America’s Most Haunted Hotels

September 13, 2023

It’s Fall! There’s a chill in the air that isn’t just caused by the dropping temperatures. It’s the season of haunts, spirits, and things that go bump in the night. If the thought of back-and-forth footsteps continuing late into the night with nobody to be seen sounds intriguing, snuggle up with your cocoa and keep reading because I’m counting down the four most haunted hotels in America!

Omni Parker House, Boston MA

Coming in at number four is the Omni Parker House in Boston, Massachusetts. This 169-year-old establishment was owned by Harvey Parker. He was a perfectionist who kept his hand in all the details of the hotel and was the ultimate host. So much so, it is reported that he never left. Sightings of Mr. Parker include a mother and daughter who report they saw him in their room where he asked if they were enjoying their stay. When they responded that they were enjoying it very much, he smiled and gracefully turned away. They were shocked the next morning at breakfast when they noticed a portrait of their night visitor hanging on the wall. Thankfully, Mr. Parker is a happy spirit, which is not the case for all of the locations on my list. 

La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM

La Fonda on the Plaza, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, comes in as my number three. This hotel celebrated 100 years of hospitality in 2022. Over the years they’ve had thousands of guests, some of which have never left. In fact, there are so many reported sightings that employees are often blasé’ about them. Among the spirits are the Honorable John P. Slough who got into a deadly argument in the hotel lobby. Judge Slough can be seen wearing a long, black coat. He is also distinguished by the sound of spurs on tile. Other sightings include the Bride, who can be seen in her wedding dress, and another spirit who calls the employees by name. For the most part, employees report that most encounters are not scary, although, the ghosts can sometimes be mischievous.

The Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX

Continuing down to number two is the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Constructed in 1857 on the original battle grounds of the Alamo, the Menger is said to be haunted by over 30 different ghosts. Guests have reported seeing spirits moving their furniture around in their room at night. At least one of these spirits is found at the Menger Bar, which was designed as an exact replica of London’s House of Lords Pub. It was here that Theodore Roosevelt recruited the first US volunteer calvary, the Rough Riders. It is said you can still see Teddy there today, ordering his favorite drink. However, the most famous of the Menger ghosts is Sallie White, a maid who worked at the hotel. After being shot by her husband, she managed to get to the hotel where she was taken care of until she died. The Menger Hotel represented her happy place in life, so it is no wonder she can still be seen today. Guests report seeing a maid in an old-fashioned uniform who suddenly disappears. 

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO

This brings me to the most haunted hotel in America, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. While you may or may not believe in ghosts, you can’t deny this hotel’s ability to inspire fear and intrigue. After all, this is the hotel that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. In 1911, Estes Park experienced a flood that caused the power to go out at the hotel. Mr. Stanley, the owner, placed a gas lantern in each room so his guests would have light. Elizabeth Wilson, one of the maids, entered room 217 with a candle and accidentally caused an explosion from the gas build-up. She survived the explosion and now comes to visit guests in the room who report she is mostly helpful. Both Mr. Stanley and his wife have been seen walking around the hotel and there is a child who often plays with the guests’ hair. 

But not all the spirits are so friendly. In room 407, guests report the feeling of someone sitting on their bed. When they turn on the lights, an indentation can be found on the mattress. Guests in room 428 often see a cowboy looming over them or standing in a corner while they sleep. But according to guests, room 401 is the creepiest of them all because of a male spirit who prefers female to male guests. These, the most haunted rooms, are available for booking and come at a premium price. 

While hearing a scary story is one thing, it’s completely different to live it out. Would you be brave enough to stay in one of America’s most haunted hotels? If so, let me know. I would love to help you plan your spirited getaway. Just promise- you’ll share your stories when you get back!




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