The United States is home to many haunted hotels. Some are famous, while others are just local legends. Here are the 8 most haunted hotels in America, including their history and what makes them so spooky.
Fall is the ideal time to visit the most haunted hotels in the United States. There’s something about the shorter days, the changing leaves, and Halloween that brings out the eerie in everything.
Did you ever shout “Bloody Mary” three times in front of the mirror as a kid? Unless you’re trying to call the spirit of Bloody Mary, you probably won’t want to do that at one of these eight haunted hotels.
Aside from the paranormal games, staying at one of America’s most haunted hotels can be a lot of fun and adventurous! It also doesn’t matter whether you take it seriously or believe it’s utter nonsense—after all, you never know what odd things may happen.
Touring the facility, hearing to staff tales, learning about the history of the region, and experiencing the unexplained are all common features of visits. Any one of these eight haunted hotels is worth a visit if you’re searching for a paranormal encounter.
Let’s not kid ourselves about this trip. If you can’t sit through a frightening movie, don’t reserve a stay at one of these establishments. If you’re feeling courageous, or if you want to open yourself up to the spiritual realm, this is a journey you’ll remember for a long time.
The eight most haunted hotels in the United States are listed below.
1. Savannah, Georgia’s Marshall House Haunted Hotel
The Marshall House, built in 1851 by Mary Marshall, is one of the oldest structures in one of Georgia’s oldest communities. The hotel hosts a free wine party on a regular basis, ostensibly to show off their southern hospitality and charm. However, we think it is to assist anxious visitors in unwinding.
The Marshall House has a long and illustrious history. The building was utilized as a Union hospital during the Civil War and saw two terrible epidemics. In reality, since the earth was frozen during a particularly cold year in the 1860s, physicians were obliged to hide severed body parts under the floorboards.
Civil War troops are often seen wandering around the hostel. A Union soldier with one arm strolling through the lobby, stretchers with bodies being carried by unknown persons, the sensation of being touched in the middle of the night, lights flickering, voices, faucets turning on by themselves, doors slamming, doorknobs rattling, and the sound of children playing are just a few examples of paranormal activity.
Marshall House is now accepting reservations.
Visitors visiting Savannah who are unable to book the Marshall House may choose to stay at the Eliza Thompson “Haunted” House. Guests often see a girl in a white dress going down the halls or hear youngsters playing in the hallways, their voices reverberating throughout the sprawling bed and breakfast. The only issue is that children are not permitted at this ancient inn for adults. Goosebumps!
Eliza Thompson House is now accepting reservations.
Excursion: Candlelit Walking Ghost Tour of History and Haunts or Haunted Ghost and Pub Walking Tour
2. Haunted Cosmopolitan Hotel – San Diego, CA
The Cosmopolitan Hotel is one of San Diego’s oldest buildings, having been built in 1829. Juan Bandini, one of San Diego’s earliest inhabitants, designed and built it. It was the city’s biggest house at the time, with seven bedrooms, an enclosed courtyard, several barns and sheds, and a corral.
Albert Steeley, an American stagecoach operator, bought the building in 1869, renovated it to a hotel, and turned it into a stop on his route. Steely built a second story and a lovely wraparound balcony, which is still a popular attraction for tourists today.
While strange noises and a ghost cat have been reported and observed around the hotel, Room 11 seems to have the greatest paranormal activity of all the rooms. Doors open and shut at random, objects move about, and lights switch on and off without warning. Juan Bandini’s daughter used to visit the hotel after it was sold to Steeley by chance. You can probably guess which room she used to stay in.
In both rooms four and five, guests often meet a lady dressed entirely in red. The “Lady in Red” is how she is known. She is said to be a woman of the night waiting for her next client, according to legend. In addition, strange things seem to be happening with the furnishings.
Watch season five episode seven of “Ghost Adventures” to get a sneak peek at what’s in store for your stay.
Now is the time to book your stay at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour is an excursion that takes place in San Diego.
3. Bloomington, IL’s Vrooman Mansion
The Scott-Vrooman House, located near Bloomington along Illinois Route 66, is rich in history. The famous house, formerly owned by Julia Scott Vrooman, was built in 1869 and remained as her home until she died in 1981 at the age of 104.
Julia lived her life as a rich, childless socialite dedicated to helping her nation. She was twice the National President of the Daughters of the American Revolution, for example.
Julia offered her home as a temporary hospital during the 1918 influenza epidemic, and she subsequently sheltered WWII troops. As a result, spirits left their Earthly bodies inside the Vrooman Mansion’s boundaries.
The majority of sites with this level of historical importance serve only as museums. Today, though, the lovely estate serves as a bed and breakfast. Overnighting in one of the mansion’s numerous rooms allows visitors to experience Julia Scott-lavish Vrooman’s lifestyle.
The Vrooman Mansion lacks a sad backstory or a noteworthy history of paranormal activity. We did, however, sense the spirit of the home’s previous inhabitants throughout our visit. Indeed, we recorded some strange sounds coming from the walls. Was Julia’s ghost trying to tell us she was still alive? Take a look and decide for yourself.
Overnight visitors are invited to stay on the premises. Sipping a drink while silently soaking in the environment is something we suggest. Be open to the spiritual realm that may be sharing the common space with you as you enjoy your house.
Vrooman Mansion is now accepting reservations.
David Davis Mansion State Historic Site (excursion)
The Desoto House in Galena is another interesting place to see in Illinois.
Galena, IL’s Desoto House Hotel
With just a few thousand inhabitants, it may come as a surprise that Galena is considered one of Illinois’ most haunted cities by both locals and paranormal specialists. The DeSoto House in Galena, Illinois, is one location where apparitions have been seen in large numbers.
The hotel claims to be the state’s oldest running hotel, having opened in 1855 and serving visitors ever since. As a result, there is a lengthy history of tragedies and hauntings on the site. The earliest accounts of paranormal activity date back to the 1880s, when workers and visitors saw “the woman in black” going down stairwells and vanishing into a wall.
If you’re still skeptical, remember that the hotel was compelled to undertake repairs after a flood in July 2011. They found an open tunnel that used to be an ancient entryway when they removed the drywall. The woman in black is often observed disappearing through the wall at this location. It is still accessible to the public today, and a plaque commemorates the hotel’s eerie past. Still not convinced?
Desoto House Hotel is now accepting reservations.
The Haunted Galena Tour Company offers an excursion.
4. Haunted Hotel Alex Johnson is a writer and a musician. – Rapid City, SD
The Hotel Alex Johnson first opened its doors in 1928, a year before construction on Mt. Rushmore started. Alex Carlton Johnson, a railroad vice president, was the property’s creator. Johnson envisioned a hotel that combined Native American and Germanic cultures. As a consequence, Hotel Alex Johnson is today regarded as one of America’s most historic hotels.
The “Lady in White,” the “a young lady,” and even Alex Johnson himself visit Hotel Alex Johnson to see if they can get a sight of their favorite spirits.
In the 1970s, it was claimed that a young bride committed herself by jumping out of room 812’s window. However, there seems to be some foul play in the chronology since the deceased’s friends and relatives claimed she was much too happy to do such a thing. She was also in line to inherit a sizable amount of money, which provided a financial incentive.
As a result, visitors often report seeing a woman in a white gown walking around the eighth level, perhaps looking for her murderer. To add to the intrigue, guests often awaken in the morning to discover their dresser drawers turned inside out. What?
Guests have reported hearing a little child laughing and giggling in the eighth-floor corridor. Also, it seems that having a young girl knock on your door night after night is very frequent. When you go to answer, though, no one is present.
In 1938, Alex Johnson passed away. Many visitors claim to have seen him walking about the hotel. His ghost, according to paranormal experts, is staying to protect the hotel and its activities.
Watch season seven episode five of “Ghost Hunters” to get a sneak peek at what’s in store for your stay.
Hotel Alex Johnson is now accepting reservations.
Northern Black Hills Adventure Excursion
5. Haunted Omni Parker House – Boston, MA
The Omni Parker House Hotel has been a fixture in Boston’s historic neighborhood since 1855. It was named for its creator, Harvey Parker, and is located immediately across the street from King’s Chapel, one of Boston’s oldest cemeteries. The third, ninth, and tenth floors are where the most of the paranormal activity occurs.
Harvey Parker is the most visible ghost on the site, according to historians and paranormal investigators, since he is both an overseer and a resident. Parker was also a renowned perfectionist who oversaw every little aspect of the property. It’s said that his soul can’t find the peace of mind to leave the hotel in someone else’s hands.
On the third floor
On the third floor, where Charles Dickens lived for five months in 1867-1868, a lot of strange things occurred. Guests have reported seeing the spirit of Charles Dickens in mirrors and roaming the rooms and corridors. Furthermore, room 303 has a disproportionately higher amount of paranormal encounters, such as the bathtub filling up on its own and shadows dissipating, which is likely why it was ultimately converted into a storage closet.
A creaking rocking chair is also often heard, and the elevator (on the third level) stops working even when none of the buttons are pressed. A guy who smoked a lot of cigars and drank a lot of whiskey, as well as a lady who died at the hotel in 1876, are among the other spirits on the third level. Finally, elevators are often summoned to the third level (where Charles Dickens spent five months in 1867-68) without the need of a button or the presence of a visitor.
The ninth and tenth floors are located on the same level as the ninth and tenth floors
On the ninth and tenth levels, a bearded guy wearing a stovetop hat is often seen, said to be the spirit of Harvey Parker. Guests have also seen and heard spheres of light and loud sounds. When the staff arrives to investigate the disturbance, however, there is nothing there.
Omni Parker House is now accepting reservations.
Excursion: Night-Time Trolley Tour of Ghosts and Gravestones
6. Milwaukee, WI’s Pfister Hotel Hauntings
The Pfister Hotel, which first opened its doors in 1893, was dubbed the “Grand Hotel of the West.” One of the hotel’s most intriguing features is that it contains the world’s biggest Victorian art collection—nothing scary about that.
Because of the high level of paranormal activity at Pfister, major sports teams have removed it off their list of approved lodgings. One of the players was so terrified that he slept with a baseball bat in his bed. Other players reported seeing apparitions, manipulating objects, and experiencing electrical anomalies—not exactly what you want to be dealing with right before the big game.
Some paranormal investigators think that the Pfister Hotel may be a portal to another planet due to the many disturbances.
The Pfister Hotel is now accepting reservations.
Milwaukee Ghost Walks Excursion
7. Bisbee, Arizona’s Copper Queen Hotel Haunted Rooms
Guests staying at the Copper Queen Hotel have the option of staying in one of three haunted rooms. In addition, each of the rooms is home to a different supernatural inhabitant.
The “No Name Room,” also known as 401, is said to be the most haunted, since it is often visited by an elderly gentleman who leaves behind the faint scent of his cigars. The “Julia Lowell Room,” also known as 315, has been featured on paranormal television programs such as Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters. Julia hanged herself in her room after expressing her love for a guy who, despite their love affair, refused to leave his wife.
The room 412, also known as “The Billy Room,” allegedly haunted by a little child called Billy who drowned in the San Pedro River. If you’re not courageous enough to stay in one of the haunted rooms, there are 45 additional rooms to select from, including those that have housed famous visitors.
Copper Queen Hotel is now accepting reservations.
Excursion: Walking Ghost Tour of Dead Men’s Tales or Bullets and Bordellos Ghost Tour
The Myrtles Plantation – St. Francisville, Louisiana 8. Ghost Adventures
Each plantation in the American south has its own tale to tell. The Myrtles Plantation, approximately 30 miles north of Baton Rouge, has quite a claim to fame! It has been dubbed “One of America’s Most Haunted Homes” because of its tumultuous history.
In fact, some sites claim that the home has the highest number of ghosts per square foot! This is due to the fact that the house has been the scene of numerous fatalities over the last 200 years. While some deaths were due to natural reasons, others were the result of heinous crimes.
Over the course of a decade, visitors have reported over a thousand cases of paranormal activity, the most of which are related to the horrific events, including up to ten murders, that have occurred on the estate since it was constructed in 1796.
The assassination of William Winter is the only one of the gunshots that has historical evidence. Winter tried to climb to the second story after being shot, but died on the 17th step. The sound of footfall on the stairwell may still be heard by an infinite number of workers and guests.
Chloe was a former slave who used to work on the plantation. The estate is haunted by her spirit, also known as Chloe. Chloe is often seen wearing a green turban that conceals the ear that her previous boyfriend, Mark Woodruff, had removed.
To get vengeance on Woodruff, Chloe poisoned his children, who died as a result. Chloe was hung as a consequence, and her corpse was dumped in a nearby river. Her ghost, according to paranormal investigators, roams the plantation grounds because she has unfinished business there.
Many visitors have seen the ambitions of children or the handprints of youngsters in one of the home’s mirrors.
The Myrtles Plantation is now accepting reservations.
Excursion: The #1 Haunted Ghost, Voodoo, and Vampire Tour in New Orleans
Have you been to any of the hotels on our list that are said to be haunted? Or have you experienced a firsthand paranormal encounter in a hotel that isn’t on the list? If so, please share your story in the comments section.