Get ready for the spookiest Halloween break and spend the night in these haunted hotels… if you dare!
Who can say no to a good Fall getaway? However, with the spookiest holiday of the year approaching, there is nothing better than dedicating your getaway to the celebration of Halloween. Exciting, spooky and certainly in the Halloween spirit, we’ll show you our favorite haunted hotels to book for this holiday to spend a scary night.
Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs
Said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S., Crescent Hotel in Arkansas has a long history of reported sightings. It was first built in 1886, serving as various facilities, such as a resort, a conservatory for young women, even a “cancer hospital” of a 1920’s fraud physician. Because of its history, it’s not a surprise that there are so many guests reporting sightings of ghosts such as Michael, a stonemason from the building’s original construction, and Theodora, one of the hospital’s ill-fated cancer patients.
And even if you don’t find yourself bumping into a ghost at night, the hotel also offers its own nightly ghost tours so you’ll know more about the story of the building. It’s never a disappointment to book Crescent Hotel.
The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee
A 5-star hotel that is not only a historical landmark but a strong center of ghost sightings? Count us in! Built in Milwaukee in 1893, this hotel normally hosts baseball and basketball teams that are visiting, among many other guests, and many of these players have reported very strange happenings. From knocking in the hallway and on doors (even when nobody was there) and pounding on the headboard, even a report of an iPod that began vibrating wildly on its own and disembodied voices, the Pfister Hotel is a must-visit if you’re in Milwaukee. And if you don’t stay for the ghosts, the interior design of this hotel is a sight to be seen. Truly unforgettable.
Omni Parker House, Boston
If you’re ever in Boston, perhaps this will be a good recommendation. A historic hotel in downtown Boston that has been home to plenty of ghost sightings throughout the years, the Omni Parker House has even received Charles Dickens once, occupying the third floor. Well, ghost sightings include those of Harvey Parker (who built the hotel), and mysterious sounds and occurrences. Mysteriously, elevators are often sent to the third floor for no reason. In one particular room on the 10th floor, guests often complain about a specific noise that still leaves everyone baffled. A rocking chair. Funny thing though… the hotel has no rocking chairs.
Alconquin Hotel, New York City
If you want to spend the night on a regular lunch spot of the Round Table, an elite group of literati, then this hotel is the right choice for you. Dorothy Parker, a writer, poet, and critic was part of this group and was often on this hotel as well. When renovations were made to the hotel’s attic, unexplained noises were reported coming from the empty space, and a photograph of Parker even flew off the wall, shattering. Near Times Square, it’s a great place to spend your Fall getaway, to get a spook and visit the city of New York in great style.
Toftaholm Herrgård, Sweden
Another five-star hotel sitting alongside Lake Vidöstern in Lagan with a history of ghost sightings and definitely a location you want to spend your night at and take a stroll along the lake and green fields. This property, however, wasn’t always a hotel and started out as the private manor owned by a wealthy Baron. The hotel is now supposedly haunted by a young man that killed himself in what is now room 324 after the Baron refused to let his daughter marry the boy. Guests have reportedly seen the boy roaming around the building, and windows are frequently closed unexpectedly.
Dauphine Orleans Hotel, New Orleans
New Orleans is widely known for its haunted locations, or wouldn’t this be a state of witchcraft and haunting history. Although the Dauphine New Orleans is now a luxury hotel, ghost sightings are still very frequent. From Civil War soldiers to courtesans who worked in the Red-Light District, you never know who you might run into. The perfect hotel to explore this city and all it has to offer… including its ghosts!
Dalhousie Castle, Scotland
Built in the 13th century, it’s no surprise that this castle in Scotland is the perfect choice if you’re looking to find a ghost. Its troubled past causes guests nowadays to report dozens of ghosts roaming the property, most notably Sir Alexander Ramsay. Allegedly, he was starved to death by William Douglas and has wandered the grounds ever since. You might also run into the Grey Lady, late at night, the ghost of Lady Catherine that seems to roam the castle’s dungeon. If this doesn’t excite you, the luxury of the castle, its restaurant, and open fields most likely will.
The Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville
A former Louisiana plantation dating back 1796 and listed on the National Historic Register is now a Bread & Breakfast with a restaurant and a tour of its history. However, it was also named “The South’s Spookiest House” by National Geographic, as various photographs taken on the property support the idea of the reported apparitions, most notably a ghost known as “Chloe” who is said to be the spirit of an enslaved woman who was a household servant in the home in the 1800’s.
The Hotel Roosevelt, Los Angeles
Home to the first Academy Awards ceremony, Hotel Roosevelt sits in the middle of Hollywood and received a huge amount of celebrities in its luxurious rooms. Two of the regular guests were Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe, who are said to haunt the hotel to this day. There is also an unexplained “cold spot” in the ballroom believed to be tied to the paranormal. If you’re not sold on staying at a hotel that such icons also stayed the night, perhaps the luxurious hallways, ballroom and rooms may help you with this choice.
The Russel Hotel, Sydney
All the way in Sydney, Australia, The Russel Hotel is conveniently placed near the biggest tourist attractions, giving this hotel a lot more credibility for a top choice to spend the night at. However, most guests are drawn to this hotel for an eerie and spooky experience. A sailor is said to have never checked out of room 8, and numerous guests have encountered his presence, and the unexplained sound of someone walking over creaky floors can frequently be heard. For a Halloween break, catching a ghost in a hotel in Sydney may just be the perfect choice.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
The Taj Mahal Palace serves as one of Mumbai’s most beautiful hotels, but also one of the most haunted in India. The building’s architect was apparently deeply upset that the hotel was built facing the wrong direction, and jumped to his death from the fifth floor. His spirit is said to haunt the halls, according to the guests, and guests have encountered him in the hallways and have heard him walking on the roof. However, his legacy lives on in the form of the hotel that is now one of the most beautiful of the city.
Hotel del Coronado, Coronado
With a stunning view of the sea, this hotel in San Diego is as luxurious as it can get. However, it’s also known for the haunting by a woman named Kate Morgan. On Thanksgiving Day in 1892, she checked into the third-floor guest room (which you can still stay in) and waited for her lover to meet her there. After five days of waiting, she took her own life. Guests report a pale figure in a black lace dress roaming around the hotel, along with mysterious odors, sounds, moving objects and TVs in the room she stayed in working by itself. Spooky, isn’t it?
Queen Mary Hotel, Long Beach
The Queen Mary is probably one of the world’s most known haunted locations. A retired ship that has now become a hotel, is so celebrated as a haunted destination that it even offers haunted tours of its most paranormal hotspots. Among the spirits spotted are a “lady in white,” a sailor who died in the ship’s engine room and children who drowned in the ship’s pool. It’s an eerie but beautiful and historic location that you definitely should spend the night at, at least once in your lifetime.
Logan Inn, New Hope
The Pennsylvania Logan Inn dates back to before the beginning of the Revolutionary War, and is considered one of the most haunted places in America with at least eight ghosts roaming its rooms and hallways. Most of the reported ghost sightings take place in room six, where guests have allegedly seen dark figures behind them in the bathroom mirror, mist moving throughout the room, and even small children appearing in the guest rooms. One particular ghost, a giggling little girl, reportedly likes to watch as women comb their hair in the bathroom.
Cal-Neva, Lake Tahoe
Last but not least, Cal-Neva, built in 1926 by a San Francisco businessman and a hotspot for the wealthy in the 1930’s. In 1960, Frank Sinatra bought the lodge and built secret tunnels between the bungalows behind the hotel and the showroom. These tunnels served for celebrities to pass through without being spotted by the paparazzi. Sinatra, Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe all vacationed there, and it’s where Monroe spent her last weekend alive, before passing in Los Angeles.
The ghosts of both Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra have been reported in the resort’s swimming pool and in the cabins overlooking Lake Tahoe. If this doesn’t make you visit this lodge, what will?
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