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Best Haunted Hotel: The Mizpah Hotel wins reader vote

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This is the second win for Nevada hotel

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 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
    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 @Amityphotos.com

  • 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 & Spa

  • Bourbon Orleans Hotel
    New Orleans

    One of the top haunted hotels in a very haunted New Orleans, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel plays host to ghosts that date back to when the site was occupied by the Orleans Ballroom and Theater. The spirit of a Confederate soldier is sometimes spotted on the sixth and third floors, while sightings of ghostly children and nuns stem from a yellow fever epidemic when the hotel was converted into an orphanage.
    Photo courtesy of Bourbon Orleans Hotel

  • 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 Myrtles Plantation

  • Belhurst Castle
    Geneva, N.Y.

    The most well-known ghost thought to occupy Belhurst Castle, a stop on the Haunted History Trail of New York State, is Isabella, an opera singer who died in a collapsing tunnel. She’s often spotted wearing white and walking the shores of Seneca Lake or standing in the front lawn at night.
    Photo courtesy of RochesterNY / Wikimedia Commons

  • 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

  • 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 Marshall House

  • The Sagamore Resort
    Lake George, N.Y.

    This luxurious Victorian hotel opened in New York in the 1880s, designed as destination for wealthy guests, and the legends suggest some of their spirits may still be lingering. People have reported a spirit couple in the restaurant, a woman in a white dress, a young boy on the golf course and another ghost in the elevator. While the hotel itself, a member of Historic Hotels of America, doesn’t loudly proclaim its haunted rumors, it’s big on the radar for ghost-hunters.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • 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

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

  1. The Mizpah Hotel - Tonopah, Nev.
  2. Fainting Goat Island Inn - Nichols N.Y.
  3. 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa - Eureka Springs, Ark.
  4. Bourbon Orleans Hotel - New Orleans
  5. The Myrtles Plantation - St. Francisville, La.
  6. Belhurst Castle - Geneva, N.Y.
  7. Hotel Sorrento - Seattle
  8. The Marshall House - Savannah, Ga.
  9. The Sagamore Resort - Lake George, N.Y.
  10. The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colo.

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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