You can get your ghost on at historic hotels that happen to be haunted, or stay at a hotel with a package deal that includes a haunted happening.
The Liberty Hotel, located in Boston’s Beacon Hill, is offering a “Night of the Living Dead Halloween Package” on November 2. Starting at $349, the package includes overnight accommodations, two tickets for the hotel’s “Night of the Living Dead” Halloween party, and two Bloody Mary vouchers. Considering that the Liberty Hotel, built in 1851, used to be Charles St. Jail, it seems the perfect location for the “Night of the Living Dead” inspired package deal.
The building’s accommodations have dramatically changed since the last prisoner left in 1980. Although the Romanesque and Renaissance architectural details are mostly unchanged on the outside, inside the transformation of this AAA Four Diamond Award winner Liberty Hotel is pure boutique. Contemporary luxury is the theme of each of the 298 guest rooms. Options range from superior king rooms, to superior doubles to suites.
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In Philadelphia, several hotels are offering Halloween inspired package deals that include tours of the Eastern State Penitentiary. Opened in 1829 and closed in 1971, this prison was once home to Al Capone and Willie Sutton. Through November 9, Eastern State Penitentiary is the site of Terror Behind Walls, a haunted house experience that capitalizes on the prison’s Gothic creepiness.
Each of the hotel packages includes two tickets to tour the prison during the day, and some offer a prison related souvenir. The Best Western Center City (501 N. 22nd St, 215/ 568-8300) includes an ESP souvenir. The Hampton Inn Bed Breakfast & Prison Hotel Package (1301 Race St., 215/665-9100) includes a reproduction of the Eastern State Penitentiary Inmate Handbook, and the Holiday Inn Express Midtown’s “Cellblock Seven Package” (1305 Walnut St; 215/735-9300 or (800)5-MIDTOWN) includes an ESP “mugshot” mug stuffed with “Cell Block Seven” memorabilia.
At the Tarrytown House Estate (49 East Sunnyside LN, 800/553-8118) in Tarrytown, New York, book the “Horseman’s Hollow Package” for two tickets to the Horseman’s Hollow at Philipsburg Manor. Philipsburg Manor, a 1750 manor estate that is now a living history farm, is transformed during the Halloween season into a landscape of vampires, ghouls, ghosts and goblins–and of course the Headless Horseman. Washington Irving set his story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in this part of New York so a stay at the Tarrytown House Estate is fitting.
Two 19th century mansions– King Mansion and Biddie Mansion, plus a carriage house and a cottage make up the estate. Staying in one of the hotel’s 212 guest rooms is a visit to luxury. The King Mansion’s 10 guest rooms, also luxurious, have been restored to Georgian era of the mid-1800s. And, it’s been said that King Mansion is haunted. This package is available through Nov. 2.
Post courtesy of Jamie Rhein of Midwest Travel Writers Association. Photos courtesy of hotels.