Monday, April 6, 2009

Stanley Hotel... Estes Park, Colorado

If you are a Stephen King fan, request room 217. It was in this room that King, inspired by the Stanley Hotel, wrote half of "The Shining."
The ghosts in the Stanley Hotel aren't evil as in the book. Room 418 seems to have the most ghostly activity reported. In fact, the entire fourth floor of the Stanley Hotel (formerly the servants quarters) is quite active. Often, the sound of children playing in the halls of the Stanley can be heard, even when no children are present.
The Stanley Hotel's original owners, F.O. and Flora Stanley, are said to haunt the hotel as well. Mr Stanley plays the piano in the music room, and frequents the billards room and the lobby.
Romantic and secluded, The Stanley Hotel lies nestled among the foothills in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, 70 miles north of Denver, Colorado. The hotel is a popular spot for weddings and receptions. The hotel was built in 1909 in the neoclassical Georgian style, inspired by the resorts of the eastern seaboard. The hotel and its surrounding lands are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This hotel was the inspiration for Steven King's "The Shining."
Guest Rooms and Rates:
135 rooms and suites with views of the Rocky Mountains, Longs Peak and Lumpy Ridge. Heritage Suite has a full-service kitchen and laundry room. Standard rooms from $119. Suites from $219.
The hotel can arrange murder mystery dinners for groups. Call the hotel for details.
Six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, about an hour outside Denver.
333 Wonderview, P.O.Box 1767,
Estes Park, Colorado 80517