What We Love
- Original architectural elements — like glass doorknobs and elaborate crown moldings — were preserved when the guestrooms were renovated in 2011
- Huge windows open to let in the crisp, clean mountain air
- Free WiFi
- A herd of elk often grazes on the golf course–size front lawn
- Just minutes from the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park
What To Know
- This is a historic hotel, so the floors creak and each room is unique
- Rooms on the third and fourth floors have the best mountain views
- There’s no air conditioning, but the nights are cool and most rooms have ceiling fans
- Estes Park's elevation is 7,522; drink lots of water and wear sunscreen (even in winter)
- The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, you’ll be in the historical district and minutes from Reel Mountain Theater and Stanley Village. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Barlow Plaza.
Make yourself at home in one of the 140 guestrooms. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as complimentary weekday newspapers and ceiling fans.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and facials. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a hair salon.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a 24-hour front desk. Planning an event in Estes Park? This hotel has 14000 square feet (1301 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We are glad we stayed once but we won’t be back. The hotel is not up to its luxurious billing. The signage for registration is poor. If you have bags, it’s quite a hassle. Luckily, we traveled light with just backpacks so the stairs weren’t inconvenient. However we saw other guests struggling with roller bags over the ice and snow and up all of the stairs. They don’t have adequate housekeeping staff. We were told that they don’t offer housekeeping service this season. They only turn the rooms for the next guest. Sadly, they don’t vacuum the main lobby either. Walls are quite thin and our neighbors opted to come in at 2:30am to carry on loudly until 5 in the morning. Also, note if you are an early bird, be prepared to either use the in room Keurig or go to Starbucks for coffee. The café on site does not open until 8am. (But their chocolate covered cherries are delicious.) The restaurant was “okay” but no kid friendly options. The highlight for us was Ian at the whiskey bar. The bar is great. If we visit the area again, we will stay somewhere else and just go for a drink.
The Stanley Hotel is a historic hotel made famous by Stephen King. Room 217 is where he stayed to write the horror psychological thriller The Shining (Novel). The novel was made into a movie by Stanley Kubrick, but the movie was not filmed at the Stanley Hotel. The Shining (Mini-series) was filmed at the Stanley Hotel. Other movies filmed at the Stanley Hotel include Dumb and Dumber. The hotel receptionist indicated that Room 217 is booked year round. The hotel offers day and night guided ghost tours, as well as scheduled live concerts. The main Stanley Hotel is the historic part, which has thin walls and you can hear people walking and talking in the hallway. The main hotel is much cheaper and has an on-site restaurant, bar, event rooms, spa and gift shop. There is a historic brass elevator that takes you up to your room or you can take the wide staircase. The newer accommodations include the Lodge (boutique feel) and Aspire (contemporary rooms/suites). The Stanley Hotel sits at the entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Park at Estes Park, which is a little town great for walking, shopping, eating, and drinking. During the winter, the town shuts down early.
Our two night stay at the Stanley Hotel was in celebration of our 45th wedding anniversary (January) and February's Valentines day. Upon our arrival, front desk clerk, Gus, quickly and efficiently completed our check in process. He provided us with maps of the Hotel and grounds as well as an abbreviated map for the City of Estes Park. Gus was pretty friendly as he offered some information on the local area. We stayed in the main building, which housed the registration desk, the Cascades restaurant and lounge, a gift shop, a coffee shop, and an area where you could register for tours of the property and hotel. Our room was on the third floor of the hotel. The hotel does have an elevator, however, we found ourselves using the open stairways to access our floor.
Our room was found to be very clean and airy, larger than the normal hotel room. It overlooked the front property of the Stanley and a portion of the City of Estes Park. We also enjoyed the view of a maze of hedges, directly outside our window. The main building, for the Stanley, is historic and does represent the period for which it was built. Therefore, the rooms are not brand new and one should not think of "plush" when they enter their reserved room. I'm only speaking for the room we stayed in. We were impressed with the enormity of the room and the view we had. The pillows and linens on the bed were clean, however, the mattress we slept on was not as firm as we were used to. We were in room 338, at the end of the hall, near the stairway. Late night/early morning foot traffic and people conversations on the stairs was often not conducive for sleeping. If you're an active person, we found walking to a close strip mall or to downtown Estes Park was possible. We did make a reservation, online, for the Cascades restaurant to have our Valentines dinner. Our server, Josh C, provided impeccable service for the evening. Josh was quite knowledgeable of the menu and made several subtle recommendations for pairings of wine/appetizer/and entrees. All of which we appreciated. Josh was extremely attentive thoughout the night without being overbearing. We enjoyed the atmosphere of a small room, with a table for four, tucked away from the main dining room. We could watch the activity from the dining room as well as have our secluded time for a quiet conversation. The service was outshined only by the spectacular food that was prepared for us. It was certainly of Five Star quality. Our hat's off to the Chefs. Rocky Mountain National Park is located at the edge of Estes Park and takes only minutes to reach from the Stanley Hotel. Since we had visited the Stanley on previous occassions and had done the nighttime tour and the daytime tour, we passed and spent the day inside the park watching the wildlife, closeup. Checking out of the hotel was as quick and efficient as the registration was. Brian went over our billing statement and asked how our stay was. He also asked if we would like a copy of the billing statement. Great experience. Any number of staff members that we encountered at the Stanley were all friendly and courteous. Totally recommend the Stanley Hotel for a "perfect getaway".
I have always wanted to stay at the Stanley and was very excited to finally get the opportunity. While the hotel and grounds are beautiful, I do not recommend staying overnight. First of all, we had a hard time getting anyone to answer the phone when we were trying to reserve, it took several tries even though we left our name and number for call backs.
Our room was dusty and filthy. There was blood droplets and a bunch of cut hairs (like someone got a haircut) on the bathroom floor. The tub was dirty and stained. It looked like someone just rinsed the tub and sink rather than clean it. There was actually hair in the tub and caked around the drain. Most of the grout in tile areas was moldy. The tub had moldy areas.
I dropped an earring by the bed and the back bounced on the rug and under the bed. When I went to retrieve it, I noticed there was a such a thick layer of dust and dirt that you couldn't see the actual color of the rug. The same was true behind the armchair, which could be easily moved for vacuuming, but it looks like it hasn't been moved in years. The window sills were covered with dirt and the panes were dirty.
It was very noisy at night. We heard someone's TV blaring until about 2AM and drunk, noisy people going to their rooms until around 1:30AM. There were four of us in two rooms, and none of us slept well.
Bring your own bottled water, because after the coffee shop closes in the early evening, there is no bottled water to be had in the entire hotel. We asked for water from the bar and the concierge and they said none was available. So although you have a Keurig maker in your room, you have to use bathroom sink water to make coffee.
Speaking of coffee, we purchased a variety of pastries from the coffee shop to take on the road, and it was obvious that they were old. I had a scone that I actually could not take a bite out of for fear of chipping a tooth. It was rock hard I couldn't even break it in half. The other pastries were stale and smelled like the inside of a refrigerator. Had we been back at the hotel, I would have asked for a refund on the pastries.
If you are dining or at the bar and have to go to the bathroom, good luck. We only found two bathrooms, each on different floors, and you had to wait in line. Going to the bathroom was a 20-minute experience.
We had dinner at the restaurant and the service was awful. It took the waiter about 20 minutes to even approach the table. Once we got our food, he never came by to check on us. The food was disappointing. Our $55 porterhouse was less than1-inch thick, more like a steak you would get at Outback or Sizzler. The filet side was overcooked to well done and the rest was rare to medium rare. The crab legs were not pre-cracked and were overcooked. It was very difficult to get the meat out.
For the amount of money they charge for rooms, you should at a minimum have a clean room and a couple of bottles of water. I get that it is old, but old shouldn't mean dirty. This is definitely not worth it and a huge waste of money. You are better off going there and having a couple of their excellent Bloody Mary's at the bar and walking around.
All four of us agreed that the service should have been much better. I am surprised by recent reviews that speak highly about the staff. The staff we encountered were generally unfriendly and did not go out of their way to be helpful. It was our impression that most of them didn't want to be there, maybe because it was Valentine's Day. We definitely will not be going back.
We stayed at the Stanley on a bitter cold February night. The tour was lots of fun and gave us a bit of history on the building and famous people who stayed there - also some of the 'spirits' who may inhabit the place.