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Best haunted hotel? Readers vote The Stanley Hotel

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Winning haunted hotel was featured in the film "The Shining"

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  • The Stanley Hotel

    The 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 iStock / gregobagel

  • 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa

    1886 Crescent Hotel and 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 and Spa

  • The Mizpah Hotel

    The Mizpah Hotel
    Tonopah, Nev.

    Built in 1907, the Mizpah Hotel in haunted Tonopah has many spirits supposedly roaming its halls, including Rose, a prostitute murdered by a jealous gambler. Guests report items that mysteriously move and an old elevator whose doors randomly open and close.
    Photo courtesy of Historic Hotels Worldwide

  • Fainting Goat Island Inn

    Fainting Goat Island Inn
    Nichols N.Y.

    Guests of this former railroad hotel built in the late 1800s have reported numerous ghostly encounters, like being woken in the night by voices or seeing two women sitting for tea in the Fainting Room. Others report hearing footsteps on a staircase that doesn’t exist or finding a child sized chair next to the bed in the Nubian Room.
    Photo courtesy of Fainting Goat Island Inn

  • The Marshall House

    The 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 The Marshall House

  • Hotel Sorrento

    Hotel Sorrento
    Seattle

    Some guests of Seattle’s Hotel Sorrento have never checked out, including the spirit of Alice B. Toklas. Other occurrences include a mysterious piano playing in the penthouse suite and a strange presence within and just outside room 408.
    Photo courtesy of Hotel Sorrento

  • Hotel Saranac

    Hotel Saranac
    Saranac Lake, N.Y.

    This historic hotel in the Adirondacks dates back to the roaring 20s on the ground of a former local high school. According to local reports, the spirit of Howard Littell, the school’s superintendent, still roams the property. Other sightings include a young girl on the fourth floor, spectral singing on the sixth floor and mysterious scratching sounds on the third floor.
    Photo courtesy of Hotel Saranac

  • La Fonda on the Plaza

    La Fonda on the Plaza
    Santa Fe

    The original building of La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe once served as a courthouse where felons where hanged. Today, many guests report the presence of ghosts from the Wild West–criminals, victims of shootouts and suicides from fortunes lost–especially in the main dining room and third floor restaurant.
    Photo courtesy of La Fonda on the Plaza

  • The Myrtles Plantation

    The 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 The Myrtles Plantation

  • Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast

    Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast
    Fall River, Mass.

    The museum and B&B in Fall River, Mass. has a gruesome history. The house was the site of unsolved murders: the hatchet killings of a man and his wife, and even the decapitation of a cat in the basement. Visitors to the B&B can choose from six rooms and suites that they may or may not be sharing with the spirits of the departed.
    Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Office Of Travel & Tourism

  • The Stanley Hotel
  • 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa
  • The Mizpah Hotel
  • Fainting Goat Island Inn
  • The Marshall House
  • Hotel Sorrento
  • Hotel Saranac
  • La Fonda on the Plaza
  • The Myrtles Plantation
  • Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast

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, where certain guests have checked in but never checked out.

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

  1. The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colo.
  2. 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa - Eureka Springs, Ark.
  3. The Mizpah Hotel - Tonopah, Nev.
  4. Fainting Goat Island Inn - Nichols N.Y.
  5. The Marshall House - Savannah, Ga.
  6. Hotel Sorrento - Seattle
  7. Hotel Saranac - Saranac Lake, N.Y.
  8. La Fonda on the Plaza - Santa Fe
  9. The Myrtles Plantation - St. Francisville, La.
  10. Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast - Fall River, Mass.

Congratulations to all these winning hotels!

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