Everyone loves a good story about a haunted house. If you want to take your Halloween celebrations up a notch or two, why not book a stay at one of the United States’ haunted hotels? In this post, we’ll take you through the scariest hotels in the country that are perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime Halloween experience. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it!
Haunted Hotel Rooms
Hotel Chelsea, New York City
We get things going with New York City’s Hotel Chelsea – a hotel that dates back to the late 19th century. While the hotel has entertained many famous personalities over the years, such as Ethan Hawke and Andy Warhol, it has also played host to controversy. Nancy Spungen, the girlfriend of rocker Sid Vicious, was murdered here, and to this day, the case remains unsolved.
The Chelsea – is a hotel in Manhattan, New York City, built between 1883 and 1885. The 250-unit hotel is located at 222 West 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, in the neighbourhood of Chelsea.
The Stanley Hotel, Colorado
Built in the early 18th century, The Stanley Hotel served as the inspiration for one of the most iconic horror movies of all time – The Shining. It’s believed that the spirits of the guests who stayed here have remained. How else do you explain maniacal laughs and untraceable piano music that can be heard throughout the hotel?
On October 30, 1974, Stephen King and his wife Tabitha checked into room 217. It was late in the season, and they were the only guests for the night. Inspired by the eerie atmosphere, King wrote his best-selling novel The Shining, set in a similarly desolate and grand hotel (several popular film and TV adaptations, including the 1980 Stanley Kubrick classic, followed).
Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, Massachusetts
This hotel, built close to a century ago, played host to the Salem Witch Trials. Several guests over the years have reported instances of unearthly activities here, such as human-shaped apparitions, faucets automatically turning on and off, and flickering lights. Several episodes of Bewitched, a television show, were also filmed here.
Room 612 is reportedly one of the most haunted locations in the hotel. The apparition of a woman has been seen wandering the halls outside the room, often pausing in front of the door. In the room itself, guests have often complained about an uneasy feeling as if someone was sharing the room with them.
Omni Mount Washington, New Hampshire
New Hampshire’s Omni Mount Washington hotel is known for an invisible inhabitant named Carolyn Stickney, who taps on doors and borrows guests’ belongings. Guests say that staying in Room 314 offers the best chance of experiencing the mischievous Carolyn.
Notes: Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film was shot nearly entirely in the studio in England. Parts of the interior were purportedly based on the interiors of the Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel, New Orleans
New Orleans’ Bourbon Orleans Hotel was once a theatre and ballroom and then an orphanage and convent before becoming a hotel in the 1960s. Guests have reported several paranormal beings here, including a Confederate soldier who makes mischief on the third and sixth floors.
The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is locally owned and committed to preserving the history and character of the hotel for generations. The hotel is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (www.ihrco.com), the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company.
Malaga Inn, Alabama
Alabama’s Malaga Inn was built during the Civil War era, and the historic property has allegedly been home to the ghosts of two sisters who were gifted the hotel by their brothers-in-law.
Guests have reported seeing the ghost of a woman pacing back and forth on the balcony of Room 007; others have seen chandeliers swinging for no apparent reason, furniture moving on its own, and lamps being mysteriously unplugged.
Otesaga Resort, New York
Before this resort became a resort, it used to be a wintertime girls school. Guests say that the girls’ giggles can still be heard on the property’s third floor. Occasionally, the ghosts of the girls call out guests’ names randomly, which is as spooky as it can get.
Tip: SyFy’s Ghost Hunters examined the property some years back and, through the miracle of modern technology, confirmed the presence of shadowy figures, ghost whisperings, things that go bump in the night, the works. Rooms on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors were considered to be hotspots for haunting mischief.
The Driskill Hotel, Austin
Jesse Driskill, a Civil War veteran who served as a colonel, founded this hotel in the late 19th century. It’s said that the founder’s ghost continues to haunt the property’s premises. Room 525 is said to be particularly haunted by Driskill’s ghost, and the fact that two brides committed suicide here within the space of two decades makes it all the more haunting.
Some claim The Driskill Hotel is one of the most haunted hotels in the United States. Colonel Jesse Driskill opened the luxurious hotel in 1886. The wealthy cattle baron bought the corner lot of Brazos and 6th Street for $7,500.
Queen Anne, San Francisco
This is another hotel that used to be a girls’ school. Miss Mary Lake, the school’s headmistress, reportedly continues to stay here in her ghostly form. Room 410, which used to be her office, is where she’s mostly present. However, her ghost isn’t as scary or haunting as some of the others we mentioned previously.
Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego
San Diego’s Hotel Del Coronado has been home to the ghost of one Kate Morgan since 1892. A 24-year-old woman at the time of checking in, Kate spent five days at the hotel in an anxious wait for a lover. However, the lover didn’t turn up, and Kate took her own life.