the worlds most haunted hotels
Elvey Farm England
. Situated in Pluckley, which according to the Guiness Book of Records is England
Airth Castle Scotland
. A ghostly dog that nips at guests ankles, unseen children playing in rooms 3, 9 and 23, and sightings of a nanny and two young children who are said to have died in a fire are just some of the sightings at this 14th century castle in Stirlingshire.
Chillingham Castle England
. This appropriately named 12th century castle in Northumberland has a gruesome history of executions. Traitors met a grisly end by a variety of means, including being hung, drawn and quartered. Today, visitors to the castle can visit the Torture Chamber note the sloping floor designed to allow blood to drain away more easily complete with an executioner
Akasaka Weekly Mansion Tokyo Japan
. Guests report strange mists that spiral from the air vents, the touch of ghostly hands, and lights that flick on and off of their own accord. However, the most terrifying tale is reserved for the female guest who claimed to have been dragged across a room by her hair by an unseen presence.
The Mermaid Inn England
. Chairs that rock unaided, ghostly visions of men in mid duel, and clothes that become wet when placed by the fire are just some of the frightening phenomena at this centuries old coaching inn in Rye, East Sussex.
Monte Cristo Homestead New South Wales Australia
. Built in 1884 by Christopher William Crawley, Monte Cristo Homestead has had its fair share of tragedy. Mrs Crawley who died 23 years after her husband came to her demise aged 92 of a ruptured appendix. Renowed as the dominant ghost haunting Monte Cristo Homestead, Mrs Crawley is among many of ghosts witnessed by current owners, Reg and Olive Ryan.
Ballygally Castle Hotel Northern Ireland
. Lady Isobella Shaw, a former resident of the castle in 1625, is said to have paid frightening visits to guests before mysteriously disappearing. Lord Shaw was said to have locked her alone inside a room immediately after she gave birth to their son. She died after falling out of a window in an attempt to escape. It is believed the ghost of Lady Isobella Shaw has wandered the castle for more than 400 years in search of the son who was taken from h
Ahwahnee Hotel US
. The sixth floor of this hotel in California s Yosemite National Park is said to be haunted by the spirit of one of the hotel s former developers, Mary Curry Tresside. Staff have also claimed seeing a rocking chair on the third floor, a chilling reminder of when John F Kennedy requested a rocking chair for his room during his visit in 1962.
Hotel del Coronado US
. Unusual activity was reported at this hotel in California following the unexplained death of Kate Morgan, who was found dead just days after she d checked in. Guests who have stayed in her room were reported to have witnesssed lights flickering, the television turning on by itself, and even a woman standing by the window. This resort, built in 1888 has had a host of famous visitors, including former presidents. It is also rumoured this is where K
Toftaholm Herrgard Sweden
. Guests at this 14th century former country manor, set on the shores of Lake Vid
Langham Hotel London
Fairmont Banff Springs Canada
. Guests and staff members claim they ve encountered a bellhop dressed in full uniform on the ninth floor, who seems to disappear after he s done helping guests. He is believed to be the ghost of former employee Sam Macauley, who died in 1967 following the announcement of his retirement. Another resident ghost is thought to be of a young bride who died on her wedding day at the hotel. Guests have reportedly felt a draft along the hotel s marble sta
Grand Hyatt Hotel Taiwan
. Taipei s luxurious resort was built over a former wartime political prison and is said to be haunted by the ghosts of several inmates who were executed, according to local residents. The hotel has placed a Chinese sutra and other sacred scrolls throughout the lobby in an attempt to rid the place of any wandering spirits.
The Carolina Inn US
. Guests at this historic hotel in North Carolina have reported sightings of a portly man wearing a long blue coat wandering the halls. The description is said to match pictures of Dr Jacocks, a former resident of the inn. Other guests have heard footsteps in empty rooms.
Hawthorne Hotel US
. The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts has hosted several famous guests, including former US president George Bush and his wife Barbara. But the hotel also witnessed a lot of unusual activity, from missing keys to water tap and lights turning on by themselves. The ghost of a woman apparently roams the hall outside Room 612.
The Brown Palace Hotel And Spa US
. This Colorado hotel holds regular ghost tours during the month of October, telling the stories of unexplained paranormal activity reported by former guests and staff through the years. The tales have included sightings of a railroad conductor as well as a string quartet in the San Marco Room, where musical performances were held. The quartet reportedly asssured the bellman who spotted them saying We live here.
The Stanley Hotel US
. Colorado s Stanley Hotel was opened by F O Stanley, the inventor of America s Stanley Steamer automobiles, in 1907 and paranormal activity has been a part of the hotel s history ever since. Elisabeth Wilson, a former housekeeper, who died at the hotel in 1911, is said to have returned to assist guests in Room 217 in the past, unpacking and storing away their belongings. The sounds of children running and giggling down the halls are also regularly
The Jekyll Island Club US
. This historic luxury hotel in Georgia housed several famous wealthy Americans, including banker J P Morgan, who was known for smoking his favourite cigar at 5am every morning in the annex. Many years later, guests have reported smelling cigar smoke at the hotel at the same early morning hour. Samuel Spencer, a railroad executive of Southern Railway, is another former guest of the hotel. He died in 1906 but is said to visit his favourite suite.
Heathman Hotel US
. Three rooms at the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon are reported to be the most haunted rooms in the hotel. There have been frequent complaints of drops in temperature, unexplained noises and other paranormal activity reported by different guests. Some claimed to have seen a hazy face watching them in the shadows. Objects often seemed to have been moved around and towels found soiled with no explanation.
Anchorage Hotel US
. The supernatural occurences that take place at the historic Anchorage hotel in Alaska are attributed to the death of police officer John J Black Jack Sturgus. He was discovered shot in the back with a bullet from his own gun just steps from the hotel. It s rumoured that he returns to the hotel every year, seeking justice for an unsolved crime.
Bourbon Orleans US
. It s rumoured that many ghosts from different eras of the building s history roam the halls of the Bourbon Orleans hotel. The building was once a convent and orphanage and the most frequently told story is of the young girl who is seen rolling a ball and chasing it down the sixth floor corridors. Others have reported seeing the ghost of a dancer in the ballroom and as well as the ghost of a soldier who is said to inhabit the third and sixth floor
Hotel Chelsea US
. The historic New York hotel was built in 1884 and known for its high profile guests, from Andy Warhol to Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan. The ghost of Welsh writer and poet Dylan Thomas, who died at the hotel apparently after a night of excessive drinking, is believed to have never left the hotel. The ghost of American novelist Thomas Wolfe is also said to haunt the eighth floor, while that of former Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious, who was suspected o
Hollywood Roosevelt US
. Marilyn Monroe was a resident at this landmark Los Angeles hotel which hosted the first Academy Awards in 1929. Guests and hotel staff have reported seeing a blonde woman in the long mirror found in Monroe
Dragsholm Slot Denmark
. Built in the 12th century, the Dragsholm Slot castle is said to be haunted by the ghosts of two women and the Earl of Bothwell. It s rumoured that one woman used to work as a maid in the building while the other was the daughter of one of the previous castle owners. The Earl of Bothwell was allegedly imprisoned in the castle and died in the cellars in 1578.
Russell Hotel Australia
. Room number eight of this Sydney hotel is said to be haunted by the spirit of a sailor. Staff members have also claimed to have heard unexplained footsteps over creaky floors during the night. The hotel offers ghost tours for guests wanting to learn more about its haunting past.
Hotel Burchianti Italy
. Hotel Burchianti in Florence is said to be full of ghosts, with guests claiming to have seen children skipping down the halls, a woman knitting in a chair, and a maid doing her cleaning rounds in the early morning hours. Visitors to the Fresco Room, where Benito Mussolini once stayed, reported feeling they were being watched and an icy breath on their faces.
Karosta Prison Hostel Latvia
. In the 20th century, Karosta Prison was used as a Nazi and Soviet military prison. It s no wonder the transformed prison themed hotel is said to experience paranormal activity as thousands of prisoners allegedly died on site. If staying in the hotel and being treated like a prisoner isn t enough, the staff will tell guests stories about lightbulbs that unscrew from their sockets, doors that open by themselves and the ghost of a woman who hanged h
Castle Stuart Inverness Scotland
. This castle turned hotel in Scotland has been the site of many ghostly encounters, particularly in the East Tower. The story goes that the Earl of Moray was determined to put an end to the ghostly tales of this tower and hired the biggest, baddest man in the village to stay for a night. The next morning, the hired help was discovered, dead, thrown from a window and with a look of fear frozen on his face. The haunting continues to this day.
Fort Garry Hotel Winnipeg
. This hotel was built in 1913 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Canada. Cleaners have reported seeing objects fly from shelves and a woman who reportedly hung herself at the hotel crying in a corner.
Sagamore Resort Bolton Landing New York
. It is believed there are several ghosts at this hotel in the Adirondack Mountains. The ghost of a young boy plays pranks on golfers, while the ghosts of a couple visit hotel restaurants and sometimes argue. Hotel workers have also reported seeing the ghost of a stout man with handlebar moustache riding the elevators.
Queen Mary Hotel Long Beach California
. A former ocean liner, the Queen Mary now serves as a hotel in California. The hotel offers a haunted maze year round, but the hauntings on board are not just for show. The ghosts of two young women haunt the first class pool. One woman is believed to have drowned in the pool, while the other was murdered by a man in the change rooms. The sounds of metal and men screaming have also been heard at the front of the ship. These are thought to be the g