Haunted Hotels From Around The World – That Spooky Feeling We Always Need!
You have had your fill of jungle holidays. You feel as if you have had your lifetime quota of the sun, sand, and the surf. And the mere thought of swooshing down ski slopes and landing up in a mass of arms and legs fills you with dread. So why not settle for a different kind of holidaying experience, a one that is spooky! Book your date with spirits from the other world at any of the famously haunted hotels around the world.
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Haunted Hotels In Ireland
Ireland sports a surreal appeal; after all, it is the land of the screaming banshees and the elusive will-o-the-wisp. Castle Leslie, situated on the expansive grounds of Glaslough, County Monaghan is not just another 5-star accommodation where you can pamper and indulge yourself. It is also the abode of the deceased members of the Leslie family. They frequent the nooks and crannies of the hotel and also reportedly use the toilets.
Haunted Hotels In The United States
On the other side of the ocean, in the United States, stands hotel Hollywood Roosevelt, one of the more illustrious of these spooky accommodation destinations. The hotel was the venue for the first ever Academy Awards ceremony and the who’s who of Hollywood have stayed here. Some have continued to stay on, like Montgomery Clift. People still hear him play the bugle and rehearse his lines from the film From Here to Eternity.More star gazing is afforded by Marilyn Monroe, in suite 1200.
Haunted Hotels In California
Here is a list of haunted hotels in California where you can spend the night and try your luck at spotting a ghost. These hotels have a history of murder, suicide, accidental death, former employees and past guests that you may be lucky enough to meet if you dare.
The Queen Mary – Long Beach
The Queen Mary is a luxury ocean liner from the 1940’s that served as a cruise ship and WWII troop transport. Today the Queen Mary is a hotel and tourist attraction that claims to have a multitude of ghosts. Evidence of the many deaths that have occurred aboard the ship is listed in the infirmary at the aft of ship. The most documented ghost is that of John Pedder who was squished and killed by a water tight door in 1966. Rumor has it that he worked on ‘Shaft Alley’ in the engine room and was caught in door #13 during a safety drill. He’s known to push and touch people on the tour of that area. Another hotbed of spirit activity is at the empty pool in the bowels of the ship where the sounds of adults and children playing and splashing have been heard by many of the Queen’s employees.
Chateau Marmont & Hollywood Roosevelt – Hollywood
The Chateau Marmont and Hollywood Roosevelt have been popular hangouts for Hollywood’s who’s who for decades. In 1982, John Belushi was found dead in his room at the Chateau Marmont. Since then, random pranks of the unexplained have been attributed to the former Blues Brother. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is said to be haunted by many from Hollywood’s past. Although none have ever died there, it’s assumed that they enjoyed the hotel so much that they have chosen the hotel as the place to spend their afterlife. Sightings have included Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn and an unknown girl in a blue dress. Hauntings of room #928 have been specifically attributed to Montgomery Clift.
Queen Anne Hotel – San Francisco
The Queen Anne Hotel is an historic 1890 Victorian mansion nestled in the upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Its original use was a home for girls but has served several different purposes through the decades. After officially opening as a boutique hotel in the mid 90’s, hotel staff and guests have reported occurrences and sightings that are believed to be Mary Lake, the late head mistress of the 1890’s girls home. Most accounts can be linked to room #410 that is said to be her residence at the time.
Hotel Del Coronado – San Diego
The Hotel Del Coronado is an exquisite Victorian hotel that was built in 1888 as an upscale retreat for those who could afford its luxuries. This historic landmark is a ‘must see’ for anyone visiting San Diego. There is at least one, and possibly several, entities that are said to haunt the hotel. In 1892, the body of a woman was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on a staircase at the hotel. She had checked in days earlier as Kate Morgan. Very little is known about Kate and it is rumored that she waited in room #3327 for her lover who never showed so she took her own life. Conspiracies still abound that she was pregnant, murdered and Kate Morgan wasn’t her real name – the perfect trilogy of paranormal suspense. Some even believe that the hotel may be haunted by none other than Marilyn Monroe who starred in the Hollywood blockbuster, Some Like it Hotwith Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon that was filmed at the Del.
Furnace Creek Inn – Death Valley
The Furnace Creek Inn offers the only luxury accommodations in Death Valley. It’s believed that Bungalow #199 is haunted. By who, no one knows for sure but it’s assumed to be the entity of James Marques, a former chef that also haunts the kitchen and dining room. Mr. Marques left his job at the Inn in 1973 due to illness of which he eventually succumbed. Although he didn’t die at Furnace Creek Inn, or even Death Valley, it’s believed that he returned in spirit to the place he loved.
National Hotel – Jamestown
The National Hotel is a classic 1800’s hotel that is located in the once thriving Gold Rush town of Jamestown. As with all the 49er towns in California, few residents struck it rich and most went for broke, with a lot of struggle and heartache in between. One such story is that of Flo who now aimlessly roams the halls at the National Hotel. Much speculation surrounds Flo who it’s not even known whether she was a guest or a worker at the hotel. The rumors go that she died of heartbreak at the hotel after her lover was either shot by a drunk or left for the goldfields and never returned – choose which you like best. She mostly haunts the second floor of the hotel where guests report hearing a woman sobbing in the night.
Grey Whale Inn – Fort Bragg
The Grey Whale Inn is a classic old-growth redwood Inn centrally located to several North Coast attractions. It was originally a hospital from 1915 to 1971. It’s believed that many former patients remain at the Inn as spirit entities. Of the reported hauntings there is a woman that roams the gardens and a man in the second story windows that may have jumped or fell to his death. No one knows who these ghosts might be since so many passed through the doors during its time as a hospital.
These aren’t all of the haunted hotels in California and they definitely don’t contain the evil poltergeists that the movies normally portray. In fact, most have been described as mischievous, playful or sorrowful. Few guests ever report occurrences or sightings of these ghosts, but sleep with one eye open and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to spot one. Whether searching for proof of the afterlife or just looking for a nice place to stay, all of these hotels and Inns are highly rated and beautiful choices for an overnight stay.
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The Tutwiler Hotel
The Haunting Story Behind the Tutwiler Hotel
There were stories that this hotel is haunted by Colonel Tutweiler himself. People who have been here and the staff themselves mention that the Colonel does not just roam around its hallways. In fact, a few years ago, they had a bartender got into trouble because he left all the lights and stoves of their onsite restaurant on after closing time. The bartender insisted that he turned off everything before he left the restaurant. However, every time he went back to the kitchen and the rooms, it was all turned on again.
He went home after he gave up turning it off over and over again. The incident went on and was repeated for a whole week. By the end of the week, the manager noticed that someone cooked a large meal and took out a bottle of wine the night before. Since then, the staff of the restaurant and hotel would say before leaving the hotel, “Good night Colonel, please turn the lights and stove off, and don’t make a mess.” No problem came up again after that.
There are still rumors about spirits roaming in the hotel but it is not like before. This is ever since the renovation of the hotel last 2007. Many believe that renovations chase away old spirits because they seem to have resided in each fabric of the building.
Haunted Hotels In The United Kingdom
Europe is steeped in history, and where there is history there is sure to be a ghost or two. That might be worrying for some people, but if you are a fan of ghost stories, with a deep interest in the paranormal, and are planning a tour of the UK, what could be better than to book a night’s stay in a haunted castle, hotel, motel, or even a ghost-ridden bed and breakfast. Read on for details of some of the UK’s most haunted hotels.
When a building has a history going back for the best part of 1000 years, it is not surprising to find ghosts have reputedly been seen there. Amberley Castle in Sussex was founded in the 12th century and its fortifications added in the late 14th century. Originally the residence of the Bishops of Chichester, Amberley is now a luxury hotel. However, there is one room at Amberley where visitors have been known to sense a paranormal presence. It is said that long ago a servant girl at the castle fell pregnant after dallying with an errant bishop. Such was her shame and disgrace that she killed herself by leaping from the battlements, which are adjacent to the room thought to be haunted.
Situated in Cumbria in the north of England, not far from the border with Scotland, Dalston Hall is a hotel, formerly a stately residence dating back to the 15th century. The hotel has been featured on several British TV shows investigating ghosts and supernatural events. In 2004 Dalston Hall was the subject of a feature on “Britain’s Most Haunted”. Afterward the presenter of the show reported that it was the scariest site the show had ever visited.
If you travel about 100 miles north east from London, you will come to the village of Walberswick on the Suffolk coast. Accommodation is available at the comfortable Anchor Inn, which in addition to its excellent food and drink offers visitors the opportunity, or risk, of experiencing a poltergeist. If that is not enough to tempt you, the nearby St. Andrew’s Church, a partly-ruined 15th century building, is also believed to be haunted. No less a person than the well-known author George Orwell claimed to have seen the ghost of an unknown man in the churchyard in the 1930s, and there have been other more recent sightings.
In Wales, in the Brecon Beacons (one of Britain’s scenic National Parks), is Craig-y-Nos Castle. This romantic 19th century mansion, once the home of a famous opera singer, has been converted into a well-appointed country hotel. But as well as its admirable facilities for guests, the hotel has made something for a name for itself by way of appearances on TV shows investigating hauntings and unexplained events. For a time the castle was used as a hospital for unfortunate people, including many young children, suffering from advanced tuberculosis, and it is thought that many of the sightings of apparitions and other mysterious sounds and events are connected with this.
Across the choppy waters of the Irish Sea stands another haunted destination-the Langham Hotel in London, England. The supernatural sightings here are well-documented and thus attract a motley group of ghost-chasers from all around the world. The most famous other-worldly inhabitant of this hotel is Napoleon III, who has made the basement his home. Stories also abound about a certain Edwardian gentleman who takes form from a blaze of blinding light.
These are just a very few of the UK’s most haunted hotels. There are many more such establishments all over Britain, all “boasting” their own phantoms and specters. With so many to choose from, there’s not a ghost of a chance you won’t find one to suit.
Haunted Hotels In Asia
So before deciding on where to spend your long exotic Halloween weekend and mark up the holiday fright, read a roundup of the scariest hotels in Asia that would really make you wish you hadn’t gone out of the house this Halloween
Buma Inn (China)
The Chinese really take this paranormal stuff seriously. Anyone would when the paranormal event includes scary creatures of the night going berserk. Buma Inn in Beijing is haunted by a rampaging ghost out to take revenge. Apparently, a guest in the inn years ago was poisoned by the hotel chef. Guilt-stricken, the hotel chef consequently killed himself after the crime. The horror didn’t end there. Until now, the restless ghost of the murdered guest haunts the hotel looking for the chef who poisoned her.
The Savoy Hotel (India)
Positioned in one of India’s capital, Mussoorie, The Savoy Hotel became the inspiration of Agatha Christie’s novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The hotel doesn’t only offer luxury, but an unwavering supply of fright, as well. Its former owner, Lady Orme, who allegedly died of poisoning, is said to be haunting the opulent hotel. This scary creature of the night was reportedly seen aimlessly wandering the halls of her former hotel.
Tambun Inn (Malaysia)
The Tambun Inn is one of the favorite hotels in Ipoh, Malaysia. Apparently, wandering tourists are not the only ones crazy about the hotel. Scary creatures of the night are said to be haunting the hotel, as well. Many accounts of ghostly events have been documented. Some of these accounts mentioned about lights turning on and off, sounds of whispers and eerie cries heard in the inn. There was also a report about a ghost of an old woman spotted within the vicinity of the inn.
Haunted Hotels In Sweden
Everybody loves a romantic story, but putting scary creatures of the night in the mix might change some people’s mind about liking them. In Sweden, a hotel named Toftaholm Hergard, a love story ala Romeo and Juliet took place between a commoner and a baron’s daughter. However, the baron had his daughter married off to someone else leaving behind her hapless lover. On the day of the wedding, the lover hanged himself from the rafters. His spirit is said to haunt Room 324 where the rafters once were.
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The Nottingham Road Hotel
A hotel in KwaZulu-Natal is such a relaxing place that would make any guest want to stay. On the other hand, the guests aren’t the only ones convinced that it’s comforting to chill out in this hotel. A ghost of a former barmaid is still roaming the hotel moving pots around the pub, opening beer tags, and ringing the service bell. The ghost was also said to have deflated the tires of certain guests who, it turned out, are poor tippers.
Long story short, a stay at one of the haunted London hotels can be an unforgettable experience…if you survive and have the iron balls! Happy holidays and never say we never warned you!
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