Top 10 Most Haunted Hotels In America
As strange as it may sound, ghosts or the idea of having a building haunted, tends to attract large crowds of people and several hotels have already tasted (or not) the success of receiving an increased number of guests just because of the reported hauntings.
We may never know if those paranormal activities have a logic explanation or not, but what we do know is that seeing is believing so you are most welcome to visit one of the places mentioned below.
La Fonda on the Plaza sits on the oldest hotel corner in America, the current building dating to the 1920s and located just steps away from the Plaza while sitting quite literally at the terminus of the Santa Fe Trail.
Historical records suggest that when Santa Fe was founded by the Spaniards in 1607, an inn or fonda was also among the first businesses established at this location; during the 19th century La Fonda became the preferred destination of trappers, soldiers, gold seekers, gamblers and politicians. Gunfights frequently erupted inside, while out back, convicted killers swung from the gallows and this is why today, the spirits of the Old West are said to inhabit La Fonda’s lobby and bar.
The paranormal roots of La Fonda date to this period of time and if you come in this place, you can hear a lot of stories related to the hauntings. One example is the story of a businessman who back in the 1850s lost his fortune in the hotel’s gambling hall, and because he became penniless and suicidal, he jumped to his death down a deep well, a hole currently covered by the hotel’s colorful La Pazuela Restaurant.
La Fonda is a place steeped in history, filled with art like the beautifully carved and painted beams seen on the ceiling, the sculpted corbels and handcrafted chandeliers of tin and glass and copper, and the beautifully renovated dining room, La Plazuela, filled with handmade furniture and a multitude of artistic details, most created by local craftsmen a specific Mexican art style.
The Roosevelt Hotel is a historic Spanish-style hotel located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, and a 12-story Hollywood landmark opened in 1927 and named after Theodore Roosevelt, while its construction was financed by a group including Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Louis B. Mayer.
Room rates at the Roosevelt have skyrocketed in recent years, and it’s certain you’ll need a movie star’s bank account to afford a romp in the hotel’s top-floor Gable-Lombard Suite, where overnighters report strong psychic and sexual energy.
No wonder about it since it is said that the ghost of Marilyn Monroe, who lived at the hotel for two year while staying in suite 246 which overlooked the pool side, reputedly haunts the hotel’s poolside.
Still, Monroe’s isn’t the only restless spirit said to be permanently checked in to the hotel, as several guests have also encounter the tortured soul of actor Montgomery Clift.
Montgomery Clift, who lived at the Roosevelt for three months while filming From Here to Eternity (1953), is said to haunt his old room, 928, and people often claim to hear him playing his bugle and see him walking the hallways of the 8th floor.
The Hotel Chelsea is a New York City hotel and landmark, primarily known for its history of long-term notable residents, housing over the years numerous writers, musicians, artists, and actors, including Bob Dylan, Charles Bukowski, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Arthur C. Clarke, Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious, Robert Mapplethorpe, Larry Rivers, and multiple people associated with Andy Warhol’s Factory.
The hotel is located in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, at 222 West 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.
The twelve-story red-brick building that now houses the Hotel Chelsea opened in 1884 as one of the city’s first private apartment cooperatives, but the following economic drop-down lead to the re-opening of the building in 1905 as a hotel.
The hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, being famous for its architecture and beautiful grand staircase, which reaches up twelve floors to the roof and which houses artwork created by many of the artists who have visited.
Thomas Wolfe’s presence has been felt on the 8th floor, while the hotel is also known as the place where the writer Dylan Thomas was staying when he died of alcohol poisoning on November 9, 1953; this is also the place where Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, was found stabbed to death on October 12, 1978, and if you board the east elevator you may probably share a lift with the ghost of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious.
The hotel has always been a center of artistic and bohemian activity and roughly half of the Chelsea’s rooms are occupied by long-term residents, meaning your neighbors may be a bit more eccentric than your typical chain hotel clientele.