The Most Haunted Hotels in the Country<br />
The Most Haunted Hotels in the Country

The Most Haunted Hotels in the Country

Halloween is coming, and its that time of year for spooky stories, so we wanted to give you a top ten list of the most haunted hotels in the country. Are you brave enough to visit these strange and potentially dangerous lodgings? Read on to learn more about these hotels if you dare.


The Stanley – Estes Park Colorado

Perhaps the most infamous hotel on this list, bestselling author Stephen King stayed here, and this was the inspiration for his book The Shining. This hotel offers several types of ghost tours, and lets guests visit the creepy underground tunnel beneath the hotel. F.O. Stanley, the original owner, is known to haunt the hotel along with his wife, dressed in formal attire on the main staircase and in other public areas, while her piano occasionally plays itself.

The Chelsea – New York
The Chelsea Hotel is another great site for famous ghosts, including Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Mark Twain, and Janis Joplin. Guests have reported sudden, unexplained temperature changes, ghostly orbs, and the sounds of loud arguments coming from rooms known to be unoccupied.

The Roosevelt Hotel – Los Angeles

This hotel is said to be home to a number of renowned ghosts, including Marilyn Monroe (she appears in the ballroom as well as the mirror in room 229) and Montgomery Clift (room 928). Guests have also reported mysterious activity such as being touched, cold spots, doors locked from the inside, and self-playing pianos.

Hanover Inn Dartmouth – Hanover, New Hampshire

Dartmouth’s ghost stories include the tale of nine fraternity brothers who perished in 1934, and more than one guest has come face to face with a room that isn’t there and a party of those young men and their dates.

The Red Lion Inn – Stockbridge, Massachusetts

This inn has been a favorite of paranormal investigators and mediums, and the fourth floor, in particular, has seen the most activity. A “ghostly young girl carrying flowers” and “a man in a top hat” are two frequently seen images and guests have awoken to the feeling of someone standing over their bed, along with cold spots, unexplained knocks, and electrical disturbances. Guestroom 301 is a favorite haunted hot spot.

Omni Parker House – Boston, Massachusetts

This eponymous hotel was opened by Harvey Parker, who remained deeply involved with operations until his death in 1884. Ever since, many guests have reported seeing him inquiring about their stay – a truly dedicated and “spirited” hotelier. On another historic note, the Parker House claims the invention of two famous foodstuffs, the Parker House Roll and Boston Cream Pie, and its restaurant was the first job for celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse out of culinary school.

Concord’s Colonial Inn – Concord, Massachusetts

The Inn served as a hospital during the Revolutionary War. The most sought-out spooky guestroom is 424, once the wartime operating room of Dr. James – many guests who’ve spent the night have reported some strange activity.

Jekyll Island Club Resort – Jekyll Island, Georgia

A bellman wearing a 1920s cap and suit, perhaps left over from post WWI days, delivers freshly pressed suits to bridegrooms. Seen mostly on the second floor, he knocks gently and announces his purpose. Many guests who had not ordered these services have inquired about the mysterious bellman.

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa – Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Several famous guests have “checked out but never left,” including Michael, the Irish stonemason who helped build the hotel; Theodora, a patient of Baker’s Cancer Curing Hospital in the late 1930s; and “the lady in the Victorian nightgown,” who likes to stand at the foot of the bed in Room 3500 and stare at sleeping guests while they sleep. These are just three of the dozens of spirits guests have reported encountering in this Ozark Mountains hotel.

Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods (1902) New Hampshire

Caroline Foster, whose husband, railroad tycoon Joseph Stickney, built the grand resort, was a long-time inhabitant – the property was built with special accommodations for her, including an indoor swimming pool and private dining room. Ever since its opening, and long since she passed, many guests who have continued to report sightings of the regal Caroline, an elegant woman in Victorian dress often spotted in the hallways. There are light taps on doors when no one is outside and items suddenly disappear and then reappear in the exact place they were lost

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