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Maybe you’re a thrill seeker, a history lover or just a skeptic who can’t seem to figure out what the fuss is all about, but no matter the case it’s hard to deny the fascination surrounding ghostly hauntings. With Halloween fast approaching, now is the perfect time to upgrade your haunted house to a haunted hotel.
North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW 2095
Q Station hotel hosts beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and a heritage site—as well as a spooky reputation. The buildings are renovated from a quarantine station that ran in the 1800s up until 1984 to prevent immigrants from infecting the city of Sydney with foreign diseases. During its operation, almost 600 occupants died of ailments such as smallpox and spanish influenza. Guests at the hotel have experienced visions, doors opening on their own, unexplained touches on the shoulder and on their hands, and even brief feelings of nausea or illness when first entering certain parts of the hotel. Ghost tour packages are a favourite among visitors.
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90028
Perhaps one of the more renown haunted hotels, The Hollywood Roosevelt has its repute for a reason. Having been a favourite of Old Hollywood stars since its opening in 1927, some famed guests seemed to have enjoyed their stay so much they decided to stick around long after their deaths. Most notably, Marilyn Monroe is rumoured to haunt the hotel. She has been spotted by several guests dancing in the ballroom and in the reflection of the mirror in room 229, now named the Marilyn Monroe Suite, which she occupied for nearly two years at the start of her career. Montgomery Clift is also commonly spotted in his old room #928 and it is said the sound of him playing his trumpet can be heard throughout the ninth floor. Plus, if you make it to the hotel for Halloween night, they host one of the most popular Halloween parties in LA.
Dragsholm Allé,4534 Hørve,Danmark
One of the oldest castles in Denmark, for 800 years Dragsholm Slot has been home to nobility and prisoners alike. Now functioning as a hotel and gourmet restaurant, Dragsholm hasn’t quite been able to shake some of its deceased former occupants. Guests have reported the sound of horses in the courtyard and drastic changes in room temperature, along with over 100 apparent ghost sightings. The two most popular ghosts include the White Lady, the daughter of a nobleman who was locked away after falling in love with a common worker, and the Earl of Bothwell, who died on the castle grounds after being imprisoned there.
Toftaholm Herrgård, SE-340 14 Lagan
This luxury but cozy hotel situated on Lake Lagan in the Småland countryside is decorated in classic nineteenth century manor style with modern amenities. While the atmosphere may be peaceful, guests report many strange occurrences within the hotel walls. Windows have been known to open and close by themselves and strange noises are rather common. One ghostly figure, thought to be a young man who may have hanged himself in room 324 after the woman he loved was forced to marry someone else, makes regular appearances in the hallways.
1C Regent St, London W1B 1JA
Considered one of Britain’s most haunted hotels, the extravagant 380-room Langham Hotel has a Chinese spa, an award-winning bar and a haunted past. Guests have reported ghostly sightings, strange noises and even feeling as if someone is trying to tip them out of bed. Room 333 is notoriously eerie, allegedly home to a man dressed in Victorian-era style clothing that guests only report seeing during the month of October. Other ghosts include Napoleon III, who is said to haunt the basement, a footman in a wig, and a butler. One of the more morbid stories is of a German prince who threw himself from a window before WWI; he now haunts the fourth floor, brushing past guests in puffs of cold air. Some guests have even fled their rooms in the middle of the night due to being so spooked.
R103, 3280, South Africa
Located in KwaZulu Natal, The Nottingham Road Hotel, referred to as Notties, is known for being a favourite of one of South Africa’s most notorious ghosts. Guests, locals and hotel staff have all claimed to witness paranormal actions by the spirit known as Charlotte. This resident ghost likes to cause mischief by ringing service bells for non-existent rooms, rearranging mirrors and flowers, and folding clothes for guests staying in room 10, her preferred room. Some have even reported seeing Charlotte carrying on a conversation with thin air.
No. 2, Songshou Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Having opened in 1990, Taipei’s Grand Hyatt Hotel itself is fairly new but it is not exempt from being haunted. The hotel itself may not be home to its own ghosts, but it is said to host a plethora of spirits that roam the halls after their deaths in the wartime political prison that once stood where the hotel is now built. The hotel is ridden with Feng Shui items, scrolls and other ancient Chinese wards to try and rid of the spirits that guests claim appear at the foot of their beds, flush toilets and make noise in the middle of the night.
Via del Giglio, 8, 50123 Florence Italy
With rooms inspired by the Italian Renaissance, Hotel Burchianti may be beautiful but guests can’t help but get goosebumps while walking the halls. Reports of a ghostly woman knitting while in a rocking chair are common, as are sounds of children running through the halls. In some cases, visitors have even reported waking up in the middle of the night with pressure on their chest giving them the sensation that they cannot breathe. If you’re brave, venture into the Fresco Room, home to a beautiful ceiling and pink, translucent figures that reportedly have spooked some guests into cutting their stay short.
Apollo Bunder, Mumbai – 400 001, Maharashtra, India
This five-star hotel is known for the slew of celebrities who choose to stay in its stunning rooms and suites during their visits to Mumbai. What’s less known, however, is the staffs’ belief that the hotel is haunted by W. A. Chambers, the English engineer who completed the building and is rumoured to have committed suicide after finding that the builders had finished his design incorrectly. Staff claims Chambers roams the hall nitpicking over decorations and trying to rearrange things.
Words by Kathryn Radin
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