Built by F. O. Stanley (of Stanley Steamer fame) and opened on July 4, 1909, The Stanley Hotel has catered to the rich and famous since then. It is of neo-Georgian architecture with 140-guest rooms. Many special occasions including weddings are held in the beautiful hotel with fabulous views of Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park.
The hotel is also famous for hosting the horror novelist, Stephen King and his wife, inspiring his novel, The Shining. Parts of the mini-series were filmed at the hotel.
Many believe the hotel is haunted with guests claiming sightings of paranormal activity. Ghost tours are available daily. Various TV shows have filmed investigative segments in the hotel with varying results on "confirmation" of anything paranormal. We were not really interested in this aspect of the place, but we saw multiple tours being conducted on a late Friday afternoon.
Since this was on my list of "must see" sites in Estes Park, on our last night in town we stopped by for cocktails and appetizers before going to dinner at the Sundeck Restaurant. We sat out on The Patio, and loved the jazz band that was playing. It was a very nice outdoor atmosphere with all different types of clientele.
Landscaped view from The Patio.
Of course, we explored the lobby and surrounding areas. Here are some photos.
Stanley Runabout in the lobby.
The Shining memorabilia in the lovely gift shop.
View of the front of the hotel.
View of Estes Park Lake from the front of the hotel.
There were many bronze sculptures of wildlife on the grounds. Here is one we liked.
To access the hotel, you must pass through a security gate. The cost is $5 to enter, but this amount is credited to your restaurant bill.