the world’s most haunted hotels


With histories steeped in conflict, tragedy and intrigue, there are some fabulously spooky hotels, castles and inns around the world. Read on and discover the creepiest places to stay where things very much go bump in the night.



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One of its most poignant spooky tales is the little girl who’s been seen rolling a ball and chasing it down the sixth-floor corridors. She’s thought to have been a victim of the yellow fever epidemic that struck New Orleans when the hotel was used as a convent and orphanage.



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It also housed patients through two yellow fever epidemics. Many guests have reported seeing a Union soldier roaming about and hearing the light steps of children running down its long, narrow halls at night. Taps have also been seen turning on by themselves.



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It’s not surprising that with such an intriguing past, the house is surrounded by tales of ghostly goings-on. Sightings include the apparition of a monk both inside and within the hotel’s extensive grounds, which feature an old and spooky Norman chapel, and two young boys from the Shirley family who drowned in the nearby Stour River in the 1800s.



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The historic inn, which was built in 1750, was also one of the West Country’s most notorious smuggling spots, used as a base for taking contraband through the moorland tunnels that are said to run beneath Bodmin Moor. It was where Daphne du Maurier set her novel of the same name about Cornish pirates and smugglers. The inn has a fascinating smugglers museum on site which documents murderous tales of Cornwall’s wreckers and contains the author’s original writing desk.



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Room 217 is where King and his wife stayed one snowy night (sparking his idea for the book’s ominous Overlook Hotel) and what’s said to be the most haunted bedroom in the entire building. A housekeeper who perished on the hotel grounds is said to lurk here. Other favorites with ghost-spotters are rooms 401, 407, 428 and 1302.



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Then there’s the lingering spirit of the doomed 1930s bride whose dress allegedly caught on fire from a candle as she made her way down a winding stone staircase to celebrate her wedding in the hotel’s grand ballroom. Her tragic specter has been seen moving up and down the stairs and floating around the ballroom in her wedding gown. The hotel’s resident historian has all the tales.



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