Plush robes and 1,000-thread count sheets are overrated: These eight hotels provide what other hotels can't in the form of paranormal activity. As Halloween nears on Monday, a night in one of these frightful hotels — from "The Shining" hotel to the Queen Mary — might give you the best (or worst) sleep of your life.
The Stanley Hotel
If this hotel looks familiar, that’s because it is. The Stanley in Estes Park, Colorado was the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel and subsequent film “The Shining.” But before the film made it famous, the spirits of past owner F.O. Stanley and his wife Flora were said to haunt the hotel and occasionally tinker on the piano.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
In the French Quarter in New Orleans, the Bourbon hotel has had a long and storied history for nearly two centuries. Before being converted into a hotel in the 1960s, it served as a ballroom and theater, then a convent and orphanage. One of the more frequent ghost sightings is that of the Confederate Soldier who is said to walk around the sixth and third floors.
The Hollywood Roosevelt
During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the Roosevelt became the de facto home base for the silver screen's finest. The ghost of Marilyn Monroe is said to haunt this luxury hotel, built in 1927 on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Emily Morgan Hotel
Dating back to the 1920s, the Emily Morgan Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, is named after Emily D. West, a twenty-year old black indentured servant who had been captured in the Battle of the Alamo. Almost all of the paranormal reports involve ghosts and spirits from days gone by when the building was the medical building.
The Sagamore Hotel
The Sagamore Hotel on Lake George in New York is a Victorian era resort that looks every bit as eerie as it should. A haven for wealthy tourists, it’s also had its fair share of ghost sightings. Golfers at the hotel have reported seeing the spirit of a little boy from the early 1950s chasing errant balls.
This retired ocean liner-turned-luxury-hotel only second to the Titanic in terms of recognition has paranormal enthusiasts flocking to Long Beach, California to see it. Many hauntings are reported as the ghosts of drowning victims and of past crew who lost their lives on the great behemoth of a ship.
The Crescent Hotel
The Crescent Hotel, located at the highest point in the county, overlooking the Eureka Springs and the Ozark Mountains, has served as a women’s college and a hospital (notoriously run by crackpot “doctor” Norman Baker) since 1886. Known as “America’s most haunted hotel,” ghosts named Michael, Theodora, and even Morris the cat have been spotted roaming its corridors.
The Skirvin Hotel
The Oklahoma City hotel has had many ghost sightings in the last few years, most notably reported by visiting NBA teams. In 2010, the New York Knicks blamed their loss to Oklahoma on the hotel being haunted.