Would you stay at one of these 13 haunted hotels?
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Looking for a scary spot to spend the night?
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 points properties. We’ve selected 13 of our favorites around the world this Halloween season, a mix of urban towers, historic mansions and even fancy châteaus, because ghosts, it seems, have excellent taste in overnight accommodations.
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.
You can also earn 10x miles on your stay when you book with your Capital One Venture Rewards credit card at Hotels.com through Jan. 31, 2020. (Take advantage of the Hotels.com Rewards program to earn one free night for every 10 paid nights, effectively boosting your return to 20% when you pay with the Venture card.)
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.
Fall rates start at $260, but expect to drop $400 for the more 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.
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 at this Category 6 Marriott property start at $179 per night, or 50,000 points per night — and just 40,000 the night before Halloween.
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.
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 the 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 $298 per night.
Savannah 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 $108 per night.
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.
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 ($314) or 60,000 Marriott Rewards points per night.
Staying at the stunning Château de Marçay in the Loire Valley is magical for some, and utterly frightening for others. One of Europe’s many haunted castles, the 15th-century stone fortress has a sordid history. The women who once lived in the château, according to legend, were really only ladies by day — and became werewolves at night.
A fearful farmer shot one of the “werewolves” and buried her, but her spirit still haunts the castle, seen drifting around in a white dress. Luckily, she seems harmless, but she may startle you when you’re lounging poolside or playing tennis.
Fall room rates start at $155 per night.
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.
This massive five-star hotel that overlooks the Gateway of India began construction in 1898 and opened to guests in 1902. With a roster of famous patrons over the years, the Taj Mahal Palace is a Mumbai landmark. It was even the first building in the city to have electricity and German elevators. But when the head architect, W.A. Chambers, went on vacation, the hotel’s construction team made a massive mistake and built the Taj facing the wrong direction.
When Chambers realized what had happened, he was so distraught he jumped from the fifth floor of the hotel to his death. He still haunts the hotel today, often heard (and sometimes seen) crying about this monumental mistake.
Fall room rates start around $305 per night.
Although the Grand Hyatt Taipei repeatedly denies being haunted, hotel patrons say otherwise. The hotel is rumored to have been built on a World War II prison, though hotel representatives say it was simply a military warehouse, and claim no one was ever held there as a prisoner.
Either way, guests report hearing peculiar snoring and footsteps, and having inexplicable, uneasy feelings during their stay. Two scrolls that have since been removed from the lobby were said to have been talismans, protecting visitors from the supernatural, but Hyatt says they were simply gifts from generous benefactors.
Fall room rates at the Category 4 property start at $300 or 21,000 points per night.
At the time it was built in 2011, the Baiyoke Sky Hotel was one of the tallest buildings in Thailand, topping out at 88 stories. During construction, three workers fell 67 stories to their deaths when a supporting cable snapped.
Guests have seen shadows lurking around the haunted Bangkok hotel and felt strange, cold air surround them. Many have also said that items in their room have been mysteriously moved or misplaced, and attribute this to the residents spirits of the three construction workers.
The Baiyoke Sky Hotel is the most affordable haunted property on this list, with room rates as low as $50 per night.
With a laundry list of famous guests including Santana, Julio Iglesias, Ava Gardner and John Wayne, Lima’s Gran Hotel Bolivar seems like a history-steeped spot worthy of reverence. But the hotel, which dates back to 1924, may just be giving off the illusion of faded grandeur. The property has reportedly closed the fifth and sixth floors of the hotel during the last decade because of spooky activity (the hotel attributes it to lack of funds).
So, is it just a breeze blowing through the long, drafty hallways, or is it the woman in white? She loves to appear and quickly disappear in front of guests, bringing with her a blast of icy-cold air. Another woman who committed suicide by leaping from one of the windows haunts the hotel alongside a deceased, disgruntled employee who is often heard stomping around.
Fall room rates start at $100 per night.
Featured photo by Becca Denenberg for TPG.
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