The History Behind This Remote Hotel In North Dakota Is Both Eerie And Fascinating
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One of North Dakota’s most famous hotels has quite the history. Not only is its story captivating, there are also some eerie accounts of people’s stays there that have made it even more interesting. Way out in the remote southwest corner of the state, in a tiny town with just over 100 residents but thousands of visitors that go through, is the place in question:
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San Antonio's Menger Hotel is considered a hot spot for hauntings.
October is more than halfway over, which means spooky season is in full swing. You can find a haunted house or pumpkin patch in just about every city in Texas, but what about real hauntings in the Lone Star State?
From abandoned hospitals to historic hotels, Texas has its fair share of haunted locations. Kristina Downs, director of the Texas Folklore Society and an assistant professor at Tarleton State University, joined the Standard to tell listeners about the most spine-chilling sites. Listen to the interview above or read the transcript below.
This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity:
Texas Standard: When someone asks you about top haunted locations in Texas, what sites come to mind?
Kristina Downs: One that definitely comes to mind is the Menger Hotel, which is in San Antonio. It’s right downtown near the Alamo. It opened in 1859 and had a colorful history, and that’s led to some colorful hauntings.
What’s so spooky about it? It looks grand and beautiful.
It is absolutely beautiful. It was used as a hospital during the Civil War, which would have led to a lot of deaths there. There was also a fire there in 1924, which didn’t result in any fatalities, but added to the traumatic history.
There was a chambermaid named Sallie White who was murdered in the lobby of the hotel by her husband. According to the story, she actually ran to the hotel trying to get away from him, and he shot her in the lobby. The owner of the hotel paid for her funeral. Maybe that shows what a devoted employee she was, because she still is seen in the hotel folding laundry, carrying linens around – still very much acting as she would have as a chambermaid.
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The Menger Hotel in 1865.
What other stories have you heard from the Menger?
The famous Texas figure, Richard King, of the King Ranch, also died there in 1885. He’s still seen around the hotel. Apparently, it was his favorite hotel. He asked to be taken there as he knew he was at the end of his life.
Teddy Roosevelt also hangs out at the Menger Hotel in the bar. He apparently went there to recruit for the Rough Riders and will still strike up conversations with people in the hotel bar, trying to recruit them to join the Rough Riders.
Those are great stories. Hit us with some more of these haunted tales.
Close to where I am in Erath County, we have McDow Hole, which is connected with Green Creek as a deep water hole. There’s a lot of different stories about pioneer families being murdered there.
There was one woman in particular, Jenny Papworth, whose murder was never solved. In fact her body was never found – nor was that of her infant child. Her spirit is said to appear beside the train tracks near the hole. When the railroad was more active, she would be seen standing by the railroad holding her baby.
These things take on a life of their own, don’t they?
They absolutely do.
Why do you think that is? Is Texas unique in any way, or is this universal – the phenomenon of ghosts lingering long after their human personages are gone?
I don’t think we’re unique. You have those stories everywhere, but they say everything is bigger in Texas. I think that definitely applies to our ghost stories.
Texans are also storytellers by nature. You know, we love to share stories. I think that leads also to these stories spreading and being told. The more they spread, the more they can get embellished or start to take on new characteristics.
A lot of listeners are in the mood to get spooked. Do you have another one that you can share with us?
In Mineral Wells, there’s Hill House , which claims to be the most haunted house in Texas. It was a brothel and a bootlegging operation back when Mineral Wells was at its height. There’s been several deaths on the property, and you can actually go there and do ghost hunting. You can book a tour.
People get scratched. They hear voices. There’s videos you can find online of doors unlocking by themselves, banging noises, any of those kinds of things.
There’s got to be some truth underlying this somewhere, right? It’s not as if people are making these stories up. There must have been some noise, some visual indication that led people to think that they were seeing some paranormal phenomenon, no?
I absolutely think that there’s a truth to these stories, you know? I’ve had some spooky experiences myself in pretty mundane locations. But I think that sometimes when you’re looking for things, you might be more likely to notice them. It’s not even necessarily that you’re imagining things – maybe these things are happening all the time, and we are more likely to notice it if we know that it’s a place that’s haunted.
These older houses… Sure, they can have creaks and things like that that just happen in older buildings. But I think sometimes there are things that we don’t understand yet.
As director of the Texas Folklore Society, how do you interpret some of these ghost stories on a personal level? Do you tend to think of them as fiction or do you tend to put a little bit more fact into the scale?
Something one of my folklore professors once told me is that there’s truth in all stories. So, I don’t think my job as a folklorist is to try to figure out, ‘okay, is this paranormal?’ but to figure out why people are telling these stories. What can I learn about people, about their community, from listening to the stories they tell? What can those tell me about their beliefs?
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Why do you think that we are so interested in these kinds of spooky stories?
You know, they do surveys every so often that show that, even as we’re very scientifically educated as a society, about three quarters of Americans still believe in some kind of supernatural thing. I think we can get a little bit removed from that sense of wonder in our everyday lives, because everything is so rational.
There’s nothing wrong with that; I fully believe in science and rationality. Sometimes, we need something that’s a little bit more, something that goes beyond that – that sense of wonder. I think the scary stories give us some of that. There’s a thrill to hearing a story that makes your spine shiver and your hair stand on end, which I think we all enjoy.
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The most haunted hotel in every state you can actually stay at — if you dare
- Nothing screams autumn like a night spent in an eerie hotel with a haunted reputation.
- TripAdvisor analyzed user reviews and ratings to come up with the most haunted hotel in every state.
- Featured on the list is The Stanley Hotel in Colorado, which inspired the hotel in "The Shining."
ALABAMA: Malaga Inn in Mobile
The Malaga Inn, located in Mobile's downtown district, has been around since 1862. It was originally built as twin townhouses by two brothers-in-law and is said to be a hotspot for haunted activity.
Some guests say they've seen the ghost of a woman pacing up and down the balcony of room 007, while others report furniture moving on its own, and lamps getting mysteriously unplugged. There's also an eerie bunker under the hotel's staircase that is believed to have been a hiding spot for Confederate Soldiers during the Civil War. Inside the bunker is the decaying frame of a wooden cot that was supposedly used by soldiers in the cramped space.
ALASKA: Historic Anchorage Hotel in Anchorage
This historic Anchorage hotel , built in 1936 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is home to so many ghosts it has guests record their encounters in a ghost log in the lobby, and has become a hotspot for ghost hunters, psychics, and paranormal experts.
Some say the hotel's hauntings began with the unsolved murder of Anchorage's first Chief of Police, Jack Sturgus, who was shot steps from the hotel on February 20, 1921, and has been seen around regularly since, though he is far from the only spirit spotted — one employee estimates that there are nearly three dozen .
ARKANSAS: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs
This stately hotel, located in the Ozark Mountain region, has been around since 1886 and features a variety of spirits, from Michael the stone mason who died in what is now room 218, to friendly ghosts in Victorian dress.
More chillingly, according to Historic Hotels of America, the Crescent Hotel was also once used as an experimental cancer hospital in the 1930s, and it's said that apparitions from this time linger, from a nurse pushing a gurney to Theodora, a former patient.
ARIZONA: Jerome Grand Hotel in Jerome
Opened in 1926, the hotel was once the town's hospital. It's estimated that 9,000 people died there during that time. A ghost log in the lobby details scores of unexplained sightings, from glowing orbs of light to strange sounds and sightings of hospital gurneys rolling down hallways at all hours.
There are also stories of a caretaker who hung himself in the boiler room, a handicapped man who wheeled himself off a balcony, as well as a maintenance man crushed to death by the elevator.
CALIFORNIA: The Queen Mary in Long Beach
A historic cruise ship-turned-hotel in Long Beach, California, The Queen Mary boasts 1930s charm... and a haunted reputation.
During its sailing voyages from the 1930s until the 1960s, the Queen Mary saw some 49 recorded deaths — but there are supposedly up to 150 different ghosts that linger around the ship, from the spirit of an 18-year-old ship engineer who died in the engine room, to the Woman in White, who was reportedly a first-class passenger on the ship and has been spotted wearing a long gown and dancing to a silent orchestra in the ship's salon, according to Forbes.
With so many spirits in attendance, it comes as no surprise that The Queen Mary even features its own ghost tour .
COLORADO: The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park
Nestled in the mountains of Colorado, The Stanley Hotel , which opened in 1909, is so creepy it inspired Stephen King's thriller "The Shining."
Recounting the story behind "The Shining" on his website, King wrote that he and his wife, Tabby, spent a night at the Colorado hotel in 1974. They were the only guests, as the hotel was going to close down for the winter. King supposedly had a dream of his 3-year-old son running through the empty hotel and looking over his shoulder, screaming while being chased by a firehose.
He started writing "The Shining" shortly after.
The hotel has hosted many paranormal investigators over the years and even has its own paranormal investigator leading monthly ghost hunts. She's reportedly described the hotel as a "Disneyland for ghosts." Guests have reported doors slamming, lights flickering, chills, and hearing children's laughter.
CONNECTICUT: Captain Grant's 1754 in Preston
Captain Grant's 1754 is a Connecticut bed and breakfast with reports of eerie occurrences. The Connecticut inn is said to be a paranormal hotspot frequented by ghost hunters.
Guests have reported chilling experiences, including sounds of a young girl giggling, issues with electrical outlets and devices, and footsteps and noise coming from the empty attic, the inn's owner, Carol Matsumoto told the Norwich Bulletin.
DELAWARE: The Addy Sea in Bethany Beach
The Addy Sea Bed and Breakfast was built in 1902 and named after John M. Addy , one of Bethany Beach's original settlers who built the home as a summer house for his family. In 1974, the Gravatte family purchased the house, which had already started being used for room and board at the beginning of the Great Depression.
The property is still in the Gravatte family and features many of the historic details from the original home, such as its tin ceilings and fireplaces.
According to Haunted Rooms , three rooms in the Addy Sea are reportedly haunted. There have also reportedly been instances of music coming from nowhere, the scent of perfume filling the air, and footsteps heard on the roof of the hotel.
FLORIDA: Marrero's Guest Mansion in Key West
A historic mansion located off of Duval Street, a famous spot in Florida's Key West islands, Marrero's Guest Mansion is said to be haunted by a ghost named Enriquetta Marrero, the former wife of the mansion's original owner.
Legend has it that the spirit of Enriquetta, who announced that she would "always remain in spirit" prior to her death, continues to linger in the mansion. Her presence is thought to be detected with the scent of her perfume filling a room, or with the swing of the home's chandelier, which she supposedly moves back and forth if she encounters an unsavory guest.
GEORGIA: The Marshall House in Savannah
The Marshall House in historic Savannah, Georgia, was built in 1851 and is chock-full of history and supernatural charm. The hotel served as a hospital during the Civil War as well as two yellow fever epidemics, and some guests claim that former patients haunt the premises.
Other chilling reports at The Marshall House include faucets turning on by themselves and the sounds of children running down the hallways, even when there aren't any children staying at the hotel.
HAWAII: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Oahu
A modern resort on Hawaii's famous Waikiki Beach in Oahu, the Hilton Hawaiian Village conjures images of palm trees, stunning sunsets, and blue waters — but also ghosts.
Some guests have apparently had haunted experiences during their stay , according to CBS News. One guest claims to have witnessed an apparition of a woman in a red dress; legend has it that it's the ghost of a woman who was killed on the hotel premises, or of a volcano goddess known as Madame Pele.
IOWA: Redstone Inn & Suites in Dubuque
Built in the 1890s, the Redstone Inn and Suites was once the home of a prominent entrepreneur named Augustin A. Cooper, who owned a wagon business in the early 1900s.
It's said that ghosts of the Cooper family — specifically a well-dressed man, thought of as the apparition of A. A. Cooper — still linger around the creepy Victorian mansion today. The inn's owner has also reported hearing the sounds of footsteps, even when the home was empty.
IDAHO: Idaho Hotel in Silver City
At Idaho Hotel, which dates back to 1863, ghouls of a bygone era are said to linger — three spirits, in particular, are spotted frequently.
Two of the spirits are said to be of former visitors who had a fatal shootout on the hotel's front steps in the late 1800s , while other reports claim the former owner still haunts the halls .
ILLINOIS: The Drake in Chicago
The Drake in downtown Chicago is known as one of the Windy City's most luxurious hotels.
Its haunted reputation stems from a story about the "Woman in Red," whose ghost apparently haunts the hotel's 10th floor. Legend has it that she found her husband with another woman at a New Year's party in 1920, and died after jumping from a 10th-floor window of the hotel, according to Historic Hotels of America.
INDIANA: Story Inn in Nashville
Story Inn, a charming but haunted bed and breakfast in Nashville, Indiana, is said to be the home of a spirit known as "Blue Lady," who is thought to be the former wife of the inn's namesake, Dr. George Story.
Some guests have reported encounters with the woman's spirit, describing her bright blue eyes and the scent of cherry tobacco. It's said that her spirit makes her presence known by leaving blue items in the inn's rooms, according to an Indiana FOX affiliate.
KANSAS: Midland Railroad Hotel in Wilson
The historic Midland Railroad Hotel was built in 1899, and once was a popular train stop. Allegedly home to a variety of ghosts, the most famous one is that of an orphaned girl who supposedly haunts the hotel's third floor, according to NBC affiliate KSN. The hotel's owner told KSN that she has heard the girl's ghost running down the hallway and knocking on hotel doors.
KENTUCKY: Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast in Bardstown
Described as a building with "iron bars on windows, 30-inch thick limestone walls, and a heavy steel door," Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast is a renovated jail, supposedly haunted by former prisoners whose spirits still lurk around the premises.
Guests have reported cold drafts and mysterious glowing orbs crossing the hotel room after midnight.
LOUISIANA: Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans
Located in New Orleans' historic French Quarter, Bourbon Orleans Hotel was once the site of a ballroom and theater, before being turned into a convent in the late 1800s.
Legend has it that ghosts of children and nuns haunt the hotel, as well as the spirit of a Confederate soldier called "The Man" that roams around the hotel's 3rd and 6th floors, according to the hotel's website.
"It's an extremely haunted place, so get ready for creepy tingles and weird faces and entities showing up in your photos!" wrote one TripAdvisor user.
MAINE: Herbert Grand Hotel in Kingfield
The Herbert Grand Hotel is reportedly haunted by guests who stayed at the hotel in the Prohibition Era. Though the hotel is currently under new management and temporarily closed for renovations, its spooky history makes it worth a visit once it reopens.
It was once the site of a boarding house in the 1830s that burnt down in 1871. In 1918, the building was turned into the Herbert Grand Hotel, which had a basement speakeasy and was the first hotel north of Boston to have in-room telephones.
Legend has it that Maine politicians who gathered at the establishment during Prohibition never left and are now spirits that haunt the hotel — moving furniture, turning off lights, and knocking on doors.
MARYLAND: Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore
Built in 1928, the Lord Baltimore Hotel was one of the tallest structures in the city at the time, and more than 20 people are said to have jumped off its roof during the Great Depression, according to Baltimore Magazine. It's said that those people's ghosts linger around the building to this day.
"I would stay here again, but beware, I heard things about the hotel being haunted, and after staying here I understand why. Lots of strange, and unexplainable things happening," wrote one TripAdvisor reviewer.
MASSACHUSETTS: Hawthorne Hotel in Salem
The Hawthorne Hotel has been in operation since 1925, and has a guesthouse that dates back to 1807. The hotel has been featured in the iconic TV series "Bewitched," and the SyFy show "Ghost Hunters" has investigated supernatural activity there.
According to Historic Hotels of America, room 325 is the most haunted room in the hotel, though people have also spotted the ghost of a woman roaming the 6th-floor hallway. Moving furniture and inexplicable noises have also been reported.
"I had the full [haunted] experience . . . physical contact, crying outside the door, knocking on the door, whispering sounds, and lights flickering. If being in a haunted hotel is what you are looking for, I recommend it," wrote one TripAdvisor user.
MICHIGAN: Terrace Inn in Petoskey
The Terrace Inn is said to be haunted by at least three apparitions, including a man wearing a tweed suit who has been spotted standing over the hotel's balcony; a lady wearing white who wanders the hallways and hotel rooms; and a child in the basement of the inn.
Guests have reported paranormal activity in the form of footsteps and disembodied whispers.
MISSISSIPPI: Duff Green Mansion in Vicksburg
This Mississippi mansion dates back to the 1850s, when it was built by a local cotton broker, Duff Green. When the Civil War reached Vicksburg, Mississippi, the mansion was turned into a hospital for soldiers from both the Union and Confederate armies. It was later used as an orphanage and a headquarters for the Salvation Army.
Legend has it that one of the mansion's guest rooms, now called The Dixie Room, used to be an operating room in which hundreds of amputations occurred. The ghost of a Confederate soldier who had his leg amputated supposedly haunts the mansion today, along with the Green family's youngest daughter, Annie, who died in the mansion from yellow fever at age 6.
Guests have also claimed to have heard heavy footsteps in the stairwell, and seen a woman in a blue gown roaming around the kitchen at night, as well as someone in uniform standing by the front door, according to the Vicksburg Post.
MISSOURI: The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis
The Lemp Mansion has consistently been named one of the most haunted houses in America.
According to a story from OZY about the mansion's history, the house was once owned by the Lemp family, German immigrants who came to St. Louis in the 1800s and founded a brewery. The grand mansion saw the family's darkest moments, including four deaths by suicide under the same roof.
Following the final Lemp descendant's death in the house in 1949, the mansion was sold and turned into a boarding house. Several guests have reported sightings of the Lemp family's ghosts in the form of figures roaming the hallways and appearing in windows, even when nobody is in the room. The mansion now has four rooms that are available to rent overnight .
MINNESOTA: Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre
The Palmer House is one of Minnesota's most infamous haunted hotels. When it opened in 1901 it drew visitors for its ornate architecture and amenities like indoor plumbing and electricity, which was rare outside of Minnesota's Twin Cities at the time.
Hotel owner Kelly Freese told NBC affiliate KARE11 that guests have reportedly heard sounds of children playing in the hallway when no kids were at the hotel and spotted strange figures in the windows.
"If you are into the paranormal or just curious about visits from spirits, this hotel is for you. It did not disappoint," wrote a TripAdvisor reviewer.
MONTANA: The Pollard Hotel in Red Lodge
The Pollard Hotel dates back to 1893, when it was the first brick building built in the town of Red Lodge, Montana. Names like Buffalo Bill Cody, Calamity Jane, and "copper kings" William and Marcus Daly once visited the historic inn, according to retellings of the hotel's history.
Visitors of the Pollard have shared supposed encounters with ghosts: one spirit is said to look like a man wearing 1920s-era clothing, while another apparition apparently leaves behind the scent of perfume when roaming through the hotel rooms and hallways.
"If you're a fan of the paranormal, the hotel is reputed to be haunted. I wasn't visited, but one of our group was. I won't spoil it, but these ghosts are friendly and may provide a bit of fun!" wrote one TripAdvisor user.
NEBRASKA: Arrow Hotel in Broken Bow
The Arrow Hotel, which has been around since 1928, is said to be a paranormal hotspot. According to employees, the hotel's basement and room 205 are its most haunted spots.
Strange happenings reported in the Arrow Hotel include apparitions, furniture moving around by itself, and strange sounds at night.
NEVADA: Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah
Nevada's most haunted hotel, the Mizpah Hotel, opened in 1907 and quickly became a popular destination in the booming mining town of Tonopah.
The historic hotel was renovated in 2011, but retains its antique charm — as well as many of its visitors from a bygone era.
Legend has it that the hotel's "Lady in Red" room is among its most haunted. Named after a woman who frequented the Mizpah Hotel more than a century ago as a woman of the night and was murdered on the 5th floor, the room has supposedly been a hotspot for paranormal activity.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods
Legend has it that the wife of the hotel's original founder, Joseph Stickney, still haunts the resort.
The ghost of Carolyn Stickney can apparently be spotted lingering around the historic resort — whether descending from the hotel's stairs for dinner, or standing outside on the hotel's balcony.
NEW JERSEY: The Southern Mansion in Cape May
The Southern Mansion offers an authentic bed and breakfast experience with a supernatural touch.
Legend has it that spirits of the mansion's original owners and descendants remain at the house. One of the mansion's most notable spirits is supposedly the ghost of Ester Allen, the niece of George Allen, the original owner of the home.
Room 14 is said to be the most haunted one. While staying in the room, guests have reportedly heard a conversation between a ghost couple. The mansion's kitchen and ballroom are also said to be full of paranormal activity, as the hotel's chef once reported an apparition of a man dressed in a military uniform, according to The Press of Atlantic City.
NEW MEXICO: Express St. James Hotel in Cimarron
Visitors of the Express St. James have reported chilling experiences, including the unshakable feeling of "being watched or followed," and finding doors open even when they had been locked before.
One of the hotel's rooms is named after T. James Wright, a man who was shot to death in his room in 1881 after beating other guests in a poker game. It's said that the haunted Wright room, room 14, was locked ever since that deadly night and had to be bolted open in 2009 when the hotel was undergoing renovations.
NEW YORK: Shanley Hotel in Napanoch
Located in the Shawangunk Mountains in Napanoch, New York, the Shanley Hotel is known for being haunted by former guests from more than a century ago.
The hotel's website details some of its haunted rooms, and several guests have recorded supernatural sounds they've heard while at the Shanley, like ghosts having arguments with each other. Some guests even claim to have had conversations with spirits themselves, and many have allegedly seen the ghost of the owner's cat, who apparently tends to roam around the hallways at night.
NORTH CAROLINA: The Biltmore Greensboro in Greensboro
The Biltmore Greensboro opened in 1903, but before becoming the historic hotel that it is today, it was the site of a denim company, a post office, bath houses, and apartment units.
"There have been many people, with good intentions and bad intentions, that have walked these halls, and it's possible some of that energy has been trapped inside," the hotel's general manager, Brian Coleman, told CBS affiliate WFMY. Two spirits, in particular, haunt the premises: Philip, whose death there remains a mystery until this day, and Lydia, who is spotted crying in the hallways.
"We were told that it was haunted and one of us did have a pretty neat experience," wrote a TripAdvisor reviewer about their stay at the historic North Carolina hotel.
NORTH DAKOTA: Rough Riders Hotel in Medora
North Dakota's most haunted hotel is Rough Riders Hotel, named after a cavalry unit led by Theodore Roosevelt.
It is said that the ghost of a young boy haunts a room on the second floor of the hotel: guests have claimed to hear the boy's laughter, as well as other strange sounds and occurrences, like furniture moving.
OHIO: Punderson Manor Lodge and Conference Center in Newbury
According to Ohio.org, legend has it that in 1885, several children died in a fire that destroyed a hotel that was across the lake from where Punderson Lodge is now — which might be why some visitors and employees have reportedly heard the disembodied laughter of children at the manor.
OKLAHOMA: The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City
The Skirvin Hilton hotel in Oklahoma City's haunted reputation stems from a story about its original owner, Bill Skirvin, and a maid, Effie, who was apparently pregnant with Skirvin's child.
According to Historic Hotels of America, Skirvin locked Effie in one of the hotel's rooms, and she and her baby died trying to escape through its window. Guests now report hearing a female voice while alone in their rooms, a baby crying, objects moving on their own, and bizarre noises.
"I'd heard stories of the hotel being haunted, specifically on the 10th floor, and I was on the 11th. One night as I was going to bed, all the lights were out and I heard the distinct sound of a zipper being unzipped directly behind me," wrote a TripAdvisor user of the hotel .
OREGON: Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast in Yachats
What makes this haunted cottage-turned-hotel unique is its stunning location on Oregon's coast. Heceta Head Lighthouse and its adjacent light keeper's home are not only picturesque but are rumored to be haunted — the inn even has a notebook of "ghost stories" compiled by guests.
Built in 1892 and automated in 1963, the lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It's said to be home to "Rue," the apparition of a gray-haired lady in Victorian garb. "She doesn't ever do anything scary or harmful or threatening," manager Misty Anderson told the Register-Guard. "It's more like she's watching over the place. Watching the house and looking for her daughter."
"Heceta Head is one of the most beautiful spots on the entire Oregon coast; throw in a world-famous lighthouse and a chance to stay in the lighthouse keeper's haunted house, and you have a recipe for a truly unique experience," wrote one TripAdvisor user.
PENNSYLVANIA: Tillie Pierce House Inn in Gettysburg
Named after a woman who grew up in the house in the middle of the 19th century, the Tillie Pierce House Inn was built in 1829 , and is known as the state's most haunted hotel. Tillie Pierce was 15 years old during the Battle of Gettysburg, and helped care for wounded soldiers at the time. She wrote a book about her experiences titled "At Gettysburg, Or What A Girl Saw And Heard Of The Battle."
Haunted happenings reported at the old inn include sightings of a ghost cat and multiple apparitions of children, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as a soldier allegedly patrolling up and down stairs .
RHODE ISLAND: Graduate Providence in Providence
Formerly known as the Providence Biltmore, the Graduate Providence is a 1920s hotel with a haunted legacy.
Legend has it that when the Biltmore was built, it was financed by a man named Johan Leisse Weisskopf, who was reportedly a Satanist that performed rituals in the building, which may explain why some guests have reported chilling experiences.
Some haunted instances in the historic hotel include reported sounds of partying and laughing coming from empty rooms.
SOUTH CAROLINA: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel in Charleston
The Mills House in Charleston was built in 1853, destroyed in a fire in 1861, and rebuilt in 1968. It's said to be haunted by ghosts of Confederate soldiers, who supposedly roam the halls at night.
Some visitors have also reportedly spotted the spirit of the commander of the Confederate States Army Robert E. Lee lingering around the old hotel, while other guests have witnessed apparitions of women wearing hoop skirts in the lobby.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton in Rapid City
Hotel Alex Johnson started construction in 1927 — just one day before work began on Mount Rushmore.
The hotel's many haunted legends include a story about a woman known as the Lady in White, allegedly a young bride that died by suicide in one of the rooms, and now wanders the halls of the hotel's 8th floor.
"During the night, I heard lots of laughter and we would peer through the keyhole and there was no one there. I also heard footsteps creeping in our room and I would awaken and there was no one there," wrote one TripAdvisor reviewer .
TENNESSEE: Thomas House in Red Boiling Springs
The Thomas House was once the Cloyd Hotel, and it dates back to the late 1800s. One of the ghosts roaming the premises is said to be that of Sarah Cloyd .
On weekends, visitors can take a ghost tour through the hotel — but some guests may also find that a tour isn't needed to experience supernatural activity on their own.
"We had a personal tour of the infamous haunted room 311. I would definitely stay in this room overnight," wrote one TripAdvisor reviewer about their experience at the old-fashioned hotel.
TEXAS: Hotel Galvez & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Hotel in Galveston
Visitors can dig into Hotel Galvez' haunted reputation with a ghost tour, or stay in one of its many haunted rooms.
The hotel's main spirit is that of Audra, the fiancée of a sailor who killed herself in the hotel when she heard that her future husband's ship had sunk.
Others include that of the ghost of a young girl playing with a ball, a woman in an old-fashioned maid's outfit, as well as reports of mysteriously glowing orbs, breathing sounds, and disembodied children's laughter.
UTAH: The Bigelow Hotel & Residences in Ogden
The Bigelow Hotel was built in 1926 and is said to be haunted by guests who stayed there during Prohibition.
Some guests have reportedly cited haunted experiences that suggest the presence of spirits, like the scent of alcohol or perfume when nobody else is around , according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Rooms 1101 and 1102 are said to be especially haunted.
Salt Lake City news station KSL describes the chilling story: "As the story goes, a bride and mother of a grown son spent her wedding night in room 1102 when she drowned in the room's bathtub. The next day, as her son came to collect her things, he was booked into 1101. Overcome with depression about his mother's unexpected death, people say he took his own life. Together, the two supposedly haunt the hotel."
Some guests claim the spirit of the bride turns on faucets and gives visitors physical pushes and nudges — while the son murmurs to himself or appears as an apparition, the news station reported.
VERMONT: Old Stagecoach Inn in Waterbury
The Old Stagecoach Inn is said to be haunted by ghosts of its former guests.
One of the inn's famous spirits is the ghost of Margaret Annette Henry Spencer, also known as Nettie. Nettie was widowed in 1907 and moved into the inn after traveling the world, according to the Rutland Herald. She died at age 99 and was buried in a cemetery next to the inn. It's said that Nettie's spirit haunts the Old Stagecoach Inn, moving furniture, pushing rocking chairs, and removing sheets from beds.
VIRGINIA: Wayside Inn in Middletown
The Wayside Inn opened in 1797, making it one of the oldest continuously operated inns in the US. It's no wonder it has picked up a few ghosts during that time.
Inn employees have spotted apparitions, including a figure that resembled a woman in a grand blue dress, while some guests have reported objects in their room moving overnight, as well as discovering drastically chilly spots.
One of the inn's most notoriously haunted spots is the windowless dining room, which used to be a slave kitchen. It's said that cameras and electronic devices have been known to shut off randomly in the enclosed space, according to the Northern Virginia Daily.
One TripAdvisor user also reported a haunting experience in one of the inn's famous suites, called the Old Dominion room. "I can say that late at night both evenings, we heard what sounded like someone moving furniture across a wooden floor," they wrote.
WASHINGTON: Manresa Castle in Townsend
Manresa Castle was built in 1892 as the home of the Eisenbeis family, a prominent and wealthy family in Port Townsend.
The mansion was abandoned in 1902 and sat empty until 1925, when it was used as a vacation house for nuns who taught students in nearby Seattle. In 1968, the Victorian castle was made into the hotel that still stands today, and legend has it that guests occasionally encounter ghosts of previous residents.
"We heard footsteps and something tapping the wall or handrail but did not see anyone. Fingers stroked my friend's back while she was sitting on the love seat in our room. I walked barefoot into the bathroom and after I stopped walking, I heard one more footstep. . . I gave a good rating because nothing beats a quirky castle and paranormal experiences!" wrote a TripAdvisor user.
WEST VIRGINIA: The Lowe Hotel in Point Pleasant
The Lowe Hotel in the historic district of Point Pleasant was built in 1901 .
It is said to be home to a plethora of ghosts : there's a beautiful woman dancing on the second-floor mezzanine, believed to be the ghost of Juliette Smith, daughter of the hotel's original manager, Homer Smith; a young child riding a tricycle down around hallways; and a 1930s-looking bearded man on the 3rd floor.
Reports of glowing orbs and sudden chills are also commonplace.
"Plenty of historic hotels and inns advertise being haunted, but The Lowe Hotel is the real deal," wrote one TripAdvisor user.
WISCONSIN: The Karsten Hotel in Kewaunee
Local history claims that the Karsten Hotel is haunted by the ghost of its original owner and the hotel's namesake, William Karsten, as well as his grandson, William "Billy" Karsten III, who can supposedly be heard running down hallways giggling.
"It is haunted, but in a happy way. Hearing little Billy running down the hallway was thrilling," said one TripAdvisor user.
WYOMING: The Historic Occidental Hotel & Saloon in Buffalo
A saloon and brothel turned luxe hotel, the Occidental has seen famous figures from Buffalo Bill Cody to Theodore Roosevelt passing through since it opened in 1880.
Allegedly, it is home to a ghost named Emily, who died from cholera in the early 1900s in one of the hotel rooms. Guests have reported hearing her move furniture around, hearing her laugh, and having her tap them on the shoulder.
It's also believed that Theodore Roosevelt's ghost can be spotted prepping for a fishing trip in the hotel's upstairs library, according to radio station 95.1.
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The 50 Most Haunted Hotels in America
Embark on a journey through the most haunted hotels in America, as we explore the eeriest accommodations from coast to coast. Uncover chilling legends and enigmatic histories that have left an indelible mark on these hotels, making them truly unforgettable.
From whispers of ghostly guests to tragic events that linger, these hotels offer a unique blend of history and mystery. Whether you’re a ghost hunter or a curious traveler, this collection promises to intrigue and captivate. See which haunted rooms we recommend, then get ready to check-in.
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St. James Hotel - Selma, Alabama
Most Haunted Rooms: 214, 314, 315
One of the oldest buildings in Alabama, built in 1837, the St. James Hotel in Selma, was used as the headquarters for Union troops during the Civil War, surviving the burning of city buildings after the Battle of Selma. It’s reportedly home to 3 known specters: Jesse James, Jesse James’ girlfriend Lucinda, and a dog.
The apparition of a man (believed to be James) wearing Cowboy attire from the 1880s has been witnessed by many guests and staff alike, walking out of rooms 214, 314 315 – the places in which he stayed during his many visits here. He’s also been seen sitting in the bar at his favorite corner table!
The spirit of his lover, Lucinda, has been witnessed walking down the hotel hallways, often preceded by the smell of lavender, which was known to be her favorite aroma. A dog (James’ pet) is also known to haunt the hotel, running down corridors and barking in the hotel’s courtyard!
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Historic Anchorage Hotel - Anchorage, Alaska
Most Haunted Rooms: 215, 217
Full Review: Historic Anchorage Hotel
It was a difficult choice between the Alaskan Hotel in Juneau and the Anchorage Hotel, but the Anchorage just about edges it. Built in 1916 as a central meeting point for people from all over Alaska, the Historic Anchorage Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The sheer number of reports emanating from this hotel over the years is staggering. One of the most well-known hauntings of the hotel relates to the very first Chief of Police of Anchorage, who was shot in the back outside the hotel by a bullet from his gun!
Other reports include a woman in white who’s been seen wandering throughout the hotel, the apparitions of little children, and the sighting of a young girl ghost on the second floor.
Nobody knows who these children might be, but activity seems to center around Rooms 215 and 217, with guests, often reporting various paranormal activity.
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Copper Queen Hotel - Bisbee, Arizona
Most Haunted Rooms: 315
Full Review: Copper Queen Hotel
The oldest continually operating hotel in the Grand Canyon State, the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, was originally built in 1902. It’s not known just how many spirits haunt the property.
However, the most well-known is Julia Lowell’s ghost, a prostitute who worked in the hotel during the early 1920s and 30s. It’s widely believed that Julia, having been shunned by one of her clients, took her own life in the bathtub of room 315.
Another spirit that haunts this infamously haunted hotel is that of a little boy whose mother worked at the hotel. It’s believed he drowned whilst swimming in the nearby San Pedro River.
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1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Most Haunted Rooms: 202, 218, 419, 424
Full Review: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
Considered by many paranormal experts to be not only one of the most haunted places in the state of Arkansas but one of the most place haunted places in the US. The self-proclaimed most haunted hotel in America has a harrowing history surrounding the paranormal goings-on.
A former hospital set up by Norman Baker promised to cure cancer when, in reality, Baker was nothing but a snake oil salesman with no license to practice medicine. Under his care, many of his patients ended up dying in the hotel. There was even a morgue in the hotel’s basement (now the spa).
As well as many of Baker’s unfortunate patients roaming the halls, there’s also the ghost of a construction worker who died during the hotel’s initial construction as a girls’ school in 1886. He’s said to haunt room 218.
Room 419 is believed to be haunted by Theodora’s ghost, one of the nurses who once worked under Baker. Guests and staff alike also regularly report nurses walking the halls, pushing wheelchairs!
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The Queen Mary - Long Beach, California
Most Haunted Rooms: Stateroom B340
Full Review: The Queen Mary Hotel
Regarded by many as one of the most haunted hotels in the United States, the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, CA, certainly promises a lot. There are so many haunted areas on this ship that investigators and paranormal experts don’t know where to start discussing them.
One of the most infamously haunted locations on the ship is the old First Class swimming pool. It’s believed two women died here mysteriously in the 1930s and the 1960s. Psychics have also reported a dark entity that likes to hang around the old changing room area!
Cabin B340, closed for years due to the sheer amount of activity guests were reporting, has now been reopened as Stateroom B340 for any of those brave enough to spend the night.
Reports include such things as faucets turning on and off, bedsheets being pulled off in the dead of night, and waking up to a dark figure standing at the end of the bed!
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Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado
Most Haunted Rooms: 217, 401, 428
Full Review: The Stanley Hotel
Who doesn’t love to be scared by Stephen King? He knew just where to look when coming up with a real-life haunted hotel, and it was The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO.
In case you missed it, his movie The Shining was based on this eerie place. The Stanley offers several ghost tours, and guests can even visit the dark, underground tunnels beneath the hotel.
F.O. Stanley, the hotel’s original owner, is known to haunt the hotel, accompanied by his wife. They are always dressed in formal attire and appear on the main staircase and other public areas.
If you happen to be sitting near the piano and it plays by itself, well, just another day at The Stanley Hotel.
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Captain Grant's 1754 - Preston, Connecticut
Most Haunted Rooms: Adelaide Room
Website: Captain Grant’s 1754
Built in 1754 by Captain William Grant for him and his wife, Mercy Adelaide Avery, and their children, the family resided here until Mercy’s death in 1861. During the Revolutionary War, the inn was used by Continental Army soldiers, and escaped slaves were hidden here during the Civil War.
The vast amount of paranormal activity started to occur here during renovations back in 1994 and continued when it reopened in 1995. Often guests would hear banging on their doors, the feeling of having their faces touched, apparitions of children, and the sighting of strange shapes in pictures and with their own eyes.
The inn’s most haunted area is named the Adelaide Room, as it’s here where Mercy is often seen. She’s known to appear to guests in the dead of night, wearing Colonial garb and sometimes holding hands with two children.
Guests staying in the Adelaide Room also experience the TV turning on and off, and the shower curtain will detach from the rod as if pulled by unseen hands!
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Addy Sea - Bethany Beach, Delaware
Most Haunted Rooms: 1, 6, 11
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Situated in the small coastal town of Bethany Beach, the Addy Sea Bed and Breakfast boasts Victorian charm and mesmerizing ocean views. However, this inviting haven holds spine-chilling secrets. Known as one of Delaware’s most haunted hotels, the Addy Sea leaves guests intrigued and slightly uneasy, especially with its famous copper bathtub that inexplicably vibrates!
Rumors of paranormal activity surround Rooms 1, 6, and 11. In Room 1, guests experience the unsettling sensation of a violently shaking bathtub. Room 6 harbors its own mysteries, as visitors report the haunting sound of organ music, despite the absence of any such instrument. Room 11 is said to be haunted by Paul Delaney, a former Addy Sea employee whose spirit lingers.
As night falls, the hotel’s eerie atmosphere intensifies. Guests recount the sensation of a ghostly presence sprinting through the hallways, accompanied by the scent of phantom perfume. The enigmatic melody of an unseen instrument drifts through the corridors, adding to the chilling ambiance. On the roof, the ghostly footsteps of Kurty Addy, who tragically fell to his demise years ago, can be heard echoing in the darkness.
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The Biltmore Hotel - Miami, Florida
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The Biltmore Hotel at Coral Gables in Miami was built in 1926, a hotspot for traveling royalty and the most famous and glamorous celebs.
During the Second World War, the hotel was temporarily repurposed as a military hospital. After the war, it served as a hospital for VAs and the first University of Miami until the hospital closed in 1968.
Left as a shell up until it was restored and reopened in 1987, it was now considerably more haunted than when it first opened in the ’20s. Ever since the grand reopening, there have been numerous paranormal reports on an almost weekly basis. Lights are known to turn on and off by themselves, and doors open and close by unseen hands.
A woman in white is regularly reported walking the halls and appearing in guest rooms, and Fatty Walsh, the notorious mobster, is apparently haunting the building as well. He was shot dead at the hotel back in the late 1920s after a card game went sour.
Guests and staff alike have witnessed his apparition several times, hanging out in the hotel lobby.
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Marshall House Hotel - Savannah, Georgia
Most Haunted Rooms: 214, 306, 314, 414
Full Review: The Marshall House, Savannah, GA
Originally built in 1851 in Savannah’s historic downtown (regarded as the most haunted city in America btw), the Marshall House is the oldest hotel in the city. During the Civil War, the inn was occupied by troops led by General William Tecumseh Sherman, and it was here where wounded soldiers had limbs amputated.
A terrifying ordeal on its own, but these soldiers endured these torturous procedures without the use of anesthetic, their blood-curdling screams heard throughout the area.
The bones from the amputated limbs were found under the floorboards of the Marshall House during renovations! The Marshall House was again utilized as a hospital during the Yellow fever Epidemic of the mid-1800s.
You can only imagine just how many poor souls met their end here. It’s believed that the spirits of those that passed are still hanging around the hotel, and guests and staff have heard the voices and the screams of those that tragically died all those years ago.
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Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa - Big Island, Hawaii
According to reports from locals, the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay has been haunted for many years. Although the name and owner of the hotel have changed numerous times over the years, the stories of the hauntings remain.
It’s widely believed to be the home to the spirits of two little girls, who regularly make noise running up and down the hallways at night, and when guests open the doors to ask them to be quiet, nobody is there, and the running continues.
Guards are so used to this now they simply tell guests there’s nothing they can do since it’s the two girl ghosts making the noise!
If you’re walking around the hotel grounds, you may come across an apparition standing on the edge of the cliffs at the front of the hotel, and if you blink or look away for a second, the apparition disappears! It’s believed the hauntings around this hotel point back to the ancient battleground where the hotel’s foundations now rest.
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Gooding University Inn and Resort - Gooding, Idaho
In 1917, the building served as a dormitory for students studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree at Gooding College. The school operated until 1938, at which point the Methodist Church took over the building’s ownership as the college ran into financial difficulty.
In 1941 the Methodist Church gifted the building to the state of Idaho for use as tuberculosis. However, due to the shortage of skilled personnel and medical equipment, it didn’t begin its life as a tuberculosis facility until 1947. The TB hospital was one of the most advanced in the country and was in operation until 1976.
Now, the current reincarnation of the building is a unique inn with dorm-style accommodation. However, the patients of the former TB patients are still believed to walk the halls at night, and given there are many unmarked graves right next to the building, it’s little surprise that these poor souls can’t find peace!
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Original Springs Hotel - Okawville, Illinois
Most Haunted Rooms: All rooms have reported activity
Hotel Website: The Original Springs Hotel
Opening in 1885, taking advantage of the healing waters hidden under the town, the Original Springs Hotel in Okawville, Illinois, has long been regarded as one of Illinois’ most haunted locations! Thousands of visitors flocked to the hotel over the years, many of which have left a tangible part of them behind.
Reports of hauntings have been ever-present at the hotel for generations, with the sighting of a woman in white, disembodied whispers coming from the rooms, and sinister feelings of being watched.
Several documented suicides, stories of gangsters, deaths, and the water’s mysterious healing properties make this historic hotel one of the most interesting haunted properties in the country!
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Roads Hotel - Atlanta, Indiana
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It is believed that Abraham Kauffman built Roads Hotel back in 1893 when it was a layover stop for the railroad.
Over the years, the hotel has certainly made its mark with a history that includes a hotel, brothel, speakeasy, and boarding house.
Many notable people have stayed here over the years, including John Dillinger and Al Capone, who have passed through this hotel’s doors, but not all of them have left. Those that did not leave are still there to entertain those people looking for a night of paranormal activity.
It is one of Indiana’s most haunted locations, with multiple ghosts calling it home. Some of the sightings from guests include men, women, and children.
It isn’t unusual for people to hear disembodied voices and phantom footsteps. There are also reports of lights turning on and off and also of doors opening or closing by themselves.
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Mason House Inn - Bentonsport, Iowa
Most Haunted Rooms: 5, 7, 8
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Built in 1846 as a steamboat inn, the Mason House has welcomed guests for generations. Some of which have never left! The whole property has reports of some kind of activity, with the owners saying there are at least five spirits that they know of.
Room 5 is believed to be the home of a young boy who likes to poke people and pull at guests’ clothing. His apparition likes to make an appearance on the landing! Room 7 is the home of a spirit named Knapp, who was reportedly murdered there many years ago.
One of the most frightening reports from the Mason House Inn is the manifestation of a head floating across Room 8! There’s also the spirit of an elderly woman known to walk the empty rooms on the third floor.
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Eldridge Hotel - Lawrence, Kansas
Most Haunted Rooms: 506
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Originally known as the Free State Hotel, when it was first built in 1855, the Eldridge has suffered not just one disastrous fire, but two! After many years in operation, the hotel closed and converted to apartments in 1970, and in 1980 it was restored to its original splendor as a hotel.
As well as playing host to many famous and illustrious guests over the years, the hotel claims to play host to many ghosts. Many believe that the hotel’s fifth floor is actually a portal, with most of the activity happening on this floor, especially centered around room 506.
Guests and staff often report sudden unexplainable cold spots and the feeling of somebody being in the room with them throughout the fifth floor.
Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast - Bardstown, Kentucky
Most Haunted Areas: The Jail Cell Room, The Courtyard
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Originally built back in 1797, the Old County Jail, as it was known then, was in operation until 1987. It served Nelson County and surrounding areas for 100 years, making it the oldest continuously operated jail in Kentucky, and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
In 1988, it was purchased by the McCoy family and renovated into a family-run Bed and Breakfast.
Since opening as a B&B, guests and staff alike have reported many strange goings-on in the old jail complex. One of the most common occurrences is the sound of phantom footsteps echoing around the rooms and hallways.
Some other strange happenings include the sounds of crying, piano music, and disembodied voices!
Myrtles Plantation - St. Francisville, Louisiana
Located in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana, The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville was built in 1796 and was originally called Laurel Grove. For many years, the plantation was run by General David Bradford, living there alone, away from his family.
It wasn’t until 1800 that his family was able to join him after President John Adams pardoned him for the key role he played during the whiskey rebellion in 1799. The plantation remained in the family until 1851 and exchanged hands several times until it became a bed and breakfast.
It’s now regarded by many to be among the most haunted hotels in the South. Appearing in books, national publications, and many TV shows, the Myrtles Plantation is considered one of the finest hotels in America and one of the most haunted plantations in Louisiana for a spot of ghost hunting!
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Captain Fairfield Inn - Kennebunkport, Maine
Built as far back as 1813 by Captain James Fairfield, the home now known as the Captain Fairfield Inn was a private residence up until 1991 when it became the bed and breakfast it is today. A typical looking cozy New England home to onlookers, the Captain Fairfield Inn has a darker side.
If you’re in the basement, you may come face to face with the apparition of Fairfield himself. He’s known to appear throughout the inn and has been seen numerous times, though one thing is common amongst those that have witnessed him, they all state that they don’t feel he has sinister intentions. In fact, it’s the complete opposite.
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The Maryland Inn - Annapolis, Maryland
Built in 1772, the Maryland Inn in Annapolis, Maryland is home to countless spirits, some believed to be from the inn’s beginnings.
Staff and guests have reported several unexplainable occurrences, including disembodied footsteps, sudden cold spots, and strange scents as if someone not part of the living was passing by.
Other more terrifying reports are a full-bodied apparition of a former sea captain, who’s believed to have been killed outside the inn after being hit by a bolting carriage. People have also reported the appearance of a woman in black on the staircase, thought to be the spirit of a woman who fell to her death.
In the inns’ basement, you may come across some merry spirits walking up to what was the old taproom, hoping for a touch of ale and some companionship.
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The Lizzie Borden House - Fall River, Massachusetts
Located 53 miles south of Boston, The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River should definitely be on any person’s visit to the area. If you’ve ever heard the children’s rhyme, “Lizzie Borden took an ax, gave her mother 40 whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41,” then you’re familiar with what makes this house so infamous.
The double homicide which took place on that fateful morning in 1892 is known to many Americans, but what they may not know is the house is now one of the most haunted inns in the United States.
Many avid ghost hunters travel across the country to have the chance to make contact with Lizzie’s father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother Abby Borden.
It’s unknown whether it’s the couple behind some of the activity that includes doors slamming shut, disembodied voices, and crying. Still, there has been the sighting of a woman in Victorian clothing cleaning around the house.
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Terrace Inn - Petoskey, Michigan
The Terrace Inn in Petoskey, Michigan, was built on an old boarding house in 1910. The inn is reportedly haunted by at least three spirits, all of whom can manifest themselves. In fact, there have been numerous reports of apparitions appearing in front of both guests and staff alike over the years.
There’s apparently the apparition of a gentleman often seen on the inn’s balcony, always wearing a tweed suit; a woman in white who likes to explore the whole hotel, appearing in rooms and walking hallways; and also a child who often appears in the inn’s basement.
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Historic Calumet Inn - Pipestone, Minnesota
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Room 308
Built in 1888 as a railroad stopover, the Historic Calumet Hotel in Pipestone, Minnesota, is one of Missouri’s most historical and most certainly haunted hotels.
Located at the corner of Main Street and Hiawatha Avenue, the building is not the first to grace this address, and it perhaps explains why there may be more cause for ghostly activity.
The original three-story wood-framed building was destroyed by fire in 1886, claiming Rev. Alfred Stoddard Orcutt’s life. Another fire was to engulf the hotel on Valentine’s Day 1944, claiming the life of a guest named Chris E. Herschberger.
Paranormal goings-on at the hotel are rife, but there is a particular concentration on Room 308, the room where Herschberger died that fateful night in 1944.
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Duff Green Mansion - Vicksburg, Mississippi
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Dixie Room is believed to be the most active spot for the one-legged Confederate soldier.
Built in 1856 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, by local cotton entrepreneur Duff Green, the Duff Green Mansion is believed to be the residence of at least 10 spirits. Due to its age and its variety of uses including a private residence, Civil War field hospital, and orphanage, it’s little wonder there are so many ghosts.
Green’s wife, Mary, is believed to be the most active of all the spirits here, her apparition seen on countless occasions walking down hallways and through rooms before fading away before your eyes.
Another of the Green family haunts the house with Mary’s daughter Annie also spotted roaming the halls. Annie is reported to have died aged five after succumbing to yellow fever.
As well as Annie and Mary, there’s also the apparition of a Confederate soldier with one leg, as well as many more accounts of hauntings that investigators, guests, and staff have all witnessed!
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The Lemp Mansion Inn - St. Louis, Missouri
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: The William Lemp Suite | Lavendar Lady Suite | Elsa Lemp Suite
Regularly featured in the top haunted hotel lists is the Lemp Mansion Inn & Restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri. Built in the early 1860s, the mansion was the home of William J. Lemp and his family – he and his family saw incredible success from his local brewing company, but perhaps more fitting to this story is the family also suffered from struggles too.
Plagued by death, the family saw 5 of its members die by suicide, and the heir to the Lemp Mansion fortune (Frederick Lemp) died from mysterious circumstances in 1901. His father, William Lemp, was unable to deal with his son’s tragic loss, and three years later, he killed himself with a gunshot to the head in one of the mansion’s bedrooms.
There’s a wide array of activity reported at the inn, but it doesn’t seem centered around any particular area. Claims are often heard of disembodied voices, bangs on doors, phantom footsteps, full-bodied apparitions, poltergeist activity, and more!
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The Grand Union Hotel - Benton, Montana
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Room 202
Built in 1882, the Grand Union Hotel is located in Fort Benton, the oldest Montana settlement. The historic hotel itself, being the longest operating hotel in the Big Sky Country, is, as you’d expect, full of paranormal activity.
Although most of the reports here are tame, it doesn’t take anything away from it being one of the most haunted hotels in the country. The sounds of stomping hooves are heard, likely due to a drunk cowboy that was shot to death on his horse whilst trying to ride on horseback up the staircase.
If you’re awoken in the middle of the night to the sounds of running up and down the halls, don’t complain; it’s just the spirits of children having fun. One of the strangest occurrences here happens in room 202, where mysterious blue lights are said to flash across the room without explanation.
There’s also the apparition of a man in a long dark cloak that’s been witnessed wandering around the hotel.
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Arrow Hotel - Broken Bow, Nebraska
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Room 205
Although the Arrow Hotel is relatively young compared to other haunted hotels on this list, having been built in 1928, it has many known spirits hanging around. One of the former owners is said to have died in the hotel, and his apparition is often seen going up and down the stairs leading to the kitchens.
There are more reports of other apparitions that wander the hotel, one is described as an old and gaunt gentleman with gray hair, and another is a woman with long red hair. Many locals believe this is a witch called Ivy, buried in the nearby Madison Square cemetery.
She’s known to appear all around town, with people describing her presence as friendly at first, but she quickly turns evil and is known to physically harm people before disappearing in front of their eyes.
Staff and previous guests say that room 205 is particularly active and that the basement also has a lot of activity.
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Mizpah Hotel - Tonopah, Nevada
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS:
- Room 502 (The Lady In Red Suite)
Opening in 1907, the Mizpah Hotel was one of the leading luxury hotels of its time. The historic hotel was in operation up until 1999 and was later restored and re-opened in 2011, with the spirits of many of its former guests still lingering.
Nevada’s most haunted hotel is now home to multiple spirits, one of whom goes by the name of Rose (aka the Lady in Red), a prostitute killed on the 5th floor of the hotel by one of her clients. She’s known to visit several guest rooms and will often leave behind a single pearl. Room 502 is the room she was murdered in and is the most active of all.
As well as Rose, there are believed to be the spirits of children that play in the hallways, a phantom figure who likes to taunt guests, and guests have even reported things moving around their rooms by unseen hands!
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Mount Washington Resort - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Room 314 (The Carolyn Stickney Suite)
Our look at the most haunted hotels in America brings us to this immense hotel located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and it’s, of course, home to some eerie goings-on.
A woman named Carolyn Stickney, who died in 1939, haunts the Mount Washington Resort. She goes around tapping on doors, and if she comes into your room (whether you invited her in or not), she will borrow your clothes.
Being a proper Victorian lady, she will always return those items she takes. For the best chance of seeing the Princess, as Carolyn is known, book a stay in Room 314. There you will find her four-poster bed, and Carolyn may even be sitting on it in the middle of the night.
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The Southern Mansion - Cape May, New Jersey
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Room 14
Built in 1863 as a private country estate for the Allen family, the mansion remained in the family’s hands until 1946, when the last living relative of the Allen family, Ester Mercur, died. Numerous spirits from the Allen family haunt the mansion, but Ester makes her presence felt the most, often accompanied by the smell of strong perfume.
If you’re staying in room 14, you may hear the disembodied conversation of a man and a woman. In the ballroom and kitchen, a chef has reported seeing the apparition of a man in military uniform.
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St. James Hotel - Cimarron, New Mexico
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Room 18
Constructed in 1872 on the historic Santa Fe trail, the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, NM, drew in quite the array of visitors to the Old West, including Jess James, Buffalo Bill, Wyatt Earp, and Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, and Thomas James Wright.
It’s believed that at least a few of these colorful characters remain tied to the hotel they frequented during their lives.
The hotel was one of the wildest spots in the Wild West, with reportedly over 26 known deaths that occurred here, with many more unreported. The majority of them are gun-related. You can even see gun holes in the walls throughout the hotel.
Guests have reported countless unnerving experiences when staying here, with a common report of people feeling like they’re being watched or followed. A man named Thomas J. Wright is apparently the most prominent ghost at the hotel.
He was murdered in 1881 with a bullet to the back after he won the deeds to the hotel in a game of poker. His ghost haunts room 18, which remains unbooked to keep his ill-temper at bay.
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The Shanley Hotel - Napanoch, New York
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: All rooms have significant activity
Regarding many paranormal enthusiasts as the most haunted hotel on the east coast, the Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, New York, certainly has a haunted reputation. Judging from the sheer number of haunted happenings reported here, it promises a lot!
The first record of a hotel on the site was in 1845 when Ritch’s Hotel was built. It changed hands and names a few times until 1895 when a fire took hold of several buildings around town. The Shanley Hotel was one of those destroyed. Not to be deterred, the Shanley Hotel was rebuilt in November of the same year, standing the same today as it was back then.
Disembodied voices, full-bodied apparitions, and unseen bodies getting into bed with you, it’s all part of a routine night at the Shanley Hotel!
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The Biltmore Hotel - Greensboro, North Carolina
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Room 302 / Room 223
Built in 1903 for use as an office building for the Denim company of the Cone Brothers, the building served many uses until today, including as a post office, apartment units, and even a brothel. According to many, at least 2 ghosts here, and judging by the activity witnessed here, it’s likely a lot more.
Perhaps the most well-known ghost here is Philip, an accountant employed by the Cone Brothers. He apparently discovered discrepancies in the company books and was subsequently murdered in the alley down the side of the Biltmore.
His ghost is believed to hang around room 302 and has, on occasion, appeared to guests standing at the foot of their beds.
Another spirit at the hotel is Lydia, one of the working girls during its operation as a brothel. An ill-tempered client is believed to have thrown Lydia down the staircase to her death. Her old room 223 is where she likes to return, often appearing as a full-bodied apparition walking across the room, her full head of red hair on display.
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Rough Riders Hotel - Medora, North Dakota
North Dakota’s oldest and most haunted hotel, the Rough Riders Hotel in Medora, ND, has been welcoming guests since 1884. Named after a Cavalry unit led by Theodore Roosevelt, the hotel once played host to the famous U.S. President.
According to reports, guests and staff alike have witnessed the ghost of a little boy on the hotel’s top floor. His spirit likes to play with guests tapping on walls and banging on doors, and he can be heard laughing by guests.
There’s not much more detail surrounding who else or what else may be haunting the hotel, but people have witnessed furniture moving and strange sounds and occurrences that can’t be explained.
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Historic Buxton Inn - Granville, Ohio
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Rooms 7 and 9
With over 200 years of history, it’s little wonder that the Buxton Inn is one of the most haunted hotels in America! Many of the inn’s previous owners, inhabitants, and innkeepers stick around the hotel to this day.
The apparition of Granger himself and Major Horton Buxton (after whom the inn was named), have been witnessed throughout the inn. Known as ‘the Blue Lady,’ Bonnie Bounell, a former innkeeper, favors room 9.
Inside room 7, there’s the presence of a much darker entity, with guests often reporting the feeling of severe discomfort in that room. This feeling has also been reported by many staff and owners in the basement of the inn.
Also, there have been sightings of a ghost cat, phantom footsteps, and disembodied voices calling people’s names.
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The Skirvin Hilton - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Rooms on the 10th and 11th Floors.
The story of the hauntings at the Skirvin Hotel in OKC centers around a hotel maid named Effie, and the original owner, Bill Skirvin.
After becoming pregnant and subsequently giving birth to Skirvin’s child, Effie was locked in a room on the 10th floor. One fateful evening, Effie and her child fell to their death from one of the windows on the 10th floor.
It’s not known whether she was trying to escape, she committed suicide, or she was pushed.
There are several paranormal goings-on at the hotel, but Effie’s ghost is believed to be behind most of it. Guests have reported hearing a woman’s voice when alone in their rooms. They’ve also heard a woman’s disembodied screams and the crying of a baby from empty rooms.
Also, guests and staff have reported the sighting of a female apparition, witnessed objects moving on their own, and a string of bizarre occurrences that lead many to believe the Skirvin Hilton is one of the most haunted places to stay in America.
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The Historic Wolf Creek Inn - Wolf Creek, Oregon
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: All rooms have activity, though the Clark Gable Suite has numerous reports of a female entity manifesting.
Established in 1883, the Historic Wolf Creek Inn in Wolf Creek, Oregon, is the oldest continuously operating inn in the Pacific Northwest. Aside from being a beautiful old inn in an idyllic setting, the Wolf Creek Inn is also home to several interesting hauntings.
Perhaps the most famous of the supposed several entities at the Wolf Creek Inn is American novelist Jack London. London was said to have loved the inn and regularly made the trip, finishing the novel Valley of the Moon there one summer. His ghost is known to haunt the room he used to stay in, with guests often reporting his apparition and hearing his voice.
Most of the spirits that haunt the inn are well-intentioned, though there is a much darker entity that hangs around the property and haunts the inn’s grounds. Referred to as a “vampire-like creature,” it has been seen numerous times terrifying guests and staff alike for years.
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Historic Hotel Bethlehem - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS
For those keen to book a room with a boo, the Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem, PA, advertise their rooms as such. Built in 1922, there’s a history of a building on this site as far back as 1741 when the famous “First House of Bethlehem” was located here.
Proud of its reputation as one of the most haunted hotels in the country, the Hotel Bethlehem doesn’t lack a good ghost story or two. The hotel’s most haunted area is believed to be room 932, where several strange occurrences have been reported. One particular experience would terrify anybody, whereupon returning to their rooms, guests would come face to face with the apparition of a man, demanding why they’re in his room only to turn on the lights and see him vanish.
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The Graduate Providence - Providence, Rhode Island
Perhaps better known by paranormal enthusiasts as the Providence Biltmore, the Graduate Providence is a luxurious early 1900s hotel with one of the most haunted reputations of any hotel in the states. It was named the most haunted hotel in the United States in 2000 by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
Most of the hauntings at the Graduate Providence are said to stem from the many murders that took place here during the prohibition era.
However, legend has it that the hotel financer and known Satanist, Johan Leisse Weisskopf, carried out numerous Satanic rituals in the building. In fact, he had a chicken coop installed on the roof of the hotel so he would have a steady supply of sacrifices to make for his weekly rituals.
During the stock market crash of 1929, Weisskopf stayed in one of the rooms on the 14th floor when he heard the news. He supposedly jumped to his death shortly after.
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The Battery Carriage House Inn - Charleston, South Carolina
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Room 3 / 8 / 10
Located in the Battery district of the oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston’s Battery Carriage House is a step back in time to a bygone era. Set amongst cobblestone streets and pastel antebellum houses, the Battery Carriage House Inn is idyllic, yes, but it’s also one of the most haunted hotels in America.
The most active room in the inn is room 8, with numerous reports emanating from there, including the manifestation of a gray mass, the apparition of a headless torso, and the general feeling of someone in the room with you. Room 10 is another hotspot with the wispy gray figure of a man making himself known to guests walking through the door into the room.
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The Historic Fairmont Hotel - Deadwood, South Dakota
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: The third floor is particularly active.
Though not offering guests a bed anymore, the Fairmont does have a restaurant and runs regular ghost tours of the upper floors.
Established in 1895 and a former bordello and saloon, the Fairmont Hotel in Deadwood, South Dakota, has seen its fair share of seedy and troubled clientele. One particular story tells of a woman named Margaret Broadwater, who used to work at the bordello. She is reported to have committed suicide by jumping out of the third-floor window after finding out she was pregnant. Her ghost is known to lurk around the hotel in the shadows.
At least three other ghosts are known to haunt the hotel. Two of them died on the same night, with one murdering the other in a fit of jealous rage seeing his girlfriend “entertaining” this client. The murderer then accidentally shot himself after trying to escape, bleeding to death on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. Both these spirits have been witnessed around the hotel, with guests often seeing their full-bodied apparitions.
There’s also believed to be the ghost of a little boy who has made himself known to guests in pictures.
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Thomas House Hotel - Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Room 17, 35, 37
Built in 1890 as a place of relaxation for the rich and famous, the Thomas House Hotel in Red Boiling Springs, TN, isn’t just luxury and refinement. It’s recently been listed as one of the most haunted places in America.
Moving beds, unexplainable cold spots, shadow figures, and disembodied voices are just some of the reports emanating from this extremely haunted building.
The hotel has seen its fair share of disaster and tragedy over the years, with three fires, numerous deaths, murders, and accidents. There are also stories of this property once being the home of a cult!
Sitting on limestone, an underground spring, as well as on the path of an ancient Indian Trail, and an intersection of two creeks, it’s little wonder there is so much paranormal activity going on here.
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Miss Molly's Hotel - Fort Worth, Texas
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: All 8 rooms have activity here.
On the surface, Miss Molly’s looks just like you would expect of an adorable western-themed bed and breakfast; however, under the surface lies a darker side.
Established in 1910 as a boarding house known as Palace Rooms, it changed hands several times over the years, and the nature of its business changed too, including use as a speakeasy and then later as a bordello. It was during the time as bordello that many ladies of the night met their fateful end.
The hotel is host to many full-bodied apparitions. They usually appear as pale, floating figures walking the rooms and hallway.
As well as the spirits of prostitutes, one of the most prominent ghosts is that of a young girl, maybe eight or nine years old, sometimes seen in the former owner’s rooms. Often believed to be former tenants of the hotel, not much is known about their origins.
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Holiday Inn Express - Salt Lake City, Utah
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: If you’re booking a night here, request any room on the 13th floor and pay a visit to the pool area and games room.
Established in the 1970s, when known as the Shilo Inn, the Holiday Inn Express in Salt Lake City is a well-known city landmark, and perhaps not for the right reasons. Known for years as the Shilo Inn with its red neon vegas-style lights, it was regarded by many as the ugliest building in Salt Lake City.
During the 1970s, a mother committed suicide by jumping out over one of the hotel balconies. If this wasn’t tragic enough, her two daughters were thrown to their deaths too. The eldest daughter threw the youngest, and the mother then threw the eldest daughter over the balcony.
As with many tragic deaths, it can leave a negative imprint on a building. The two daughters are still said to roam the corridors and the grounds. Disembodied laughter is often heard near the indoor pool, and gaming machines are said to turn on and start playing by themselves. On one occasion, a maintenance man reported all the lightbulbs he replaced were unscrewed all on their own!
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The Old Stage Coach Inn - Waterbury, Vermont
Next on our list of the most haunted places to stay in America is the Historic Old Stagecoach Inn in Waterbury, Vermont.
Regarded by many people as one of the most haunted places in Vermont, this 1826 inn is believed to be haunted by at least two spirits. One of which is the ghost of Margaret Annette Henry Spencer, who goes by the name of Nettie. She died at the age of 99 and is buried in the cemetery located next to the inn.
Some of the reports emanating from this inn include furniture moving and bedsheets being stripped off freshly made beds. There have also been numerous sightings of apparitions around the inn too.
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Edgewood Plantation - Charles City, Virginia
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Lizzie’s Room
Next on our list of the most haunted hotels in the US, is the Edgewood Plantation. On the grounds of this home rests a critical piece of American history.
Not only was it the location where the first Thanksgiving took place, but it was also the birthplace of two U.S. Presidents, William Henry Harrison, and Benjamin Harrison, and it played a key role during the Civil War.
Many ghost stories and legends are surrounding the inn, but perhaps the most fascinating is the story of the couple who sat up the whole night talking to a Civil War soldier named Aaron Young III.
You may also come face to face with the apparition of Elizabeth Lizzie Rowland, the fiancée of a Civil War soldier. She died of a broken heart after her fiancée never returned from the war. Her spirit is said to sit in the window, waiting for him to return.
As well as the main house, there’s also a lot of activity in the old slave buildings.
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Hotel Sorrento - Seattle, Washington
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Most activity occurs on the fourth floor, particularly around room 408…
Built in 1909, the Hotel Sorrento in Seattle, Washington, has always had an eerie aura. You only have to look at the design of it to get the feeling something quite spooky may be going on inside.
The hotel is the home to Alice Toklas’s spirit, who was the partner of writer Gertrude Stein. Reports from staff and guests alike have alluded to her presence mainly on the fourth floor, where her apparition has been seen gliding down the dimly lit hallways, often wearing white and sometimes in black.
If you’re feeling courageous, opt to stay in room 408 if you can. Or, if you’re feeling a little thirsty, head to the Dunbar Room, where she’s been known to move people’s drinks around.
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The Blennerhassett Hotel - Parkersburg, West Virginia
The Blennerhassett Hotel in the historic town of Parkersburg, West Virginia, is the perfect choice for anybody looking for a haunted hotel in a historical setting. Opening in 1889, the hotel was a leading example of hotels that later became known as the gaslight era.
The hotel is believed to be haunted by the ghost of the hotel’s original builder, William Chancellor. His apparition has been seen in the library wearing a gray three-piece suit and smoking his trademark cigar.
The hotel is apparently haunted by the ghosts of children too. They apparently like to run up and down the hallway of the second floor.
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The Pfister Hotel - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Built for a $1.5 million cost (around $40 million today), the Pfister Hotel has been a luxurious Milwaukee landmark since 1893. It’s supposedly haunted by Charles Pfister’s ghost, the son of the original owner who died before its completion. He wanted to ensure that his attention to detail lived on even after his death.
The hotel has gained notoriety in the past as a place to avoid if you want a good night’s sleep. The kind that MLB players need before a big game. In fact, Carlos Gomez, the legendary outfielder, said that he and his teammates were scared to go there and that everything about the hotel is scary.
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Irma Hotel - Cody, Wyoming
MOST HAUNTED ROOMS: Room 16 (Irma’s old room) and Room 35
Affectionately known as the Grand Old Lady of Cody, the Irma Hotel was built in 1902 by none other than the famous Buffalo Bill (William F Cody) himself. It’s actually named after his daughter Irma Cody, but he would often stay here in between touring with his Wild West Shows.
Guests and staff alike have reported the sighting of a man in Confederate uniform throughout the hotel and many strange occurrences. If you stay in room 35, you’re in for a treat, as this is believed to be the most active.
Irma Cody’s old room, which is now room 16, is also said to be extremely active, with many strange reports including a rocking chair moving by itself!
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Would You Stay at the Oldest and (Potentially) Most Haunted Hotel in North Dakota?
I miss living in North Dakota. I know that may shock many people because when they hear of North Dakota, all they think about are the brutal snowstorms and seemingly “lame” scenery (not my words). Little do they know how rich in history—both ghostly and otherwise—North Dakota is.
Especially Medora. When I took my mom there on a visit, I had no clue how many ghost stories come from little Medora. It was wild. We even toured the most haunted hotel in North Dakota and didn’t even realize.
Why is the Rough Riders Inn considered to be so haunted?
When I originally booked our tickets, I’d noticed hotel rooms booked out for months and figured it was a swanky place. But I didn’t consider a sizeable chunk of those guests were thrill seekers looking to stay the night and see the ghosts North Dakota offers. (This is at least what the nice clerk told me).
If you’ve never heard of the Rough Riders Inn (hard to miss. Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders are a big part of North Dakota), I’ll break it down.
Located in the North Dakota Badlands and one of the most famous hotels in the state, the Rough Riders Inn was first established in 1884 under the name “The Metropolitan”. The name changed not long after in 1905 to its current one. What’s touching is they chose the name “Rough Riders” in honor of President Teddy Roosevelt became smitten with Medora after a 15-day hunting trip as a young man. From there, he formed the incredible “Rough Riders”—the very first volunteer cavalry in the United States. With Teddy Roosevelt behind them at the Battle of San Juan Hill, they earned their place in history.
North Dakota, and Medora especially, are very proud of Teddy and his accomplishments and don’t shy away from it.
(My mom and I had drinks with a spot-on Teddy Roosevelt impersonator at a local bar. Teddy is the rockstar of North Dakota). You can visit the steps where he gave his famous rousing speech, witness the majesty of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
There’s so many activities to do and places to visit in Medora. But the hotel drew me in. Well-groomed and charming, from the outside, the hotel seems anything but ominous. Still, at over 100 years old, it has stories. And ghosts, apparently.
One of the many reported legends centers around the fireplace in the middle of the hotel featuring a solitary bust of Theodore Roosevelt. But it’s not Teddy who’s come back to check on things. The fireplace used bricks taken from the devastation after North Dakota’s first Capitol building burnt to the ground. Perhaps it was these bricks that brought a spirit to the Rough Riders Inn. Many reports before the renovation in 2010 said the ghost of a young boy would run around the hotel on the top floor. Guests would hear laughing, running down the halls, toilets flushing when they’re alone.
Still, these are all just rumors until proven otherwise. Today, there is no evidence connecting any event to these reports.
Can you take a ghost tour of the Rough Riders Inn?
While there is no official ghost tour offered by either the hotel or any company in Medora, that doesn’t mean you still can’t try a little sleuthing yourself. If you’d like to book a room at the Theodore Roosevelt Inn (or if you can get a room, rather), the website to book is here. From experience, I suggest you book your stay as far in advance as possible, as this is a tourist location and it's a bumpin' one. Lots of people.
I personally can’t wait until I visit North Dakota again. I’ll be heading straight to Medora and booking myself a room on the top floor of the Rough Riders Inn. My only question is: Who’s coming with me?
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Even after I have moved and gone away from Florida, I will forever continue to speak about what a truly unique state this is. Even the most mundane places have some kind of story attached to them, and they really are never what you might expect. Florida is so full of surprises, the most boring place you can imagine to go, say, a pharmacy, could have one heck of a (possible) haunted past.
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The Haunted The Rough Rider Hotel in Medora, North Dakota
A haunted location: The Rough Rider Hotel in Medora, North Dakota.
Details: One of the rooms on the top floor is said to be haunted by a young boy.
You can hear a child’s laughter, the toilets flush when there is nobody in the room.
Written by: Jessica Street
Published on: February 7, 2022
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Haunted Places in Medora, North Dakota
Medora Fudge and Ice Cream Depot
Medora, north dakota.
The ghost who haunts this sweetshop, believed to be a woman, is said to appear only once a year: on her birthday. The shop is said to remain unnaturally cold, even in summer.
Rough Riders Hotel
A little boy is believed to haunt one of the top-floor rooms of this 1884 hotel. His laughter has been heard, and he likes to flush the toilet when no one is in the room.
Chateau De Mores
Once the home of Marquis de Mores and his wife Medora, the historic chateau is open for tours, but guests may see more than its original furnishings. The chateau is said to be haunted by a female apparition and some strange lights that come on when no one is in ...
Georgia's and the Owl
Amidon, north dakota.
The apparition of a small boy has been seen running, playing and bumping into people. Strange voices and music also have been heard, and employees have come in in the morning to find several of the restaurant's stock of potato chip bags opened and strewn all over the floor.
Prairie Hills Mall
Dickinson, north dakota.
Local legend has it that a ghost haunts the mall. A shadowy figure has been reported walking around inside the mall after closing time. When police are called to investigate, no one is around.
This historic house is a private residence and has been undergoing renovations for almost two decades. A previous owner killed his wife and children, before sealing the house and hanging himself in an upstairs bedroom. Visitors to the home have reported furniture moving around by itself and barricading rooms, and ...
St. Joseph's Hospital
Employees have reported ghostly activity from many different areas at this hospital. The elevator to the morgue runs up and down by itself; moaning and voices are heard in the cafeteria; and call buttons are activated from empty rooms. Laughing and the sound of running footsteps have been reported in ...
This hotel and bar was once a focal point for the mining population of the town, and is believed to be haunted by the apparitions of a woman and her child. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Williston, North Dakota
Built in 1915, the Old Armory is said to be haunted. Some folks claim the mannequins move aroung and unintelligible whispers are heard here. Rumor has it that a former staircase in the basement, now sealed, is guarded by the apparition of a soldier.
New Town Railroad Tracks
New town, north dakota.
Rumor has it that those who walk along the railroad tracks at night may be followed by mysterious bright-red lights. The lights are said to disappear once the walker reaches Main Street.
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50 best haunted hotels in america for every state.
If you’re ready for your next ghost-hunting adventure, the U.S. has plenty to offer. From paranormal sightings to strange noises and levitating objects, take a trip into the supernatural world. If you’re brave enough to face some of the most haunted hotels in America, here is a curated list for those who love spooky tourism.
1. St. James Hotel – Selma, Alabama
Image Credit: Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 12oo Water Avenue
Outlaw Jesse James is rumored to haunt the grounds of the St. James Hotel in Selma, along with his girlfriend, Lucinda, and their dog. Although Jesse James didn’t die in Alabama, visitors report the scent of lavender (Lucinda’s perfume) and hear a barking dog in the courtyard.
2. Historic Anchorage Hotel – Anchorage, Alaska
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Address: 330 E Street
After surviving the destructive 9.2 magnitude earthquake of 1964, ghost sightings occur regularly at the Anchorage Hotel. Rooms 202, 215, and 217 are especially active, with reports of crying underneath beds, mysterious knocking, and children playing. A former chief of police who passed away during prohibition days is also said to haunt the hotel.
3. The Hotel Monte Vista – Flagstaff, Arizona
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Address: 100 N San Francisco Street
Located off the famous U.S. Route 66, the Hotel Monte Vista saw many 1940s and ’50s celebrities–who may have even seen a ghost or two. An old woman in a rocking chair sits in the window of Room 305 while a phantom bellboy knocks at guests’ doors in the middle of the night.
4. 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa – Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Address: 75 Prospect Avenue
As an experimental cancer hospital in the 1930s, some struggling souls may have stayed behind. One of the original mason workers also passed away during construction, haunting the room he last worked on — room 218. Despite the spooky ghost stores, the hotel is beautiful, and the surrounding area has unique outdoor activities.
5. The Queen Mary – Long Beach, California
Image Credit: Kit Leong/Shutterstock.
Address: 1126 Queens Hwy
Docked in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary is a haunted hotel on water. As one of the most haunted places in the U.S., there have been multiple reported deaths aboard the ship. Visitors can stay overnight, join nighttime tours, and maybe you’ll catch sight of the lady in white.
Travelers Jenn and Ed Coleman of the popular travel website Coleman Concierge shared, “Some experts claim the Queen Mary is one of the most haunted places in the world, and it happens to be a hotel in Long Beach Harbor.”
While visiting, they learned, “She’s the sister ship to the Titanic and home to many tragedies in her own right. The unofficial count is that 49 deaths have taken place on board, although many more might have occurred while taking German POWs to the States during WWII. However, the most haunted place is rumored to be the bow where she ran through the HMS Curacao, plunging over 300 sailors into the North Atlantic but unable to stop because she was carrying Sir Winston Churchill. You can even stay in Churchill’s estate room….if you dare!”
6. The Strater Hotel – Durango, Colorado
Image Credit: Carol M. Highsmith, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 699 Main Avenue
Built along the rail line in Durango, many spirits walk the halls of the Strater Hotel. This includes a man in white who stands close to the railroad tracks. It is said employees refuse to work alone due to all the supernatural activity.
7. Curtis House Restaurant & Inn – Woodbury, Connecticut
Image Credit: LEE SNIDER PHOTO IMAGES/Shutterstock.
Address: 506 Main Street S
Visitors have experienced sightings throughout the Curtis House Restaurant & Inn—from the dining room and attic to several guest rooms. In room 16, Sally, a female apparition, invites male guests into bed and occasionally crawls in with them. A psychic who stayed in Room 1 claimed the spirit of former owner Lucius Foot got into bed with her.
8. Addy Sea Bed & Breakfast – Bethany Beach, Delaware
Image Credit: Al Jurina/Shutterstock.
Address: 99 Ocean View Street
Spirits make themselves known throughout the property at Addy Sea Bed & Breakfast. You’ll hear eerie organ music playing from Room 6. The bathtub shakes on its own in Room 1. And the jacuzzi tub will turn itself on in Room 11.
9. Casa Monica Hotel – St. Augustine, Florida
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Address: 95 Cordova Street
Guests at the Casa Monica Hotel are often startled awake by the violent screams heard throughout the hotel. Guests have reported hearing children running on empty floors. You may also see a strange child’s handprint on the bathroom mirror in the Flagler Suite.
10. The Marshall House Hotel – Savannah, Georgia
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Address: 123 E Broughton Street
Businesswoman Mary Marshall developed this hotel in the 1800s. As it was once a Union hospital during the Civil War, amputated limbs of soldiers were buried beneath the hospital. Visitors report seeing apparitions carrying their limbs, searching for a surgeon to reattach them.
11. Ihilani Resort – Kapolei, Hawai’i
Image Credit: Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 8670 IN-56
A woman is said to appear and watch guests as they sleep at the Ihilani Resort in Hawaii . A visitor who stayed on the 17th floor awoke suddenly feeling such extreme pain she threw up and eventually went to the hospital. Afterward, she did not remember anything that happened. The hotel is currently closed.
12. The Bates Motel – Coeur D’Alene, Idaho
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Address: 2018 Sherman Avenue
Renamed after the famous Bates Motel from the movie Psycho , this real-life Bates Motel is known for its strange noises and cold spots throughout the motel. Visitors say most paranormal activity occurs in Rooms 1 and 3.
13. Congress Plaza Hotel – Chicago, Illinois
Image Credit: Logan Bush/Shutterstock.
Address: 520 S Michigan Ave
The 4th and 12th floors of the Congress Plaza Hotel are rumored to be the most haunted. Certain rooms are even sealed shut and unavailable to visitors because of the paranormal activity that reportedly occurs in them. You may encounter the Shadow Man, the Ghost Boy, or any other spirits that perished on the property.
14. French Lick Springs Hotel – French Lick, Indiana
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Guests at the French Lick Springs Hotel report sightings of the ghost of former owner Thomas Taggart throughout the property. Most notably, he appears in the service elevator, walking on various floors, as if he is still busy at work.
15. Mason House Inn – Bentonsport, Iowa
Address: 21982 Hawk Drive
Various accounts report a floating head in Room 8 of the Mason House Inn, while other visitors have seen a ghostly man staring at them. You may also feel a tug on your clothes at night, which may be the spirit of a young boy who likes to play tricks on guests.
16. The Eldridge Hotel – Lawrence, Kansas
Image Credit: The Eldridge Hotel.
Address: 701 Massachusetts Street
With so much paranormal activity reported from Room 506 of the Eldridge Hotel, ghost hunters and investigators believe it’s a portal to the spirit world. Air conditioners turn on and off, bags shake, and doors lock and unlock.
A photograph captured what is believed to be the figure of former owner Shalor Eldridge near the elevator in the lobby. Look close for the ghost inside the elevator!
17. Jailer’s Inn Bed & Breakfast – Bardstown, Kentucky
Image Credit: Jantira Namwong/Shutterstock.
Address: 111 W Stephan Foster Avenue
The Jailer’s Inn Bed & Breakfast was once a prison for almost 200 years—which may explain the supernatural activity throughout the property. Visitors often hear screaming and crying, said to be from the spirits of those who died while imprisoned.
18. The Myrtles Plantation – St. Francisville, Louisiana
Image Credit: mfmegevand/Depositphotos.com.
Address: 7747 U.S. Hwy 61
Legend has it that in the early 1800s, owner Clarke Woodruff cut the ear off of an enslaved woman he was having an affair with. She wore a turban to cover her disfigurement. As revenge, she poisoned his wife and children. After fellow enslaved workers ended her life (afraid of what Woodruff would do to them), her ghost appears wearing a turban.
19. Captain Lord Mansion – Kennebunkport, Maine
Credit image: Raggedstone/Depositphotos.com.
Address: 6 Pleasant Street
The Captain Lord Mansion was built during the War of 1812, and experts believe the spirit of a woman is responsible for much of the paranormal activity on the property. The jacuzzi, TV, and lights all turn on and off, as if this woman is simply enjoying her day.
20. Kent Manor Inn – Stevensville, Maryland
Image Credit: LarioTus/Depositphotos.com.
Address: 500 Kent Manor Drive
Alexander Thompson built the Kent Manor Inn in the early 1800s and is said to reside there still. The story goes that Alex took his life in Room 210. Guests report smelling a pipe as well.
21. Lizzie Borden House – Fall River, Massachusetts
Image Credit: EQRoy/Shutterstock.
Address: 230 2nd Street
Ghost hunters are well aware of what Lizzie Borden did with her ax. Although acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother, the violent acts that occurred in the home have resulted in the dark, negative energy felt by guests who dare stay in Lizzie Borden’s home.
22. Mission Point Resort – Mackinac Island, Michigan
Image Credit: Dennis Caskey Photography/Shutterstock.
Address: 6633 Main Street
This resort was once a mission house, church, college, and theater. Guests and employees know the ghost of Harvey, a former student at Mackinac College. Rumor has it that he ended his life on a nearby cliffside after suffering heartbreak.
23. Palmer House – Sauk Centre, Minnesota
Image Credit: Gobonobo, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 500 Sinclair Lewis Avenue
A strange energy fills the Palmer House, believed to originate in the basement of the hotel. After the original Sauk Centre house burned, taking many lives in the fire, their spirits may be haunting the grounds.
24. Linden Bed & Breakfast – Natchez, Mississippi
Image Credit: Linden Bed & Breakfast
Address: 1 Connor Circle
From phantom horse-drawn carriages to mysterious tapping noises, the Linden Bed & Breakfast is said to be haunted by two spirits in particular. Visitors see a man roaming the halls and slipping in and out of the bedrooms. Others witness a woman jumping from a window–although she disappears before hitting the ground.
25. The Lemp Mansion – St. Louis, Missouri
Image Credit: MattHucke, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 3322 Demenil Place
What was once a brewery built in the late 1890s, The Lemp Mansion is one of the most haunted hotels in America. Guests experience a sudden sadness upon arrival, taps on their shoulders, and are touched when no one is there. Some have even felt entire floors vibrate.
26. The Pollard Hotel – Red Lodge, Montana
Image Credit: Ammonite18/Shutterstock.
Address: 2 Broadway Avenue
Built on what was originally indigenous Crow land, The Pollard Hotel became a destination for Western icons like Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane. A woman in yellow has been sighted on the third floor and throughout the hotel, playing tricks on guests. Others report the cries of a monkey, believed to be the former pet of the Pollard children, was lost and trapped within the hotel walls.
27. Arrow Historic Hotel & Pub – Broken Bow, Nebraska
Image Credit: DonyaNedomam/Depositphotos.com.
Address: 509 S 9th Avenue
Stories say that a redheaded woman (who was a witch) roams the halls of the Arrow Historic Hotel & Pub. She was killed nearby and may be responsible for the loud and strange noises often heard in the hotel.
28. Boulder Dam Hotel – Boulder City, Nevada
Address: 1305 Arizona Street
Guests and employees have reported strange sounds and occurrences at the Boulder Dam Hotel—water running, cigar smoke, and elevators opening and closing. One visitor felt a hand on their shoulder, while another saw ghostly hands come through the floor to grab at their ankles.
29. The Tilton Inn – Tilton, New Hampshire
Image Credit: SayCheeeeeese, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 255 Main Street
In the 1800s, a 12-year-old girl tragically met her death in the Sanborn room at The Tilton Inn. Even after owners rebuilt the inn, visitors reported seeing a young girl playing and roaming the halls.
30. Hotel Macomber – Cape May, New Jersey
Image Credit: Smallbones, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 727 Beach Avenue
A stay at Hotel Macomber might mean waking up to a loud pounding on your door in the middle of the night. There’s also a spirit named “The Trunk Lady” who traveled with heavy trunks during her stay, and loud banging is heard throughout the hotel, most notably in and near Room 10.
31. La Posada de Santa Fe – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Address: 330 E Palace Ave
Guests and employees believe that a past resident of Room 256 haunts the La Posada de Santa Fe. Random glasses have fallen off shelves, tubs turn on when no one is there, and the scent of lavender lingers when someone lights a cigar.
32. Shanley Hotel – Napanoch, New York
Image Credit: Shanley Hotel
Address: 56 Main Street
The Bordello Rooms and Gentleman’s Quarters are said to experience the most paranormal activity at the Shanley Hotel. A terrible crime is also believed to have taken place in Room 17. Beatrice Shanley, the original owner, is often sighted in the hotel, leaving the scent of her perfume behind.
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33. The Omni Grove Park Inn – Asheville, North Carolina
Image Credit: Dee Browning/Shutterstock.
Address: 290 Macon Avenue
Unlike some hauntings, the spirit dubbed “The Pink Lady” at The Omni Grove Park Inn is friendly. Appearing in a pink mist, she strokes the hands of sick children, tickles guests’ feet, and walks along the halls and throughout the property. Located in such a beautiful place, who would ever want to leave?
34. Rough Riders Hotel – Medora, North Dakota
Image Credit: Farragutful, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 301 3rd Ave
Named after President Theodore Roosevelt’s soldiers, the Rough Riders Hotel is the oldest and one of the most haunted places in North Dakota. A little boy haunts a top-floor room, laughs to himself, and flushes the toilet when no one is there.
35. The Buxton Inn – Granville, Ohio
Image Credit: Eric Glenn/Shutterstock.
Address: 313 E Broadway
Several former owners and employees are said to haunt the Buxton Inn. Major Buxton (who the inn was named after) and Bonnie, a former innkeeper, have been sighted. She passed away in Room 9, where guests reported seeing a woman in blue, her favorite color. Some visitors also say a ghostly cat jumps into bed with them.
36. The Stone Lion Inn – Guthrie, Oklahoma
Image Credit: MARELBU, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 1016 W Warner Avenue
Doors opening and closing, loud footsteps, and moved objects have been reported at The Stone Lion Inn. Visitors have also experienced a childlike apparition tucking them into bed and children jumping and playing on the beds, most notably on the 3rd floor.
37. Geiser Grand Hotel – Baker City, Oregon
Image Credit: Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 1996 Main St
This local landmark is a hub for supernatural phenomena. A spirit called “The Blue Lady” has been known to walk up and down the main staircase in a blue gown. Guests also report finding misplaced items and waking up in the middle of the night to strange apparitions.
38. The Inn At Jim Thorpe – Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Image Credit: appalachianview/Depositphotos.com.
Address: 24 Broadway
Reminiscent of the Paranormal Activity movies, guests have seen chairs turned upside down upon waking and a ghostly figure lying beside them. Some visitors even report being grabbed by the figure and feeling their icy limbs.
39. Castle Hill Inn – Newport, Rhode Island
Image Credit: Alex Sergeev, (www.asergeev.com) Thomsonsr at en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 590 Ocean Ave
This quaint hotel looks peaceful on the outside, but an overnight stay at the Castle Hill Inn might result in seeing a ghostly woman throwing dishes across the room. Just be sure not to get in her way.
40. Battery Carriage House Inn – Charleston, South Carolina
Image Credit: 20 South Battery
Address: 20 S Battery
Two ghosts often roam the Battery Carriage House Inn; one of a headless Confederate soldier who lost his life when tasked to destroy ammunition. Another, called the Gentleman’s Ghost, jumped from the roof after learning his sweetheart had married another man.
41. Hotel Alex Johnson – Rapid City, South Dakota
Image Credit: Cheri Alguire/Shutterstock.
Address: 523 6th Street
The “Lady in White” is the most reported sighting at the Hotel Alex Johnson in South Dakota . Some say she was thrown, while others say she jumped from the window of Room 812. Those who stay in that room claim their dressers are turned upside down, and the window is often found open in the morning.
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42. The Inn at Hunt-Phelan – Memphis, Tennessee
Image Credit: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock.
Address: 533 Beale Street
Rumor has it that gold was hidden somewhere on the property of the Inn at Hunt-Phelan. Whether or not the gold is there, the spirit of a former servant is said to wander the grounds with a shovel in hand, hopeful of finding the gold treasure.
43. The Jefferson Hotel – Jefferson, Texas
Image Credit: Michael Barera, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 124 W Austin St
You might be kept awake at night thanks to the playful spirits that have been reported to haunt the hotel. Guests say they’ve been tickled in their sleep, even scratched on their feet, especially in Rooms 19 and 20.
44. Kirk Hotel – Tooele, Utah
Image Credit: 25or6to4, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 57 W Vine St
The third floor of Kirk Hotel is said to be the most haunted. You can hear disembodied voices and strange footsteps when no one is there. Some visitors have also experienced their beds shaking at night, and maintenance staff have seen marks of blood that reappear even after cleaning.
45. The Quechee Inn At Marshland Farm – Quechee, Vermont
Image Credit: Logan__123/Shutterstock.
Address: 1119 Quechee Main Street
Built in the late 1790s by Patrick Marsh, his ghost is said to rearrange and transport visitors’ luggage during their stay. Others believe John and Jane Porter (who bought the inn in 1865) haunt the inn and are responsible for strange noises and footsteps in empty rooms. And if you listen closely, you can hear Jane’s eerie whistling in the dining room.
46. The Martha Hotel & Spa – Abington, Virginia
Image Credit: The Martha Hotel and Spa.
Address: 150 West Main Street
The Martha Hotel & Spa was a hospital for injured soldiers during the Civil War. Staff members whisper about tales of apparitions and the ghost of a heartbroken nursing student who still visits the room where her beloved soldier passed on. This elegant hotel and spa has hosted its fair share of celebrities and notable guests, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Jimmy Carter, Eleanor Roosevelt, and President Harry Truman.
Located in the historic art district, it is said the Barter Theatre next door is also home to a few theatrical ghosts.
47. Sorrento Hotel – Seattle, Washington
Image Credit: Hotel Sorrento.
Address: 900 Madison Street
Although socialite (and weed brownie creator) Alice Sorrento never stepped foot in the Sorrento Hotel, her spirit walks the grounds. That may be because the hotel stands on the site of her childhood home. Her ghost is said to appear on the 4th floor, in room 408.
48. Harpers Ferry Guest House – Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Address: 800 Washington St
No less than five different spirits have been reported at Harpers Ferry Guest House. One is a woman in a gray dress who is seen holding a child. Another resembles a gravedigger holding a corpse.
49. Pfister Hotel – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Image Credit: John Zacherle from Chicago, IL, US, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 424 E Wisconsin Ave
Pfister Hotel is a local landmark with claims of frequent hauntings by Major League Baseball players who have stayed there. These athletes and other guests have experienced electrical anomalies, pounding on headboards, and constant knocking on their room doors. The 7th and 9th Floors are known for the most supernatural activity.
50. Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel – Cody, Wyoming
Image Credit: Robert Alescio, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Address: 1192 Sheridan Ave
A strange apparition has been seen floating around the hotel—an appreciation with no bottom half. Other events report pictures mysteriously falling off the walls and creepy scratching coming from the headboards at night.
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Featuring free WiFi, Riverside hotel is located in the center of Moscow on Kutuzovsky Avenue. Moscow City business area is a 15 minute walk away, while Stary Arbat is 0.6 mi from the property. Kiyevskaya Metro Station is 0.6 mi away. All rooms feature modern decor, offering a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, orthopedic matresses and a mini-bar. Certain rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Each room includes a private bathroom. Extras include bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. You will find a 24-hour reception desk on site, offering tour desk services. Numerous bars, restaurants and cafes are located within walking vicinity. The Kremlin and Red Square are 2.5 mi from the property. Kiyevsky Train Station, with a direct link to Vnukovo International Airport, is 1.2 mi from Riverside hotel.
Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.2 for a two-person trip.
- Family rooms
- Non-smoking rooms
- 24-hour front desk
- Room service
- Exceptional Breakfast
Located in the best-rated area in Moscow, this hotel has an excellent location score of 9.2
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- Cuisine European
- Ambience Modern
Amenities of Riverside Hotel Great facilities! Review score, 8.4
- Toilet paper
- Bathtub or shower
- Private Bathroom
- Free toiletries
- Wardrobe or closet
- Coffee machine
- Electric kettle
- Socket near the bed
- Clothes rack
- Live sports events (broadcast)
- Streaming service (like Netflix)
- Flat-screen TV
- Cable channels
- Coffee house on site
- Fruit Additional charge
- Kid-friendly buffet
- Breakfast in the room
- Street parking
- Private check-in/out
- Express check-in/out
- Outdoor play equipment for kids
- Daily housekeeping
- Ironing service Additional charge
- Dry cleaning Additional charge
- Laundry Additional charge
- Fire extinguishers
- CCTV outside property
- CCTV in common areas
- Smoke alarms
- Security alarm
- Key card access
- 24-hour security
- Shuttle service Additional charge
- Grocery deliveries
- Air conditioning
- Smoke-free property
- Hypoallergenic room available
- Wake-up service
- Hair/Beauty salon
- Ironing facilities
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From 2:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in
Until 12:00 PM
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Children & Beds
Children of all ages are welcome.
Children 18 and above are considered adults at this property.
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Crib and extra bed policies
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All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.
No age restriction
There's no age requirement for check-in
Pets are not allowed.
Accepted payment methods
Cash Riverside Hotel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
Riverside Hotel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
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Riverside Hotel is 2 miles from the center of Moscow. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Riverside Hotel?
Check-in at Riverside Hotel is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM.
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Planning travel for a group sometimes feels like herding cats. That’s why we’re here – to simplify. Our planning experts invite you to bring your next motorcoach, meeting or event to Medora. With a variety of venues and group rates for 20 or more, we’re ready to help.
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Wrangle your reunion revelers, circle the motorcoaches, or call in your corporate cowpokes. Medora is here to make sure your stay is not just enjoyable, but downright memorable.
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Celebrate your special moments in Medora’s charming venues for group gatherings. Whether it’s a meeting, wedding, or celebration, our picturesque locations promise magical moments and treasured memories.
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Good food is best enjoyed in great company! Medora boasts an array of group-friendly eateries, serving up flavorsome dishes amidst a charming atmosphere. Grab your crew and dig into culinary bliss!
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June 7 – Sept 9, 2023
Just before the sun sets your group can enjoy a sizzling steak, complete with all the fixings. Plus a million-dollar view of the Badlands.
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Enjoy this fresh culinary experience in a historic and elegant atmosphere. No matter when you stop in, you will be in the well-trained hands of our executive chef.
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Gather your group at Badlands Pizza Parlor and Saloon! Relish tasty pizza or sandwiches. Enjoy a full range of soda and draft beer.
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Discover group-friendly thrills in Medora, ND! Delve into the breathtaking beauty of the ND Badlands, revel in live entertainment that will leave you enchanted, uncover captivating history, and more. Embrace adventure with your gang today!
We’re a one-stop destination with four lodging properties; Rough Riders Hotel, Badlands Motel, Elkhorn Quarters and the Medora Campground.
Rough Riders Hotel
Named for the volunteer cavalry unit led by America’s 26th President, you’ll fall in love with the immense hearth reaching to the tin-tiled ceiling, with walls housing one of the largest private library of books on, and by, Theodore Roosevelt.
Rooms are adorned with a touch of the west, the right amount of luxury, and walk-in showers marked by the brands of Roosevelt. If 1880s nostalgia is your thing, ask for one of our historic rooms where Roosevelt himself may have delivered a speech from the balcony!
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Drive up to this western-themed Motor Motel close to it all in Medora. Western-themed furnishings, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges, the Badlands Motel has the right mix of amenities for your Medora excursion.
And with the outdoor pool, NEW Point to Point Park activities, children’s park, and the best Medora shops just steps from your pillow, the Badlands Motel is the perfect spot for city slicker and cowboy alike!
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Camp along the little Missouri River just like Teddy Roosevelt did in 1883! Conveniently located on the west side of Medora, the Medora Campground is the perfect place to set up your basecamp for adventure in the Badlands.
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