Have you ever visited a hotel and thought, “I could stay here forever?” Well, what if you did stay? Some hotels attract visitors because of their luxuriousness or their location and some for their visitors. Their otherworldly visitors.
If you dare visit, here are a few of our favorite haunted hotels across America.
Hotel Roosevelt—Hollywood, California
This glamorous hotel has hosted celebrities and movie moguls, but some visitors report it hosts a few ghosts. Cold spots, mysterious floating orbs, and strange calls to the hotel operator from empty rooms are just a few of the ghostly activities that are reported to have taken place at Hollywood’s Hotel Roosevelt. Actors Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe are said to still make the occasional appearance at the hotel as well. Clift has been seen pacing one of the floors, and the sounds of a trumpet can be heard near one of the rooms where he stayed. Monroe has been spotted in a mirror that hangs in the lobby—a mirror that once happened to be her personal mirror.
Hotel del Coronado—Coronado, California
You can’t ask for a more beautiful location. Sun, sand—and a few ghosts? Hotel del Coronado features castle-like architecture with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop so no wonder some visitors never want to leave.
The Coronado, California hotel is said to be haunted by a woman named Kate Morgan. Legend has it that in 1892 she checked into the hotel using an alias. She was later found on the steps leading toward the beach having died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Guests have seen the ghost in the rooms near the beach and in the gift shop.
Le Pavillon—New Orleans, Louisiana
Located in downtown New Orleans just minutes from the French Quarter, this historic hotel features dazzling décor, luxurious amenities, and an ambiance that seems to be that of a bygone era. The hotel is said to be haunted by a lovely young girl who often paces the lobby. She is also said to occasionally bump into a guest during her pacing, before vanishing from sight. The young girl isn’t the only ghost roaming the Le Pavillon. You may also catch a glimpse of a ghost couple entering the elevator or walking the grounds.
Hotel Chelsea, New York City
Hotel Chelsea has had a colorful history. The New York City hotel is inarguably one of the city’s famous landmarks. A bohemian haunt of creative types like Janis Joplin, Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix, Thomas Wolfe and writer and poet Dylan Thomas, it’s become literally haunted by them, at least according to visitor accounts. Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, was found stabbed to death there, and some visitors claim to have seen the ghosts of Sid and Nancy. Thomas, who also died there of pneumonia, is said to be seen on one of the floors. Other visitors have described seeing many other ghosts as well.
Chateau Marmont—Los Angeles, California
This Los Angeles hideaway has long attracted the famous and infamous. Celebrities like Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Marilyn Monroe, and countless others have called the Chateau Marmont home. Some allegedly continue to call Chateau Marmont home. Notably, Bunglow #3 has been the site of various strange occurrenes. That bungalow also happens to be the former residence of comedian John Belushi. He was found dead there of a heroin and cocaine overdose.
Stanley Hotel—Estes Park, Colorado
One of the scariest hotels, curiously enough, is reported to have the friendliest ghosts. Guests at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado describe lights turning on and off and items moved from place to place. But then there are the other close encounters. Guests who stay in room 217 report getting special care, like having their things unpacked and put away, reportedly by a former housekeeper who experienced an accident in that room. Some guests have been “tucked in.” And on the fourth floor you may hear the laughter of children. Despite the good nature of its ghosts, the Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for the movie The Shining.