The 9 Scariest Haunted Hotels Around the World
Thanks to films like The Shining and its real-life inspiration, the Stanley Hotel, for some
Thanks to films like The Shining and its real-life inspiration, the Stanley Hotel, for some thrill-seekers there’s something frighteningly fun about the thought of spending the night in one of the world’s most haunted hotels. Just take a look at the hundreds of forums on TripAdvisor discussing destinations with a history of spooky occurrences; for many, just like a pool or free Wi-Fi, paranormal activity is another must-have amenity.
Ghost sightings and unexplained phenomena have long been noted at some of America’s most famous hotels, like Marilyn Monroe’s apparition at the Roosevelt in Hollywood and Civil War soldiers at the Marshall House in Savannah, Georgia. Overseas, you might find yourself sharing a room with poltergeists of royals or WWII prisoners. Intrigued? These eight hotels are some of the creepiest real-life haunted houses you can pass through this Halloween—if you dare.
The Hotel Chelsea, New York City
Patti Smith, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Madonna are among the many boldface names who called the Hotel Chelsea home. But there are two who are said to still haunt the halls. While the hotel closed its doors in 2011 for renovations—and reopened earlier this year—former tenants and employees have long noted paranormal activity surrounding the ghosts of Sid Vicious, accused of murdering his girlfriend while they lived there, and Dylan Thomas, whose dedicated plaque on the outside of the building reads: “Dylan Thomas lived and wrote at the Chelsea Hotel and from here he sailed out to die.”