Although Halloween is prime time for haunted hotel travel, spooky tales and tours are a year-round venture at the Admiral Fell Inn in Baltimore, Maryland and the Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Both are historic hotels that offer elegance along with a unique past–including the ghosts.
The stately Admiral Fell Inn on Baltimore’s waterfront, highlights its haunted history each Friday and Saturday evening. The inn’s Historic Ghost Tour is family-friendly and includes the inn’s seven buildings. Along the way, a resident historian tells about the inn’s legends and ghost sightings. Considering the hotel’s various roles, including a ship chandlery and boarding house for sailors, the tour is a glimpse into Baltimore’s maritime presence.
If you go, stop in the Horse You Came In On Saloon. Just steps away from the Admiral Fell Inn, this saloon is the oldest saloon in the United States and possibly the last place Edgar Allen Poe was seen alive. Some say his ghost still frequents the tavern.
Rooms at the Admiral Fell Inn are unique to each other and range from a Double Bed Room to a King Bed Suite with a Jacuzzi. An overnight stay also includes complimentary tea, coffee and muffins each morning, plus the Admiral’s Reception, ghost tour activities, and access to the fitness center and pool. Rooms range from $179 to $320 depending upon the room and the package.
Admiral Fell Inn
888 South Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
At the Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, “The Ghost in the Morgue,” the “Girl in the Mist” and “the Lady in the Victorian lingerie in room 3500 are some of the ghost stories recounted during the nightly tours. Dubbed one of the most haunted hotels in America, the Crescent Hotel first opened in 1886 as a spa resort for people with cancer.
Over the years, the Crescent Hotel has also become a romantic getaway, as well as, a place for families to relax. Daily activities for all ages, the hotel’s history tour, and its back porch social offer fun and interest whether guests stay for one night or several.
During the Halloween season, getaway packages take advantage of the hotel’s ghostly reputation. One overnight package for two combines a stay in a premium room with a ghost tour, two ghost T-shirts, a ghost squeezie, a ghost mug and breakfast in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom. Another package includes just the room and a two-for-one ghost tour ticket.
Rates range from $149 to $249 depending upon the package and whether you book during the week, the weekend or on Halloween.
Crescent Hotel and Spa
75 Prospect Ave
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Photos courtesy of the Admiral Fell Inn and the Crescent Hotel