80517 Travel Guide
The Stanley Hotel near Rocky Mountain National Park is known for being spooky, for sure, and it certainly has its place in pop culture for inspiring Stephen King's novel The Shining and making a cameo in every twentysomething male's favorite film, "Dumb and Dumber" (race you to the top!).
But did you know about the sister property right next door called the Lodge at the Stanley? It used to be a "bachelor’s building," created specifically for solo male travelers back in the day (1910), but today the 40-room boutique inn is more like a bed and breakfast than a lodge.
“I call it a luxury inn,” said chef/innkeeper Midge Knerr, who ran a bed and breakfast in Rhode Island for 30 years and was one of New York City’s first female chefs. “It exudes a bit more of mountain feel – cozier than the main building, with an artisan touch.”
We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
We got a kick out of this blog post by comedian Paul F. Tompkins, who was recently staying at The Stanley Hotel in northern Colorado. Inside the room, he came across an ironing board, neatly stored in its own carrying case, with shoulder straps.
Thankfully, we weren't the only ones to catch the irony of placing a transportable ironing board in a hotel room. Click below to see Tompkins' hilarious commentary of the discovered hotel amenity...
With Halloween coming up there was one place we had to go during our stay in Denver last week: the Stanley Hotel up in Estes Park.
The Stanley, of course, is where Stephen King was inspired to write The Shining and is known as one of the most haunted hotels in America. Obviously, we took the ghost tour – they run on the hour and cost $15. You can add in a tour of the haunted Concert Hall for $5 but they only run on certain days.
You definitely get bang for your buck, even if you don’t see any spooks – our tour ran for two hours thanks to our guide, Kevin, who was one of the most sweetly enthusiastic tour guides we’ve had before. He was funny, interesting and even knew how to deal with some annoying brats who kept saying like a broken record “that’s not scary” until we were itching to show them what is scary.
What surprised us most was that it wasn’t a gratuitously spooky ghost tour – about half of it was taken up with genuine hotel history (FO Stanley and his brother, who built the hotel, also invented the first hybrid car, made violins and all sorts – clever gents).
We've written numerous times about the haunted Stanley Hotel in Colorado, which prompted Stephen King to write his novel, "The Shining" after a stay here (which was then made into the movie with Jack Nicholson and the Red Rum twins.)
Now, thanks to YouTube we get to see the Sci-Fi Channel's in-depth look at what it's like staying in the most haunted room of them all, Room 401. We actually got a little scared but still think it is suspicious that all the paranormal activity is happening off-camera.
The SCI FI Channel has announced it will film an episode the reality show "Ghost Hunters" at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, which served as the inspiration for Stephen King's thriller, "The Shining."
So how did this hotel get so haunted?
Well, it all started when King stayed in room 217 and witnessed a ghostly little boy wandering the halls of the hotel. But room 418 and pretty much the whole fourth floor seems to have the most ghostly activity reported by hotel staffers and employees. Most of the time, the sound of children can be heard even when none are present.
On the more earthly side, one guest complained not just about ghosts but staff too.
Only one front desk clerk was professional and personable, all the others were unattentive and had very bad people skills....I had to get out of bed at 4:00am, left my room to retreat to the lobby. I got down there and the front desk clerk came out after a few long minutes and she was half asleep and dishelved! Must be nice to get some shut eye on the job when I couldn't even get any as a guest in thier rooms!!
The desk clerk ain't afraid of no ghost but you can take an official hotel ghost tour for $10.
· SCI FI'S 'Ghost Hunters' to investigate Colorado Hotel that inspired 'The Shining' [FutonCritic]
· Haunted Hotels [About.com]
· Stanley Hotel reviews [TripAdvisor]