If you aren’t afraid of ghosts and all sorts of things that go bump in the night, or perhaps even relish the chance to experience some paranormal activity, you may want to plan your next trip around one of these haunted hotels.
Ross Castle, County Meath, Ireland (Prices & Photos)
With Ireland’s striking beauty, fantastic pubs and welcoming people, who really needs an excuse to go? And, if you’ve always wanted to spend the night in a haunted castle, that gives you just one more reason to start packing. Ross Castle isn’t a modern structure, it’s a real 16th-ceny castle, and a stay in one of the tower rooms is sure to be an unforgettable one, though it may not ideal for doing much sleeping. Guests have been known to wake up at various times of the night hearing voices or doors shutting on their own. Some have even felt the presence of a spirit at the edge of their bed while trying to get some shuteye.
Hotel Chelsea, New York City, New York (Prices & Photos)
This historic hotel and city landmark was built in the late 19th-century and is well known for its high profile guests who’ve stayed in the past, like Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin. Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, who died here after a night of excessive drinking, is believed to have never left. Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious, who was suspected of stabbing his girlfriend Nancy to death in Room 100, and later died of a heroin overdose while awaiting trial, is said to make occasional appearances at the east elevator of the hotel. Some say Nancy’s spirit lingers her as well.
Fallon Hotel, Columbia State historic Park, California (Prices & Photos)
Columbia State Historic Park in the Sierra Nevada foothills is a great place to go to experience some of California’s gold rush history, along with paranormal activity. The 1857 Fallon Hotel is located in the park and is said to be quite haunted. Some claim that it’s two mischievous young boys who were sons of the original owners, moving objects around and tugging on women’s skirts. Some even say that if you bring toys, the younger boy will play with them. Abraham is believed to have died in a fire in the building around the turn of the century, while Jimmy died much later yet but is said to have returned for a reunion with his brother.
Stanley Hotel, Estes Park (Prices & Photos)
The Stanley Hotel can be found on just about any haunted hotel list, as it was the very place that was said to have inspired horror author Stephen King to write “The Shining.” When King and his wife stayed here back in the 1970s, they were the only guests as the hotel was about to close up for the season. Their experiences in Room 217 is what sparked the novel, and the later film. Mr. Stanley, the hotel’s original owner and his wife, are said to frequently walk through the lobby. A former housekeeper who died here in 1911, reportedly likes to help out guests in Room 217 by unpacking and storing their belongings.
Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, Massachusetts (Prices & Photos)
Salem is famous for its haunts, not too surprisingly as the site of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, and the nearly century-old Hawthorne Hotel is said to be hotbed of unearthly activity. Guests have reported hearing eerie sounds in the stairwell, flickering lights, faucets turning on and off on their own, and even glimpsing human-shaped apparitions. In a room known as the “Lower Deck,” a member of the hotel staff responsible for setting up the dining room and arranging the tables was said to be quite startled after performing his duties. He left the room only to return and find it had been rearranged. The land on which the hotel sits was reportedly once owned by the first person who was hanged for practicing witchcraft.
The Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood (Prices & Photos)
This luxurious Hollywood hotel built in 1927 sits along the Walk of Fame and has hosted many iconic guests, like Marilyn Monroe, and some say a few of them are still roaming its halls. Hotel staff and guests have reported seeing a blonde woman in the mirror found in Monroe’s former suite, and her presence has also been felt in the hotel’s poolside Tropicana. Mysterious phone calls to the hotel operator, orbs and cold spots are frequent occurrences.
Bullock Hotel, Deadwood, South Dakota (Prices & Photos)
Even the name Deadwood evokes a haunting image, and some believe it’s the most haunted town in America. The historic Bullock Hotel was owned and built by Deadwood’s first sheriff, Seth Bullock. Although he died nearly a century ago, in 1919, it’s said that he still plays host at his beloved hotel. Some have claimed to see his apparition, but many have experienced all sorts of other strange occurrences here. Alarm clocks that aren’t plugged into the wall go off, televisions change channels on their own, and guests have felt tapping on their shoulders only to turn and see that no one is there.
Langham Hotel, London (Prices & Photos)
The Langham is considered to be London’s most haunted hotel. Guests have reported sightings of ghosts roaming the halls and even walking through walls. The most activity seems to be in Room 333, where a silver-haired man wearing Victorian attire frequently makes appearances, but only in the month of October. The most common sighting, however, is a German prince who jumped out of a fourth-floor window to his death in the early 1900s.
Queen Anne Hotel, San Francisco (Prices & Photos)
Looks are rather deceiving when it comes to this magnificent B&B in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. It’s said to be haunted by a woman who was the Head Mistress of the school that once existed inside. Mary Lake’s spirit is sometimes seen wandering around, keeping an eye on her “guests.” She likes to make sure they’re comfortable, and she’s even unpacked and hung up their clothes. Sometimes, she tucks the covers in and around sleeping guests in the middle of the night. Room 410 brings about the strongest manifestations, which happens to be her former office.
Airth Castle, Stirling, Scotland (Prices & Photos)
This 14th-century Airth Castle has been transformed into a hotel and spa. Guests and staff have reported hearing children playing in several rooms, when they’re empty. They’re believed to be ghosts of children who died in a fire with their nanny. The ghost of a dog roaming the halls, and even nipping at guests’ ankles occasionally occurs as well.