Historic Colorado Hotel Looks To Capitalize On Gruesome Hollywood Past

The lurid, oppressive interiors of the The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado were the inspiration for Stephen King's 1977 book, The Shining.

Now, the super-creepy, sprawling 1909 hotel has unveiled plans to open a horror museum. Variety reports it'll also be a nonprofit public-private partnership, collaborating on educational projects - if they succeed in their bid to get $11.5 million from the state's tourism funds to put towards the $24 million price tag.

Currently, visitors to the The Stanley Hotel can opt for a ghostly package with a room on the spooky 4th floor, ghost-hunting equipment, and a REDRUM mug. According to their site, "an upgrade to a haunted room may be available at check-in. Please inquire at that time if you are interested in staying in a haunted room."

Under the new plan, it's hoped The Stanley Hotel would become a year-round horror destination.

So take some time for you: book that writer's retreat or romantic getaway (just avoid room 237).

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.

The Stanley Hotel by Flickr User PRO Kent Kanouse

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h/t Variety


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