The Ultimate Guide to Haunted Hotels around America

You’ve heard of haunted houses…but did you know there are actually plenty of haunted hotels you can stay in? These spooky accommodations exist around the country, in every state. Some of these haunted hotels have ghosts who are friendly. Others are home to mischievous, poltergeists playing pranks on guests. Still others are the dark abode of lingering malignant spirits. Whether you’re ghost hunting, in search of a vacation with a little haunted history, or seeking a terrifying Halloween getaway, this list of hotels in every state will be sure to pique your interest. First we’ll give you the short list, and then we’ll give you a in-depth tour of each one.

50 Haunted Hotels around America:

  • Haunted Alabama: Malaga Inn
  • Haunted Alaska: Historic Anchorage Hotel
  • Haunted Arizona: The Copper Queen Hotel
  • Haunted Arkansas: Crescent Hotel and Spa
  • Haunted California: Queen Anne Hotel
  • Haunted Colorado: The Stanley Hotel
  • Haunted Connecticut : Captain Grant’s Bed & Breakfast
  • Haunted Delaware: Bewitched and Bedazzled
  • Haunted Florida: Marreror’s Guest Mansion
  • Haunted Georgia: Ellis Hotel
  • Haunted Hawaii: Kona Beach Hotel
  • Haunted Idaho: The University Inn
  • Haunted Illinois: Congress Hotel, Illinois
  • Haunted Indiana: French Lick Springs Resort
  • Haunted Iowa: Villisca Ax Murder B&B
  • Haunted Kansas: Drury Plaza, Kansas
  • Haunted Kentucky: The Seelbach Hilton
  • Haunted Louisiana: Hotel Villa Convento
  • Haunted Maine: Lucerne Inn
  • Haunted Maryland: Lord Baltimore Hotel
  • Haunted Massachusetts: Omni Parker House
  • Haunted Michigan: Henderson Castle
  • Haunted Minnesota: The Kahler Grand Hotel
  • Haunted Mississippi: Monmouth Historic Inn
  • Haunted Montana: The Pollard Hotel
  • Haunted Missouri: The Elms Hotel and Spa
  • Haunted Nebraska: Cornerstone Mansion Bed and Breakfast
  • Haunted Nevada: Elko Hotel
  • Haunted New Hampshire: Omni Mount Washington
  • Haunted New Jersey: Angel of the Sea
  • Haunted New Mexico: La Fonda on the Plaza
  • Haunted New York: Shanley Hotel
  • Haunted North Carolina: Lake Lure Inn and Spa
  • Haunted North Dakota: Rough Riders Hotel
  • Haunted Ohio: Hotel Lafayette
  • Haunted Oklahoma: The Skirvin
  • Haunted Oregon: Geiser Grand Hotel
  • Haunted Pennsylvania: The Gettysburg Hotel
  • Haunted Rhode Island : Hotel Graduate Providence
  • Haunted South Carolina: Meeting Street Inn
  • Haunted South Dakota: Bullock Hotel
  • Haunted Tennessee: Read House
  • Haunted Texas: Emily Morgan Hotel
  • Haunted Utah: Bigelow Hotel
  • Haunted Vermont : The Equinox
  • Haunted Virginia: Belle Grove Plantation
  • Haunted Washington : Manresa Castle
  • Haunted West Virginia: Blennerhassett Hotel
  • Haunted Wisconsin: Hotel Mead
  • Haunted Wyoming: The Plains Hotel

Haunted Hotels around America and Their Haunted Stories

From benevolent spirits that reach out for a friendly head pat to malignant terrors that scream all night, this list of 50 haunted hotels around America will be sure to entertain readers. If you feel adventurous about checking out a haunted hotel in your state, just click on the blue link to see if their taking any new guests…in addition to the ones that haven’t left!

Haunted Alabama: Malaga Inn

Courtesy of Malaga Inn

Located in the historic district of Mobile, this haunted hotel was originally a pair of townhouses built by two Civil-War-era families. The charming wrought iron balconies and sprawling oak tree out front hide a sinister history of this building, built as a wedding gift for two sisters. A woman in white has been seen pacing the balcony outside of room number seven, one of the 39 rooms that overlooks a charming courtyard done in the Spanish style with a bubbling fountain. Guests have reported swaying chandeliers, lights turning on of their own accord, and furniture moving around. If you’re in the area to celebrate Mardi Gras, check in and take a look for yourself!

Haunted Alaska: Historic Anchorage Hotel

Courtesy of Historic Anchorage Hotel

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and the gateway to some of the natural wonders of the interior. And if you need to stay overnight—and would love to catch some ghosts as well—stay in the historic three-story structure known as the Historic Anchorage Hotel, where guests have seen a number of phantom children and a mysterious ghostly woman in a white dress. Room numbers 215 and 217 are hotspots of paranormal activity, where guests have seen faucets and televisions turn off and on, along with a young woman wandering the halls. Stay on your best behavior in the bar, because it’s rumored a former Anchorage Police Chief wanders the hotel. Visiting Alaska? See if you can book a room!

Haunted Arizona: The Copper Queen Hotel

Courtesy of Wikipedia

This historic building in Bisbee, Arizona holds the distinctive title of being Arizona’s longest continually operating hotel. It was built in 1898 by the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company to house visiting dignitaries and investors. The swinging double doors to the lobby do not lock, and  a number of celebrities have passed through, such as John Wayne and Julia Roberts. The second and third floors are said to be haunted by the ghost of a prostitute who took her own life in the hotel after professing unrequited love to a client who spurned her. You might hear her whispering in your ear or dancing provocatively at the foot of the stairs if you check in for a stay.

Haunted Arkansas: Crescent Hotel and Spa

Courtesy of the Crescent Hotel and Spa

This stately stone chateau overlooking the Ozark mountains has been described as one of the most haunted hotels in America; certain paranormal experts have witnessed full-body apparitions on the premises. Built in 1886 as a resort for the rich and famous, it fell into disrepair and was remade into a women’s college, and then a hospital resort. If you decide to stay over, consider staying away from room 218, where one of stonemasons fell to his death. Some guests have heard bodiless screams coming from the ceiling, doors slamming shut, and hands coming out of the mirror. Can you pass the toothpaste? Check availability for a relaxing weekend getaway punctuated by moments of terror.

Haunted California: Queen Anne Hotel

Courtesy of the Queen Anne Hotel

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…book a reservation here!

Haunted Colorado: The Stanley Hotel

Courtesy of the Stanley Hotel

The minute you drive up to this hotel in Estes Park, you probably won’t get a sense of deja vu, despite the hype around its connection to the horror movie genre. That’s because this is not the hotel from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King—but Stephen King was inspired to write the book after staying at this haunted hotel. Paranormal experts have debated whether or not the Stanley is actually a haunted hotel, but ghost tours are offered exploring its rooms and its paranormal history. Even if you don’t catch any ghosts, if you’ve seen The Shining you will probably be creeped out while staying there. Room 217 is said to be haunted by a former housekeeper, who can still be seen folding guests’ clothing, and occasionally climbing into bed between couples to push them apart.

Haunted Connecticut : Captain Grant’s Bed & Breakfast

Courtesy of TripAdvisor

If you’re passing through the Nutmeg State and looking for haunted accommodations, look no further than Captain Grant’s Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast on the National Register of Historic Places, with a history going all the way back to the American Revolution. Soldiers of the Continental Army and escaped slaves on the run are just a few of the guests that have come and gone—but some spirits have lingered on, such as the ghost of a woman and her two children, which are frequently seen in the Adelaide Room. The spirits of the Inn have been described as benevolent by the current owner, who wrote a book about renovating this historic and haunted inn.

Haunted Delaware: Bewitched and Bedazzled

Courtesy of BnBFinder

This charming bed and breakfast in scenic Rehoboth Beach is named after the 1950’s sitcom Bewitched, and each of the 11 rooms is designed to remind guests of the show. But guests who book a night at this haunted bed and breakfast are in for more than a black-and-white experience. Strange noises in the hallways have included disembodied voices and footsteps. An unidentified sea captain, his wife, son, and twelve year old daughter haunt the house and its grounds, appearing in the basement and strolling about the yard. The spirits here are reportedly friendly and a favorite topic of conversation among the staff, who see them frequently.

Haunted Florida: Marreror’s Guest Mansion

Courtesy of Marrero’s Guest Mansion

If you’re going to Key West, you’ll be sure to enjoy the colorful tropical sunsets. And if you’re looking for haunted accommodations, you won’t need to look anywhere but Marreror’s Guest Mansion. Built by Francisco Marrero, this charming Victorian Dwelling was his attempt to convince lover Enriqueta to move to the island. Though she did, she soon discovered Marrerro’s dark family secret after his death: he had forced his previous wife and children from the house. Today, the maligned wife lingers on, especially in room 18, where she is said to swing the chandeliers if she encounters anyone she doesn’t like. For all other visitors, she is rather benevolent, appearing briefly in the room and leaving behind a whiff of her lavender perfume.

Haunted Georgia: Ellis Hotel

Courtesy of Booking.com

This hotel, formerly named the Winecoff Hotel, was the scene of the worst hotel fire in American history, where 119 guests died—and many of them from jumping. Named The Titanic of Peachtree, this haunted hotel with a grisly and catastrophic past is the scene of numerous apparitions which include the screams of women and children trapped in the ghostly flames that linger on from 1946. Occasionally the fire alarms will also go off at 2:48 AM, which was the time when the blaze occurred, tearing through the building and leaving behind a permanent dark stain on its history.

Haunted Hawaii: Kona Beach Hotel

Courtesy of Big Island Guide

If midnight sounds of battle and apparitions of island warriors are what you like to experience, don’t miss an opportunity to stay on the top floor of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, which is today managed by Marriott Courtyard. It is believed that the warrior-king who first unified the islands is buried somewhere nearby, and possibly on the hotel grounds. Some guests have reported witnessing the portrait of Queen Liliuokalani breathing. Of course, aside from the hauntings on the top floor, there are plenty of other attractions nearby, like snorkeling, the beach, and an air conditioned mall.

Haunted Idaho: The University Inn

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

If you’re on the way to Yellowstone and in search of affordable accomodations in Gooding, look no further than the University Inn. Set up with dorm-style rooms, this haunted hotel was actually once a tuberculosis hospital. Right next door there is a graveyard with many unmarked graves. Owners have brought in paranormal investigators to check out the property, and they have confirmed some dark energies going on in the basement. As for the attic…the owners won’t even go up there anymore. One housekeeper reported a terrifying experience of encountering the apparition of an angry man as she cleaned one of the rooms. Guests have reported ghosts that may be former patients roaming the halls.

Haunted Illinois: Congress Hotel, Illinois

Courtesy of Agoda

With such a colorful past, it’s no surprise that the Congress (as it’s locally known) should be a hotspot of paranormal activity. This haunted hotel was built as part of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, where it became the stomping grounds of America’s first notorious serial killer, Dr. H.H. Holmes. Holmes would meet young women in the hotel, presumably to offer them a job in his pharmacy. Then he would take them around the block to his secret castle of torture. Al Capone also stayed at the hotel, and guests believe he still lingers on the 8th floor. Other disturbing guests include the spirit of a young boy whose mother threw him, his brother, and herself from the 6th floor after her husband left for good. In The Gold Room a worker interred accidentally in the wall occasionally reaches out to touch guests. Most disturbing is room 441, a reported nexus of paranormal activity.

Haunted Indiana: French Lick Springs Resort

Courtesy of WTZ

Locals believe that the French Lick Springs Resort is frequented by the restless spirit of its former owner, Mr. Thomas Taggart—who is often seen by the service elevators, often accompanied by the scent of tobacco. He occasionally likes to ride through the ballroom on horseback, and in busy seasons may help operate some of the elevators. As it turns out, he’s not the only paranormal guest. An angry bride who committed suicide left behind a red stain in one of the bathroom tubs that keeps coming back; the sixth floor is populated by shadows, rushes of cold air, footsteps, and bodiless laughter. On occasion the front desk will receive strange calls from unoccupied rooms.

Haunted Iowa: Villisca Ax Murder B&B

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura

If you’d like to stay in one of the creepiest haunted houses in America, take a trip out to the town of Villisca, Iowa. At some point in the evening of June 10th or the early morning of June 11th, the entire Moore Family of two adults and four children, along with two of their guests, were beaten to death with an ax handle—save Mr. Josiah Moore, who the killer(s) hacked repeatedly in the face with the blade. Though a number of potential killers were identified, and some of them even tried, this one still remains a mystery. Investigators believe some cigarettes in the attic suggested that the killer(s) waited upstairs for the family to come home and go to sleep before making their move. Perhaps if you stay in the house overnight, you’ll get to find out “who done it.” 

Haunted Kansas: Drury Plaza, Kansas

Courtesy of the New York Times

Opening its doors in 1922 along the banks of Arkansas River in Wichita, the Broadview Hotel, today renamed Drury Plaza, boasts a beautifully ornamented lobby and stunning mosaic work in the ballroom, along with incredible period-piece chandeliers. It’s no surprise that the property is also popular with restless spirits. Guests have reported lights flickering on and off, and furniture getting moved around their room—sometimes to the point of a complete rearrangement. Best of all, guests might be subject to doors that violently rattle in the night…perhaps as if someone is trying to get in…or out.

Haunted Kentucky: The Seelbach Hilton

Courtesy of Booking.com

If you loved reading the Great Gatsby and interested in the story of its author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, you won’t want to miss a visit to the Louisville hotel where he reportedly wrote his Jazz-Age masterpiece. As it turns out, The Seelbach is also haunted by The Blue Lady, a woman who threw herself down the elevator shaft way back in 1936. Depressed by the death of her husband, she cast herself down ten stories and died on impact. If you want to ask her about the event, you can catch her apparition all over the hotel. Guests have also reported bodiless footsteps and scents of perfume.

Haunted Louisiana: Hotel Villa Convento

Courtesy of Resorts and Lodges

There is no doubt that The Big Easy is full of haunted hotels and attractions. If wrought-iron balconies and boutique charm is your cup of tea, check out the Hotel Villa Convento, a former brothel that is believed to be the infamous House of the Rising Sun from the Civil War era. Couples spending the night have reported seductive disembodied voices coming from the darkness of their room, and some have reported apparitions while engaged in intimacy. As if that weren’t invasive enough, others have reported a general feeling of someone watching them throughout the hotel. 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.

Haunted Maine: Lucerne Inn

Courtesy of Lucerne Inn

There are many reasons why Stephen King’s stories are set in this most Northeastern of states, famed for ocean views and fresh lobster (one of them is that he grew up there). The Lucerne Inn is right in Dedham, just south of Bangor, where the famed author of horror resides. Guests have experienced odd happenings, in particular around room 8, where at least one guest has reported the door opening on its own repeatedly. Hotel workers also report televisions turning on and off and the piano playing by itself. Guests have also reported outdoor conversations and mysterious shadows…perhaps lingering remnants of the murders and/or suicides that reportedly took place on this property, open since the 1800s.

Haunted Maryland: Lord Baltimore Hotel

Courtesy of Agoda

Just a few blocks from the Inner Harbor is this downtown hotel, where a husband, wife, and young daughter jumped to their deaths during the great depression. Staff members still see the young Molly rolling her red ball around the hall, and the front desk gets frequent calls about guests wondering where her parents are. Guests in search of historic elegance in the heart of Charm City have reported everything from iPods going off and on to mysterious sounds and sightings to full body apparitions at the edge of their bed, kicking them to wake up. It only makes sense that a hotel just a few blocks from the burial place of Edgar Allen Poe should offer such macabre accommodations. 

Haunted Massachusetts: Omni Parker House

Courtesy of Cvent

If you’ve seen the movie based on Stephen King’s short story 1408, you’ll want to visit this 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, perhaps along the Freedom Trail.

Haunted Michigan: Henderson Castle

Image courtesy of TripAdvisor

Situated in the fancifully named Kalamazoo, this mansion looks creepy the minute you drive up. It was actually the dream home of Frank Henderson, who actualized his dreams of having a grand home in 1895. He died just four years later, and his widow, Mary, moved out in 1908—but they’re back! Mary is frequently seen at the top of the stairs, and paranormal investigators have captured recordings of a woman’s voice saying snippets like “flowers and candy” (whatever that means). Guests have reported the sound of moving footsteps, feeling a certain presence on the stairs, and seeing a woman in Victorian-era garb in the dressing room.

Haunted Minnesota: The Kahler Grand Hotel

Image courtesy of Explore Minnesota

Rated the fourth-most haunted hotel in the US, the Kahler Grand Hotel was once the original location of the Mayo Clinic Hospital, with a surgery wing on the top floor and a morgue in the basement. As if that wasn’t creepy enough, there have been plenty of paranormal sightings on the property, which was opened in 1921 as both a hospital and a luxury hotel. Strange smells, rapid temperature changes, and bizarre sounds have been heard around the hotel. One of the more well-known spirits is that of Hellen Voorhees Brach, a multimillionaire media heiress and patient who came for a routine checkup, purchased some items in the gift shop, and was never seen from again—though she is frequently seen riding the elevator.

Haunted Mississippi: Monmouth Historic Inn

Image courtesy of TripAdvisor

If you’ve ever wanted to stay at a picturesque antebellum Southern mansion, you’ll be sure to enjoy your stay at this fine Georgian plantation home in Natchez (a city particularly known for stately southern homes). It’s a great place for private events like weddings, and the rooms have impeccably retained their characteristic southern charm….in part because the original owner, General John Quitman, seems to wander the grounds making sure it remains the way he left it (he was very involved in its remodeling). A hero of the Spanish-American War, the General has been known to enter rooms in full regalia and accidentally disturb the sleeping guests therein.

Haunted Montana: The Pollard Hotel

Image courtesy of Visit Montana

If you’re passing through Red Lodge, Montana, and need a place to stay, you can find accommodations at this simple brick building, the first of its kind in town. Opening its doors in 1893 as the Spofford Hotel, it was renamed the Pollard after a new owner. Male and female ghosts have been seen around the hotel, including a woman in a yellow dress who leaves behind lingering scents of perfume. A dapper fellow dressed like he came right out of the Roaring Twenties is often seen in the bar, and has been known to play pranks on visitors. Strange noises can be heard in the basement, where the lights frequently turn off and on of their own accord.

Haunted Missouri: The Elms Hotel and Spa

Image courtesy of Agoda

This Excelsior Springs resort, open since 1921, once hosted Harry S. Truman in 1948. Though he does not haunt the premises, there are several other spirits who do. They mostly linger in the basement, which today is the site of a lap pool, but was once an illegal bar (a speakeasy) in the days of prohibition. Guests have reported the ghost of a man killed by the mob, and a frantic woman in search of her child, who occasionally throws things and pulls hair. The cleaning staff is also supervised from the other side, as a spectral figure in a maid’s outfit is also seen around the premises.

Haunted Nebraska: Cornerstone Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Image courtesy of Pricey Pads

Just outside of Omaha there is a charming bed and breakfast with a few eternal guests. One is a young man who wanders the halls, and another is an old man who sits in a rocking chair in the parlor. Another is a disruptive poltergeist with a habit of moving things around and breaking them at events and celebrations. There is also a small quaint cottage guests can book called the Carriage House. Rumor has it that a woman named Emily was beaten to death in the Carriage House, when an argument between her and her husband got physical. Male guests have reported a distrustful presence that occasionally manifests aggressive behaviors. 

Haunted Nevada: Elko Hotel

Image courtesy of Flickr

Though it’s gotten quite a massive facelift and expansion since becoming part of the Ramada Family, the now-named Elko Hotel, formerly The Commercial, cannot shake off its colorful haunted hotel history. Formerly run down and condemned, the owners kept the casino going and would make rooms available for gamblers. Guests complained of a wide range of noises like gunfire, crying babies, and footsteps. Doors that had been closed for awhile would suddenly be flung open, even with security cameras showing nobody there. Renovations were put off for years because local contractors were averse to going up to the second and third stories.

Haunted New Hampshire: Omni Mount Washington

Image courtesy of Booking.com

This beautiful, sprawling, white resort building set in the scenic White Mountains is an incredible place to stay—so incredible that one guest has never left. Carolyn, the wife of Joseph Stickney—who built the hotel in 1902—is still seen haunting the grounds. Stickney himself died just a year after finishing the hotel, and Carolyn ended up marrying Prince Lucinge of France. After he died, she returned to the hotel and can still be seen there standing on the balcony, walking down the stairs, and especially in the epicenter of paranormal activity, room 314. Guests who stay in the four-postered bed that once belonged to Carolyn and Joseph have sometimes awakened to see her sitting at the end of the bed and brushing her hair.

Haunted New Jersey: Angel of the Sea

Image courtesy of Booking.com

Cape May is a popular beach resort offering a less flashy experience than Atlantic City. Visitors looking for a soothing vacation by the ocean stay will certainly find what they’re looking for at the pink gingerbread mansion of Angel of the Sea. Unfortunately, the story that unfolds inside this hotel is not such a fairy tale. Legend has it that a former guest—Miss Brown—lost her room key and attempted to climb into her room through the window before falling to her death. Now her restless spirit might be responsible for moving furniture around the rooms, causing strange light shows, and vibrating the beds while guests attempt to sleep.

Haunted New Mexico: La Fonda on the Plaza

Image courtesy of LaFonda Santa Fe

One of the Historic Hotels of America, La Fonda on the Plaza is within walking distance to many of Santa Fe such as the Palace of the Governors Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Guests will enjoy the adobe architecture that is unique to the region of the American Southwest—and perhaps the sight of a ghostly man jumping through the floor of the restaurant, as he reenacts his final desperate act of throwing himself into a well that now sits under the floor. This failing salesman is just one of the numerous specters at the hotel, which dates to 1922 but sits on land that may have had inns going back to 1607. With four centuries of history, it’s no wonder there are a panoply of ghosts like a murdered bride, a cowboy, and Judge John P. Slough, who was shot in the lobby.

Haunted New York: Shanley Hotel

Image courtesy of Roadtrippers

Though New York City is home to several haunted hotels and creepy facades—such as The Dakota, scene of Lennon’s assasination and the set of Rosemary’s Baby—it’s the town of Napanoch that boasts one of the Empire State’s most creepy places to stay. Guests will be asked to sign a waiver before checking in at this unassuming house with a wraparound porch. The hotel burned to the ground in 1895, but was rebuilt and purchased by James Shanley, an Irish immigrant who was captured by the beauty of the Shawangunk Mountains. Unfortunately, James and his American bride, along with other residents of the hotel, suffered a series of mysterious tragedies, which have left an indelible creepy presence on the hotel—which was also a secret Bordello and Bar during prohibition.

Haunted North Carolina: Lake Lure Inn and Spa

Image courtesy of Lake Lure Inn

Set on the shores of Lake Lure, this haunted hotel has hosted some famous guests over the years, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Franklin Roosevelt. It was also a convalescent home in the 1940s for shell-shocked soldiers returning from war, which may lend some credence to its haunted reputation. A young bride murdered in one of the rooms continues to scream periodically. Paranormal investigators and event photographers alike have captured ghosts on camera, including an image of an ice sculpture at a wedding that went viral because of the ghostly spectre who photobombed it. Perhaps the creepiest part of this hotel is that some guests and staff members have reported a gravelly voice calling their name when nobody else is around. Now this is one hotel that is really calling you!

Haunted North Dakota: Rough Riders Hotel

Image courtesy of TripAdvisor

If you’re looking to escape where no one will find you, try the small town of Medora. Though President Theodore Roosevelt himself once delivered a speech from one of the balconies of this hotel, the town of Medora did not become the metropolis suggested by this hotel’s original name: The Metropolis. Today it’s a place where guests can sleep in a charming but luxurious Wild West setting…and perhaps hear the disembodied laughter of a small ghostly boy who also enjoys flushing toilets.

Haunted Ohio: Hotel Lafayette

Image courtesy of Lafayette Hotel

Marietta was the first permanent settlement in Ohio, established in 1788. Halfway between Columbus and Pittsburgh, it’s a great place to go back in time and learn about history. For some visitors, that might include a stay at the Hotel Lafayette, built in 1918. Common complaints from guests include paranormal hijinx such as items going missing and then reappearing in unlikely places, overturned suitcases, and doors opening and closing of their own accord. One spirit seems to take specific delight in emptying toiletries onto the floor. The third floor in particular is a nexus of otherworldly activity, and the former owner of the hotel, S. Durward Hoag, is frequently spotted (though he is long dead), as is a maid in a black uniform.

Haunted Oklahoma: The Skirvin

Image courtesy of Booking.com

This castle-like hotel in Oklahoma City was the scene of an affair that ended tragically—and still haunts the premises. It is haunted by a female ghost named Effie who reportedly had an affair with the owner. He locked her and their baby in a room on the tenth floor, ashamed about what would happen if word got out. Unfortunately, Effie got out by jumping out the window with her baby. Today she haunts the premises, sometimes evening appearing naked before male guests to proposition them. Some guests have spotted her in the shower (with them). Her disembodied screams often accompany the crying sounds of a baby throughout the hotel.

Haunted Oregon: Geiser Grand Hotel

Image courtesy of Le Pigelle Hotel

This beautiful Italianate building boasted the third elevator west of the Mississippi when it opened in 1889. It was a place for the wealthy to see and be seen, such as Granny Anabelle, who is still seen descending the stairs from room 302 beneath the clock tower cupola, down to her permanently reserved seat at the bar—and if you sit in her chair, she might give your bottom a pinch. Laced-up saloon girl servers, cowboys, and flappers from the roaring 20s have all been sighted. Tunnels beneath the hotel led to brothels and carried Chinese immigrants about their business beneath the streets from which they were banned at night. While many guests have described the ghosts as playful, ghost hunter Amy Venezia described her night at the Grand as one of the worst paranormal experiences she’s ever had.

Haunted Pennsylvania: The Gettysburg Hotel

Image courtesy of TripAdvisor

With one of the largest Civil War battlefields nearby, it should come as no surprise that the small hotel in the heart of downtown Gettysburg is haunted. Opened in 1797, by 1900 it had many amenities that other hotels did not have, such as hot water, electricity and a fine dining restaurant. The spirits of Civil War soldiers enjoyed it so much, they haven’t wanted to leave! They have frequently been spotted around the hotel, especially one Union soldier named James Culbertson. A charming woman believed to be their nurse wanders the hotel and searches for soldiers to care for, frequently removing clothing from drawers, and rifling through personal belongings. A female apparition has also been spotted dancing in the ballroom.

Haunted Rhode Island : Hotel Graduate Providence

Image courtesy of Agoda

Formerly the Biltmore Rhode Island, this has been widely acclaimed as one of the most haunted hotels in America. The hotel was financed by a well-known Satanist, and since it opened in 1922 was likely the scene of animal sacrifices, strange rituals, and murders. The sinister history continued into the Prohibition era, where the hotel had a speakeasy and mobsters may have killed a number of people who are still believed to haunt the premises. People still vanish from the hotel without a trace; in fact, as recently as 2008, six guests disappeared from the hotel without being found. As an added perk to your haunted stay, the hotel is a beautiful building with an incredible lobby, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Haunted South Carolina: Meeting Street Inn

Image courtesy of Flickr

Charleston is a city of exemplary Southern charm, with flowering balconies and quiet courtyards. The pink facade of the Meeting Street Inn is very welcoming, as is the long row of balconies looking over a quiet patio set with tables. But guests of this hotel will enjoy more than hospitality from the living. The door to one room occasionally locks of its own accord, and cannot be opened even with a master key. One couple who stayed in a different room reported waking up in the middle of the night to see the apparition of a woman by the foot of their bed. Though she appeared human from the waist up, from the waist down she seemed transparently ghostly. They say she turned away, floated to the door, opened it, and left the room. It is believed that other ghosts from the original family who built the home in the 1870s also inhabit the hotel, but they don’t cause much trouble.

Haunted South Dakota: Bullock Hotel

Image courtesy of Flickr

This hotel in the infamous Wild West Boomtown of Deadwood was named after its first Sheriff. The Sheriff died in room 211 (in case you’d like to request that room) and he still makes his presence felt on the premises, watching over staff members who have taken a break from their work (and feel someone lingering over their shoulder) and occasionally reaching out to touch guests and call to them. Though he and the other spirits of this hotel are not malevolent, there is a colorful restaurant a few blocks away—formerly a brothel and gamblign parlor named the Fairmont Hotel—where a prostitute took her own life and two men died in a violent gun battle…one of them bleeding to death in the street outside. He and his similarly ill-fated opponent still haunt the premises.

Haunted Tennessee: Read House

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

If you’re in Chattanooga and you love hunting ghosts, don’t miss The Read House—haunted by Annalisa Netherly , who was perhaps beheaded by a jealous lover in the bathtub of Room 311. Construction crews remodeling the room frequently complained the door was locked. Guests have left in the middle of the night, complaining of mysterious and uncomfortable touches. The ghost of Miss Netherly is reportedly very acrimonious to male guests, especially ones that smoke—though she seems to have tolerated legendary mobster Al Capone, who once stayed in this room on his way to trial (bars were placed on the window for his visit).

Haunted Texas: Emily Morgan Hotel

Image Courtesy of Wide Open Country

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.

Haunted Utah: Bigelow Hotel

Image courtesy of Now Playing Utah

Located in the town of Ogden, this historic hotel was built in 1927 and formerly named the Ben Lomond Hotel. In the dark annals of this hotel’s history is the story of a hotel employee who fell down the elevator shaft. The ghost enjoys playing with the elevator and making it go up and down on its own, with no one in it (dare to take a ride?). Rooms 1101 and 1102 are equally creepy, and haunted by a mother-son pair of ghosts. The mother drowned in the bathtub of the former room, and the faucet often comes on by itself. The son committed suicide in the next room over, perhaps upset by his mother’s demise. Guests have reported disembodied voices coming from both rooms.

Haunted Vermont : The Equinox

Image courtesy of TripSavvy

This charming white mansion in Manchester, with green shutters and a stately portico, is set in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Guests can enjoy the full-service spa, golf 18 holes, ski or hike Bromley Mountain, and try to get an autograph from former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, who has been seen wandering the third floor with her child. They spent a few summers at the resort themselves, until the assassination of the president (her husband) changed their summer arrangements. Hotel staff conjecture that she might be trying to recapture the carefree days of their vacation from Washington, D.C.

Haunted Virginia: Belle Grove Plantation

Image courtesy of TripAdvisor

This sprawling Georgian plantation home in King George dates back to the 17th century. It was the birthplace of James Madison, although he is not cited as one of the many full-bodied apparitions that appear to guests—more than two dozen in the past decade. Most of the apparitions cited are Civil War soldiers in Union uniform, walking in and out of the plantation home and around the plantation fields. In its heyday, Belle Grove Plantation boasted a whopping 1000 acres of tobacco. Perhaps you can ask one of the ghostly soldiers to join you for a friendly smoke?

Haunted Washington : Manresa Castle

Image courtesy of Seattle Times

This whimsical Medieval-looking hotel was built as a mansion in 1892 for Kate and Charles Eisenbeis, the latter a prominent local businessman. In 1925 an attorney bought the home and turned it into a vacation home for nuns teaching local students. In the late 60s it became a Jesuit College. Reportedly a monk hung himself in the attic, and guests just below that creepy space have commented that they can hear footsteps above. Another spirit is that of a young lady who was hoping for a loved one to come back from war. When she found out he died, she cast herself through the window. Rooms 302, 304 and 306 are reportedly the most frequented by these dismal spirits. 

Haunted West Virginia: Blennerhassett Hotel

Image courtesy of Booking.com

This charming Romanesque-revival building on a street corner of Parkersburg is haunted by several spirits in period costume. One is a dapper man in a grey three-piece suit, with a bowler hat, cane, slick-back hairdo and beard. He is often seen in the library smoking a cigar, and staff members believe it is the original owner, William Chancellor. Ghostly children have been seen playing tag on the second floor of the hotel, and a newspaper boy circa 1900 appears regularly in the kitchen. Occasionally ghost parties are heard coming from the ballroom, but when the doors are opened, no one is there. One of the most regular spirits is the “Four O’Clock Knocker,” who knocks on the door of the coffee shop almost every morning at 4:00 AM (he’s hoping to get a latte for that early commute).

Haunted Wisconsin: Hotel Mead

Image courtesy of Wisconsin Rapids City Times

Some hotels like to celebrate their haunted status, but some like to hide it—and that includes the Hotel Mead and Conference Center in Wisconsin Rapids. Though the 5-story atrium has undergone a multimillion dollar renovation and the hotel has a clean corporate image, there is a dark secret lurking in the basement: it once served as an underground gambling parlor. Allegedly a female worker was stabbed in the secret casino, and today the smell of blood, flickering lights, and doors slamming open and shut are just a few of the paranormal occurrences. Hauntings have occurred throughout the hotel, but for some reason the basement is still the coldest room in the whole building (and that’s not a metaphor about luck with the dice).

Haunted Wyoming: The Plains Hotel

Image courtesy of Seeks Ghosts

This historic building in Cheyenne was constructed in 1911 and boasted luxurious accommodations along with a two-story lobby and stained glass skylight. Though it still offers some urban Wild West Charm, it’s also the scene of a grisly murder. A young couple was honeymooning there, and the husband met a prostitute in the bar. His young bride saw them laughing and talking, and followed them to the prostitute’s room, where she shot both of them with her husband’s gun, before returning to her room to take her own life. Today she wanders the hotel corridors in a blue dress. The groom is seen around the fourth floor and basement, while the other woman is seen in a dress with white lace. Laughing and crying is often heard from the former honeymoon suite…anyone in need of a romantic vacation?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *