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.

Other things draw people to San Francisco, though. Countless people venture to the city in hopes of encountering a ghost or two.

So let’s look a little bit closer at some of the most haunted hotels in San Francisco!

1. Hotel Union SquareBook a Room

The Union Square Hotel in San Francisco, California
114 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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 location!

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. This elegant space’s original features 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. In the early 1900s, a young girl committed suicide, jumping from the 7th-floor window and dying on impact in the hotel parking lot. Guests and staff have witnessed her spirit lurking in corridors and roaming throughout the hotel.

Ther Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco, California
1590 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

2. 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 like 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.

Read more about the hauntings of the Queen Anne Hotel, San Francisco

3. San Remo HotelStay Here

The San Remo Hotel in San Francisco, California
2237 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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 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 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 and having things moving and other odd stories.

The ghost of a young girl has been seen on numerous occasions trying to enter room 42. Some people claim that someone knocks on the outside of the door while in their room. Because the knocking seems to be coming 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 and 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.

4. Hotel Emblem (formerly Hotel Rex)Book a Room

The Hotel Emblem in San Francisco, California
562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The Hotel Emblem (formerly the Hotel Rex) is a boutique hotel that draws its inspiration from the 1920s, specifically the literary salons and art galleries of that era. It offers its guests a mix of the past and modern amenities. Due to its excellent location, people have easy and fast access to some of the city’s best attractions.

Guests to the Emblem 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 Emblem 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 been hearing horses behind the building in the alley. As there are no horses in the area, it may be the ghosts of horses brought to the area during the Gold Rush and later.

5. Nob Hill HotelBook Now

The Nob Hill Hotel in San Francisco, California
835 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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 San Francisco hotels. 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 Nob Hill Hotel ghosts 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 report 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 for 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 a hallway. 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!

6. The Palace HotelBook Now

The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California
2 New Montgomery St, Financial District, San Francisco, CA 94105

Built in 1875 on the corner of Market and New Montgomery in San Francisco, the Palace Hotel was considered one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in the world. It is now San Francisco’s longest-serving hotel and it’s seen its fair share of strange paranormal occurrences and events over the years.

The most well-known ghost of all at the Palace Hotel is the Lady in Red. She could be a woman simply looking for revenge, or as many believe she may be a succubus, roaming the hallways and rooms looking for men traveling alone.

Other ghosts at the hotel include; the spirit of a french girl dressed in Victorian clothing, whose full-bodied apparition has appeared in the kitchen on more than one occasion, asking for soup!

In the Pied Piper Bar people are often touched on the shoulder by unseen hands. There’s also another ghost that likes to play tricks on the hotel staff in the dining hall, locking doors and moving items.

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