This Terrifying Hotel In Colorado Will Send Chills Down your Spine

In 1906, construction started on the Stanley Hotel. Wood and rock were obtained from the nearby mountains and the hotel was built in the Georgian architectural style, which experienced a revival in the early twentieth century. In 1909, the luxury hotel was complete, with no expense spared. Equipped with running water, electricity and telephones, the only amenity the hotel lacked was heat, as the hotel was designed as a summer resort.

In addition to its regular guests, the hotel is also said to play host to a number of other worldly visitors. The most notable is F.O. Stanley himself who is most often seen in the lobby and the Billiard Room, which was his favorite room when he was still alive. On one such occasion, he was said to have appeared during a tour group’s visit to the Billiard Room, materializing behind a member of the tour. Bartenders at the old hotel also report having seen F.O. stroll through the bar, disappearing when they try to cut him off at the kitchen.

Not to be left out, Flora Stanley also haunts the hotel, continuing to entertain guests with her piano playing in the ballroom.

Employees and guests have reported hearing music coming from the room, and when they take a peek in there, they can see the piano keys moving. However, as soon as someone walks across the thresh-hold to investigate further, the music stops and no more movement can be seen upon the keys of the piano.

There are several rooms in the hotel that seem to be particularly haunted. One is Room 407, which is said to sometimes be occupied by Lord Dunraven, who owned the land prior to F.O. Stanley. Reportedly, he likes to stand in the corner of the room near the bathroom door. On one such account, witnesses reported that a light in that corner kept turning on and off. While the light was off, they told the ghost that they knew that he was there, they would only be staying two nights, and would he please turn the light back on. The light turned back on. However, later when the lights were turned off and they were trying to sleep, noises were constantly heard from the nearby elevator during a time when the elevator was not in use. At other times, a ghostly face has been reported to be looking out the window of Room 407, when the room is not booked.

Room 418 gets the most reports of haunting activity apparently from children’s spirits. Cleaning crews report having heard many strange noises from the room, as well as seeing impressions on the bed when the room has been empty. When guests stay in the room, they often report that they hear children playing in the hallway at night. One couple reportedly checked out of the hotel very early in the morning, complaining that the children in the hallway kept them up all night. However, there were no children booked in the hotel at the time.

There have also been many reports by guests of haunting activities in Rooms 217 and 401.

Tour guides tell a story of the ghost of a small child who has been seen by many of the staff in various areas of the old hotel. Reportedly, Stephen King also saw the child, who was calling out to his nanny on the second floor. Other past employees report footsteps and apparitions seen throughout the building.

The Stanley Hotel is open year-round and is located at 333 Wonderview in Estes Park, Colorado.

Check out this video a bunch of creepy stuff happened during the TAPS teams stay.

25 comments
Sharmaine Manneh
Sharmaine Manneh

We spent our honeymoon at the Stanley Hotel last summer. It's not scary at all. People really need to quit. We stayed right above room 217. It's a normal overpriced hotel.

Joe Scheller
Joe Scheller

There has never been anything horrifying that has ever taken place at the Stanley Hotel. Steven King stayed there for a few nights and with nothing but the idea of it being old and isolated in the mountains he came up with the story for The Shining. Yes the hotel shows the movie version on repeat 24/7 on one of its channels but the movie wasn't filmed there. The hotel is a beautiful landmark and dream of an old car company owner.

AJ Emmett
AJ Emmett

There are certain places in the hotel that definitely give you uneasy feelings though I'm not going to say its REALLY actively haunted. It's absolutely beautiful.

Kris Klinge
Kris Klinge

The title pretty much describes every hotel on east colfax. Hah

Janet Widmeyer Lynch
Janet Widmeyer Lynch

Is this the Hotel at Estes Park ? Where they filmed the movie "The Shining" It looks like it.

Mary Cat
Mary Cat

Day visit... Was long enough. \U0001f628\U0001f631\U0001f628

Charles Sloan
Charles Sloan

For a hotel, the place is a dump and a rip off. The only thing good they got going is their restaurant is the best in Estes, and you don't need to rent a room to eat there.

Douglas Dix
Douglas Dix

stayed there back in the 80's with our softball team . the Degenerate Dogs.

Kris Eichten
Kris Eichten

We stayed in 217. I wouldn't say it's haunted, because I wasn't afraid, but I definitely witnessed a spirit. The hotel is beautiful, the view is majestic and having breakfast on the front porch was sublime. Can't wait for my next stay.

Mark Morris
Mark Morris

So if you saw a spirit, what is your definition of haunted? Sounds haunted to me!!

William Taylor
William Taylor

Remember staying there 10 years ago... a beautiful place, and yes, the Shining on 24/7! No REDRUM in our room!

Pam Day Thompson
Pam Day Thompson

Stayed there a couple years ago and Bill liked the "wall of whiskey" in the bar!

Isaiah Vigil
Isaiah Vigil

so famous I'll have to get your autograph

Mark Morris
Mark Morris

NOT ANYMORE...The Stanley has moved away from its paranormal side and is no longer embracing ghost hunts and conventions, seems they want to target the CORPORATE DOLLARS instead of the folks looking for a paranormal thrill....paranormal groups are calling for a BOYCOTT until things return to normal!!

Eileen Carson
Eileen Carson

Michelle Linger Mandair, we should do a girl's weekend.

Michelle Linger Mandair
Michelle Linger Mandair

Let's do it! The last time I stayed there I was up all night hoping a ghost would visit! \U0001f609 Maybe in the fall!

Monica Boza
Monica Boza

The Stanley is worth the visit and the stay: it's a beautiful historic landmark and yes it's haunted \U0001f44d... Without mentioning you can watch The Shining 24/7 \U0001f61c

Ashley Lauren
Ashley Lauren

It's so beautiful and well worth it. I'm such a night owl and made the mistake of staying up watching some murder documentary while my hubby was out cold... I think I slept like 30 min after that lol Stacie, let's go again some time it was beautiful ♡

Stacie Acevedo
Stacie Acevedo

Remember the guy who flipped out on the tour lol