5 Haunted Hotels to Visit this Halloween
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Everyone likes to feel scared from time to time, especially during Halloween.
With Oct. 31 right around the corner, here are five reportedly haunted hotels guaranteed to keep visitors up at night, or at least pique their interest. Of course, apart from the spooky history, these are a nice group of centrally-located accommodations.
Admiral Fell Inn
Once a boarding house in the 18th century, Baltimore's Admiral Fell Inn is not only full of history, but also the setting of countless ghost stories.
"Guests have often reported seeing floating sailors and disappearing butlers knocking on their doors," CBS Baltimore reported. "A hotel manager is also said to have heard a loud party after the hotel was evacuated during a hurricane."
Despite its spooky history and puzzling hallways, the Admiral Fell Inn is among the most top-rated hotels in Baltimore, encouraging guests to overcome their fear with free Wi-Fi, a pet-friendly policy and close proximity to the Inner Harbor, Convention Center and National Aquarium.
Hotel del Coronado
California's Hotel del Coronado's ghostly vibe can be directly attributed to the demise of Kate Morgan, a 24-year-old woman who committed suicide after checking into the hotel back in 1892.
Often referred to as the "beautiful stranger," Morgan and her story has inspired many guests to request the third-floor guestroom she stayed in prior to her death more than a century ago. Inside, many have reported strange happenings, including flickering lights, random breezes, bizarre voices and noises, fluctuating room temperatures and inanimate objects moving on their own (basically anything you've seen in a "Paranormal Activity" movie).
But regardless of which room you wind up in, the combination of the variety of rooms and suites and proximity to Coronado Beach is all treat, no trick.
With an opening that predates the American Civil War, it's no wonder that Savannah, Georgia's Marshall House has developed a reputation for being haunted.
The hotel has been around for more than 160 years, and over that time has been used as a hospital on at least three occasions, including once for the Union Army during the Civil War.
"The Marshall House has a history that's very conducive to ghostly experiences, though you can rest easy knowing our ghosts are of the friendly variety," states the hotel's official website.
Like other well-known haunted accommodations, guests have reported seeing and hearing specters inside the Marshall House. But the ghosts must be friendly, as Savannah Magazine named Marshall House the area's Best Boutique Hotel in 2014.
Place d'Armes Hotel
It's hard to think, "haunted" without imagining New Orleans.
The French Quarter is where you'll find Place d'Armes Hotel, a popular stop on ghost tours, given its tragic history. Before it was a hotel, a school existed on the site during the 1800s but was destroyed in a deadly fire that killed several students and teachers.
"Resident ghosts include a young girl who asks where her grandmother is before vanishing into thin air, and an elderly bearded man dressed in old-fashioned clothes who gives a friendly nod of acknowledgment before he disappears," USA Today reported last year.
For the brave, historic rooms — some of which feature a terrace overlooking St. Ann Street — and a saltwater pool, separate Place d'Armes from any of the other eerie hotels in the Big Easy.
The Congress Plaza Hotel
There are any number of signs one can point to that suggest Chicago's Congress Plaza Hotel is haunted.
"...Names haunting these halls include the homeless hobo, 'Peg Leg Johnny,' who was said to have been murdered in the hotel many years ago," writes CityPass' Byron Beck. "Then there's the workman who supposedly got buried behind the walls when the hotel was being built, but who is now just referred to as the 'hand of mystery,' referring to his gloved hand that supposedly sticks out of a wall in the closets behind the balcony in the Gold Room."
Located across from Grant Park along the shore of Lake Michigan, the hotel has been the setting for numerous ghost stories. In addition to the aforementioned sightings, the elevator is said to stop on the eighth floor by itself.
What's more, the 12th floor is even more terrifying. It is said hotel staff fastened one of the rooms from the outside after making a frightening discovery inside.
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