In Texas, one of the most popular tourist destinations is the city of San Antonio. San Antonio features the popular Riverwalk, as well as the Alamo and numerous other historic buildings. There are also a number of places people can visit if they want to conduct their own paranormal investigation.
If you are among the thrill-seeking, ghost hunters around the country you will want to consider spending some time in one of America’s most haunted cities.
Let’s explore the haunted hotels that San Antonio, Texas has to offer.
Menger HotelCheck Availability
One of the most haunted hotels in San Antonio, Texas is the Menger Hotel. William A. Menger and architect John Fries came together back in 1859 to design and build this lavish hotel. For over 150 years the Menger has been the ideal destination for everyone from the common man to famous names such as Theodore Roosevelt, Robert E. Lee, Mae West, Ulysses S. Grant, and Babe Ruth.
The Menger Hotel is also the favorite hotel for approximately 32 different and documented ghosts and/or spirits. The ghost of a former maid, Sallie White who was killed by her husband, still roams the halls of the hotel. People have seen her wearing the traditional uniform of her time, which includes a bandana around her forehead and a long grey skirt. She is also seen carrying a stack of clean towels that she is never able to deliver.
The King Suite is a favorite location for the ghost of Captain Richard King. He has been seen passing through the wall into the suite. Prior to renovations the original door to the suite was located where his ghost passes through the wall.
In the lobby of the Menger hotel a woman in a retro blue dress, beret, and small metal-framed glasses was spotted working on some knitting. When a living employee approached the woman to ask her if she needed anything, the woman gave a rather abrupt “No,” before vanishing in thin air.
The ghost of man wearing grey pants and a buckskin jacket randomly shows up in rooms apparently in the middle of a rather unpleasant and aggravated conversation with an invisible person. Before vanishing before the witnesses eyes he asks either the other unseen person, or perhaps the witness, if they going to stay or go.
There are countless other instances of ghosts appearing before guests and staff as well as unusual sounds and objects moving through the air. There is no question that the Menger Hotel is wrought with paranormal activity.
Bullis House Inn
Architect Harvey Page was responsible for the design and construction of the Bullis House for General John Lapham Bullis and his family. The home took three years to build and was completed in 1909. It is said that a prison used to stand on the same site as the current Bullis House Inn.
This previous prison could be partially responsible for the Bullis House Inn being among the haunted houses in San Antonio. In the time that the Bullis House Inn has been open to the public numerous stories of paranormal activity have been reported.
One common report is that on the top floor there is a very unsettling feeling. It feels as though someone or something is watching you. One guest in particular had the displeasure of sharing a room with a woman yet during the middle of the night she heard the maniacal laughter of a man. The guest was so disturbed by the laughter and the overall unpleasant feeling she refused to close the bathroom door for fear something would happen.
Other guests reported a very odd and unsettling feeling in the bathroom as well. One of the more notable ghosts of the home is that of a former American Indian Chief. He is said to roam the home on the second floor.
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The Crowne Plaza, now called the Wyndham San Antonio River Walk, is one of the most haunted hotels in San Antonio. It has served as an assortment of buildings, most importantly as a hotel. Through all of the different name changes one of the things that has not changed is the hauntings and paranormal activities.
People have witnessed strange shadows walking towards them during the night. Other people have heard footsteps and have felt as though someone was following them around the hotel. It is not unusual to hear that people have felt someone was watching them when they are in their hotel room or in other areas of the hotel.
Reports of physical attacks have also been made by guests. Although not awoken, people have discovered scratches on their bodies after a good night’s sleep. A couple on their honeymoon experienced an overall feeling of sadness in their room.
The apparent presence of a weeping ghost in the bathroom of their hotel seemed to be the catalyst to the sadness.
Emily Morgan HotelStay Here
The Emily Morgan Hotel opened in 1924 and has developed quite an interesting reputation. First and foremost the hotel provides its guests with a wonderful place to stay in San Antonio. It also offers the guests, and staff, the opportunity to be somewhere that is haunted.
Prior to being the impressive and upscale hotel it is presently, it used to serve as medical hospital. Many of the unexplained apparitions, feelings of being touched by unseen forces, and unexplained noises may be the ghosts of those individuals who were housed in the psychiatric ward or the morgue following their death.
Of all the floors in the Emily Morgan the basement, the seventh, ninth, and the fourteenth floors are reportedly the most haunted. The lingering smells of medicine have been reported as well as guests opening their room door only to see what appear to be the building’s former hospital furnishings.
Marriott PlazaBook a Room
The Marriott Plaza is a beautiful hotel with a lush landscape and exemplary accommodations and amenities. It has been host to thousands of guests for more than a century.
There is one person that guests and hotel staff see at the Marriott Plaza who is believed to have lived at the hotel in life. The woman, referred to only as the Lady, spends time around the exercise facility. She is said to wear a long white dress and holds her cat in her arms. Together they are frequently seen in the garden near the trees. Guests have also experienced flickering lights, lights that turn off and on at will and unusual noises.
Gunter HotelStay Here
The Gunter Hotel dates back to 1909. The hotel has had multiple names over the years as well as multiple uses. Countless people, famous and the common folk alike have stayed at the Gunter since its opening more than a century ago.
There are stories that a gruesome murder took place at the hotel although no body was found. The woman that reportedly died is said to haunt the hotel to this day. She is known to roam the halls and the rest of the hotel, perhaps in search of her killer. People have also witnessed lights flickering around the hotel.
In one report, guests of the hotel reported that strange items showed up in their bathroom when no one else had entered the room.
St. Anthony HotelBook a Room
The St. Anthony Hotel is an old, yet impressive hotel that offers much more than a restful night’s sleep. The St. Anthony also offers the opportunity for the guests of the hotel to experience a bit of paranormal activity or witness full-body apparitions.
On the occasion of a trip to the St. Anthony Hotel a mother and daughter shared a room. The mother was awake in the middle of the night and noticed her daughter get up, use the restroom and return to bed without making a sound. The mother was shocked as the beds were rather squeaky so she asked her daughter in the morning. The daughter stated she never got up. The mother had seen an apparition. A handful of guests have reported the sound of scratching coming from within the walls but there is no explanation for the noise.
Located right across the street from the Alamo, the ghostly sounds of cannons firing can sometimes be heard coming from the historic site. It’s also reported you can hear the sounds of ghostly footsteps from the fallen soldiers, and men crying.
Mnay people believe that the battle in 1836 caused so much bloodshed that the ground and surrounding area of the Alamo are literally soaked in the blood of the fallen heroes. This has led to many buildings in the area being haunted. In the Hotel Indigo you can expect to see elevators misbehaving, apparitions, the feelings of being touched and more.
If you’re looking for a haunted hotel in San Antonio, don’t miss the Hotel Indigo!
The Crockett Hotel
Another haunted hotel built on the infamous Alamo battlefield! The Crockett Hotel on Bonham Street is adjacent the Alamo chapel, and is rumoured to be teeming with the ghosts of the unfortunate soldiers that met their end in 1836.
The most active areas seem to be the lobby, the bar, and a few of the guest rooms. The front door to the lobby often opens and shuts of its own accord. The apparition of man in a dark blue jacket (like the one worn by soldiers at the Alamo) has been seen many times by guests and staff alike.
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