Haunted Hotel That Inspired Stephen King's The Shining

The Stanley Hotel • Estes Park, CO

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Escape Kit

  • A One-Night Stay for Two in a Historic Classic Room, Sundays Through Thursdays ($149) or Fridays and Saturdays ($169)
  • $15 Dining Credit at Cascades Restaurant
  • Taxes Included
  • Valid for Stays from Now to May 26, 2016
  • Combine Vouchers to Stay for Up to Three Nights
  • After Purchase, Follow Your Voucher's Redemption Instructions to Complete Your Reservation

Grand, historic, haunted—this Estes Park hotel so charms its guests that some have never left.

The Digs
Looming in the shadow of Longs Peak, The Stanley Hotel of Estes Park, Colorado, has a reputation as widespread as the Rockies. A stay at the imposing Georgian Revival property—surrounded by 55 sleepy acres of deep-green landscape—is rumored to have inspired Stephen King's best-selling horror novel The Shining. The lovingly preserved hotel hasn't changed much in the intervening years—cavernous hallways and a gracious ballroom are sublime reminders of its original era. Guest rooms remain as grand as ever, with stately furnishings, plush bedding, and oversize windows. But be sure to keep alert no matter what chamber you stay in: Many of its first residents, though seldom seen, linger a century later.

Just listen for the sound of the owner's wife playing piano in the Music Room, or children laughing as they scurry up and down the halls of the fourth floor. The Stanley's original housekeeper still rearranges the furniture in iconic Room 217 from time to time. None of these folks are still alive, of course, but they make for friendly company when you find yourself alone inside America's original haunted hotel.

The Destination
Beyond The Stanley, Estes Park is a natural haven for outdoor enthusiasts and a gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Although only 6,000 people make their permanent homes here, the town welcomes nearly three million visitors per year to hike the Bear Lake Trailhead, fish on Lone Pine Lake, and play in the winter snowfall. But if you'd like to put your feet up, there's plenty of relaxation in this mountain outpost, too: Intimate art exhibits, casual dining, and cozy nightlife succeed at making inside as great as out.

The Diversions
All work and no play would make anyone dull. Indulge your fun-loving side by hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park with a group from the Estes Park Mountain Shop, or drive an hour south to hit the slopes of Eldora Mountain Resort in winter. Later, pass the twilight hours in the hotel's sculpture garden before pulling up a seat at Cascades for an exquisite steak dinner.

Inside the hotel, there's much more than meets the eye. You can catch a glimpse into the property's storied past during a 90-minute hands-on Stanley tour. See and hear about its beginnings, the owner's various companies, Stanley Steam Cars, and the original layout of the hotel. When the moon rises, brave guests can gather their wits for a night ghost tour of the property's haunted history, learning about the paranormal phenomena and wandering the Concert Hall—where ghosts are most active—in the pitch black of night.

The Details
• Ask when booking about upgrading to a Haunted Room or condo for an additional fee

  • The hotel was beautiful and a snowstorm made it magical. It was a little noisy being on the end room with people walking the halls. That sound was people... wasn't it?

  • The Stanley is beyond wonderful, and this LivingSocial discount made it possible for my boyfriend and me to have a one-of-a-kind luxurious retreat.



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    333 Wonderview Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517
    970-577-4000 | get directions

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the fine print

  • Limit 3 per customer, up to 1 additional as a gift; up to 3 vouchers may be combined to extend stay
  • Only valid for stays from now to May 26, 2016
  • Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during one stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Merchant cancellation/rescheduling policy and fees apply once booking is made; voucher subject to forfeiture
  • Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
  • Voucher includes $15 dining credit at Cascades Restaurant
  • Incidental charges, charges for additional services, and gratuity at the property are not included
  • Voucher valid for 2 guests
  • Upgrades available to haunted rooms and condos for an additional fee; please inquire with merchant at time of booking reservation
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
  • Other conditions apply • PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON May 26, 2016 • Enjoy By May 26, 2016