Haunted hotels in the world are a hot topic among travelers these days. It is not because they are careful and want to avoid these accommodations. Instead, they want to experience the eerie feeling from the presence of the paranormal and return with the unique stories of a lifetime. Most of these haunted hotels are extremely luxurious properties with unmatched hospitality. Let’s quickly have a look at a few of these.
Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado, USA
Stanley Hotel is one of the most haunted hotels in the world, haunted by multiple spirits. The hotel is more than 100 years old and has amazing architecture with the Rocky Mountains at the backdrop. The hotel has a history of hosting several elite guests including Stephen King. He was inspired by his eerie stay at Room 217 of the Stanley Hotel and wrote his bestseller horror novel ‘The Shining’. This room is said to be haunted by an old maid called Elizabeth.
The hotel was built in 1909 by Freelan Oscar Stanley and his wife Flora, who are said to be still visiting the premises. The sudden sound of the movement of furniture on the fourth floor and that of piano from the concert hall add to the spookiness. Children’s footsteps and giggles are often heard on the premises and there are witnesses to ladies dressed in Victorian style on the grand staircase. Well, this is not the end, the hotel has an underground tunnel that seems to be haunted by workers from old times. The haunted mirror at the basement of the concert hall is concerning at times of mirror selfies clicked by guests. Unknown images appear with those of the photographers. Paranormal activists have confirmed the presence and the hotel harps on the fact that it is haunted. The guests are encouraged to take the haunted tour of the hotel.
First World Hotel, Genting Highlands, Malaysia
Besides the Guinness World Record of the largest hotel in terms of the number of rooms (7351 rooms), the First World Hotel of Genting is also known for being one of the most haunted hotels in the world. The colorful exterior of the hotel can not hide the dark stories inside. There have been quite a few cases of murders and suicides in the hotel. Out of the several people who have lost heavily at the integrated casino of the hotel, have taken their own lives. The 21st floor of the hotel is considered cursed and so the lift doesn’t have a button for the 21st floor. Guests experience undefined sounds and sightings. Children’s footsteps and laughter at the lobby outside the rooms are common here. Often ‘they’ seem to knock on the doors of the guests’ rooms which the guests open hurriedly only to find no one outside.
Hawthorne Hotel, Danvers, Massachusetts, USA
Have you heard of the ‘Witch City’? It is Salem (Danvers) in Massachusetts, United States of America. Though the nickname of the city sounds cool today and goes well with witch-themed tourism of the city, it is witness to a terrible dark past. 1692’s Salem Witch trials have taken lots of innocent lives. 1925’s Hawthorne Hotel, Downtown, is at the heart of the city, a value for money, luxury hotel with endless reputed guests. The ex-President, George W. Bush with his wife Laura were the hotel’s eminent guests. General Colin Powell and actresses Belle Davis and Vanessa Redgrave are on the list of their respected guests. 1960’s popular TV show Bewitched was shot here. The old-school decor with hanging chandeliers makes the hotel beautiful but spooky. During the shooting of the movie, ‘Joy’, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Laurence, and Bradley Cooper stayed here too.
How does it make it to the list of most haunted hotels in the world? The answer lies in Room 612 on the 6th floor. It is said to be haunted by the ghost of Bridget Bishop who was the first lady suspected as a witch and killed mercilessly. She owned an apple orchard which she was very fond of. Guests at the hotel often get the sweet fragrance of apples. Water faucets turn on and off on their own and the sound of toilet flushes is suddenly heard. If you are looking forward to a stay here Halloween is the season of the witch city. Halloween Ball arranged at Hawthorne is famous.
The Dovers Inn, Scotland, UK
The Gothic structure of the Dovers Inn of Loch Lomond can make your heart crumble and if it’s a cloudy day, it adds fuel to the fire. However, the structure is grand and the inside is cozy and comfortable. The Dovers Inn is more than 300 years old and is the most haunted hotel in Great Britain. It is definitely on the list of most haunted hotels in the world.
Room No. 6 is where most guests have paranormal experiences. Unexplained flickering lights are seen in the middle of the night. They could be orbs from the other world. The door locked from inside is often mysteriously knocked from outside and even opened. No one knows how or who does it. The room suddenly turns icy cold. A little girl, trying to save her fallen doll, got drowned in River Falloch, behind the hotel. She couldn’t resist the icy water and froze to death. Her dead body was laid on the bed of room 6. Even an unknown girl in a pink frock is often seen in the reception area. Sometimes she appears in photographs too where the photographers claim that they haven’t seen her while clicking.
Hoshi Ryokan, Komatsu in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
Hoshi Ryokan founded in 718, one of the world’s oldest hotels is more than 1300 years old. The very foundation of the hotel is connected to the uncanny and mysterious world of the spirits and so it is on our list of most haunted hotels in the world. In 717, a Buddhist monk spent a night at the Hakusan mountain and the mountain god visited him in his sleep. The god told him about spring with healing waters and instructed him to dig and discover it so that all could access it. The spring was discovered and an inn was built. The ancient hotel is still operative and welcomes guests who visit for its serenity and the hot spring with healing properties. It is believed that many respected supernatural spirits keep visiting the property. Well, the ghosts of this ancient hotel are benevolent.
These haunted hotels in the world can startle terrible scare, giving sleepless nights spent here. It is up to you to chose whether you are game for the adrenalin rush.
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