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Best Haunted Hotel (2022)

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Ghostly apparitions, flickering lights, and eerie sounds are just a few of the things you may encounter at one of these hotels, where it's thought that certain guests have checked in but never checked out.

  • Fainting Goat Island Inn

    Fainting Goat Island Inn
    Nichols, New York

    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 Stanley Hotel

    The Stanley Hotel
    Estes Park, Colorado

    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 The Stanley Hotel

  • The Marshall House

    The Marshall House
    Savannah, Georgia

    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 Saranac

    Hotel Saranac
    Saranac Lake, New York

    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

  • Union Station Hotel

    Union Station Hotel
    Nashville, Tennessee

    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

  • Malaga Inn

    Malaga Inn
    Mobile, Alabama

    The Malaga Inn in Mobile’s Downtown Historic District is a popular place to stay, especially during Mardi Gras. It’s also the supposed home of a ghostly woman in white who has been spotted pacing the balcony of Room 7. Some guests have also seen a chandelier swinging back and forth, lights turning on and off on their own and pieces of furniture that have been rearranged.
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  • The Mizpah Hotel

    The Mizpah Hotel
    Tonopah, Nevada

    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

  • 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa

    1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas

    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

  • Admiral Fell Inn

    Admiral Fell Inn
    Baltimore, Maryland

    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 Davel5957 / Getty Images

  • Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast

    Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast
    Fall River, Massachusetts

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

  1. Fainting Goat Island Inn - Nichols, New York
  2. The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado
  3. The Marshall House - Savannah, Georgia
  4. Hotel Saranac - Saranac Lake, New York
  5. Union Station Hotel - Nashville, Tennessee
  6. Malaga Inn - Mobile, Alabama
  7. The Mizpah Hotel - Tonopah, Nevada
  8. 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  9. Admiral Fell Inn - Baltimore, Maryland
  10. Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast - Fall River, Massachusetts

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning hotels!

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