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- It’s the famed Stanley Hotel. Built in 1909 by Freelan Oscar Stanley, the hotel is considered one of the most “haunted” hotels in the US.
- Perhaps the most popular advocate of its supposed paranormal activity is novelist Stephen King, who spent a night at the hotel in 1974 and left with the entire plot line for his thriller, “The Shining.”
- According to a guide who took me on a tour of the hotel, King claims he was “haunted” by a possessed fire hose during his stay. The tour guide also shared accounts of doors slamming, beds shaking, lights flickering, and the voices of children floating through the hallways.
- Stepping inside the hotel felt like traveling back in time. Patterned carpet fills the reception area, dark oak paneling covers the walls, and a grand staircase leads guests upstairs.
- I wasn’t the only one eager to begin my stay. As the 4 p.m. check-in time approached, a line stretched the entire length of the first floor.
- Instead of waiting in line, I toured the hotel’s property. Outside, I navigated through the hotel’s hedge maze, which was built in 2015. A maze is a key element in “The Shining,” and after years of guests inquiring about it, the hotel finally added one.
- The property is comprised of four main buildings, including a concert hall built by Freelan Oscar Stanley for his wife. Today, it’s one of the hotel’s most “haunted” buildings, the tour guide said.
- Back inside the main building, there’s a classic grand ballroom, named the McGregor Ballroom.
- Of course, I wasn’t paying $359 a night for a lavish room — I was on the lookout for a potential ghost sighting. So as the sun set and only hotel guests remained, I explored the empty hotel.