For many people, getting their kicks being scared out of their wits is just another day. If you’re one of those daredevils who wish Halloween could be every day, check out our list of the 50 most haunted hotels in America.
Alabama: St. James Hotel, Selma
The St. James Hotel, 1200 Water Ave, Selma, AL 36701
Most Haunted Rooms: 214, 314, 315
One of the oldest buildings in Alabama, built in 1837, the St. James Hotel in Selma was used as the headquarters for Union troops during the Civil War, surviving the burning of city buildings after the Battle of Selma. It’s reportedly home to 3 known spectres: Jesse James, Jesse James’ girlfriend Lucinda, and a dog.
The apparition of a man (believed to be James) wearing Cowboy attire from the 1880s has been witnessed by many guests and staff alike, walking out of rooms 214, 314, and 315 – the places in which he stayed during his many visits here. He’s also been seen sitting in the bar at his favorite corner table!
The spirit of his lover, Lucinda, has been witnessed walking down the hotel hallways, often preceded by the smell of lavender, which was known to be her favorite aroma. The ghost of a dog (James’ pet), is also known to haunt the hotel, running down corridors and barking in the hotels’ courtyard!
Alaska: Historic Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage
The Historic Anchorage Hotel, 330 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501
Most Haunted Rooms: 215, 217
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It was a difficult choice between the Alaskan Hotel in Juneau and the Anchorage Hotel, but the Anchorage just about edges it. Built in 1916 as a central meeting point for people from all over Alaska, the Historic Anchorage Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. The sheer number of reports emanating from this hotel over the years is staggering. One of the most well-known hauntings of the hotel relates to the very first Chief of Police of Anchorage, who was shot in the back outside the hotel by a bullet from his gun!
Other reports include a woman in white who’s been seen wandering throughout the hotel, the apparitions of little children, and the sighting of a young girl ghost on the second floor. Nobody knows who these children might be, but activity seems to center around Rooms 215 and 217, with guests often reporting various paranormal activity.
Arizona: Copper Queen Hotel, Bisbee
Copper Queen Hotel, 11 Howell Ave, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Most Haunted Rooms: 315
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The oldest continually operating hotel in the Grand Canyon State, the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, was originally built in 1902. It’s not known just how many spirits haunt the property. However, the most well known is the ghost of Julia Lowell, a prostitute who worked in the hotel during the early 1920s and 30s. It’s widely believed that Julia, having been shunned by one of her clients who she had fallen for, took her own life in the bathtub of room 315.
Another spirit that haunts this infamously haunted hotel is that of a little boy whose mother worked at the hotel. It’s believed he drowned whilst swimming in the nearby San Pedro River.
Arkansas: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs
The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, 75 Prospect Ave, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Most Haunted Rooms: 202, 218, 419, 424
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Considered by many paranormal experts to be not only one of the most haunted places in the state of Arkansas but one of the most haunted hotels in the entire country. The history surrounding the paranormal goings-on at this hotel is especially harrowing. A former hospital set up by Norman Baker with the promise of curing cancer when in reality, Baker was nothing but a snake oil salesman with no license to practice medicine. Under his care, many of his patients ended up dying in the hotel. There was even a morgue in the hotels’ basement (now the spa).
As well as many of Baker’s unfortunate patients roaming the halls, there’s also the ghost of a construction worker who died during the hotels’ initial construction as a girl’s school in 1886. He’s said to haunt room 218. Room 419 is believed to be haunted by the ghost of Theodora, one of the nurses who once worked under Baker. Guests and staff alike also regularly report nurses walking the halls, pushing wheelchairs!
California: The Queen Mary, Long Beach
Queen Mary Hotel, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
Most Haunted Rooms: Stateroom B340
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Regarded by many as one of the most haunted hotels in the United States, the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, CA, certainly promises a lot. There are so many haunted areas on this ship that investigators and paranormal experts don’t know where to start when discussing it.
One of the most infamously haunted locations on the ship is the old First Class swimming pool. It’s believed two women died here mysteriously in the 1930s and the 1960s. Psychics have also reported a dark entity that likes to hang around the old changing room area!
Cabin B340, closed for years due to the sheer amount of activity guests were reporting, has now been reopened as Stateroom B340 for any of those brave enough to spend the night. Reports include such things as faucets turning on and off, bedsheets being pulled off in the dead of night, and waking up to a dark figure stood at the end of the bed!
Colorado: Stanley Hotel, Estes Park
Stanley Hotel, 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
Most Haunted Rooms: 217, 401, 428
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Who doesn’t love to be scared by Stephen King? He knew just where to look when coming up with a real-life haunted hotel, and it was The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO.
In case you missed it, his movie The Shining was based on this eerie place. The Stanley offers several ghost tours, and guests can even visit the dark, underground tunnels beneath the hotel.
F.O. Stanley, who was the hotel’s original owner, is known to haunt the hotel accompanied by his wife. They are always dressed in formal attire and appear on the main staircase as well as in other public areas.
If you happen to be sitting near the piano and it plays by itself, well, just another day at The Stanley Hotel.
Connecticut: Captain Grant's 1754, Preston
Captain Grant's 1754, 109 CT-2A, Preston, CT 06365
Most Haunted Rooms: Adelaide Room
Website: Captain Grant’s 1754
Built in 1754 by Captain William Grant for him and his wife, Mercy Adelaide Avery and their children, the family resided here for 3 generations. During the Revolutionary War the inn was used by Continental Army soldiers, and escaped slaves were hidden here during the Civil War.
The vast amount of paranormal activity started to occur here during renovations back in 1994 when it reopened as an inn. Often guests would hear banging on their doors, the feeling of having their faces touched, apparitions of children, and the sighting of strange shapes in pictures and with their own eyes.
The most haunted area in the inn is named the Adelaide Room, as it’s here where Mercy is often seen. She’s known to appear to guests in the dead of night, wearing Colonial garb, and sometimes holding hands with two children. Guests staying in the Adelaide Room also experience the TV turning on and off, and the shower curtain will detach from the rod as if pulled by unseen hands!
Delaware: BRICK HOTEL ON THE CIRCLE, GEORGETOWN
Built in 1836, and originally known as The Union Hotel during the Civil War era, The Brick Hotel certainly has a long and colorful history and has played host to quite a lot of unsavory characters during the early years.
During a seance at the inn, guests asked questions of the spirits and immediately felt cold spots, heard unexplainable sounds, and even saw a shadow in the hallway. On one occasion, during a group photo in the hotels’ main dining room, two cameras shut off simultaneously, and the chandelier started to shake and flicker! Then immediately after that, all the lights in the main dining room started to flicker, which had never happened before says, the inn’s owner, Lynn Lester.
Among many other reports, doors open by unseen hands, and paintings are moved on their own. Guests have also reported items going missing and appearing in different spots, and TV’s and showers turning themselves on and off in the middle of the night!
Florida: The Biltmore Hotel, Miami
The Biltmore Hotel at Coral Gables in Miami was built in 1926, a hotspot for traveling royalty and the most famous and glamorous celebs. During the Second World War, the hotel was temporarily repurposed as a military hospital, and after the war, it served as a hospital for VA’s and the first University of Miami right up until the hospital closed in 1968.
Left as a shell up until it was restored and reopened in 1987, it was now considerably more haunted than it was when it first opened in the ’20s. Ever since the grand reopening, there have been numerous paranormal reports on an almost weekly basis. Lights are known to turn on and off by themselves, and doors open and close by unseen hands. A woman in white is regularly reported walking the halls and appearing in guest rooms, and Fatty Walsh, the notorious mobster, is apparently haunting the building as well. He was shot dead at the hotel back in the late 1920s after a card game went sour. Guests and staff alike have witnessed his apparition several times, hanging out in the hotel lobby.
Georgia: Marshall House Hotel, Savannah
Originally built in 1851 in the historic downtown of Savannah (regarded as the most haunted city in America btw), the Marshall House is the oldest hotel in the city. During the Civil War, the inn was occupied by troops led by General William Tecumseh Sherman, and it was here where wounded soldiers had limbs amputated. A terrifying ordeal on its own, but these soldiers endured these torturous procedures without the use of anesthetic, their blood-curdling screams heard throughout the area. The bones from the amputated limbs were found under the floorboards of the Marshall House during renovations! The Marshall House was again utilized as a hospital during the Yellow fever Epidemics of the mid-1800s.
You can only imagine just how many poor souls met their end here. It’s believed that the spirits of those that passed are still hanging around the hotel, and guests and staff have heard voices and the screams of those that tragically died all those years ago.
Hawaii: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, Big Island
The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, 78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
According to reports from locals, the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay has been haunted for many years. Although the name and owner of the hotel have changed numerous times over the years, the stories of the hauntings still remain. It’s widely believed to be the home to the spirits of two little girls, who regularly make noise running up and down the hallways at night, and when guests open the doors to ask them to be quiet, nobody is there, and the running continues. Guards are so used to this now they simply tell guests there’s nothing they can do since it’s the two girl ghosts making the noise!
If you’re walking around the hotel grounds, you may come across an apparition standing on the edge of the cliffs at the front of the hotel, and if you blink or look away for a second the apparition disappears! It’s believed the hauntings around this hotel point back to the ancient battleground that the hotels’ foundations now rest.
Idaho: Gooding University Inn and Resort, Gooding
University Inn, 301 University Ave, Gooding, ID 83330
The building, constructed in 1917, served as a dormitory for students studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Gooding College. The school operated until 1938, at which point the Methodist Church took over the ownership of the building as the college ran into financial difficulty. In 1941 the Methodist Church gifted the building to the state of Idaho for use as tuberculosis. However, due to the shortage of skilled personnel and medical equipment, it didn’t begin its life as a tuberculosis facility until 1947. The TB hospital was one of the most advanced in the country at the time and was in operation until 1976.
Now the current reincarnation of the building is a unique inn with dorm-style accommodation. However, the patients of the former TB patients are still believed to walk the halls at night and given there are a number of unmarked graves right next to the building, it’s little surprise that these poor souls can’t find peace!
Illinois: Original Springs Hotel, Okawville
The Original Springs Hotel 506 N Hanover St, Okawville, IL 62271
Most Haunted Rooms: All rooms have reported activity
Hotel Website: The Original Springs Hotel
Opening in 1885, taking advantage of the healing waters hidden under the town, the Original Springs Hotel in Okawville Illinois, has long been regarded as one of Illinois’ most haunted locations! Thousands of visitors flocked to the hotel over the years and many of which have left a tangible part of them behind.
Reports of hauntings have been ever-present at the hotel for generations, with the sighting of a woman in white, disembodied whispers coming from the rooms, and sinister feelings of being watched. Several documented suicides, stories of gangsters, deaths, and the mysterious healing properties of the water make this historic hotel one of the most interesting haunted properties in the country!
Indiana: Roads Hotel, Atlanta
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It is believed that Abraham Kauffman built Roads Hotel back in 1893 when it was a layover stop for the railroad.
Over the years, the hotel has certainly made its mark with a history that includes use as a hotel, brothel, speakeasy, and boarding house.
Many notable people have stayed here over the years, including John Dillinger and Al Capone have passed through the doors of this hotel, but not all of them have left. Those that did not leave are still there to entertain those people looking for a night of paranormal activity.
It is said to be one of Indiana’s most haunted locations, with multiple ghosts calling it home. Some of the sightings from guests include men, women, and children.
It isn’t unusual for people to hear disembodied voices and phantom footsteps. There are also reports of lights turning on and off and also of doors opening or closing by themselves.
Iowa: Mason House Inn, Bentonsport
Mason House Inn, 21982 Hawk Dr, Keosauqua, IA 52565
Most Haunted Rooms: 5, 7, 8
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Built in 1846 as a steamboat inn, the Mason House has been welcoming guests for generations. Some of which have never left! The whole property has reports of some kind of activity, with the owners saying there are at least five spirits that they know of.
Room 5 is believed to be the home of a young boy who likes to poke people and pull at guests’ clothing. His apparition likes to make an appearance on the landing! Room 7 is the home of a spirit named Knapp, who was reportedly murdered there many years ago.
One of the most frightening reports from the Mason House Inn is the manifestation of a head floating across Room 8! There’s also the spirit of an elderly woman known to walk the empty rooms on the third floor.
Kansas: Eldridge Hotel, Lawrence
Originally known as the Free State Hotel, when it was first built in 1855, the Eldridge has suffered not just one disastrous fire, but two! After many years in operation, the hotel closed and converted to apartments in 1970, and in 1980 it was restored to its original splendor as a hotel.
As well as playing host to many famous and illustrious guests over the years, the hotel claims to play host to many ghosts too. It’s believed by many that the fifth floor of the hotel is actually a portal, with most of the activity happening on this floor, especially centered around room 506. Guests and staff often report sudden unexplainable cold spots and the feeling of somebody being in the room with them throughout the fifth floor.
Kentucky: Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Jailers Inn Bed and Breakfast, 111 West Stephen Foster Ave.
Bardstown, KY 40004
Most Haunted Areas: The Jail Cell Room, The Courtyard
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Originally built back in 1797, the Old County Jail, as it was known then was in operation until 1987. It served Nelson County and surrounding areas for 100 years, making it the oldest continuously operated jail in the state of Kentucky, and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
In 1988 it was purchased by the McCoy family and renovated into a family run Bed and Breakfast.
Since opening as a B&B, guests and staff alike have reported many strange goings-on in the old jail complex. One of the most common occurrences is the sound of phantom footsteps echoing around the rooms and hallways. Some other strange happenings include the sounds of crying, piano music, and disembodied voices!
Louisiana: Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville
Myrtles Plantation, 7747 US-61, St Francisville, LA 70775
Located in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana, The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville was built in 1796 and was originally called Laurel Grove. The plantation was run by General David Bradford for many years, living there alone away from his family. It wasn’t until 1800 that his family was able to join him after he was pardoned by President John Adams for the key role he played during the whiskey rebellion in 1799. The plantation remained in the family until 1851 and exchanged hands a number of times until it became a bed and breakfast.
It’s now regarded by many to be one of the most haunted locations in the South. Appearing in books, national publications, and many TV shows, the Myrtles Plantation is considered one of the finest hotels in America for a spot of ghost hunting!
Maine: Captain Fairfield Inn, Kennebunkport
Captain Fairfield Inn, 8 Pleasant St, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
Built as far back as 1813 by Captain James Fairfield, the home now known as the Captain Fairfield Inn, was a private residence up until 1991 when it became the bed and breakfast it is today. A typical looking cozy New England home to onlookers, the Captain Fairfield Inn has a darker side.
If you’re in the basement, you may come face to face with the apparition of Fairfield himself. He’s known to appear throughout the inn and has been seen numerous times, though one thing is common amongst those that have witnessed him, they all state that they don’t feel he has sinister intentions, in fact, it’s the complete opposite.
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Maryland: The Maryland Inn, Annapolis
Maryland Inn, 58 State Cir Annapolis, MD 21401
Built in 1772 the Maryland Inn in Annapolis Maryland is home to countless spirits, some believed to be from the inns’ beginnings.
Staff and guests have reported several unexplainable occurrences, including disembodied footsteps, sudden cold spots, and strange scents as if someone not part of the living was passing by.
Other more terrifying reports are that of a full-bodied apparition of a former sea captain, who’s believed to have been killed outside the inn after being hit by a bolting carriage. People have also reported the appearance of a woman in black on the staircase, thought to be the spirit of a woman who fell to her death.
In the inns’ basement, you may come across some merry spirits walking up to what was the old taproom, hoping for a touch of ale and some companionship.
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Massachusetts: The Lizzie Borden House, Fall River
Lizzir Borden House, 230 2nd St, Fall River, MA 02721
Located 53 miles south of Boston, The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River should definitely be on any person’s visit to the area. If you’ve ever heard the children’s rhyme, “Lizzie Borden took an ax, gave her mother 40 whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41,” then you’re familiar with what makes this house so infamous. The double homicide which took place on that fateful morning in 1892 is known to many Americans, but what they may not know is the house is now one of the most haunted inns in the United States.
Many avid ghost hunters travel across the country to have the chance to make contact with Lizzie’s father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother Abby Borden. It’s not known whether it’s the couple behind some of the activity that includes doors slamming shut, disembodied voices, and crying, but there has been the sighting of a woman in Victorian clothing cleaning around the house.
Michigan: Terrace Inn, Petoskey
Terrace Inn, 1637-1549 Glendale Ave, Petoskey, MI 49770
The Terrace Inn in Petoskey, Michigan, was built on the site of an old boarding house in 1910. The inn is reportedly haunted by at least three spirits, all of whom are able to manifest themselves. In fact, there have been numerous reports of apparitions appearing in front of both guests and staff alike over the years.
There’s apparently the apparition of a gentleman often seen on the inn’s balcony, always wearing a tweed suit; a woman in white who likes to explore the whole hotel, appearing in rooms and walking hallways; and also a child who often appears in the inn’s basement.
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Minnesota: Historic Calumet Inn, Pipestone
Historic Calumet Inn, 104 Main St W, Pipestone, MN 56164
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Built in 1888 as a railroad stopover, the Historic Calumet Hotel in Pipestone Minnesota is one of Missouri’s most historic and most certainly haunted hotels.
Located at the corner of Main Street and Hiawatha Avenue, the building is not the first to grace this address, and it perhaps explains why there may be more cause for ghostly activity.
The original three-story, the wood-framed building, was completely destroyed by fire in 1886, claiming the life of Rev. Alfred Stoddard Orcutt. Another fire was to engulf the hotel on Valentine’s Day 1944, claiming the life of a guest named Chris E. Herschberger.
Paranormal goings-on at the hotel are rife, but there is a particular concentration on Room 308, the room in which Herschberger died that fateful night in 1944.
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Mississippi: Duff Green Mansion, Vicksburg
Duff Green Mansion, 1114 1st E St, Vicksburg, MS 39183
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS
Dixie Room – believed to be the most active spot for the one-legged Confederate soldier.
Built in 1856 in Vicksburg Mississippi by local cotton entrepreneur, Duff Green, the Duff Green Mansion is believed to be the residence of at least 10 spirits. Due to its age and its variety of uses that include a private residence, Civil War field hospital, and orphanage, it’s little wonder there are so many ghosts.
Green’s wife, Mary, is believed to be the most active of all the spirits here, her apparition seen on countless occasions walking down hallways and through rooms before fading away before your eyes. Another of the Green family haunts the house with Mary’s daughter Annie also spotted roaming the halls. Annie is reported to have died aged five after succumbing to yellow fever.
As well as Annie and Mary, there’s also the apparition of a Confederate soldier with one leg, as well as many more accounts of hauntings that investigators, guests, and staff have all witnessed!
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Missouri: The Lemp Mansion Inn, St. Louis
The Lemp Mansion Inn, 3322 Demenil Pl, St. Louis, MO 63118
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS
The William Lemp Suite | Lavendar Lady Suite | Elsa Lemp Suite
Regularly featured in the top haunted hotel lists is the Lemp Mansion Inn & Restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri. Built in the early 1860’s, the mansion was the home of William J. Lemp and his family – he and his family saw incredible success from his local brewing company, but perhaps more fitting to this story is the family also suffered from terrible tragedy too.
Plagued by death, the family saw 5 of its members die by suicide, and the heir to the Lemp Mansion fortune (Frederick Lemp) died from mysterious circumstances in 1901. His father, William Lemp, was unable to deal with the tragic loss of his son, and three years later, he killed himself with a gunshot to the head in one of the mansion’s bedrooms.
There’s a wide array of activity reported at the inn, but it doesn’t seem centred around any particular area. Claims are often heard of disembodied voices, bangs on doors, phantom footsteps, full-bodied apparitions, poltergiest activity, and more!
Montana: The Grand Union Hotel, Benton
Grand Union Hotel, 1 Grand Union Square, Fort Benton, MT 59442
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Built in 1882, the Grand Union Hotel is located in Fort Benton, the oldest settlement in Montana. The historic hotel itself being the longest operating hotel in the Big Sky Country, is as you’d expect full of paranormal activity.
Although the majority of the reports here are tame, it doesn’t take anything away from it being one of the most haunted hotels in the country. The sounds of stomping hooves are heard, likely due to a drunk cowboy that was shot to death on his horse whilst trying to ride on horseback up the staircase.
If you’re awoken in the middle of the night to the sounds of running up and down the halls, don’t complain, it’s just the spirits of children having fun. One of the strangest occurrences here happens in room 202, where mysterious blue lights are said to flash across the room without explanation. There’s also the apparition of a man in a long dark cloak that’s been witnessed wandering around the hotel.
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Nebraska: Arrow Hotel, Broken Bow
Arrow Hotel, 509 S 9th Ave, Broken Bow, NE 68822
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Although the Arrow Hotel is relatively young compared to other haunted hotels in this list having been built in 1928, it has a lot of known spirits hanging around. One of the former owners is said to have died in the hotel and his apparition is often seen going up and down the stairs leading to the kitchens.
There are more reports of other apparitions that wander the hotel, one is described as an old and gaunt gentleman with gray hair, and another is a woman with long red hair. Many locals believe this is a witch called Ivy, who’s buried in the nearby Madison Square cemetery. She’s known to appear all around town, with people describing her presence as friendly at first, but she quickly turns evil and is known to physically harm people before disappearing in front of their eyes.
Staff and previous guests say that room 205 is particularly active and that the basement also has a lot of activity.
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NEVADA: Mizpah Hotel, Tonopah
Mizpah Hotel, 100 N Main St, Tonopah, NV 89049
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS
- Room 502 (The Lady In Red Suite)
- Room 503
- Room 504
Opening in 1907, the Mizpah Hotel was one of the leading luxury hotels of its time. The historic hotel was in operation up until 1999, and was later restored and re-opened in 2011 with the spirits of many of its former guests still lingering.
Nevada’s most haunted hotel is now home to multiple spirits, one of whom goes by the name of Rose (aka the Lady in Red), a prostitute that was killed on the 5th floor of the hotel by one of her clients. She’s known to visit several guest rooms, and will often leave behind a single pearl. Room 502 is the room she was murdered in and is the most active of all.
As well as Rose, there is believed to be the spirits of children that play in the hallways, a phantom figure who likes to taunt guests, and guests have even reported things moving around their rooms by unseen hands!
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New Hampshire: Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods
Mount Washington Resort, 310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd, Bretton Woods, NH 03575
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS
Room 314 (The Carolyn Stickney Suite)
Our look at America’s most haunted hotels brings us to this immense hotel located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and it’s of course, home to some eerie goings-on.
A woman by the name of Carolyn Stickney, who died in 1939, haunts the Mount Washington Resort. She goes around tapping on doors, and if she comes into your room (whether you invited her in or not), she will borrow your clothes.
Being a proper Victorian lady, she will always return those items she takes. For the best chance of seeing the Princess, as Carolyn is known, book a stay in Room 314. There you will find her four-poster bed and Carolyn may even be sitting on it in the middle of the night.
New Jersey: The Southern Mansion, Cape May
The Southern Mansion, 720 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204
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Built in 1863 as a private country estate for the Allen family, the mansion remained in the family’s hands up until 1946 when the last living relative of the Allen family, Ester Mercur, died. The mansion is said to be haunted by numerous spirits from the Allen family, but Ester is one that makes her presence felt the most, often accompanied by the smell of strong perfume.
If you’re staying in room 14, you may hear the disembodied conversation of a man and a woman. In the ballroom and kitchen, a chef has reported seeing the apparition of a man in military uniform.
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New Mexico: St. James Hotel, Cimarron
St. James Hotel, 617 S Collison Ave, Cimarron, NM 87714
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Constructed in 1872 on the historic Santa Fe trail, the St. James Hotel in Cimarron NM drew in quite the array of visitors to the Old West, including Jess James, Buffalo Bill, Wyatt Earp, Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, and Thomas James Wright. It’s believed at least a few of these colorful characters remain tied to the hotel they frequented during their life.
One of the wildest spots in the Wild West, there were reportedly over 26 known deaths that occurred here, with many more unreported. The majority of them being gun-related. You can even see gun holes in the walls throughout the hotel.
Guests have reported countless unnerving experiences when staying here, with a common report of people feeling like they’re being watched or followed. A man named Thomas J. Wright is apparently the most prominent ghost at the hotel. He was murdered in 1881 with a bullet to the back after he won the deeds to the hotel in a game of poker. His ghost haunts room 18, which remains unbooked to keep his ill-temper at bay.
New York: The Shanley Hotel, Napanoch
Shanley Hotel, 56 Main St, Napanoch, NY 12458
Most Haunted Rooms
All rooms have significant activity
Regarded by many paranormal enthusiasts as the most haunted hotel on the east coast, the Shanley Hotel in Napanoch New York certainly has a haunted reputation. Judging from the sheer number of haunted happenings reported here, it promises a lot!
The first record of a hotel on the site was in 1845 when Ritch’s Hotel was built. It changed hands and names a few times up until 1895 when a fire took hold of a number of buildings around town, the Shanley Hotel was one of those completely destroyed. Not to be deterred, the Shanley Hotel was rebuilt in November of the same year, standing the same today as it was back then.
Disembodied voices, full-bodied apparitions, and unseen bodies getting into bed with you, it’s all part of a routine night at the Shanley Hotel!
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North Carolina: The Biltmore Hotel, Greensboro
Biltmore Hotel, 111 W Washington St, Greensboro, NC 27401,
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS
Room 302 / Room 223
Built in 1903 for use as an office building for the Denim company of the Cone Brothers, the building served a number of uses up until today, including as a post office, apartment units and even a brothel. According to many there are at least 2 ghosts here and judging by the activity witnessed here it’s likely a lot more.
Perhaps the most well-known ghost here is that of Philip, an accountant employed by the Cone Brothers. He apparently discovered discrepancies in the company books and was subsequently murdered in the alley down the side of the Biltmore. His ghost is believed to hang around room 302 and has, on occasion, appeared to guests standing at the foot of their beds.
Another spirit at the hotel is believed to be Lydia, one of the working girls during its operation as a brothel. An ill-tempered client is believed to have thrown Lydia down the staircase to her death. Her old room 223 is where she likes to return, often appearing as a full-bodied apparition walking across the room, her full head of red hair on display.
North Dakota: Rough Riders Hotel, Medora
Rough Riders Hotel, 301 3rd Ave, Medora, ND 58645
North Dakota’s oldest and most haunted hotel, the Rough Riders Hotel in Medora ND, has been welcoming guests since 1884. Named after a Cavalry unit led by Theodore Roosevelt, the hotel once played host to the famous U.S. President.
According to reports, guests and staff alike have witnessed the ghost of a little boy on the top floor of the hotel. His spirit likes to play with guests tapping on walls, and banging on doors, and he can be heard laughing by guests.
There’s not much more detail surrounding who else or what else may be haunting the hotel, but people have witnessed furniture moving, and strange sounds and occurrences that can’t be explained.
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Ohio: Historic Buxton Inn, Granville
Historic Buxton Inn, 313 E Broadway, Granville, OH 43023
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS
Rooms 7 and 9
With over 200 years of history, it’s little wonder that the Buxton Inn is one of the most haunted hotels in America! Many of the inns’ previous owners, inhabitants, and innkeepers stick around the hotel to this day. The apparition of Granger himself, as well as Major Horton Buxton (after whom the inn was named), have been witnessed throughout the inn. Known as ‘the Blue Lady,’ Bonnie Bounell, a former innkeeper, is said to favor room 9.
Inside room 7, there’s the presence of a much darker entity, with guests often reporting the feeling of severe discomfort in that room. This feeling has also been reported by many staff and owners in the basement of the inn. In addition, there have been sightings of a ghost cat, phantom footsteps, and disembodied voices calling people’s names.
Oklahoma: The Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City
Skirvin Hilton, 1 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS
Rooms on the 10th and 11th Floors.
The story of the hauntings at the Skirvin Hotel in OKC center around a hotel maid named Effie, and the original owner, Bill Skirvin. After becoming pregnant and subsequently giving birth to Skirvin’s child, Effie was locked in a room on the 10th floor. One fateful evening, Effie and her child fell to their death from one of the windows on the 10th floor. It’s not known whether she was trying to escape, she committed suicide, or whether she was pushed.
There are several paranormal goings-on at the hotel, but it’s Effie’s ghost that is believed to be behind the majority of it. Guests have reported hearing a woman’s voice when alone in their rooms, they’ve also heard a woman’s disembodied screams and the crying of a baby from empty rooms.
In addition, guests and staff have reported the sighting of a female apparition, witnessed objects moving on their own, and a string of bizarre occurrences that lead many to believe the Skirvin Hilton is one of the most haunted places to stay in America.
Oregon: The Historic Wolf Creek Inn, Wolf Creek
Wolf Creek Inn & Tavern, 100 Front St, Wolf Creek, OR 97497
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS
All rooms have activity, though the Clark Gable Suite has numerous reports of a female entity manifesting.
Established in 1883, the Historic Wolf Creek Inn in Wolf Creek Oregon is the oldest continuously operating inn in the Pacific Northwest. Aside from being a beautiful old inn in an idyllic setting, the Wolf Creek Inn is also home to a number of very interesting hauntings.
Perhaps the most famous of the supposed several entities at the Wolf Creek Inn is that of American novelist Jack London. London was said to have loved the inn and would regularly make the trip, finishing the novel, Valley of the Moon, there one summer. His ghost is known to haunt the room in which he used to stay, with guests often reporting his apparition and hearing his voice.
Most of the spirits that haunt the inn are well-intentioned, though there is a much darker entity that hangs around the property and haunts the grounds surrounding the inn. Referred to as a “vampire-like creature,” it has been seen numerous times terrifying guests and staff alike for years.
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Pennsylvania: Historic Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Historic Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS
For those keen to book a room with a boo, the Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem PA advertise their rooms as such. Built in 1922, there’s a history of a building on this site as far back as 1741, when the famous “First House of Bethlehem” was located here.
Proud of its reputation as being one of the most haunted hotels in the country, the Hotel Bethlehem doesn’t lack a good ghost story or two. The most haunted area of the hotel is believed to be room 932, where a number of strange occurrences have been reported. One particular experience would terrify anybody, whereupon returning to their rooms guests would come face to face with the apparition of a man, demanding why they’re in his room only to turn on the lights and seeing him vanish.