The Stanley has hosted many famous guests, 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.
If you are a Stephen King fan, request room 217. It was in
this room that King, inspired by the hotel, wrote half of
"The Shining." Room 418 gets the most reports
of haunting activity apparently from children’s spirits.
Cleaning crews report having heard many strange noises from
the room, as well as seeing impressions on the bed when the
room has been empty. When guests stay in the room, they
often report that they hear children playing in the hallway
at night. One couple reportedly checked out of the hotel
very 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. Another ghost is
in room 407, which is said to sometimes be occupied by Lord
Dunraven, who owned the land prior to F.O. Stanley.
Reportedly, he likes to stand in the corner of the room near
the bathroom door.
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.
For more information
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PHone: (970) 586-3371