Haunted American Hotels

Hotel Roosevelt, Los Angeles, California

Considered by many to be one of the most haunted hotels in America—the Hotel Roosevelt has the fortunate, or unfortunate, stigma of being home to some of the most famous ghosts in America. Film star Marilyn Monroe spent two years of her life in this landmark hotel – and rumor has it, she continues to wander the premises to this day. Her favorite room was believed to be 229, where several guests have spotted her in the mirror, while others note appearances in the hotel’s grand ballroom.

The ghosts of Carole Lombard, the wife of Clark Gable, and Errol Flynn are also believed to roam the premises, while the ghost of Montgomery Clift has been said to be heard playing the trumpet in room 928.

Among the less famous apparitions is a ghost of a pony-tailed little girl named Caroline, often seen skipping and singing near the fountain in the lobby.

shutterstock_3015096Baker Hotel, Texas

Some have said that the most famous spirit to roam the lonely halls of the Baker Hotel is of a woman who committed suicide there. Reports suggest she was the mistress of the hotel manager; others say she was the owner, Baker’s, mistress. Legend has it, she jumped to her death from the top of the hotel.

One maid reported finding glasses with red lipstick marks on them in the seventh-floor suite where the woman had once stayed. Nobody else had been in the room. Guests have reported smelling the woman’s lavender-scented perfume on the seventh floor.

Another ghost was seen in the basement and believed to be the ghost of Douglas Moore. In 1948, he began working at the Baker Hotel as an elevator operator and became involved in a prostitution ring. His mother urged him to quit his job and report the illegal goings-on. Weeks later, upon being invited to return to work, he mysteriously died in an ‘accident’ involving the elevator in which his body was sliced in half at the waist.

Only the ghost’s head and upper body have ever been seen.

Windsor Hotel – Georgia

Built in the late 1800s, guests at the 100-room Victorian masterpiece often claim to come across the ghost of a young girl, who was the daughter of a former housekeeper who worked there in the early 1900s.

The laughing ghost was first heard singing nursery rhymes following her death alongside her mother when they were both pushed down an elevator shaft.

It has been said that ‘If you hear the ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or Baa Baa Black Sheep songs late at night through your hotel door, you’ve met one of the ghosts. With hallways straight out of the Stephen King book—The Shining—The Windsor Hotel is one place you wouldn’t want to take residence in for too long.

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