With Halloween just days away, the editors of Travelocity (one of the largest travel companies in the world) have picked six of their favorite haunted hotels around the US, and they are:
Haunted Hotels : 1- Hotel Jerome, Aspen, CO
The iconic Hotel Jerome’s 120-year history includes a resident ghost known as ‘water boy.’
Legend has it that in 1936, a 10-year-old drowned in the hotel’s swimming pool. The family stayed in Room 310, which overlooked the pool, on that fateful visit.
Throughout the years, many guests and hotel employees have encountered the ghost of the small boy. He is always soaking wet and will not speak, leaving behind only wet footprints. The haunting always occurs near Room 310. Read more about the Hotel Jerome.
2- Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA
In 2003, the International Society of Paranormal Research spent several days investigating Hotel Monteleone and, while at the hotel, the team made contact with more than a dozen spirits. The hotel is also said to be haunted by a little boy named Maurice, whose father died on a trip to New Orleans and whose mother died shortly thereafter.
The speculation is that the ghost of young Maurice sometimes roams the halls searching for his parents on the 14th floor. This is where his parents stayed at the time of his father’s death.
3- Queen Mary Hotel, Long Beach, CA
The Queen Mary is by far one of the most haunted locations in the world. Some say with as many as 200 spirits haunt that hotel. Reports of ghostly encounters include figures dressed in period clothing walking through the halls or the sound of a little girl laughing coming from the empty swimming pool.
Hotel guests and Queen Mary staff have reported flickering lights and whispers from inside empty hotel rooms and claimed sheets were pulled from the bed by unseen forces.
4- Historic Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage, AK
The intimate size of this 26-room hotel lets guests get up close and personal with the property’s reported 32 spirits in residence. Ghosts include a woman in a wedding dress, a laughing little boy and girl and, most famously, John ‘Jack’ Sturges.
Jack was the first Chief of Police and was shot with his own gun in an alley behind the hotel in 1921. His murder remains a mystery. They say he still haunts the hotel to this day.
5- The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA
Built in 1766, The Homestead is one of America’s oldest resorts. Ghostly encounters include a woman dressed in old-fashioned clothes approaching staff members and asked them for the time. Legend has it that in the early 1900s, a woman was set to be married at The Homestead. On the day of her wedding, her husband-to-be, nervous and having second thoughts, told her to stay in their room while he ran out for a moment.
He left the hotel, never to return again. The story goes that the bride became so distraught she took her own life. Now, her spirit roams the resort asking guests and staff for the time, still waiting for her groom to arrive.
6- Hotel San Carlos, Phoenix, AZ
The Hotel San Carlos hosted many famous people including Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and Mae West. Yet its most famous guest is the one said to still be residing at the hotel… Though she died more than 80 years ago.
Leone Jensen was an actress who leaped from the rooftop in 1928. Guests have reported a woman’s shape floating through the hallway and up the stairs that lead to the roof.