If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a hotel and feel like you’re in The Shining, there are plenty of creepy places around the U.S. In fact, there are haunted places to stay in pretty much every state. We’ve gone around the country and picked out some haunted destinations you won’t want to miss…or maybe you will. Before you turn down, make sure your phone is in easy reach…so you can record the voices and weird sounds.
Queen Anne Hotel, California
If you’re looking to meet a friendly ghost, head on out to San Francisco and stay at the Queen Anne Hotel. This Victorian mansion, built in 1890, is one of the numerous “painted ladies” of the city by the bay. This 48-room hotel was originally a boarding school; headmistress Mary Lake reportedly haunts the rooms, especially 410–which used to be her office. Guests have reported floating orbs, unsettling tapping, and a soothing hand stroking their hair. Some guests have even reported their belongings unpacked, or awakening to find themselves tucked into the bedding. Now that’s some real turn-down service! Perhaps Miss Mary Lake will even leave a mint on your pillow…
Emily Morgan Hotel, Texas
This Gothic-revival structure, just shy of 200 rooms is one of the most infamous locations in San Antonio. This hotel is conveniently located right across the street from the Alamo, so if you get tired of learning about history you can always head back to your room for a supernatural occurrence. Floors 7, 9, 19, and 12 are particularly notorious for housing some inexplicable loud memories of the hotel’s history as a psychiatric ward…so previous guests may share some of their raving reviews with you at night. Don’t miss the Psychic Happy Hour with palm readings every Thursday night in the hotel’s bar.
Omni Parker House, Massachusetts
If you’ve seen the movie based on Stephen King’s short story 1408, you’ll want to visit this Boston hotel; even though the story was set in New York City, it was based on supernatural events occurring in room 303 of the Omni Parker House, which have included strange smells and bodiless laughter. Some guests have reported running into the hotels original owner, Harvey Parket, who died in 1884 (he frequently asks about their stay). If you don’t feel like staying in your room, it’s conveniently close to the Waterfront and Downtown. Don’t worry—if Harvey fails to make an appearance, you can always fill out a comment card…and check out one of the other many haunted things going on in Boston.
Hotel Provincial and Bourbon Orleans Hotel, Louisiana
New Orleans is full of haunted places to stay; three of them even made it onto a USA Today list of the most haunted hotels in America. If you prefer to be haunted by the ghosts of Confederate soldiers, check into the Hotel Provincial, a former Civil War hospital right in the French Quarter. If the ghosts of nuns and children are more your spooky style, spend a night at the grand, historic Bourbon Orleans Hotel, which was once an orphanage and convent during an outbreak of Yellow Fever. Wherever you stay, don’t miss out on haunted attractions like the above-ground mausoleums, or the LaLaurie Mansion, where slaves were tortured in cruel and unusual ways.