Palmer House Hotel Wins Best Haunted Hotel!

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Myrtles Plantation, Dauphine Orleans Hotel and Marshall House take top honors

Ghostly apparitions, faucets turning off and on, flickering lights, and eerie sounds are just a few of the things you may encounter at one of these hotels. We asked the readers of USA TODAY 10Best to vote for their favorite spooky stay and after four weeks the results are finally in! 

  • Stanley Hotel
    Estes Park, Colo.

    This dramatic, massive white hotel seems to rise out of the Colorado mountains in the otherwise quaint and old fashioned tourist town of Estes Park. A member of Historic Hotels of America, The Stanley Hotel’s haunted history stretches far back, but it became famous in the ‘70s after author Stephen King visited. He set the scene for his best-selling book (and the subsequent movie), “The Shining,” at the Stanley. Today, guests visit the hotel to see the long, spooky hallways and listen to “Redrum.” The hotel organizes a special Ghost Adventure Package, complete with a room on the scary fourth floor.
    Photo courtesy of Dave Dugdale / Flickr

  • Jerome Grand Hotel
    Jerome, Ariz.

    Jerome claims to be Arizona’s largest ghost town, a community with a reputation for haunted locations and supernatural activity. In the heart of the town is the historic Jerome Grand Hotel, originally a haunted hospital, located on a ridge above the valley. Guests can sign up for a ghost-hunting package, complete with an EMT meter, thermometer and camera to document the spirits. Even in room, channel 3 is reserved for Jerome’s ghost stories. Guests can dine at the on-site restaurant, aptly called Asylum.
    Photo courtesy of jason shultz / Flickr

  • Queen Mary
    Long Beach, Calif.

    This historic ocean liner in Long Beach is considered one of the most haunted places in the the nation, and even beyond. Visitors can sign up for special haunted twilight tours of the Queen Mary, which will bring them throughout the ship and into the supposed paranormal epicenters. Some visitors claim to experience the ghost of a dead sailor, children who drown in the pool or a woman in white. The Queen Mary’s tours even include séances, for the bravest guests, or the option for “dining with the spirits.”
    Photo courtesy of Visit California/Robert Holmes

  • Lemp Mansion
    St. Louis

    The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis is believed to be haunted by several members of the original family that lived there. Visitors and staff tell all kinds of stories, of unexplained knocks and footsteps, of sightings and eerie feelings, especially in the stairway, attic and the underground caves winding below the basement. Visitors can take a haunted history tour to learn more about the history of the Lemp Mansion, and they can book a room in this period-style B&B that features a mystery dinner theater.
    Photo courtesy of Lemp Mansion

  • Admiral Fell Inn
    Baltimore

    Some guests might share a particular room with a spirit at the Admiral Fell Inn (Historic Hotels of America) in Baltimore, or at least share it with ghostly legends. Rumor is, a man died in this room. Guests and staff have reported stories of paranormal activity in this room, and the hotel plays into the rumors by offering a ghost tour and reception that wraps up with spirits (the kind you can drink). As a bonus, this boutique hotel is located near a saloon where Edgar Allen Poe was seen shortly before his death.
    Photo courtesy of Admiral Fell Inn

  • Marshall House
    Savannah, Ga.

    Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and comes with its own share of ghost stories, but the Marshall House tops them all. This historic hotel opened in 1851 and was used three times as a hospital. One story claims a doctor buried amputated body parts under the floorboards because the ground was too frozen to dig. Stories abound, of ghost sighting in the hallways to faucets turning on by themselves.
    Photo courtesy of Marshall House

  • Dauphine Orleans Hotel
    New Orleans

    New Orleans is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in America, and it’s the home to one of America’s most haunted hotels: the Dauphine Orleans Hotel. This historic hotel has many reports of ghosts, from those of Civil War soldiers to prostitutes that used to work in the May Bailey bordello, which now serves as the hotel bar. Some guests report seeing a fast-dancing woman floating through the courtyard.
    Photo courtesy of Dauphine Orleans Hotel

  • Myrtles Plantation
    St. Francisville, La.

    Ghosts that supposedly visit the Myrtle’s Plantation in Louisiana have been captured on film, including a photo of what appears to be a slave girl taken in 1992 and another “ghost girl” peeking through a window. This dramatic antebellum mansion calls itself one of America’s most haunted houses and organizes historic and mystery tours every day. Some rumors even claim the plantation was built atop an ancient Indian burial ground.
    Photo courtesy of Myrtles Plantation

  • 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
    Eureka Springs, Ark.

    Guests who want an extra scare can take a nightly ghost tour of this historic Victorian-style hotel that claims to be “America’s most haunted hotel.” Visitors at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, a member of Historic Hotels of America, can watch ghost videos, learn about Eureka Springs’ unusual history and go on a massive ghost hunt during the Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend, a three-day, hands-on paranormal investigation event in January.
    Photo courtesy of 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

  • Palmer House Hotel
    Sauk Centre, Minn.

    The Palmer House has made an appearance in many TV shows, articles and books about its haunted history. Some believe more than 10 spirits may live in this historic hotel, formerly a brothel and saloon. Guests have reported hearing voices, seeing a boy bouncing a ball down the hall and even a ghost that threw glasses around the bar. The Palmer House is a popular destination for ghost-hunters, and it was even the site for a paranormal conference.
    Photo courtesy of Kirs10 at English Wikipedia

The top 10 winners in the category of Best Haunted Hotel are as follows: 

  1. Palmer House Hotel - Sauk Centre, Minn. 
  2. 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa - Eureka Springs, Ark. 
  3. Myrtles Plantation - St. Fancisville, La. 
  4. Dauphine Orleans Hotel - New Orleans 
  5. Marshall House - Savannah, Ga. 
  6. Admiral Fell Inn - Baltimore 
  7. Lemp Mansion - St. Louis 
  8. Queen Mary - Long Beach, Calif. 
  9. Jerome Grand Hotel - Jermone, Ariz. 
  10. Stanley Hotel - Estates Park, Co. 

The other nominees included: Bullock Hotel-Deadwood, S.D.; Congress Plaza Hotel - Chicago; Hotel del Coronado - Coronoado, Calif.; Jekyll Island Club Hotel- Jekyll Island, Ga.; Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast - Fall River, Mass.; Loews Don CeSar Hotel - St. Petersburg, Fla.; Menger Hotel - San Antonio; Omni Grove Park Inn - Asheville, N.C.; Omni Mount Washington Resort-Bretton Woods, N.H. and Sagamore Resort-Lake George, N.Y. 

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners! 

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