In honor of Halloween, Travelzoo deal experts compiled a list of our favorite haunted hotels for thrill-seeking travelers. Luxurious hotels across the country play permanent host to spirits who never checked out – even after death.
Pack your bags for an overnight paranormal experience including Hollywood stars, Confederate soldiers and heartbroken brides.
The spectacular Midtown hotel is best-known as the meeting place of artists and authors, known as the Round Table, during the 1920s. Recent renovations on the 13th floor stirred up reports of the creative collective spotted hanging around the halls. In 1932, the group’s leader, Dorothy Parker, attempted suicide within the hotel, and guests claim to see her spirit there still.
Just blocks from the Inner Harbor, Charm City’s only historic landmark hotel was the place to see and be seen in Victorian Baltimore. Ghosts in their finest formalwear still circle the elegant ballroom, and an eternally young girl with a red ball disappears around corners in an endless game on the 19th floor.
The 4-Diamond hotel was built by Adolphus Busch to highlight the brewing magnate’s enormous wealth. Hosting the who’s who of Dallas throughout the Gilded Age, parties outlived the guest list and complaints of Big Band music and rollicking in empty hallways are common with the front desk. Home to numerous ghosts, the hotel’s most famous otherworldly resident is the “White Lady.” Left at the altar during the Depression, the glowing, grief-stricken aberration of a young woman follows male guests sobbing.
Customer service goes above and beyond the grave at this 4-star hotel. The ghost of the hotel’s founder, Henry Parker, appears in guests’ rooms, inquiring about their stay. If you book a room, take the stairs: Charlotte Cushman, a popular stage actress of the 19th century, died on the 3rd floor and elevators are called to the floor without anyone pushing a button.
A favorite haunt of the rich and famous, some of the biggest stars of the Silver Screen never checked out. Marilyn Monroe’s eerie image appears in the mirror from her suite, despite its relocation throughout the hotel in the decades following her death, and Montgomery Clift, a frequent guest when filming on the West Coast, is seen moving around his preferred room, No. 928.
Setting the precedent for luxury in Denver, the hotel has hosted presidents and rock stars, never closing for a single day since opening in 1892. The property’s welcoming atmosphere has made some spirits feel comfortable enough to make it their permanent home. The story of a heartbroken tenant in room 904 had to be eliminated from hotel tours when the room persistently called the hotel’s operator -- despite being vacant for renovation, the cheerful laughter of children bounces down corridors and a baby can be heard crying in the boiler room.
Called the most haunted hotel in New Orleans, ghost stories have swirled around the property since welcoming its first guests. In its two hundred year history, the French Quarter property has seen many uses and been the site of many sudden deaths. A yellow fever epidemic swept the city when an orphanage stood on the grounds, taking many young lives in its wake but leaving the ghosts of nuns forever chasing their charges. Confederate soldiers patrol the third and sixth floors, never relieved of their wartime posts, and a sole soul can be spotted dancing beneath the ballroom’s crystal chandelier.