The 10 Most Haunted Hotels in America

by ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

The 10 Most Haunted Hotels in America

by ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

Ah, October—when the air begins to chill, the leaves begin to fall, and the ghosts come out to play. Not a believer? Spend the night at one of these historic hotels, and you might just change your mind.

Ah, October—when the air begins to chill, the leaves begin to fall, and the ghosts come out to play. Not a believer? Spend the night at one of these historic hotels, and you might just change your mind.

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The Don Cesar

The famed “Pink Palace” in St. Petersburg, Florida, was built by Thomas Rowe in 1928 for his lost lover, Lucinda, who died after her father forbid her to marry Rowe. The ghosts of a man in a suit and panama hat—believed to be Rowe—accompanied by a woman with dark hair are said to wander the second, fifth, and sixth floors. From $206/night

The famed “Pink Palace” in St. Petersburg, Florida, was built by Thomas Rowe in 1928 for his lost lover, Lucinda, who died after her father forbid her to marry Rowe. The ghosts of a man in a suit and panama hat—believed to be Rowe—accompanied by a woman with dark hair are said to wander the second, fifth, and sixth floors. From $206/night



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Equinox Resort & Spa

This more than 200-year-old luxury resort in Manchester, Vermont, was favored by many U.S. presidents, including William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. But it’s former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her son—also frequent guests—who employees repeatedly claim to see wandering around the hotel. From $180/night



This more than 200-year-old luxury resort in Manchester, Vermont, was favored by many U.S. presidents, including William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. But it’s former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her son—also frequent guests—who employees repeatedly claim to see wandering around the hotel. From $180/night



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The Heathman Hotel

At the Heathman in Portland, Oregon, only brave souls should check into a room ending in “03” (especially 703). Guests report repeated ghost sightings, supposedly linked to a suicide not long after the property opened. The man is said to have jumped to his death from room 703 and his spirit haunts the rooms he passed on the way down. From $167/night

At the Heathman in Portland, Oregon, only brave souls should check into a room ending in “03” (especially 703). Guests report repeated ghost sightings, supposedly linked to a suicide not long after the property opened. The man is said to have jumped to his death from room 703 and his spirit haunts the rooms he passed on the way down. From $167/night

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Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

This historic L.A. establishment, with its iconic red neon rooftop sign, is where the first Academy Awards ceremony was held. Some A-list ghosts also think it’s still the place to be seen: It’s reportedly haunted by both Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift. From $248/night



This historic L.A. establishment, with its iconic red neon rooftop sign, is where the first Academy Awards ceremony was held. Some A-list ghosts also think it’s still the place to be seen: It’s reportedly haunted by both Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift. From $248/night

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Hotel del Coronado

Speaking of Monroe, San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado is famous for its appearance in Some Like It Hot. But the beachfront Victorian resort’s star ghost is a woman named Kate Morgan, who checked in on November 24, 1892 only to be discovered in the stairwell with a gunshot to the head. The hotel offers ghost tours ($30) and spooky bonfires with fireside treats ($150). From $299/night

Speaking of Monroe, San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado is famous for its appearance in Some Like It Hot. But the beachfront Victorian resort’s star ghost is a woman named Kate Morgan, who checked in on November 24, 1892 only to be discovered in the stairwell with a gunshot to the head. The hotel offers ghost tours ($30) and spooky bonfires with fireside treats ($150). From $299/night

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Hotel Monteleone

If any city is ghost-central, it’s New Orleans, and this French Quarter hotel—open since 1886—is said to be home to a dozen, including former employees and playing children. Creepiest of all is the door to Criollo restaurant, which mysteriously opens and closes on its own even when locked. From $189/night

If any city is ghost-central, it’s New Orleans, and this French Quarter hotel—open since 1886—is said to be home to a dozen, including former employees and playing children. Creepiest of all is the door to Criollo restaurant, which mysteriously opens and closes on its own even when locked. From $189/night

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Kehoe House

This 1892 Savannah mansion turned posh B&B serves up a double whammy of frights: Not only did it spend most of the 20th century as a funeral parlor, but all the fireplaces have been blocked and decorated with angels—due perhaps to a legend that young twins died playing in one—and most of the ghost sightings are of children. From $171/night

This 1892 Savannah mansion turned posh B&B serves up a double whammy of frights: Not only did it spend most of the 20th century as a funeral parlor, but all the fireplaces have been blocked and decorated with angels—due perhaps to a legend that young twins died playing in one—and most of the ghost sightings are of children. From $171/night

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La Fonda Hotel

Built in 1922 on a corner that has housed an inn (or “fonda”) for 400 years, this Santa Fe landmark property is haunted by the ghosts of a mid-19th-century judge who was shot in the lobby and a failed salesman who jumped down an adjacent well. From $159/night

Built in 1922 on a corner that has housed an inn (or “fonda”) for 400 years, this Santa Fe landmark property is haunted by the ghosts of a mid-19th-century judge who was shot in the lobby and a failed salesman who jumped down an adjacent well. From $159/night

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The Sagamore Resort

This gabled resort on Lake George, NY, opened in 1883 and fell into disrepair a century later. It was eventually restored to its former glory, but its ghosts never left. They include a couple in Victorian attire who try to dine in the Trillium restaurant and a young boy who throws errant golf balls back at golfers. From $229/night

This gabled resort on Lake George, NY, opened in 1883 and fell into disrepair a century later. It was eventually restored to its former glory, but its ghosts never left. They include a couple in Victorian attire who try to dine in the Trillium restaurant and a young boy who throws errant golf balls back at golfers. From $229/night

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The Stanley Hotel

If a hotel can inspire Stephen King (he wrote The Shining after a night in room 217), then it’s got to be spooky. Opened in 1909 in Estes Park, Colorado, this Rocky Mountain landmark celebrates its notoriety as one of the country’s most haunted hotels (especially the ballroom) with ghost tours and appearances on TV shows such as Ghost Hunters. From $199/night

If a hotel can inspire Stephen King (he wrote The Shining after a night in room 217), then it’s got to be spooky. Opened in 1909 in Estes Park, Colorado, this Rocky Mountain landmark celebrates its notoriety as one of the country’s most haunted hotels (especially the ballroom) with ghost tours and appearances on TV shows such as Ghost Hunters. From $199/night

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