You know a hotel is haunted when it was the real life inspiration for a Stephen King book. The author wrote "The Shining" after staying at The Stanley Hotel in 1974, when he stayed in Room 217. Since the 1970s, several reports of paranormal activity have been documented. The original owner of the hotel, Freelan Oscar Stanley, has been known to make appearances, as has his wife, Flora. Some guests theorize that the sound of music sometimes heard coming from the ballroom is Flora playing the piano. The two have also been seen in the Billiards Room.
The hotel doesn't deny the existence of supernatural occurrences. In fact, guests can take a Night Spirit Tour, which educates them on the history of the 100+ year-old hotel and its many ghost stories.
If you're up for playing ghost hunter for a night, the property also offers several rooms that are reportedly the most paranormally active. There's Stephen King's famous 217 suite, as well as Rooms 401, 407, 428 and 1302. As these as the most requested, be sure to book well in advance. And don't forget to bring a camera, flashlight and cell phone. You know...in case of emergency ghost sightings.
Address: 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
Reservations Line: 1-970-577-4000
Room Rates: Starting at $159 per night
Hotel Highlights & Amenities:
*Jacuzzi tubs (select rooms)
*Whiskey bar and lounge
*Colorado Cherry Co. gourmet coffee and desserts