Contributed By Bailie Jones-Bland, Co-Host of Boos and Spirits Podcast

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Unpack your bags, stay a while in these creepy, I mean, cozy hotels!

Do you need a vacation? Are you looking to get away? Want to go make new friends, of the ghostly kind? Here is a list of the 10 most haunted hotels in the world to get you started. Don’t worry about travelling alone - because there is something at all of these destinations to keep you company! 

10. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado.

The infamous hotel for scaring Stephen King, The Stanley was the hotel that inspired King to author “The Shining.” Some of the spirits inhabiting The Stanley are blamed on the 1911 explosion that took place in room 217. Multiple guests who have stayed at The Stanley have experienced paranormal activity. This activity consists of slamming doors, pianos playing by themselves, and disembodied whispers. The hotel offers ghost tours and paranormal investigations.

9. Langham Hotel, London, England.

Langham is certainly the most haunted hotel in London. While you can hear whispers, footsteps, and may even catch something out of the corner of your eye in the hotel the most haunted spot is room 333. Guest have reported encountering eight different entities. Of these you may run into a Victorian-era doctor who killed his wife and then killed himself while on their honeymoon, a man with a large wound on his face (he is usually seen in the hallway outside of room 333), and a ghost that is fond of flipping guest out of their bed while asleep in the room.

8. Hotel Chelsea, New York City, New York.

This hotel in known for attracting both artists and ghosts. Hotel Chelsea was built in the late 1800’s. Many artists flocked to stay here including Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Kerouac, and Stanley Kubrick. In 1978 Sex Pistol member Sid Viscious’ girlfriend Nancy Spungen was stabbed to death in room 100. Guest have reportedly seen the ghost of Sid and Nancy roaming the hotel. Along with Sid and Nancy is Dylan Thomas who died on hotel grounds in 1953 of pneumonia. If you stay here you might just run into a celebrity of this lifetime or not…

7. Hotel de Salto, San Antonio del Tequendama, Colombia.

This notorious hotel was once a place for the elite to retreat but has now been transformed into a museum. It is situated on a cliff overlooking Tequendama Falls that features a drop more than 500 feet. Since the hotel closure it has gained a haunted reputation. The road leading to it is dangerous with falling and warning signs of impending danger. The river below is among the most polluted in the world. It is a notorious spot for suicides. Many have come here to throw themselves from cliff’s edge into the ravine below, including Muisca Indians fleeing Spanish conquistadors. All of this combined has helped with the paranormal notoriety. According to locals and visitors the former hotel is riddled with ghost and in the evening you can hear cries from the river below that get increasingly louder as the sun goes down. 

6. Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas.

The Menger is boasted as the most haunted hotel in Texas. It is riddled with stories of hauntings ranging from the ghost of Theodore Roosevelt to the ghost of one of the chambermaids who worked there in the 17th century. If you want a real spook when you stay here ask for a room in the original section of the hotel.

5. Dragsholm Castle, Hørve, Denmark.

This notorious haunt was built in the 12th century. If you are lucky you may see one of its handfuls of  ghosts that call Dragsholm home. There are two women that haunt the castle; one of them is a maid that worked there after it was built the other is the daughter of the first castle owner. The third ghost that stalks the castle is that of the Earl of Bothwell, who was captured by the Norwegians and then imprisoned in the cellar where he died in 1578. Many guests seen him riding horseback through at night around the grounds. He is kept company by the White Lady and walks the castle at night— spookily enough, in the early 1900’s a female skeleton in a white dress was found inside the walls of the castle…

4. Bourbon Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana.

New Orleans is filled with ghost from all different eras, and the Bourbon is no exception. Before this building was a hotel it also served as a convent and orphanage. The apparition of a girl dancing has been seen by guests and employees in the ballroom at night. Another ghost that has been spotted at the hotel is of a little girl. She has been seen rolling a bouncing ball down the hallways of the sixth floor. The ghost of a soldier has also been seen on the third and sixth floor walking the hallways. 

3. Russell Hotel, Sydney, Australia.

This haunt is situated in a part of Sydney known as The Rocks. The guests that frequented the hotel the most were seamen who wanted a place to stay while docked. In the early 1900’s the hotel was transformed into a hospital during the bubonic plague outbreak. Room 8 is rumoured to be the most haunted room in the hotel with a sailor that has staked his claim on it. He is known to follow the guests of room 8 and has been caught staring at them while they are sleeping.

2. The Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

There is seemingly no ghost who wouldn’t choose The Crescent for their final haunt with its notoriously colourful past. Built in the late 1800’s it has more than 70 rooms and was a veritable getaway for the wealthy. However, one of the ghosts was there for the grand opening. During the construction a stoneman fell to his death. He now stalks the grounds with an ominous energy. The hotel opened, then closed, then opened again as an all-girls school, then closed again before Norman Baker bought it. He opened the hotel back up as healing hospital hotel and dubbed himself a doctor, although he had no training. Many “patients” died in his care. Along with the construction worker you can see and hear the apparitions of many of his “patients” that died in Norman Baker’s care along with Norman Baker’s spirit. The hotel now offers haunted tours that include the morgue.

1. Ruthin Castle Hotel, Wales, United Kingdom.

The hotel was built in the 1200’s and has gained notoriety as the most haunted hotel in the United Kingdom.  This hotel has gruesome past, it is equipped with dungeons, a whipping pit, a drowning pool, and lots of ghosts! The ghost you are almost guaranteed to spot is Lady Grey she was tried and killed there after murdering her maid who was also her husband’s mistress. 


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