Would you stay at one of these 8 haunted hotels this Halloween?
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Looking for a scary spot to spend the night this Halloween?
Fortunately, there are hundreds of (reportedly) haunted hotels all around the world, from glamorous Hollywood high-rises to regal Indian palaces — and even a couple of points properties.
We’ve selected eight of our favorites around the world that are accessible to U.S. travelers this Halloween season — a mix of urban towers, historic mansions and more. Ghosts, it seems, have excellent taste in overnight accommodations.
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The Stanley Hotel in Colorado
The Stanley Hotel is the sinister inn that inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining,” and rooms 217 and 413 are considered the most haunted, though the entire fourth floor is thought to be the most haunted level. Yet it’s The Stanley’s public areas that often see the most paranormal action — especially the concert hall, where Houdini once performed. And in the basement, many have reported hearing pianos play themselves.
Ghosts of wealthy hotel patrons, children who once stayed there and former staff members are said to haunt the grandiose mountain resort in Estes Park, Colorado. The ghost of Mrs. Smith, a former housekeeper, is more of a friendly apparition — she tidies up rooms and organizes guests’ suitcases. But ladies, beware of the schmoozing businessman Lord Dunraven’s spirit, who allegedly steals jewelry, hides it in the closet and likes to breathe down the back of your neck.
Unfortunately, Halloween night is already sold out. But you can find fall rates in November for as low as $326. However, you should expect to pay more for the reportedly possessed rooms. If you’re too nervous to stay but want to check the place out, the hotel offers night tours starting at $28 per visitor or $25 for hotel guests and seniors. Reservations for tours are required.
The Equinox, A Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa in Vermont
A hotel dating back to 1769 (first as a tavern, then an inn) is bound to have a few phantom spirits in residence. The Equinox is a historic hotel in Manchester, Vermont that has hosted U.S. presidents including William Howard Taft, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt (he even gave a campaign speech on the front lawn) and Benjamin Harrison.
But the first president to grace the inn with his presence was Abraham Lincoln, who reportedly visited with his family to escape the summer heat. The ghost of Abraham Lincoln’s melancholy wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, has been spotted wandering the property with one of her sons — and occasionally, she displaces a rocking chair or other household items.
Fall rates start at $149 per night (including on Halloween night). While this property used to be a member of Marriott Bonvoy, it’s now independent; you can no longer use your Bonvoy points for your stay.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel in Louisiana
New Orleans is considered one of the most haunted cities in America, so it’s not surprising uninvited phantom guests can be found in many of the city’s hotels. One of the most notorious hotels for ghost sightings is the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. The site once housed a famous ballroom and theater, and later a convent and orphanage before the hotel was built.
Ghosts from many eras have been frequenting the space ever since, according to the hotel’s own website. Some of the most common sightings are the young children who died from yellow fever back when the property was an orphanage; a Confederate soldier who paces the hallways; and a phantom who hides behind the drapes in the ballroom.
Fall room rates start at $150 per night, or you can learn more about the hotel’s spine-chilling present and past on the Grayline Ghost Walking Tour.
Hotel Roosevelt in California
Built in 1926, the Hotel Roosevelt is now considered a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. Marilyn Monroe famously called the 12-story boutique property her home for two years, and Shirley Temple tap-danced on the stairs — just two of Hotel Roosevelt’s claims to notoriety.
Throughout the years, VIP guests have included Clark Gable, Ernest Hemingway and Charlie Chaplin, and a few of the hotel’s most illustrious clients seem simply uninterested in checking out. Celebrity spirits are regularly spotted around the hotel, especially during renovation periods. Marilyn Monroe’s spirit, for example, has appeared in the mirror of many guest rooms. Some visitors also report seeing a little girl in a blue dress playing around the hotel — could it be Shirley Temple?
Fall room rates start at $281 per night, but at the time of writing, Halloween night rates start at $465.
The Marshall House in Georgia
Savannah, Georgia, is another city famous for its gothic appeal and historic haunts, and the Marshall House is one of the oldest and most famous buildings in the city. Erected in 1851, the hotel was twice used as a hospital, once during a yellow fever epidemic and again as a Union hospital toward the end of the Civil War.
The hotel is said to be inhabited by a number of ghosts, including soldiers with missing limbs, children playing marbles in the hallways and the spirit of Joel Chandler Harris, an author who once stayed at the hotel. His typewriter keys are often heard clacking in the room he once stayed in. Guests have even complained of hearing and seeing a phantom cat and, on especially haunted floors, smelling a terrible odor.
Fall room rates start at $118 per night, but you could score a reservation on Halloween night for $254 at the time of writing.
Fairmont Banff Springs in Canada
It’s only natural that a 130-year-old property would have a few ghastly (ghostly?) visitors. One of them is a bride who died falling down the Fairmont’s marble staircase before she could say “I do,” and guests have reported seeing a veiled woman swaying in the grand ballroom and around the hotel.
The spirit of Sam McCauley, head bellman of the landmark Banff property in the 1970s, has also been known to wander the hotel’s halls, ensuring everything is running as it should. Certain rooms at the Fairmont Banff Springs are said to have particularly strange activity. Complaints include pillows being pulled out from beneath guests’ heads, bloody handprints appearing on the bathroom mirror and even sleeping patrons getting shoved out of bed.
Fall room rates start around $255 per night at this AccorHotels property, though at the time of writing, you could book Halloween night for $346. You can also redeem Accor Live Limitless points for the property. Points are worth a fixed value, and you can redeem in increments of 2,000 points for 40 euros off your stay.
The Shelbourne in Ireland
Actor Lily Collins told Jimmy Fallon she was haunted by the ghost of a young girl during her stay at The Shelbourne, an Autograph Collection property in Dublin — and she’s not alone. Many visitors have reported mysterious occurrences, like the taps turning on, strange giggling, doors slamming and a shadow of a girl roaming aimlessly through the building, especially on the sixth floor.
In fact, so many guests complained about paranormal activity that the hotel eventually insisted a staff member stay in the so-called haunted room. The “lucky” employee reportedly ran out of the room terrified after the rumors proved true. The ghost at fault is thought to be Mary Masters, a 7-year-old girl who died of cholera in the building hundreds of years ago.
Fall room rates start at 288 euros ($334 USD) or 60,000 Marriott Rewards points per standard room night, but you’ll pay at least 405 euros ($470 USD) if you book with cash for Halloween night.
The Langham London in England
Dating back to 1865, the Langham London is known for having several shadowy residents — England’s cricket team even reported being spooked at the luxury hotel. One of the ghosts was a doctor who murdered his wife before killing himself during their honeymoon. Now, he gives visitors a fright as he marches through the hotel in Victorian-era garb (most often in October).
Napoleon III has also been spotted roaming around the basement, his former hangout, and there’s a German prince who committed suicide here before World War I by jumping out a window. He’s often most active in the mornings, freaking out guests by appearing and disappearing while wearing a military jacket. And one particularly mischievous ghost likes to toss guests in Room 333 (the most haunted of all the rooms at the Langham) out of bed.
Fall room rates start at about $500 per night, including on Halloween night.
Using the right card for your stay
When booking any of these haunted hotels, check to see if using points would be a good value. And, if you decide to pay cash, be sure to use the right credit card for booking your stay so you can at least maximize the frightful night.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve, for example, earns 3x points on hotel stays, while The Platinum Card® from American Express earns 5x points on prepaid stays booked through Amex Travel. And if you book through Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts program, you’ll get an upgrade upon arrival (depending on availability); daily complimentary breakfast for two; guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout; noon check-in (when available); complimentary Wi-Fi; a unique property amenity valued at $100 or more; and other perks.
Additional reporting by Madison Blancaflor.
Featured photo by Becca Manheimer/The Points Guy.
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