Paranormal Activity: 5 Haunted Hotels To Visit
While some people wait until Halloween to indulge in haunted houses and ghost stories, for others it’s an all-year feat! If you’re inclined to interact with ghosts, enjoy hearing eerie noises and things that go bump in the night, and are fascinated by real-life crime stories that have rocked our nation, you’ll likely want to travel to at least one of these five haunted hotels.
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, Fall River, Massachusetts
The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, originally the home of the infamous Lizzie Borden who allegedly killed her father and stepmother on August 4, 1892, serves as a museum and lodging space for tourists. Guests are provided modern amenities and can even bring along children above the age of six. During their stay, guests must leave their rooms open for daily tours and can even order the same breakfast the Borden family eat before they were murdered. Guests can even request to stay in Lizzie Borden’s bedroom or get married on the property.
Stay On Main (Better Known As The Cecil), Los Angeles, California
The Cecil, now renamed Stay On Main, was known for suicides and violent murderers committed on the property. Built in 1924 and opened three years later, The Cecil gained its notorious reputation during the 20th century for crimes, transients residing in the hotel (most notably serial killers Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger) and paranormal activity. In 2011, The Cecil was rebranded as Stay On Main but guests still reported strange activity on the premises. Most recently, Canadian guest Elisa Lam’s body was found in the hotel’s water tank in 2013.
The Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana
Noted as one of the most historic haunted houses in the United States, The Myrtles Plantation is located in Louisiana and rumored to be built on a Tunica Indian burial ground. Although it currently serves as a bed and breakfast, The Myrtles Plantation has received much press on several television shows such as Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, and Unsolved Mysteries thanks to strange spiritual activity. Guests on Yelp and other review sites have also claimed to have seen apparitions and heard sounds of past plantation residents from the 18th century. Some ghosts have even appeared in tourists’ pictures.
Langham Hotel, London, England
The Langham Hotel is as exquisite as it is chic, but its fashionable decorum is the last thing on visitors’ mind. Guests who’ve stayed at the Langham have reported strange noises and activity like water faucets turning on in the middle of the night. Room 333 is reportedly the worst room to stay in and many guests have requested other rooms or hotels after spending a night in those quarters. The ghosts of Emperor Napoleon III, a butler, and a German prince are usually seen by guests in the early morning.
Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
If you ever wanted to know what inspired Stephen King’s The Shining, travel to the Stanley Hotel. King checked in the hotel with his wife in 1973 for a one-night stay. During his short time, King believed that he and his wife weren’t the only occupants that night and decided to explore the hotel. While he explored the property, the iconic author claimed he saw ghosts of children playing and a party in the ballroom of guests not of this realm. Over 40 years later, guests share King’s same experience and even post photos of ghosts on Instagram.