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11 Haunted Historic Hotels of America

The highest compliment for a hotelier is that guests never want to leave, but in these historic hotels, some guests never checked out. Be prepared for some chills and thrills when staying the night at one of these haunted hotels....if you dare.

All of these hotels are members of Historic Hotels of America. Founded in 1989 to promote heritage tourism, Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels. For more haunted stays, check out the 2022 list of the most haunted hotels in the country from our friends at Historic Hotels of America.

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    Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods

    In 1902, railroad tycoon Joseph Stickney built The Mount Washington Hotel. Known affectionately by resort staff members as “The Princess,” Carolyn Foster Stickney, Joseph’s wife, was a long-time inhabitant of the hotel—and perhaps still is. Many guests report visions of an elegant woman in Victorian dress in the hallways of the hotel and light taps on the doors, even though no one appears to be on the other side.

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    Concord's Colonial Inn

    One of the oldest hotels in America (the original part of the building was constructed in 1716), the Inn served as a hospital during the Revolutionary War. Guests seeking a spooky adventure reserve Room 24, which served as the operating room for Dr. Timothy Minot. Many visitors report seeing flickering lights, feeling eerie sensations, and hearing closing doors.

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    Hawthorne Hotel

    The beautifully restored, stately Federal-style hotel is named for author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Guests have reported sightings of a ghostly woman, unexplained noises, and moving furniture. The hotel hosts an annual Halloween costume ball; advanced planning is advised if you want to stay during this popular party.

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    Hotel Saranac

    This magnificent hotel in the Adirondacks was built in 1927 on the former grounds of a high school. There have been sightings of a man in a black suit with tails and top hat around the hotel. Rumors are he is Howard Littell, who was the superintendent of the schools for 35 years. He still roams the hallways of the hotel today, perhaps looking for stray students.

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    Omni Grove Park Inn

    A stunning example of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Omni Grove Park Inn has been delighting guests since 1913. Its understated elegance and Southern charm will make you never want to leave, much like its permanent guest known affectionately as “The Pink Lady.” She is usually seen in the form of a pink mist, but some report a specter of a young lady wearing a pink ball gown. She is known for playing small pranks like turning on electrical devices, tickling feet of sleeping guests, and rearranging items in rooms.

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    Jekyll Island Club Resort

    Tucked away on a barrier island off the Georgia coast, this hotel opened in 1887 as a retreat for America’s wealthiest families. Ghost sightings include a bellman who delivers freshly pressed suits to grooms. There also seems to be a ghost who loves coffee and reading the newspaper; guests return to find their coffees sipped and newspapers moved.

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    The Emily Morgan Hotel

    This hotel opened in 1924 as a Medical Arts building with doctor’s offices and a hospital. Its history is reflected in the array of gargoyles, each with a different medical malady, that line the Gothic Revival building. There have been numerous odd reports, including phones ringing in the middle of the night, doors closing randomly, and distinct odors of antiseptic wafting in the hallways.

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    La Posada de Santa Fe

    This hotel was originally built as a home for the wealthy merchant Abraham Staab and his family in 1881. Julia Staab, Abraham’s wife, is reported to have never left the property. Some have reported sightings of a woman in a black Victorian dress as well as swaying chandeliers and gas fireplaces turning on and off.

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    The Wort Hotel

    The luxurious Tudor Revival hotel has been entertaining guests since 1941. It is also home to a friendly mechanical engineer, Bob, who likes to play tricks on his predecessors. He also helps them out by leaving tools where there may be a problem to fix.

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    Mizpah Hotel

    Opened in 1907, the Mizpah was called “the finest stone hotel on the desert” by the local press. It is reported to be home to several ghosts today, and there is a logbook in the lobby where guests can write down their own haunted encounters, which have included strange sounds, eerie whispers, and pearls appearing underneath pillows.

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    Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

    This Beaux-Arts-style resort first opened its doors in 1901. Legend has it that Jane Stanford, cofounder of Stanford University, still roams the halls of the hotel today.

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