The Stanley Hotel Shines on With Rich History, Bright Future

ESTES PARK, Colo. – The Stanley Hotel, managed by Grand Heritage Hotel Group, is a property of grandeur with stories steeped in history, the paranormal, pop culture, and even environmentalism. Having recently marked its 100-year anniversary, the hotel offers four unique lodging options, is located minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park and embraces its rich history as it continues to look to the future.

The Stanley Hotel was founded by F.O. Stanley, a wealthy businessman forced to move west for health reasons. He found himself in Estes Park, Colo., and in order to boost the economy, began building a hotel. The main building, one of 11 originally built on 160 acres, was completed in 1909. While the expansive property boasts amazing architecture, a magnificent setting and spectacular views, it may forever be best known as the inspiration for Stephen King’s spine-tingling novel “The Shining.”

King reportedly was a guest in Room 217 of a near-deserted Stanley in late 1974 before it was due to close for the winter. Though the entire property, from the concert hall and ballrooms to underground tunnel, is said to experience paranormal occurrences, Room 217 is said to be the most visited by living and spectral guests, alike.

A myriad of tours allow guests to experience the stories of The Stanley. Excursions include history and ghost story tours, as well as actual ghost hunts. For the easily spooked and young at heart, there are fire engine tours where kids of all ages don firefighting gear and ride an open-air antique fire engine through Estes Park.

Guests can explore the surrounding mountains and Rocky Mountain National Park’s 350 miles of hiking trails throughout the year. F.O. Stanley established an undying partnership with the surrounding area. He helped shape the tourism of Estes Park by creating the hotel and building a road from Lyons, from where he brought visitors via a Stanley Steamer, marking the first time automobiles, rather than trains, were used to transport people to a resort area. F.O. also was instrumental in helping restore wildlife to the area, promoting the establishment of the national park and Estes Park’s fairgrounds called Stanley Park.

For those wanting to soak in the history and charm of The Stanley, there are 155 guest rooms among four different settings. The main building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the Historic Hotels of America, has undergone multiple renovations through the years, retaining its historic character and grandeur. The property offers a variety of rooms and suites, including Haunted Rooms, which have a higher propensity for inexplicable and eerie happenings and also are The Stanley’s most requested rooms.

The newly-renovated Lodge at The Stanley is a 40-room boutique hotel located adjacent to the main building and was originally used for housing bachelors in the early 1900s. In addition to a design and amenities fit for the refined traveler, the lodge is ideal for corporate groups, with the library accommodating up to 75 people for a private banquet. Breakfast is included when staying at The Lodge and the Innkeeper Midge Knerr personally attends to all guests.

The Presidential Cottage is located just steps from the main hotel and features three bedrooms, kitchenette, dining and living room areas and a private deck. Two garden-level units can be opened to the main cottage, creating the option of a five-bedroom suite.

The Overlook Condos combine luxury living with Mother Nature’s most magnificent landscape and are located just minutes to shopping, dining and entertainment. One, two and three-bedroom townhomes are available, sleeping four to 10 people with dining areas, family rooms, fireplaces and patios or decks.

Guests have a variety of dining experiences to choose from when stay at The Stanley. Cascades is a classic American restaurant and steakhouse serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with distinctive dishes embracing the farm-to-table philosophy. The restaurant offers an extensive wine list as noted by numerous Wine Spectator Awards over the years.

The Whiskey Bar offers the largest selection of whiskey in Coloardo. The bar recently became home to a 37-foot antique Rothschild bar, becoming the long-awaited centerpiece to the restaurant lounge. The historically accurate, beautifully crafted bar sets the scene for guests to enjoy prohibition-style cocktails created by The Stanley Hotel’s “libation engineers.” Such whistle-wetting concoctions include the Mata Hari, Corpse Reviver and the Jersey Devil, as well as new creations like the Bacon Bloody Mary and Black Orchid.

The Stanley also offers more than 14,000 square feet of meeting space, accommodating anywhere from six to 300 people with modern-day amenities in a historic setting surrounded by the most majestic of mountains.

The hotel is managed by Grand Heritage Hotel Group. ?Founded in 1989 by John Cullen, Grand Heritage Hotel Group is one of the nation’s premier owner operators of independent luxury hotels and resorts. Its properties are sought-after destinations that offer consistent luxury, quality and exceptional surroundings. Several Grand Heritage properties enjoy prestigious distinction as designated Historic Hotels of America. The company prides itself on the vision and strategic expertise of its leadership. Highly innovative and experienced professionals collectively boast more than 50 years of hands-on experience in all aspects of the hotel and hospitality business and are recognized for imaginative and entrepreneurial style. Grand Heritage owns and operates hotels in North America; it also operates Grand Heritage Hotels International Brand, which has a number of properties in Europe, The Middle East, India and North Africa.

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