Haunted Places: World’s Top 10 Haunted And Scary Hotels
People have always been fascinated by the idea of supernatural creatures walking among us. The presence of ghosts and other supernatural creatures have been the subject of many stories, movies, TV shows, etc. While the existence of ghosts is yet to be proven or disproven, there are a number of Haunted Places around the world that are rumored to be scary. This includes several well-known and reputed hotels. Ghost stories revolving around Haunted Places and hotels can be both a curse and a boon-a boon because it is sure to interest a lot of people and draw attention from paranormal enthusiasts and a curse because people may fear to stay in there because of them.
Here are the world’s top ten best known Haunted Hotels.
The Island Hotel and Restaurant, Cedar Key, FLORIDA
This is a reputed hotel in Florida known for its scenic location. It is a colonial-style hotel built in 1859 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Needless to say, there’s also a dark side to the seemingly idyllic place. Room 29 in the hotel is said to be a portal to the other side. There are tales of numerous spirits, from that of a Confederate soldier to that of a little boy drowned in a cistern.
The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia
The Fairmont Empress is Canada is another impressive hotel known for being haunted. It is said to be haunted by none other than its architect, Francis Rattenbury. Rattenbury is also known for having designed the stately Parliament buildings.
Rattenbury’s story is like something straight out of a movie. In the 1920s, he had divorced his wife, Florrie, and taken up with a young beauty named Alma Pakenham. Florrie died of cancer soon after, and people blamed Pakenham. The couple fled to England, and Alma Pakenham began an affair with her chauffeur, George Stoner, who eventually bludgeoned Rattenbury to death. Rattenbury’s spirit is said to have returned to the Empress.
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum, Fall River, Massachusetts
The murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in 1892 is one of America’s most famous true crime cases. Lizzie Borden, who is Andrew’s daughter, had been tried but there wasn’t enough evidence to charge her as guilty. Abby and Andrew are said to still haunt the place. Guests can choose to stay in the Greek revival home, where the killings occurred.
They can stay in one of the six rooms there, including the one where Abby was murdered.
Grand Hyatt, Taipei, Taiwan
Grand Hyatt is a really famous chain of hotels, however, its branch in Taipei is particularly notable because of its reputation for being haunted. Many guests have reported strange incidents during their stay-some have claimed to hear loud snores, others have heard footsteps in the hallway and constant flushing of toilets. It is said that the inscriptions on the paintings there protect the staff and guests from ghosts.
Grand Hyatt, Taipei stands on a place with historic importance. The rumor is that there was a prisoner camp in the place there, however, the reality is that the place was merely used as a warehouse for storing ammunition.
Savoy Hotel, Uttarakhand
If you are a fan of mystery novels, this is one place you’ll definitely be intrigued by. Agatha Christie’s famous novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles was inspired by the unsolved mystery of the death of British spiritualist Frances Garnett-Orme, at Savoy Hotel, Mussoorie, India.
It is believed that that woman’s spirit still haunts the hotel and many guests have claimed they’ve witnessed incidents like the sudden flushing of toilets, doors opening on their own, etc. there and some also claim to have seen shadows of a woman and heard a woman’s voice.
The Langham Hotel, London
The Langham Hotel has a number of ghosts associated with it. A man in Victorian evening wear, to Napoleon III and a German prince, are some of the ghostly figures associated with the hotel. A BBC journalist had claimed he had seen a ball of lightning change into the shape of a man and run towards him.
Even the English cricket team had revealed stories about hauntings in the hotel from the time they stayed there.
The First World Hotel, Genting Highlands
Set atop Malaysia’s Titiwangsa Mountains, The First World Hotel is a place with a panoramic view of the Malaysian rainforest. However, its most famous attraction is the paranormal activity said to be present on its grounds. It is said that some visitors have experienced sleepless nights because they had been haunted by the restless poltergeists present in the 7,351 rooms there.
Hotel Burchianti, Florence
Besides being a favorite hangout of Benito Mussolini, this Italian hotel is famous for the hauntings associated with it. Guests have reported several ghosts including a phantom old woman knitting in a chair and a spectral maid. The Fresco Room is the most infamous part of the hotel. The beautifully decorated ceiling in the room is juxtaposed against the eerie presence that haunts it.
Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai
One of India’s most famous hotels, this hotel was the first in the city to have electrical power and German elevators. While no such things have been proven, it is said that the architect, W.A. Chambers had been so shattered on finding out that the building was facing the wrong direction, he killed himself by jumping from the fifth floor. He is said to still haunt the hotel.
Marshall House, Savannah
Marshall House, Savannah, USA is another hotel known for its creepiness and presence of paranormal activity. There are a number of eerie tales surrounding it, including that of children running down its halls at night and taps turning on by themselves.
Those are some of the world’s most famous haunted hotels. If you are an avid traveler, these places are bound to grab your attention, either as places to avoid or places to dare yourself to go!