Travel Blogs from Estes Park
Had breakfast at the hotel restaurant, then met our tour guide outside the hotel. We spent 3.5 hours driving around Rocky Mountain National Park in a custom built 4WD with clear sides and roof. It was amazing. There was snow everywhere, and the wind picked up during the drive sending snow flurries around the car. Our guide, Jacob, is a geologist …
We drove to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and made some playlists while waiting for our flight. Boarded our Frontier Airlines flight and were in Denver in two hours. Perfect timing to get our shuttle up to Estes Park in the Rocky Mountain National Park. We were dropped at our hotel - The Stanley Hotel, built between 1907-1909. It was …
I fell asleep quite early last night, Mel stayed awake to watch 'Mama' which was on TV. She told me off for leaving a scary film on only to fall asleep, in my defence I had seen it before though! We were up just before 7am in order to be at breakfast just after 7.30am. We had breakfast in the hotel, we both had continental buffet, was a lovely …
... back, I has a wrap up meeting with Todd at a nearby Panera, then I headed back to the park to unload the bike and take the car back to Enterprise who has also dropped me back off. I got everything prepared to leave, and the Flying Saucer folks were kind enough to let me stay a few extra hours so that I could do my radio show. As soon as it was over, I pulled up stakes and headed to the airport to pick up my wife Debra. My ...
... South America had been experiencing. My third and final day consisted of some much needed R&R coupled with a great hike through the Paque Nacional Metropolitan which was about 4 miles and provided great city views and trails that made it hard to believe you were as close to the city as you were. The park is said to have abundant wild life but I think because of the weather I was not so lucky. This park is also said to be the "sister" park of Cleveland's city park because ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Stanley Hotel Estes Park
Loved the personality
In October 2002, I drove through Estes Park and visited the Stanley Hotel just to see where "The Shining" was filmed. When I walked into the Lobby, I realized this Hotel has a personality of it's own. If walls could talk! What a story this place could tell! Immediately I knew I would have to return to Estes Park just to stay at this beautiful hotel. This is exactly what I did in October 2003. I visited Estes Park again, this time with reservations for 2 nights at the Stanley Hotel. This was a trip I will never forget. The staff was very friendly and the food at the restaurant was great, breakfast was the best. We stayed on the 4th floor, knowing that the elevator required assistance. After all, what are stairs for? The Stanley Hotel is for the adventure seeker, not someone that requires all the modern conveniences. I cannot wait until my next visit, maybe Mr. and Mrs.
Stanley will greet me at the top of the stair case!!
Perfect in January
My husband and I stayed at the Stanley in January of 1987. It was wonderful, there was only 1 guest there besides us. We were wondering the hotel in our p.j.'s! Our bathroom was the shiniest I have ever seen, I took pictures to show everyone just how shiny it was. We were able to keep our window open 3" all night long, and we didnt freeze. We had chateau briand, the best steak to this day I have ever tasted.
Their drink the Stanley Steamer was an awesome drink. This was perfect.
Mold in the shower
We were truly disappointed in our recent stay at the Stanley due to the condition of the rooms for the price we paid. There is no ventilation in the bathroom. Our shower had quite a bit of mold in it, the wallpaper was peeling off the walls, and there were stains all over the ceiling of the bathroom. I had housekeeping come up and they didn't do much. I went to the store and got a mold remover myself and that seemed to work better. I also had the manager come up and she did a better job and was very apologetic about the state of the bathroom. She and the older gentleman who worked the front desk were the most pleasant staff we came across.For a hotel that caters to weddings, the rest of the staff was not very pleasant and could not seem to remember orders whether at the bar or the reception; nor could they keep up with the crowd. At one point the reception bar ran out of wine and the bartender snapped at me when I asked if they were going to be getting more wine or if should order something else. The hotel seems to solely ride on its reputation of being historic and not on cleanliness or courtesy.
My family and I recently stayed at the Stanley and I'm afraid we were quite disappointed with the service. I called the hotel a week before we arrived to confirm our reservations but when we entered our room I found one bed for a family of four. The front desk was not at all helpful in resolving the problem. At one point they informed me that our couch pulled out into a bed. This came as a surprise to me since there was not a couch in our room. My son and daughter wound up sleeping on cots.
There is no air conditioning so summer visitors beware. We were in the Manor house on the third floor and were not informed the elevator was broken. I really felt sorry for the poor maid after finding out she'd dragged our cots up two flights of stairs with no assistance. Although the hotel is beautiful to look at there are many signs of neglect. Our carpet had numerous stains, our windows were stuck in the open position, the pool ladder was broken, the tennis court is a complete wreck.
All in all, our stay was a big disappointment.
Terrible disappointment; would never stay again
Really looked forward to staying in this Historic, lovely hotel, but felt like I was 21 again and staying in a youth hostel. If you think this is the Greenbrier of the Rockies, forget it. We had to ask 2 times to use the elevator to get the luggage to our 4th floor room- it's old and they made it seem like an imposition to use it. The dining room is small and difficult to get into without an advance reservation, and poorly staffed. Our room was tiny, 1 bed, at $ 220/night, with the smallest bath I've seen since Europe. With an incredible mountain view from the front, someone built the outdoor dining facing the back and down in a breezeless hole, and they only serve a bar menu. The building is great, but the management seemed poor. It could be a wonderful experience.
Great vacation at the Stanley!
My fiance and I took a week long vaction to Colorado and stayed at the Stanley Hotel. It was amazing! The grounds and backdrop are beautiful and the views from the front porch breathtaking! The Cascades restaurant inside the hotel was great and the service from the bar can be enjoyed inside or outside on the balconies. The rooms were spacious and clean. There is no air conditioner, but the ceiling fans, and open windows with cool night breezes are refreshing. Rocky Mtn National Park was wonderful and only a few minutes drive away. Downtown Estes Park is a short walk from the hotel. Be sure to try out Penelope's hamburger restuarant! We will certainly be back!!
Dont stay there - in summer at least
This hotel is not airconditioned and although I can appreciate the lack of it is due to restrictions placed on heritage buildings, I believe they should warn summer guests and make it obvious on their web site that there is no airconditioning.My room on the fourth (top) floor was unbearably hot and although there were fans provided (one of which was unuseable due to the pins on the plug being mishapen), I still suffered a totally sleepless night due to the heat of a midsummer night.Additionally, the room also needed a good clean. Surfaces were dusty and I had the misfortune to have to retrieve a pen dropped between the bed and the bedside table. Whilst there was ample room for the nozzle of a vaccum, clearly this had not been done for many a year! Yuk!My last complaint concerns the elevator. A wonderful ancient old thing as old as the hotel (born in 1909). Again, I can appreciate it is not possible to replace it with a modern one, but at the very least it should be manned during peak times. One has to wait for an overworked bellboy to eventually appear. I did not appreciate having to stand for 10 minutes in a very crowded and noisy lobby that was like a zoo thanks to the two very loud wedding celebrations going on, waiting for someone to appear and take me up to my room. It took two trips to reception to get someone. Conversely, I dont want have to wait for someone to fetch me if I want to go downstairs. One feels like a prisoner in your room!
We were in colorado for a graduation and by chance noticed the Stanley hotel in a brochure. It sits atop a hill and reminds one of yesteryear. So cool. We arrived in early May and got the off season rate. Ate at the restaurant there also. Recommend it highly. A wedding was taking place outside on the grounds at this time. Just beautiful for such an event!
Our Wedding at the Stanley
Just thought I would let anyone considering a wedding at the Stanley know how great ours was. We hired out the elegant Music Room. The views of the mountains are fabulous from the windows and veranda. The decor is splendid and the food was absolutely delicious. Many of our guests were serious gourmands and they had nothing but praise. The wedding planner was great and made sure each and every detail was seen to. And of course, the guests just raved about seeing herds of elk in neighboring pastures and they loved the historic hotel and the stunning Rocky Mountain views. Charming and service-oriented. We were so pleased!
Elegance in the rockies
The Stanley hotel was the highlight of our trip to colorado. It is situated high up above the town, so the views are great. We went there for a halloween costume ball/dinner theatre put on by the hotel. The hotel offered historical/haunted tours, but we found it just as eery to wander around the hotel late at night. The bar off of the Hotel lobby was very fun. They had a piano player/singer and the service was personalized and friendly. Our room was very reasonable for a saturday night ($150) For this price the room was suprisingly spacious, with nice antique touches like pedestal sinks and clawfoot tubs. Walking through the hallways kind of reminds you of stephen king's the shining, since this is where he wrote it. Lots of photo oppurtunities here, don't miss the gardens, the piano and billiards room, and the view from the front porch is great. The hotel is almost 100 years old so expect some wear and tear. Our bathroom had tiles missing in the middle of the floor. Also I had trouble sleeping because I kept hearing noises in the hall--Ghosts or not--your imagination can definetely get the best of you in a hotel like this. The sunday morning brunch had good quality food and was resonably priced. Overall the Stanley is a really historic and picturesque place to stay and the prices are very reasonable. The town of estes park is very quaint with lots of shopping and rocky mountain nat'l park is only like 5 minutes away. We went for elk season in mid october!!