Oregon has always been a hotbed of paranormal activity and there is certainly no shortage of ghost stories and spooky locations. There is also an abundance of haunted accommodation for anyone brave enough to spend the night in one of these haunted hotels and inns.
Let’s check in to some of the most haunted hotels in Oregon.
8 – The Benson Hotel, PortlandStay Here
Portland’s Benson Hotel was originally built in 1912 and is now said to be haunted by the restless spirit of the original owner. Mr. Benson is often seen in the meeting rooms but has a particular fondness for knocking over visitors’ drinks. In life, he was very in favor of prohibition and it seems old habits die hard.
Although he is the most prominent ghost in the hotel, he is not alone and there are said to be several other spirits making their home in the Benson Hotel.
7 – Hot Lake Hotel & Hot Springs, La Grande
The original hotel that stood where the Hot Lake Hotel & Hot Springs now stands was built some time in the middle of the 19th century. However, it was converted into a hospital that was sadly destroyed in a fire. It was rebuilt shortly afterward and opened as an insane asylum.
When the asylum was closed down it seemed that the building would be left empty and abandoned forever. However, it was eventually purchased and converted into a hotel.
Ever since Hot Lake Hotel opened for business, guests have been reporting a wide range of unexplained activity. Some of the stories include hearing phantom footsteps running away, mysterious piano music, strange clouds of fog inside the hotel and even a few apparitions!
6 – McMenamins Edgefield, TroutdaleSpend the Night
McMenamins Edgefield is now a hotel and outdoor concert venue, but in a previous life, the property was known as Multnomah County Poor Farm! In the early half of the 20th century the poor, the sick and the homeless would come to the poor farm to live and work for free until they got back on their feet.
The property was bought by McMenamins in the nineties and converted into a hotel, but since then an increasing number of guests have reported paranormal encounters. Common reports include things like disembodied voices and apparitions!
5 – Wolf Creek Inn, Wolf Creek
Wolf Creek Inn was built back in 1883 and was a favorite hangout of several celebrities, most prominently Clark Gable and Jack London. It is also said to be incredibly haunted with many guests reporting paranormal experiences that including actual sightings of the spirits. There is even a chilling report of a traveler being attacked by some kind of entity described as being like a vampire!
4 – Geiser Grand Hotel, Baker CityBook a Room
The Geiser Grand Hotel is a historic landmark in Baker city and it also happens to be one of the most haunted hotels in Oregon. Guests have reported seeing apparitions on many occasions along with a whole host of other strange occurrences.
The most well-known of the Geiser Grand Hotel ghosts is ‘The Blue Lady’ who walks up and down the main staircase dressed in a blue gown circa the turn of the century. The hotel embraces its status as haunted accommodation and regularly host Halloween ghost tours!
3 – The Argonauta Inn Beach House, Cannon BeachStay Here
Local legend states that a former guest of Cannon Beach’s Argonauta Inn Beach House haunts the hotel. His name is Ghengis Hansel and he allegedly went missing one night many years ago while staying at the inn.
2 – Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast, Yachats
The Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast sits on the rustic coastline and has become legendary as one of Oregon’s premier haunted locations! The lighthouse itself is said to be more than 115 years old and is incredibly haunted. The adjoining lightkeeper’s house is a newer building which now serve as a bed & breakfast, but it is not any less haunted!
The keeper’s house is believed to be haunted by a spirit named Rue. She was not only the wife of a former lighthouse keeper, but also the mother of a child who is believed to be buried on the grounds.
The child apparently drowned after falling from the cliffs. Those who have encountered Rue agree that she is none too pleased at the invasion of what she still considers is her home! She is especially active whenever construction or renovation work is taking place and many a workman has walked off the job due to her interference!
1 – The Heathman Hotel, PortlandBook a Room
One of the most haunted hotels in Oregon has to be The Heathman Hotel in Portland. There are said to be several ghosts inhabiting the historic hotel, but one in particular is drawn to rooms that end in ‘03’! One theory that is often thrown around is that the spirit jumped to their death and is haunting all of the rooms they passed on the way down.
Room 703 seems to be particularly affected with guests leaving the room only to find the clean towels used, glasses of water moved and the furniture rearranged. The electronic locks show that nobody has entered the room in between the guests leaving and returning ruling out the possibility of staff playing tricks!
Guests staying in room 803 have also reported waking up during the night to see a dark figure standing at the end of their bed. Guests in rooms 503, 603 and 903 have also experienced strange activity that is difficult to explain.