I don’t know that I’ve knowingly stayed in a haunted hotel. I haven’t specifically avoided it, I just don’t seek them out like the millions of people who watch all the paranormal shows on television.
Some properties embrace their haunted history while others downplay it. While it may be too late this year to get reservations for Halloween, fall, in general, is a great time for a hauntingly good stay at one of these haunted hotels.
1. Stanley Hotel, Estes Park
The Stanley is considered one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S. and was the inspiration for Stephen King’s book and movie, The Shining. King stayed in room 217, said to be one of the most spiritually active rooms on the property.
(Photo courtesy of Visit Estes Park)
2. The Drake Hotel, Chicago
Located on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile, the posh Drake Hotel is allegedly haunted by the “Woman in Red” who fell to her death on New Years Eve 1920, shortly after the hotel opened. Her apparition has been seen wandering the Gold Coast Room, the Palm Court, and the 10th floor.
The Drake Hotel is a Hilton property located at 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, Illinois. Rates start around $300/night.
(Photo courtesy of Illinois Office of Tourism)
3. Naples Hotel, Finger Lakes
At the historic Naples Hotel, you can take a private ghost tour all year-round (by appointment). Active spirits include a woman and her children and a gentleman named Topper. They’ve been said to move pictures, turn on lights, and lock doors.
4. The Driskill, Austin
Jesse Driskill is said to have lost his namesake hotel in a poker game and after he passed away frequents the hotel, making his presence known by the scent of his cigar smoke. Another former Driskill employee from the early 1900s has been seen walking between the vault and the lobby late at night, clothed in Victorian-style dress and accompanied by the smell of roses.
The Driskill is located at 604 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas. Rates start around $260/night.
5. Farnsworth House Inn, Gettysburg
Paranormal enthusiasts consider Gettysburg one of the most haunted destinations in the U.S. and a hotbed of ghostly activity. Farnsworth House Inn served as a Confederate sniper nest during the Battle of Gettysburg and over 100 bullet marks can be found on the southern brick wall. Some guests claim they have heard Confederate soldiers in the attic.
The Farnsworth House Inn is located at 401 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Rates start around $140/night.
6. Hotel Galvez & Spa, Galveston
This ghost at Hotel Galvez is believed to be a bride-to-be named Audra who hung herself after learning that her beau was lost at sea. Other apparitions include a young girl bouncing a ball, and a maid and butler. The hotel offers ghost tours and ghost tour dinners for guests.
The Hotel Galvez and Spa is located at 2024 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, Texas. Rates start around $135/night.
7. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles
Marilyn Monroe lived her for a couple of years early in her career, and it said that her ghosts continued to wander the premises to this day. Actor Montgomery Clift, along with a dozen other celebrities are also said to inhabit this Hollywood hotel.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. Rates start around $250/night.
8. La Fonda, Santa Fe
Several inns have been built on the site of La Fonda dating back to the 1600s and some guests from bygone days have decided to stick around. One of the most notorious spectral guests is a former Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court who was shot in the lobby in 1867.
9. Queen Mary, Long Beach
This 1930s cruise liner is docked and serves as a floating hotel. Both employees and guests have frequently reported paranormal activity aboard the ship, and psychics have concurred that something is going on onboard. When the ship was still sailing is was known as the “haunted ship” after several disasters.
10. Hotel Sorrento, Seattle
It’s said that Alice B. Toklas, longtime partner to Gertrude Stein haunts the fourth floor of this elegant Seattle hotel. Toklas lived on the block where the hotel now stands and also attended the University of Washington. She is also credited with created pot brownies, although I’m not sure if that figures into the alleged sightings.
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