Whether you’re a ghost hunter looking for your next destination or prefer to experience the chills of the paranormal from the comfort of your own home, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 most haunted hotels in the world.
From strange noises in the halls and spirits trapped in anguish, to friendly apparitions these hotels are plagued with reports from staff and guests.
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The Langham Hotel, London
The hotel was built in 1865, according to HauntedRooms.com, and boasts nearly 500 rooms. At least five ghosts are reported to regularly appear at the hotel, including a German prince who threw himself from an upstairs room. Room 333 is believed to be the hotspot for paranormal activity, which guests reportedly seeing apparitions, movements through walls and closed doors, and temperature drops.
Place d’Armes Hotel, New Orleans
The Place d’Armes Hotel in New Orleans is rife with paranormal activity that makes it a popular destination for ghost hunters and paranormal investigators. The hotel’s dark history includes a terrible fire that killed school children and teachers in the 1900s. Guests report footsteps and children’s laughter, among other creepy inexplicable sounds.
Malmaison Oxford Castle, Oxfordshire
The grand castle-turned luxury hotel is believed to be one of the most haunted buildings in the United Kingdom. The story goes that in the mid-1700s, a young woman was hanged for poisoning her father. Many believe she never left, and can be seen throughout the extensive grounds.
The Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago
The Congress Plaza Hotel currently offers 871 guest rooms and suites— however it also has a few permanent residents. Ghosts thought to reside at the hotel include a murdered hobo, and a disembodied gloved hand that juts out of one of the walls—believed to be that of a construction worker buried behind it. A female apparition makes regular appearances in certain rooms—and one room on the 12th floor is reportedly so terrifying that it is kept permanently locked.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta
The stately building is situated against a serenely picturesque forestry, but the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada has horrific history of accidents. Now, guests and locals alike report paranormal activity throughout the hotel.
These supernatural guests include a bride who fell down a staircase and broke her neck after her dress caught fire, and a family murdered in room 873.
A less horrifying ghost is that of a uniformed bellhop from the 60’s, who helps guests to their rooms and turns on lights. Try to make conversation with him however, and he disappears.
Hotel Chelsea, New York City
The 18th century hotel played host to high profile celebrities, including Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan—but it also is home to several ghosts. A Welsh poet named Dylan Thomans drank himself to death in one of the hotel rooms, and the bass player for the Sex Pistols allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death in Room 100. He later died of a heroin overdose, but both he and his girlfriend are said to make appearances.
The Bell Inn, Norfolk
The Bell Inn in Norfolk, England is over 600 years old—so it makes sense that it’s picked up a few permanent guests in that time. Visitors who stay at the hotel have reported seeing a hooded monkey, and staff have heard children playing and keys rattling at night.
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei
The Taipai hotel was built on the site of a former political prison, and guests have reported seeing the ghosts of several executed inmates. The ghosts appear in hallways, while strange noises are reported from empty rooms.
Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg
According to TripToDiscover.com, the Gettysburg Hotel guests have reported multiple encounters with paranormal events—including a kindly Civil War nurse and Union soldiers. Every now and then, guests will return to their rooms to find drawers opened or clothes and personal items removed.
The Stanley, Estes Park
And of course, no list would be complete without the hotel that famously inspired Stephen King’s The Shinning. Ghostly occurrences include the sounds of children playing and laughing in the hallways, and the original owner Mr. Stanely and his wife.