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Case Study- Stanley Hotel

April 9, 2014

An iconic and infamous vacation locale, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is a breathtaking historical landmark located at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, you may be more familiar with it as the setting of Steven King’s novel and subsequent movie, The Shining, and it’s allegedly haunted properties.

Haunted History

Since opening in 1909, numerous accounts of odd behavior and ghosts have been reported, leading the property to be a regular feature on Ghost Hunters, the Sy Fy show that investigates paranormal activity. All of the rooms have had out-of-the-ordinary experiences reported, including having items moved from place to place, as well as lights turning on and off. If you stay on the fourth floor, you just might get to hear the children of long ago running up and down the halls, laughing and giggling. Some have even heard the original owners playing piano in the Music Room or seen them wandering the halls of their beloved property.


Recently celebrating 100 years in operation, The Stanley Hotel continues to be the most prominent fixture in Estes Park, but not without dedicated upkeep. Having undergone many renovations over the century, one of the newest additions is The Whiskey Bar in Cascades Restaurant. Featuring over 580 labels, it is Colorado’s largest selection of whiskeys, bourbons, scotches, and prohibition-era cocktails. Designed with a beautiful Drop-In tin ceiling in Pattern #7 in Rustic Copper, the ambiance reflects the iconic design of the hotel, scattered with old coach cars, cage elevators, and old-fashioned heaters.

Known for its architecture, magnificent setting and famous visitors, it’s no wonder the Stanley Hotel chose a tin ceiling to capture it’s historic essence. Grab a drink where Jack Nicholson does in the movie and you’ll instantly be transported to a completely different place and time, maybe even with some guests from the past.


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