Haunted Hotels That You Might Not Get To Visit Twice

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Nature and Travel On 30th July 2017

Some of these places are linked to some horrifying stories, while others have gained their reputation from a handful of uneventful ghost sightings. In most cases, their reputation greatly exceeds what they have to offer to any amateur “ghostbuster,” but there are some places on this list that have consistently been described by visitors as being “definitely haunted.” Some of the ghosts that supposedly roam through the hallways of these hotels link to real people that have died in those places, and some were even well-known celebrities in their times. Most of you might read this only to know which places to avoid, but I bet at least a few will take up the challenge and pay a visit to one of these haunted hotels.

#1 Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO

You might know this one by its fictional name—the infamous Overlook Hotel from Stephen King‘s The Shining and Kubrick‘s movie adaptation of the novel. Yes, that’s right. King’s stay at this hotel inspired him to write what many consider to be one of the best horror novels of the century, that in turn led to Stanley Kubrick making what I personally consider to be one of the greatest movies ever made. When King and his wife visited the Stanley Hotel, they were the only guests in the entire 420-room hotel, as it was just about to close for the season. If you’re familiar with The Shining, all I have to tell you is that King stayed in room 217, and you’ll probably understand why that is relevant. In the novel, room 217 is at the center of all the weird things that happen to the Torrance family while spending the winter at The Overlook Hotel.


#2 Copper Queen Hotel, Bisbee, Ariz.

Completed in 1902, the Copper Queen is Arizona’s longest operating hotel—and, according to hotel visitors and employees, it’s haunted by more than 16 entities. Perhaps the most famous of these is Julia Lowell, a prostitute who worked on the hotel’s third floor in the 1920s and ‘30s. Legend has it that Lowell fell in love with one of her clients but was rejected—and now she haunts room 315, appearing to guests as a cloud of white smoke, or sneaking up behind them and whispering in their ears.

#3 Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA

The city of Salem is mostly known for the infamous witch trials that took place in the year 1692 and have shaped the city’s history as far as it being regarded as “witch city.” Countless stories, books, and movies were produced from the legend of the witch trials, and there are many places in the city that are receiving frequent reports of ghost sightings and other unexplainable events. The hotel was named after Salem’s famous author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, who wrote “The Scarlett Letter.” Coincidentally (or not), Nathaniel is also a very distant relative of John Hawthorne, who was none other than the leading judge in the Salem witch trials and sentenced twenty people to be executed, on accusations of witchcraft. Because of the many reports of ghost sightings from hotel guests, the Hawthorne was featured on the popular television show Bewitched and later on, the Ghost Hunters TV show. No evidence of paranormal activities were unveiled in any of those shows, but some visitors still claim that they’ll never come back there after what they witnessed.


#4 Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Fla.

The Biltmore has a lengthy, troubled past. During the roaring ‘20s, the hotel was the place to see and be seen—host to wealthy socialites, celebrities, and some pretty notorious gangsters. But in the ‘40s, the United States War Department shut down the hotel, converting it into a hospital to treat wounded soldiers. By the ’70s, the building was completely abandoned, left crumbling and in disrepair (check out the 1977 B-horror film Shock Waves to see it and its counterpart in Palm Beach in their abandoned states). Nowadays, it’s once again a luxurious hotel—but it hasn’t left its past behind: guests report sightings of past residents, most famously Thomas “Fatty” Walsh, a mobster who was killed over a gambling debt in the hotel in 1929.

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