America’s Finest City has a lot to offer those that live there and those that visit. In the course of a day it is possible to go to the beach, visit a museum, and take in a movie. There are also opportunities to go shopping, catch a sporting event, or even a comic book convention if you are there during the right time of the year.
There are also opportunities for ghost hunters to visit some of the military city’s most haunted places.
Below are just a few of the different haunted hotels in San Diego that people can book…
1. Grande Colonial La JollaBook a Night
The Grande Colonial La Jolla originally opened as the Colonial Apartments and Hotel in 1913. Desirous of a change, in 1925, owner George Bane commissioned major changes to the building. He had it completely moved from its location to place a grander building in front of it. The two structures were merged created a tremendously grand building. The Grande Colonial would house the rich and famous and military men in the more than a century it has been open.
Some people question whether the rumors that the Grande Colonial is haunted are valid. Those front desk staff members who have received phone calls from rooms they know are empty might argue it definitely is haunted. One staffer who investigated one such call saw what appeared to be the figure of a man standing behind the room’s curtain. When the staffer went to move the curtain, the figure vanished. The windows were locked and closed at the time preventing any escape.
Then there are the occasions in which staff members have encountered ghostly figures in the kitchen, stairwells, hallways, and the guest rooms.
Numerous ghosts like to make frequent appearances at the hotel. A woman, believed to be named Abigail, appeared in one guest room in a light lace dress and brown hair.
There are tales of a young boy who not only saw the ghost of a woman, but he claimed she brushed his hair.
There are also tales of a couple dressed to the nines spotted walking down one particular hallway. The couple vanished when approached by a staff member offering assistance.
Along with the physical ghosts people see, they have also experienced doors that open and close at will, heard loud voices, footsteps, and what sounds like people running down the stairs. The list of different paranormal activity and ghostly sightings makes the Grande Colonial ideal for avid ghost hunters.
2. US Grant HotelStay Here
Ulysses S. Grant, Jr. had the magnificent, 11-story U.S. Grant Hotel built in 1910. He named it after his father, President Ulysses S. Grant. The spectacular hotel has had a wide array of famous and not so famous guests over the years. Over the more than 100 years, the Grant Hotel has provided wonderful accommodations and a great location for assorted events. It has also been the home to several different ghosts and paranormal activity.
One of the most notable ghosts that continue to call the U.S. Grant Hotel her home is the former wife of Ulysses S. Grant, Jr. It is said she wanders the hotel in a state of both unhappiness and possible resentment due to her husband remarrying so quickly after her untimely death. Individuals who have seen her say her white dress is very old-fashioned in design, suitable for the time of her death. When she has been spotted, it is said things either disappear completely or are moved.
It is not unusual for the housekeeping staff to report their cleaning supplies moved while tending to other things in the different guest rooms.
Some guests have claimed to have seen the ghost of a man standing over them while they are in bed. The man is reportedly heavy-set and dons a black suit. As quickly as he appears, he vanishes.
Problems with lights flickering are frequently reported as well as people hearing random footsteps and other obscure noises.
3. Horton Grand HotelBook Now
The historic and breathtaking Horton Grand once started as two separate structures back in 1880. When the historic Grand Horton and Khale Saddlery Hotels were slated for demolition, Dan Pearson stepped in to stop the destruction. After much planning, Pearson took possession of both buildings, took them apart brick by brick, and had them put back together with a few blocks from where they originally stood. What stands today is a glorious hotel that is ideal for weddings, events, or guests needed a place to stay the night while in San Diego.
Despite being moved from their original locations, the current Horton Grand is still home to many different ghosts. Paranormal investigators from all over the country are intrigued by the many reports emanating from this historic building.
One of the ghosts spotted around the hotel, Ida Bailey, used to be a Madame to a brothel where the hotel now stands. One group of paranormal investigators stayed in the hotel and decided to play poker one night. Although they left all the cards on the table, one of the investigators discovered the 4 of spades in the bathroom the following morning.
In room 309, the ghost of a man believed to be Roger Whitaker is seen or felt. He apparently likes to move things around on guests as they sleep. Sometimes he even wakes the guests.
The fourth floor has also had some unusual activity. Someone reported it felt as though the floor moved following some odd thumping noises near an armoire. Other noises were heard in other rooms on the floor where no one was staying.
Without a doubt, the Horton Grand is one of if not the most haunted hotel in San Diego!
4. Cosmopolitan Hotel & RestaurantCheck Availability
The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant originally started as a single story private home for Juan Bandini and his family in 1827. Years later, the adobe home, which was falling into extreme disrepair, was purchased by Albert and Emily Seeley.
The Seeley family was responsible for the expansion of what became the two-story Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant. The Cosmopolitan has provided a place for entertainment, lodging, and more to all who passed through downtown San Diego.
Today, people visit the Cosmopolitan Hotel to take a step back in history and have the opportunity to stay at one of the haunted places in San Diego. It is reported that the ghost of one of Juan Bandini’s daughters is still lingering at her former home.
Some say the ghost of Ysidora likes to stir up a bit of mischief for guests and staff members. One of the things she appears to enjoy doing the most is going to room 11 and turning the lights off and on.
There are claims that a little girl died in the Cosmopolitan and her ghost lingers. It is said that her former bed and rocking chair are haunted. The rocking chair is known to move on its own without any assistance from wind or a living person.
The ghost of a man called Carlos has been haunting the hotel for 40 years or so. He likes to stand outside the hotel, strum his guitar, and sing. He looks as though he is from the old cowboy days.