Looking to put a little spookiness into your next hotel stay? As we enter spooky season, the allure of the paranormal becomes irresistible with various Halloween festivities and traditions.
So, if you’re a lover of haunted hotel stories why not add a paranormal hotel stay at one of the most haunted hotels in America to the Halloween agenda? For thrill-seekers, a haunted hotel exploration is an activity that is guaranteed to stimulate the senses. Each of these places has its own unique story and they’re all worthy of a visit.
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!
Our 13 Most Haunted Hotels in America
Check out our unlucky list of most haunted hotels in the US – from New York down to Louisiana and across the nation to California.
- Hotel Provincial (New Orleans, Louisiana)
- Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colorado)
- Crescent Hotel (Eureka Springs, Arkansas)
- Hotel Chelsea (New York City, New York)
- Carolina Inn (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
- RMS Queen Mary Hotel (Long Beach, California)
- The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)
- Sagamore Hotel (Bolton Landing, New York)
- Ramada Plaza Hotel (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin)
- Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (Hollywood, California)
- Hotel Del Coronado (Coronado, California)
- Logan Inn (New Hope, Pennsylvania)
- Hotel La Fonda (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
If you’re a big fan of spooktacular things you may even decide to jet off to experience a stay in one of the most haunted hotels. Wherever you’re traveling to, don’t forget to plan ahead and pre book your airport parking.
13. Hotel La Fonda (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
If you’re seeking haunted hotels in New Mexico, back in its Old West heydays, gunfights were a commonality inside the Hotel 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.
It’s said, the spirit of a salesman who leapt to his death in a well, after gambling his company’s money in a card game, still lurks. Staff have reported sightings of an apparition of the man who walks to the center of the hotel’s dining room, then jumps and disappears into the floor. Does this haunted hotel in New Mexico capture your attention?
12. Logan Inn (New Hope, Pennsylvania)
Built in 1722 as a tavern the Logan Inn, now plays host to numerous spirits – including the mother of the former owner, Emily, who plays tricks on guests by rearranging their luggage and playing with the room’s heater.
The general manager says “Emily is what they call the spirit that roams the halls. When she was living she used to live in the Inn.”
“The things that still remain that belong to Emily is the bed that people sleep in and the portrait on the wall… She passed away in this bed.”
Another ghostly resident is a little girl who is often seen wandering the halls.
How would you fare in Logan Inn haunted room?
11. Hotel Del Coronado (Coronado, California)
Hotel Del Coronado 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 in to 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 the Hotel del Coronado haunted room 3502, belonging to Morgan, during a visit, heard strange noises.
The Hotel del Coronado haunted stories with the Victorian style architecture could make for the perfect gothic wedding set.
10. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (Hollywood, California)
A Tinseltown landmark, the haunted Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel 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)
One of the most haunted hotels in Wisconsin, the basement of Ramada Plaza 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.
If you’re searching for haunted hotels in Wisconsin, then Ramada Plaza Hotel is just for you.
8. Sagamore Hotel (Bolton Landing, New York)
Located in the Adirondack Mountains, the Sagamore Hotel 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. The Sagamore haunted hotel awaits for those who dare.
7. The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)
Beware if you’re assigned to a room that ends in 03 at The Heathman Hotel – one of the most haunted hotels in Oregon. 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.
A psychic, who witnessed a ghost in room 803, said that someone had jumped from the balcony and is now haunting all the rooms he passed on his way down to his death. For haunted hotels in Oregan, the Heathman Hotel takes the crown.
6. RMS Queen Mary Hotel (Long Beach, California)
Strange tapping 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. Do you dare to embark on the Queen Mary Hotel Haunted Encounters tour?
5. Carolina Inn (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
Many ghosts have been documented by guests and ghost hunters in the haunted rooms of this Chapel Hill landmark. At Carolina Inn, 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 in room 256, often locks guests out of their rooms.
The staff insists the Carolina inn ghosts are not a threat to anyone. Jacocks was a good and kind man in life and in death, enjoys playing pranks on guests.
4. Hotel Chelsea (New York City, New York)
Built in 1884, Hotel Chelsea 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; and 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 haunted hotel.
One of the most famous Hotel Chelsea ghost stories is that of a Titanic survivor named Mary. Mary haunts the western end of the hotel down the hallways after ending her own life on the fifth floor following the loss husband in the Titanic disaster.
3. Crescent Hotel (Eureka Springs, Arkansas)
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.
If the Crescent haunted hotel sparks your interest, be sure to also book your tickets for the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour.
2. Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colorado)
Stanley 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.
The former groundskeeper, Paul, is said to have attributed to some of the Stanley hotel hauntings with his ghost playing pranks of the staff and guests. Some have reported the sounds of footsteps and murmurings.
Eager to explore the hotel’s mysteries? Get on the Stanley Hotel ghost tour: the Spirited Night Tour, for a spine-tingling experience. Ghost enthusiasts can traverse the dimly lit corridors and the historically significant spaces while learning of the Stanley Hotel haunted history.
1. Hotel Provincial (New Orleans, Louisiana)
The Big Easy is infamous for being inhabited by spirits, and the Hotel Provincial in the historic French Quarter is no exception. Many guests have reported encounters in the dimly lit hallways of the Hotel Provincial, haunted by the lingering spirits of its storied past.
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.
The Hotel Provincial ghost stories have long been a topic of discussion among both staff and guests, adding an extra layer of allure. Building No. 5 is believed to be the ghostliest, so stay and sleep…if you dare.
What are your haunted hotel stories?
Spooked by the tales of apparitions and unexplained phenomena that haunt these hotels? As you plan your next get-a-way, think about which of these hotels could be the subject of your own haunted hotel stories this Halloween.
How about indulging in a Halloween parade while you stay at your spooky hotel. Wherever you’re traveling to, don’t forget to plan ahead and pre book your airport parking so you can save money and splash out on an extra night – if you can bear it!
And don’t forget to add your hotel ghost stories to the comments section below…