Timberline Lodge – Overlook Hotel from The Shining

The Timberline Lodge AKA The Overlook Hotel from The Shining

Timberline Lodge sits in Mount Hood National Forest in the state of Oregon. The hotel is most recognized as the hotel that was used for the exterior hotel shots for the Stanley Kubrick version of The Shining starring Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall. The film was based on Stephen King‘s novel of the same name. King and Kubrick did not see eye to eye on creative decisions for The Shining, but regardless the movie remains a classic. The facade of the Timberline Lodge is imprinted in most people’s minds as how The Shining hotel actually looks. So if you want to get that experience, minus the hedge maze, you should get up to Oregon’s Timberline Lodge. The Shining Hotel Exterior In The Shining, the fictitious name of the hotel was “The Overlook Hotel.” A few hotels lay some sort of claim to be the inspiration for “The Overlook Hotel” such as the Stanley Hotel in Estes, Colorado and Mohonk Mountain House in New York. Each hotel has its own story to tell however, you are sure to recognize the exteriors provided by the famous Timberline Lodge.


Is the Timberline Lodge Haunted?

The wooden Timberline Lodge was built in 1936-37. Some Timberline Lodge employees have reported that the first aid room is haunted by the ghosts of climbers and skiers of Mt. Hood whom never made it off the mountain. There are some stories of ghostly activity in the “older section” of the hotel. You might request that section of the hotel when you reserve your stay.

The Timberline Lodge Embraces The Shining

Timberline Lodge is not shy about its “Shining” fame. The hotel features an ax from The Shining film set emblazoned with the phrase “Here’s Johnny!” The Shining Lodge also plays host to The Overlook Film Festival, a four-day event celebrating the best of horror in all of its forms. The first event was hosted in 2017 at The Timberline. The Timberline Lodge also play the film after 10:30 upon request and has special events around Halloween with a viewing of the film.

Where is room 237?

There is no room 237 at the Timberline Lodge. However, the room from Stephen King’s book depicts room 217 as the haunted room throughout the storyline. During the filming, Timberline Lodge asked Mr. Kubrik to use a fictitious room number so guests would not be too scared to stay in the actual room 217. You can reserve room 217 at the Timberline Lodge. Sometimes it can be tough to get, but if you book for more than one night, you might have a better chance to get the scariest of rooms.

Haunted Rooms of the Timberline Lodge AKA The Overlook Hotel

  • Room 217 is not necessarily haunted, but it’s THE room out of Stephen King’s novel.
  • The old section of the hotel has been said to have some ghostly activity.
  • The first aid room is said to be haunted by skiers and climbers who never made it off the mountain.

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6 Reviews

  1. Charles Hill

    I would absolutely LOVE to visit and stay at the actual site of one of my favorite films, ‘The Shining’, written by Stephen King, directed Stanley Kubrick.

    August 25, 2018 at 7:55 pm
  2. Scarlett

    I was at Mt. Hood I didn’t even know it was where The Shining was filmed. I looked at it and I was all like “hey that looks like the Shining hotel now.” Now I know it is! XD

    September 7, 2018 at 5:55 pm
  3. Tracy wilson

    I believe the shining to be one of the best horror films and would love to book room 217.

    December 13, 2019 at 3:04 am
  4. Paul

    I have reservations for tomorrow night. Super excited!

    June 6, 2020 at 9:30 pm
  5. Michelle Warren

    I have visited Mt Hood Lodge several times before the movie was made…it is a unit and charming place. Constructed as a WPA project..many locals worked there…beautiful carvings everywhere..all the newel posts are topped with handcarved animals. It is a must to see!! Biggest fireplace I have ever seen…5 hearths!!

    August 29, 2021 at 6:18 pm
  6. Lloyd the ghostly bartender

    You’ve always been the caretaker, mr Torrance.

    November 2, 2021 at 4:31 pm

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