San Francisco is an incredible city to visit. There is the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, and Alcatraz that draw thousands of tourists to the city throughout the year. The almost idyllic weather the majority of the year, the spectacular scenery, food, and shopping even convince some people to stay in the city by the bay.
There are other things that draw people to San Francisco. Countless people venture to the city in hopes of encountering a ghost or two.
Let’s look a little bit closer at some of the most haunted hotels in San Francisco, CA.
5 - Hotel Union SquareBook a Room
Built in 1908 as the Golden West Hotel, the Union Square Hotel is one of the most historic hotels in San Francisco. Located right on the edge of Union Square you could not be in a more central of locations!
This luxury hotel doesn’t just boast a fantastic spot in San Francisco that keeps guests coming back for more, it also holds a lot of dark secrets within its luxurious walls.
During prohibition, there was a 10,000 square foot speakeasy built underneath the hotel called The Golden Bubble. The original features of this elegant space still stand to this day, but it’s now used as a storage area. Who knows what drama unfolded down there!
If you spend a night or two in room 207 at the hotel you may come in to contact with a friendly female ghost. Many guests have reported the sighting of a translucent figure of a woman walking around their room in the dead of night, opening and closing the bathroom door! After clearing a room for guests, maids often find the odd item out of place in this room. Could it be the spirit of the woman wanting to keep the room all to herself?
The lady ghost in room 207 isn’t the only female ghost to haunt the hotel. Back in the early 1900s a young girl committed suicide, jumping from the 7th-floor window and dying on impact in what is now the hotel parking lot. Guests and staff have witnessed her spirit lurking in corridors and roaming throughout the hotel.
4 - Queen Anne HotelSpend the Night
The beautiful and historic Victorian-style Queen Anne Hotel is unlike many others in San Francisco. It has charm, an excellent location, and is one of the quieter hotels in the city. It even survived the horrific San Francisco earthquake of 1906, which destroyed a great deal of the city.
Many people seek out the Queen Anne Hotel in hopes of experiencing the paranormal. Those brave enough can even request the most haunted room at the Queen Anne, Miss Mary Lake’s room on the fourth floor. When the location served as a girls school, Miss Mary Lake was the headmistress.
People have captured orbs in the room when taking photographs while others have reportedly felt the presence of Miss Mary. Those staying in room 410 also report unusual sounds with no apparent cause and unsettling tapping.
Other people have reported the sensation of someone touching and even stroking their hair, yet there is no one close to them. Other people have witnessed and even captured on camera shadowy figures moving through rooms in the hotel.
On one of the floors guests can find the Bishop’s chair. Some people have reported that when they sat in the chair and put their arms on the armrests, it felt as though someone had placed a hand on their arm in a comforting fashion. The chair reportedly dates back to when Miss Mary Lake was the headmistress.
3 - San Remo HotelStay Here
The San Remo Hotel has been around since 1906. The hotel has a lot of character and is more like a home than a true hotel. Unlike most hotels the individual rooms share bathrooms located in the hallways. It has a Victorian, Italian, bohemian feel to the design.
The charming hotel has a reputation for the comforting accommodations but it also has a reputation for being one of the most haunted hotels in San Francisco.
One of the most famous ghosts to haunt the San Remo is the Painted Lady. The Painted Lady was a madame who stayed in, and died in, room 33. People staying in the room have reportedly heard knocking on the door to the room as well as having things moving and other odd stories.
The ghost of a young girl has been seen on numerous occasions trying to enter room 42. There are also people that claim while in their room someone knocks on the outside of the door. Because the knocking seems to becoming from a low spot on the door it is assumed it is a child.
There are also stories of hearing a man’s voice in the room as well as movement and other random noises. People suspect it is the ghost of a man who killed himself there.
A double murder was also said to have occurred in the restaurant of the San Remo Hotel. People who spend time in the restaurant have seen a dark, shadowy figure crossing the room. These are just a handful of the sightings and paranormal activity that occur at the San Remo Hotel.
2 - Hotel RexBook a Room
The Hotel Rex is a boutique hotel that draws its inspiration from the 1920’s, specifically the literary salons and art galleries of that era. It offers its guests with a mix of the past and modern amenities. Due to its excellent location people have easy and fast access to some of the best attractions in the city.
Guests to the Rex also have the opportunity to enjoy everything a haunted hotel in San Francisco has to offer. One of the most frightening ghosts to appear at the Hotel Rex has appeared to a number of the housekeeping staff.
It is said a Chinese man spends a considerable amount of time wandering around the 4th floor. That in itself is not what is so frightening, what is scary is the fact that he wanders around holding a cleaver. Did he work in the kitchen or does he want to take our revenge on someone? Considering Chinese immigrants lived in the building during the Gold Rush, it is quite possible he only wanted to prepare something to eat for his family.
Guests who have stayed in the hotel have made claims of hearing horses behind the building in the alley. As there are no horses in the area it may be the ghosts of horses that were brought to the area during the Gold Rush and later.
1 - Nob Hill HotelBook Now
When the beautiful Nob Hill Hotel was first built back in 1907 it served as a private home. It offers cozy accommodations with Edwardian period furnishings as well as some modern amenities. The hotel offers stairs and an elevator that only accesses certain floors. This was done to maintain the hotel’s historical accuracy.
Along with being a wonderful place to stay Nob Hill Hotel is among the most haunted hotels in San Francisco. Over the more than 100 years since it was built people have reported approximately 20 different ghosts still inhabiting the hotel.
The majority of the ghosts at the Nob Hill Hotel like to play pranks o the guests and staff members of the hotel. They will hide things from people, play with doors, electricity, and have even been known to turn appliances on and off. Guests have reported feeling as though someone had just sat down next to them on their beds when they were either in the room alone, or the other party was nowhere near them.
The wine cellar is a popular hangout from a number of the ghosts at the inn as well. One guest had reportedly mentioned how charming it was to have a woman in period clothing sitting at the end of one of the hallways. The staff were perplexed as there was no such woman hired to be there, nor was there even a chair at the end of the specified hallway!