Travelocity Names Top Haunted Hotels in America

With Halloween just days away, travelers bent on spooking themselves should consider planning a trip to a haunted hotel. Travelocity’s editors picked six of their favorites in the US.

Historic Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage, AK

The intimate size of this 26-room hotel lets guests get up close and personal with the property’s reported 32 spirits in residence. Ghosts include a woman in a wedding dress, a laughing little boy and girl and, most famously, John 'Jack' Sturges. Jack was the first Chief of Police and was shot with his own gun in an alley behind the hotel in 1921. His murder has never been solved and he is said to haunt the hotel to this day.

The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA

Built in 1766, The Homestead is one of America’s oldest resorts. Ghostly encounters include staff members being approached by a woman dressed in old-fashioned clothes and being asked for the time. Legend has it that in the early 1900s, a woman was set to be married at The Homestead. On the day of her wedding, her husband-to-be, nervous and having second thoughts, told her to stay in their room while he ran out for a moment. He left the hotel, never to return again. The story goes that the bride became so distraught she took her own life. Now, her sprit roams the resort asking guests and staff for the time, still waiting for her groom to arrive.

Hotel San Carlos, Phoenix, AZ

Though the Hotel San Carlos has hosted many famous people including Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and Mae West, its most famous guest is the one said to still be residing at the hotel – though she died more than 80 years ago. Leone Jensen was an actress who leapt from the rooftop in 1928 and guests have reported a woman's shape floating through the hallway and up the stairs that lead to the roof.

Hotel Jerome, Aspen, CO

The iconic Hotel Jerome’s 120-year history includes a resident ghost known as 'water boy.' Legend has it that in 1936, a 10-year-old drowned in the hotel’s swimming pool. The family stayed in Room 310, which overlooked the pool, on that fateful visit. Throughout the years, many guests and hotel employees have encountered the ghost of the small boy. He is always soaking wet and will not speak, leaving behind only wet footprints. The haunting always occurs near Room 310.

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA

In 2003, the International Society of Paranormal Research spent several days investigating Hotel Monteleone and, while at the hotel, the team made contact with more than a dozen spirits. The hotel is also said to be haunted by a little boy named Maurice, whose father died on a trip to New Orleans and whose mother died shortly thereafter. The speculation is that the ghost of young Maurice sometimes roams the halls searching for his parents on the 14th floor where they were staying at the time of his father’s death.

Queen Mary Hotel, Long Beach, CA

The Queen Mary is recognized as one of the most haunted locations in the world, some say with as many as 200 spirits. Reports of ghostly encounters include figures dressed in period clothing walking through the halls or the sound of a little girl laughing coming from the empty swimming pool. Hotel guests and Queen Mary staff have reported flickering lights and whispers from inside empty hotel rooms and claimed sheets were pulled from the bed by unseen forces.


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