Most of us like a good scare, but would you be brave enough to stay in a haunted hotel? There are more of these places than you probably realize, and they truly do dot the globe. Some of these you might be familiar with; others are brand new. All of them, however, are truly terrifying.
Are these hotels really haunted? People say they are, and some of them have some pretty bizarre and spine-tingling tales behind them. Are you ready to dive in and see where these spooky sites are? Grab your teddy bear and settle in…here are the most frightening hotels on Earth.
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Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Dalhousie Castle is more than 800 years old and is a luxury hotel and spa. It is also a hot spot for thrill seekers looking for ghosts. Some hotels only have one or two alleged ghosts, but Dalhousie Castle has several, including the ghost of Sir Alexander Ramsay, who was starved to death in the castle in the 1300s. Other ghostly apparitions also appear, who are thought to be the ghosts of prisoners who were kept in the castle’s dungeons.
Another spirit at the castle is the ghost of Lady Catherine, or the “Grey Lady.” At the age of 16, Lady Catherine’s parents wouldn’t allow her to date a stable hand who she had fallen in love with. So, they locked her in a tower. It is said that she died in that tower soon after. The cause of death? A broken heart. Thus, today, it is said that her ghost, ironically, often appears at weddings.
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Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado, USA
The Stanley Hotel is so eerie that it inspired the King of Horror, Stephen King, to write his famous book, “The Shining.” As you probably know, the book was turned into a film, and in the film, there is that creepy children’s laughter heard throughout the halls. According to many who have stayed in the Stanley Hotel, it’s possible to hear these laughs in real life, especially around Room 418.
In addition to the ghosts of children, there are also other ghosts who are seen at the Stanley Hotel. These include the ghost of the man who built it, F.O. Stanley, and his wife. They appear in the lobby, or sometimes play the piano. There is also a famous ghost of a housekeeper who still “takes care” of the guests in the most haunted room, 217.
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Sorrento Hotel, Seattle, Washington, USA
The Sorrento Hotel is haunted by a single ghost: Alice B. Toklas. No one knows why the ghost of Alice remains at the hotel. We do know, however, that in life, Alice lived in a home where the hotel stands today. What’s so interesting about Alice B. Toklas is that she was the partner of novelist Gertrude Stein, and Stein became famous thanks to the book she wrote about her love, “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.”
Today, the hotel loves that the ghost of Alice B. Toklas haunts the site. In fact, they give tours of the hotel to try to find the ghost, and even pay homage to her at the hotel’s bar. The bar has a drink called the “Ms. Toklas.” It is made of absinthe and contains chamomile, elderflower, lemon juice, and honey.
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The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA
Built in 1886, the Crescent Hotel & Spa was a luxury resort in the Ozarks for many years. In 1908, however, it became bankrupt and was used as a women’s college. Here’s where it gets really creepy, though. Dr. Norman Baker, who wasn’t really a doctor, took control of the property and used it to perform medical experiments on people. He claimed he could cure them, or in some cases, bring the dead back to life.
Eventually, Normal Baker was uncovered as a fraud, and was jailed. However, his ghost still haunts the grounds of the hotel. He isn’t the only ghost who has been seen, however. Other ghosts at the hotel include a cancer patient called Theodora, a nurse who pushes a gurney down the hall, and a student at the women’s college who committed suicide.
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Queen Anne Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA
Most people probably wouldn’t be comfortable with a ghost in their hotel room, right? Well, guests staying in Room 410 at the Queen Anne Hotel might get a surprise. Miss Mary Lake haunts that room of the hotel, but she’s probably not very scary. In fact, she likes to lend a helping hand.
Before the Queen Anne was a hotel, it was a boarding school for girls. The headmistress of the school was Mary Lake. She loved taking care of her students, and today, still does the same for guests at the hotel. According to reports, Mary Lake’s office was the same room where 410 is, today. This is why she tends to stay in that room. What does she do? People have reported that their luggage gets packed or unpacked and felt as if they were being “tucked in” before bed by the ghost of Mary Lake. Though she does it out of love and caring, it’s still really creepy!
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Langham Hotel, London, England, UK
There are a whopping seven ghosts that haunt the Langham Hotel in London, and it is said to be the most haunted hotel in the city. As we have seen previously, some ghosts prefer to stay in one room, and the Langham Hotel is no exception. In this case, it’s Room 333. Supposedly, several journalists from the BBC, which is near the hotel, have reported seeing these entities including a Victorian doctor who murdered his wife, a German prince, and a ghost who likes to shake the mattress while the room’s occupants sleep.
The ghosts in Room 333 are not the only ones who haunt the Langham Hotel. Another ghost is that of a man with a gaping wound in his face. He tends to walk the hallways at night. People also report that the ghost of Emperor Napoleon III, who lived in the Langham Hotel, haunts the basement. There is also a butler and a footman who appear to guests, and the footman was reportedly seen by several members of the BBC’s staff.
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Dauphine Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
The Dauphine Orleans Hotel is a rather well-known hotel. It was the site where John James Audubon painted, and was also a bordello in the late 1800s and early 1900s. There are numerous ghosts that haunt this hotel, and the staff love to tell stories of spine-chilling events to hotel guests. They always joke around about it, actually, as you never know which apparition you might meet. Could it be a Civil War soldier or perhaps one of the famed ladies of the night?
The Dauphine Orleans Hotel was originally a private home. It was turned into a brothel, which was a common stop for confederate soldiers. Many guests who stay at the hotel report seeing ghosts here, including an unidentified soldier with dark hair. He tends to stay in the courtyard. People also report seeing ghostly women around the bar area.
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Hotel Roosevelt, Los Angeles, California, USA
The Roosevelt is certainly not the only haunted hotel in the City of Angels, but it has one of the most famous ghosts of all time: Marilyn Monroe. The hotel opened in the late 1920s, and was the location of some of the largest and most extravagant parties in Hollywood. Marilyn Monroe not only visited the Roosevelt for those parties, she also lived in the hotel for two years, and her first big photo shoot took place in the hotel’s pool.
If you want a glimpse of the ghost of Marilyn Monroe, it is said that she is most often seen in Room 1200. Many guests have reported seeing Marilyn in the hotel, and it is said that she often appears in the mirror that used to be in that room. It happens often enough, in fact, that the hotel often displays the mirror in the foyer of the building. If you love Marilyn, you want to keep reading: she’s connected to another haunted hotel, too.
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The Russell Hotel, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
The Russell Hotel in Sydney is one of the most haunted places in the whole of Australia. The area is home to a seedy past, and wasn’t the nicest place to be. These days, the area is much, much nicer, but the history of the neighborhood is still quite evident in the ghost stories from the Russell Hotel.
The ghostly past of the Russell Hotel is well known. In fact, the hotel hosts a ghost tour of the Russell and other haunted locations in The Rocks, the area of the city where the hotel sits. One of the most famous ghosts of the Russell Hotel is a soldier. He checked into the hotel, but doesn’t seem to have ever checked out. According to guests and hotel workers, he often hangs around the entrance hall and in his favorite room, Room 8, where he lurks around beautiful women who stay the night.
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Toftaholm Herrgård, Lagan, Sweden
Situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Vidöstern, Toftaholm Herrgård is a lovely, five-star hotel. Upon first glance, it looks like the perfect place to sit back, relax, and unwind in luxury. However, sometimes, things are not as they seem.
Toftaholm Herrgård is haunted. Well, Room 324 in Toftaholm Herrgård is haunted. Before it became a hotel, the site was a manor. The daughter of the Baron of the manor fell in love with a peasant boy. The father discovered the relationship, and he broke it up. Meanwhile, he arranged for the daughter to marry another man. On the wedding day, the peasant boy climbed up into the rafters and hanged himself, right where Room 324 sits, today. His ghost is often seen roaming the hotel and strange noises and occurrences often happen in Room 324.
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Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, India
The Taj Mahal Hotel is a grand building located in Mumbai, India. You might even know it due to a 2008 terrorist attack. Though is it quite stunning, it has a dark secret; it’s haunted. As the story goes, the hotel was designed by architect W.A. Chambers. This was going to be the culmination of his life’s work. He wrote out all of the blueprints and then left on a trip to England while the building of the hotel began. When he returned, however, he was horrified.
According to reports, when W.A. Chambers designed the hotel, he designed it so that it faced a certain way. When he returned to India, however, he saw that the hotel was facing the opposite way. He was furious and devastated. He was so upset, in fact, that he climbed to the fifth floor of the hotel and jumped from an open window. His ghost remains on the property and is often seen by guests and staff members.
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Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, Fall River, Massachusetts, USA
As you might have guessed, the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast is a hotel that used to be the home where Lizzie Borden allegedly murdered her father and step-mother with an axe. If you don’t know the story, Lizzie was accused of viciously axing her parents, but was acquitted of the crimes. It was, quite possibly, the case of the century of the 1800s in the United States.
This hotel is truly frightening. Even the proprietor of the property claims that there have been times where she has been uncomfortable staying there. She even left in the middle of the night one time because she literally saw a shadow…not a person…walk up the stairs. She also says she has seen guests of the hotel run out in the middle of the night because they saw or heard something that absolutely frightened them.
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Queen Mary Hotel, Long Beach, California, USA
The Queen Mary is not just a place to lay your head; it’s an actual retired ocean liner that has been converted into a hotel. What’s even more interesting about this hotel is that it is, indeed, haunted. The ship is docked and there are gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean from each room. However, many guests have very sleepless nights when they stay on the Queen Mary.
Ghostly experiences have been happening on the ship for decades. People claim to see ghosts, hear children laughing when no kids are around, and smell cigars, when no one is smoking. The entire ship is said to be haunted, but some areas have more activity than others. For instance, the B Deck is where most people experience these things. Room B340 was even closed to guests because so many people had issues with unexplained events in that room.
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Skirrid Mountain Inn, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
The Skirrid Mountain Inn is said to be one of the most haunted places in the whole of the UK. Most guests walk into the inn and immediately feel a sense of foreboding. Glasses break for no reason, laughter is heard when no one is laughing, and shadows appear where they shouldn’t. The most terrifying incidents are those where guests report feeling a tightness around their necks, similar to the feeling of a noose.
The Skirrid Mountain Inn is more than 900 years old. Over the years it served several purposes, but was always some type of inn/pub. In the 15th century, the inn was used as a court of law. More than 180 prisoners over the years were convicted of their crimes and sentenced to death. They were hanged right in the inn, which is very creepy when you remember that guests often feel as if something is tightening around their necks.
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The Logan Inn, New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA
The Logan Inn is located in the charming town of New Hope, Pennsylvania. Built in 1722, the inn is the apple of the eye of people in the area. The Logan Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the interior of the hotel makes it feel like you are stepping back in time. Of course, as you might expect, the Logan Inn is haunted. It is frequently named as one of the most haunted hotels in the country.
Ghosts are abundant in the Logan Inn. The windows open and close for no reason and some report hearing a blood-curdling scream in some areas of the hotel. People have also reported hearing the cries of a child. There is a famous ghost here, too, the ghost of Aaron Burr, who killed Alexander Hamilton in the famous duel.
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Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs is a haunted hotel that is large, stunning, and has hosted a number of famous faces over the years including Queen Elizabeth II, Marilyn Monroe, and Helen Keller. This, however, is not what the hotel is famous for. Instead, it’s famous for its group of ghosts that haunt the grounds.
The most famous spirit at the Fairmont Banff Springs is the Ghost Bride. She has been haunting the hotel since the 1920s. She died on her wedding day at the hotel after falling down the majestic staircase. She is often seen by guests and staff, still wearing her wedding dress. Another famous ghost at the hotel is Sam the Bellman. He has been haunting the hotel since 1975, though he is seen as a friendly ghost. One guest even claims that he helped her when her key was stuck in the door.
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Hotel del Salto, San Antonio del Tequendama, Colombia
The Hotel del Salto is one of the most popular tourist spots in Colombia, but not because it’s a hotel. Actually, it’s not even a hotel any longer. It’s a museum that was built in the 1920s as a luxurious hotel with stunning views. The hotel, however, also has a tragic past.
The hotel is situated on a very high cliff, and there is a raging river below. Across from the hotel is a gorgeous, rushing waterfall. This makes it a gorgeous place for travel photos, but also the perfect place for suicides. For hundreds of years, people have jumped from these cliffs into the raging waters below, and many of them return to the building as ghosts, forever wandering the halls for eternity.
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The Bell Hotel, Norfolk, England, UK
The Bell Hotel was built back in the 15th century, and is a place that looks innocent enough from the street. However, once you step inside its doors, you might get a ghostly surprise. People flock to the Bell Hotel from all over the world to experience the haunted building, and the hotel even allows groups to come in with ghost-finding equipment.
Within the walls of this hotel, you might meet any number of ghostly guests who never leave. One of the most famous is the ghost of Betty Radcliffe, who was the former landlady. People also report seeing a hooded monk walking through the halls. Though this hotel is small, with only 46 rooms, it’s certainly big on everything spooky!