Estes Park

The Stanley Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Just 6 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Served as inspiration for Stephen King’s "The Shining"
  • On the National Register of Historic Places 
  • Hiking, fishing, skiing and golfing are within a 15-minute drive of the hotel

"Perched regally on a hill, with a commanding view of town ... one of Colorado's great old hotels" -- Fodor's
Enjoyed This
(68 Member Ratings)
"Took the tour. Awesome!"
Feb 05, 2019
Westminster, CO, USA

Map & Directions

The hotel is a 90-minute drive from Denver International Airport and free parking is available for guests.

Rooms & Rates

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Opened in 1909, the Stanley Hotel is registered as a National Historic Landmark but is best known for serving as inspiration for Stephen King’s "The Shining." The property is famously haunted by its original owner and his wife; it is said that both can be seen in Victorian-era formal wear on the main staircase and that her piano plays on its own. In 2015, a replica maze from the film's chase scene was constructed on the grounds.

The Georgian-style hotel overlooks Rocky Mountain National Park and is a five-minute drive from downtown Estes Park’s restaurants and boutiques. Outdoorsy guests will find hiking, fishing, skiing and golfing within a 15-minute drive of the hotel.

Guests have a variety of accommodation options at this hotel; most include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, seating areas and the choice of one king or two queen beds. The main building features traditional rooms as well as upgraded options like rooms with Jacuzzi tubs and views of the Rocky Mountains. 

Dining is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Cascades, where guests can eat fireside or dine alfresco in spring and summer. On weekends, Table hosts a rotation of celebrity chefs offering a five-course prix fixe menu. The property also features a casual coffee shop and a bar boasting the state’s largest whiskey selection. Visitors and locals alike can snag tickets to comedy shows, rock concerts and special speakers at the hotel’s Stanley Live venue. 

From the press:
  • "The experience served as the inspiration for 'The Shining,' and this, in tandem with ghost stories galore, makes a stay an absolute must for horror (and King) fans" -- Frommer’s


General The gym/fitness center is located in the Aspire Residences.
Only Lodge Rooms are pet-friendly.

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge service
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center
  • ATM

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Public car park (fees apply)


  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children 12 and under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request: free of charge.
Extra bedding available upon request: $20 inclusive of tax, per night.

To book a stay with more than two guests in an Aspire King Studio and Aspire Double King, leave the number of booked guests at 2 and make note of additional guests in the special requests field at checkout.
Rates based on up to 4 guests staying in room. See room descriptions for maximum occupancy allowed in each room.

Pets: Dogs only, 2 per room (up to 75 pounds), are allowed on request and in the Lodge Room Types only.  
The charge for the first dog is 75 USD plus tax, per accommodation, per stay. The 2nd dog is an additional 50 USD plus tax, per accommodation per stay. 
Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The gym/fitness center is located in the Aspire Residences.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(68 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Stanley Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.8 Location
3.6 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
3.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Took the tour. Awesome!
Other Comments
No sugar or creamer available in the room
Candace Feb 05, 2019 Westminster, CO, USA
Enjoyed Most
Well, that is difficult since everything was just about perfect! I loved my 2 dogs were able to come along with us. I loved the architecture of the Stanley Hotel and the Lodge! At first I thought I was getting a second rate location since we were in the Lodge with our pets however I think we got the better location. The Stanley Hotel gets so much traffic of folks visiting and only folks who are registered guests can go upstairs to the rooms. In the Lodge, only guests are allowed in the building. Our visit was so beautiful with the views, the National Park and staying at The Stanley Hotel! The staff was superb in our stay and we want to thank one and all!
Other Comments
We will return to your great hotel, The Stanley Hotel and magnificent Estes Park❤️
Carol Nov 27, 2018 Colorado Springs Springs, CO, USA
Enjoyed Most
The meals in the restaurant were very good.
Other Comments
Although I made reservations in July, our room was terrible...between the elevator and a slamming door that must have been opened and closed hundreds of times while we were there.
Barbara Nov 27, 2018 Evergreenrgreen, CO, USA
Enjoyed Most
The authenticity of the building. Enjoyed the elevator. The bed was very comfortable.
Other Comments
There was to be complimentary wine in the room as per when I booked it, but there was not. There was no screen on the window and we had to have it open for air, we could have had a bird as a visitor. Light bulb was out in the bathroom.
William Nov 18, 2018 Sterling, CO, USA
Other Comments
Nothing special other than historic setting.
Darrel Oct 25, 2018 Windsor, CO, USA
Enjoyed Most
The atmosphere/ambiance of the hotel
Other Comments
All of the staff was very nice. They did everything to male our experience a pleasant one.
Arnold Oct 19, 2018 Mesa, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Staff was so helpful, brought us extra blankets
Other Comments
Hotel is still in need of updates and our room was COLD
Patricia Oct 11, 2018 Fort Collins, CO, USA
Enjoyed Most
Loved the history and setting of the hotel.
Constance Oct 11, 2018 Arvada, CO, USA
Enjoyed Most
Historic ambience
Other Comments
Enjoyable experience.
Hlib Oct 09, 2018 Denver, CO, USA
Enjoyed Most
Historic style in scenic setting
Other Comments
Room in lodge was a bit tight (no chair), and the stopgap portable ac unit didn’t function properly ( not an issue in the cool evening). Wine tasting was a nice perk, and the porch seating terrific. Make reservations to eat on site, and skip the spirit tour!!
Richard Oct 02, 2018 Lafayette, CA, USA

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