We can't say no to a good fall getaway. Usually that involves apple-picking and foliage tours, but maybe you're looking for a slightly edgier trip this year. Whether you're a budding paranormal investigator or just a fan of the fright night ambience, there's no better way to truly get in the Halloween spirit than by staying in one of the most haunted hotels in the world.
These spooky lodges are teeming with spirits—some so welcoming they actually unpack your bags for you (like at the Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco). Book your next fall trip at one of these creepy estates, that way even if you're traveling solo, you'll still have someone there to keep you company.
Billed as one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S., this Arkansas hotel has had plenty of opportunities to attract spectral visitors since it was first opened in 1886, serving at various points as a resort, a conservatory for young women, and even the "cancer hospital" of a 1920s fraud physician. Guests have reported sightings of over a dozen ghosts, including Michael, a stonemason from the building's original construction, and Theodora, one of the hospital's ill-fated cancer patients—but if you don't bump into one in the halls, don't worry, the hotel also hosts nightly ghost tours.
Yes, the actual home where Lizzie Borden's family was infamously murdered in 1892 is now a functioning bed and breakfast that makes no bones about their most notorious former resident. The house, which also operates as a museum dedicated to the suspected killer, her father, and stepmother, is known for strange happenings, including doors opening and closing on their own and a mysterious floral scent that some say are signs that the Borden's spirits still linger on.
A post-White House favorite of Mary Todd Lincoln (her son, Robert, even bought a house nearby) the third and fourth floors of this Vermont resort's south wing are by a spirit that some say is the ghost of the former First Lady herself.
The current structure of this historic New Mexico hotel was built in 1922, but records indicate that the site held the city's first inn dating all the way back to the early 1600s. It was a favorite stopover for fortune-seekers headed west, and is said to have retained a few of its, including John P. Slough, Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court, who was shot and killed in the hotel lobby in 1867 and a spectral gambler who supposedly threw himself into the hotel's well after a bad hand and has been reported .
Supernatural enthusiasts should be sure to book room 301 at this historic Massachusetts inn, which is said to be a hot spot for spiritual activity. Guests have frequently reported seeing figures including a young girl carrying flowers as well as a man in a top hat on the premises—one reason that the inn has become a favorite among paranormal investigators.
This North Carolina inn has played host to a number of luminaries through the years, from Annie Oakley to J.D. Rockefeller to Margaret Mitchell, who penned a portion of her classic Gone With the Wind in its rooms. For those of a spookier inclination, though, it's the guests who never left that are the enticement. Room 318, in particular has a folk history of ghostly sightings around it, with some guests reporting sounds and electronic interference. Indeed, the hotel has even been known to in the lobby for guests to add their own encounters to.
Listed on the National Historic Register, this former Louisiana plantation dates back to 1796. Multiple photographs taken on the property purport to show the after images of apparitions, most notably a ghost known as "Chloe" who is said to be the spirit of an enslaved woman who was a household servant in the home in the 1800s. The initial image led to name the plantation "The South's Spookiest House."
Built in the 13th century, it's no surprise that has a storied past. Dozens of ghosts roam the property, most notably Sir Alexander Ramsay. It's alleged that in 1342, he was starved to death by William Douglas and has wandered the grounds ever since. Late at night you might also run into the Grey Lady, the ghost of Lady Catherine who haunts the castle's dungeon.
Seattle has had a lax attitude about marijuana since its early days. Seattleite Alice B. Toklas is said to have invented pot brownies in 1954—and now she's the hipster ghost who haunts the . Find her wandering around in head-to-toe vintage clothes on the fourth floor or at the bar. If your glass suddenly moves without anyone touching it, say hello to Alice!
This was once a finishing school for girls, and the kindhearted headmistress, Miss Mary Lake, decided to stick around after dying suddenly just years after the school opened. She tends to stay in room 401, where she is known to cover up sleeping travelers with blankets and sometimes even unpack their suitcases. Talk about excellent service!
New Orleans has no shortage of haunted locales, but is one of its most notorious destinations to spot spirits. Just a block away from Bourbon Street, ghost sightings are frequent at the luxury hotel. From Civil War soldiers to courtesans who worked in the Red-Light District, you never know who you might run into.
Located along the banks of a lake in County Meath, Ireland, this 15th-century castle is now a bed and breakfast. According to , the daughter of an evil English lord, known as the Black Baron, haunts the halls of , while the Baron himself haunts the grounds.
is widely considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in America, and it even served as the inspiration for Steven King's chilling novel, "The Shining." Countless guests have encountered , including doors shutting, pianos playing and unexplained voices, while visiting the hotel, especially on the fourth floor and in the concert hall. The hotel even offers ghost tours and an extended .
in London is , including a doctor who murdered his wife and then committed suicide, a man with a deep wound on his face, a former butler who wanders the hallways and Napoleon III.
sits in the middle of Hollywood and played host to the first Academy Awards ceremony, so it's no surprise celebrities flocked to its luxurious rooms. And two of its regular guests, Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe, are said to even today. There is also an unexplained "cold spot" in the ballroom believed to be tied to the paranormal.
in Sydney, Australia offers guests the convenience of being located near the city's best attractions, but plenty of visitors are drawn to the boutique hotel hoping for an . A sailor is said to have never checked out of room 8, and numerous guests have encountered his presence, and the unexplained sound of someone walking over creaky floors can frequently be heard.
This five-star hotel sits alongside Lake Vidöstern in Lagan, but started out as a private manor owned by a wealthy Baron. who killed himself in what is now room 324 after the Baron refused to let his daughter marry the boy. Guests have reportedly seen the boy roaming around the building, and windows are frequently closed unexpectedly.
The Taj Mahal Palace is one of Mumbai's most beautiful hotels, but it's also one of the most haunted hotels in India. The that the hotel was built facing the wrong direction, and jumped to his death from the fifth floor. , and guests have encountered him in the hallways and have heard him walking on the roof.
The hotel, the oldest operating resort on the Las Vegas Strip, seems to have enough lights to ward off any dark spirits, but apparently this isn't the case. Mobster Bugsy Siegel played an important role in developing the extravagant hotel and casino, but angered his investors by spending beyond his means, and was fatally shot soon after the hotel's opening. Visitors have wandering the hotel's garden, which includes a memorial for Bugsy.
The luxurious just off the coast of San Diego is known for its stunning views of the sea, but also for the . On Thanksgiving Day in 1892, the 24-year-old checked into the third-floor guest room (which you can still stay in) and waited for her lover to meet her there. After five days of waiting, she took her own life. There have of a pale figure in a black lace dress on the property, along with mysterious odors, sounds, moving objects and self-working TVs in the room she stayed in.
Florida's is found just 10 minutes from downtown Miami, but seems to be . Opened in 1926, the hotel received much fanfare, and later was home to a 13th floor speakeasy—run by local mobsters for the rich—in which an unexplained murder of one notable mobster took place. During World War II, it was turned into a a hospital before returning as a deluxe hotel in 1987. Ghosts of the veterans and the mobster who died have been reported on many of the hotel's floors (the mobster ghost seems to especially enjoy the company of women).
The regular lunch spot of the Round Table, an elite group of literati, the was often visited by Dorothy Parker, who was a member of the group. When renovations were made to the hotel's attic, coming from the empty space, and a photograph of Parker even flew off the wall, shattering.
The retired ship and hotel in Long Beach, California, is so celebrated as a haunted destination that it even of its most paranormal hotspots. Among the spirits spotted are a "lady in white," a sailor who died in the ship's engine room and children who drowned in the ship's pool.
The quaint Pennsylvania dates back to before the beginning of the Revolutionary War, and is considered one of the most haunted places in America with at least eight ghosts roaming its rooms and hallways. Most of the take place in Room Six, where guests have allegedly seen a dark figure behind them in the bathroom mirror, white mist moving throughout the room during the night and small children appearing in the rooms. One particular ghost, a giggling little girl, reportedly likes to watch as women comb their hair in the bathroom.
Built in 1926 by a San Francisco businessman, the CalNeva lodge in north Lake Tahoe was a hotspot for the wealthy in the 1930s. In 1960, and built secret tunnels between the bungalows behind the hotel and the showroom. The tunnels were carpeted and lined with brick so famous guests could pass without being detected by paparazzi. Sinatra, Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe all vacationed there, and it's where Monroe spent her last weekend alive, before passing in Los Angeles. The ghosts of both Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra in the resort's swimming pool and in the cabins overlooking Lake Tahoe. The hotel is currently undergoing renovations.
Clover Adams, the wife of President John Adams' descendent Henry Adams, took her life in the hotel in 1885. She now of the hotel by turning clock radios on and off and opening locked doors. Housekeepers have said they've been called by name or have heard soft crying in the stairwell. Most of the events happen around the time that she died—during the first two weeks of December. Guests of the hotel have included President Obama and his family.
The luxury Canadian hotel was built in 1888, and has welcomed guests throughout history including Marilyn Monroe, Helen Keller and Queen Elizabeth II. According to hotel lore, a was once murdered, and the spirits never left the room. Guests who stayed in the room after it was cleaned up reported being awoken by shrieks, and maids who cleaned the room allegedly found bloody fingerprints on the mirror that couldn't be cleaned. In response to the reports, hotel management sealed off the room—but some guests still report experiencing hauntings in the vicinity of the room.
The is a historic hotel in downtown Boston that has been home to throughout the years, including those of Harvey Parker (who built the hotel), and mysterious sounds and occurrences. Charles Dickens once occupied the third floor, and elevators are often sent to the third floor for no reason. In one particular room on the 10th floor, guests have complained about the sound of a rocking chair keeping them awake during the night—but the hotel has no rocking chairs.
The , also known as the official hotel of the Alamo, that housed a mosque and a psychiatric ward. Frequent reports have been made of unexplained apparitions, noises and sensations of being touched. The 7th floor allegedly receives the most hauntings.
The is a historical landmark, built in Milwaukee in 1893, that hosts baseball and basketball teams that are visiting. Many of the players have reported —and very little sleep—on the premises. L.S. Dodgers Adrian Beltre has reported knocking in the hallway and on his door (even when nobody was there) and pounding on his headboard. Carlos Gomez, a baseball player for the Minnesota Twins, has reported an iPod that began vibrating wildly on its own and disembodied voices.