Fans of Stephen’s King’s novel, “The Shining,” or the movie of the same name starring Jack Nicholson will remember the Overlook Hotel where the action took place. The hotel which inspired King’s novel and eventually became the location where the TV miniseries’ hotel scenes were shot is the real Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, and it popped up this week with a recent ghost story of its own – one that will be added to the list of its ghost tales that include Room 217.
“So last night I decided it would be fun to go on a ghost tour at the beautiful iconic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. I took a ton of pictures during the tour of the inside of the Hotel as this is what they tell you to do as you never know what you’ll see on them. After the tour, my friends and I took more pictures on the outside of the Hotel and I was so surprised at what I didn’t see when taking them but what I saw after.”
What Kim V. Thomas saw in a photo taken a few days ago (see it here) and shared with the anomalien.com and the Stanley Hotel was an image of “what appears to be a woman or child with long dark hair in a white dress or night gown pushing the curtains back and looking out the window.” Hotel management identified it as the window of Room 323 and have added the photo to its ghost tour. That tour, which this writer has taken, tells many more ghost stories of the Stanley Hotel – considered by numerous paranormal investigators to be one of the most haunted in the U.S.
At the top of the list is the infamous and King-inspiring Room 217, where in 1911 a head housekeeper was injured during a gas lantern explosion and is said to be the ghost who moves things around in the room, especially if it’s unmarried couples staying there. Actor Jim Carrey stayed in Room 217 when The Stanley Hotel was used for filming “Dumb and Dumber” and claimed to have been scared out of it.
The grand staircase in the lobby has been the location of sightings of orbs and the original Mr. and Mrs. Stanley. The concert hall built by F.O. Stanley for his wife is said to be haunted by her playing the piano. The hotel’s fourth floor is where many guests and visitors have heard children running and laughing. A man’s ghost has been reported in Room 413, and Room 428 is said to be the home of a cowboy’s ghost – possibly “Rocky Mountain” Jim Nugent – who appears on the bed to women, sometime giving them a kiss. A pet cemetery – no connection to King’s “Pet Sematary” novel – is believed to be the source of ghosts of a dog and a cat.
One sad story involves a young girl named Lucy who was caught sneaking around in the basement and tossed outside into the cold by hotel staff where she froze to death. Lucy is said to haunt the basement and the concert hall, and a photo of a mysterious young girl in a pink dress is part of the ghost tour, which now includes the girl in window photo from Kim V. Thomas.
It appears things have reopened at the Stanley Hotel and in Estes Park now that the pandemic is winding down. What better way to recover from being terrified by COVID-19 than being terrified by some ghosts?