Landmark Stanley Hotel Rolls Out Season's Meeting Packages


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ESTES PARK, Colo. -- The Stanley Hotel & Conference Center here, a picturesque property that has served as a location for television and motion picture productions, announced four winter meeting packages that cost less than $80 per person, per night, for accommodations.

Three of the packages include lodging, meeting space, continental breakfast and a dinner and cost $79 per room, per night, in a superior or deluxe room, based on single occupancy.

There is an additional charge for food and beverages, use of some facilities and the property's activities plans.

The packages are valid until April 1.

The first three-day package, named the Shining (reflecting the Stanley's role as the set of the TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel by that name), offers groups with a minimum of 40 participants a candlelight tour of the property on arrival and a Murder Mystery Dinner with gift volumes of "The Shining."

The additional charge for food and beverages, facility fees and activities is $99 per person.

A three-day Elegant Experience package, which requires a minimum of 30 participants, includes the candlelight tour; lunch on the second day; a bus tour of Rocky Mountain National Park; high tea; an executive dinner, featuring a pianist, and an awards or recognition lunch on the last day.

Other amenities included in the plan are a gift of chocolates, bath items and a split of champagne in each room.

With this package, the additional charge for food, beverages, facility fees and activities is $165 per person.

For the health-conscious, the hotel's four-day Rocky Mountain High package requires a minimum of 30 people.

The program offers the night reception; a gourmet salad lunch; "teamwork" activities, such as wall climbing; a working dinner in the meeting room on the second night; a pasta lunch, and a Beans 'n' Beef Cowpoke Dinner, with dancing, on the third night of the stay.

The last day is devoted to meetings and includes a farewell breakfast.

The additional charge for food, beverages, facility fees and activities is $175 per person.

The fourth package, named Back to Basics, costs $69 per night and, as the name suggests, does not include amenities, activities, food or beverages in the base price.

"This package allows participants to build their own programs," said Paula Peat Page, sales director for the Stanley Hotel.

The property's meeting facilities, which can accommodate groups of from 10 to 300, include the MacGregor Room in the main hotel, with the Dunraven Dining Room, the Billiard Room, the smaller Pinon Room and the Music Room.

In addition, there is the Manor House, with a library, two breakout areas, the Manor Room and Ranch Room, and the Stanley Concert Hall, which features a large main room, a lobby and a stage.

All of the venues have verandas.

The 92-room hotel, which sits high on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains but is less than two hours northwest of Denver, was opened in 1909 by F. O. Stanley, one of the developers of the Stanley Steamer automobile.

Guests who have stayed at the property include John Philip Sousa; Theodore Roosevelt; the emperor and empress of Japan; the cast of the movie "Dumb and Dumber"; rock star Peter Gabriel, and actor Gary Burghoff.

The Stanley, which in 1977 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, became a member of Grand Heritage Hotels International in 1995.

Page emphasized that, contrary to what is portrayed in "The Shining," roads and mountain passes leading to the hotel are open year-round.

In fact, she said, it is not uncommon to have 50 degree temperatures in the dead of winter at the resort because of its location on the eastern slope of the mountain range.

Winter activities in the area surrounding the Stanley, which is about five miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking in the lower altitudes, shopping in Estes Park and tours of local industry facilities and the Estes Park Brewery.

For more information or to make group reservations, contact Paula Peat Page or Julie Warner at (800) 976-1377 or (970) 586-3371.

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