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Spooky Hotels for Halloween

1) Provincial Hotel

The haunted Provincial Hotel in New Orleans is considered to be one of the most popular locations when it comes to experiencing the spiritual world. Part of this hotel, located in the French Quarter at 1024 Chartres Street, was once a Confederate hospital.

Maids have reported seeing confederate soldiers and surgeons roaming the rooms and the halls.    There are also tales of blood stains appearing and disappearing mysteriously on bedding in certain rooms. There’s even an incidence that once, as the elevator door opened onto the second floor, the entire hospital was in view.

 

 

2) Hotel Del Coronado

The Hotel del Coronado is a luxury hotel in the City of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of a wooden Victorian beach resort. The hotel is located immediately behind the beach, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest beach resort on the North American Pacific Coast.

A famous resident of the hotel is the purported ghost of Kate Morgan. In 1892, she checked into room 302 (then 3312, now 3327), to meet with her estranged husband Tom, but he never arrived. She was found dead on the steps going to the beach six days later. The case was declared a suicide, but forensic evidence processed more than a century later revealed she was shot.

 

 

3) Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel is a 138-room Georgian-style hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Located within sight of the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley offers panoramic views of the Rockies.

The hotel is reported to play host to a number of otherworldly visitors. The most notable is F. O. Stanley.  He and his twin brother invented the Stanley Steamer Automobile.  He is most often seen in the lobby and the Billiard Room, which was his favorite room when he was alive. On one such occasion, he is said to have appeared during a tour group’s visit to the Billiard Room, materializing behind a member of the tour. Bartenders at the hotel also report having seen F. O. Stanley stroll through the bar, disappearing when they try to cut him off at the kitchen.

The neoclassical hotel was the inspiration for the fictional Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s novel The Shining. While King and his wife were staying at the Stanley, King conceived the basic idea for the novel!!!

 

 

4) Le Pavilion Hotel

Built in 1907, Le Pavilion New Orleans Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America and also maintains membership in the Leading Hotels of the World. It is located at 833 Poydras Street in downtown New Orleans, just down the street from the Provincial Hotel, first on our list of ‘Spooky Hotels’.

 At least four ghosts have been identified enjoying the hospitality of Le Pavilion Hotel. The hotel hired professional paranormal investigators at one point to identify the ghosts.  The research team found a total of five entities.   A young couple and a young child in the restaurant, a man on the 3rd floor and a young girl in room 930.  None of them are malevolent and do not disrupt the hotel operations!  

 

 

5) Heathman Hotel

Completed in 1927, the Heathman Hotel was replete with details evoking the Italian Renaissance and opened to reviews heralding its “surprising beauty” plus a restaurant that was described as the “finest in the city”.

The ghostly story at the The Heathman Hotel is that all the rooms ending in “03” are visited by some sort of poltergeist.  During a visit in 1999, a celebrity psychic staying in room 803 claimed to see a ghost at the end of her bed. 

 

6) Carolina Inn

Recognized as one of America’s “cultural resources worthy of preservation,” The Carolina Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From the day it opened in 1924, the Inn has played an important role in the daily life of the University of North Carolina and the Chapel Hill community. 

Local legend has it that the ghost of a professor and long-time inn resident, William Jacocks,  has steadfastly retained his rights to room 252, long after his death, and taunt its future occupants.

 

7) Sagamore Hotel

The Sagamore in Bolton Landing has had reports of hauntings since the 1950’s. This hotel has been in Bolton Landing for more than 100 years.

Guests and staff have reported three different apparitions. A small boy, a woman in white, and a couple of lovers have been seen.

 

8) Cresent Hotel

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa has a rich and fascinating history. Some of the earliest accounts  of paranormal activity are taken from the Eureka Springs Times Echo newspapers,  which is still in existence today and some  information on Dr. Norman Baker, one time owner of the Crescent Hotel who ran a “Cancer Hospital”.

Millions have now seen the incredible footage of the full-size male paranormal apparition caught on thermographic videotape by the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Ghost Hunters.” Thousands more have actually visited “the morgue” where it was“captured.” During October, a few can have the opportunity to sleep in these lower-level series of rooms that are said to be one of the most active areas here in “America’s Most Haunted Hotel,”

 

9) Ramada Plaza Hotel

The Ramada Plaza Hotel is a historical landmark hotel in the heart of downtown Fond du Lac, Wisconsin within walking distance of shopping, entertainment and restaurants.

Rumor has it that Walter Schoreder (a past owner) was murdered on the property and still remains.   He likes to turn on the faucets, lights, bangs on the walls, and screams.  People have reported seeing his apparition.

 

10) Queen Mary Hotel

After her retirement in 1967, the R.M.S Queen Mary steamed to Long Beach, California on the west coast of the United States, where she is now permanently docked as a tourist attraction.

Ghosts have been reported on board only after the ship arrived in California. Many areas of the ship are rumored to be haunted. Reports of hearing little children crying in the nursery room, actually used as the third-class playroom, and a mysterious splash noise in the drained first-class swimming pool are cited.

 

As recent as 1966, 18-year-old fireman John Pedder was crushed by a watertight door in the engine room during a drill, and his ghost is said to haunt the ship.

If you check into any of these hotels, especially at Halloween,  we recommend you keep a close look over your shoulder in case the ‘spirits’ have left the ‘bar’!!!  

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