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Jill Stone

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Haunted Hotels

in: Creativity Travel and Hospitality

Is your group looking for a spooky twist to their typical sales meeting, or wishing to scare up some new marketing initiatives? Perhaps they should check out and check into one of these hotels.

  • Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans has seen some celebrities as it was featured in the movies Double Jeopardy, starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones, and 12 Rounds, starring WWE wrestler John Cena. The movies may not be reality but word is that the ghosts are, according to the International Society of Paranormal Research; they documented over a dozen ghosts at Hotel Monteleone.
  • The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables is said to be haunted by Al Capone’s bodyguard Fats Walsh, who was shot dead during an illegal gambling party.  If unoccupied, ask to check out the Al Capone suite on the 13th floor, complete with bullet holes in the coral fire place.
  • Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is said to be haunted by none other than Marilyn Monroe. It is reported that she hangs out at the poolside nightclub, Tropicana. If you don’t bump into Ms. Monroe, then head on up to the ninth floor where you may hear the tortured trombone musings of Montgomery Clift. Ask to stay in his favorite room, 928.
  • The Stanley Hotel overlooks the Rocky Mountain town of Estes, Colorado. Rooms 401, 407 and 418 are said to be terrorized by Lord Dunraven, whose plans to become the Earl of Estes was thwarted by legal battles.  Famed King of Horror, Stephen King, is said to have been haunted by the ghost of a dead hotel maid in room 217, and was then inspired to create the fictional Overlook Hotel as the spooky setting for The Shining. Check out The Ghost Hunters Experience!
  • Hotel Chelsea, New York has served as a home to countless authors and musicians. The ghost of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, who is thought to have stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungeon to death in room 100, is said to be hanging out in the elevator. Other ghosts include those of Dylan Thomas, especially around room 206, and Thomas Wolfe.
  • 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs has been named America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Legend has it that many guests who have checked in never check out – yikes! For more information on their Halloween inspired activities, be sure to check out their website. The Ghost Hunters had an amazing experience! To learn more about their experience and the many spirits that haunt the hotel, check out this link.

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween! For some other interesting superstitions that surround hotels and our industry check out this earlier blog.

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Liz Vinsand October 26, 2011, 2:21 pm

Timely blog today Jill! Haunted hotels freak me out….in our collection, we have several haunted hotels (Hotel Jerome in Aspen and LaPosada de Santa Fe). Everytime I stay, I request a “quiet, uneventful room” and I try to be nice to the front desk staff so they don’t decide to upgrade me to one of these active rooms. And I usually sleep with lights and the TV on (letting any paranormals know I am wide awake). The many stories are great, but when you ask anyone who works their on a daily basis if they have ever experienced anything abnormal…they say NO. Go figure, maybe these historic, old hotels just have a way of creeping us out.