When checking in to a luxury hotel, comfortable beds and speedy service are expected. But, at some of the most haunted hotels in the United States, guests may be greeted by more than just the friendly concierge. The spooky histories and ghost stories surrounding these hotels will make you think twice before turning the lights out at night.
“America’s Most Haunted Hotel”
Dubbed as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” and featured on SciFi’s Ghost Hunters, Arkansas’s Crescent Hotel has a rich history filled with ghost stories. Famous spirits that roam the property include Michael, the Irish stonemason who fell to his death while building the hotel, Morris the cat and Theodora, the cancer patient who always needs help finding her room key. To learn more about Theodora’s story, read our blog post: “A Ghost Story from America’s Most Haunted Hotel.”
The Hotel that Inspired “The Shining”
Secluded in the foothills of the Colorado mountains, the Stanley Hotel might look familiar if you’re a movie buff. This hotel, with its haunted history, served as the inspiration behind Stephen King’s horror novel and film, The Shining. Over the years, guests have reported mysteriously unpacked clothes, lights turning on and off and children laughing and running down the halls.
The Oldest Continually Operated Hotel in Los Angeles
As the oldest, continually operating hotel in Los Angeles, it is no wonder that the Hollywood Roosevelt is reportedly haunted. This historic hotel has welcomed guests such as Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplan and Clark Gable. It is rumored that Marilyn Monroe’s ghost occasionally appears in a full-length mirror that was originally located in her poolside Suite 1200. The mirror is now located next to the elevator on the lower level of the hotel.
A Haunted Cruise Ship
Resting in Longbeach Harbor, California is the haunted Queen Mary hotel, a renovated ship that was once bigger, faster and more powerful than the Titanic. The ship’s maiden voyage was in 1936 and had since served as a luxury ocean liner and World War II troopship for thousands of notable passengers, until eventually making her final voyage in 1967. The Queen Mary is considered one of the most haunted places in the world with as many as 150 known spirits roaming its decks.
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