When booking a hotel for a vacation stay, “creepy” is not ordinarily a keyword that comes to mind. However, for the brave and adventurous, spending a few days in one of the world’s creepiest and most-haunted hotels makes for a very unique holiday experience.
Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, MA
The converted Victorian home now functions as a bed-and-breakfast, but in 1892 it was the scene of the grisly double murder or Abby and Andrew Borden, presumably by Andrew’s daughter, Lizzie. Though Lizzie was tried for the crime she was never convicted, and the crime remains unsolved to this day. Guests at the B&B are treated to a breakfast of pancakes, bananas and even sugar cookies, a meal much like that of the victims on their last day alive.
Dalhousie Castle, Bonnyrigg, Scotland
With a history that dates back to the 13th century, Dalhousie Castle has had numerous guests throughout its time – and a few that have remained behind long after they should. One of the most common sightings here is the “Grey Lady”, believed to be one of the castle’s former ladies, Lady Catherine, who was locked in the tower by the jealous wife of Dalhousie’s lord. She died of starvation sometime in the 1500s and can still be heard rustling her skirts and sighing.
The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Wales
Haunted since the 12th century, this inn in Wales was the site where numerous convicts were hanged from a beam in the inn. It is said that the ghosts of these convicts still move about the property and have been noted as being quite aggressive. Many guests have reported feelings of choking or strangling while sleeping and some have even left with marks about their necks, as if something – or perhaps someone- had attempted to strangle them.
Marshall House, Savannah, Georgia
Savannah in Georgia is allegedly one of the world’s most haunted places, and the first hotel to be built in this beautiful southern city is no exception. Marshall House was built in 1851 and has hosted its share of guests and tragedy throughout its history. During the Civil War, it hosted wounded soldiers and witnessed many amputations of limbs; many of these bones were discovered under the floorboards during the renovations to the hotel during the 1960’s. The hotel later housed victims of a yellow fever outbreak. A number of strange occurrences have taken place there, from the laughter of unseen children in the hallways to guests waking to the feeling of someone taking their pulse.
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
No hotel horrors article would be complete without mention of the centerpiece of one of Stephen King’s creepiest and most unnerving books, The Shining. The exquisite Stanley Hotel, located in Colorado, inspired the grand hotel in the story. Set amid picturesque scenery, the Stanley has its share of paranormal activity, from the ghost of the original owner, F.O. Stanley, shooting a game in the billiard room, to his wife Flora filling the air with the sounds of her piano much as she did in life. Children skipping through the hallways, and unexplained laughter have been heard as well; those of a nervous disposition would do well to avoid room 418, the most actively haunted room in the hotel.