A Night at The Stanley Hotel, Room #217
KREX News Room
ESTES PARK, Colo. One Colorado hotel is on the top of many ghost hunter's bucket list. Tucked in the Rocky Mountains, it's known for its history, charm and paranormal activity.
It was Independence day in 1909 with Freelan Oscar Stanley opened up The Stanley Hotel.
“They decided, we need to make a place that people can come experience the Rocky Mountains and the beauty of Estes Park. And that is what is behind us today, The Stanley Hotel," said Jesse Freitas, guest services manager at The Stanley.
In time, Stanley's hotel would become famous worldwide, “It was a big deal, it was one of the first fully electrified hotels west of the Mississippi," said Freitas.
After a few decades, the hotel developed a personality of its own.
“Around 1969 going into 1970 it seemed like the employees of the hotel started realizing there was just some strange things happening here," said Freitas.
Madame Vera, resident psychic at The Stanley Hotel, said, "I call it residual energy, smoke in the walls. Scenes will replay themselves in this building and certain spirits walk certain ways."
"September of 1974, a gentleman you may know called Stephen King came and stayed at the hotel with his wife Tabitha. He stayed the night in room 217. He had a bad nightmare about his son actually being chased by a firehouse with teeth on it and he said he woke up in a cold sweat, he went out on the balcony, smoked a cigarette, and he had the bones of the novel The Shining in his head," said Freitas.
“Could you picture yourself here in the winter with nothing in that room, quiet? Your mind really creates in this building," said Madame Vera. She's encountered characters on every floor.
"On fourth floor of course we have the children spirits. We've got Billy, Matthew, Emily. Second floor, not many people know about this, there's opera singers up there. A lot of times I’ll walk through there and here them singing," she said.
The number one explanation for the paranormal activity is the minerals in rocks that make up the foundation of the hotel. Many say the most haunted of the 11 buildings is the Concert Hall.
While filming in what's known as "Lucy's room" our camera malfunctioned. Footage captured in the room was with a GoPro.
“That’s just Lucy doing her thing with you. You're someone new, hasn't been down there. She was playing with you, that's her energy," said Madame Vera.
Officials say experiences like this are reported every day at the hotel.
"You're not looking, you're not hunting for it and then the bump in the night occurs," Madame Vera said.
However, hotel staffers say there's no need to be scared.
Madame Vera said, "You bring in fear, you get fear. You look for the beauty, you see the beauty. It's all about how you take the place."