Haunted House Of The Week: The Stanley Hotel

220px-Stanley_in_SnowThis is, of course, the hotel that inspired The Shining. Enough said; end of post.

Seriously though, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, is neat and very pretty and I want to stay there. Teddy Roosevelt stayed there! Maybe he’s…still there. (Nah. If Teddy Roosevelt is a ghost, then he’s on top of a mountain somewhere, wrestling ghost bears. That’s just science.)

We turn, as ever, to Wikipedia:

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 purportedly found nobody sitting at the piano. Employees believe that particular ghost is of Freelan O. Stanley’s wife, Flora, 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 closet. This same apparition is allegedly responsible for stealing guests’ jewelry, 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.

Party ghosts! Thief ghosts and creeper ghosts too, though. No famous haunted hotel is perfect. Although the Stanley does show “the uncut R-rated version of [The Shining] on a continuous loop on Channel 42 on guest room televisions.” Romantic! I bet they get a lot of honeymooners.

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18 Responses to Haunted House Of The Week: The Stanley Hotel

  1. artdorkgirl says:

    It makes me feel better to think, if ol’ TR exists on an ethereal plane, that he’s doing what he loved: punching stuff with this bare (ghost) hands.

  2. old man fatima says:

    Speaking of gigantic haunted houses, I have a wealthy friend who is in actual negotiations to buy this place right now: http://beta.realtor.ca/propertyDetails.aspx?PropertyId=11927248

    How fucking haunted is this place??? I’m going to dare myself to spend nights there.

    • That is gorgeous, but yes, absolutely haunted.

    • flanny says:

      Every time a new picture would scroll into view, I screamed a little in my head.

      • msmessica says:

        The slightly ajar front door photo is just asking for ghosts to move in, if it’s even possible there wouldn’t be several already. Is this a realty listing for ghosts? Fatima is your friend a ghost?

    • hotspur says:

      Even the furniture looks haunted. It comes with the furniture, right? Specter-infested couch, deathbed, most of the books concern the occult…

      • old man fatima says:

        There is the option of the furniture coming with it, but there is no fucking way those beds are making it through any doors. You’d have to take an axe to them to get them out of there! Imagine how many people died in them, rich people always died in their own beds in those days.

  3. Casey says:

    You’ve gotta love the ol’ hotel-staff-pretending-to-be-a-ghost-to-steal-the-guests-jewelry-watches-and-luggage routine.

    • old man fatima says:

      Yeah, there’s definitely a hidden door in the closet that ghost disappeared into…

    • hotspur says:

      It’s the perfect crime. Gain a reputation as a haunted hotel, and guests will actually be excited when you steal from them.

      • Sota says:

        I wouldn’t even be mad if it was the staff stealing from me. Thats what you get! At least they are keeping up the lore of the hotel! Not like some places I expect more from…AHEM Hollywood Roosevelt. (No, I’m not over this yet.)

    • I’ didn’t even thing that could be a possibility (too trusting, also too tired). I was like i bet there is a ghost treasure room somewhere.

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