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This time of year, haunted is the new cool. If you like scares, you’re probably planning on visiting the most terrifying haunted house you can find. But you know what’s even better than visiting a haunted house? Staying the night in one.
These are some of the most famous haunted hotels in our great United States, known for strange occurrences, ghost sightings, feelings of uneasiness, and truly creepy histories. If you want to experience the spookiness yourself, book a room….and then tell me how it goes afterwards. I’ll just be here hiding under my blankets.
The Crescent Hotel is supposed the be one of the (if not the) most haunted hotels in the United States. The hotel has seen more deaths than average during its long history, including Michael, a stonemason who fell to his death, Theodora, a cancer patient who still haunts the hallways, and even the ghost of a cat named Morris, among many others whose ghosts still wander the property. Besides staying at the hotel, you can also take a night tour of the most haunted spots in the hotel and on the property.
The famous Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, CA, was a favorite spot for many historical movie stars, and is now said to be haunted by the ghosts of Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe. Guests have reported seeing Monroe in a full-length mirror that used to be in the poolside room where she liked to stay. Guests have also reported lamps turning themselves on in the middle of the night and other strange occurrences.
There have been paranormal happenings reported in every room of this historical haunted hotel, but especially in Room 217. This is the room from which a housekeeper fell and almost died in 1911. Now her ghost is said to take special care of guests in this room. It is also the room in which Stephen King stayed when he got the idea for “The Shining.” So if you’re brave, go ahead and stay there, but I think I’ll pass.
The La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe has been an inn (or a “fonda”) of some sort since the very earliest history of the city, but only has been a hotel as we know it since 1922. As such an old building, the hotel has seen its fair share of deaths, including the suicide of a salesman, a lynching, and the 1867 shooting of Honorable John P. Slough, the chief justice of the territory. These days, guests have reported hearing disembodied footsteps walking up and down the hallways and seeing the ghosts of Slough and the salesman in the dining room and hallways.
The Logan Inn is another very old, historic haunted hotel. In fact, its history goes back to before the Revolutionary War, to when it became an inn in 1727. Guests have reported seeing 8 different ghosts, but it is believed that there could be even more populating the hotel. Room 6 is especially active, with guests reporting sightings of the ghost of Emily and of 2 mysterious children. Guests have also heard strange footsteps and the sound of crying.
The Myrtles Plantation is one of the most haunted homes in America, and now as a bed & breakfast it offers guests an opportunity to experience paranormal happenings and ghostly apparitions. The most famous ghost of the Myrtles Plantation is Chloe, a slave girl who wears a green turban and haunts the plantation. The plantation is also said to be the home of at least 11 other ghosts, including that of William Winter, who was murdered on the property in 1871.
This elegant hotel was originally a hospital for confederate soldiers, and some of them seem to have not wanted to leave even after death. Visitors have reported seeing the ghosts of blood-covered soldiers, ghostly doctors, and hearing ghosts moaning in pain. The haunted hotel is located in the old French Quarter of New Orleans, where besides experiencing paranormal activity in the hotel itself, you can also go on ghost tours and haunted history tours.
San Diego’s beautiful Hotel Del Coronado is not just known for its elegance and prime location on the beach, but also its ghostly goings-on. Kate is the most famous ghost of this haunted hotel. After waiting for a lover who never arrived, she committed suicide in 1892. Her ghost is said to still wander the grounds of the hotel and play pranks on guests, such as causing the TV on her old room to turn on and off by itself. Of course, if possible ghost sightings aren’t enough to lure to you to Hotel Del Coronado, the beach should be.