Friday, March 20, 2009

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado

This week I had to do some work in Boulder, Colorado. In my typical fashion I flew into Denver on Tuesday without having booked a hotel (I'm a crazy Pisces, we do things like this). That afternoon I'm on my laptop trying to figure out where to stay. I had tentatively set up appointments with a couple of local "aspiring models" but as they often do, both flaked.

So without any particular place that I had to be outside of Boulder, I started broadening my search. I had been to Estes Park before, a small town up in the mountains (7500' approx) and only a one hour drive from Boulder. I started fishing around hotels in Estes Park, and thought "what the heck, I'll see what rooms at the Stanley Hotel are going for". To my delight, just $89! Heck, the Holiday Inn Boulder wanted $125!

Without a seconds hesitation, I booked my room.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park was the inspiration behind Stephen King's book The Shining. Many think that the movie was filmed there - it was not. But it did give him the idea to start the book, and in 1996 there was a TV mini series made after the book and movie, and it was in fact filmed at The Stanley Hotel.

I spent a good deal of time shooting around the hotel, here are some of my favorite photos.

The Stanley Hotel as viewed from the front:

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photography Photographer

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photos Photographer

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photography Photographer


Side view of The Stanley Hotel:

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photos Photography

Rear view of The Stanley Hotel:

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photos Photography

Parts of the hotel are said to be haunted. Here is a "ghost" checking in at the front desk:

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photography Photographer

The beautiful lobby at The Stanley Hotel:

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photos Photographer

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photos Photography

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photos Photographer

The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 (yep, 100 years old this year). It was so popular that they immediately built The Manor House - a smaller scale version of the original, built right next to it. I stayed in room 1208 at The Manor House.

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photography Photographer

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photos Photography

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photography Photographer

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photos Photographer

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park Photos Photography Photographer

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