7 Haunted American Hotels

SheeGadsden Hotel – Douglas, Arizona

Ghost sightings at the historic Gadsden Hotel are so common that guests are invited to write their experiences in two binders kept at the hotel’s front desk. Visitors report having their hair pulled, their televisions turned off, and even being pinned momentarily to their beds, unable to move. Hotel manager, Robin Brekhus, meanwhile, insists she’s seen the ghost of a cowboy in a long duster coat on a trip to the basement: “It was like he wanted me to make eye contact with him and acknowledge that I saw him.”

Haunted HotelsColonial Inn – Concord, Massachusetts

With a history dating back to 1716, the Colonial is said to be haunted by none other than Ralph Waldo Emerson. Other guests report experiencing “phantom presences” in Room 24, once the operating room of Dr. James Minot.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel – New Orleans, Louisiana

The Bourbon Orleans Hotel has only been a hotel since 1964. Founded in 1817, it has alternately been used as a ballroom, legislative meeting place, and convent. Now considered one of the most haunted hotels in New Orleans, it’s believed to be occupied by the ghosts of confederate soldiers, Catholic nuns, and the children who lived at the convent orphanage in the 19th century.

Hotel Andra – Seattle, Washington

Seattle’s Hotel Andra is home to an eternal party of jazz age ghosts. It’s said that 1920s partygoers are often heard playing music and breaking glass on the hotel’s ninth floor. But when anyone ventures up there, the noise is immediately silenced.

shutterstock_14988271Biltmore Hotel – Coral Gables, Florida

The Biltmore has a lengthy, troubled past. During the roaring ‘20s, the hotel was the place to see and be seen—host to wealthy socialites, celebrities, and some pretty notorious gangsters. But in the ‘40s, the United States War Department shut down the hotel, converting it into a hospital to treat wounded soldiers. By the 1970s, the building was completely abandoned, left crumbling and in disrepair (check out the 1977 B horror film Shock Waves to see it and its counterpart in Palm Beach in their abandoned states). Nowadays, it’s once again a luxurious hotel—but it hasn’t left its past behind. Guests report sightings of past residents, most famously Thomas “Fatty” Walsh, a mobster who was killed over a gambling debt in the hotel in the 1920s.

Captain Grant’s B&B – Poquetanuck, Connecticut

Carol Matsumoto, who runs Captain Grant’s, reported hearing very loud knocking sounds before she even opened the historic B&B. The house, which was originally built in the 1750s, is said to be home to several colonial-era ghosts. Guests who stay in the B&B’s “Adelaide” room report seeing a woman holding hands with two children—all dressed in colonial garb—standing at the foot of their bed.

Hotel Monaco Alexandria – Washington, D.C.

Located in the city’s historic district, the Monaco dates back to the Civil War, when it was known as the Marshall House. It’s said the ghosts of James W. Jackson and Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, both of whom died during the war, haunt the sixth floor.

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