Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Featured Haunted Hotel!

I will be featuring the top 10 haunted hotels before Halloween! I thought this would be something fun to do given the upcoming spooky holiday. Here is the first!

The Stanley Hotel (Located in Estes Park, Colorado)

The Stanley Hotel was built in 1909 by F.O. Stanley and his wife, Flora. Over the years, the hotel has hosted films including "The Shining" starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall (and written by Stephen King). I loved this movie! I thought it was great movie because of its subtlety. Actually, to be more precise, the hotel was host to the movie from the inside but the outside of the hotel was Timberline Lodge here at Mt. Hood, Oregon. Stephen King actually wrote most of the book "The Shining" in room 217 at the Stanley, which was portrayed in his book as the haunted room. Here are a few quotes I have found on various websites that will tell you more about the hauntings.

"The ghosts in the Stanley Hotel aren't evil as in the book. Room 418 seems to have the most ghostly activity reported. In fact, the entire fourth floor of the Stanley Hotel (formerly the servants quarters) is quite active. Often, the sound of children playing in the halls of the Stanley can be heard, even when no children are present. The Stanleys: The Stanley Hotel's original owners, F.O. and Flora Stanley, are said to haunt the hotel as well. Mr Stanley plays the piano in the music room, and frequents the billiards room and the lobby."

"There are several rooms in the hotel that seem to be particularly haunted. One is 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. On one such account, witnesses reported that a light in that corner kept turning on and off. While the light was off, they told the ghost that they knew that he was there, they would only be staying two nights, and would he please turn the light back on. The light turned back on. However, later when the lights were turned off and they were trying to sleep, noises were constantly heard from the nearby elevator during a time when the elevator was not in use. At other times, a ghost has been reported to be looking out the window of Room 407, when the room is not booked."


"Tour guides tell a story of the ghost of a small child who has been seen by many of the staff in various areas of the old hotel. Reportedly, Steven King also saw the child, who was calling out to his nanny on the second floor. Other past employees report footsteps and apparitions seen throughout the building."

So, if you live in Colorado and have the all eternals, stay a night at the Stanley Hotel. You can also take their ghost tour closer to Halloween when the veils between the world of the living and the world of those who have passed on before us are thin! BOO!


Hisako Hill said...

Yeah, There's a little witch in all of us...and that's a good thing!


Janet said...

Wow - very informative - and scary! I don't know if I could visit now - maybe during the summer! lol

Tea Time With Melody said...

OK, Now I have to find a a reason to go to Colorado. I'd love to check this out.

Michelle said...

Haha....doesn't it peak your curiosity, Melody? :)

Michelle said...

Yes, it's a good thing that there's a little witch in all of us...who would keep the men in line? ;)

Michelle said...

Hey sis,

Maybe you and I could go stay there? There's a spa!