When you think of hotels, you think of turn-down service, luxury, infinity pools, and a pleasant vacation. You think of gorgeous hotel interiors finely designed by some of the most creative interior designers. You don’t typically think of the hidden hallways, vacant rooms, unnerving sub-basements, and morbid back-stories.
However, there are more than a few handful of hotels in the United States have these utterly terrifying characteristics. They may seem pleasant during the day but nightfall brings about the creeks and cold chills.
If you’re feeling brave, these spooky hotels still provide rooms for the night.
Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, Colorado
The Stanley Hotel is very recognizable and rightfully so. Located in Estes Park, Colorado, this enormous luxury hotel is nestled in the mountains 7,500 feet in the air. The reason you recognize this secluded hotel is due to its inspirational role in the hit movie, “The Shining”.
Employees and guests both have reported paranormal activity within the hotel walls, consistently making it one of the most haunted places in America. Two of spirits are said to belong to the original owner F.O. Stanley and his wife, Flora. Flora continues to enjoy playing the grand piano, despite having passed away in 1939.
If you’re looking to stay in one of the spookiest rooms of the hotel, request rooms 407 or 418. These two rooms receive the most reports of supernatural activity.
Queen Mary – Long Beach, California
This permanently docked 1930’s cruiseliner located in Southern California would probably only be second in haunted ships if the Titanic were ever brought to the surface. While the ship offers plenty of fun and festivities year round, it is the haunted history that garners the most attention.
The ship has a handle of haunted areas including the swimming pool where two women drowned. The First Class Suites and Queen’s Salon are also among the haunted areas of the ship. Cabin B340 had a history of paranormal activity and unfortunately, the room is no longer rented out.
One of the major disasters occurring on the Queen Mary happened during World War II. The Queen Mary sliced through her escort ship which caused 300 men to drown. The Queen Mary had orders not to stop for survivors making the event a morbid disaster.
Hotel Provincial – New Orleans, Louisiana
The Hotel Provincial is a former Confederate Hospital from the Civil War. That backstory immediately makes this hotel an incredibly spooky one. The fact that it is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, one of the spookier towns in our nation, adds to that effect.
The most haunted area is reported to be Building #5. Guests see apparitions of wounded, bloody soldiers moaning on the floors of their rooms. Blood stains appear on the walls as do Confederate soldiers and surgeons.
The Old Talbott Tavern – Bardstown, Kentucky
The Old Talbott Tavern is a quaint Kentucky bed and breakfast, until you hear its history. The Old Talbott is one of the oldest stagecoach stops in the United States. It also served as a place for food and shelter for famous people such as Abraham Lincoln.
One of the most famous however, is the ghost of the outlaw Jesse James. His ghost is said to visit The Old Talbott Tavern and there is even a painting riddled with bullet holes which James shot himself.
Seven Sisters Inn – Ocala, Florida
The Seven Sisters Inn is commonly referred to as the most haunted bed and breakfast in all of Florida. So you are definitely starting your morning out the right way. This gothic Victorian building is has been featured on the SyFy channel’s “Ghost Hunters” series.
The “seven spirits” refers to the spirits who have never left the premises. Oddly, these are friendly ghosts, although Casper is not among them. They often portrayed by guests as playful, gentle, and loving spirits.
The Myrtles Plantation – Francisville, Louisiana
The Myrtles Plantation is a bed and breakfast that was converted from a plantation. It is located deep in Louisiana’s Voodoo land, giving it ominous overtures. It is listed as one of America’s most haunted locations and many argue that it is in fact, the most haunted.
A former slave is rumored to roam the house. As punishment for listening in on one of his conversations, her owner chopped off her ear. She was later hung after she retaliated by poisoning a cake she baked that ended up killing the entire family except her owner, Clark Woodruff.
William Drew Hunter is another popular ghost among the premisses of the plantation. He was shot by a stranger and died while trying to climb the steps upstairs. It is rumoured that his footsteps can still be heard.
Crescent Hotel – Eureka Springs, Arkansas
The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is often viewed as the most haunted hotels in the country. This gorgeous 19th century hotel overlooks the town of Eureka Springs and the Ozark Mountains.
If you want a haunted room, floor two is where to stay. Rooms 202 and 218 are said to be the most haunted in the hotel, although the hallways and lobby are also fair game for spirits. During the hotel’s construction in 1885, one of the builders fell to his death from the roof. He landed where room 218 was built.
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