Stanley Hotel

Estes Park, Colorado

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333 E Wonderview Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517


(970) 577-4000


The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, began construction in 1909 by Freelan Oscar Stanley, co-founder of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, as a luxurious mountain retreat.

The Stanley Hotel gained widespread fame when it served as the inspiration for Stephen King’s bestselling novel, “The Shining.” King and his wife Tabitha stayed at the hotel in 1974, and the eerie ambiance and isolated setting of the hotel provided the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in his book.

Today, the Stanley Hotel continues to operate as a resort, offering guests a unique blend of historic charm and modern amenities. It remains a popular tourist destination for those interested in its rich history, stunning surroundings, and the haunted legends that continue to captivate visitors.

Haunted History

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is renowned for its haunted history and is often considered one of the most haunted hotels in the United States. Here are some of the most famous ghostly occurrences associated with the Stanley Hotel:

Room 217: This is perhaps the most famous haunted room at the hotel. It’s said to be haunted by the spirit of Elizabeth Wilson, a former housekeeper. In 1911, she was involved in a gas explosion in this room, but she survived. It is believed that her ghost still lingers, and guests have reported encountering her spirit and experiencing strange phenomena in this room.

Children’s Laughter: Visitors and staff have reported hearing the laughter of children in the hallways and rooms when there are no children present. Some believe these playful spirits are the ghosts of the Stanley’s former owners, F.O. Stanley and his wife, Flora, who loved children and often hosted parties for them.

Haunted Concert Hall: The Stanley Hotel’s concert hall is said to be a hotspot for paranormal activity. Guests and employees have reported hearing phantom piano music, seeing ghostly figures in the balconies, and feeling a chilling presence when the hall is empty.

Apparitions and Shadowy Figures: Various apparitions and shadowy figures have been reported throughout the hotel. Guests and staff have described seeing mysterious figures in old-fashioned clothing and experiencing inexplicable cold spots and unexplained noises.

Paranormal Investigations: Due to its reputation, the Stanley Hotel has been the subject of numerous paranormal investigations and television shows. These investigations have captured various unexplained phenomena, further fueling the hotel’s haunted reputation.

The Stanley Hotel fully embraces its haunted history and offers ghost tours and themed events for guests interested in the paranormal.



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