This Estes Park, Colorado hotel (just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park) has been featured as one of America’s most haunted hotels with a number of ‘sightings’ from staff and guests in the past of paranormal activity. I stayed here one night last May and spent some time in the early morning hours (3 AM – 5 AM) walking around the hotel taking pictures of the hallways, listening for ghost sounds, etc… While I did get some good pictures I did not (fortunately?) hear any ghost noises. I will give props to the Stanley Hotel though for their 24 hour ‘Shining’ channel which just plays the classic movie on a loop all day and night long.
The Stanley Hotel is what inspired Stephen King to write ‘The Shining’. He wrote most of it from room 217 which is reported to have one of the higher concentrations of paranormal activity in the entire hotel. Other areas that are concentrated are the main lobby and staircase (shown in the image below) where the hotels founders – Freelan and Flora Stanley – have been reported to be seen wearing formal attire as if prepared for a cocktail party (just like several of the ‘ghosts’ in the Shining Movie).
Photo of the Day – Spooky Shadows
The Stanley hotel is old and historic and while there are alot of creaks and groans that come with the age of the hotel it was a terrific place to spend the night. The staff was very accommodating and despite the rooms being smaller than most modern day hotels the other amenities were terrific. If you ever happen to be out by Rocky Mountain National Park it’s a place that deserves a visit if for nothing else than to explore the halls at 3 AM to see if you happen to see the ghosts of Freelan and Flora Stanley. Who knows maybe you can have sit and have some Jack Daniels with them and Jack Nicholson?