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Destination: Haunted Hotels of America

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Over the years the reputation that these hotels are haunted has grown with each report of unusual sightings and things that go bump in the night. While skeptics claim that these incidents can be rationalized with normal, every day explanations; others want to believe in a haunting. Whether you are a believer or a non-believer, there is no arguing that these are some of the most historical and beautiful hotels in America! Would you stay the night in one?


Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel

It's rich history with stardom has been so prevalent, spirits of old Hollywood are believed to exist within the walls of this glamorous hotel. Stories of Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel hauntings attract countless visitors to 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, hoping to experience a sense of the paranormal. Marilyn Monroe is thought to be one of many restless spirits that haunt Hollywood's glamorous Hotel Roosevelt.

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

In spite of its Georgian architecture and stately beauty, The Stanley Hotel is unarguably best known for being haunted. Countless guests have attested to eerie occurrences that cannot be discounted – lights turning on and off, doors opening and closing, laughter, footsteps, shadows, drafts and unexplainable chills have cemented The Stanley’s stature as one of the most haunted hotels in America. Stephen King was so chilled by his stay at the Stanley that he used it as the setting for his horror story, The Shining.

The Hotel Chelsea, New York City

According to locals, this hotel is considered to be one of the most haunted places in New York. Many a deceased famous figure is said to dwell in The Chelsea. Dylan Thomas, Eugene O'Neill and Thomas Wolfe have all been spotted in spirit form. Be particularly careful when you ride the elevator: The ghost of Sid Vicious (the Sex Pistols bassist who died of a heroin overdose) is reported to linger in the elevator.



La Fonda, Santa Fe

It’s no surprise that Santa Fe's La Fonda (Spanish for “The Inn”) is haunted. After all, the place has been around in one form or another for more than 400 years. There are numerous ghosts that supposedly haunt La Fonda. One of the most prominent is the Honorable John P. Slough, Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court, who was shot and killed in the late 1800s. Guests claim they have seen the judge wandering the hotel lobby—his signature is his long black coat.


The Logan Inn, New Hope, PA

It’s no coincidence that New Hope’s Ghost Tour attraction starts at the corner of Main and Ferry streets. That’s the site of the Logan Inn, a much-storied haunted hotel that mixes old-school fireside spook stories with a line of more credible tales. There are plenty of stories about the inn—including windows that throw themselves open in the small hours, and apparitions of ghosts and small children.


The Equinox, Vermont

The Equinox Hotel in Manchester, Vermont is considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in Vermont. Constructed in completion in the year of 1769, this structure has a long, rich history that seems to contribute to the seemingly paranormal events that take place. The Equinox was a favorite of Abe Lincoln's family and is said to be haunted by Mary Todd Lincoln.


The Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

With such a varied and intriguing past it’s not surprising that the Queen Mary has been voted one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in America by Time magazine! Among the ghosts reportedly still hanging around are a sailor who died in the ship's engine room, a "lady in white," and children who drowned in the ship's pool.


The Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, AR

The Crescent Hotel has been called "America's Most Haunted Hotel", and is said to be haunted by at least eight spirits. These include: a young woman who attended college there in the 1920s or 30s; a nurse who worked in the building when it was a hospital; a man in a hat and tails, believed to be the ghost of Dr. John Freemont Ellis; Michael, an Irish stonemason, who lost his footing while building the hotel and slipped off the roof to his death; Theadora, a cancer victim who came to Norman Baker's resort for treatment; and a ghostly bearded gentleman wearing Victorian clothing and a top hat.



Myrtle Plantation, St. Francisville, LA

Built in 1796 by General David Bradford, this stately old home on Myrtles Plantation is said to be haunted be several restless ghosts. Some researchers say as many as ten murders have been committed there, but only one has been able to be confirmed. Regardless, the place is seriously haunted and easily qualifies and one of the "most haunted."


Provincial Hotel, New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is a spooky city with many hotels and inns that boast otherworldly visitors. One of these is the Hotel Provincial. A former soldier supposedly haunts the grounds of the Provincial. Guests have reported everything from doors opening and closing to hearing voices and footsteps when no one else was around. A former military hospital sat on the same site in 1722. Staying at the Provincial may not guarantee you a ghost sighting, but you'll definitely be spooked.

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