Stay Here, If You Dare: America’s Spookiest Hotel Rooms
To celebrate the new season of American Horror Story, which focuses on the deadly past of an old hotel and the spirits who still reside there, we’ve found five of the most haunted hotel rooms in which you can actually book a room. Though, uh, we don’t recommend it.
CONGRESS PLAZA HOTEL, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (ROOM 441)
There’s so much bad history at the Congress Plaza Hotel that it would be impossible for it not to be haunted. Once the base of operations for Al Capone, whose spirit is said to haunt the 8th floor, the hotel is also the place where serial killer H.H. Holmes used to meet his victims before bringing them back to his torture castle a few blocks away.
The hotel is home to a whole handful of spirits but none of them compare to the shadowy woman in Room 441 who kicks your feet while you sleep. The room is said to get more calls to the front desk than any other room at the hotel.
THE STANLEY HOTEL, ESTES PARK, COLORADO (ROOM 418)
The twisted history of this large creepy Colorado hotel inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining.” King himself stayed in Room 217, which is said to be haunted by a housekeeper who died during a gas leak explosion. However, the most terrifying room in the hotel is Room 418, in which reside a group of phantom children who keep guests up at night and make child-sized imprints on the bed.
HOTEL DEL CORONADO, CORONADO, CALIFORNIA (ROOM 3502)
“The Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum did much of his writing at this California hotel, and supposedly its design inspired the look of the Emerald City. But there’s nothing magical or whimsical about Room 3502, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of Kate Morgan, a woman who died at the location in 1892. Her death was ruled a suicide, but some believe she was actually murdered by her husband who might’ve also killed a maid who vanished shortly after Kate’s death.
HEATHMAN HOTEL, PORTLAND, OREGON (ROOMS 703, 803, 1003)
Notice a trend? The haunted rooms at this Portland hotel are the ones that end in “03,” which, according to legend, is because of a man who jumped to his death and now haunts all the rooms he passed on the way down. For whatever reason, 703, 803 and 1003 get the most activity. If you’re unlucky enough to get one of these odd-numbered rooms, you just might wake up to faces staring at you in the corner, a presence laying with you in bed and some mysteriously-soiled towels.
GUNTER HOTEL, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (ROOM 636)
Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman both stayed at this hotel, but its most notorious guest was a man who who checked into Room 636 under the alias “Albert Knox” in 1965 and allegedly murdered an unidentified blonde woman during his stay. The woman’s spirit still remains: Guests have entered the room and seen her with her arms outstretched, and also heard mysterious sounds of hammering. Some maids have apparently chosen to quit rather than clean that room.
via Van Winkle’s