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The Texas hotels on this list have all been rumored to be haunted. Every hotel below was built decades ago, and all have a colorful history. No matter if you’re a believer in ghosts or a bit skeptical, all the alleged sightings and stories of paranormal activity at these places are sure to give you a fright. If you’re brave enough, check into one of these haunted hotels in Texas.
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The Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin is one of the oldest hotels in the city and is still a functioning hotel. Some guests have reported hearing unexplained sounds in empty rooms, along with seeing apparitions in chairs or through windows. The area with most paranormal activity, however, occurs on the third floor. This floor is home to a portrait of a young girl. Some people have claimed to feel a presence when they look at the portrait, while others have felt weightlessness or unseen things touching their arms or face when in front of the portrait. Real or not, these reports are truly eerie.
Opened in 1911, Hotel Galvez and Spa is still open for business, but not many guests choose to stay in room #505. Legend has it that the 5th floor of Hotel Galvez and Spa is haunted by a female ghost referred to as “The Lovelorn Lady.” This female apparition is allegedly of a woman who hung herself after hearing that her husband died at sea. Now, guests in room #505 have claimed to feel an eerie presence in the room along with a strong smell of gardenias.
San Antonio is home to a number of allegedly haunted institutions. However, the Menger Hotel is said to be one of the most haunted places in the Alamo City. As one of the oldest hotels in Texas, opened in 1859, The Menger Hotel truly has had a colorful past. There are claims that 32 different entities haunt the hotel. Reports claim that the ghost of Teddy Roosevelt even resides in the hotel, as Roosevelt used the Menger to recruit men for his cavalry known as the Rough Riders. Experience the spirits here for yourself by booking a room at The Menger next time you’re in San Antonio.
Located near Big Bend National Park, the Gage Hotel was built in the 1920s for Texas rancher Alfred Gage. Sadly Gage passed away a year after the hotel opened, and now it is said that the hotel is haunted by him. Past guests have allegedly witnessed apparitions in the garden, front porch and roaming through the halls. However, there may be another spirit at the hotel too. Room 10 is allegedly home to a female ghost. Guests in this room claim to have heard a female voice reading poetry and feel unexplained taps on the shoulder or back. For those who are brave enough, book Room 10 at the Gage Hotel.
Sheraton Gunter Hotel is the second hotel on this list that is located in San Antonio, a city known to be full of haunted spots. As in many other hotels on this list, the Gunter Hotel is still in operation. However, beware of room 636. Although the hotel opened in 1909, it wasn’t until 1965 when something truly gruesome occurred here. A man had murdered a maid after she allegedly walked into the room to find it covered in blood, possibly from a previous murder of his. Now, guests and hotel staff have claimed to see the ghostly maid wandering through the halls with her arms stretched out along with hearing unusual noises. Guests inside room 636 have also claimed to see visions of blood on the walls. It’s no denying that this gorgeous hotel has a spooky past.
The Baker Hotel and Spa, Mineral Wells
Although The Baker Hotel and Spa is not open for visitors right now, a restoration effort is being made to open the hotel once again (estimated in 2022) with modern amenities. Initially opened in 1929, the haunting stories surrounding The Baker Hotel focus on two deaths that occurred during the hotel’s heyday. One woman committed suicide in a hotel room on the 7th floor where she jumped from the balcony to her death. Guests have claimed to have seen a female ghostly figure on this floor. Another death involved a man who was killed in a closing elevator door. There may be more spirits than these two as well. Some visitors claim to have seen orbs, heard voices and even smelled phantom aromas at The Baker Hotel.