Estes Park

The Stanley Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Historic hotel in Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Served as inspiration for Stephen King’s "The Shining"
  • Listed among Conde Nast Traveler's Top Hotels in Colorado for 2017
  • 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
(61 Member Ratings)
"Staff was so helpful, brought us extra blankets"
Oct 11, 2018
Fort Collins, 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; both can be seen in Victorian-era formal wear on the main staircase, and 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. The Lodge offers an intimate experience on the storied grounds with dog-friendly rooms. Built in 2016, the Aspire Residences feature apartment-like condos with kitchens, sofa beds in the living rooms and 360-degree views of the national park.

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 pre-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


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Public car park (fees apply)


  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

The minimum age to check-in is 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: US$20 inclusive of tax, per night.

Pets: Pets allowed only on request and in the Lodge Room Types.  Dogs only, 2 per room maximum (up to 75 pounds).
The charge for the first dog is $75 per accommodation, per stay for the first dog. The 2nd pet is an additional $50 per accommodation per stay. 
Please note only Lodge Rooms are pet friendly.
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.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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
(61 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Stanley Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.8 Location
3.7 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
3.6 Value for the Money
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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
Enjoyed Most
Marty Sep 21, 2018 Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
The great location, beautiful view, and the interesting history behind the hotel.
Other Comments
I think the hotel needs a deep cleaning and some sprucing up. Our room had dust on the dresser, and the bathroom vanity had water damage down the front and toothpaste splatter on the mirror. In the public areas I noticed lots of dings and dents on the woodwork and furniture. Surfaces just looked a little worn and grubby. Nothing major, but impacted the ambience. I feel like the hotel is coasting on it's location and fame. Our 4th-floor room was incredibly small with the bed under the eaves. I bumped my head multiple times. However, I think we got a good value and I'm glad we stayed there.
Jennifer Sep 29, 2018 Seattle, WA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The beauty, the history, the location and the Staff. Okay I guess that' s more then one thing!
Brenda Sep 20, 2018 Craig, CO, USA
Other Comments
Your offer included a bottle of wine ("valued at $34") The wine I received is valued on the Proverb website at $7.99. Also elevator out of service, repairs closed use of doors, use of porch, etc.
Louise May 26, 2018 Denver, CO, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff was amazing! Both "Innkeepers" went out of their way to make our stay wonderful.
Other Comments
A little surprised that the Stanley does not recycle. Not a deal breaker but we were surprised.
Randy Sep 04, 2018 Centennial, CO, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful location and historical interest
Other Comments
The room was very tired. We had only one dim lamp for lighting in the room and no hot water in the shower.
Ellen Sep 15, 2018 Steamboat Springs, CO, USA

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