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The Four Most Haunted Hotels in America

It’s Fall. There’s a chill in the air that isn’t caused just by the dropping temperatures. It’s the season of haunts, spirits, and things that go bump in the night. If the thought of back-and-forth footsteps continuing late into the night with nobody to be seen causing them sounds intriguing, keep reading because we’re counting down the four most haunted hotels in America.

1. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO

The most haunted hotel in America is The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. This is the hotel that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. In 1911, Estes Park experienced a flood that caused the power to go out at the hotel. Mr. Stanley, the owner, placed a gas lantern in each room so his guests would have light. Elizabeth Wilson, one of the maids, entered room 217 with a candle and accidentally caused an explosion from the gas build-up. She survived the explosion and now comes to visit guests in the room who report she is mostly helpful. But not all of the spirits are so friendly. In room 407, guests report the feeling of someone sitting on their bed, and in room 428, a cowboy is often seen looming over them or standing in a corner while they sleep. Room 401 is the creepiest of them all because of a male spirit who prefers female to male guests. These, the most haunted rooms, are available for booking and come at a premium price.

2. The Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX

Number two is the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Constructed in 1857 on the original battlegrounds of the Alamo, the Menger is said to be haunted by over 30 different ghosts. In addition to guests reporting furniture in their room moving at night, spirits can be seen. Among the most famous is Teddy Roosevelt, who can still be seen at the Menger Bar, which was designed as an exact replica of London’s House of Lords Pub. It was here that Roosevelt recruited the first US volunteer cavalry, the Rough Riders. Another well-known spirit is Sallie White, a maid who worked at the hotel. After being shot by her husband, she managed to get to the hotel where she was taken care of until she died. The Menger hotel represented her happy place in life, so it is no wonder she can still be seen today. Guests report seeing a maid in an old-fashioned uniform who suddenly disappears.

3. La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM

La Fonda on the Plaza, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is number three. This hotel celebrated 100 years of hospitality in 2022. Over the years they’ve had thousands of guests, some of whom have never left. In fact, there are so many reported sightings that employees are often blasé about them. Among the spirits are the Honorable John P. Slough who got into a deadly argument in the hotel lobby. Judge Slough can be seen wearing a long, black coat. He is also distinguished by the sound of spurs on tile. Other sightings include The Bride, who can be seen in her wedding dress, and another spirit who calls the employees by name. For the most part, employees report that most encounters are not scary, although, the ghosts can sometimes be mischievous.

4. Omni Parker House, Boston, MA

Coming in at number four is the Omni Parker House in Boston, Massachusetts. This 169-year-old establishment was owned by Harvey Parker. He was a perfectionist, who kept his hand in all the details of the hotel and was the ultimate host. So much so, it is reported that he never left. Sightings of Mr. Parker include a mother and daughter who report that they saw him in their own room where he asked if they were enjoying their stay. When they responded that they were enjoying it very much, he smiled and gracefully turned away. They were shocked the next morning at breakfast when they saw a portrait of their night visitor hanging on the wall. Thankfully, Mr. Parker is a happy spirit, which is not the case for all of the locations on our list.

While hearing a scary story is one thing, it’s completely different to live it out. Would you be brave enough to stay in one of America’s most haunted hotels? If so, let us know. We would love to help you plan your spirited getaway. Just promise you’ll share your stories when you get back.

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