California is best known for being full of sunshine and celebrities. However, there is also a much darker side that includes a whole host of haunted hotels!
Let’s take a look at the 10 most haunted hotels in California.
1. Hotel del Coronado, CoronadoCheck Availability
The Hotel del Coronado is fairly upmarket, but that does not make it any less proud to be considered one of California’s most haunted locations. The property is famously haunted by the ghost of a woman named Kate Morgan, who was believed to have been the murdered wife of a card shark circa the 1800s. Reports of paranormal activity in the hotel include faucets turning on by themselves and unexplained noises.
Regular ghost nights are offered, and guests can rent the most haunted rooms in the property at a special rate!
2. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los AngelesBook a Room
One hotel in California is particularly well known for having some very famous ghostly residents! The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was home to many celebrities back in its heyday, and it appears that some of them have stuck around after death. Among the spirits said to roam the halls are Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe. For a time in the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe took up residence in Suite 1200, and while the room itself is not particularly haunted, people frequently report seeing her reflection in a mirror in the lobby, which used to hang in her room.
Meanwhile, actor Montgomery Clift is haunting his old room number 928 and can be heard running lines in the room. Other ghosts said to be haunting the hotel include a little girl named Caroline who apparently drowned in the hotel pool.
3. Glen Tavern Inn, Santa PaulaBook a Night
The Glen Tavern Inn started as a brothel and gambling den, and over the years, it has had a very colorful history. That may explain why it is now known for being haunted! Guests often report cold spots, shadowy figures, and disembodied voices. There is at least one little girl among the resident spirits, although many believe there are multiple children here who are seen and heard laughing on the second floor. Room 307 is haunted by a ghost named Calvin and a prostitute who was found decapitated in the closet during the prohibition era!
4. Queen Mary Hotel, Long BeachSpend the Night
The 1019 foot longship, The Queen Mary, is now permanently moored in Long Beach and serves as a hotel with a reputation for being haunted! There are said to be a vast number of spirits haunting the vessel believed to date back to its time in service as a troop transporter, refugee carrier, and passenger ship. The hotspots onboard include the engine rooms, the nursery, and a number of the passenger cabins.
5. Napa River Inn, NapaCheck Availability
Most people head to Napa because it is the heart of wine country, but there is also plenty of ghostly fun on offer for paranormal enthusiasts. The Napa River Inn is a great example of haunted accommodation in California, with the first reports of paranormal activity dating back to the early 1900s. One spirit who is regularly spotted is Captain Albert Hatt Jr, the son of the original owner. Guests and staff have also seen Robert Keig’s spirit -another former owner. However, the most prominent spirit at the Napa River Inn is a woman dressed all in white.
6. Union Hotel, BeniciaSpend the Night
Union Hotel sits in the very heart of the historic Californian town of Benicia. It was built in 1882 and stands as a reminder of the colorful past that California has had. Sometime in the late 1800s, it is claimed that a young woman hanged herself in her hotel room, and she is now haunting the property. She is often seen looking out of one of the hotel room windows, and guests have reported hearing her talking and crying at all hours of the night.
7. Chateau Marmont, West HollywoodBook a Room
The Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood is best known as a celebrity hangout, but most people do not know that it is apparently haunted. The ghost is believed to be comedian John Belushi who died from a drug overdose in one of the bungalows in the early 1980s. Bungalow 3 was where he died, and many who stay there describe feeling his presence, and people do not like to look in the mirror. One young boy who had no knowledge of the death or of who Belushi was claimed to have seen him in the bungalow during his family’s stay and was able to pick him out of a selection of photographs.
8. Zaballa House, Half Moon BaySpend the Night
It is believed that the Zaballa House is the oldest in Half Moon Bay, and it is also one of the most haunted. Room 6 is the hub of paranormal activity in the hotel, and guests report hearing jangling keys, alarms going off, and windows rattling. Despite this, the owner denies any knowledge of a ghost in the hotel!
9. Amargosa Opera House & Hotel, Death ValleyCheck Availability
The Amargosa Opera House & Hotel was built in 1923 as part of a ‘company town’ built by the Pacific Coast Borax Company. There is little left of the town these days aside from the opera house & hotel and a scattering of empty buildings. However, it still attracts lots of visitors who come to stay for the chance of encountering one of the many ghosts said to reside here! These include a little child who is thought to have drowned in a bathtub, a spirit cat, and the malevolent spirit of a hanged man in one of the rooms!
10. Queen Anne Hotel, San FranciscoCheck Availability
The Queen Anne Hotel is a historic Victorian-era boutique hotel, located just 1 mile from the historic Union Square in San Francisco, CA. It’s widely regarded as the most haunted hotel in San Francisco and has been welcoming paranormal enthusiasts for decades.
The most well-known spirit known to haunt the hotel is Mary Lake. She was the headmistress when the building was a girl’s boarding school in the 1890s. Her ghost is behind lots of activity on the fourth floor, mainly in room 410 – her old office! Countless guests have reported seeing her mist-like figure, wearing period clothing wandering around the hotel. Not just that, you’ll often feel her presence and hear her pacing around her old office! Guests staying in room 410 also report strange sounds and unsettling tapping noises from furniture in their room.