Estes Park, CO

The short and spooky story behind Colorado's Stanley Hotel

The Virtuous Vee

The Stanley Hotel, built in 1900s, is located in Estes Park, Colorado and it is not only famous for its old-world charm and excellent service, but it is also known for the “active” paranormal phenomena and spirit folklore.

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This old hotel was built in the early 1900s by F.O. Stanley. The majestic Georgian style hotel opened in 1909, catering to the rich and famous. Freelan Oscar Stanley and his wife, Flora, traveled west to Colorado in 1903. Stanley suffered from tuberculosis so his doctor advised him to seek fresh mountain air.

In 1906, construction started on the Stanley Hotel.. In 1909, the luxury hotel was completed, 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.

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Today, between the guests there are a number of otherworldly visitors. F.O. Stanley's figure is mostly seen in the Billiard Room, which was his favorite when he was alive. Bartenders and other staff members report having seen F.O. stroll through the bar, disappearing when they try to cut him off at the kitchen.

Flora Stanley haunts 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.

Room 418 gets the most reports of haunting activity from children’s’ spirits. One couple reportedly checked out of the hotel 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.

Now, If you are brave enough to visit, the Stanley is waiting with arms wide open!

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