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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Apr 3, 2013 9:58AM

I just did the ghost tour Friday at the Crescent. Beautiful hotel and wonderful location.

Apr 3, 2013 9:54AM

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. 

Apr 3, 2013 9:41AM
just to let you know, spirits don't always give you a cold spot. if you smell some electrical wires burning, that is a spirit and the area might even be warmer than what you would think. they don't need to draw power from anything to let you know that they are there. it's just not how they work, but they do love to let you know they are there. sometimes you have to let them know that if they want to stay, they have to respect you and your family and when you are tryin to sleep, they have to be quiet. if anyone would like to take me and my husband along with them on their spirit searches, let me know, we are both clairvoyant.
Apr 3, 2013 9:34AM
hotlips, sometimes it's not a good idea to try to get the spirits to move on. alot of spirits take it personal, plus they don't like it when someone says "what the hell" , even tho they might have said it during their life, they don't like hearing it when they has passed on. another thing, alot of these ghost hunters that go into places at night and don't find anything is because spirits move around all the time. the house i used to live in had a spirit door in it, where they would come and go at all hours of the day and night. my son's would complain of people staring at them while they slept. i just told them to wait till they were completely out, then watch over them. every state in this country has haunted places, libraries, hotels, battlefields. i don't need any machines, they come to me, being a clairvoyant medium. it's not like the long island medium, i pick up ghosts from more years ago. jamestown island, jamestown virginia, is very active during the day, very active. some that say cemetaries are haunted, aren't really. st johns cemetary in hampton virginia, isn't haunted at all. bruton parrish church cemetary in williamsburg va is extremely haunted. these places i have been to and learned from experience that they were. i have known i was clairvoyant since 7th grade when i was walking down the hall at school, i found myself walking 2ft above the floor. it was my first out of body experience, then the preminitions started, after that when i walked into a house, i could tell if someone died in there and if it was a terrible death or someone died in their sleep. i can be in a store and pick up on someone that had a heart attack and died on that spot.
Apr 3, 2013 9:29AM

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.

Apr 3, 2013 9:11AM


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!

Apr 3, 2013 8:57AM
if there are really ghosts there I would love to visit,but Iwould  hate to have to deal with them 24/7 !!
Apr 3, 2013 8:49AM

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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