Boasting a ghostly presence that gives hugs, the sound of an unseen woman wailing, and an elevator that won’t move past the eighth floor on the anniversary of a tragic event, these creepy haunted hotels in and around Washington, DC, are famous for more than just their amenities. Would you dare stay at any of these haunted hotels?
If you believe the ghost stories haunting the halls of these resorts, then you likely understand that sometimes spirits stick around - and some have a habit of messing with the living. Paranormal forces opening and closing doors, spirits tugging at a guest’s mattress, and even reported sightings of people who have passed are just a few of the narratives you'll hear surrounding the ghosts of DC.
Check out six of the creepiest hotels in Washington, DC, and its neighboring communities. Would you be brave enough to stay at the Hay-Adams or the Hotel Monaco? If you do decide to check in and then hear some unexplainable bumps in the night, don’t say you weren't warned.
The Old Towne Inn is located in Manassas, VA, which is about 40 minutes away from Washington, DC. Legend has it that a young woman named Miss Lucy, a spirit from the 19th century, haunts the inn, especially guests staying in rooms 50, 52, and 54.
A couple staying at the inn reported a loud crash in the bathroom while they were sleeping, but when they went to check, nothing was there. They then claimed that while they were sleeping, they felt something pulling on the mattress. At first they thought that perhaps an animal had somehow found its way into the hotel. Again, however, they found nothing in their search. The couple went back to sleep and when the woman woke up, she said she saw her husband levitate in the air and then fall to the ground.
A construction worker and his father stayed at the inn one night and then reported their experience on Reddit. The son said that after he and his father went to sleep, he felt a kicking under the mattress. His father, sleeping on the other bed, got up and told his son that it felt like something was attempting to get into the bed with him. The Redditor described the ghostly experience:
When we turned the light on and talked, everything stopped. But then we'd turn the light off and it started again. You could hear the carpet scrunch like someone was running across the room. Then, even crazier, I could feel something grabbing my ankles and slide up towards my knees. If I shook my legs it would stop but if I stayed still I could feel it start again. I did this many times within a few minutes, testing it out.
Once again my father freaked out and jumped out of his bed saying if it'd happen one more time, he'd go sleep in the truck. I wasn't scared [and] since someone else was there, it was actually kind of funny. Even to this day he agrees something was going on in that hotel.
This luxury boutique hotel in downtown Washington, DC, is known for its grand ballroom. In 1924, Calvin Coolidge won his campaign for the presidency. He planned to have his inaugural ball on January 20, 1925, at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. Unfortunately, just before the event, the president's son fell ill and quickly passed as the result of an infection. Coolidge was too upset to attend the celebration and opted to skip the event in order to grieve.
Since the fateful evening of January 20, 1925, the hotel has experienced supernatural events that take place on the same date at around 10 pm. It's been reported that lights flicker and dim, but perhaps the most haunting detail is that even the elevator seems to honor Coolidge's loss. President Coolidge would have taken the elevator from the eighth floor at around 10:15 pm if he was able to attend his inauguration. The elevator now reportedly will not move from the eighth floor until 10:15 pm every year on January 20.
This popular boutique hotel in DC might be haunted by a ghost nicknamed Clover. The real name of the tragic guest was Marion Hooper Adams, who may or may not have ended her own life. Several hotel guests and employees have reported doors opening and closing at will. Sometimes, a woman's muffled cry can be heard. Perhaps the most spooky reports come from housekeepers who claim they have been hugged by a mysterious presence. Adams's haunting activity is at its peak during the first part of December, which is when she passed.
According to the story, Adams, a photographer, was living in the hotel and was reportedly deeply saddened by her father's demise. She allegedly took her own life by ingesting the chemicals used to develop photographs.
There is another side to this tale, however, and it involves both infidelity and foul play. Apparently, her husband Henry was having an affair and Adams was ended as a result - though it remains unknown who committed the act and how they did it. Her husband trashed all her papers and photographs following her passing.
The Omni Shoreham in Woodley Park is a luxury hotel known for its Art Deco halls and lavish rooms. It’s also equally known for its ghosts. After the hotel was built in the 1930s, one of its shareholders, Henry Doherty, moved into the eighth floor apartment along with his family and executive hotel housekeeper Juliette Brown.
One day, Brown became sick and attempted to call a doctor; however, she quickly met her end and was later found with the phone off the hook. The coroner said that Brown perished of natural causes. Later, Doherty's daughter also passed in the apartment. The cause of her demise was not revealed, but there was speculation that she ingested too many controlled substances.
The family left in the 1970s and their apartment remained empty. Guests of the hotel report hearing strange noises on the eighth floor, including the sounds of a piano playing, even though there is no piano in the apartment. Other guests claim to see a little girl and an older woman roaming the halls. Additionally, people have said the lights sometimes come on at 4 am, the reported time of Brown's final moments. Housekeepers also allege that their cleaning carts mysteriously move around.
The hotel’s Director of Security Ralphaello McKeython also claims to have seen the spirit: "You always think it is just a guest. You see the long dress going on to the elevator. You can actually catch the same elevator she gets on, and there's no one there. When people from all over the world are seeing and hearing the same things, there must be something to it."