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The Stanley Hotel

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HISTORY

It is a hotel with 142 rooms, in Colonial Revival style, in Estes Park, Colorado, in the United States. Located approximately 8 km from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, Stanley offers panoramic views of Lake Estes, the Rockies and especially Long'sPeak. The 2,230 m² structure was built by FO Stanley - who, together with his son FE Stanley, invented the Stanley Steamer steam car - so that the woman, Flora, could receive her socialite friends and it was such a success that the couple decided transform it into a hotel in July 1909.

Since then, inexplicable things have started to happen: lights that turn on and off on their own, suitcases that are unraveled mysteriously, and when there is no one in the hallways, children's voices are heard playing. The most famous paranormal event took place in 1974, when writer Stephen King spent an evening there. King is said to be the only guest and occupies Room 217. He had a nightmare in which his son, then three years old, was chased by the corridors and woke up with a start. It would have been during the time it took him to smoke a cigarette and calm his nerves, admiring the Rocky Mountains through the window, that he found the inspiration to write "The Shining", published in 1977, which takes place in the fictional Overlook Hotel.

WHY THIS PLACE

In addition to being a full plate for lovers of the paranormal and for cinema fanatics, this place is, in any case, widely used by Americans and foreigners for wedding ceremonies due to its fantastic location at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and for the refinement of their environments.

CURIOSITIES

• Room 217 has become a legend. It is the most sought after and celebrities like Johnny Depp and the Emperor of Japan have already stayed there.
• Although no scenes were filmed on site, the 1980 film “The Shining,” starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Stanley Kubrick, is broadcast 24 hours a day on one of the hotel's channels. The hotel was used, however, for the filming of the 1997 eponymous miniseries, which won two Emmy awards.
• Today the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers guided tours.

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