6 Haunted Hotels for Your Halloween Travels

1. Jekyll Island Club Hotel

2. Stanley Hotel

3. Brown Palace Hotel

4. Carolina Inn

5. Pfister Hotel

6. Hawthorne Hotel

 

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Stanley Hotel and Hawthorne Hotel each have special packages/events for Halloween. Perhaps there’s still time for you to book a stay in one and let us know of your experiences.

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The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

One of the most chilling books I ever read when I first became interested in horror novels was “The Shining”. The premise of a large hotel, abandoned by everyone for the winter except a caretaker and his family set the stage for the insanity and murder that followed. Many years later, I discovered that the author, Stephen King, had stayed at a hotel right before they were about to close for renovations. The hotel was nearly empty, and King’s imagination was fueled to write the tale of terror.

The lodging in question was the Stanley Hotel, overlooking the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Continue reading

Haunted Lodgings: Hotel del Coronado

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Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado. Image from the Hotel del Coronado website.

The locals call this ginormous hotel “The Del”. Its iconic Victorian style is one of the last remaining monuments to American architecture. The Hotel del Coronado is an elegant resort hotel perched on an island overlooking the Pacific Ocean at 1500 Orange Avenue. No matter which direction you gaze, you can’t beat the views from this palace by the sea.

Hotel del Coronado has a nostalgia and charm that takes you back in time. It is a place of romance, a place of love and a location that offers the experience of a lifetime, even if a lifetime lasts forever…
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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta Canada

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The Canadian Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta Canada are a sight to behold. Their majestic peaks rise above the bustling of humanity that lives each day in the towns and cities below. Located within this mountain range is a beautiful hotel with a history dating back more than 100 years.

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel was originally built out of wood in 1888 and was a stop along the Canadian Pacific Railway. The construction of the hotel was ordered by CPR’s vice president, William Van Home. He saw the potential even in those days of the tourist activity that the beautiful mountainside would bring to the area.

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Haunted Lodgings: R.M.S. Queen Mary (Ghosts)

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R.M.S. Queen Mary

The previous entry provided history pertaining directly to the Queen Mary as a whole. History can play an important factor in the stories of haunted locations, so it’s important to know history because it can give insight as to why a particular area is experiencing haunting. It also provides a great window into the past because you can understand what other things that might have been going on at that time which may have resulted in spooks and specters.

Unfortunately, some of the more tragic events that have happened aboard this stately ship have sparked questions as to whether the ship bears the scars of those who perished between her iron walls…
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Haunted Lodgings: R.M.S. Queen Mary (History)

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RMS Queen Mary

The RMS Queen Mary at sunset.

The R.M.S. Queen Mary is a relic of a time when luxury ocean liners ruled the open seas. Now, this ship sits as a silent sentinel on the shores of Long Beach, California. Her permanent address is 1126 Queens Highway. Although she has since retired from sailing the seas, the Queen Mary has a history as rich and proud as her namesake. She was a luxury ocean liner, a troop transport and inspiration for adventurous stories. Now, she serves as a hotel for guests seeking luxurious accommodations and the experience of a lifetime.
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Haunted Lodging: Fort Garry Hotel

If you are visiting picturesque Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, you are not likely to miss the towering twelve story building that sits in the heart of the downtown area. The Fort Garry Hotel is a rich architectural landmark with a fascinating history, originally built to give railway passengers a luxurious place to stop overnight. Right next to the hotel are the remains of the gate to Upper Fort Garry, a former trading post that dates back to 1822.
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