10 Haunted Hotels for Halloween Inspiration

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Oct 25, 2021 | Guest Experience | Reading Time: 6 minutes

Halloween is coming: is your hotel ready to make the guests scream? Jokes aside, holidays are always a good opportunity for your hotel to create a different experience for your guests – and, in this case, a scary one.

In this post, we listed some scary hotels worldwide – some are even considered “haunted hotels.”

Get the Jack-o’-lantern ready and enjoy the reading! 🎃

10 Haunted Hotels for Halloween Inspiration

#1 Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, Colorado, United States

The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 and is located in Estes Park, Colorado. This is one of the most well-known “haunted hotels” and it has a scary story. It was the inspiration for the movie The Shining, written by Stephen King after he went through “paranormal experiences” in room 217.

The writer was not the only one to report strange events at this hotel. Here are some experiences reported from former guests at this hotel:

  • feeling someone (or something) touching them at night,
  •  hearing children playing in the hallways
  •  waking up and have the bed already been made
  • seeing the deceased owners of the hotel walking around. 👻

#2 Ahwahnee Hotel – California, United States

If the Stanley Hotel inspired Stephen King to write The Shining, the Ahwahnee Hotel was one of the “haunted hotels” that inspired the movie’s set. This hotel was built in 1927 and, despite its scary look, is considered one of the most luxurious in the USA.

Like other historic buildings, there are terrifying stories surrounding the Ahwahnee Hotel, mostly based on folktales. According to some guests, the Ahwahnee Hotel is visited by the spirit of Maria Curry Tressider, one of the hotel’s founders.

Ahwahnee Hotel

Source: nps.gov

#3 Boudl Al Olaya – Saudi Arabia

While not a “traditionally haunted” hotel, Boudl Al Olaya in Saudi Arabia does have a few stories from guests who have had “paranormal experiences.” Some of these stories even ended up on TripAdvisor!

“Stay out of it. It’s haunted! I saw the ghost in my room over my four-year-old boy. I screamed and ran out of my room”, stated one guest on the review website.

“We collected our things and checked out in the middle of the night! After checking out, my sister told me she heard water flushing in the toilet, and my nanny saw the TV channels switching by themselves”, added the frightened visitor.

#4 Dragsholm Castle – Odsherred, Denmark

Dragsholm Slot (castle, in Danish) is a mysterious place with intriguing shadows and many ghosts. At least that’s what visitors claim. It is often considered the most haunted castle in Europe. Rumors state about 100 ghosts roam the property.

Among the most famous spirits in the castle are the Gray Woman, the Earl of Bothwell, and the White Woman. When the castle was restored in the 1930s, workers found a skeleton in a white dress buried inside one of the castle walls… Horrifying, isn’t it?

Dragsholm Castle

Source: sworld.co.uk

#5 Cecil Hotel – Los Angeles, United States

The Cecil Hotel has operated since the 1930s and has been the scene of many murders, accidental deaths, and suicides. Some of its guests/residents were well-known serial killers, such as Johann Unterweger and Richard Ramirez.

One of the most frightening cases that happened at the hotel even became the theme of the show American Horror Story. It was the death of Elisa Lam in 2013, whose body was found inside the hotel’s water tank.

If you want to know more about this crime, check out the 16th episode of Netflix’s Crime Scene – season one.


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#6 Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – Alberta, Canada

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is considered a historic hotel and attracts travelers from all over the world. It stands at 4,639 feet and is known for urban legends relating to one of its founders.

According to rumors, the spirit of Louis de Buade, the Count of Frontenac, often roams the corridors of his hotel, scaring guests.

#7 Fairmont Le Château Frontenac – Québec, Canada

What a haunted hotel chain! Yes, the Fairmont chain seems to have more than one hotel visited by ghosts. This Fairmont unit is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a horrifying story.

According to the rumors, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is also visited by the ghost of Louis de Buade de Frontenac, and the owner is said to have died on the site. Visitors have also reported finding another spirit wandering the halls: the Woman in White, known for climbing into bed with guests.

haunted hotels Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Source: TripAdvisor

#8 First World Hotel – Titiwangsa Mountains, Malaysia

First World Hotel is a resort atop Malaysia’s Titiwangsa Mountains and has a lot of paranormal activity – at least according to guests. Some visitors state they have heard and seen poltergeists haunt some of its 6,118 rooms.

According to legend, these ghosts are gamblers who decided to put an end to their lives after losing everything in the resort’s casinos. Rumor has it that there is an entire haunted floor, which is why the elevator would skip the 21st floor.

haunted hotels First World Hotel

Source: Uniq Hotels

#9 Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – Los Angeles, United States

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel hosted the first edition of the Oscars in 1929 and has a peculiarity: legend has it that the spirits of movie stars haunt it.

For instance, it is said that the most frequent ghost guest (or would it be ghest?) is Marilyn Monroe, who spent a good part of her life there. Other frequent ghost celebrities are Montgomery Cliff and Carole Lombard.

#10 Hotel Burchianti – Florence, Italy

Hotel Burchianti also accommodated many famous people, such as 1930s artists and poets and dictator Benito Mussolini. But it is best known for being one of the scariest places in Florence. 

Many travelers claim to have seen the spirit of an elderly woman knitting in a lounge chair and the ghost of a chambermaid waking up to clean rooms.

In one of the fresco rooms, visitors claim they have felt they were being watched and an icy breath caressing their faces. Still, the hotel has enthusiastic reviews from its guests.

haunted hotels Hotel Burchianti

Source: TripAdvisor

We hope this article has inspired you to come up with spooky ideas for Halloween at your hotel.

One thing is sure: these scary and intriguing stories often become a great marketing strategy for these hotels. They manage to make this narrative interesting for guests through good storytelling, attracting more visitors who are looking for a different experience.

And remember: it doesn’t take ghosts and monsters to scare your guests away: You just have to offer a bad experience for them.

So, invest in providing the best possible experience for your guests to keep them coming back – with or without ghosts!

How about you? Does your hotel also have a horror story? Do you know any haunted hotels? Tell us and share our article to scare your guests! 😱

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