People who work in the meetings and events industry stay in hotels. Lots of hotels. I’ve worked with many meeting planners who were so busy that they could barely remember what city they were in, let alone what hotel. Meeting and event planners, along with frequent travelers, are bound to run into people who swear that certain hotels are haunted. Perhaps they’ve seen those ghostly images walking around their rooms or sitting on their beds.
However the question is a valid one.
If you knew that a particular hotel was rumored to be haunted, would you stay there? Departures, a travel and leisure website, recently did a photo spread of haunted hotels. For this post we are featuring some of the more popular hotels, that you may have heard of, and the stories behind their hauntings.
Six of the Top Haunted Hotels
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC
Fittingly the ghost of this hotel has a presidential connection. Every inauguration day the lights in the grand ballroom flicker mysteriously.
The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
Your best bet for a paranormal encounter as the Queen Mary is rumored to be haunted with about 50 ghosts.
Omni Mount Washington Resort, New Hampshire
If you like a ghostly adventure, then book room 314. Guests of this room are said to have seen the ghost of a Victorian era woman sitting on the edge of the bed.
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana
Located in the infamous French Quarter, an invisible doorman likes to open and close restaurant doors.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, California
Apparently Marilyn Monroe is still gracing the halls of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. She resided in Suite 1200.
The Algonquin Hotel, New York, New York
Here, it’s rumored, the Algonquin appears to remain a meeting place for members of the infamous roundtable.
The next time you’re checking into your favorite hotel, maybe ask the hotel event planner if there’s a haunted hotel story to be told. On second thoughts, maybe don’t.