With its historical landmarks and cultural institutions, amazing food, and never-ending supply of entertainment, there are plenty of reasons to visit New York City. If you're planning on heading to the Big Apple - or if you're a local looking to splurge on a night at one of the city's most luxurious hotels - you should know about the haunted New York ghost stories surrounding them. In fact, unless you're staying at a chain hotel like the Hilton, there's probably a supernatural NYC legend or two about your choice of residence's history.
Thanks to its proximity to both a formerly dangerous neighborhood and a cemetery, the Bowery Hotel is said to be swarming with ghosts. Other hotels, like the Jane Street Hotel, have only one story - that hotel served as a home for crew members who survived the sinking of the Titanic, and their ghosts are said to haunt the Greenwich Village mainstay to this day.
If you want to check out these haunted places for yourself, you can book a stay in all but a few of them - but be careful, because not all of the spirits are friendly. Want more hauntings? Not to worry -- every state has a hotel that will spook you.
The NYU Brittany Residence Hall Is Home To A Ghostly Little Girl
Many of the dormitories that house NYU students are former hotels, including the the NYU Brittany Residence Hall, which used to be known as the Brittany Hotel. Students and staff members alike have reported seeing the ghost of a young girl named Molly.
Molly was playing with dolls in the hallway when she accidentally fell down an elevator shaft. Her remains were never recovered, and her spirit was never put to rest. Today she is said to wander the dorms, trying to get the residents' attention and entice them to play with her by doing things like switching the lights on and off, smearing the shower steam from a mirror, and turning on haunting music.
The Hotel Wolcott Is Home To A Couple Of Paranormal Children
The Hotel Wolcott is a charming Midtown location that was built in 1904 and accurately restored in 1975. It provided accommodations for musicians like Buddy Holly and authors like Edith Wharton. While Wharton's ghost doesn't appear to be haunting the Wolcott, there are rumors of a few ghostly children wandering its halls. Guests have reported small children who are not really there playing at the top of the stairs. There have also been multiple occasions in which the staff have heard a radio playing in the cafeteria - a radio that was off in an empty room.
According to hotel owner Scott Erlich, people aren't usually frightened by these haunted happenings. He said, "Here, it's part of the charm. It happens once every few years. This is a great old building. So much of New York happened here."
The Former Hotel Des Artistes Houses A Suave Ghost
Though currently a co-op apartment building on the Upper West Side, the Hotel Des Artistes was once a thriving hotel. The building is said to be haunted by a ghost named Valentino. This ghost has been seen moving past mirrors, and some people have claimed to smell his cologne.
While this isn't confirmed, it's possible that Valentino is actually Rudolph Valentino, a popular romance actor of the 1920s. He lived on the property with his mistress, in two separate rooms that were connected by a secret passage way.
A Heartbroken Widow Roams The Historic Old Bermuda InnPhoto: @oldbermudainn / Instagram
The Bermuda Inn, a Staten Island hotel that was once a house belonging to the Mesereau family, is said to be haunted by the lady of the house, Martha Mesereau. When Mesreau's husband was deployed in the Civil War in 1860, she waited patiently for him to come back. When she was informed of his demise, she went to bed and perished from grief.
Today, her ghost is said to haunt the hotel. Visitors and employees say they see her silhouette in the window, and report unusual noises or locked doors opening without human intervention. A few people have even claimed to see her spirit at the entrance of the inn.