Haunted Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts

The Stanley Hotel

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The Stanley Hotel is named after its original (and possibly forever?) owner, Freelan O. Stanley. Mr. Stanley moved to Colorado with his wife Flora because he suffered from tuberculosis and was advised to move to a different climate. The mountain air agreed with him and he made a full recovery. He loved the area so much he built a luxury hotel so others could enjoy what Estes Park had to offer. Without Stanley, it could be argued that Estes Park would not be what it is today.
Today, the Stanley Hotel fully promotes its paranormal features by hosting tours and providing on-site psychics. The Stanley's are assumed to still reside at the hotel since guests will regularly see a man resembling Freelan walking through the lobby and Flora will sporadically play on the music room's piano. Entities have been caught on camera more than once and children have been heard playing where no children had been at the time. Rooms 407 and 418 have the most reports of paranormal activity, if you're not interested in sleep. In Room 418, children who are heard laughing and playing at all hours of the night and there is a spirit in Room 407 that insists on turning the lights on and off. Even Stephen King was affected by The Stanley Hotel's mystique after having such a horrible nightmare in room 217 that he was immediately inspired to start writing what would later become one of his most popular novels, The Shining. Back in the day, Rooms 217 and 215 made up one large room and it was in this room that a maid, Elizabeth Wilson, walked in with a lit candle after lightning struck, cutting the power. Unfortunately, The Stanley Hotel still used gas lamps and her candle ignited the odorless gas. Elizabeth didn't die, but she still performs her duties after death.

The Historic Occidental Hotel
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If you are fascinated by such persons as Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Buffalo Bill Cody or Calamity Jane, then you should certainly get a kick out of the Occidental Hotel. It was established in 1880 and quickly became one of the most prestigious hotels in Wyoming. This didn't mean anything to criminals like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, who fled to the Occidental from one of their hideouts. When you visit the hotel and saloon on-site, you will notice the authentic aura; the furniture, bar back, even the bullet holes are original to the Occidental Hotel. Unfortunately, the Great Depression was the beginning of a long and arduous roade for the grand Occidental Hotel. For the next 50 years, the owners struggled to maintain its opulence, much less keep the business afloat. It was saved from complete destruction when it was bought by a new owner and placed on the National Historical Register.
During the restoration of the Occidental Hotel, it wasn't just antique furniture and original hardwood floors that were kicked up. One of the more prominent spirits is believed to be the daughter of a former prostitute who died in the upper floors of the bordello (yes, where's there's booze and gambling, there's most likely a bordello). It's not documented on how the girl died, but guests have felt her tap them on their shoulders whilst in the bar and the staff believe she is behind furniture moving seemingly on its own. She has also been seen roaming the upper levels in a white dress, with laughter following wherever she lurks. It's theorized she's not the only spirit in the Occidental Hotel, as unexplained lights have been seen and different disembodied voices have been heard on unoccupied floors of the hotel.

The Heathman Hotel

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The Heathman Hotel was built to be the finest hotel befitting an ever-growing and prosperous city such as Portland, Oregon, in 1927. However, the original Heathman Hotel was built in 1926 and the new hotel in 1927 was built only a block away from the original. It has remained an iconic landmark in the city and is a registered National Historic Place under the National Parks Service.
Not many would complain about the decor and architecture inspired by the Italian Renaissance, but the paranormal treatment leaves something to be desired. Guests will regularly complain of cold spots, furniture being moved and their clean towels inexplicably being found soiled and used. The ghostly guests don't like to give the living a lot of privacy as they have regularly been seen in the corners of rooms, just staring. Some do more than stare and guests will actually feel someone else in the bed with them. Oddly enough, the most paranormal activity has been witnessed in rooms ending in "03," particularly Rooms 303, 703, 803 and 1003. In Room 303 in 1975, a man committed suicide and was found by a staff member. Earlier in the Heathman's history, a man jumped out of the window in Room 1003 and landed on the sidewalk. One of the reasons why there is so much activity could be attributed to the major renovation done to the hotel in 1984. Some people just don't like change.

Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast

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"Lizzie Borden took an axe.

And gave her mother 40 whacks.

And when she saw what she had done,

She gave her father 41."

Well, this is completely ridiculous...it was a hatchet, not an axe, and it was reported her step-mother was hit 19 times, while her father was struck 11 times. Even if you hadn't grown up hearing that rhyme, the majority of people know about Lizzie Borden and how she allegedly murdered her step-mother and father on a hot day in August, 1892. Lizzie was looked at as a person of interest based on motive and suspicious behavior, but due to circumstantial testimony, she was acquitted of the murders. It may be an unsolved case to this day; however, it's more of a we know, we just don't know how to prove it situation. Even though she was ruled not guilty, speculation followed Lizzie until the day she died.
With such a gruesome past and since being turned into a bed and breakfast, is it any wonder this is considered one of the most haunted places in the country? Doors will open and close on their own and sometimes the owner will smell a floral scent on the air. There has also been shadow people seen walking up the stairs, which even scared the owner. Guests have heard an unseen woman weeping at night, which may be Abby Borden's ghost; perhaps it's the same woman who will sometimes tuck in guests at night. Shoes have also been seen to move on their own without the aid of actual feet. There's a belief that the ghosts can be bribed to leave you alone, if you wish to spend the night; Andrew Borden seems to be particularly fond of a few coins left on the dresser. Another murder that did not get as much attention as Andrew and Abby Borden was that of Abby's cat, who was beheaded that same day. Phantom meows can still be heard in the house and guests will sometimes feel something rub up against their leg.

Hawthorne Hotel
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The Hawthorne Hotel will be 100 years old in 2025 and is the product of the entire Salem community coming together to fund construction for a "modern hotel for Salem." The entire town of Salem raised $500,000, which now would equate to just over $7 million, plus an additional $10,000 to acquire the statue of Nathaniel Hawthorne from the Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and move it to Hawthorne Boulevard. The same year it opened, it hosted its first wedding reception and is still a popular venue for weddings and receptions. Though it's conveniently situated near the site where Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter on Mall Street, his childhood home on Herbert Street, and his birthplace on Union Street, it wasn't until the town bought the statue that they decided upon the name Hawthorne Hotel. The land on which the hotel sits does have roots in Salem's dark past as land belonging to Bridget Bishop, the first woman to be convicted as a witch and hung on Gallows Hills.
To add more to the witch history of Salem, an episode of the television show Bewitched used the Hawthrone Hotel as a film set for their Salem Saga in 1970. A seance was attempted in 1990 to contact Harry Houdini, but was unsuccessful; this may have been attempted because Houdini escaped from a jail at 15 Front Street in Salem in 1906 and he allegedly asked his wife to hold a seance on the anniversary of his death. So, Houdini doesn't appear to haunt the Hawthorne Hotel, but it's believed Bridget Bishop haunts Room 612 because guests will regularly feel as if they're being watched and a woman in a white dress has been seen roaming the sixth floor hallways. Back in her day, Bridget maintained an apple orchard on her land and even now, the scent of baked apples is noticed throughout the hotel, even when no related dish is being prepared in the kitchens or surrounding businesses. Room 325 is another room that appears to be particularly haunted as lights and faucets will turn on and off without any help from the living. The cries of a baby will also be heard coming from this room, as well as the feeling of being touched by ice cold hands. Even the on-site restaurant, Nathaniel's, has ghosts who enjoy lounging, as well as turning the helm that is just for decoration; however, it is very heavy and not easily moved, yet even after the motions were stopped, it began turning on its own again. Furniture and objects have been seen moving on their own by guests and staff, as well as hearing disembodied voices and inexplicable sounds, which makes employees relunctant to work at night.

The Merchant
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This building is now marketed as The Merchant, a boutique hotel with the tagline of, "Rum, pepper and a little bit of mystery." Before it was the posh hotel, it was the home of Joshua Ward, a former sea captain who became a merchant after he retired. It was built in the mid-1780's and even hosted George Washington, but where DIDN'T Washington stay, am I right? Unfortunately for Joshua Ward, he misguidedly built his new home on the former site of Sheriff George Corwin's house/jail from the prior century. Corwin, also known as the "Strangler," was infamous for his highly cruel forms of "interrogation" of suspected witches and warlocks and murdered 19 men and women during his bloody career. One of these unfortunate victims, Giles Corey, allegedly cursed George Corwin before finally succumbing to the crushing rocks on his body and it's believed Giles still haunts the property. George Corwin died of a heart attack at the age of 30, five years after Giles Corey was "pressed to death," and was buried in the basement of his home. He was buried there because his family was afraid his body would be dug up and violated, but also because the ground may have been frozen at the time of his death. His body was eventually reinterred later in Broad Street Cemetery, less than a mile away, but it's not clear if this happened when Joshua Ward built his home you can see today.
Despite the passage of time, there are still active and vengeful spirits in The Merchant. The curse Giles Corey placed on Sheriff George Corwin didn't stop with just the Strangler, but lasted through scores of subsequent sheriffs and continues to curse the property. It's believed Giles is responsible for random cold spots, upturning trash cans and pulling books off shelves. He may also be responsible for the candles found in a melted, waxy mess, even though they were never lit. Another falsely accused victim is the spirit of a black-haired woman who has been seen walking through the halls. She has also been caught on a Polaroid in the early 1980's. It was during this time people reported being choked by a disembodied apparition, who was believed to be Sheriff Corwin or possibly one of his victims. An older man has been seen rocking in a chair by a fireplace and is believed to be Corwin himself, who is also accused of bending candles into the shape of an "S."

Omni Parker House
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Built in 1855, the Omni Parker House is the longest running hotel in the United States and the first to use the "European Plan," charging guests separately for room and meals, and to hire a celebrity chef. It was built by Harvey D. Parker who already had success with his restaurant, Parker's, and therefore decided to purchase an old boarding house that used to be a private mansion and turn it into an elite Boston hotel after demolishing the original mansion. Many famous guests have spent the night at the Parker House, including Charles Dickens, John Wilkes Booth, Babe Ruth, John F. Kennedy, Judy Garland and Kelsey Grammer. The Parker House was also made famous as the place where the Parker House Roll, also known as Boston Cream Pie, was created.
It's already considered haunted because of its neighbor across the street, the King's Chapel with adjoining graveyard, but it's also believed Harvey D. Parker was too much of a perfectionist to let death get in the way of keeping an eye on his hotel. He's regularly seen by staff and guests in the 10th-floor annex and is described as a heavy-set man with a black mustache. He's also been known to check in on current guests with a smile, as if to inquire on how they are enjoying their stay. Disembodied whispers will be heard outside of guests' rooms, shadow people and orbs floating down the 10th-floor hallway. A couple of guest on the 10th-floor were kept awake by the constant sound of rocking chairs; however, there are no rocking chairs in the hotel. If you don't like the smell of cigars and whiskey, I would recommend not staying in Room 303 as it's the former room of a guest who made an extended stay there and was known for drinking a lot of whiskey and smoking strong smelling cigars. Apparently no amount of cleaning will make that stench go away, which may mean the former guest has further extended his stay at the Omni Parker House.

The Shanley Hotel

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This hotel has gone through many owners, many guests and many names before it became The Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, New York, and is one of the disturbingly few that require a waiver before checking in. It was first built in 1845 by Thomas Ritch who humbly named it The Thomas Ritch Hotel and was a charming little rural inn that was also convenient for railroad travelers. The Ritch Hotel turned into The Hungerford Hotel in 1851 when Ritch sold it, but it still continued to be a fine establishment that catered to the needs of its members of the Gentlemen's Club and the adjoining bordello. It burned down in 1887 but was quickly rebuilt and eventually came into the ownership of James Shanley, who was able to bring a large economic boost to Napanoch and was generally loved by the local population. When he and his new wife, Beatrice, returned from their honeymoon, the entire town put on a grand celebration for them. They continued to run their hotel and had such notable guests as Eleanor Roosevelt and Thomas Edison. Unfortunately, the fairy tale life would not last.
Altogether, James and Beatrice would have three children, but none lived longer than nine months; guests can still hear the cries of a woman who is assumed to be Beatrice. Further tragedy followed the barber, Peter Greger, and his family who lived next door to the Shanley's. Their three year old daughter Rosie wandered across the street and fell into the well, only to be discovered two hours later. Rosie is often heard jovially screaming and laughing in the Bordello during paranormal investigations. James Shanley is still seen in the inn, as well, though he did not die at The Shanley Inn. Beatrice's brother-in-law, John, is also seen following female guests around or possibly looking for his alcohol that was confiscated during the Prohibition Era. Let's not forget there was a bordello going on here. More than a few prostitutes have been seen throughout the inn; some guests have heard screaming coming from the upper levels. In the Bordello area itself, visitors have experienced a variety of feelings that may be remnants of the hotel's past, which include feelings of joy or depression, faintness of breath and heaviness. There is also the random door opening or closing on its own, hearing footsteps where there shouldn't be anyone else, hearing children playing, being poked or pinched and all other manner or activity you would expect from one of the most haunted hotels in the United States.

Queen Anne Hotel
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The spirit you will hear most about at the Queen Anne Hotel is the former headmistress Mary Lake of Lake Seminary, or the Mary Lake School for Girls. Though she was from a well-off family, she didn't have the funds available to move her school to this Queen Anne-style mansion. Enter, Senator James Fair, a notorious womanizer, unpopular politician and wealthy from mining, real estate and railroad investments. Rumors circulated around Mary and James because it seemed there was no reason he should invest in a school for girls; whether or not they were lovers is still up for debate as they both denied these claims. Either way, Mary Lake was able to continue educating her students and she was generally admired for her kindness, wit and desire to teach. Unfortunately, after the death of Fair and an economic downturn, Mary had to close the school and she died shortly after that in New Jersey.
The mansion slowly fell into disrepair, but was bought and renovated into the Queen Anne Hotel in the 1980's. The influx of guests seems to have roused Mary Lake from her rest as she seems to enjoy having people in her old school again. Guests will regularly feel cold spots and see blurry apparitions resembling a woman. Mary also picks up after guests, unpacks their bags, hangs up clothing and even tucks them in at night. She's particularly active in Room 401, which used to be her office; oddly, she doesn't seem to mind guests entering her old office, which is now the Mary Lake Suite. Sometimes she will even play a tune on the piano in the lobby.

San Remo Hotel
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Like a phoenix rising from the Italian neighborhood's ashes, the San Remo Hotel was built in 1906 following the great earthquake in San Francisco by Amadeo Peter Giannini, founder of the Bank of America. A.P. Giannini started the Bank of Italy in order to assist immigrants who were turned away by the other banks of the time and he built what was then called the New California Hotel "near the shipyards as a home base for workers rebuilding the city" (Leigh, Storied Hotels,2018), as well as providing rooms and free meals to immigrants who were made homeless by the natural disaster. It was renamed the San Remo Hotel in 1922 after the city Sanremo, off the Gulf of Genoa, and attracted guests from different walks of life. During the Great Depression, artisans would pay for their room and board by painting, doing chores or repairs. There have been few renovations to the hotel, so the old school charm is still there, as well as some of the previous tenants.
If you are staying in Room 33, you may be sharing with The Painted Lady. She allegedly lived and died in that room and has a habit of knocking on the door, moving objects around and even whispering to guests. Cold spots have also been reported in this room. There is the ghost of a young girl who has been seen trying to enter Room 42. It's believed she's looking for her father who reportedly shot himself in that same room in the 1970's. Even the restaurant, Fior d'Italia, has some strange occurences that can apparently only be explained by the ghost of a jilted lover. It's said in 1911 a wedding reception took place in the restaurant when a man crashed the party and murdered two guests; patrons of the restaurant have reported a shadowy male figure moving throughout. Paranormal investigators have recorded EVP's and captured full body apparitions on film, and they weren't of living guests.

The Westin St. Francis
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In 1904, the St. Francis Hotel, fashioned after the best hotels found in Berlin, Venice, Monaco, London and Paris, was built in downtown San Francisco. It was commissioned by the Crocker Family, who made their money from the Central Pacific Railroad. Six months after it opened, plans were announced to built a third wing, ballroom and two extra floors to the hotel as it was so popular. Just over two years after it was opened, the great earthquake of 1906 occurred; fortunately, the St. Francis Hotel survived the earthquake with only cosmetic damage. Actor John Barrymore was actually staying in the hotel when the earthquake hit, although he allegedly believed the shaking and swaying of the hotel was a psychological effect brought on by his sexual skills with a woman he invited into his room the night before. The hotel reopened in 1907 with the third wing completed in 1908, which ultimately made the St. Francis Hotel the largest hotel on the West Coast. The St. Francis Hotel would attract even more fame through the years, but also some Hollywood infamy. In 1921, silent movie star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was partying it up over Labor Day weekend at the St. Francis Hotel and he was on top of the world. Unfortunately, the party got out of hand and word spread that Arbuckle raped actress Virginia Rappe with a broken bottle, which led to her death; however, this was refuted by the medical examination which confirmed she was not sexually assaulted and further testimony that should have cleared Arbuckle's name. The jury acquitted him of the manslaughter charge, but his career was dead and his reputation irreparably damaged.
It's not completely clear in which room on the 12th floor of the St. Francis Hotel Rappe died, but it was either Rooms 1219, 1220 or 1221. Interestingly, it was just over 30 years later that Actor Al Jolson would die from a heart attack in Room 1221 at the St. Francis Hotel. He stayed at the hotel numerous times, but this last time followed his trip performing in Korea for 16 days against his doctor's orders. He reportedly was playing poker with friends and before retiring for the night, he said "Boys, I'm going" (Eventbrite, 2019). It is because of this highly charged history that most of the paranormal activity reported at the St. Francis Hotel is on the twelth floor. Guests have seen the ghost of Virginia Rappe traveling the hallways while seemingly tearing her hair out. Al Jolson reportedly has not left the twelth floor, either, and has been seen intently playing cards. There is one other ghost seen on the twelth floor who died in her sleep, though she is apparently amiable.

Nob Hill Hotel
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Though not sharing in the notoriety of the Central and Southern Pacific Railroad's Big Four's luxurious mansions on top of Nob Hill, this hotel is still a sight to behold with marble hallways, alabaster chandeliers, and antiques greeting you on your way in. Sitting just down the road from Nob Hill's "founders" mansions (some of which are hotels now), The Big Four themselves: Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington, Mark Hopkins and Charles Crocker. The structure that is now the Nob Hill Hotel was built in between 1907 and 1908, presumably after the great earthquake in 1906 as it was first a private residence, though it's unclear who first owned this posh building.
Since the majority of Nob Hill's buildings and homes were wooden, it may be safe to assume some of the 20 ghosts reported at the Nob Hill Hotel may be linked to the 1906 earthquake, though this has never been substantiated. These spirits allegedly are enthusiastic pranksters who enjoy hiding items, opening and closing doors and sometimes even turn applicances off and on. They do not discriminate between guests and hotel staff; all are vexed equally. Guests have reported feeling as though someone had sat down next to them on their bed, though no one could be seen there. The Nob Hill Hotel truly gets into the spirit of its roots; a woman in Victorian clothing has been seen by guests sitting in the hallway by the wine cellar...the only problem is no one on the hotel's staff dresses like that.

Palace Hotel
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The majority of San Francisco's hotels are over 100 years old, but the Palace Hotel takes its place as the oldest hotel in the city. It was first built in 1875 by co-founder of the Bank of California William Chapman Ralston and was modeled after Europe's finest hotels and also the first hotel to provide air conditioning, ultimately costing about $5 million. Unfortunately, Ralston did not live to see his great hotel and his banking partner, Senator William Sharon, took control of all of Ralston's assets, including the hotel. The earthquake in 1906 did not demolish the opulent hotel, but the subsequent fires did the job and the hotel reopened in 1909. Like any posh hotel, the new Palace Hotel hosted many notable guests, but the one who solidified the hotel's place in the history books is President Warren G. Harding who famously died in the Presidential Suite in 1923 on his way back to Washington, D.C. He apparently hadn't been feeling well leading up to his stay, but had begun to improve. His death is still considered slightly suspicious since at the time, he wife would not allow an autopsy be performed and his personal physician was considered incompetent (on the flipside, he was apparently a very unhealthy man who suffered from neurasthenia).
There are very few confirmed reports of President Harding being on an extended stay at the Palace Hotel; however, there are plenty of guests who have had a late check out. The most disturbing accounts center around the Lady in Red who is described as a succubus who is apparently drawn to single men staying in the hotel. She has been seen wandering the halls and walking through the rooms' walls, leaving its occupants paralyzed with fear. Fortunately, not all of the spirits make it their job in the afterlife to scare the living. There is allegedly a young French girl, dressed in clothing from a different century, who will ask for soup and someone who has been designated as a poltergeist who locks itself inside the dining room. There is yet another "poltergeist" who will tap on guest's shoulders while they sit at the Pied Piper Bar, so named for the Maxfield Parrish painting The Pied Piper of Hamlin sitting above the bar.

Hotel Union Square
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Records state the Hotel Union Square was built in 1908 and was originally named the Golden West Hotel; however, there is a picture, courtesty of the San Francisco Public Library, of the site of where the Golden West Hotel used to be on Powell Street in 1906 following the great earthquake. Though not actually located next to Union Square, the name Golden West Hotel was quite fitting since Union Square, then simply an unnamed public square, was almost overrun due to the Gold Rush. Part of the Hotel Union Square's fame is detective author Dashiell Hammett, most celebrated for his novel, The Maltese Falcon, was a noted patron of the hotel and allegedly had an affair with playwright Lillian Hellman at the hotel in Room 207. During Prohibition, the hotel established a 10,000 square foot speakeasy called The Golden Bubble in the basement, which now functions as a storage room.
If you would like to spend a sleepless night at the Hotel Union Square, there are numerous reports of a female spirit in Room 207 who regularly opens and closes the bathroom door, roams around the room and sometimes hides objects from the guest and staff when they come in to clean the room. Guests theorize this may be the ghost of Lillian Hellman since this is the room they allegedly reserved for their numerous trysts. There is another female spirit on the seventh floor who allegedly committed suicide by jumping out of the window. Guests and even paranormal investigators have seen her roaming the hallways on that floor; she does not seem to do anything else and does not appear keen to communicate or interract with anyone. According to legend, she died instantly as she landed in what is now the hotel parking lot, which can be seen from many of the hotel windows. Room 514 is another room that has reports of unexplained activity and it also faces the hotel parking lot.

Chateau Marmont
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If there is any landmark in Los Angeles that embodies the spirit of Hollywood, it's the Castle on the Hill. Fred Horowitz, a successful lawyer in Los Angeles, aspired to build an apartment building for Hollywood royalty in the late 1920's and got his inspiration from the Chateau d'Amboise along the Loire River in France. He showed his brother-in-law and architect, Arnold Weitzman, photographs of the former home of French royalty and there began the birth of the Chateau Marmont, so named for the lane on which it opened. It was built with steel and concrete, as well as banded steel casements, so that it would withstand any earthquakes, which it consistently did. Unfortunately, Horowitz only owned his chateau for two years before he had to sell it in 1931 to Albert Smith, a former film producer, for $750,000 in cash, which would be almost 12.5 million dollars in 2018, due to the Great Depression and no one being able to afford the high rent rates.
Under new management, the Chateau Marmont was converted into a lavish hotel for the entertainment elite and the insanity really began. Scandals abound at the chateau and it could be speculated that each and every one has made its mark on the property, especially with the personalities it attracts. Jean Harlow would allegedly have an affair with Clark Gable while she was on her honeywoon with her third husband in 1933. James Dean would jump through a window in an apparently successful attempt to impress Nicholas Ray, director in Rebel Without a Cause, who was also sleeping with Dean's co-star Natalie Wood at the same hotel. Elizabeth Taylor saved Montgomery Clift's life by pulling a tooth out of his tongue after his nearly fatal car accident and then continued to look after him at the Chateau Marmont. Jim Morrison nearly died at the chateau after swinging out of a window and falling hard on his back.
As far as the celebrities still haunting the Chateau Marmont, many guests have reported seeing John Belushi still hanging out in Bungalow 3, where he overdosed from a speedball in 1982. Years later, a little boy was found laughing alone in Bungalow 3; however, when he was asked what he was laughing at, he answered simply, "the funny man." He was shown a photo of Belushi and the young boy immediately exclaimed, "the funny man!" Howard Hughes is believed to still haunt Room 64, which is where he used to stay and allegedly checked out the young ladies by the pool. There is also Room 79, which creeps out even the staff, due to the moving furniture, disembodied knocks and floating heads outside the room's window. Guests may also recognize other long-dead celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison and Boris Karloff. There is another spirit who once tidied up after Angela Bassett while she stayed at the Chateau, though it's unclear who this industrious ghost could be.

East Bay Inn
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The building that now holds the East Bay Inn has hosted numerous businesses and its history began in 1762 when the property it sits on was granted by the English monarchy to John Tucker. The building itself that stands today was not built until 1852 and was primarily used as a cotton warehouse during the remainder of the 1800's. In the late 19th century, it also held a steam bakery, grocery warehouses, foreign consul offices and a lodge meeting hall. The 20th century brought in the end of King Cotton and the Columbia Drug Company took over as the chief tennant until the 1960's. The building remained as still as the dead for nearly 20 years until it was bought and renovated into the East Bay Inn.
It's not clear when guests started seeing unusual activity in the hotel, but most reports center around the resident ghost named Charlie who has been seen in a top hat and gazing out into the distance before slowly dematerializing. Guests have been able to take pictures of a dark figure on film and it's assumed to be Charlie, who is allegedly behind jiggling doorknobs, flickering lights and walking through the hallways when no one corporeal is there. He appears to haunt Room 325 the most, so reserve that room if you would like to make his acquaintance. Just be aware guests' belongings will often disappear without a trace.

The Kehoe House
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Before the Kehoe House was turned into an inn, it was, you guessed it, a residence for a wealthy capitalist. It was built for William Kehoe, an iron foundry owner, in 1893; the four-story home was built to accommodate Kehoe's large family of 10 children and his wife Annie. The house cost $25,000 to build and $950 for the lot it sits on. In the 1930's, the Kehoe family sold the house, and over the years it would serve as a private residence, boarding house and a funeral parlor. This last role may explain why guests will regularly report seeing ghost children during their stay even though, on the record, no deaths had occurred in the house.
In addition to hearing young children cry out in the night, objects will regularly move on their own and doors will lock from the inside. It's also believed both Annie and William Kehoe haven't left their former home; Annie is most often noticed in Rooms 201 and 203, but sometimes she will roam the third floor around bedtime. In Room 201, especially, the scent of roses has been reported by guests; some guests have even said they've felt someone stroking their cheek and hands while they slept. Room 201 is also the room where guests have seen the apparation of a small boy by the side of their bed. William is often seen in his former study to enjoy a little quiet time from the constant shenanigans of children running up and down the halls, even when there are no children there. His influence is also attributed to an incident where the bell at the front desk rang three times, ignored by the concierge since it appeared there was no one there; however, after the third ring, the front door unlocked and opened itself, as well as all of the doors on every floor.

The Ellis Hotel
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at The Ellis Hotel.
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The Battery Carriage House
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at The Battery Carriage House.
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The Seelbach Hilton
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at The Seelbach Hilton.
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Mason House Inn
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Mason House Inn.
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Stone Lion Inn
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Stone Lion Inn.
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Rough Riders Hotel
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Rough Riders Hotel.
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Historic Bullock Hotel
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Historic Bullock Hotel.
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Copper Queen Hotel
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Copper Queen Hotel.
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Hotel Parq Central
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Although it is less than a century old, this building has quite the past. Built in 1926, it originally acted as a medical hospital for railway workers of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway company. Then, in the 1980's, it was turned into a psychiatric hospital for children and teens called Memorial Hospital. It was during the roughly 10 years it was an asylum that the first signs of paranormal activity were reported by the patients. Patients and staff would hear strange whispers, bedsheets were pulled off of sleeping patients, the patients would inexplicably also find scratches on them, objects would be moved and there would even be a full body apparition of a woman in the hallways.
Even after it was bought in 2010 and renovated into the classy hotel it is today, visitors still feel as if they're being watched by unseen eyes and random cold spots. Whichever spirit liked to pull the sheets off the patients 30 years earlier seems to still be at the Hotel Parq Central; guests have felt their beds move in the middle of the night. Paranormal investigators have been invited to explore the hotel and the spirits were more than happy to interact. In addition to also feeling as if they were watched, the Los Muertos Spirit Seekers were able to record several EVP's, as well as spirits communicating via flashlight.

Historic Anchorage Hotel
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Historic Anchorage Hotel.
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Ettington Park Hotel

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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Ettington Park Hotel.
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Hartness House Inn

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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Hartness House Inn.
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Captain Grant's 1754
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at Captain Grant's 1754.
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Bourbon Orleans Hotel

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Before it was the Bourbon Orleans Hotel you can check into today, this historic building was the Orleans Ballroom, built in 1817 by William Brand and backed by John Davis. Mr. John Davis was an entrepreneur and wannabe socialite, so he hosted masquerades, carnival balls and Quadroon Balls, which are about as bad as they sound. Wealthy male landowners would go to Quadroon Balls, looking for fair-skinned African American women, mainly from Saint-Domingue, to become their mistresses. The ballroom also connected to The Theatre d'Orleans just next door. Ten years after it was built, the Orleans Ballroom was coverted into a courthouse and stayed that way for many decades until it the site was bought by the Sisters of the Holy Family Convent. This order of nuns was founded by three African American women, one of whom was a former participant in one of the many Quadroon Balls at the Orleans Ballroom, and they sheltered and educated newly freed slaves. They also cared for victims of numerous yellow fever epidemics. After they bought this property, with the help of Tommy Lafon, a wealthy African American man, they established St. Mary's Academy and St. John Berchmans Orphanage.
It appears some of the former nuns carried their responsibilities for their charges into the afterlife. Guests and staff still see nuns roaming the hallways and children are often seen and heard playing. Guests have also felt their clothes being tugged, but when they turn to see who did it, there is no one who can be seen. There is a little ghost girl specifically known for playing with her ball on the sixth floor. Speaking of the sixth floor, if you happen to be assigned Room 644, just be aware you may have to share. It's believed the spirit of a nun who committed suicide here still remains, though there is no proof a suicide did occur. This does not stop the stories circulating of screaming and being awoken by the stoic spirit standing by the bed. It's not just children and nuns seen in the Bourbon Orleans Hotel; an apparition known as "The Man," has been seen limping along the third and sixth floors and is assumed to be a Confederate soldier, though there weren't actual battles fought in New Orleans. As if attempting to relive to glamour of the Orleans Ballroom's fetes, a woman has often been seen dancing by herself. She may also be the one responsible for hiding behind the drapes when no one else is in the ballroom. There is allegedly also a stain that regularly appears on the ballroom's carpet, though it has been cleaned numerous times. If you somehow do not meet any of these ghosts, perhaps you will catch a glimpse of Pere Antoine going about his business in the French Quarter.

Congress Plaza Hotel

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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Congress Plaza Hotel.
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The Brumder Mansion Bed & Breakfast

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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at The Brumder Mansion Bed & Breakfast.
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The Palmer House Hotel
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at The Palmer House Hotel.
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Crescent Hotel & Spa
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at Crescent Hotel and Spa.
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Thornewood Castle Bed & Breakfast
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at Thornewood Castle Bed & Breakfast.
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Hotel Sorrento
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Hotel Sorrento.
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Omni Shoreham Hotel
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
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Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel & Restaurant
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel & Restaurant.
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Sacajawea Hotel
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at Sacajawea Hotel.
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The Flanders Hotel

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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at The Flanders Hotel.
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Hotel Macomber

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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Hotel Macomber.
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Three Chimneys Inn
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The Haunted Hotel
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at The Haunted Hotel.
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The Crockett Hotel
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at The Crockett Hotel.
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Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens.
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At The White House
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Though this bed and breakfast is now known as the White House on Eighth Avenue (SkagwayStories.org), when it was built in August, 1902, this was simply the home of Lee Guthrie, entrepreneur and politician. Guthrie at one point owned the Board of Trade gambling saloon, which was illegal at the time, which also hosted prostitutes, also illegal. Despite that, he wasn't exactly disliked in Skagway and was very successful. He did not get to enjoy what was then the most expensive home in Scagway for long as he moved away in 1908; it was after Guthrie left that his home was converted into a hotel and later a military hospital during World War II. The White House also functioned as a daycare and later sustained a fire in the 1980's, but the current owners have renovated it into the charming and haunted home you can stay in today.
Guests have consistently reported seeing the ghost of a amiable-looking woman standing at the end of their beds and children have said they were chatting with a woman matching this description. It's commonly believed this woman may have worked in the house when it was a daycare since she has such a rapport with children. The owners of the White House state doors open on their own, and they even heard disembodied footsteps follow the opening of their front door.

Historic Buxton Inn
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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Historic Buxton Inn.
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Lafayette Hotel

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Here there will be history and reports of paranormal activity at the Lafayette Hotel.
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For your unfinished business regarding haunted hotels, check into these accomodations at your own peril...
RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA
Addy Sea, Bethany Beach, DE
The Brick Hotel, Georgetown, DE
Old Talbott Tavern, Bardstown, KY
Houmas House Plantation & Gardens, Darrow, LA
Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, LA
Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, LA
Governor Calvert House, Annapolis, MD
Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, MD
The Admiral Fell Inn, Baltimore, MD
Atlantic Hotel, Berlin, MD
Elk Forge Bed & Breakfast Inn, Elkton, MD
The Wayside Inn, Ellicott City, MD
Aida's Victoriana Inn, St. Michaels, MD
Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo, MI
Lemp Mansion, St. Louis, MO
North Carolina
Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC
Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC
Balsam Mountain Inn, Balsam, NC
The Dunhill Hotel, Charlotte, NC
Roanoke Island Inn, Manteo, NC
McMenamins White Eagle Saloon & Hotel, Portland, OR
Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Hurricane Mills, TN
The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, Abingdon, VA
Island Manor House, Chincoteague Island, VA
By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast, Harrisonburg, VA
The Red Fox Inn & Tavern, Middleburg, VA
West Virginia
Historic General Lewis Inn, Lewisburg, WV
Hotel Morgan, Morgantown, WV
Blennerhassett Hotel, Parkersburg, WV
The Lowe Hotel, Point Pleasant, WV

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