America’s 15 Creepiest Haunted Hotels


Looking to go on a haunted road trip?  Here is a collection of some of the creepiest places to stay in the United States

Modern Day Stanley Hotel

Modern Day Stanley Hotel

  1. Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, CO

This is the hotel which inspired the Stephen King book, “The Shining,” and it was also the location where the mini-series from the 90’s was filmed.  It is often considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in America and is generally thought to be haunted mainly by spirits from the hotel’s past including F.O Stanley, the man who built the hotel.  Official Website

The Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood

The Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood

2. Hotel Roosevelt – Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

The spirit of Marilyn Monroe who stayed in one of the cabanas overlooking the pool is seen wandering the property and even dancing in the ballroom and the spirit of Montgomery Clift an actor who stayed here for months during the filming of one of his movies is said to haunt the room he stayed in.  Official Website


The Crescent Hotel in Eureaka Springs, Arkansas

3.  The Crescent Hotel – Eureka Springs, AR

Built in 1886, the Crescent Hotel is home to a number of spirits including the mischevious spirit of Michael, a worker who fell to his death during construction of the hotel and now plays pranks on guests who stay in room 218.  If you don’t stay in room 218, you may run into the spirit of a long forgotten nurse or the doctor who worked on the prroperty when the building was a cancer hospital.  Official Website

Le Pavilion Hotel New Orleans, LA

Le Pavilion Hotel New Orleans, LA


4. Le Pavilion Hotel – New Orleans, LA

If you stay at the Le Pavilin Hotel in New Orleans you may run into a spirit of  a young woman who died in a tragic carriage accident, a spectral aristocratic couple wandering the grounds or you may just witness a prank being played on the housekeeping staff by the spirit of a young man. Official Website


The Queen Mary Hotel

5. Hotel Queen Mary – Long Beach, CA

Constructed in 1930, the Queen Mary was one of the most elegant ships ever built and many of the most prominent figures in society traveled aboard the ship.  Reports of sightings come from all over the ship and include apparitions of men, women and children, including the spirits of women who drowned in the ship’s pool  Official Website

The Alaskan Hotel


6. The Alaskan Hotel – Juneau, AK

Built in 1913, this Hotel also doubled as a brothel.  You may run into spirits roaming the halls of the old hotel which are dressed in period clothing.  There are tales of a young bride left alone while her husband went to work in the mines.  After being alone for weeks with no contact from her husband and believing she had been abandoned, the penniless woman was forced into prostitution.  When her husband returned he murdered his bride in a bitter rage.  Official Site


Provincial Hotel

7.  The Provincial Hotel – New Orleans, LA

Located in the french quarter of New Orleans, this hotel was built on a location which was originally acquired by nuns to treat military patients in 1722*.  Consisting of multiple buildings, the most haunted portion of the hotel is said to be building #5 where there have been reports of bleeding soldiers walking up and down the halls.  Some visitors claim to have had blood stains appear and disappear randomly on their bedding.  If you don’t mind sharing your room with the spirit of a civil war soldier check this place out. Official Site


Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado

8.  Hotel Del Coronado – San Diego, CA

This old hotel was known as Hollywood’s playground.   Many celebrities like Tom Mix, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, and Ramon Navarro frequented the hotel during prohibition, using the place as their playground.  The hotel is also rumored to be haunted by Kate Morgan.  Her body was found on the hotel steps near the beach after she accidentally poisoned herself during an attempt to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy.   Official Site


Heathman Hotel

9.  Heathman – Portland, OR

People think all the rooms in this hotel ending with “03” are haunted.  Rumor has it that someone committed suicide by jumping off the building above where the the “03”  rooms are located, and now all of the rooms they passed while falling to their death are now haunted.  Room 703 is particularly haunted, with reports from guests that they leave the room and come back to find their clothes folded and put away and the room clean.  Somehow a phantom maid doesn’t sound too bad to us.  Official Site


Old well in front of the south building at Carolina Inn

Old well in front of the south building at Carolina Inn

10. Carolina Inn – Chapel Hill, NC

 Dr. William Jacocks is said to haunt this historic inn.  When he retired in 1948 he moved into suite 252 and lived there until his death in 1965.  Guests who stay in the room are often mysteriously locked out when their electronic keys just quit working.  There are also claims of disembodied voices, orbs, and cold spots in the hotel and some claim to hear a piano playing in the distance. Official Site



Sagamore Hotel

Sagamore Hotel

11.  Sagamore Hotel – Bolton Landing, NY

A woman dressed in white is said to haunt the Sagamore hotel in New York.  There have also been reports of  people dressed in period clothing coming and going from the dining room and the spirit of a young boy who used to fetch stray golf balls and was killed on the premises in the 1950’s is still seen roaming the grounds.   Official site



The Ramada Plaza in Fond du Loc

The Ramada Plaza in Fond du Loc

12. Ramada Plaza Hotel – Fond du Lac, WI

Walter Schroeder, a former owner of this historic hotel which was originally known as the Hotel Retlaw,  is believed to haunt the building himself and there are rumors that he may have been murdered on the premises.  There have been reports of full body apparitions, water and lights turning on and off, disembodied screams and voices, and random bumps in the night.  Room 717 is especially creepy, in which there have been reports of slamming and screaming behind doors which could not be opened.  When access was finally gained to the room, it was simply a clean quiet room.  Official Site



Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

13. Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza- Cincinnati, OH

During the construction of this hotel in the 1930s, one of the workers was killed in an accident and his body was never found.  The widow of this slain worker is believed to haunt the building while she endlessly searches for the body of her lost husband.  Known as “The Lady in Green”, she is most often seen in the Mezzanine level and the Hall of Mirrors.  Official Site


The Bullock Hotel

The Bullock Hotel

14. Bullock Hotel – Dead Wood, SD

Founded in 1870 by sheriff Seth Bullock, this hotel has been home to his spirit since his death in 1919.  Bullock was one of the most successful and famous lawmen ever employed by this town.  Guests have witnessed his apparition wandering the halls and many believe they have heard him whistling as he passes them.  Official Site



Menger Hotel San Antonio Texas

Menger Hotel San Antonio Texas

15. Menger Hotel – San Antonio, TX

Located adjacent to the Alamo, the Menger is believed to be haunted by many spirits.  Perhaps the most famous of the spirits seen at the hotel is that of  Sallie White, a chambermaid who once worked in the hotel.  One night after a violent argument with her husband where he threatened her life, she decided to stay at the hotel.  The following day he arrived at the hotel and physically attacked her causing serious injury.  She died two days later, and the hotel paid $32 for her burial expenses.  Today Sallie is still seen in the Victorian wing, continuing to carry out her daily duties as a chambermaid. Official Site

*modified to remove reference to the civil war and correct time dates & purpose of the original site

5 comments for “America’s 15 Creepiest Haunted Hotels

  1. Anne Horner
    July 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Unless I am misreading something, there is a mistype in the info for #7, The Provincial Hotel, New Orleans. It says that the place was built where a place had housed civil war wounded in 1772. Civil War was from 1861-1865—unless it is a civil war somewhere else and not stated clearly.???? Very interesting piece though. I live less than 30 miles from Chapel Hill (#10) May have to check that one out. Thank you.

    • July 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      You are right! There are a couple of typos in this one, The Provincial Hotel was originally acquired by nuns to be used as a medical facility for individuals serving in the military in 1722, way before the civil war. Nice catch!

  2. July 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

    What a thorough post! I had no idea that Stephen King’s book was inspired by a real-life hotel. Lots of good ideas for a haunted road trip.

    Thanks for joining me for this week’s Traveler’s Show & Tell over at the blog Mental Mosaic: Even home is a travel destination Hope to see you there again!


  3. Rosie
    August 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I’m a little disappointed to not see the Baker hotel in texas on here. TAPS even proved it was haunted, and the background of it is majorly disturbing.

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