Best Haunted Hotel (2021)


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. 

  • Union Station Hotel

    Union Station Hotel
    Nashville, TN

    The Union Station Hotel, formerly a busy train station in Nashville and now a four-star hotel, is famously known for its stories of ghost sightings and haunting experiences. Guests staying in the famous Room 711 claim they have heard phones ringing, lights flickering, and the temperature dropping, among other strange phenomena. Other notable ghostly occurrences involve the star-crossed lovers Abigail and her World War II soldier boyfriend, who are stuck in a loop where they are always missing each other.
    Photo courtesy of Union Station Hotel

  • 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

  • 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.
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  • 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

  • Emily Morgan Hotel

    Emily Morgan Hotel
    San Antonio, TX

    One of San Antonio’s most haunted hotspots, the Emily Morgan Hotel was once an advanced medical arts facility. Hauntings are commonly reported on the twelfth and fourteenth floors, with guests reporting phones ringing mysteriously in the night, televisions suddenly turning on and glimpses of a woman dressed in white.
    Photo courtesy of chapin31 // Getty Images

  • Hotel Sorrento

    Hotel Sorrento

    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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  1. Union Station Hotel - Nashville, TN
  2. The Marshall House - Savannah, Ga.
  3. Fainting Goat Island Inn - Nichols N.Y.
  4. The Mizpah Hotel - Tonopah, Nev.
  5. Emily Morgan Hotel - San Antonio, TX
  6. Hotel Sorrento - Seattle, WA
  7. Hotel Saranac - Saranac Lake, N.Y.
  8. The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colo.
  9. La Fonda on the Plaza - Santa Fe
  10. 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa - Eureka Springs, Ark.

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