Tours Show Historical and Spectral Side of Stanley Hotel
ESTES PARK, Colo – Beauty often holds mystery and few hotels of such magnificence are imbued with the spine tingling and inexplicable stories that make The Stanley Hotel famous. But guests needn’t only wonder why Stephen King was spooked and inspired to write The Shining after a visit, or guess which rooms are the most visited, and why. The Stanley embraces its history, both supernatural and family-friendly, with a selection of behind-the-scenes tours.
The Stanley Tour offers an overall historic look at the hotel and its storied past. The 90-minute walking tour delves into the story of how The Stanley came to be and the integral roles its founders F.O. and Flora Stanley had on the region and Rocky Mountain National Park. Guests will be given an up close and personal view of the main hotel, Stanley Steam Cars, the underground tunnel and archives, historical artifacts & more.
The hotel’s paranormal occurrences also will be touched on, however the tour is suitable for kids ages five and older, Ghost stories suitable for all can be heard during Ghost Stories on Saturday nights. The Stanley Tour costs $17 for hotel guests and $20 for non-guests.
The two-hour Night Ghost Tour is suitable for guests as young as 10 and begins with an overview of the hotel’s paranormal activity and different types of phenomenon. The Concert Hall and other locales with a high incidence of hair-raising experiences also will be explored. Cost is $25, or $30 for non-guests.
For the most in-depth and interactive look at The Stanley’s link to the paranormal, there’s the Ghost Hunt, a five-hour expedition into the hotel’s spine-tingling history. Some of the most haunted spots on the property will be visited in search of out-of-the-ordinary and inexplicable happenings. Which doors have a habit of opening and closing on their own? Who is Mrs. Wilson and why is she checking on room 217? Guests must be 18 years or older to participate and admission is $60.
Ghost Stories is a kinder, gentler insight into the spooky side of The Stanley and is suitable for the entire family. Admission for hotel guests is $5 and $7 for non-hotel guests.
For guests wishing to avoid all ghostly experiences, there are the Fire Engine Tours, suitable for kids of all ages and anyone young of heart. Aspiring firefighters don the appropriate firefighting gear and ride through the streets of Estes Park in an antique, open-air fire engine with the Rockies towering above. Fire Engine Tours last up to 60 minutes and all engines have been retrofitted with bench seating and seat belts. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $15 per person.
All tours are open to the public and space is limited. Reservations are recommended and required for the Night Ghost Tour. For more information, or to make a reservation, plaease visit www.StanleyHotel.com or call (970) 577-4111.
Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Multi-million dollar renovations have restored this 155-guestroom hotel to its original grandeur. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a member of Historic Hotels of America and is only an hour away from Denver, making it an ideal destination for a Colorado getaway.
The Stanley 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. For more information, please visit www.GrandHeritage.com.