Hauntings are what makes scary movies scarier, and haunted hotel travel in the U.S. is all about the fright-meter with ghosts, tales, and other creepy stuff. Haunted hotels are also big business especially during the haunted month of October, so pack your bags and pick a stay at any of these creepy hotels in the U.S. – where, like the lyrics to the Eagles’ Hotel California, “You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave!”
Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Eureka Springs is home to America’s most haunted hotel, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, an Arkansas haunted hotel, where guests check in but some never leave. Year-round nightly tours introduce you to the resident ghosts (including two who died falling from the roof), a young Victorian-era women and a stonemason named Michael, and room 3500’s lady in Victorian lingerie.
Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
Check into room 217 at The Stanley Hotel, an historic and haunted Colorado Hotel in Estes Park, where only the brave of heart can spend the entire night. Guest Actor Jim Carrey made it only a few hours before checking out.. Known for its architecture, magnificent setting, and famous visitors, may possibly be best known today for its inspirational role in the Stephen King’s novel, “The Shining.” Featured as one of America’s most haunted hotels and with the numerous stories from visitors and staff, The Stanley Hotel continues to haunts its guest.
Other haunted hotels in Colorado include The Strater Inn, Durango; General Palmer Hotel; Durango; Grand Imperial Hotel, Silverton; Steam Train Inn, Antonito; and these Haunted Hotels in Downtown Denver.
Admiral Fell Inn, Balitmore, Maryland
Buildings in the trendy Baltimore neighborhood of Fells Point date back to 1770s, including the Admiral Fell Inn. Located on the seaport, this haunted hotel offers ghost tours through its seven buildings, sharing tales of floating sailors and disappearing butlers. Step outside the hotel doors and continue your haunted tour of the city’s once seedy underbelly with Baltimore Wicked History Tours. Steps from your hotel is the oldest saloon in the United States, the Horse You Came In On Saloon, where the ghost of Edgar Allen Poe is rumored to roam.
Hotel Monteleone, French Quarter, New Orleans
Ghosts, vampires and voodoo are a year-round tourist attraction in New Orleans, Louisiana, considered one of the most haunted cities in America, and the French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in town known as the big Easy. Five generations of history is held within the historic walls of the Hotel Monteleone, a family owned business since 1886.
Generations of hotel guests and staff regularly experience haunted events, including a restaurant door that opens every evening and then closes, even though it is locked. An elevator and unplanned stop on the wrong floor, with a curious (and brave!) couple following the chilly hallway to observe ghostly images of playing children.
Another mischievous young ghost, Maurice, roams the halls of the hotel searching for his deceased parents. Other ghostly events and occurrences make this New Orleans hotel a must-stay stop on your haunted hotel travels.
Haunted Salem Inn, Massachusetts
With its infamous and historic Salem Witch Trials of 1692, Salem, Massachusetts is arguably the most haunted city in America. Banking on its tortured past and as one of the oldest seaports in America, October kicks off Haunted Happenings, a month-long Halloween celebration of parades, costume balls, witch-themed events, haunted houses and tours.
Located in the heart of historic Salem, a stay in room 17 at the Salem Inn may give you a ghostly close encounter. Yet with its three historical homes, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places, chances are you’ll be greeted by something other world.
Mission Point Resort, Mackinac, Michigan
The remote historic island of Mackinac, Michigan includes a guided 90 minute, latern-lit Haunts of Mackinac ghost tour, delivering the tragic history of this remote town. As featured on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, your travels to the haunted, remote and historic island of Mackinac should include a hotel stay at the Mission Point Resort and may even include a resident ghost or two. The Haunts of Mackinac Haunted History Tours are based at Mission Point Resort and deliver the tragic history of this town, including a jilted man who committed suicide who still haunts the bluff and a child ghost calling for its mommy and daddy.
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Now it’s your turn…what is the spookiest hotel you’ve ever stayed in? Have you had a ghostly or haunted hotel experience? Do tell!
Photos courtesy of the each of the hotels, resorts or inns mentioned above.