Dare to stay in the world's most haunted hotels.
Have you ever considered staying in a hotel where things will most definitely go bump in the night? We’ve put together the following list of the most haunted hotels in the world. The paranormal run-ins have all been alleged by staff and guests alike, so if you fancy a night sleeping with one eye open, check out these otherworldly haunts.
The hotel that inspired Stephen King’s The Shining after he stayed in there in 1974 is known for having paranormal activity. Built in 1909, it is believed that former owners F.O. Stanley and his wife Flora are known to make an appearance -- most commonly seen in the Billiards Room or making the piano in the music room play. Proud of its ghostly heritage, the hotel offers nightly ghost tours and guests can stay in its most haunted rooms.
Opened originally as a ballroom in 1827, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel has also been used a school, orphanage, and medical ward for a yellow fever epidemic. It’s said that the ghosts of children and nuns can often be seen and heard, and a phantom dancer makes an appearance in the ballroom. If you're interested in all things spooky you can book a ghosts-and-spirits walking tour in New Orleans which makes a stop at the hotel.
The boutique Emily Morgan Hotel is located adjacent to the historic Alamo. At one time, the hotel was a medical facility -- complete with a morgue and a psychiatric ward. Reports of unexplained noises and the feeling of being touched are pretty frequent. The most haunted areas of the hotel are the seventh, ninth, eleventh, and twelfth floors.
The Omni Parker House is steeped with old-world charm. An ideal place to stay to enjoy a taste of Boston’s political past, the hotel originally opened in 1855. Guests say they have seen the hotel’s first owner, Harvey Parker, in their rooms inquiring about their stay, and there have been reports of the smell of whiskey and sound of laughter coming from room 303, where a businesswoman once died. In fact, Stephen King’s 1408 short story (and then film) was based on the paranormal experiences in room 303.
The Langham Hotel is one of the most historic hotels in London. Built in 1865 as one of the original luxury hotels, it's a frequent haunt of celebrity royals and the odd ghost. A German prince, soldiers, a doctor who murdered his wife, and even Napoleon III -- who lived there in his final days of exile -- have all made an appearance. The most haunted room in the hotel is said to be room 333 and those travelers feeling brave can opt to stay there.
The oldest hotel in Savannah, the Marshall House was built in 1851 and housed Union soldiers during the American Civil War; it also served as a hospital several times over the years. During building renovations, workers found human remains under the floorboards. Ghostly apparitions have been cited throughout the hotel, including hearing children in the halls, water taps turning on by themselves, and doorknobs being turned with no one on the other side.
The Hay-Adams hotel was built on the land of the former homes of John Hay and Henry Adams. Marian Hooper Adams committed suicide on the site in 1885 and her spirit is known to haunt the hotel today. Staff and guests say they can hear a woman crying, disembodied voices, and doors opening and closing by themselves.
The Hotel Provincial in New Orleans previously served as a medical facility that treated wounded Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. Their spirits are said to possess the hotel, with staff and guests reporting seeing apparitions of distressed soldiers, doctors, and even pools of blood. If you don’t feel brave enough to spend a night at the hotel, you can check it out by taking one of the many ghost-walking tours in the city.
Possibly one of the most infamous hotels in Los Angeles, the Cecil Hotel opened in 1924 as a hotel for elite businessmen in downtown LA; it's now a stone's throw from skid row. After the Great Depression, the hotel hit on hard times and became known for a litany of sinister events. The Black Dahlia is reported to have been last seen at the hotel's bar; there have been numerous murders and suicides spanning the 1940s, '50s, and '60s; and it has once been home to two different serial killers. It was also the unfortunate location where young student Eliza Lam disappeared in unusual circumstances in 2013. The hotel, unlike others we include here, does not discuss its history and recently changed its name to try and shake its sinister reputation.
The Ballygally Castle was built in 1625 and is steeped in sinister history. The first owners, Lord James Shaw and his wife Lady Isabella, lived there until her death when she reportedly fell or was pushed from the top of the castle. Her ghost is known the haunt the hotel, knocking on doors and then disappearing. If you fancy a fright, stay in the ghost room, which is situated in one of the oldest parts of the castle.
Written by Stuart Cooke, Marketing Manager at MyBaggage.com, a luggage-delivery service that’s had the privilege to deliver to some of the world’s scariest hotels.
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