Americans have an undying (undead?) love for haunted hotels. Indeed, we asked 1,000 Hipmunk users whether or not they would stay in a hotel if they found out it was haunted. The answer was overwhelmingly affirmative, with 68 percent of respondents checking the yes box.
From the Stanley Hotel, which provided the inspiration for Steven King’s The Shining, to the Marshall House, founded pre-Civil war and located in America’s most haunted city, here are our seven favorite spooky spots.
Since 1851, the Marshall House has been used as a hospital three times; once by the Union Army during the Civil War. With guest reports of ghosts in the hallways and foyers, the hotel claims that these spooks are friendly.
Opened in 1909, a stay of a single night was enough to inspire Stephen King’s, The Shining. Today, the hotel is recognized by experts in the field of paranormal investigation as one of the nation’s most active sites.
Renowned as one of the most haunted hotels in Texas, visit this hotel (once a medical facility) for the possibility of a paranormal experience on the 3rd, 7th, 9th, 11th, and 12th floors.
This haunted hotel was built in 1927 and is located right in the heart of downtown Portland. Unexplainable things have been reported to occur at the Heathman, so be prepared. Request allegedly haunted rooms 703, 803, or 1003 for a real scare.
Built in 1907, this New Orleans French Quarter hotel is known for three different ghosts that you might catch walking through the halls.
All aboard? Look out for the supposed ghosts of a sailor who died in the ship’s engine room, a “lady in white”, and children who drowned in the ship’s pool.
Often dubbed America’s Most Haunted Hotel, The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has had many incarnations in its lifetime. First a luxury resort and then a college, it was the hotel’s 1937 turn as a cancer hospital that has spawned its spooky reputation. A charlatan with a penchant for the color purple, Norman Baker had a fetish for the color purple. Many sections of the hospital were painted purple and the remnants can still be seen on the chimneys located on the rooftop of the hotel. Many patients came seeking treatment— and many died. Today, their stories are told on the nightly Crescent Ghost Tour.
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