Sorry mtree, but regarding the Stanley not being haunted, you are absolutely wrong. I worked there for almost 2 years. I worked historical day tours, did night 'ghost' tours, worked overnight paranormal investigations and night audit at the Front Desk. The Stanley is 100% haunted. With what I've seen and experienced there, with other people and by myself, I've experienced entirely too much to say otherwise.mtree wrote: ↑Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:50 amThe Stanley is not haunted. Never was. Its just a marketing ploy since the popularity of The Shining. Which...by the way... the Stanley Hotel is NOT featured. The hotel in the movie was some place in Oregon or somewhere in the northwest US. The Stanley was a place Peter King stayed at and supposedly drew inspiration from to write the book. Since the popularity of "haunted" venues exploded a few decades ago, everywhere seems to be haunted these days. Such a crock. But... people buy into anything.
Regarding the 'The Shining' connection, this you're right about. The douchebag owner (John Cullen), plays this up as does the Tour Dept. It's great PR and brings money to the hotel every year from people curious about it. I can tell you the whole story, including bits they don't tell you on tours (for fear of negative PR) backwards in my sleep. It's a bit pathetic IMO.
And the stories I have of spooky happenings (including personal stuff) are so numerous, I have thought about writing a book on the place (including the history of course). I stayed for 6 months in their employee housing which actually predates the hotel itself. There's things that happen frequently and things that happen VERY infrequently. It's the infrequent things that convince me.
I've ghost hunted for years. And one of the things that has happened, is that I require a much higher burden of proof to say something is or isn't. But it is an old, wooden hotel, it creaks, makes noises and still settles. And there's sadly, a lot of stuff the tour guides tell people that is absolute 100% garbage. More often than not, you probably won't experience anything. You know the adage, 'Right place, right time.'
Oh, and one of the things they like to say, is that no one has ever died there...that's bullsh*t. The building is over 100 years old, of course people have died there. Including a man who committed suicide in #416 back in 2016 I believe (if memory serves).