped outside your room at night.

- Eat somewhere other than Cascades (see separate review).

- Weekends are busy and very expensive ($275 for our "deluxe" room).

- Literally minutes from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

- Expect that your room will look dated. This hotel is over a hundred years old and even though parts of it have been renovated, it is showing it's age.

- Do the ghost/history tour. There is no point to staying here unless you really know it's history.

Overall, we had a nice one night stay. Yes, I'd stay here again, even knowing that it doesn't have the must wonderful rooms. It's a beautiful property and very conveniently located to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park itself actually has a lot more going on then I thought  it would (wineries, breweries, barbecue, etc.).

Though the jury is still out for me whether this place is haunted or not, it's a definite "must-stay" for those who believe in the paranormal, skeptics and of course, those who just have an appreciation for history.

24/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
149. Marie H.
Again, husband had to visit on business in February so I tagged along. The area is lovely, mountain country. The Stanley is tucked off of the main boulevard and looks like a huge, white mental hospital. I understand why they chose it to film The Shining.

I parked in back and had to walk down about twenty steps and over broken concrete to get to the entrance. Considering the hotel staff knew there would be lawyers present they might have considered doing a quick repair.

Enter the hotel which has old, dark floors and wood. It is tasteful considering the era in which it was built. I am sure it was fine in its heyday.

The redhead at the front said hello but offered no smile and was quite morose to the point I wanted to act ugly but I refrained. Maybe she was acting morbid so as to fit in with the hotel decor. I gave her my credit card and she requested ID too. ??? Was sent to a tiny little room that looked like a broom closet. There was trash and paint brushes on the bed so I immediately returned to the front desk to request a different room. I was sent to 407 which was larger ( still very, very small). The room was tasteful but a hard knock on the door would have sent the door off its hinges.

Everything was clean and their bath products were okay. Overall, if I never see this place again I won't be sad.

As for haunted: the only ghost I saw was the one at the front desk.

30/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
150. Nancy F.
We had a Living Social Voucher for the Stanley, and it was well worth it.  They have been making improvements to this historic site, and it is very noticeable.  We needed two queen beds for our stay, and they only have 6 or so rooms, most are king bedrooms.  I was very fortunate as I got room 215, which is right next to 217, Stephen King's room.  Wow, was that a great deal.  The room was well kept, with big headboards.  I loved it. I enjoyed all the ghost stories of that room and surrounding rooms.  The hotel still looks like it is from the early 1900's.  They give you complimentary Stanley hotel bottled water, and The Shining plays on the flat screen all night long.  They have a wonderful assortment of ghost tours available.  My only suggestion is that they set aside some tour spots for folks who stay at the hotel and check in at 4 pm.  When we checked in, we went straight down there and they were all booked up for the evening, and we begged and begged for them to add us on and they politely said "no".  Oh well, we tried.  They were good and let some of us go on the day tour in less than 10 minutes, which we had not even checked in yet. We had to rush. It was $17.  The new whiskey bar in the Cascades restaurant is awesome.  Go, if only to check out the new bar and take a tour.  Yes, I had a ghostly experience in Room 215, too. With that, would like to go again sometime.

04/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
151. Michael S.
Built in 1909, the Stanley Hotel is historic which also means its best days were dozens of years ago. As a hotel, the old rooms and atmosphere are nostalgic. As a tourist site, the nostalgia and connection with the Shining movie starring Jack Nicholson are the attraction. Neither really lives up to the expectations or hype.

A few tips:

* Book a room well in advance if your are visiting during peak seasons or on the weekend
* Parking is $5 if you are just visiting to see the hotel.
* Steamers Cafe in the basement is a nice place for coffee, pastries, pre-made sandwiches, and gelato
* Cascades Restaurant and the Bar are pretty typical hotel fare
* Tours including a haunted tour will deepen your appreciation of the hotel's history
* The butterflies raised downstairs and released on site (Thursday afternoons) are beautiful
* Conference/meeting area isn't large, but will work for groups of 50
* The Hotel is the inspiration behind Steven King's The Shining, but the movie wasn't filmed here
* A movie that was filmed at the Stanley was Jim Carrey's Dumb & Dumber
* The Shining is played on a channel on the TV repeatedly to get your spook on
* There's a real Stanley Steamer in the Lobby
* Sitting on the front patio gives a nice view of the Rocky Mountains

Overall, the Stanley Hotel is the type of tourist attraction and hotel you will probably just visit once unless you are really into historical/haunted sites and don't mind paying more to relive the good ole days.

27/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
152. Erika Z.
The hotel definitely didn't disappoint! My first interaction was on the phone a few days prior to arriving and I spoke with Jess who was extremely helpful, accommodating and polite. When Jess checked us in she remembered me from the phone and was even more pleasant in person. Great first impression!! We stayed in the room next to where Stephen King stayed and it was nice. Hotel needs some work and upgrading but was a very pleasant experience. It was fun to walk the historic halls and explore. Every year we try to take a Halloween type trip in October and choose this hotel because it was the inspiration for "The Shining" even though the movie wasn't filmed here. The grounds are beautiful and the hotel is impressive especially when you first drive into town and see it ominously perched on the hill. The staff is very accommodating and polite. We did try the Whiskey Bar and wasn't too impressed. It claims to have over 700 whiskeys, however, we ordered a few that weren't in stock at the time so we settled on others. I also did the ghost tour which was interesting but not at all scary. It was fun learning about the history of the hotel and that the original Dumb and Dumber was filmed here.

23/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
153. Tiffany O.
Love this place. My favorite place to go! Been 3 times will be back in January. Love haunted historic places.

24/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
154. Jeremy F.
Stayed at the condos behind the hotel.  They are nice and clean.  I just expected more for the $400+ price tag.  The room did not have a coffee pot when we arrived.  Called for one, a man showed up with coffee. I said no, "we need a coffee pot."  He left and never returned with one. Probably will not stay here again...probably will not return to Estes Park again.  Too touristy for us.

18/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
155. Donna B.
The hotel is beautiful.  For the price, I expect better service. There were no valets. No one offered to take our bags to our (haunted) room.  The food was pretty okay.  The room was large and we loved it.  The verandah is fabulous.  The view is spectacular and the evening coolness is perfect for enjoying a cocktail (that you need to get for yourself at the bar) and a game of cards.  I would go back.

15/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
156. Michelle P.
This historic hotel is surrounded in a picturesque back drop. For this reason, I love this hotel.

The beds are very cozy and the room had everything I needed for a weekend away. The room was very small and the walls are paper thin. I could hear the people above me walking around their room late into the night but I eventually fell asleep.

We ordered room service one night from The Cascades. I had the hunters meatloaf and I recommend trying that. It was really good.

There is a free shuttle from the Stanley that takes you into town and back to the hotel. It is very clean and does several stops throughout town.

You will see huge elk just walking around the hotel grounds, deer and wild rabbit.

There is a large swimming pool in the front of the hotel. Nice bronze statues along the manicured grounds. I envy the employees who get to stay in the guest houses and work there all season. I usually skip the continental breakfast at hotels and just have coffee but their breakfast is very good. They have a large variety of high quality pastries, greek yogurt with fresh fruit and granola as well as cereal, juices, coffee and various jams and marmalade.

Such a relaxing and beautiful place to stay and a nice change from the city. I will be back to stay here this summer during one of the festivals I go to every year.

17/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
157. Ken H.
My wife and I stayed at the Stanley on Sept. 12, 2014.

Now, I must state up front that this was a comp'd visit as a "please come back" offer from a poor experience at Easter Brunch two years ago.  

We first attempted to do this last September, but the flooding prevented us from traveling the canyon.

The Stanley is truly a beautiful hotel.   And I don't mean to look a gift horse in the mouth.  But I'm going to be honest with this review as I feel the need to provide feedback to them.

We were told that we got the last room available, and were going to be staying in the "Lodge", a building adjacent to the hotel.  Not a problem.  When we checked in, the elevator was out of order, so a bellhop carried my bag up.  Nice service.  Upon opening the door, we were greeted with a stain on the carpet that was about a foot in diameter.  Not super dark, but there nonetheless.  Coffee?  Wine?  Not sure, but there were other stains as well, none as large, but all darker.  Overall the room was clean.  

I chose to overlook the small dried booger on the sheet, as this was a comp.  Toilet paper and a fingernail fixed that.  Things happen.

The bathroom was incredibly dark.  The only light source was a fixture right above the sink.  The shower was dark, the nearest light being above the sink some ten feet away.    

Dinner was nice, the filet excellent.  The shrimp flavorful and perfectly cooked.  The Brussels sprouts were on the dry side.  I would have ordered something different in retrospect.

Being a quasi-wedding facility by default, as it is beautiful and can accommodate large groups, you must be ready for loud wine infused conversations in the hall and outside into wee hours of the morning.  That is not the fault of the Stanley's, it's just the nature of the beast on weekends I guess.  

The bed was not my style, sort of tough to describe but it was I guess formless and too soft in general.  Beds are so tough, everyone has an opinion, you can't please all.

There is no in room fridge, so you're out of luck with leftovers from dinner.

Breakfast was disappointing.  Mind you, the restaurant was half empty, so we thought we'd be in and out fairly quickly.  We ordered the fresh squeezed mixed vegetable juice, which our waiter, Patrick, advised us takes a few minutes, and took our breakfast order.  15 minutes later he apologized saying that the juice was almost ready.  Five minutes later we received it.   Our food wasn't served until over a half hour had passed.  And when we received it, it was room temperature.  My wife's Benedict had a skin on the sauce from cooling, my dish of chiles with corn tortillas and eggs which was served in a cast iron kettle was cold and dry.  To the point where I could grab the metal and not feel heat.  When we let Patrick was clearly frustrated and apologetic.  His kitchen staff had let him down.  He comp'd the juice but said he couldn't do the breakfast.  We ate, not wanting to try something else as we were starving at this point.  We waited for our bill, which was being charged to the room.  A computer glitch prevented him from completing the bill, so after another ten minutes of waiting he announced that the meal was on him and apologized again.  I did tip, as I've waited tables.  Being the interface can be difficult, especially when technology doesn't cooperate.  

We had a balance on our credit of about $80, but discovered that we could not use it in the future.   No worries, we thought, let's hit the gift shop.  We discovered that the Stanley Gift Shop is someone else's gift shop in the Stanley, so no dice there.  Let's get a tour then!  Nope.  Same story.   Frustrating.   The woman behind the counter (about 5'3", dark hair, parted in the center) had a bit of a 'tude.  Something I don't appreciate at all being on the customer side of the counter.  We were told that we could use it in the coffee shop for something or another meal.  Since we wanted to hit the park sooner than later, we opted for the coffee shop and bought some t-shirts and coffee mugs.  

Overall, it wasn't the experience of a lifetime.  Beautiful, yes.  However I'd have been upset in spending $400 for the room, and $40 for a cold breakfast.  Again, dinner was excellent, I'm sorry that I did not get the server's name, as she was charming.

Ken Hutchison

14/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
158. M W.
Nice hotel. Didn't spook me out like I thought it would.  We went just to see the place for the haunted tales.  The upper levels are only for hotel guests but we went up anyways and saw the room 217. There are large mirrors throughout the hotel though that is kinda spooky.  We didn't get to take a tour though.  For non-guests the tour is $20. For guests it's $17. And it seemed to fill up fast. So make sure to reserve ahead of time.

30/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
159. Kate And Tom N.
We just watched The Shining so we had to come here! Drinks are fantastic! There is a whole whiskey wall and fun vintage atmosphere. Skipping out on food given all these other reviews...definitely worth the trip for drinks and scenery. We came during a lightening storm so the night definitely harkened back to the movie it inspired.

26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
160. Courtney B.
Boooooooooo! And not of the ghostly kind! This place is a let down and if it weren't for the amazing elk sightings it woulda been a wasted trip. The elk practically poked into my window! I could have pet them! Ok, back on track...

The parking is difficult to navigate and this place is rather sprawling. Then you  walk in and the inside is quite beautiful, but there isn't really anything to see. The tours sell out waaaay in advance and are too expensive.

10/01/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
161. Kristine M.
I was here for a work event.  I should have tried to tack on a personal day or two, but that didn't work out.  I will definitely do that next time.

The hotel is great, and the views are spectacular (unless it is foggy, of course, which it was my first day there.)  

My room was in the Lodge, and faced the back of the property.  I would definitely consider springing for a mountain view.  The room was a notch small, but that's par for the course at older hotels.  And you don't go to the Stanley to hang out in your room.  I couldn't get the WiFi to work, but didn't really try, either.

I woke up at 4am, to some small flashing light over the door.  The believer in me thought it might be an orb, while the skeptic in me thought it was just light coming in through a crack in the blinds, and blinking because of the ceiling fan.  (Turned out to be the smoke detector.)

The lobby/lounge areas looked very cozy.  I wanted to hang out more.

Only downside to the Stanley?  The bar didn't have Fireball Whisky.  Hehehe.

30/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
162. Christine G.
Update:  I recently attended a 3 day business meeting here and stayed at the Lodge (adjacent to the Stanley).

The hotel still remains a wonderful place to visit.  However, my room could definitely have used a more thorough cleaning.  There were several hairs scattered about (in the shower, on the bed, on the bathroom floor) and old stains on the pillowcases and comforter.  One of my colleagues had a bed with a very loose side-board that required repair.  The walls in the room were pretty scuffed up as well.  The overall impression is one of shabbiness, and my original score is adjusted accordingly.

That said, the staff members were excellent.  All of our needs for the meeting were immediately addressed, and everyone was incredibly friendly.  Moreover, all of the food was excellent.  The meeting attendees kept raving about it.  You could tell that things were made from scratch and fresh everyday.  

Our group drank every night at the hotel bar, and we were greatly impressed by the selection of Scotch.  

Several members of our group also experienced  some rather odd events at the Lodge:
-- A window on the second floor that opened on its own in the middle of the night.  The windows in this building are old and in original wooden framing.  They do not slide open or closed very easily.
-- Scratching noises emanating from a bathroom door (loud enough to wake someone in the middle of the night.  He stayed in bed listening for a few minutes, then finally went to investigate, after which the scratching abruptly stopped)
-- A bureau drawer that slowly slid open on its own in the middle of the day.  The room's guest pushed it closed, expecting it to be loose, and it was definitely not.  He was freaked out and promptly left the room.

Our group had a blast and this was a memorable stay for all of us.

10/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
163. Amy R.
We tried to check in, check in is supposed to be @ 4 pm, we have been waiting over a half an hour, and they are stating our room is still not ready! So far I am not impressed .

22/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
164. Sophie G.
Spent one night at the Stanley, and it was so awesome. It's an old hotel with lots of history and I loved being there. I loved how the stairs and floors creaked when you walked, and I loved the old elevators. Our room was really nice and cozy as well. Our beds were so comfortable, I felt like they were softer than the ordinary hotel mattress, but maybe they just felt great because I had just crashed on a friend's couch for three nights prier. I loved the whole "haunted" aspect of the hotel too, it made it that much more exciting staying there. There's a little cafe down in the basement, that I recommend getting a snack from, I had their strawberry cream cheese croissant...mmmm. It was delish!

Also, another cool part of my visit was the Jack Nicholson impersonator, whom I thought was the actual JN...but I was wrong. He's that good. Later, we find out that he's not even part of the hotel HAHA he's just a guy who looks exactly like Jack and charges $5/per picture. Oh well, if you're on vacation, why not?

I loved this beautiful hotel and would definitely go back again if the opportunity came up again.

08/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
165. Oaza S.
Hotel looks beautiful outside and inside. Room was very clean and taken care of, bed oh the bed so comfortable it was hard to leave it! Service was really nice and helpful. The only thing i didnt like was that before our stay they called us if we want to upgrade to condo which we did, and once we got to the hotel they said they cant give us the condo. Why even bother calling then?

About hotel being haunted all i can say that it really is! Which makes it more fun :)

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
166. G V.
Beautiful hotel! I didn't stay there, just went for sightseeing. Estes Park is beautiful.

WARNING: DO NOT EAT IN THE HOTEL RESTAURANT! One of the worst meals I've ever had in my life, on top of which was almost $50, for a lunch.

13/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
167. Greg D.
Visited the Stanley Hotel during the 2013 Stanley Film Festival quite by accident.  It was cute to see hundreds of people dressed up in "horror".  Quite an amazing feat to have been built in 1909 in such a majestic park of the rockies.  The views are magnificent and the air is clean.   What I enjoyed most was the Stanley Steamer auto in the lobby, the vintage fire trucks from the area and climbing the rocks out in the back yard.   Those will make you feel small.  

There is a $5 fee to park in the main lot, but you can instead park on the road for free and just walk up the grass hill.

07/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
168. Brittany H.
I have visited the famed Stanley hotel countless times over the years and it never fails to impress!  I've also had the opportunity to have a work conference here a few years ago, so I actually got a chance to stay as a guest and not simply pass through.  And you know what, as you'd certainly expect, the staff and service are top notch!  Beautiful, comfortable rooms, all with the old early 20th century charm.  And who knows?  You may encounter some ghosts, if you're lucky.  Thankfully, I did not!

I'd love to return and stay as a guest here again and go on a ghost hunt.  The Stanley is just one of those places in Colorado that you must see, even if it's just to take a short tour or enjoy some ice cream at the little cafe in the basement.  Make sure you visit this amazing place when you're in the area.

15/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
169. Eric R.
Very fun, haunted hotel experience.

We stayed in room 407, one of the rooms known for being haunted by a little boy named Billy. Billy likes chocolates and playing with toys, so if you get that room bring some along to lure him out.

The hotel is old and not air conditioned, so be prepared for a warm night with fans if you visit during the summer.

Our Stanley Hotel tour was great as well.

After hours, we were wandering the property and made our way to the concert hall, which was unlocked from a prior event that evening but was completely empty. While wandering around, at 12:15am, we heard little children laughing. It lasted for just a few moments, but was clearly audible to both of us. CREEPY!

In all, we had a very fun experience at the Stanley. Not a 5 star luxury experience, as the price would lead you to expect, but still fun and enjoyable.

29/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
170. Andrea W.
One star for history, one star for beauty... One star for friendly, yet not very informative staff...
This is novelty only... Basically a really fancy motel 6... Purely for the fun of it. A lot has changed from my first few times here, prompting this review. You didn't have to pay to park just to visit, now you do. They use to have a few informational placards up that gave you a few tidbits and secrets about the different rooms. Now even when you stay you don't get any extra information unless you pay for the extra tour. It would be nice for your room to be a few dollars more and have a tour included in your stay...
Definitely a money grubbing pit... There use to be a pool when we were here before but I guess cementing over it for the added square footage for weddings is well worth it. I get it, but just don't expect a resort....
You're staying for the goofy ghost hunters and fun of the idea. It would just be nice if there was a *little* upscale quality that went with it.... Just even a tiny bit...
Still fun to scare the kids :)

Oh yeah, I asked about local restaurants.. The lady at the front desk, while really nice, just printed out other "reviews" from guests... Had she never eaten anywhere in town before? ... It was probably that she knows there aren't really any great places to eat in Estes park....
And there were no evening ghost tours on a Saturday night....Really?!?
Unless you're really here for the novelty, stay at the Silver Moon Inn... While a motel, staff is local, knowledgable and super helpful!

19/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
171. Frank T.
I am staying @ this hotel for work this week.   It is well documented that this is the hotel that inspired Steven King to write "The Shining" and is supposed to be haunted.   I am fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to stay in the room right above room 217 where Steven King stayed so I am definitely getting the authentic Jack Torrance experience.  The corner room (where #321 and #217 are located) is larger than the normal hotel room and features a nice jacuzzi tub, but it is out of place in a 100 year old building .  The hotel is an odd mix of old (e.g., the carpet and the floor) and new (the copper sink and the jacuzzi tub) but it is good enough for work.  The location is nice as there is a supermarket within walking distance so you can get anything you want at any time, and the area is beautiful.

I am not sure if the hotel bar sells Red Rum, but it should.

11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
172. Claude C.
My boyfriend and I stayed here for our first anniversary and had a blast. If you can afford a room for a night then go for it, and check out one of the cool packages they offer such as the ghost package or Dr. Sleep. It's a historical landmark and is a tremendous place to bring your camera. There is a channel that plays The Shining 24/7 to add to the ambiance of its more recent history, and the tours are a blast.  This hotel is over 100 years old and does not have air conditioning so I would not recommend staying during the warmer months. They offer free WiFi, which has a decent strength and limited range once you walk out the front doors. The Cascades restaurant located inside the hotel is amazing with its whiskey bar and delicious meals. We'll definitely be coming back here.

28/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
173. T M.
Great hotel, beautiful area and great overall service.

We went there with a group of 40 and spent 4 nights there. The hotel was very accommodating with our group. The hotel is old and has lots of character.

However, it has no AC. South facing rooms tend to get warm. We stayed in room 327 which had a huge king bed. The room was large and had a great view. However it faced south and got quite warm.

The only down side  to the Stanley was there were hundreds of tourists wandering around the hotel on the weekend. It's not a great place for peace and quiet.

Despite that, I highly recommend staying there. We loved it and plan on returning next year.

27/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
174. Dan F.
Let's first get the obvious general misnomer out of the way. The Shining was NOT filmed here and it was no part of the building inside or out was used in the Hollywood classic. That building was is the Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, OR. The Stanley Hotel staff will tell you that however reluctantly. But it is said to be where Stephen King first got his inspiration for his classic horror novel.

Aside from the halls gushing blood and Room 217 the Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 by the wealthy automobile maker Stanley Steamer. This is why there's a Vintage Steamer vehicle in the main lobby. There's 140 rooms total and the historic landmark resembles the Mount Washington hotel in New Hampshire. Interestingly, the architecture and color scheming of the early 1900's was very similar though thousands of miles apart.

I've been to the Stanley Hotel quite a few times but have never stayed overnight. Rumor has it that some areas are haunted and staff will provide a night tour of the buildings for a modestly priced admission charge. My favorite area to sit and chat with friends is the bar area. Even though the bar was not used in the movie it's as close as I'll get to sitting like Jack Torrance (J. Nicholson) did while talking (to himself). Except I couldn't put my drink on credit with the bartender.

23/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
175. Jen S.
We returned from the Stanley Hotel a couple of days ago.   Had a BLAST!  My husband and I booked a ghost package room (4th floor, adorable redrum mugs that you cannot buy in the gift shop,  a little ghost squishy, and a ghost meter thing).  

We took the ghost tour,  which was more historical than frightening- still,  very interesting.  My ghost meter went nuts,  and I was deflated to learn that I was standing in front of a generator.   Ah well!   No ghosts on the tour.   But I did hear someone padding around my bathroom over and over, just walking to the door and then it would stop.   I also kept hearing things fall to the ground,  like the remotes, and personal items that were on the table.   When I woke up,  nothing had fallen.   My unflappable husband was shaken when he had to run to the car in the middle of the night.  He said that was the scariest thing he'd experienced,  which is saying alot, since he flat out doesn't believe in ghosts.  

Cascades (the on sight restaurant) was a tad pricey.   But the food was delicious and the service was speedy and pleasant.  I had the salmon with risotto - I've noticed it's not on the most recent menu - that's a shame, it was buttery and delicious.   My husband got the short ribs (of course I sampled), which were also melt-in-your-mouth,  delightful.  The bar is gorgeous,  and, while we did not spend time there,  I'm told that the service there is also wonderful.

The rooms are on the smaller size.   They are very old school hotel rooms, with your typical bedroom door - wooden,  not metal.   Our room was situated right next to the bell tower, that sounded every half hour,  and then eerily chimed the hours,  on the hour.   Naturally, that cuts out in the evening.  I loved it.  My husband did too.

If you appreciate spooky historical sights, the Stanley is a must see.  We'll go back.   That's a  certainty.

28/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
176. Kim S.
We stayed here on our weddjng night. It definitely is charming with beautiful and unique touches you don't find anywhere else. The ghost tour is fun and make sure to refresh yourself on dumb and dumber as well as the shining before you come.  However, don't waste money on the hot tub upgrade - it's just a regular tub.

13/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
177. Tori M.
We stayed Saturday night 11/09/13 at The Stanley for a girls' weekend and had a great time. The hotel is gorgeous. Our room (215) was beautiful, amazing view, lots of room, very comfortable beds, with four heavenly pillows apiece in our two queen bed room. The hotel was built in 1909 and once you add in ghost tours, the nervous energy of those hoping to have an encounter, great lighting for orb shots, thin walls, and creaking original floors, you are naturally going to have a lot of jumping going on.

I was surprised at how warm our room was overnight. The thermostat (heat) was off and with the window opened and the ceiling fan on, it was still quite warm to sleep -- no covers required. I'm not sure I would be very comfortable in the summers here, but it was comfortable on a beautiful weekend in November.

The staff was very helpful with all our questions at the front desk and the housekeeping staff was friendly. We ate both lunch and dinner at The Cascades, as well as keeping two seats at the Whiskey Bar well occupied -- both were top notch. (We didn't leave the grounds until the next morning to explore Estes and grab a diner breakfast before heading home.)

We explored the rock formations and pet cemetery on Saturday afternoon, made our way around the boarded up pool area, to the back waterfall and sculpture garden, as well as poking around the basement and upper floors with great interest. It's a beautiful, historic space to spend a weekend. We took the last ghost tour of the day at 5:00, as darkness was falling. Highly recommend trying it at night if you can!

Highway 36 just reopened last week, and the whole town seems to have breathed a sigh of relief. Too bad so much of the end of their tourist season was washed out by the floods. Hoping more Colorado natives will make an effort to support Estes Park with their dollars before things pick back up for them in the summer.

(About a hundred of our pictures with more details and Shining related stuff here in my trip report: torimask.blogspot.com/20… )

11/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
178. AJ M.
My husband took me here for a birthday vacation. Even though it was mid-may, it SNOWED while we were there. And boy was it beautiful! There were flowers and a cheese and fruit plate waiting in our room when we arrived.

We stayed in 219 right next door to the haunted room - 217. We didn't hear anything, and honestly, I don't believe in that stuff, but it's fun to think about!

The hotel is old, but well kept and clean. The walls are fairly thin and the floorboards creek, which I'm sure contributes to the haunting stories. But it also lends to the history and uniqueness of the location.

We took two tours while we were there, the Stanley tour and the night ghost tour. Both were well done and covered the majority of the hotel (the ghost tour didn't include the guest floors because it was at night and it IS a working hotel and guests don't want to be disturbed). Because it was snowing, our tour of a lot of the grounds was limited.

We will certainly go back! We visited Estes Park main street and drove around the lake. It's a wonderful get away!

22/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
179. Owen N.
this place was a disappointment.  The hotel is incredibly expensive and yet its nothing special.  rooms are small, the décor is outdated-- generally there is nothing special about this place.  It seems to live on a lot of unfounded hype.  The ghost tour is OK, but I would never go here again.

23/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
180. Jillian S.
We went on the history tour of the Hotel on the 4th with Lady J. Everyone was very friendly and our tour guide was great! I would recommend this or any of their tours to anyone, they are very fun and interesting.

10/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
181. Lucia L.
As a huge Stephen King and The Shining fan, I was extremely excited to go on the HIstory/Ghost tour of The Stanely Hotel. Our guide was a local from Estes Park, and he knew his information like the back of his hand. He was enthusiastic and interesting, and we not only got to hear about the hauntings at the hotel but got an awesome historical background. I would highly recommend attending a tour and enjoying the food at the hotel.

10/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
182. Jennifer R.
If going for the nostalgia of staying here but don't expect to be wowed with cost/amenities then it is a fun history filled place to stay. Room has no a/c so even though it was in the 50s outside even with the windows open the room was so hot and stuffy. Shower has no where to put soap or shampoo so everything just sits on the floor. Not a huge issue but odd only one trash can in a room that sleeps 4 and only in the bathroom.  For almost $300 for the night and still having to pay for history tour just expected a bit more.

23/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
183. Edna L.
The Stanley was a great tourist trap. Fun sites and history. The tour for the hotel is often quite busy but there is a top of the line bar with plenty of food and drink to keep you busy meanwhile.

22/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
184. Vanessa T.
I loved The Stanley hotel! The whole experience! The hotel is truly magical, it's beautiful and takes you back in time. We stayed on the 4th floor... The "haunted" floor, I don't get scared easily but this was definetely a unique experience for me... We saw things move and we heard plenty on scary noises throughout the night. I didn't get any sleep but it was fun! And to top it off...a herd of Elk was waiting outside for us when we checked out :) The Bar has an amazing selection of Whisky! It was an amazing vacation!

07/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
185. Jill B.
An addendum, The Stanley is advertised as an upper end hotel. Being that, allowing the wait staff to wear blue jeans under the black aprons was off-putting. Black slacks or jeans would have made a better presentation.  We did hear one other patron comment to his wife about the same thing.

07/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
186. Shelby C.
My friends were getting married here between Christmas and New Years. Hubby and I found a deal on groupon for 2 nights and a credit at the restaurant.

The staff were friendly, rooms clean and the 24 hour channel of the shining never failed to entertain. Estes Park is gorgeous and it was a great trip, especially when we were able to stay in a historic hotel!

Our room was Hot during our stay but opening the windows to the 20 degree weather and wind cooled us quickly!

28/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
187. Toni M.
We arrived to find that the room wasn't ready for us until well after 5pm instead of 4pm. Had to change our dinnertime reservation to where we barely got to eat just so we could make our ghost tour.  We got into the room, light bulbs were missing from lamps, no rollaway bed that we ordered, the bath sink drain was barely draining,  and later in the middle of the night we realized our heat wasn't working....it was 60 in our room by morning time.  We left early to say the least. NOT what you expect for about $400 a night stay. The porter didn't even set up the rollaway....he just shoved it in the door....!  Disappointed in everything except the ghost tour.  The waitress at dinner boasted Alaskan king crab.....not.....maybe snow crab is more like it. The rest of our food was great.

29/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
188. Michelle S.
One of my favorite things about the Stanley is the breath-taking view from the front porch. That alone is worth a trip up there, even if you don't stay at the hotel.  Prior to our recent visit, we stayed in the main house. This time we technically were in the main house as well, but it was easier to access our room through the courtyard.  The other option was through the Billiard Room, which had meetings going on at times. Though it was definitely quiter at that end of the hotel, which was nice. We had a King-sized bed and the room had plenty of space.

Love the bar here.  It's very cozy in the winter time and they made a Vieux Carre for me upon request. The staff are top-knotch.  I'll go back as many times as I am able to.

22/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
189. Kynton C.
Amazing scotch selection. Rumor has they have one of the most extensive scotch menus in Colorado. I was a little concerned that our waiter would not be able to make a good recommendation for scotch, but he was very knowledgeable.

The ambience is great. How can you not quote Dumb and Dumber when you dine and/or eat here? If you're in Estes, you can't miss out on the Stanley Hotel. I like it a lot.

03/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
190. Jay K.
Nice room, nice grounds, scenic views. Not so nice staff. Not helpful either. Will not come back again.

29/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
191. Annette H.
I love the Stanley! Stayed there last week for our honeymoon and we loved everything from the second we walked in and were so sad to leave! We had room 234 which is a King suite that was upgraded free for our honeymoon (thanks again!!) and we had the most gorgeous view of the mountains from our window! The room was clean and the beds we super comfortable. They also give you nice toiletries not the cheap stuff. Only downside is the hotel is old and there is no air conditioning but since it's fall it wasn't a problem for us. Just keep that in mind when you visit in the middle of summer. Yeah there is noise in the halls from creaky floors but it adds to the charm and who knows? Maybe it's a ghost!!

We took both tours and the history tour was really nice but the ghost tour was a little disappointing. Would be nicer in a much smaller group (had about 20 and would have been nice with maybe 6 or 8 tops). It's just not as spooky as it should be with all the people and flashes from the cameras.

We ate twice in the Cascades restaurant and I would give the food a 3 out of 5. Mac and cheese was bland and my steak was pretty tasteless too. My husband loved his fish and chips though. Definitely get coffee at Steamers downstairs though! I had a mocha that was delish!!

The grounds of the hotel are really beautiful and I wish it would have been a little warmer to explore a little more. Parking is free in the back and side of the hotel.

The staff was WONDERFUL!!! I cannot express this enough. They were so kind and were all willing to tell us their amazing stories of the ghosts they had encountered whole working there. They really made our stay a 5 out of 5 cause they were just so helpful!! Kristina at the front desk was so sweet and was the most memorable of the staff (thank you for letting us see the haunted rooms!! We were so happy and that totally made our visit perfect!) I wish I could remember everyone's names cause you were all so great.

We were super lucky to visit at the time we did. Only 14 of 140 rooms were booked so it was pretty dead in there and we had free reign of the hotel. Make sure to check out the entire hotel cause you will find neat little surprises in every corner like the playhouse from the Shining remake in the basement and the awesome cafe downstairs. Take time to notice all the beautiful details in the hotel like the 100 year old elevator and the gorgeous staircases. Relax by the fire and have a drink in the Cascades. We had a wonderful honeymoon and will definitely return for several anniversaries!

01/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
192. Wendy W.
Was here back in Nov. and went on the Stanley Hotel historical tour.  Myself and my hubby ended up the only ones with the tour guide, who was really good at answering all our questions.  Got to take many pictures.  Didn't have any specific paranormal experiences, except when we were in the concert hall basement, when I felt kinda weird.  Nonetheless, enjoyed the historical stories of the place.

13/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
193. Lena H.
******REDRUM! REDRUM!******

Like many before me, what attracted me to The Stanley was of course Stephen King's The Shinning, turned movie.

I first want to clarify that the movie was NOT filmed at this hotel.  The Stanley was where Stephen King stayed at while he was writing the book.  Dumb and Dumber on the other hand was filmed at The Stanley.

I stayed during the "off" season, which I absolutely loved.  Now, because I went during "off" season, there were very few guests and the hotel was very awkwardly quiet.  To my surprise I later found out that of all the 140 some rooms the hotel has only 12 were booked and lucky me was the only one on my floor...spooky.  It wouldn't have been so bad had I not found this out after I went on the ghost tour and having watched The Shinning the night before; which by the way they play on loop, nonstop, all day long, always, everyday....

The grounds were covered by snow and elk or wild deer frequented the front lawn section of the hotel.  It was nice to get up close and personal with the wildlife...from the safety of my car.

The staff were all very cordial and helpful.  I dropped some one liners on the bartender from Dumb and Dumber and he was kind enough to play along, but I'm sad to say that they do not have the article of the moon landing next to the door way....You Dumb and Dumber fans know what I'm talking about.    

The overall feel of the hotel remains classic neo-Georgian.  The fabulous wood work has been well maintained and, unlike modern hotels, it gives the place great character and transports you to times past.

I absolutely love the exterior white walls against the red roof which contrast nicely against the rocky mountain backdrop.

I love this place, it's old, classic, beautiful and spooky.  If you visit Estes Park, Co. a stay at The Stanley is a must.  However, I do realize it can be a bit pricey, so if it's out of your price range then at least visit the grounds and take the ghost tour.

03/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
194. Eric P.
The Stanley is a trip back in time.  Explore all the beautiful sitting rooms, decorated perfectly.   The rooms are small, but quality.  (My only peev is that the windows and window sills need more cleaning)

09/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
195. M.C. H.
We recently visited The Stanley and found the restroom cleanliness not acceptable, wrote a negative review (Trip Advisor) because of the erosion of so many wonderful businesses we known, but now, I'd like to add that the GM, David Ciani called me, personally, assuring us that was a fluke and has been corrected, with absolute vigilance for the  future. I miss-accused the Front Dest Manager, Kris White, simply because he was the only manager around, but found out he is in charge of the front desk/guest relations, another manager is in charge of housekeeping. We have been on the front-line for many decades ourselves, including Pebble Beach and Maui (where my husband opened 2 Golf Courses) and just plain enjoy high standards. We had a fabulous experience in the Bar where we dined, had a beautiful meal & service by their Natalie Mae, a shining star inside and out.  My apologies to Mr. Ciani and Mr. White for making a quick judgment. These people care, are competent and are keeping the integrity of The Stanley, the way it should be.


M.C Holiman

08/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
196. Holly R.
It is very beautiful but you have to pay 5 bucks just to park and go look around. Also it's not really the hotel that they filmed the shining at least not the one we all think of when we think of the movie. Stephen King did a Mini series of the shining later after the film. The one with jack Nicholson was not filmed here. Pretty grounds though

14/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
197. Scott C.
Hotel stay was OK - place needs to be maintained a bit better (rooms), but the real eye opener with this place (despite the spectacular views and where it is located) is the hotel tour - not the ghost tour, but the day time tour with Scary Mary!  You will learn so much, be entertained, feel as if you are honored to be staying in such a historic place, and be so glad you were part of Scary Mary's audience!  For my family, this tour made the stay - we realized exactly how fortunate we were to be staying at a place that truly has a story that would support the ghosts/sightings that are claimed.  Scary Mary will tell you all about it - and tip her good!

12/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
198. Jen F.
The Stanley is a dream hotel destination.  I'm so glad I had the opportunity to stay at this historic hotel and explore the surrounding landscape.

While not a ghost hunter, I appreciate the excitement The Stanley brings to others.  The frequent tours are a bit of an inconvenience.  There were two occasions that the group of about 15 people inconvenienced us.

Upon arrival, the parking is confusing and entrance isn't clearly marked.  Don't bring a lot of heavy luggage as you'll be walking a bit and carrying it up and down several steps.

Being a tourist destination, the grounds are full of all kinds of people.  Security was gone from the gated entrance all but two of the times we passed.

This is not the opulent hotel we expected. The aging Stanley does show every bit of its 100 years.  There are touches of modern conveniences, but the carpets are tattered, the drains are slow, the water pressure is weak.  The picture and channel option on the TV were poor.  There's no A/C, but we weren't at all uncomfortable in the early June weather.   Our phone was disgusting and the zero stuck with each press.  It's also very noisy, as expected with a creaky old hotel giving ghost tours.

The bed was comfortable and they had lots of extra pillows in the wardrobe that may or may not have been an entrance to Narnia.

Can't comment on the restaurant.  The Yelp! reviews drove us away.

If you have a chance to visit The Stanley, you just gotta go!  However, I'd suggest staying only one night.

06/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
199. L B.
The hotel itself is beautiful. We had a king room in the main building. It was nice to be able to walk straight down to dinner at Cascades. The meal at Cascades was wonderful!
The reason for the three stars is due to the noise factor. During the day, you can hear-from inside your room-tours that are being given--like literally you can hear word for word what is being said. Also, you can hear every step that every person takes coming up and going down the stairs. At night as we were trying to go to bed, more footsteps that sound like herds of elephants tromping up the stairs and loud conversations.
Also, I was under the false impression that we got a complimentary breakfast with our room. Please note that this is only for people who have a room in The Lodge, which is not the main building (like many hotels call their main building the lodge).

16/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
200. Mel N.
Midge the Inn Keeper at The Lodge at the Stanley Hotel is what made our experience so awesome. My husband and I stayed two nights at The Lodge and had an amazing time. The hotel is historic and does has it charm. We stayed here in September with our room facing the courtyard. With no A/C we had good air flow with the ceiling fan and stand up fan we had in the room. The bed was very comfortable and the complimentary breakfast was yummy including the nutella filled crossaint. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. The Lodge is more quiet than the main hotel but Midge is really nice and helpful and made our stay so great!

08/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
201. Rebecca a.
Over hyped for sure. We went to the bar and for some bacon infused vodka bloody Mary's that were alright at best. Def nothing fancy about them. The sugar on the bacon would be better without- how about making bacon twists instead? Over priced and over rated. Won't be back.

17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
202. Kitty M.
We stayed here for our anniversary and it was amazing! He had reserved the ghost experience and they gave us a ghost meter and we were able to explore every inch of this hotel. What I really liked the best was me and my man were walking through the hotel at about 2 in the morning and one of the security guards asked us if we wanted to see some secret under ground tunnels. We were all over it! He took us in the basement. Whether or not they were "secret" doesn't matter because the experience was fun! We stayed up the whole night just exploring and taking videos and pictures. Plus they had a jaccuzi tub in the room. We stayed on the 3rd floor, it was so worth it and we had some ghostly experiences that we caught on tape. We will be returning!!!!!!!

20/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
203. Samantha D.
My husband and I stayed at The Stanley for our anniversary trip in January (off-season). The hotel itself is quite picturesque and i gasped slightly as we first caught sight of the hotel. When we got to our room we were a bit underwhelmed but it was fine. The room had period appropriate furniture, it wasn't anything special. We paid for a room with a view of the mountains. The view was nice but not as breath-taking as I was hoping. We also could not really see the view when we were laying in the bed which was disappointing, we had to stand at the windows. We got a room with a view thinking we could lay around, reading and relaxing, and looking at the beautiful scenery.
The stay was perfectly average until Saturday afternoon when we received a call from the front desk saying that they were turning off the water on our side of the building on Sunday and we were going to need to change rooms on Sunday morning. Sunday was our anniversary and we didn't want to have to get out of the room by 11 on our anniversary so we elected to move that evening instead. This brought our experience down from a three star experience to a two star experience. The hotel purchased breakfast for us on Monday morning but we hardly saw this as just compensation for the inconvenience of the move.
Overall, we would not stay at The Stanley again nor would we recommend the hotel to anyone. The hotel ultimately costs too much for what it is and our money would have been better spent elsewhere.

13/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
204. Jessica M.
Estes park is so beautiful and you cannot miss this hotel. Historic and well taken care of. We only stayed one night and we slept just fine. We even fell asleep watching the shinning.

01/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
205. Chris P.
Hotel had a great view; lobby was beautiful and clean. The front porch and back patio were very nice to enjoy the scenery. Hotel staff was polite and courteous. The bar has a great selection of whiskey's, craft beers and awesome bloody Mary's. The room was small and cramped and featured an angled ceiling which made getting into bed uncomfortable. We visited in the summer and were not informed the rooms had no air conditioning. The one small window and ceiling fan did not provide enough circulation in the room to make it comfortable. The front desk provided a small fan that wasn't much help. The shower temperature was very hard to adjust. It's worth visiting in early summer or fall, but not mid summer.

15/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
206. Jaycie S.
Such a great hotel, with history and ghosts!

My boyfriend and his family convinced this scaredy-cat to stay here, the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining, and it didn't disappoint! We checked in on July 2nd, enjoyed a very special ghost tour, and then ventured off around the property to play with the K2 reader and try to hunt ghosts (Well, my group did - I did not haha).

My boyfriend and I stayed in the Lodge, which was amazing itself, and enjoyed a complimentary continental breakfast on the 3rd. Staff (the only name I can remember was Ryan) were accommodating and the grounds were gorgeous.

From California, where we have nothing like this even in Hollywood, I would DEFINITELY come back. Worth the trip! Thanks Guys!

08/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
207. Gena S.
So much potential - SUCH a letdown! 8(
We were both giddy to stay in this mysterious setting, but the staff pulled the rug out from under us. Outside bartender was more interested in talking to drunken friends about moon rocks [sigh], front desk help had no clue as to good restaurant options and housekeeping?... Ha! They just pulled up covers ever-so poorly and made sure you had new towels. There is SOO much potential here, but management is apparently more interested in catering to the tourists. Very unfortunate.

17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
208. Lacey B.
Disappointed!!!  I reserved tix for the Ghost Tour, was told I could call this week to reserve/pay and now they're fully booked and I got bumped.  

I definitely will NOT be recommending the tour to friends.

22/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
209. Khampha K.
Such a beautiful, historical hotel. Stephen King's famous novel, The Shining was inspired by this hotel. We've heard lots of spooky experiences about this hotel so we booked it for a weekend for the ultimate ghost adventure! The drive up to Estes park is very scenic, but when you reach the hotel, it will take your breath away. The hotel is huge and maintained real well. It's sprawled across some land nestled away in the mountains. 4th floor is suppose to be the most haunted floor. I actually got to go inside room 401 which is suppose to be the most haunted room. I hear you can actually book a reservation for that room but I'm too chicken. The hotel is really famous. They have lots of memorabilia in the hotel like signed posters. Dumb and dumber was filmed there along with some other movies. The hotel is really old with lots of history behind it. I recommend you take their ghost tour. I also got a history lesson from an Estes park native about the man who founded the hotel and invented the Stanley Steamer... Pretty interesting. I had such a great time there. The Cascades restaurant located on the first floor is really outstanding. They have the best momofuku chicken I have ever tried in my life. Not a five star hotel but It was truly a great experience and I'll definitely be going back. The rooms are kinda outdated, beds not too comfy and the shining plays on the tv 24/7. When it gets dark it gets pretty eerie. Redrum,redrum... Lol

13/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
210. Jeff J.
Although we did not stay in the hotel we did take the "Stanley Tour", our guide was John. Our tour started at 5pm and ended around 645pm. Tickets are $20. I will say this tour was entertaining and very informative both local history and American history. John was a great guide and explained many facts and historical information in a humors and knowledgable way. The tour consisted of facts about the founder of the hotel, it also focused on the movies filmed there (Dumb&Dumber) as well as how Stephen King reached his inspiration for the Shining while staying in the hotel. Although we did not see or feel any ghost/spirits on the tour this hotel is said to be haunted by several ghosts. They offer other tours as well to include Ghost hunts. We will be going back to stay in the hotel and take the other tours.

08/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
211. Katie M.
First I'll start with the good:
-The hotel is old, beautiful and has a lovely ambiance.
-It's really fun to just roam the property and enjoy the history
-Some of the rooms are quite spacious (not the top floor!)
-The whiskey bar is a lot of fun and the bartenders are engaging, fun and make outstanding drinks
-Maid Service doesn't start ridiculously early and wake you up
-The ghost tours going by your room are pretty fun. My husband pretended to be a ghost and scared a few of them (LOL!)

Now, the bad:
-NEVER (I repeat NEVER) stay on the top floor of this hotel, unless you like sleeping in 80 degree temperatures with stagnant air. All of the radiator heat flows to the top floor and just cooks you in your room. We stayed in the Winter with the window wide open and the drafts in the building and general airflow doesn't even allow the cold air to come into your room and cool it down. I can seriously not even imagine how hot it must be in the Summer.
-The psychic in the basement is pretty cheap and a nice lady, but kind of sucked overall
-The cost is a bit too high for the amenities, but I suppose you pay for the experience.

Not to beat a dead horse, but we were placed in the top floor on our first night and it was so insanely  hot that I called the desk and told them they would need to move us for our second night, or we were going to move to another hotel. They ended up moving us down to the second floor, which is the only reason I'm giving this hotel 3 stars. The second floor was spacious and cool. It just kind of irks me, because the first night, we were clearly one of only a handful of people staying in the hotel, so I don't understand why they wouldn't have just put us in a lower level room in the first place.

All in all, we won't be staying here again, but we are tremendously glad we stayed her one time. It really was a unique and special place and worth a visit.

27/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
212. Jason J.
We didn't stay here, but no visit to Estes is complete without driving by the Stanley. For some reason you have to pay $5 to park, which seems a bit excessive, but it was cool to walk around.

They have tons of memorabilia and posters and stuff everywhere and there were some cool displays for the Shining and a butterfly mating area. I would love to come back and stay at some point, altho I wonder if the tourist traffic would be too much!

17/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
213. Peter J.
The Shining?   DUMB AND DUMBER,  you know this has to be a super cool hotel if one of the best movies ever made had scenes filmed in and around the hotel. Yes, it's true The Shining can be attributed to this hotel, but, I must admit I'm so much more a fun of Dumb and Dumber then any horror movie.   When you take the tour you can see what some of the rooms look like, I was here when I did a hike at Rocky Mountain National Park, we did the tour one day and walked from the hotel we were staying at. This hotel is in such a beautiful location.

24/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
214. Elizabeth M.
Beautiful old hotel with a beautiful view.  The ambience is great and the staff is attentive and friendly.  We went there for the NYE Chrystal Ball and had a fabulous time.  The room we stayed in was very comfortable (yet very warm - we were in The Lodge on the top/3rd floor - we had to prop the window open). The room was clean and quiet and well appointed with historical items.  Can't wait to go here again for the next romantic get away.

This party was great with people coming in from other states with their big cowboy hats, the music was entertaining for the age group (however I enjoy a little more dancey music).  Drinks, apps, dinner, dessert were all fabulous.  Not sure we will do this event again, but still very memorable.

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
215. Elizabeth M.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Stanley Hotel. My husband is a HUGE Shining fan so we just had to stay. We stayed two out of the four nights and really that was the perfect amount of time.

We ended up getting placed on the 4th floor (the haunted floor). We didn't expect that and were a little nervous but it ended up OK! :) (we slept with the lights on.) ha

We went on the ghost tour. We had a pretty fun group - everyone got really into it. Our guide was so much fun- I can't remember his name. I suggest taking the tours!

The Cascade restaurant was real nice- although I wish I would have known about this special happy hour - the Stanley sent me an email while we were there but I didn't check my email during vacation so we missed out on that.

There is also no air conditioning in the rooms- :( that was a downfall.

If you're not a huge paranormal fan or shining fan- I don't think the rate of the rooms on the fourth floor are the amount of money they want for them.

You have to stay at least once for the experience! We had a great time and the Shining plays on loop constantly! So it was cool watching the movie during our stay. We would love to come back at Halloween time!

26/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
216. Tim T.
The Stanley Hotel is a tourist trap. The hotel is in bad condition and need of a lot of upkeep. It would help if they would at least vacuum. The service was bad as well as the food. I believe the Stanley's would be upset in the condition of the hotel.

29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
217. Tiffany D.
What a great atmosphere of traditional decor and scenery. Estes Park is such a spectacular place on earth.

The Stanley rooms are small, but has all of the amenities you would expect. Beds are comfortable, rooms are clean and the staff is extremely helpful.

If you are here because of the movie The Shining, it was created in Stephen Kings mind here. The movie was NOT shot here.

If you have read the book the descriptions are spot on.

17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
218. Karen S.
We live in Boulder and found a good Living Social deal for the Stanley, so we took a one-night mini vacation just before Thanksgiving.  It was a quiet week at the hotel, which was nice, especially judging from other people's reviews about how crazy it gets in the summer!  We're not really into the ghost thing, just looking for a quiet getaway, so no comments there.

It's funny that so many people complain about not having air conditioning, because we checked into our room on a cold and blustery November day to find that there was actually no heat.  We called the desk and an "engineer" showed up within a couple minutes.  He tried the same basic stuff we did- turn the thermostat off and back on, mess with the baseboards a bit, then offered us a space heater.  We told him we preferred to move rooms since the hotel was pretty empty, and he came back after a few minutes with keys for the room across the hall.  I felt like this was handled pretty well, although I did hear other people check into the same room and then saw them the next morning discussing space heaters with the front desk...  Not the greatest communication.

I had paid extra for the milk and cookies package (as a treat for my husband who loves sweets), and was a little surprised to find they weren't waiting in the room.  No big deal.  Someone delivered them a few hours later.  The cookies were nothing spectacular.... I guess I was picturing warm home-made chocolate chip cookies but they were cold and hard chocolate discs.  Oh well, they're probably meant for kids. We left the food service items out in the hallway when we were done and they were still there the next morning.

We stayed in the Lodge, which has been recently remodeled and is absolutely gorgeous.  The rooms were small but clean and well-appointed: coffee maker, large screen TV, great beds and showers, free WiFi.  Love that The Shining plays on a loop on one channel, even though I think a lot of people don't realize the movie was NOT filmed at the Stanley.  The included breakfast is out-of-this-world; the best continental breakfast I've probably ever had with amazing homemade pastries.  The elevator was out of order, which was ok since we're able-bodied and were only on the 2nd floor, but reading some of the other reviews it sounds like this isn't the first time it's been out of order (or else it's been down for 2 years, haha).

One of the reasons we chose the lodge was so that we could bring our dog with us (lodge rooms are dog-friendly), and the website promises dog bowls and dog beds, so we didn't bring ours.   We asked the guy who delivered the milk and cookies earlier about dog beds and bowls, and he shrugged and said he only did food delivery.  When we called the front desk to inquire about these no one seemed to know what we were talking about.  After dinner, we stopped to ask a different person at the front desk and she also looked confused, went into the back to discuss with someone else, then returned and told us they didn't have any.  Stupefied, we went back to the lodge and on the way to our room my husband randomly opened a closet-type door in the hallway and lo and behold, it was piled high with dog beds and bowls!  We helped ourselves to what we needed.

The food in the Cascades restaurant was pretty good, and the wine and whiskey selection is amazing.  Our server Leo was fantastic.  The braised lamb shank was a little tough - I'm used to it falling off the bone tender.  But still pretty tasty and a great, cozy, romantic overall dining experience.

Overall we'd stay there again, but I think the key is to have some sort of special deal (like a Groupon), stay in the Lodge, and visit when it's quiet (if you can).  The staff were all very nice but honestly no one had a clue about anything and communication seems pretty poor all around.

26/11/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
219. Juanita F.
I stayed at The Stanley in December for one night. I arrived around 2pm on a Friday afternoon and did not actually get my room until close to 5pm. I was mildly disappointed that it took that long but I couldn't be that upset because the hotel lobby and grounds are so beautiful. Once I was in the room I was happy that my preordered cheese plate and was waiting for me. One odd thing I noticed was that they do not leave room service menus in the rooms. I was told you have to request them at the front desk. I was a little disappointed that the room wasn't styled more period. The interior of my room was rather plain jane and the walls are paper thin. I enjoyed the restaurant but noticed it was a decidedly older crowd that was there. The menu was nothing out of the ordinary but everything was good and came out quickly. Overall, the Stanley hotel is worth a visit.

18/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
220. Mark M.
Nice historic hotel but slightly overpriced for what you get. Room on 4th floor was small but comfortable. It was quite hot inside compared to the cool temps outside. I noticed all 4th floor rooms had fans in the windows? Poor ventilation perhaps. Conveniently located near Park entrance and downtown Estes Park. We had a pleasant stay.

03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
221. Stephanie B.
The hotel really isn't my style being so "original" but what was a bummer was the tour. I paid $20pp and we couldn't go in any buildings or hotel rooms. We were even rudely kicked out of the dining hall which was really the only insight into the hotel's history that we got to view. The tour guide was SUPER new, which was fine but he was clearly struggling and his "mentor" didn't offer him any relief. It felt kind of awkward. At least the landscape is worth the trip!

24/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
222. Chrissie O.
I get scared easily but I like learning about these things! I don't know what's wrong with me. This is a haunted hotel! It's features on an episode of ghost hunters. Stephen King was inspired by this hotel to write the Shining. Dumb and Dumber was filmed at this hotel. I swear I see a figure of a person in the middle of the staircase in the photo I took. It's crazy!!!  I love the history of this hotel. Very beautiful place with a great view.

11/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
223. Kate K.
At least once, stay here.  Yes the 200+ reviews all have a variety of experiences.  
When I came to Colorado, the Stanley was the mountain equivalent of The Brown Palace - an old historical hotel with a zillion stories, some ghost, some regular.

Yes the rooms have some killer views, antique furniture and creakiness.  Yes the bar choices and staff are fabulous.  But there will be some disappointments.  It's not a Ritz Carlton.  But do stop at the gift shop and the bar!  You'll get giggles at both places.

If you have a really big event coming up, stay here first to get a feel for the place.
It's seen a lot of traffic but still manages to make a positive impression - not stellar but positive.  The setting still is beautiful.  It will always be a tourist destination thanks to Stephen King.  

We had a good time!  What do you expect - Disneyland?

13/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
224. Shannon E.
I got a Living Social voucher to come here so my husband and I decided to make the trip up from Phoenix and check it out.  I already knew that this hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King's book The Shining, and that book is one of my all time favorites, so it wasn't a coincidence that I bought this Living Social deal the second I saw it.  ;)  

The hotel itself is beautiful, stately testament to the craftsmanship and décor of the late 1800's.  It abounds with high ceilings, wood floors, stone fireplaces, crown molding, oil paintings and decorative trim work that is woefully missing in modern architecture.

Every single employee we encountered was beyond gracious and polite.  They must have a top notch customer service program for their staff because everyone was so wonderful and helpful.    

Our room was lovely, BUT I do have two small complaints in that it didn't have a chair to sit in, or a mirror within the room itself, just the one in the bathroom.  If they add a mirror over the dresser and an armchair then it'll be perfect.  The mattress was soft and fluffy and extremely comfortable, and just because I am a neurotic about cleanliness I pulled back the bedding and inspected the mattress very carefully when we got there and it was perfectly clean, no stains, no bedbugs, etc..  I felt very comfortable sleeping here and indeed I slept like the dead on both evenings.  Which leads me to my next topic: Ghosts.

We sprung for the Paranormal Investigation that they offer on select weekend nights from 8 PM to 1 AM.  It was $50 per person and absolutely worth it.  The investigation is limited to people 18 and older, and the group size is limited too.  We were split into two groups each lead by a paranormal investigator and we set off to investigate the music conservatory across the ground of the hotel property and a room within the hotel itself.  The conservatory is allegedly haunted by the spirits of three ghosts and the hotel room by another couple of ghosts, including a child if I remember correctly.  

We were armed with divining rods, EMF detectors, infrared thermometers, and an ovilus machine which paranormal entities can use to manipulate to create spoken words.  We were entertained by the ghost stories and the words generated by the ovilus, and we were also surprised to see the flashlights (left sitting alone) turn on and off on their own.  All of this may or may not be compelling evidence of ghosts, but it certainly was entertaining, thought provoking and a great way to spend 5 hours on a Friday night.

The next day we jumped in our rental car and drove into Rocky Mountain National Park, which was a quick drive through the town of Estes Park and up into the mountains.  Rocky Mountain National Park is a sight to behold...simply breathtaking in it's sheer size and beauty.  Later that night we saw a movie at the nearby theater and after the movie we stopped at the hotel's famous bar and had a cocktail to wrap up our night and sat by the roaring fire in the lobby fireplace.  The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel restaurant, Cascades. I ordered the Eggs Benedict and my husband ordered French Toast, the food was really quite good, the coffee was strong and the service was top notch.

I was actually quite sad when we checked out as I had such a nice time here.  I really can't wait to come back!

26/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
225. Wendy H.
So I decided to finally take the hotel tour and it was amazing. Our tour guide, Lady J, was fabulous. She was funny and very informative. Sometimes these type of tours end up sounding your like history teacher but not with Lady J. The entire process was very easy. I called and booked the reservation. Our group was very small which made it more personable. If you are in the area of if you've been thinking about taking the tour, I highly recommend it. Ask for Lady J!

12/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
226. Jana A.
So there were some definite PROS and CONS to our stay at TSH. Here's a little background so you know how to gauge our experience to yours - we stayed on the 4th floor in room 418 (which they claim has some of the most paranormal activity in the hotel). We upgraded to the Ghost Hunter package which comes with a 4th floor room, Redrum mugs (which they claim they will mail to us since they "didn't have any" - yet the gift shop was over flowing with them) a kII meter and some little ghost figures. Since we also upgraded to a haunted room we spent a cool $500 for one night. (We heard a couple at the bar talking about how they were upgraded for free.)
We personally did not have any such paranormal experience and the room is tiny. The shower stall would not fit both of us which was a horrible disappointment since it was our first night as man and wife and we had indulged in a variety of bath bombs.
The bed however was great - amazing pillows and linens + fancy pillows.
I'm a savvy hotel-stayer so I made a 7pm reservation at The Cascades restaurant well in advance so that we could eat and go on our 8:30 Ghost Tour.
Here's where I start to get grouchy. The front desk said they would charge my discover $50 but would not authorize it any further. We got to our room and my card had been authorized the full amount. Which is fine it wasn't a money issue. I didn't want a $500 pending charge on my account. But no biggie I let it slide - back to our dinner reservations. We walked up to the hostess podium and were not greeted. We had to introduce ourselves and announce we were there for dinner at 7. This is the response I got "we will seat you around 7:15" but I have a reservation. "Everybody has a reservation." The End.
No apology - no offer to get us drinks while we wait, nothing. Just a rude little troll of a women.
Luckily we sat ourselves at the whiskey bar and were promptly served by whom I consider a professional bar tender who convinced us to relax, he would get us fed-drunk-tour bound by 8:30.  He delivered, and the short rib was 5 stars. I wish I could remember his name- he was a brunette 40ish guy.
The tour was interesting. A lot of personal experience type things. The tour guy was like-able enough.
We got up in the morning expecting continental breakfast which is what is advertised on the website and were gravely disappointed to find out it's only for lodge guests (which is what we were told at the cafe, I don't know if that's actually the case. They have so many incompetent employees who knows!) and requires an additional upgrade. Wow $500 doesn't even get you a bagel in the morning. The check out clerk was also a dickhead.
So we may return to the hotel and give it another go and not do any upgrades, stay in the lodge and remember to eat at the bar. The only reason this is a 3 star and not a 2 is because the bartender was great and delivered on his promise, the food was delish, the bed was comfy and the tour guide was enthusiastic and nice.

13/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
227. Shawn S.
Every visitor to Estes Park should go for a drink at the Stanley.  You can get a cocktail either at the cozy bar or on the huge front porch (buy in the bar and walk to the porch vs waiting for service)

Great views from the front porch.  The drinks are well made, there is a great selection of beer and wine, and the bartenders are super busy but on top of things -  being decisive helps you get served faster.  

It is a historical property with a lot of outdoor space, and is well maintained.

22/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
228. Caley E.
Love this place, I've stayed here for the fifth time recently and just did a ghost tour and it was awesome, my friend actually captured a spirit on video! (If you believe in that stuff, I totally do)   Estes Park is also beautiful, tons to do in town as well as outdoors stuff in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The views from the Stanley are amazing and the staff has always been very friendly and accommodating. I will continue to stay here as much as I can! Love it!

25/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
229. Megan A.
This hotel is iconic and is worth a stay at least once in a lifetime. They play the Shining on replay which we watched as snow blanketed the outside just as in the movie. The best part was wandering the halls of the hotel at 1am and hearing the building creak and crack in the wind.

08/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
230. David P.
The Stanley Hotel likes to hang it's hat on a few different pegs:
- This is where The Shining was written/took place/ was filmed (all true, to a degree of falseness).

- This is an old, ornate, gorgeous building in a picturesque mountain town (true).

- There is a closed-circuit channel on all the TVs that plays "The Shining" on repeat (true, although you only seem to ever turn on the TV for the same 20 minutes of the movie, no matter what).

- This is a premium/ luxury/ high end hotel with quality rooms and amenities that make your stay worth every penny (not true).

With the Stanley, you're basically paying for the outside of the building. The landmark hotel has been around forever and is a staple to just about any Colorado Mountain getaway. But to stay a night here? Even if you don't believe in ghosts, it can be downright scary.

For example:

- You can hear the ice machine from any room.
- In fact, you can hear just about anything that happens in the building.
- Some of the bathroom fixtures are historic from when the hotel was built back in 1909. Other historic fixtures are left over from what was probably an ill-conceived remodel sometime in the 70s.
- The modern looking thermostat on the wall? That's probably just for show. Press that up arrow all day long, you ain't gettin' no heat!

Will I stay here again? Probably. Always seems to happen. But if you're looking for a legitimately relaxing place to stay, try another place in this town. Any one will do ya.

07/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
231. Julia A.
We stopped in for drinks at the bar in the hotel and it was absolutely stunning.  There were two weddings going on so as an event planner I popped my head in to check it out.   The highlight of our experience was the bartender and his ability to turn a cocktail into an art form. The 4th earl of dunraven was absolutely out of this world. I'll be safe smudging all of my Cocktails now!  Well done! I'll be back!

28/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
232. Lily S.
Really don't recommend the tour, almost $20 per person including tip and you could wander around the hotel by yourself with a printout of the Wikipedia entry and learn just as much.

If you like historical establishments then this place is for you. I'm more of a modern hotel girl, prefer larger rooms and floors that don't creak. Too bad (or Thank God?) we didn't run into any ghosts during our stay. Good toiletry and we enjoyed the Cascade restaurant very much.

24/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
233. Anj L.
Like others have mentioned, The Stanley Hotel is something that should be experienced. I am glad we went but the experience was both high and low.
Many don't realize that in addition to the hotel, you can also stay in the condos directly behind the hotel. Stanley Hotel is sitting on a gold mine with the condos. Our condo was gorgeous. Beautifully decorated, inviting gas fireplace, and the most comfortable bed. Staying here was very handy to utilize the kitchen for breakfasts and save a little money. It was very cold when we visited, so the fireplace was used a lot.
The bad part of the experience...the service sucked. I literally had to call daily for clean towels. Even when we were close to running out of toilet paper! We stayed 4 nights, never had the place cleaned. Our used linen piled up in the tub (luckily we had a shower.)
The front desk of the hotel was sad. Only one employee ran the desk, even when the line of customers was long. At one point, another employee stood behind the desk and thanked everyone for their patience, but did not jump in and help.
The grounds are gorgeous and the wild elk arrive at night, which is a sight to see. The basement level of the hotel is full of memorabilia, which was fun to see. This included items from the movie Dumb and Dumber, and also from The Shining.
I would recommend staying at this location because we had a lot of fun and it was beautiful there in Estes Park. The Stanley Hotel needs to stop being so cheap and hire more employees. I am sure they made a boat-load of money, so they can afford it.

28/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
234. Jennifer B.
Ooo! Scary! Get ready for the 4th most haunted building in North America!

I was here for a rehearsal dinner for a friend's wedding. I must say, the steak was impeccable and open bar served great drinks. Afterwards, the hotel allowed us to book a private tour. It was interesting to hear about how the buildings were used as a hospital and hearing about the owner's wife. They were sure to show great pictures of ghosts that people had caught downstairs.

18/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
235. Kate D.
I would recommend visiting, not staying the night here. I could bore everyone with a long, wordy, detail filled review about the lack of amenities, one dining option, poor housekeeping, technical difficulties and so on, but I'll just point out the top offender. Power tools before 7:30 am. Really? I understand updates and maintenance need to be made, but some guidelines should be put in place as a manner of civility.
Cool place to check out - but I'd go down the hill for an overnight option.

19/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
236. Jackie K.
I went to the Stanley Hotel for a rehearsal dinner, and it was just about the nicest rehearsal dinner I've ever attended.  The food was fantastic (think fried chicken, s'mores chocolate cake, etc.).  The service was nice as well.  And the building and the ballroom themselves were lovely.

They probably need to work on the parking--it was a bit of a hassle to find a parking spot.  Otherwise, it is a beautiful spot.

27/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
237. Sarah M.
I was greatly disappointed in my stay at the Stanley.

We stayed with a living social coupon which I am so thankful for cause I would never spend the amount of money they are asking for a stay there. Definitely over priced.

Although the history is cool and all definitely not worth the amount of money for what you get. A small room with an uncomfortable bed. A ceiling that is angled over your bed that if you are taller than 5ft you are going to hit your head on. I get that they are trying to stay historic with the no AC but come on. It was May 16th cool outside but our room was so hot it made it difficult to sleep. Did I mention the other visitors that thought they should party all night till 4am. Since it was so hot and we had to have our window open it was like we were attending their party down below.

I will never stay here again. Go check it out take some pictures, but don't spend the money to stay the night here!!

18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
238. Bunny G.
That's the first thing I think of when someone mentions the Stanley.  Of course, that iconic line is from the horror movie, The Shining, which was inspired by a book written by Steven King... and what inspired him to write this novel? The Stanley Hotel.

We drove around and wanted to park but it was cold, snowy, we had a car full of people and parking was limited and sadly so was our time.

I think what was the most surprising was that this hotel suddenly pops out of nowhere and it's kind of in the middle of "town".  Where in the movie it looks like its completely isolated and located somewhere in the wilderness.

I plan on coming back...maybe to stay...I don't know because I'm scared of ghosts and I hear this place is haunted!

13/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0