In Texas one of the most popular tourist destinations in Texas is the city of San Antonio. San Antonio features the popular Riverwalk, the Alamo, and numerous other historic buildings. There are also several 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 most haunted hotels that San Antonio, Texas, has to offer.
1. Menger Hotel
One of the most haunted places in San Antonio, Texas, is the Menger Hotel. William A. Menger and architect John Fries came together in 1859 to design and build this lavish hotel.
For over 150 years, the Menger has been the ideal destination for everyone, from ordinary people 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. The ghost of a former maid, Sallie White, who was killed by her husband, still roams the hotel halls.
People have seen her wearing the traditional uniform, which includes a bandana around her forehead and a long grey skirt. She is also seen carrying a stack of clean towels that she can never 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. Before renovations, the original door to the suite was located where his ghost passed 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 into thin air.
The ghost of a man wearing grey pants and a buckskin jacket shows up in rooms, apparently in the middle of a rather unpleasant and aggravated conversation with an invisible person.
Before vanishing before the witness’s eyes, he asks either the other unseen person or perhaps the witness if they are going to stay or go [BOOK A ROOM]
2. Bullis House Inn
Architect Harvey Page was responsible for designing and constructing 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 most haunted houses in San Antonio. Since the Bullis House Inn has been open, numerous stories of paranormal activity have been reported.
One typical report is that there is a very unsettling feeling on the top floor. 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 overall unpleasant feeling that she refused to close the bathroom door for fear of something happening.
One of the more famous ghosts of the home is that of a former American Indian Chief. He is said to roam the house on the second floor. Other guests reported a very odd and unsettling feeling in the bathroom.
3. Crowne Plaza
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, what remains is the hauntings and paranormal activity.
People have witnessed strange shadows walking toward them during the night. Other people have heard footsteps and felt like someone was following them around the hotel.
It is not unusual to hear that people have felt someone was watching them in their hotel room or other areas of the hotel.
Guests have also made reports of physical attacks. Although not awoken, people have discovered scratches on their bodies after a good night’s sleep.
On their honeymoon, a couple experienced an overall sadness in their room.
The apparent presence of a weeping ghost in the bathroom of their room seemed to be the catalyst for the sadness.
4. Emily Morgan Hotel
The Emily Morgan Hotel opened in 1924 and has developed quite an impressive 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.
Before being the impressive and upscale hotel it is presently, it used to serve as a medical hospital.
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 the door to their room only to see a hospital as it used to be. [Book a Room]
5. Marriott Plaza
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.
One person that guests and hotel staff see at the Marriott Plaza is believed to have lived at the hotel in life.
The woman referred to 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.
6. Gunter Hotel
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 dead body was found. The woman who reportedly died is said to haunt the hotel.
She is known to roam the halls and the rest of the hotel, perhaps searching for her killer. People have also witnessed lights flickering around the hotel.
In one report, guests of the hotel reported that strange items appeared in their bathroom when no one else had entered the room. [Book a Room]
7. St. Anthony Hotel
The St. Anthony Hotel is an old yet impressive hotel that offers much more than a restful night’s sleep. St. Anthony also provides the opportunity for hotel guests 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 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 from within the walls, but there is no explanation for the noise. [Book Now]
8. Hotel Indigo
Located right across the street from the Alamo, the ghostly sounds of cannons firing can sometimes be heard from the historic site.
It’s also reported that you can hear ghostly footsteps from the fallen soldiers and men crying.
Many people believe that the battle in 1836 caused so much bloodshed that the ground and surrounding area of the Alamo are soaked in the fallen heroes’ blood.
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! [Book a Room]
9. The Crockett Hotel
Another haunted hotel was built on the infamous Alamo battlefield! The Crockett Hotel on Bonham Street is adjacent to the Alamo chapel and is rumored 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 entrance door often opens and shuts off its own accord.
The apparition of a 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. [Book a Room]
10. Holiday Inn Express & Old Bexar County Jail
Originally a jail built in 1879, the Holiday Inn Express in N-Riverwalk isn’t like any other haunted hotel already listed. Equipped with an execution chamber on the top floor, the Old Bexar County Jail noose took an untold number of lives.
It’s reported guests often see dark menacing figures roaming on the third floor, with some guests also seeing them hanging in mid-air!
In the dead of night, you may feel an imprint on the bed as if someone or something is lying next to you. Guests and staff members constantly report sudden unexplainable cold spots and lights flickering on and off down the hallways.
Perhaps the most terrifying of all is the poltergeist activity, with people reporting items being violently ripped from their hands! [BOOK NOW]
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