This haunted hotel inspired Stephen King's 'The Shining'
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Looking to put a little spookiness into your next hotel stay? With Halloween around the corner, you might consider one of these haunted hotels — where YOU can check out anytime you’d like, but the ghosts never leave!

13. Hotel La Fonda (Santa Fe, New Mexico) – Back in its Old West heydays, gunfights were a commonality inside the La Fonda, and convicts hung from the gallows out back. The spirits of these western gunslingers are often found still hanging around the old hitching and sleeping post.

12. Logan Inn (New Hope, Pennsylvania) – Built in 1722 as a tavern, the inn now plays host to numerous spirits – including the mother of the former owner, who plays tricks on guests by rearranging their luggage and playing with the room’s heater. Another ghostly resident is a little girl who is frequently seen wandering the parking lot.

11. Hotel Del Coronado (Coronado, California) – This hotel is considered the best place for a destination wedding in the U.S. (according to The Travel Channel), but it’s also home to many love-struck spirits. One of the most well known is the ghost of Kate Morgan, who checked into the hotel in 1892 to meet her estranged husband. He never showed and she was found dead on the beach from a gunshot wound days later. Even President Ford, who dared to stay in Morgan’s room, 3502, during a visit, heard strange noises.

10. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (Hollywood, California) – This Tinseltown landmark is said to be haunted by Marilyn Monroe. She supposedly lurks near the hotel’s poolside, ultra-exclusive nightclub, Tropicana, which is reserved for hotel guests and celebrities. The starlet’s reflection has also appeared in a full-length mirror near the lobby’s mezzanine-level gift shop. The mirror was relocated from Monroe’s favorite suite in the hotel.

9. Ramada Plaza Hotel (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) – The basement of this hotel is the exit point of underground tunnels once used by Chicago gangsters to escape from authorities. Former owner Walter Schoreder was also murdered on the premises, and he now haunts the hotel – turning on faucets and lights, banging on walls, and screaming.

8. Sagamore Hotel (Bolton Landing, New York) – Located in the Adirondack Mountains, the Sagamore is a popular location for golfers – both dead and alive. Golfers have reported a little ghost boy stealing their balls and then throwing them at them from behind a tree. He’s also been heard laughing. He’s not the only ghostly guest either. A mysterious lady in white often enters rooms and awakens sleeping guests by blowing on their faces.

7. The Heatherman Hotel (Portland, Oregon) – Beware if you’re assigned to a room that ends in 03.  A lot of odd events occur in the threes, including moving objects, strange tapping sounds, and cold spots. Ghost photos of the rooms have also showed dark clouds over the entire space, and distorted faces. Room 703 is the most spirited and guests have reported furniture out of place, glasses of water placed on tables, and used towels…when nobody took a shower.

6. RMS Queen Mary Hotel (Long Beach, California) – This massive ocean liner crossed the Atlantic thousands of times, but it has been permanently docked in Long Beach since 1967…where paranormal activity has become the norm. Strange rapping noises can be heard onboard, ghostly apparitions are often seen walking the halls, and stairs have been seen on the side of the docked ship.

5. Carolina Inn (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)More than 20 ghosts have been documented by ghost hunters in this Chapel Hill landmark. One ghost follows guests around, but disappears when they turn to face him; Another, a heavy-set man, wanders the halls checking for unlocked doors; And the ghost of Dr. William Jacocks, who lived at the inn for more than 20 years, often locks guests out of their rooms.

4. Hotel Chelsea (New York City, New York) – Built in 1884, this hotel has been an inspiration for artists including Mark Twain and Andy Warhol. However, it’s also where many have met their demise. Dylan Thomas drank himself to death here. Sid Vicious supposedly stabbed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, to death in room 100, and now rides the elevator with guests. Actress Sarah Bernhardt also reportedly slept in a coffin while living at the hotel.

3. Crescent Hotel (Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Guests don’t even need to venture into a room to find paranormal activity at this hotel. The ghost of Dr. Norman Baker can often be seen outside of the recreation room. Dr. Baker operated a controversial hospital and health resort in the building in the 30s, and believed that the spring water underneath the hotel had the ability to heal all kinds of aliments, including cancer. The dining room is another gathering place for ghosts, where they’ve been seen sitting at tables.

2. Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colorado) – This hotel is so ghostly, it was the inspiration for Stephen King’s ‘The Shining.’ He wrote half the book in room 217, but room 418 is where the most ghoulish sightings occur. One of the most well-known spirits of the hotel is the former owner’s wife, Flora Stanley, who likes to play the piano late at night.

1. Provincial Hotel (New Orleans, Louisiana) – The Big Easy is infamous for being inhabited by spirits, and the Provincial Hotel is no exception. Once a confederate hospital, the ghosts of soldiers and doctors roam freely, opening and closing doors, whispering in the halls, and some guests have even reported seeing bloody soldiers in their rooms. Building No. 5 is believed to be the most haunted, so stay and sleep…if you dare.