| Stanley Hotel-Estes Park, Colorado
The Stanley Hotel is a 138-room Georgian hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Located within sight of the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley offers panoramic views of the Rockies. It was built by Freelan O. Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the rich and famous. The hotel and its surrounding lands are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has hosted many famous guests, including the Titanic survivor Margaret Brown, John Philip Sousa, Theodore Roosevelt, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and a variety of Hollywood personalities. The Stanley Hotel also hosted Stephen King, inspiring him to write thrilling movie “The Shining”. The hotel still stands and is open for business to this day.
Haunted Happenings, Sightings, Claims
Many reports have come from the guests of the hotel that they had seen strange images and had unexplainable things happen to them. Some believe that F. O. Stanley haunts the hotel himself. He has been seen most often in the lobby and the Billiards room, which was his favorite room when he was alive. He has also been seen in the bar but quickly disappears before anyone can get a better look. It is also believed that F.O.'s wife Flora haunts the hotel as well. When she was in the hotel, she used to entertain the guests by playing piano in the music room. Though there have been no actual sightings of her, the keys of the piano have been seen by several guests to be moving by themselves. Guests have also reported hearing children playing in the hallway when no children were present, one couple even checking out because of the noise. Various employees have reported hearing voices when no one was around and seeing impressions in beds in rooms where no guests have stayed in for awhile. One guest claimed to have recorded a faded image of a man in a cowboy hat in his room, standing in front of the window. It lasted for a few minutes and then faded away. Another incident occurred where a guest attending her sister's wedding and wrote "REDRUM" on a mirror with lipstick in her sister and her groom-to-be's room as a joke. Later, as she was walking down the grand staircase to the lobby, she felt someone shove her and she fell down the stairs. After being helped up, she looked to see who shoved her, there was nobody there.
|While shooting “Dumb & Dumber”, Jim Carey stayed in room 217. This room has been reported to have a lot of strange things happening. After only 2 hours of staying in this room, he packed his belongings, went downstairs, checked out and drove off but would not tell anyone what happened. He still to this day has not told anyone what happened in that room.
Guests have reported lights turning on by themselves, their clothes and belonging put away neatly in drawers or hung up in closets. One woman reported she would take her rings off at night before going to bed to find them all stacked on top of each other in the morning.
Room 418 has the most reported activity out of all rooms in the hotel. Sounds of children playing in the hall when there are no children in the hotel at the time have also been reported by various guests.