Have you ever stayed in a hotel and had an eerie feeling while in your room? Or maybe you noticed something strange like the water in the bathroom turned on while no one was in there? Well, maybe you stayed in a haunted hotel!
Some people actually seek out haunted hotels for their stay in a location. Just for the record, I’m not one of those people. But if YOU love Haunted Hotels, this post is for you! With Halloween approaching, you’re going to want to check out this list of the 10 BEST scary haunted hotels!
Haunted Hotels East of the Mississippi River
Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, Fall River, MA
You have to be REALLY brave to stay overnight in the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast! In case, you haven’t heard the story before, Lizzie’s parents were found murdered in their home on August 4, 1892. Lizzie was tried for the murder but not convicted. The murderer was never found.
You can stay in the actual room where Abby Borden was found murdered. Or you might want to reserve the room that Lizzie shared with her sister. Even if you’re brave enough to reserve a room in this scary bed and breakfast, are you brave enough to stay there all night????
There are tours of the house available in case you don’t want to stay there. In fact, there are all sorts of scary things to do when Halloween rolls around. Check out the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast website by clicking the link in red above.
The Omni Grove Park Inn, Ashville, NC
The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina doesn’t strike me as a very scary place to stay. In fact, it is a beautiful old hotel, complete with luxurious amenities and a fabulous golf course. The fireplaces in the lobby are large enough for a person to stand up inside. Not that you would want to try that around Halloween, because, well, there are fires in them!!!
The story is that there is sometimes a pink mist in the hallways of the Grove Park Inn. Rumor has it that a young lady fell to her death from her fifth-floor balcony in the 1920s. The ghost in question is the Pink Lady who supposedly roams the hotel in her pink ballgown. She is particularly attracted to children who might see her when adults don’t. But if you see a pink mist or a young woman in a pink ballgown…you’ll know you’ve seen the Pink Lady.
I wouldn’t let the Pink Lady keep me from staying there, though. Autumn in Asheville is unforgettable. The fall colors are stunning and if you choose to make the trip, you won’t soon forget it.
Battery Carriage House, Charleston, SC
Charleston, South Carolina is a stunningly beautiful old city. There are so many hidden gardens and alleyways to explore that you’ll never run out of things to do. Charleston is known as the place where the first shots were fired at the beginning of the Civil War. There’s a battery in the east of the city on the water with simply gorgeous old homes dating back to the 1800s.
One of these homes on South Battery Street is the Battery Carriage House. It dates back to 1845 and was known to have been among those homes damaged by the Civil War when shots were fired on Charleston. It has been renovated several times and is, in fact, undergoing a current full renovation. So maybe a 2020 Halloween visit may be in order. When you do choose to stay there, you’ll find pleasant outdoor terraces and spaces to have a refreshing glass of wine or curl up with a book. The hotel is lovingly decorated with period furniture and art and you’ll likely want to visit time and again.
The Battery Carriage House has been named the most haunted hotel in Charleston. The most frequently haunted rooms are said to be Rooms 3, 8, and 10. A headless torso seen in room 8 has been terrifying for guests. The staff believes that the torso in question belonged to a Civil War soldier and he is not considered as a friendly ghost. However, the Gentleman Ghost who visits room 10 has been known to be harmless but his habit of lying down next to young women in bed is unnerving. Gentleman that he is though, he beats a hasty exit when fear is expressed by the young women he visits.
The Marshall House, Savannah, GA
Now, I’ve only stayed in The Marshall House once, and that was at Christmas a few years ago. That trip to Savannah at Christmas was truly amazing and the Marshall House was the perfect place for a Christmas dream come true. I have to say, I felt no sense of it being a “haunted hotel.” But that was Christmas and maybe the spirits were happily content then.
They say, though, that the hotel served as a hospital during the Civil War and also during more than one yellow fever epidemic. So, I think we can say that it qualifies as at least a potential haunted hotel. In fact, the Marshall House has been named as a TOP 10 haunted hotel in the past by USA Today and other publications. So, if you happen to see ghosts in the hallway or hear water running in the bathroom in the middle of the night, don’t come running to me!
I can vouch for the Marshall House as a lovely place to stay at Halloween or any other time of year. Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and you will love all of the many squares throughout the historic district. The Marshall House sits right in the center of all the action with shopping and restaurants galore. You’re going to LOVE it!
Hotel Provincial, New Orleans, LA
There are plenty of places in New Orleans for haunting spirits. However, the Hotel Provincial is one of the most haunted hotels there.
The Hotel Provincial is built on the site of a military hospital that treated Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Building 500 is known as a “hotspot” of paranormal activity. Some guests see a chaotic hospital scene when doors of the elevator open onto the second floor. Both doctors and soldiers have been seen by other guests and moans and groans are somewhat commonly heard.
When you’re not dodging haunting spirits, you’ll likely enjoy the spacious rooms of the Hotel Provincial located in the residential section of the French Quarter. There is a private swimming pool available for guests and courtyards complete with fountains in the style of the old New Orleans homes. The five buildings of the hotel have been carefully renovated and the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are several room types and suites and you’re sure to find one to please you!
Haunted Hotels West of the Mississippi River
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, AR
Known as the most haunted hotel in America, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa has been featured on the Travel Channel and Ghost Adventures. Eureka Springs, Arkansas, home to the Crescent Hotel is the site of numerous hot springs thought to have healing powers. The hotel itself dates back to 1886 and has served as an important hotel site, a college for young women, and as a cancer hospital over the years. Of the course, the owner of the cancer treatment facility was later convicted of mail fraud since the treatment he touted didn’t work.
When the hotel opened in 1886, it was a place for the wealthy to come and experience the healing waters of the natural hot springs. The Crescent was billed as the most luxurious hotel of its time. Stonemasons from Ireland were recruited to come to America to help build the hotel. One of the stonemasons fell to his death while working on the fourth floor of the Crescent. The area where he fell onto the second floor is now Room 218, known as the most haunted room in the hotel. “Michael” as the staff calls him, likes to play tricks with the lights and doors. If you stay in Room 218, you’re certainly a brave soul since some guests have heard screams and seen ghostly hands reaching out from the mirror in the bathroom!
Besides the ghost tours available, you’ll also enjoy the Victorian era furnishings and of course, the New Moon Spa which offers most typical spa treatments and the salon which offers services such as pedicures and other nail treatments as well as hair services. Eureka Springs is a fun, quirky town with tons of activities. The best part is that it’s located in the mountains of northwest Arkansas, where getting back to nature is always available.
La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM
There has been an inn at this location for over 400 years. Santa Fe was founded in 1607 and soon thereafter, an inn was established on this very corner next to the central plaza. Over the years, it was used not only as an inn but a place where criminals were tried and even hanged in the lobby. And in 1867, the Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court, the Honorable John Slough, was shot to death in the lobby of the hotel. That makes for some heavy haunting!
While La Fonda on the Plaza has been named one of the most haunted hotels in America, I’ve never encountered Justice Slough or any other spirits while staying there. I’ve only experienced the warm, accommodating staff who made my stays there most enjoyable. All of the rooms are decorated with handcrafted furniture and original artwork in the unique New Mexican style. You’ll love the Bell Tower bar on the roof for the gorgeous Santa Fe sunsets. The Plazuela Restaurant serves up the most delightful meals and the hand-painted panes of the restaurant’s doors are just amazing!. The doors surround the atrium restaurant and you’ll want to inspect all of the beautifully hand-painted panes.
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO
The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 and is one of the grand old historic hotels in the U.S. The story goes that in 1911, a thunderstorm caused the power to go out in the hotel. The hotel staff quickly responded changed the power over to the back-up gas lamps. When a chambermaid entered room 217 with a lit candle, she was unaware there was a gas leak and there was an immediate explosion that propelled her down into the dining room below. While she didn’t die in the explosion and later returned to work at the Stanley, she began to “haunt” room 217 after her death in the 1950s. Or so it’s said.
Now when Stephen King stayed at the Stanley Hotel, he stayed in room 217. That night he had a dream that inspired his famous book, later made into a movie, The Shining! You too can stay in room 217 if you want to be scared out of your wits! Or you can stay in any of the other beautifully furnished rooms of the main historic lodge and just go on the nightly ghost tour to meet any number of the “spirits” that roam the old hotel. That’s the route I chose while staying there. You’ll love the fall decorations everywhere and the restaurant and bar are AMAZING! It’s a great place to stay at Halloween especially, but really, a stay at the Stanley is awesome any time of year.
The Queen Mary Hotel, Long Beach, CA
I bet you didn’t know there was a hotel on the Queen Mary ocean liner, now permanently docked in Long Beach, CA, did you? Well, there is and just so you know, the Queen Mary has been named one of the Top 10 haunted places in the world!!!
The Queen Mary began its service as a luxurious ocean liner when it set sail from Southampton, England in 1936. However, with World War II looming, it was soon retrofitted as a military transport ship in 1939. It served in this capacity until the war was over and then spent two decades sailing the seas once more as the luxury ocean liner it was originally intended to be. The Queen Mary ended its voyages when in 1967 when it docked at Long Beach.
The Queen Mary Hotel has 347 luxurious staterooms and suites aboard. They’re decorated in the Art Deco style with the original wood paneling and artwork. But they also have modern amenities as well! The most haunted room aboard the Queen Mary is Stateroom B340. According to the staff, hauntings include the water in the bathroom turning on and off by itself, covers being pulled off the bed while guests are sleeping, and even a shadowy figure standing at the foot of the bed! Even if you don’t care to sleep with a ghost in the room, there are ghost tours that will knock your socks off at night! There are day tours also, in case you don’t want to be quite that scared.
The Heathman Hotel, Portland, OR
The Heathman Hotel was built in the 1920s and is now located in the very heart of downtown Portland. It was extensively renovated in 2018 and the rooms are now bright and airy with plenty of space to move around. The hotel is close to downtown attractions such as the Portland Art Museum, Oregon History Museum, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, not to mention lots of shopping and restaurants.
Ok, so here’s the haunted part for all you ghost hunters! Rumor has it that a former guest either committed suicide by jumping to their death from Room 1003 OR simply fell from Room 1003. Either way, paranormal activity has been noted in some of the rooms ending with 03 ever since. The primary room with ghostly hauntings is Room 703 but if you don’t want to be bothered by ghosts of any kind, it’s recommended that you avoid all the rooms ending in 03.
The Wrap Up
Well, there you have it, folks. These are the Top 10 haunted hotels I could find, at least in the U.S. There are LOTS more to explore in Europe and other places in the world, but that’s another post. Whether you want to experience scary ghostly hauntings or the friendlier types of ghosts, there’s something for everyone this Halloween. Just pick your hotel and book it NOW!
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