In honor of this Halloween, make some new friends at a luxury hotel. Head to Chattanooga for a boys weekend with Civil War soldiers who have guarded the property since its stint as a military hospital. In the mood for a romantic beach vacation? Relax on St. Pete Beach with the ghosts of a AAA 4-Diamond resort's architect and his long-lost love. Save as much as 50% off on a paranormal vacation this winter.
Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore, Baltimore ... US$69 per night Nov. 18 - Dec. 30; +$10 Nov. 1-17 & January (50% off)
Within walking distance of the Inner Harbor, this landmark hotel has hosted Charm City's most glamorous guests since opening in 1928. Some of these fashionable visitors never checked out. Head to the hotel's gilded ballroom to catch a glimpse of ghosts in Victorian-era clothing, not wanting to miss a second of the party, even after death.
Stay for US$69 per night through December (50% off). Rooms for immediate travel and January are $10 more.
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego ... US$225 per night Nov. 17 - Dec. 30 (reg. US$415)
A lone figure in a wide-brimmed hat walks along the beaches of Southern California, the black silhouette of her long skirt leaving no trace in the sand. In 1892, Kate Morgan took her own life on the beach at this 5-star resort when abandoned there by her estranged husband. This holiday season, the hotel welcomes guests for $225 per night (regularly $415) including beachfront ice skating passes for 2 adults and 2 children.
Omni Parker House, Boston ... US$119 per night through March (45% off) Update: Sold Out.
Customer service goes above and beyond the grave at this 4-star hotel. The hotel's founder, Henry Parker, appears in guests' rooms to inquiry about their stay, despite passing from this Earth in 1884. For a noteworthy ghost-sighting, request a room on the third floor. The hotel once served as a meeting spot for The Saturday Club, a literary powerhouse including Longfellow, Thoreau, Dickinson and Emerson. One elevator goes to the third floor without being called, perhaps Longfellow returning to his favorite room.
Sheraton Read House, Chattanooga, Tenn. ... US$119 Nov. 20-24; Dec. 20-25; +US$20 January weekends (30% off)
Like much of the South, this grand hotel was never the same after the Civil War. Transformed into a hospital for Union troops, the 10-story hotel has been guarded for nearly 150 years by the spirits of those who lost their fight for life on the property.
Sheraton Read House is centrally located downtown near the Tennessee Aquarium, dining and entertainment. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America, the hotel offers ghost tours. Stay over the holidays this winter for US$119 per night (30% off), weekend stays in January are US$20 more.
Loews Don CeSar Beach Hotel, St. Pete Beach, Fla. ... US$199-US$219 midweek Nov. 1 - Dec. 21 (US$40-US$90 off weekend rates)
The iconic Pink Lady on Florida's Gulf Coast has been a playground for the rich and famous since it was built in 1928. Designed by a wealthy businessman in honor of his lost love, guests report seeing the couple, reunited in paradise afterlife, walking hand-in-hand on the beach and through the hotel's lobby.
Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas ... US$129-US$199 Nov. 25 - Dec. 27 (stay longer, save 15-30%)
In 1885, Colonel Driskill, the businessman who brought Longhorns to fame, spared no expense building his namesake hotel. So proud of his hotel, he never left, leaving a trail of cigar smoke and burning lightbulbs. Host of countless weddings, the hotel was also the scene of two suicidal brides. The young spirits haunt the same suite, Room 525, where they took their lives 20 years apart to the day.
Using the promo code BUYNOW and save 15% for one night, two nights at 20%, three nights at 25%, four or more at 30% off the best available rate.
Le Pavillion Hotel, New Orleans ... US$129-US$159 midweek through December (Up to US$150 off weekends)
More than 100 paranormal encounters have been recorded at this Big Easy establishment, from floating apparitions to supernatural bedmates. Keep your nose peeled for phantom roses, the ghost of a young woman is said to fill rooms on the third floor with her perfume before appearing to request a ride to the ship terminals. Stay within walking distance of the French Quarter midweek through December for US$129-US$159 per night, up to US$150 off weekend rates at this 4-Diamond hotel.