Where in Colorado Will You Find the Hotel from ‘The Shining’
Would you like to visit the hotel in Colorado which served as the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel, the "haunted" resort from Stephen King's "The Shining"? It's within reach.
Back in 1974, a young author by the name of Stephen King, along with his wife Tabitha, spent a night at the Stanley Hotel during a short vacation. The two were the hotel's only overnight guests, as it was getting ready to close for the season. Sound familiar?
King was quoted as saying, "Except for our table all the chairs were up on the tables. So the music is echoing down the hall, and, I mean, it was like God had put me there to hear and see those things."
Which room did King and his wife stay in? Not Room 237, the room featured in the movie. There was no Room 237. No, the Kings stayed in Room 217. You know the rest.
While most of the 1980 film "The Shining" was filmed on sound stages and on location in Montana and Oregon, the 1997 TV series was filmed on site at the Stanley Hotel.
What other popular movie was filmed at the Stanley Hotel? Think Aspen.... think Jim Carrey. The hotel served as the fictional Hotel Danbury in the 1994 film "Dumb and Dumber."
Okay, so the hotel is iconic, but where can you find it? The next chance you get, make the five-hour drive out of Grand Junction and set a course for Estes Park in Colorado.
So, let's say, for example, you wanted to rent a room at the Stanley Hotel, on let's say, this Halloween, October 31. How much? Best Value price according to their official web page for a single room with two adults on that date runs $279.47. Okay, how much for just a regular day? For the date of Wednesday, November 9, the cost of a single room with two adult guests comes in at $239.47.
If hauntings, historic sites, or movie memorabilia are your type of thing, then perhaps a trip to the Stanley Hotel is just the getaway you've been dreaming of. Yes, the room rate comes in at roughly $270 depending on the day of the week, but that's a small price to pay to get your Stephen King fix. This Halloween, a trip to the Stanley Hotel might just be in order.