This historic hotel is one of oldest (and most grand) in the Estes Valley, plus it’s situated in a prime spot for the maximum panoramic Rocky Mountain views. The Stanley Hotel was built in 1909 by F.O. Stanley (known for the Stanley Steamer) as an upscale resort and wellness destination.
The Stanley also has plenty of pop-culture history. Stephen King spent one winter night there snowed in, and was inspired to write “The Shining.” The subsequent film starring Jack Nicholson wasn’t filmed here in Estes – but popular comedy Dumb and Dumber was.
As the inspiration for a spooky movie like The Shining, the Stanley has earned a bit of a paranormal reputation. You can now go on night tour at the property to explore the active phenomena and spirit folklore. If you’re more interested in the history and celebrities who have stayed over the years, they offer a daytime tour as well.
The Stanley is more than just a hotel. It’s internationally known for an expansive whiskey bar, home to Colorado’s largest selection of whiskeys and single malt selections. Plus, restaurants, gift shops, and event spaces.