When you think of luxury hotels, the last word that comes to mind is “haunted.” Unless of course, you are searching for the perfect place to visit the spa during the day and all that creeps in the shadows at night.
Hotels across the United States have welcomed guests both dead and alive for centuries. If you are looking for more than complimentary breakfast and stellar room service, then read along for the thrill-seeking locations that are on everyone’s bucket list! These five haunted haute couture hotels are perfect for the Halloween enthusiast that lives in everyone.
1. Hotel Provincial, New Orleans
Hotel Provincial is the definition of rest and relaxation, perfect for any event under the sun: family relaxation, corporate events, weddings, delicious dining, or a friendly ghost encounter. Long after the building served as a military hospital during the Civil War, it is said that the ghosts of soldiers are still haunting the premises. Guests have reported seeing wounded soldiers crying out for help, only to disappear but leaving mysterious bloodstains on the bed covers. There are also sightings of a young female who is thought to have been a caregiver in the hospital. If you are planning a spooky stay at Hotel Provincial, we recommend visiting Building 5. Once you visit, you’ll understand why!
2. The Hay-Adams, Washington, DC
If you have ever visited Washington, DC then you have undoubtedly spotted the Hay-Adams. Only 1,000 feet from the White House, that is not the only thing that makes it noteworthy. It is said that the wife of writer Henry Adams, Marion ’Clover’ Hooper Adams, now haunts the hotel. Marion took her own life while suffering from symptoms of depression after her father’s death, and Henry Adams’ suspected affairs. Hay-Adams staff says Clover’s spirit is most definitely still present, and most active during early December ― the anniversary of her death. There have been reports of doors opening and closing on their own, and few even heard a woman crying softly and voices of sorrow coming from nowhere. Previous housekeepers have even expressed feeling hugged by an unseen presence. If you are interested in visiting the Hay-Adams, or Clover, the staff recommends the fourth floor. You may just hear a voice ask “what do you want” or get a sighting of Clover herself.
3. The Stanley Hotel, Colorado
You may know The Stanley Hotel as the inspiration for Stephen King’s 1977 novel, The Shining, although it was spooky far before his imagination gave it life. Located in Estes Park, Colorado, the hotel was completed in 1909. The founder, F.O. Stanley, has reportedly appeared to guests as a receptionist, along with the previous pianist, Flora Stanley, who can sometimes be heard playing notes in an empty music room. Although those are not the only mysteries, guests have also seen flickering lights, objects moving on their own, as well as shadow figures accompanied by evil laughter. If you are looking for your own night of thrill, overnight visitors are encouraged to try the “Ghost Adventure Package.” It comes with a room on the incredibly spooky fourth floor, an electromagnetic field reader, and more ghost-detecting devices. In a nod to The Shining, you can also pick up a mug with the word “REDRUM” ― murder spelled backwards. The Stanley Hotel is considered one of the more haunted locations on this list. If you are going to explore the rabbit hole, take it all the way and head on over to The Stanley.
We also recommend The Stanley Hotel Spirited Night Tour. The tour includes a 60-minute walking tour that takes participants into the deepest and darkest corners of the hotel. This unique experience offers spirited tales, the opportunity to ask questions, and the chance to leave with a few campfire stories of your own!
4. The Equinox, Vermont
This Vermont hotel, often listed among the most haunted places in the nation, is giving The Stanley a run for its money. A Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa, The Equinox is home to many notable guests over the years, including Presidents William H. Taft, Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore Roosevelt. However, none of these names still haunt the premises today. Oddly enough, the dead occupant is former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Mary’s first visit was in the summer of 1864, and she even planned a visit for her husband. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865 before his scheduled visit. Over the years, employees and guests have reported sightings of Mary and a small child. Others have heard mysterious whispers while also feeling a cold chill passing through. The perfect story of love, heartbreak, and a touch of spooky: what more could you ask for?
5. The Bowery Hotel, New York, New York
This hotel screams Halloween. Best known for its gritty chic style and celebrity shout-outs, The Bowery Hotel has a much darker history. It’s located near the Marble Cemetery, so one can only imagine the strange happenings the Bowery has seen. Several historians and architects say The Bowery Hotel is built over some of Marble Cemetery’s oldest graves. Among the most common rumors: at approximately 1 a.m. daily, the elevators go berserk. Another guest reported his beer glass spilling all over him, though he was the only person in the room. Other guests are said to have seen moving objects, flickering lights, and the occasional mischievous spirit. No specific ghosts are said to haunt The Bowery Hotel, but many believe there is a native poltergeist causing the frequent disruptions. If you happen to miss any of these frightening festivities, step into the elevators during the wee hours of the morning!
Also, while you are in the area, be sure to visit the St. Mark’s Church, Manhattan’s second-oldest church. If you are looking for a friendly ghost encounter, Peter Stuyvesant, the city’s last Dutch director-general is sure to give you a scare. He can be heard stomping around on his wooden leg, ringing bells, and singing in the church. Most attribute this to the fact that he is buried in a vault under the church!
6. Hamilton-Turner Inn, Savannah, Georgia
If you dream of southern charm, check out the Hamilton-Turner Inn in historic Savannah, Georgia. The first home to businessman Samuel Pugh Hamilton, he moved to Savannah at the end of the Civil War to establish a watch and jewelry store. His wife Emma passed away soon after, leaving Samuel to care for their two young children. Many years after Hamilton’s death, Dr. Francis Turner purchased the home for family use, but after several years of living in the home, it was temporarily made into a boarding house. From 1965 until 1997, the home passed through many owners until owner Nancy Hillis sold the mansion to Charlie and Sue Strickland, who turned the home into the luxurious hotel that it is today. No amount of renovations could undo the lives still remaining inside the mansion.