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The Stanley Hotel - A Haunting in Colorado

Updated on November 26, 2011
The beautiful, but haunted Stanley Hotel
The beautiful, but haunted Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel is a gorgeous sprawling hotel that is located in Estes Park, Colorado, and it is the inspiration for Stephen King's classic horror novel and the film, The Shining.

The hotel was constructed in the early 1900s and it was built to be a palatial playground for the rich and famous. Because of its historic value, the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places in Colorado.

However, its biggest claim to fame is the reported paranormal experiences, and the horror master's novel has turned the spot into a haven for haunted house hunters across the country.

Employees and guests alike have reported paranormal activity at the Stanely Hotel, and the SyFy TV show, Ghost Hunter's has dedicated an episode to this reportedly haunted location.

Inspiration for The Shining

The Shining is Stephen King's third novel. According to his biography, he was inspired to pen the novel when he spent a weekend at the Stanley Hotel with his wife Tabitha.

Whilst King was staying at the hotel, he reportedly experienced a strong "dreadful feeling" on many different occasions.

King was moved by his experiences at the hotel, and he utilized real-life employees/characters who made a lasting impression on him during his stay in room 217.

He must have had quite a moving experience, because The Shining is generally regarded as one of the scariest horror films of all time and most certainly one of King's finest works.

Paranormal Activity

Much of the hotel is rumored to be haunted, but the pulse of the paranormal activity at The Stanley is said to be the ballroom.

For many years, hotel employees have reported that they could clearly hear the sounds of a gala or ball going on in the ballroom, but further inspection always reveals an eerily empty ballroom.

Some employees have stated that they could feel the energy of a crowd of people in the ballroom at times when they were completely alone.

Guests and employees alike have reported hearing piano playing when no one was at the piano, seeing an apparition standing over them in their rooms while they were in bed, watching an apparition "run into" a closet in the guest rooms, and many people have reported seeing disappearing people.

Ghosts have even been accused of stealing valuable personal items from guests, but this one is obviously highly suspect.

Visit The Stanley Hotel for a Haunting Experience

If you are enthralled with ghosts, apparitions, legends, folklore and paranormal activity, you should spend a weekend at The Stanley Hotel.

Because of its strong impact on popular culture, the hotel features a ghost and history tour, and they offer a continuous showing of The Shining on one of the hotel's proprietary channels.

Besides all of the spooky stuff, the hotel offers incredible views of the Rocky Mountain National Park, and it is an elegant historic hotel with beautiful modern amenities.

Go ahead, spend a night in room 217, and then come back here and let us know if you were filled with the same feeling of dread as was Stephen King.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      A great hub Rachelle, scary but good!

      Voted up.

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      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      I wish I'd known about the Stanley when I live in NM or when I visited Colorado. I think I;m too old now for ghost-seeking.

      another great hub.

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      I loved the book and the movie. I would love to stay here and check out the vibes. Wanna hear me scream like a little girl? That's very possible! Outstanding Hub and voted up! Thanks for the memories. I may read the book, rent the movie or both!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I wouldn't stay in a haunted hotel if I could help it. Scary!

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