Ever lodged at a hotel so beautiful, so comfortable, so downright accommodating that you wished to stay forever? Careful what you wish for! When it comes to these hotels, it seems some tenants got the chance to extend their stay… well into their afterlife. Far from a pedestrian clientele, the following 13 hotels are known for their…shall we say spirited?… long-term residents. The spooks and ghouls won’t mind if you pay a visit, but hopefully, you can sleep soundly through bumps in the night. Here is our list of the top 13 haunted hotels:
Often called “the most haunted place in Arizona”, in 2011 this former insane asylum was featured in a Travel Channel episode of “Ghost Adventures” for good reason. During a former life as the United Verde Hospital, its estimated that some 9,000 people lost their lives within this hotel’s walls.
Now, located in the mining-town-turned-artist-community of Jerome, sweeping vistas of the American West aren’t the only thing guests have seen during their stay. Glowing orbs, the sound of hospital gurneys rattling through the halls, even ghost cats, are all frequently reported by visitors. Activity seems to center around the third floor of this haunted hotel. Room 32 is particularly notorious as the site where a wheelchair-bound miner threw himself over the balcony and a downtrodden businessman put a bullet in his brain.
The best part is, the Jerome Grand Hotel isn’t the only ghostly getaway in this small town. Jerome is riddled with sites that draw paranormal-seekers form around the world.
After being left at the altar by her fiancé, legend has it Laura Green, daughter of the Green Park Inn’s founder, disappeared behind the door of room 318… and never emerged. While it’s unclear whether she perished by heartbreak or suicide, her spirit purportedly still roams the halls of this haunted hotel.
However, Laura’s is not the only extinction on display. Built in 1891, this elegant hotel boasts historical hardwood floors of American Chestnut, a now extinct variety of timber.
Over 127 years of service those floors have held the footsteps of many a reputed guest, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, John Rockefeller, Henry Fonda, Marilyn Monroe, and more. Most famously, Margaret Mitchell wrote pieces of Gone With The Wind while staying at the Green Park Inn, and Annie Oakley used to give shooting lessons in the parking lot.
If you long for a tasted of haunting and history, the Green Park Inn is hospitable to both.
With parts of its construction dating back to the 15th century, this red stone keep on the River Esk has certainly seen its share of visitors. Originally home to the Ramsay clan, Dalhousie castle famously housed King Edward I (Longshanks) before his battle with William Wallace and Oliver Cromwell during his invasion of Scotland.
However, “The Grey Lady” is the only resident that really stuck around. Though precise details are largely lost to history, one popular story goes that at 16-years-old, Lady Catherine fell in love with a lowly stable boy. At her parent’s disapproval, she ran to the tower and locked herself in her room, refusing to eat, until she eventually starved to death. Now, she appears in the halls of Dalhousie Castle, moaning with grief.
Evidently heartbroken and yearning for the love story she never lived, she is most often sighted when Dalhousie, now a luxury hotel and spa, hosts weddings. If you and your ghost-hunting other want to tie the knot, consider giving Dalhousie Castle a visit. The Grey Lady of this haunted hotel will appreciate it.
When F.O. Stanley first arrived in the Estes Valley circa 1903, he was weak with consumption. After one summer, ostensibly cured by fresh air and agreeable climes, he vowed to return to the valley every year. After founding the Stanley Hotel in 1909, it seems he made the perfect place to keep his vow…eternally.
Guests report that Stanley can be spotted drifting through halls and that his piano playing rings nightly throughout the hotel. Lesser specters, such as giggling children, are also frequently reported at this haunted hotel.
Perhaps the most famous person to feel a paranormal presence at the Stanley Hotel was none other than esteemed novelist Stephen King, who, after one night, found inspiration to pen horror classic The Shining.
Stay at the Stanley hotel and, if you’re lucky, maybe you too will discover a bestselling ghost story!
Located nearby the airport in Narita, this hotel is frequented by flight attendants and international guests. The most common reports include the sound of running water and running footsteps coming from the ceilings…even when on the top floor.
When compared to some other haunted hotels, the Marroad is relatively new in construction. Nonetheless, it more than makes up for its short history through the intensity of its infamous incident.
In 1999, a mysterious cult took up residence in room 1272. They dug in and occupied the room for months, refusing room service and shirking the managers request that they leave the premises. Finally, local law enforcement was called to the scene and entered the room by force. Inside, they found the mummified corpse of a cult member that had died some four months ago. No wonder they didn’t want maid service.
Any Agatha Christie fans out there? Unsolved events at the luxurious, Victorian-style Hotel Savoy became the basis for Christie’s first novel, Mysterious Affairs at Styles.
The story goes, in 1911 Miss Frances Garnett-Orme came to stay at the Savoy with her friend and partner Eva Mountstephen. Together the women attracted no small amount of attention, as they were public practitioners of the occult arts. Spurred by the untimely death of her husband, Garnett-Orme was drawn to the paranormal. She and Mountstephen, also a spiritualist, held seances, gazed into crystal balls and rapped tables in the name of contacting the dead.
One day, Mountstephen left the Savoy, and not a day later, Garnett-Orme was found dead in her room. Her door had been locked from the inside and autopsy revealed she had been poisoned by strychnine. Though Mountstephen was a primary subject, the police investigation went on for months without conclusion. Then, the plot thickened when Garnett-Orme’s doctor was found dead of the same poison.
Still unsolved, it is accepted that the presumed-murdered Lady Garnett-Orme now roams the corridors of the Hotel Savoy, sometimes playing disembodied melodies on the ballroom pianos, swinging chandeliers, and appearing as a normal woman…until she passes directly through a locked door.
Serving as inspiration for “Hotel California” by The Eagles, the Hotel Del Coronado is one of the few haunted hotels that has its own theme song. Furthermore, it was also the filming location of the 1958 classic “Some Like It Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis.
Hauntings at the Hotel Del are attributed to the ghost of Kate Morgan. In 1892, Morgan checked into the Del Coronado on Thanksgiving Day, claiming she awaited the company of a gentleman. No gentleman came. After five days, Kate Morgan took her own life with a handgun she purchased in nearby San Diego.
Resident still at the elegant Del Coronado, the ghost of Kate Morgan is not often described frightening so much as she is described as lovely and sorrowful. Her cool, melancholy demeanor serves as quite a contrast to the setting of sunny, southern California beaches gracing the haunted hotel premises.
One block from Bourbon Street, the Dauphine Orleans includes the ambient voodoo of New Orleans, with more than a little extra. Encompassing the building that used to be May Baily’s bordello, this site was home to all kinds sin-seekers and creatures of the night.
These days, a host of ghostly happenings give the Dauphine Orleans its fame as one of the most haunted places in New Orleans. Phantom brides, levitating bar stools, and even the ghost of May Baily herself have been reported by guests and employees alike.
If that isn’t enough for you, the Dauphine Orleans happens to be located just a few blocks from the notorious Museum of Death, a site of unrivaled, concentrated macabre.
Just a stone’s throw from the White House, this regal hotel purportedly homes the ghost of Clover Adams. An artistic photographer, wife to Henry, and granddaughter-in-law to ex-president John Quincy Adams, it’s unclear why Clover ingested lethal film developing chemicals. Some suspect murder, others depression, and suicide. Either way, in the first two weeks of December, around the anniversary of her passing, staff confronts a slew of strange happenings.
Doors opening and closing, radios turning on and off, and the soft, disembodied cries of an invisible woman are among the list of odd occurrences that plague The Hay-Adams Hotel. Despite this, the haunted hotel is routinely rated by travel writers as one of the best hotels in the world. Its guest-list bears the names of many dignitaries, including the Obamas, and one room for rent has a direct line of sight to the White House itself.
Known as “The Castle of the Rockies”, this intimidating luxury fortress was built in 1888 to accommodate high-class travelers on the Canadian Pacific Railway. Nearby Banff Springs offers all-season outdoor recreation, from skiing to river rafting, and the “Castle” itself is nestled among pristine pine forests and snow-capped ranges.
However, within the hotel walls, the air isn’t so idyllic. Several apparitions are known to occupy the Fairmont Banff including a helpful bellman, a headless bagpiper, and a dancing woman in a burning wedding dress. In her case, the story goes that she lost her life when descending a candle-lit stairway. One of the candles ignited her dress and the surprise caused her to trip and fall down the stairs, breaking her neck.
For paranormal enthusiasts and outdoor recreationists alike, the Fairmont Banff is a spectacular destination not to be missed.
Located along the Freedom Trail in the heart of Boston, this his historic hotel was erected by Harvey Parker in 1855. It was a favorite stay of Charles Dickens, who made himself comfortable on the 3rd floor, as well as actress Charlotte Cushman, who made herself very comfortable on the 3rd floor when she died there in 1876. Notice a trend?
Now, the 3rd floor of the Omni Parker house seems to be the nexus of other-worldly activity. The floor of this haunted hotel is plagued by the sound of rocking chairs creaking throughout the night and the elevator often stops at the 3rd floor even when no button is pushed. Room 303 is particularly noteworthy for its frequent reports of shadowy figures and a bathtub that would turn itself on and off randomly. So notorious was room 303, that it became the basis for Stephen King’s novel 1408 and muse for all manners of spook seekers until management eventually converted it into a storage closet.
Cited as London’s first “grand hotel”, the Langham was constructed in 1865. At the Langham, it’s all about room 333 and the BBC. Located across the street from the Broadcasting House, the third floor of the Langham was reserved for use by BBC staff during WWII. A bulk of the supernatural sightings at the Langham have thus been from the mouth of BBC staff staying in room 333.
Among these sightings include the ghost of a honeymooning doctor who committed murder-suicide, the image of a German prince who leaped from an open window, a spectral Napoleon III who resided at the Langham during exile, a somewhat cheeky spirit that likes to tip sleeping guests out of their bed, and more.
If you’re lucky, a stay at the Langham may put you face to face with one of these ghouls. If you’re unlucky, you’ll still be pretty lucky to spend some time in one of London’s most luxurious, Victorian-Era hotels that have hosted the likes of Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Charles De Gaulle, George Orwell, Antonin Dvorak, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Infamous for fiddling while Rome burned, ancient Roman Emperor Nero evidently had no trouble relaxing under stress. However, its his very restless spirit that now haunts the Castello Della Castellucia. Common knowledge has it that Nero nightly wanders from his nearby tomb to the stately Castello. There, he joins the ranks of another ghoul, the residual spirit of an alchemist that met his demise via lightning strike in the Castello’s tower circa 1600.
Originally constructed in the Lazio countryside as the home for a 10th-century aristocrat, the Castello Della Castellucia has not strayed far from its refined origins. Wrought-iron bed frames, terracotta flooring, spa and sauna service make staying in the Castello as near old-world royal treatment as a modern traveler could hope.