For the paranormally minded, there’s nothing better than a haunted hotel. Sure, a five-star resort or an apartment rented from an app are all well and good, but they don’t come with the same gruesome amenities as a haunted hotel room. Screams coming from down the hall, inexplicable cold spots in the corridors, and the feeling that you’re being watched as you sleep - you can only get those in a creepy hotel.
Nearly every major city in the United States from Los Angeles to New York City has a scary hotel, but these are the most haunted hotels in the country. Some of these paranormal hotspots have been around since the late 1700s, which means they’ve had plenty of time to accrue all those sweet, sweet poltergeists that you want out of a hotel stay. Some advertise their ghostly residents; others would rather you not know about them. It really depends on whether the things that go bump in the night at a given hotel are friendly or not.
Keep in mind, these haunted hotels aren’t some fly-by-night operation; there’s no outdoor parking or doors that face a highway like at some kind of haunted motel. These haunted hotels are classy, and that means the ghosts are, too. If this survey whets your appetite for some paranormal travel, don't forget to sign the guestbook!
New York: The Shanley Hotel
- Location: Napanoch, NY
- When Was It Built: 1895
- Haunted History: The haunting in this hotel is a family affair, with the spirits of the Thayer family roaming the halls. The spirit of 5-year-old Walter Nelson Thayer III, who lost his life here, plays in the attic of the hotel; his father has also been sighted making his way around the hotel.
Connecticut: The Yankee Pedlar Inn
- Location: Torrington, CT
- When Was It Built: 1891
- Haunted History: Yet another hotel that's so haunted it serves as the basis for a creepy film, the Yankee Pedlar has been spooking out visitors for years. According to local legend, the hotel's founder, Alice Conley, perished in Room 353 and walks the halls of the Pedlar to check up on her customers. Those who haven't seen the ghost of Conley have smelled something strange in Room 353, and a few people have even seen Conley's rocking chair move on its own.
- Location: Los Angeles, CA
- When Was It Built: 1927
- Haunted History: Los Angeles is one of the most haunted cities on the planet. After a hundred years of broken dreams, it's shocking that there's not a ghost on every street corner. The Roosevelt Hotel played host to stars like Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift, who are said to still reside there. Monroe can supposedly be found in Suite 1200, and visitors to the Roosevelt claim they've heard Clift practicing the trumpet outside of Room 928 when he's not pacing the hallways.
Missouri: The Elms
- Location: Excelsior Springs, MO
- When Was It Built: 1888
- Haunted History: This hotel has a few different spirits, and while most of them are totally fine with people coming and going, one of them supposedly has something to do with the hotel catching fire in 1898 and 1910. According to the housekeeping staff, they've come in contact with a member of their crew who worked at the hotel in the 1920s.