Whether you're an aspiring ghost-hunter or a skeptic hoping to be swayed, try your hand at spotting a real apparition at one of these ten haunted hotels around the world. Just don't forget to pack your Ouiji board.
Hollywood Roosevelt - Los Angeles, California
If you’ve ever been sad you never had your chance to meet Marilyn Monroe or Montgomery Clift; you may want to stay at the Roosevelt. Monroe and Clift are rumored to haunt the hotel, as are the spirits of a little girl, a swimmer, and other former guests playing pranks on current visitors. An added bonus: it’s located in the heart of Hollywood, close to all of the top tourist spots.
Ruthin Castle Hotel & Spa - Ruthin, Wales UK
All castles seem haunted, and the Ruthin Castle is no different. Dating back to the 1200s, Lady Grey, who was once a resident, reportedly still wanders the halls. According to legend, she killed her husband after she found out he was having an affair and was later put to death for the crime. There are other eerie tales, from orbs to screams at night, giving you many chances to experience something. After a night of ghost hunting, you can spend the day relaxing in the castle’s Moat Spa. Located in northern Wales, the paranormal property is about an hour from Manchester Airport.
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Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast - Fall River, Massachusetts
Hauntings aside, this bed & breakfast makes for a creepy place to stay. This is the house where the famed Lizzie Borden murders took place in 1892, and both Lizzie’s father and stepmother have been seen and heard here. Lizzie herself has also appeared in the basement. Hear a cat during your visit? It might just be the cat that was killed shortly before Abby and Andrew Borden. While there, make sure to book on of their three haunted tours of the property. Located just over a half-hour from T.F. Green Airport in Providence, RI.
Karosta Prison Hotel - Liepaja, Latvia
A prison hotel? Like castles, prisons seem likely to be haunted. With doors that open by themselves, tales of former prisoners roaming the halls, and sleeping in a cell, you may not get the best night’s rest, but you are sure to have some stories to tell if you stay here! With a show, an escape room, a spy game, a tour, and a buffet with “authentic prison food,” you’ll have quite an experience at Karosta. Located on Latvia’s west coast, about 3 hours from Riga.
Hotel Burchianti - Florence, Italy
Hotel Burchianti has loads of reported sightings, from ghostly children to a woman knitting in a chair. Prepare for an authentic evening of spookiness if you choose to stay here. Located in the heart of Florence, Italy.
Ballygally Castle - Ballygally, Northern Ireland UK
Stay at the Ballygally Castle, and you may get a knock on your door by Lady Isabella Shaw, who fell to her death from one of the castle windows. There are also reports of children running in the halls. You can even request the “ghost room,” of Lady Isabella’. The hotel’s website asks for your testimonials after you’ve stayed in the ghost room. Located on the gorgeous coast of Northern Ireland, less than an hour from Belfast.
The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado
Did you think I was going to forget to add this one? Of course not! This hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. When King was staying there in the 70s, he had a dream of his 3-year-old son running down one of the hotels long corridors, screaming. And thus, a house of horrors was born. The actual spirits seem to be less sinister than the film leads you to believe. The hotel’s original owner, Oscar Stanley, and his wife are still around and are friendly to guests. Whether it’s for the history of the hotel or for the reported paranormal activity, it’s a good one for your list. Located about an hour-and-a-half from Denver.
Logan Inn - New Hope, Pennsylvania
With at least eight spirits said to be hanging around the premises, the Logan Inn is a must for ghost hunters. Mist reportedly appears out of nowhere. Echoes of giggling children show up in rooms. You may be sleeping with one eye open when you stay here. Located in New Hope, Pennsylvania, you’ll have plenty to do when you aren’t walking around the inn with your EVP recorder. Located about an hour from Philadelphia.
Nob Hill Hotel - San Francisco, California
Originally built as a private home, Nob Hill abounds with prankster ghosts: flickering lights, doors opening and shutting, items going missing. It’s all part of the fun! There was even a reported sighting of a woman in period clothing wisping around in the wine cellar.
Savoy Hotel (WelcomHotel) - Mussoorie, India
The site of an unsolved murder in 1911, The Savoy was the inspiration behind Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Quite frankly, if it’s good enough for Agatha Christie, it’s good enough for me. Frances Garnett-Orme, the famed spiritualist, was found dead by poison in her room in 1911, and apparently still wanders the hotel today. Located about an hour-and-a-half from Dehradun Airport or roughly six-and-a-half hours north of New Delhi, you'll feel in another world staying at the Savoy – a supernatural one.