Most people go on vacation for a little rest and relaxation. They spend hours researching hotels to find the best place to lay their head at night, and hotels pride themselves in offering top-of-the-line mattresses to ensure their guests get a great night’s sleep. However, no matter how comfortable the mattress is, those who venture into these spooky hotels probably won’t be getting much shuteye. Do you have what it takes to fall asleep in a bed in one of these haunted hotels’ rooms?
The Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, Colorado
In this hotel, located deep in the Rocky Mountains, guests claim to see the hotel’s founder, F.O Stanley, and his wife passing through the lobby or playing the piano. It is also said that the ghosts of hotel employees who have died refuse to leave their former posts. Not too mention it inspired Stephen King’s novel, The Shining, so that alone should be creepy enough.
Crescent Hotel & Spa – Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Originally opened in 1886 as a luxury hotel and spa, the Crescent Hotel & Spa went bankrupt and was eventually turned into a “hospital” in 1937 where Dr. Norman Baker would experiment on humans, dead or alive. He was arrested in 1940, but he and patients he “treated” can still be seen roaming the grounds.
Langham Hotel – London, England
The Langham Hotel, London’s first “Grand Hotel,” opened its doors 150 years ago and is said to be home to numerous spirits that include a German prince who jumped from a window before WWI, a man who killed his wife and himself on their honeymoon, and Louis Napoleon III who stayed there during much of his exile from France.
Myrtles Plantation – St. Francisville, Louisiana
Built on a Native American burial ground, many ghosts now occupy this Bed and Breakfast. Most notably is Chloe, a slave girl, who was killed by fellow slaves after she poisoned the house’s mistress and her two children.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – Los Angeles, California
Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Carole Lombard and Montgomery Clift all allegedly hang out at this landmark hotel. Guests have reported seeing Marilyn Monroe’s reflection in a mirror in Room 229.
Russell Hotel – Sydney, Australia
This hotel, which once was a brothel in the 1800s, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a sailor. Guests claim to see him standing over their beds staring at them, and the staff report hearing footsteps when no one is there.
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast – Fall River, Massachusetts
Located in the sleepy town of Fall River, Massachusetts, this B&B was once the home of the prestigious Borden family, until Mr. Borden and his wife were found murdered in 1892. Many believed it to be the work of the daughter, Lizzie Borden, but she was never convicted due to insufficient evidence. Guests can now stay at the B&B, and go on ghost tours of the house at all hours of the day and night.
Hotel Provincial – New Orleans, Louisiana
The Hotel Provincial was once the sight of a Civil War hospital and the ghosts that occupy this building are soldiers who suffered and died of their wounds. There have been many reports of ghosts in rooms, listening to music or calling out to loved ones. Maids and guests have claimed to see a gory Civil War hospital scene once the elevator doors have opened.
Skirrid Mountain Inn – Monmouthshire, Wales
Dating back to the 1100s, this is one of the oldest buildings on the list. Once used as a Court of Law, records show that around 180 men were sentenced to hang and were then executed inside from the beams of the building. It is said that you can still see the judge stalking the halls looking for more men to execute and some claim to feel ropes tightening around their necks while they sleep.
The Logan Inn – New Hope, Pennsylvania
This inn dates back to before the Revolutionary War, so with a history that long it’s no wonder reports of ghosts have popped up throughout the years. Women claim to see a man standing behind them in the mirror when no one is there. A young girl who fell from nearby bridge and drowned can be seen in the parking lot, and guests say their pillows have been ripped from under their heads.
The Lighthouse Inn – London, Connecticut
Originally built to be a lavish summer home, it turned into an inn in 1927 and opened its doors to couples who wished to get married. On the day of one of the weddings, the bride died when she fell as she descended the stairs. Visitors claim to see a woman walking around the inn dressed in an ancient bridal gown, feel a breeze for which there is no explanation, or even get a scent of the bride’s perfume.
Gunter Hotel – San Antonio, Texas
This hotel was normal enough until a man by the name of Albert Knox reportedly murdered a blonde woman in room 636. He killed himself before he could be arrested, but the apparition of a blonde woman is said to still be seen on an occasion on the sixth floor.
Hotel Cecil – Los Angeles, California
Suicides, serial killers and strange deaths are all associated with the Hotel Cecil in California. Most recently, a Canadian tourist was found drowned in the water tank on the roof of the building. Video footage shows the girl acting strangely in the elevator just moments before her untimely death.
So what do you think? Would you brave the ghouls and ghosts and the creepy sounds and chilling apparitions to hop into bed at one of these hotel rooms?
Happy Halloween from Dolven Enterprises!