The Stanley Hotel
Ghost Adventures



Stanley Hotel (Ghost Adventures)

Zak, Nick and Aaron get locked down in the Stanley Hotel, the house of horrors that inspired Stephen King's "The Shining."

Join the crew in one of the world's most notorious nests of paranormal activity.

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, 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 The Shining. Contrary to information sometimes published, King was living in Boulder at the time and did not actually write the novel at the hotel.

Parts of the mini-series version of The Shining were filmed there, although it was not used for Stanley Kubrick's cinematic version.


The hotel and its surrounding lands are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Stanley Hotel shows the uncut R-rated version of Kubrick's The Shining on a continuous loop on Channel 42 on guest room televisions.


Many believe the Stanley Hotel is haunted, having reported a number of cases of ghostly activity, primarily in the ballroom.

Kitchen staff have reported to have heard a party going on in the ballroom, only to find it empty.

People in the lobby have allegedly heard someone playing the ballroom's piano; employees investigating the music supposedly find nobody sitting at the piano.


Employees believe that particular ghost is of Freelan O. Stanley's wife, who used to be a piano player. In one guest room, people claim to have seen a man standing over the bed before running into the cupboard.

This same apparition is allegedly responsible for stealing guests' jewellery, watches, and luggage.

Others reported to have seen ghosts in their rooms in the middle of the night, simply standing in their room before disappearing.

The Syfy television show Ghost Hunters was invited to investigate the hotel. The manager showed them the various places where these alleged ghost activity has occurred.

Ghost Hunters discovered some rational reasons for the various phenomena, such as wind and pipes. However, they could not decipher incidents in the ballroom.

Ghost Hunters also claimed to experience other paranormal occurrences, such as seeing people in hallways then hiding, and hearing children running and playing on the floor above them.

 
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.

There have been many reports of the piano playing in the ballroom when no one is at the piano. The ballroom is considered to be one of the most haunted areas at the Stanley Hotel.




Solomon P. Stanley

Stanley was the third of seven children born to Solomon P. Stanley (1813-1889) and Apphia Kezar French (1819-1874). He attended Western State Normal School.

He later became the principal of Mechanic Falls, Maine high school. They were able to take their Stanley Steamer to the summit of Mount Washington on August 31st, 1899 to prove its durability.

He was also the founder of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. He died on October 3rd, 1940 in Newton, Massachusetts. In 1876, he married Flora Jane Record Tileston (1847-1939).

Even though Stanley died in Massachusetts, Stanley's ghost, along with his wife's ghost, has also been reported being seen at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado by the workers and guests there.


The biggest alleged occurrence was that during changing of the film in the camera, a table jumped two feet in the air.

Ghost Hunter Jason stayed the night in the room with the "ghost thief", Jason stated that the bed moved, the cupboard doors unlocked and opened and his thick glass by the bed cracked open on the inside.

Stephen King got the idea for The Shining after staying in room 217 in the almost empty hotel on the night before it closed for an extended period.