You can now take a virtual walking tour of the same hotel that inspired The Overlook hotel in Stephen King masterpiece The Shining.
As the world is reeling under the effects of a global pandemic, almost all of us are practicing self-isolation to curb the virus as it has already affected over a million people across the world. During these trying times, the best thing for us is to stay away from all kinds of social contact to minimize the risk of contracting the virus. Even though self-isolation can get extremely boring at times, but it also gives us the opportunity to learn how to spend time at home and learn about new things.
This brings us a brilliant opportunity to introduce you to a virtual walking tour to one of the creepiest places on Earth, the Stanley Hotel. It is the same hotel that inspired the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's novel The Shining, reports Dread Central. The story of the Stanley Hotel began in 1903 when Yankee founder Freelan Oscar Stanley came to the valley in Estes Park, Colorado. When he arrived, he was severely underweight and weak since he was suffering from consumption. What he didn't realize is that after spending just one season in the valley, his health became much better and he promised himself to return to this place every summer for the rest of his life. Check out the walking tour below:
Opened in 1909, the beauty and grandeur of the hotel are known by all. When the first guests reached the hotel in the Stanley-designed steam cars, they were taken aback by the beauty and splendor of the place. When they entered the hotel, they saw the beautiful hills that surrounded the iconic hotel. Back in the day, when electricity was not so readily available, the Stanley Hotel provided their guests with electric lights, telephones, en suite bathrooms, a staff of uniformed servants and a fleet of automobiles.
By 1917, the Stanley Hotel did a lot to develop the town and it had waterworks, a power plant, and civic organizations, that were all, in some way, because of the hotel. By the 1970s, the grandeur has faded and succumbed to throes of times. What saved the hotel from disappearing is when Stephen King paid a visit. After staying overnight at Stanley Hotel, it was enough for him to get the premise of his third published novel and first hardback bestseller, The Shining which still remains as one of his masterpieces.
The hotel still stands as a testimony to its glory days when it served the holiday retreat during the summers. At present, the hotel provides a range of tours that highlight the history of the hotel and also includes culinary experiences and lavish spa treatments. When are you going?