4.0
204 votes

The Stanley Hotel

333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, Colorado 80517 USA

FastBook

The Stanley Hotel

$$$
$$$$
Pricey
Open Now
Sat 6a-5:30a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
Remove Ads

“one of America's most haunted hotels”

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

Read More >
Add Review
Thanks!
Your Rating
1
2
3
4
5

Reviewed by
Dana Newkirk

  • Road Warrior
  • 298 Reviews
  • 341 Helpful
August 27, 2014
Rated 4.0

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

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Paurian

  • 3 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 27, 2014
Rated 5.0

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

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kaylabryant2

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
February 06, 2019
Rated 4.0

Great stories, beautiful hotel, and great service.

Was this helpful?

Reviewed by
BlairDayton

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
December 26, 2018
Rated 4.0

I stay at the Stanley Hotel every year. It's one of my favorite places to stay in Colorado. The views are fantastic especially in the winter. The hotel staff is very nice and accommodating. Of course, it's known for being the influence behind Stephen King's "The Shining" and there is a gift shop inside the hotel to pickup a copy and buy other trinkets. If you're in the area you can stop by for one of their ghost tours or ghost hunts. Some of it's a little far fetched for my taste but it's still entertaining. The bar is nice. My only issue with the hotel is the restaurant inside. I've ordered room service and had no one show up with my order. I had to go downstairs and reinstate that I had placed one and was greeted with less than ideal attitudes. However, the bar staff waited on me while I was waiting for my order was very nice. Overall, I would recommend staying here. Especially if you love history and listening to spooky tales about the hotel. I stay every year and plan on continuing to do so.

Was this helpful?

Reviewed by
beckybain

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 24, 2018
Rated 5.0

We spent two nights in room 215. The room was more than I had thought it would be. There isn’t air conditioning but we expected this as the Stanley Hotel is a historic hotel and keeping it original outweighs have AC. The hotel does supply fans which were helpful.
I highly recommend the night tour. It was fantastic! Our guide was awesome and we plan to do it again when we return!

Was this helpful?

Reviewed by
Megan Bannister

  • Road Warrior
  • 135 Reviews
  • 91 Helpful
December 30, 2017
Rated 5.0

Even if you're not staying in the Stanley Hotel, it's a great place to explore on a tour. Not only does this beautiful Colonial Revival hotel have a haunted history, it’s also home to an unexpectedly beautiful love story. While the Stanley Hotel is arguably most famous for its haunted happenings, its rich backstory and role in Estes Park’s development are equally fascinating. We spent a wonderful morning learning all about the hotel’s creator, Freeland O. Stanley and the impact he and his wife, Flora, had on the surrounding area.

Was this helpful?

Reviewed by
Timetim

  • 26 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 15, 2017
Rated 5.0

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

Was this helpful?

Reviewed by
Timetim

  • 26 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 15, 2017
Rated 5.0

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

Was this helpful?

Reviewed by
Jay Benefield

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 14, 2016
Rated 4.0

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

The staff was very friendly and helpful.

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

Was this helpful?

Reviewed by
Rocketmann

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 24, 2016
Rated 4.0

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

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

Was this helpful?

Be the first to add a review to the The Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Hotel

333 E Wonderview Ave
Estes Park, Colorado
80517 USA

Hours

Open now until 5:30 am
  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 5:30 am

Is there a problem with this listing? Let us know.

  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • RV Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Haunted
  • 140 Rooms
  • Check-In
    • 4 PM
  • Check-Out
    • 11 AM

Own or Manage This Location?

Claim this listing to keep your
information up to date.

Claim Listing
Remove Ads

Nearby Hotels

Estes Park, Colorado
FastBook
$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado
FastBook
$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Estes Park, Colorado
FastBook

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Remove Ads
909728