4.0
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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

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

Stanley Hotel
333 Wonderview Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 3189 Reviews
Who is running the show?
Reviewed 2 days ago

Arrived after a long day of hiking to discover our room was not ready. It was 4:30. They sent us to the overcrowded bar and said they would text us when the room was cleaned. After nearly two hours we returned to the desk only to discover the 2 men we had been talking to had left. So we didn't know where to go. We went back over to the main lodge and after another 20 minutes got our room keys. The room, as others have said, was ok. Kind of drab with a view of a lot of construction, although you could see mountains in the distance.

They had obviously not thoroughly cleaned the bathroom. There was hair on the floor, in the sink, and soap scum in the shower. That was completely off-setting. The garbage was never emptied the days we were there. There was no light in the closet so I literally had to use my phone flashlight to see into my suitcase. And with all the construction, the grounds are not as appealing. Also be aware that weekends are for weddings and parties, so it is pretty rowdy on those occasions.

We did have a very nice dinner in the restaurant, although we had to wait 40 minutes past our reservation time.

I think there is tremendous opportunity to take this hotel to a better level. The hotel itself is historic and interesting, but they need to decide what they want to be. You can't advertise relaxation and luxury when the bathrooms are dirty and all you can hear at night is the boom boom boom from party bands. definitely room for improvement. I hope someone is listening.

Lovely Property and Caring Owner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here for 3 nights and had the chance to meet the owner, John Cullen. The facilities are well maintained and the staff clearly cares about the property and its historic value. John Cullen has done everything in his power to stay true to the hotel's past while still looking forward. The tours are exciting and the whiskey bar is unmatched in its beauty and unique offerings. I will be coming back soon to experience the new spa that is being added to the Aspire building-- You can tell that Cullen and his staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that people from all over can enjoy this historic property for years to come. Unfortunately, I did not see any ghosts but I'm hopeful for my next visit! Thanks so much for a great experience!

Picky, picky, picky!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm seeing a lot of "disappointed" reviews here. If you want squeaky clean, stay somewhere else. But if you want to "live" history, stay at the Stanley. The main hotel, not their other properties. Yes, the room was small and yes it was not perfectly clean. Mostly the problem is from the very old beds that they're vacuums cannot fully reach under. The restaurant was great as was the staff. The night ghost tour was all we could hope for and yes...we did experience some ghostly happenings as shown in photos taken on the tour.

This hotel is thick with history. So if you love history you stay with an open mind, you will have the experience of a lifetime. Yes, there was dust under the bed, but I am giving this excellent rating for the overall experience which was outstanding.

Historical yes, luxurious NO! DON'T STAY HERE!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After checking Stanley's website, we decided to book two nights King Studio at the Aspire Residence, which is newer with modern accommodations. We were only looking to walk around the Stanely property and thought the Aspire would be more comfortable for us. We were told at check in on 4/1 that Aspire is under construction, without power and water, and told us they'd upgrade our room to the main building with no extra charge. Shouldn't there be a schedule for the construction? why would you let people book the Aspire during that period? and if construction is delayed, shouldn't you contact guests and inform them beforehand? Being moved to a filthy room with no kitchen, no living area like the King Studio we booked definitely is a DOWNGRADE. Feels like a trap telling people the room they booked isn't available only at the very last minute. I would have book somewhere else had i known Aspire was unavailable.
-The room was very smelly and dusty. i opened one of the desk drawers, the dust accumulated in there would make you think they haven't clean the room for ten years. i was too afraid to open any more drawers after that one. Just by looking at the carpet you know it hasn't been vacuumed let alone steam clean. I avoided looking behind or under furniture at all cost, otherwise i'd have to sleep in the car.
-one of the window only has one of those decorative curtains, forcing us to wake up at sunrise.
-The heater was falling apart. you can see the exposed wires. Very unsafe.
-No hairdryer. Called the frontdesk and it took about an hour to get that hair dryer.
-Paper thin walls. you can hear your neighbors talk. the TV. the squeaking floor upstairs. the shower. the hallway. everything.
- no vent in the bathroom and the window cannot be opened.
-They don't replenish anything in the room. We even purposely put the empty shampoo bottle on the sink to show housekeeping that it ran out. It was still there after housekeeping came. The only thing housekeeping did was take out the trash, throw the bed sheets back on.

It definitely feels like a historical building with NO modern accommodation. Worst hotel experience EVER and i've stayed at some dodgy hotel in rural China!
I'd advise everyone to take the tour only and DON'T stay at this horribly managed hotel.

Disappointed
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superficially, a beautiful property but with serious and potentially dangerous maintenance issues. Stayed in Room 406 which had no soap and front desk said 'they'd run out'. Took 2 calls and 3 hours for anyone to bring up something with which to wash my hands other than my shampoo. Floor heater broken and wires exposed. Just because the property is old doesn't mean it should fall in to disrepair, especially at $250.00+/night!