Mysterious noises, unexplained visitors, weird lights, and so much more – is there a reasonable explanation, or are ghosts haunting the property? Guests at these 10 hotels have lived to tell the tale, and they believe it’s more than just a coincidence. Below, the top 10 most haunted hotels in America.
1. The Marshall House Hotel, Savannah, Georgia
As the oldest hotel in Savannah, The Marshall House Hotel has been used as a hospital and a boarding house. Built in 1851, this hotel was used as a hospital to care for soldiers during the Civil War and to take care of patients during yellow fever outbreaks, and as such, is reportedly one of Savannah’s most haunted hotels.
2. Dauphine Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
Originally built in 1775, this hotel once housed a bordello for Civil War soldiers. Today, many guests have reported seeing some of these ladies dancing around the hotel grounds, in addition to a gentleman wandering around the hotel’s courtyard dressed in his military uniform.
3. Crescent Hotel and Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Located in the Ozarks, this hotel has been home to a variety of paranormal sightings. Upon arrival at the hotel, guests are encouraged to view a book that includes accounts of ghost sightings, and to add their own encounters before leaving.
4. Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas
In Room 525, legend has it that two women killed themselves in the bathroom exactly twenty years apart. There are also reports of seeing another woman who killed herself by jumping from the fourth floor, as well as sightings of a little girl who fell to her death down the main staircase of the hotel.
5. Copper Queen Hotel, Bisbee, Arizona
At the Copper Queen, hotel guests and employees have reported seeing and hearing voices and odd noises. There have also been reports of objects moving of their own accord.
6. Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida
Mobster Thomas “Fatty” Walsh was killed at the Coral Gables Biltmore back in 1929, and reportedly still haunts the hotel to this day, specifically the elevators and the 13th floor where he was murdered.
7. Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
Operating for over 100 years, Stanley Hotel has seen its fair share of paranormal activity. Room 217 is where Stephen King stayed while he developed “The Shining”. Guests report seeing a former housekeeper, who has been known to try and make the bed with the guests still in it. The hotel also has a psychic and a paranormal investigator on staff.
8. St. James Hotel, Cimarron, New Mexico
This hotel, built in 1872, is reported to be haunted by the ghosts of the many men murdered there during the lawless days of the “Wild West”.
9. Hot Lake Hotel, Hot Lake, Oregon
In 1934, a fire destroyed most of the Hot Lake Hotel, which at the time was used as both a resort and a hospital. After the fire, it was restored and used as an asylum, a nursing home, and a restaurant at several different points. Many people killed themselves here, and their ghosts continue to haunt the property.
10. Blennerhassett Hotel, Parkersburg, West Virginia
Guests and employees alike have reported seeing ghosts at this stately old hotel, most commonly the hotel’s builder and a little girl.