There are more than 100 hotels in the United States where guests have checked in but never left. Just in time for Halloween, here are three historic hotels where something just might go bump in the night.
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado — One of America’s most haunted hotels, best known today for its inspirational role in Stephen King’s horror novel, The Shining, turned into an even more horrifying film starring Jack Nicholson. The Stanley Hotel features ghost hunts bringing visitors through some of the hotel’s attractions in search of their own ghostly experience. The hotel opened in 1909.
Admiral Fell Inn, Baltimore, Maryland —During a 2003 hurricane, guests were evacuated to safety, leaving only a few senior managers to wait out the storm. Even though the rooms were empty, the managers reported hearing a lot of footsteps, loud talking, even dancing, in the rooms directly above the lobby. It was jokingly suggested that is must be the inn’s ghosts who were celebrating the fact that the hotel was empty and they could reclaim their rooms. Hotel website.
The Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas — One night after an argument with her husband, chambermaid Sallie White, a chambermaid stayed at the hotel presumably with another man. Upset about what had happened, Sallie’s husband attacked and killed her. The hotel paid for the funeral cost, which cost $32 back then. Sallie White reportedly still roams the halls of the Victorian wing of the hotel. Recently, a guest requested extra towels. He opened the door of his room and called out to a maid in the hall, who ignored him. The guest called the front desk to inquire why the maid was so rude. He described the maid and her uniform — one that was worn in the late 1800s. Could it have been Sallie? Hotel website.
Click here for my haunted hotels article from last year, including the Queen Mary, the Monteleone in New Orleans, and my own experience with a ghost in a castle in Scotland.