Anyone can walk through a haunted house or take a haunted hayride. These spots are spooky because you never know who is going to jump out and make you scream. It takes a truly brave soul to spend the night in a haunted hotel. From spotting figures to hearing whispers, disheveled sheets to blinking lights, these high-rated hotels welcome guests that come for the top-notch service and the chance to encounter spirits from beyond the grave.
1. Stanley Hotel | Estes Park, CO
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 and has hosted presidents and celebrities, including novelist Stephen King, who used the hotel as inspiration for his novel The Shining. All the rooms have reported haunted activity, especially on the fourth floor, where the sounds of children laughing and running have been recounted. The hotel offers a spooky walking tour and a Ghost Adventure package that includes a fourth-floor room; a K2 meter, an instrument for measuring magnetic energy; a glow-in-the-dark Stanley Hotel squishy ghost; and a REDRUM coffee mug, a nod to The Shining.
2. Roosevelt Hotel | Hollywood, CA
The Roosevelt Hotel opened in 1927 and hosted the first Academy Awards. It is located on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame across from the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Notable residents included Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift, who have both been reportedly seen haunting the property. Guests have described walking through cold spots and receiving mysterious phone calls. The hotel was fully renovated in 2005 and today houses some of the most popular nightlife venues in Los Angeles.
3. Crescent Hotel | Eureka Springs, AR
The Crescent Hotel was built in 1886 as a hotel, then became a college, hospital, health resort and, finally, a hotel once again. At least eight different spirits are said to haunt the building. One particularly scary story is of a stone mason who fell to his death during the hotel’s construction in the area that’s now Room 218. Guests have reported the spirit reaching for them through the bathroom mirror and crying out in terror on the ceiling above the bed. Ghost tour packages include an overnight stay, a ghost tour that includes a trip to the morgue and scary stories told around a flickering campfire. Today the property is known as the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and is a member of the National Trust for Historic elite reservation’s Historic Hotels of America program.
4. Hotel Galvez | Galveston, TX
The Galvez (now a four diamond-rated Wyndham Grand Hotel) was built in 1911, eleven years after a devastating hurricane that killed thousands of area residents and leveled most of the buildings on Galveston Island. The hotel was built where the hurricane came ashore. The most famous resident is the Lovelorn Lady, who checked into a room on the fifth floor awaiting her fiancé, a sailor at sea. When she received word that his ship had sunk and he had died, she hung herself in her room. She is reportedly trapped in the hotel and wanders the halls in search of her lost love.
5. La Fonda on the Plaza | Santa Fe, NM
La Fonda on the Plaza was built in 1922, but a hotel has been on the site since the early 1600s. The hotel is said to host not only travelers, but also several ghosts, including a judge who was shot to death in the lobby in 1867, and a salesman who jumped to his death in a deep well after losing a high-stakes card game. La Fonda’s dining room is situated directly over the old well and both guests and staff alike have reported the sight of a ghostly figure that walks to the center of the room, then seemingly jumps into the floor and disappears. Like the Crescent Hotel, La Fonda on the Plaza is now part of the Historic Hotels of America program.
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