Top 10 things to know about the Stanley Hotel, The Hotel of The Shining

Made famous by Stephen King, who had the idea for his bestseller The Shining there during a family vacation, the Stanley Hotel has since been a mecca for tourism in the state of Colorado. But today it is also an essential site for all paranormal enthusiasts. A magnificent hotel full of secrets, as fascinating as it is creepy…

1. The hotel was not used as a setting for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

On the other hand, it is here that the endless (and not terrible) TV movie by Mick Garris was filmed. A film commissioned and written by Stephen King himself in order to offer his fans a more faithful adaptation than Kubrick’s film, which he never really liked. On another note, Dumb and Dumber was also filmed here.

2. Room 217 is the most haunted

And it is precisely in this room that Stephen King and his family spent their holidays. Where he was assailed by nightmares that inspired the story of The Shining. He dreamed in particular that his three-year-old son was being chased through the corridors of the hotel by a fire hose. Room 217 which became room 237 in this film and in the novel, where, according to the many witnesses, is the ghost of a certain Elizabeth Wilson. A former cleaning lady who was the victim of an accident relating to a gas leak in this same room. Wounded, she continued thereafter to work at the Stanley. Including after his death… She would therefore continue to maintain order by arranging the visitors’ belongings. Some claim to have seen it in the form of a shadow capable of crossing walls.

3. You can meet a cowboy in room 428

Room 217 isn’t the Stanley’s only haunted room. You can also come across the ghost of a cowboy in room 428. A ghost that is not aggressive at all, quite the contrary, which is content to appear in a corner of the room. Witnesses say that all you have to do is politely ask him to leave for him to comply. Others claim that the ghost would have kissed them on the forehead to wish them good night.

4. There are also children in room 418

Do you remember the twins from The Shining? Well in this room, it’s almost the same. Here, the ghosts of children would flicker the lights, move the hangers in the wardrobes and sometimes go as far as pulling visitors’ blankets. There again in a good spirit since it would be enough to tell them to stop for the ghosts to obey very wisely.

5. It’s the ghost party on the fourth floor

Here, it’s not just a room that’s haunted, but an entire floor. A walk in the corridors would be enough to expose oneself to certain paranormal events such as children’s laughter, the sound of footsteps, the appearance of strange lights… Go and find sleep with all this mess…

6. It wasn’t built on an Indian scimitar

It’s good to know… Here, everything was done according to the rules, in the heart of the magnificent landscapes of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

7. Sightseeing tours are offered

Paranormal enthusiasts who want to test the health of their sphincters can take a guided night tour. We can also do it during the day but it’s less fun, isn’t it?

8. You can really find a hedge maze here

The maze in which the movie The Shining ends does not exist in the book. Stephen King having for his part imagined a park made up of boxwood carved in the shape of animals. However, the owners of the hotel wished, in 2015, to reaffirm the link with Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece by launching a call for tenders for the construction of a veritable plant labyrinth. Paradoxically, the Timberline Lodge, which was used for the exterior shots of the film, does not offer a labyrinth.

9. Tuberculosis is the origin of the hotel

Because it is the disease that led in 1903, Freelan Oscar Stanley, the inventor of the steam car, in Colorado. A state capable of allowing him to heal, thanks to a favorable climate. And that’s what he did. In great shape, eager to reside near his beloved Rocky Mountains, Stanley decided to build a hotel complex. A hotel that is also considered responsible for the popularity of the region and the creation of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

10. The former owner of the land is still in place

If the Stanley was not built on an Indian cemetery, it took place on the lands of a certain Lord Dunraven. A man who in his lifetime never set foot in the establishment. Today, however, many claim to have seen him in room 401…

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