12 Spooky Hotels for Halloween

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Fodors.com Contributor If your hotel also keeps a ghost log in addition to a guest log, you know you’re in for a scary night. Halloween is just around the corner, and in true freak-ourselves-out style, we’ve found the spookiest hotels in all corners of the country. For extra haunted happenings, be sure to ask the about local ghost tours. Stanley_Hotel.jpg Hotel Chelsea New York, New York A haven for musicians and artists, this New York icon has hosted a variety of rock and roll royalty like the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin as well as writers such as Dylan Thomas and William Burroughs. It is rumored that writer Thomas still takes up residence here today—long after his death in 1953. Price from $269/night. Read our hotel review » Historic Farnsworth House Inn Gettysburg, Pennsylvania This entire town is steeped in a bloody Civil War history. Touted as one of the most haunted lodgings in the country, the inn doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its paranormal history. Spirits of dead soldiers who lost their lives during the Gettysburg battle are said to wander around the property, including its cellar. Price from $145/night. Read our hotel review » Historic Anchorage Hotel Anchorage, Alaska Various spirits are said to inhabit Alaska’s oldest hotel including one of a young girl who roams the second floor as well as the ghost of Anchorage's first Police Chief John J. "Black Jack" Sturgus, which returns every year since 1921 on February 20 at 9:15 pm, the exact date and time of his death. Be sure to sign the ghost log with any sightings. Price from $109/night. Read our hotel review » Bourbon Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana Known for haunted happenings, the Bourbon Orleans is in the heart of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. Portions of the hotel served as an orphanage and convent back in 1881, and guests have reported hearing the ghostly sounds of kids playing on the sixth floor. Price from $129/night. Read our hotel review » The Stanley Hotel Estes Park, Colorado With its spectacular mountain view, this hotel inspired a famous guest, Stephen King to write The Shining. The Stanley is said to be chock full of spirits. From a piano playing itself to uninvited guests in rooms, hair-raising events are not uncommon here. Price from $169/night. Read our hotel review » The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Fall River, Massachusetts Lizzie, the youngest Borden family member, was accused of brutally killing her parents in their Victorian home in 1892. Today this popular bed and breakfast is part museum, part lodging and is rumored to be haunted by the grim murders that went on within its walls. Price: $175--225/night. Read our hotel review » The Pierpont Inn Ventura, California Built back in 1910 by Josephine Pierpont-Ginn, the inn on a hill overlooking Ventura Beach was created to host guests who were traveling along the Pacific Coast Highway via automobile. At almost 100 years old, the historic Pierpont Inn has seen its fair share of residents – both living and dead – including former inn managers who refuse to leave. Price: from $139/night. Read our hotel review » Queen Mary Long Beach, California Now docked at Long Beach in California, the super ocean liner Queen Mary with its 1936 art deco elegance has a long history of supernatural hotspots. From its First Class swimming pool to various salons and suites, you may very well be rubbing shoulders with skippers and captains who’ve been dead for decades. Price from $159/night. Read our hotel review » Hawthorne Hotel Salem, Massachusetts Built in the 1920s, this historic Salem hotel named after the town’s famous writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, once used to have shared bathrooms. While each room now has its own in-suite bath, you just might find yourself involuntarily sharing that space with a previous guest from decades past. Price from $169/night. Read our hotel review » Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Cincinnati, Ohio Opened in 1931, this ornate art deco hotel in downtown Cincinnati may have a haunting dating from when it was being built. A construction worker is said to have been killed and his body was never recovered. Rumor has it that a lady wearing green, his grieving widow, usually roams the Mezzanine level. Price from $159/night. Read our hotel review » Jekyll Island Club Hotel Jekyll Island, Georgia Once touted as "the richest, the most exclusive, the most inaccessible club in the world," the now moderately-price yet still impressive 1886 hotel has an elegant Victorian clubhouse with towers, turrets, and wraparound verandas. On occasion, you just might see the ghost of General Lloyd Aspinwall, the club’s first president, strolling along those porches. If planning a honeymoon at the hotel, beware the "bellman" spirit dressed in a 1920s-style uniform notoriously known for knocking on doors of newlyweds to offer laundry services. Price from $189/night. Read our hotel review » The Omni Shoreham Washington, DC Opened in 1930, this DC landmark remains a popular location for inaugural balls and has hosted celebrities such as the Beatles and various heads of states. Suite 870 is home to just one of its many resident ghosts. Two unexplained deaths are said to have occurred in the presidential suite, and guests sometimes witness lights and other electronics mysteriously turning on and hear other hair-raising noises in that suite and surrounding rooms. Price from $323/night. Read our hotel review » Stanley Hotel Photo Credit: iStock

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  • OCall on Oct 19, 10 at 02:20 PM

    Nice blog. I know the Stanley and the Borden House but the others were new to me.

  • luxliving on Oct 14, 10 at 07:41 PM

    Surprised to not see one of the most haunted hotels in the country, on this list.

    It's the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. What an amazing hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
    http://www.thelifeofluxury.com/haunted-tales-from-the-historic-hotels-of-america/

  • TravelerPat on Oct 14, 10 at 09:59 AM

    A runner up to this list is the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach Florida. A sighting of the ghosts of Charles and George Bowden comes at no extra charge.

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