Scary stays: Hotels where you can hunt for ghosts
Here are spots where guests can tap into their inner ghost hunter – and might just discover that the things that go bump in the night aren’t noisy room-service carts, after all.
By Blane Bachelor | Photo editing by Mike Hipple
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I just did the ghost tour Friday at the Crescent. Beautiful hotel and wonderful location.
I stayed over at the Stanley and did my own mini investigation. I stayed in room 401 (one of most haunted rooms) and sat in the closet and tried to engage the spirits. I also roamed the building and halls for a few hours. While nothing really stood out to me, there were a few minor things that happened. Can I classify them as paranormal? Possibly, but I didn't get anything definitive that would hold up.
I do think the Stanley has acitivity. There are too many accounts to say it doesn't. However, the hotel loves the attention the ghosts bring. The stories are likely exaggerated to an extent. Many of the people on our ghost tour were complete idiots and would believe anything. Most cases, orbs are not paranormal. I must have gotten a million orbs in the basement. Dust and nothing else. Like I said, a few weird things happened, but nothing significant.
I stayed at the Menger and was placed in the most haunted room there #2007. It is on the opposite side where Richard King (founder of the King Ranch) died. As you walk closer to the room and approach a small set of steps that approach the room, your hair on your arms will start to stand and the temperature gets a little colder. I did not know the room was haunted (The people in the front desk stated that I was the only person on that side of the hall way) and started hearing all sorts of noises around 2 to 3am. It sounded like furniture being moved and frequent knocking sounds, like someone was cleaning. to make a long story short, I had heard that a cleaning lady was shot or stabbed by her husband and that she made it to the room and died on the bed. This was the explanation for the noises.
Remember, check into room #2007 if you want to experience this. It's just a bunch of noise, but it is creepy.
The Magnolia Hotel although extremely historical for its involement after the alamo, it also housed one of guadalupe county's most worst serial killer during 1874!
I stayed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes CO last year and was disappointed that I didn't hear or see anything.
Maybe I was too anxious.
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