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Would you spend the night at one of these haunted luxury hotels?
// By Lydia Schrandt
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Mizpah Hotel - Tonopah, Nev.
Tonopah is known for haunts and the Mizpah Hotel is no exception. Voted the Best Haunted Hotel in our 2018 Readers' Choice Awards, this luxury hotel built in 1907 has many "spirited" visitors roaming the grounds. Meanwhile, more earthbound guests report that items mysteriously move in their rooms and elevator doors open and close at random. One notable phantom is Rose, a prostitute murdered by a jealous gambler.
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The Sagamore - Lake George, N.Y.
Among the several spirits thought to dwell within The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, N.Y. is the specter of a young boy who wanders the golf course. Other guests report sightings of a mysterious woman wearing white or being woken by a cold chill on their eyelids.
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Omni Mount Washington Resort - Bretton Woods, N.H.
Guests who stay in Room 314 of the Omni Mount Washington Resort won't be staying alone. Caroline Foster, wife of the New Hampshire hotel's first owner, passed away in 1939 but is often seen by guests sitting on the edge of the bed – the same one she once shared with her husband.
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Hotel del Coronado - Coronado, Calif.
With a history dating back over 100 years, the Victorian-era Hotel del Coronado in San Diego has had plenty of time to accrue a collection of spirit residents. The most famous haunt is the ghost of Kate Morgan, a woman who checked into the hotel in 1892 to meet her husband. After he didn't show up, Kate was found dead on the beach.
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Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colo.
Fans of horror master Stephen King will recognize the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park as the inspiration for The Shining (it was also used as the set of the ABC miniseries). But not all the ghosts of the Stanley Hotel are fictional. Guests report hearing children playing in the halls, even when no children are checked in, or seeing lights flickering off and on when nobody's around.
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Houmas House - Darrow, La.
On River Road between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the historic Houmas House Plantation is one of the oldest estates in the South. Guests of the opulent hotel often report a young girl in a blue dress, believed to be a daughter of the original owners, standing on the staircase.
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The Heathman Hotel - Portland, Ore.
One of the most haunted hotels in the Pacific Northwest, the Heathman Hotel in Portland has had reports of odd happenings and mysteriously moving objects in the strip of rooms that end in '03.' Room 703 is especially active, and some guests report seeing a face looking at them from its dark corners.
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The Queen Mary - Los Angeles
You don't have to stay in one of the rooms at the Queen Mary in LA to experience its haunted past. A series of paranormal and ghost tours takes visitors aboard the legendary ship to learn about some of its spirit residents, including the ghost of a young sailor accidentally killed in the ship's engine room.
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La Fonda on the Plaza - Santa Fe
Among the hauntings reported at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe is the ghost of John P. Slough, who was shot and killed in the lobby and continues to wander the hallways. Another paranormal visitor is the spirit of a salesman who jumped to his death after a gambling loss.
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Equinox Resort - Manchester Village, Mt.
The most famous ghostly guest of the Equinox Resort in Manchester Village, Vt. is the spirit of Mary Todd Lincoln who stayed at the resort after her husband was assassinated in 1865. The third and fourth floors of the south wing are thought to be the most active.
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Chebeague Island Inn - Portland, Maine
The Greek Revival-style Chebeague Island Inn near Portland, Maine is often visited by Charlie, an island native who once frequented the bar in the early 20th century. He was killed in a fire while staying at the hotel one night, and today, guests report seeing Charlie in his old room or sitting at the bar, which has been re-named Charlie's Bar in his honor.