October 10, 2017
Planning a stay at an upscale hotel this October? Maybe a little getaway for Halloween? Consider picking somewhere to stay with a little history – as in formerly alive spirits.
These four famously haunted hotels are still standing and most still have rooms to let. From the antics of a ghostly Marilyn Monroe, to the sad tale of a Spanish nun still searching for her perished orphans, these stopovers offer up more than just a place to rest your weary head, they come with entertainment that will haunt you, too.
Today, it rises grand and stately — a stunning centerpiece of Colorado’s Estes Park — overlooking Lake Estes and Long’s Peak. But The Stanley Hotel once played host to horror novelist Stephen King and served as inspiration for The Overlook, the hotel featured in his 1977 novel, “The Shining.” Rumor has it that even the room number portrayed in the book and in the subsequent movie was the one in which King and his wife stayed for a single night. Do the owners of The Stanley mind that their masterpiece still draws connotations with King’s unique style of horror? Not a bit, hence the guided ghost tours that happen there periodically.
Reportedly haunted by such fascinating characters as Marilyn Monroe and actor Montgomery Clift, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel sits just across the street from Grauman’s Chinese Theater and still costs a pretty penny to book a room. If you do get in, however, you’re liable to see Marilyn herself, haunting the hallways of the Tropicana Nightclub or lounging by the pool, or you could hear the notes of Montgomery Clift’s trombone emanating from room 928.
A hive of literary and artistic genius in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, New York City’s Hotel Chelsea still stands on West 23rd Street, and it still has residents. Once upon a time, Mark Twain, Janis Joplan and Dylan Wolfe darkened the halls. Wolfe passed away in the Hotel Chelsea, as did Nancy Spungen, the famous girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols. Do their ghosts still haunt the halls? Sources say yes.
Once famous for its shipwrecks, the beaches near Galveston are said to host many haunts — most of them hailing from the times of the Spanish exploration. There’s a nun named Sister Katherine, rumored to have drowned along with nine of her charges in 1900 from hurricane-induced flooding. And there’s the ghost of a woman left behind, whose one true love died at sea. Mostly, however, Bernardo de Galvez y Madrid, the Count of Galvez, for whom the city was named, is said to still frequent the halls of Hotel Galvez, as his portrait still hangs near the front entrance.
The next time you’re in town, book a stay at one of these fabulously haunted hotels. It might cost you an arm and a leg, but you may snag a chance to see the original Blonde Bombshell or to dream about redrum. Either way, you’ll get a vacation that’s anything but boring.