From the feared Welsh Skirrid Mountain Inn
to the haunted Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India these are 25 Of The World’s Most Haunted Hotels.
25. Karosta Prison, Latvia Karosta was used as a Nazi and Soviet military
prison where thousands of prisoners died. These days, the site serves as a bizarre hotel
where guests are treated like prisoners. Multiple paranormal activities have allegedly been
witnessed at the hotel with visitors claiming to have heard footsteps, whispers, and audible
warnings such as “get out of here”. 24. Crescent Hotel, Arkansas
Built as a luxury hotel and spa in 1886, the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas,
is considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in the US. The hotel is said to be
haunted by at least eight different spirits all of whom are believed to be ghosts of people
most of which died at the hotel during its gloomy history.
23. Dr. Holms Hotel, Norway Located at the renowned ski resort town of
Geilo, southern Norway, the Dr. Holms Hotel is a large, luxury hotel with spa, swimming
pools, gyms and many other facilities. However, this hotel is also popular for its ghost sightings.
The legend has it that in 1926, a young woman hanged herself at the attic and her ghost
lives in room No. 320. 22. Hotel Burchianti, Italy
Situated at the heart of Florence, one of the world´s most romantic cities, Hotel Burchianti
is definitely not a place where lovers want to stay. Numerous guests have claimed to see
creepy translucent figures, feel icy cold breath in their faces and hear indefinable
human voices. 21. Hotel del Coronado, California
When it opened in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado was the largest resort hotel in the world.
Nowadays, this San Diego hotel ranks among the most haunted hotels in the US with employees,
workers and guests experiencing odd noises, spirited breezes, strange faces and a ghostly
figure of a young lady wearing a black lace dress.
20. Grand Hyatt Taipei, Taiwan Considered one of the best luxury hotels in
Taipei, Grand Hyatt Taipei is a renowned resort that was built over a former wartime political
prison and is said to be haunted by the ghosts of several executed inmates. The hotel has
even placed some sacred scrolls throughout the lobby in an attempt to rid the place of
any wandering spirits. 19. Hever Castle, England
Located in the village of Hever, some 30 miles (48 km) south-east of London, the Hever Castle
was built as a country house where Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VII of England,
spent her childhood. These days, the castle serves as a luxury hotel but the ghost of
Anne Boleyn is still thought to reside there, having been spotted by numerous guests.
18. Banff Springs Hotel, Canada Built in 1888, the Banff Springs Hotel is
considered one of the most haunted places in Canada. Apart from a ghost of a young woman
wearing a wedding dress, the building is also haunted by spirits of a family that was murdered
in room No. 873. The door to this room has since been bricked up but the ghosts are often
seen in the hallway outside the room. 17. Russell Hotel, Australia
Located in The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest district, the Russell Hotel has a long history full
of various legends. According to one of them, hotel room No. 8 is haunted by the spirit
of a sailor who refused to check out. Many hotel guests have described seeing a man staring
at them from the center of the room. 16. Ballygally Castle, Northern Ireland
Built in 1625, the Ballygally Castle is one of the most haunted places in Northern Ireland.
Now serving as a hotel, the castle is reputed to host a number of ghosts, the most active
of which is the former resident, Lady Isobel Shaw, who has a habit of knocking on guests
doors then disappearing. It’s believed that Isobel fell from the window after her husband
locked her in the room. 15. Akasaka Weekly Mansion, Tokyo
Akasaka Weekly Mansion is generally regarded as the scariest place to stay in Tokyo. Building
No.1 is said to be the most haunted, with guests claiming to have seen apparitions standing
at the end of their beds, lights and appliances being turned on by itself and even being stroked
whilst sleeping. 14. Dragsholm Slot, Denmark
A historic building on the Danish largest island of Zealand, the Dragsholm Slot hotel
is said to be haunted by three ghosts who are residents at the local castle: a grey
lady, a white lady and Earl James Hepburn who was allegedly imprisoned in the castle
and died in the cellars in 1578. The Earl is said to ride through the courtyard with
a full horse and carriage. 13. Hotel Chelsea, New York
One of the most famous hotels in New York City, Hotel Chelsea has hosted a number of
world-known celebrities. Not all of them have made it alive from the hotel though – Welsh
writer and poet Dylan Thomas died at the hotel after a night of excessive drinking and former
Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious´ girlfriend got stabbed by Vicious in room No. 100. Ghosts
of these people are thought to haunt the hotel. 12. Dalhousie Castle, Scotland
Situated some 8 mi (13 km) south of Edinburgh, the Dalhousie Castle was converted into a
hotel in 1973. The hotel is allegedly haunted by the ghost of Lady Catherine of Dalhousie,
the daughter of some of the previous owners. Catherine fell in love at a young age and
her parents forbid her from seeing her boyfriend – prompting Catherine to lock herself into
the top room of the castle and starve herself to death.
11. Agua Caliente Casino and Hotel, Mexico Located in Tijuana, northern Mexico, this
former lavish resort is allegedly haunted by a female singer who poisoned her lover
after stealing money from him in the 1930s. According to the legend, the man pursued her
in an attempt to get the antidote, but she refused to give it to him. Frustrated, the
man shot the female singer. 10. Heathman Hotel, Oregon
Situated in the center of Portland, the renowned Heathman Hotel is one of the most haunted
places in Oregon. Rooms 703, 803 and 1003 are said to be the most haunted with regular
paranormal events being recorded. These events include cold spots, inexplicable sounds, ghost-like
figures in the mirrors and poltergeist activity. 9. North Kapunda Hotel, Australia
One of the scariest places in South Australia, the North Kapunda Hotel is reputed to have
several ghosts due to it being the main meeting point in the town for over a century. The
hotel was investigated on the TV series Haunting: Australia and found that most paranormal activity
occurred in a disused section of the building formerly used for accommodation.
8. Shelbourne Hotel, Ireland A large renowned Dublin hotel with 265 rooms,
the Shelbourne Hotel is believed to be haunted by a seven-year-old girl from the 18th century,
named Mary Masters. She died due to cholera in 1791. Allegedly, her apparition still roams
the halls. 7. Bela Vista Hotel, Portugal
Located in Portimao, a coastal town in south Portugal, the Bela Vista Hotel is thought
to be haunted by its previous owner’s ghost. The owner reportedly died in room No. 108
which is where most of the paranormal activities and unexplainable sounds have been reported.
6. Hawthorne Hotel, Massachusetts Notorious for the witchcraft trails, Salem,
a little town in the US state of Massachusetts, is also home to the famous Hawthorne Hotel.
The hotel has witnessed a lot of unusual activity, from missing keys to water tap and lights
turning on by themselves. The hotel is alleged to be haunted by a ghost of a woman who often
roams the hall outside room No. 612. 5. Skirrid Mountain Inn, Wales
One of the oldest pubs in Wales with a history dating back to over 900 years, the Skirrid
Mountain Inn is where almost 180 men were hanged during the Welsh revolt. Not only can
the rope marks still be seen on the beams but some guests have even claimed they felt
like somebody was tightening the ropes around their necks while they were sleeping.
4. Myrtles Plantations, Louisiana Now serving as a bed and breakfast, Myrtles
Plantations in St. Francisville, Louisiana, is rumored to be built on top of an ancient
Tunica Indian burial ground. The site has also witnessed a murder and several bizarre
natural deaths, which makes it one of the scariest and most haunted hotels in the US.
3. Chateau de Brissac, France Built as a castle in 11th century, Chateau
de Brissac is a large, seven-storey chateau located in the Loire Valley, France. These
days, the chateau also serves as a guesthouse but if you book a room here, be ready for
a creepy encounter as the chateau is believed to be haunted by ghosts of two lovers who
were murdered at the chateau centuries ago. 2. Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, India
One of the largest and most luxurious hotels in India, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is rumored
to be haunted. One of the possible ghostly residents include it’s architect who killed
himself by jumping from a fifth floor balcony because the design didn’t go according to
his plans. In 2008, the hotel became a site of a gruesome massacre as the place was attacked
by terrorists. During the three-day battle, at least 167 people were killed. Some of these
people are also rumored to haunt the hotel. 1. Stanley Hotel, Colorado
One of the world´s most famous haunted hotels, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado,
inspired Stephen King to write the iconic bestseller “The Shining”. While at the hotel,
King stayed in room No. 217 but it is room No. 418 that reports the most ghostly activity.
The hotel is supposedly haunted by Flora Stanley, the wife of the owner, who likes to play the
piano late at night. Her ghost is said to be very visible and a high profile haunting.
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