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« on: October 28, 2012, 02:16:02 am »

The world's most haunted hotels




 Langham Hotel, London

Londonís Langham Hotel was officially opened in 1865 by King Edward VII and visited by several literary greats, from Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But it has also reportedly been frequented by ghosts. The most common sighting is of a man in Victorian evening wear in Room 333, who apparently appears only in the month of October. Another guest claimed to have seen the figure of a man in military attire standing by the window on the fourth floor, which is said to be the ghost of a German Prince who jumped out of a window before the start of the First World War. It is also believed that Napolean III, who was a former guest, haunts the basement of the hotel.

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Hotel Burchianti, Italy

Hotel Burchianti in Florence is said to be full of apparitions, from children skipping down the halls and a woman knitting in a chair to a maid doing her cleaning rounds in the early morning hours. Several guests of the Fresco Room, where Benito Mussolini once stayed, have reportedly felt a presence watching them and an icy breath on their faces.
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Russell Hotel, Australia

This former hostel for sailors was one of the first hotels to be built in The Rocks region of Sydney, Australia's first European settlement established in 1788. Room Eight of the hotel is said to be haunted by the spirit of a sailor. Staff members have also claimed to have heard footsteps over creaky floors during the night but were unable to determine the source of these sounds. The Russell Hotel holds ghost tours for guests wanting to learn more about its haunting past.
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Castle Stuart, Scotland

Castle Stuart was built in 1625 by James Stuart, whose grandfather was the half-brother of Mary, Queen of Scots. The castle was reputed to be haunted, so Stuart offered to pay a reward to anyone willing to spend the night at his castle to disprove this theory. A local minister at Petty Church took the challenge and stayed at the room at the top of the East Tower. The following morning, his dead body was found in the courtyard below and he reportedly had a frozen look of horror on his face. The mystery behind his death still remains.

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Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, US

Marilyn Monroe was a resident at this landmark Los Angeles hotel which hosted the first Academy Awards in 1929. Guests and hotel staff have reported seeing a blonde woman in the long mirror found in Monroe’s former suite. Her presence is also said to be felt in the hotel's poolside nightclub Tropicana. The ghost of actor Montgomery Clift has also been reportedly heard playing his trombone from Room 928 where he had stayed.

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Hotel Chelsea, US

The legendary New York hotel was built in 1884 and was known for its high profile guests, from Andy Warhol to Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan. The spirit of Welsh writer and poet Dylan Thomas, who died at the hotel apparently after a night of excessive drinking, is believed to have never left the hotel. The ghost of American novelist Thomas Wolfe is also said to be felt on the eighth floor. The Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious, who was suspected of stabbing his girlfriend in Room 100, is said to linger at the east elevator of the hotel. The Chelsea is currently closed for renovations.

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Dalhousie Castle, Scotland

The ghost of Lady Catherine is said to be the most frequent visitor of this 13th century fortress in Edinburgh. It is said she died of a broken heart and has reportedly been heard on several occasions, from the rustling of her skirt to her scratching and tapping on doors. Staff and guests have had other strange experiences, from the feeling of someone tapping on their shoulders to pulling their hair.

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The Ragged Cot, England

This 17th century coaching inn in Gloucestershire is said to be haunted by the spirits of a mother and child who died at the property. One night a former landlord of the inn decided to rob a stagecoach heading to London. His wife tried to dissuade him from doing so and went after him, holding her baby in her arms. As the man pushed her aside, both his wife and child fell to their deaths down the stairs. Mortified, he hid their bodies in a trunk. He was arrested for the robbery but as he was led away by the police, it was said the ghosts of his wife and child were seen walking up the stairs.

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Jamaica Inn Launceston, England

The Jamaica Inn Launceston in Cornwall was built in 1750 as a coaching inn and was a popular loot-stashing spot for smugglers. Over the years, there were several reports of mysterious activity, from untraceable footsteps in the corridors to the clatter of horses' hooves outside the inn. The sightings of two ghostly men were also reported. One is thought to be the notorious smuggler Jack Travellis who died in the area and the other a punter who was murdered on the doorstep.

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Coombe Abbey Hotel, England

The ghost of an abbot called Geoffrey, who was murdered at the hotel in 1345, is said to be a regular visitor of this 12th century Warwickshire hotel. His murderer was never found but it is claimed Geoffrey can be heard in the kitchen, throwing things to the floor. The Coombe Abbey hosts ghost walks and a ghost storytelling event.

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The Jekyll Island Club Hotel, US

This landmark luxury hotel in Georgia, which was part of the exclusive members-only Georgia Club of the late 1800s, housed several famous wealthy Americans, including banker J P Morgan, who was known for smoking his favourite cigar at 5am every morning in the annex of the hotel. Recent guests at this building claimed to have smelled the smoke of a cigar at the same early morning hour. Samuel Spencer, a railroad executive of Southern Railway, was also a club member. Spencer died in 1906 but it is said he continues to visit his favourite suite to have his coffee while reading the morning newspapers.

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The Stanley Hotel, US

Colorado's Stanley Hotel was started by F. O. Stanley, the inventor of America's Stanley Steamer automobiles, in 1907 and apparitions have been a part of the hotel's history since. Ms Elisabeth Wilson, a former housekeeper, who died at the hotel in 1911, is said to pay extra care to guests in Room 217, unpacking and storing away their belongings. The sounds of children running and giggling down the halls are also regularly reported on the fourth floor. Mr Stanley and his wife also pass through the hotel lobby quite frequently, according to staff members and guests. Mrs Stanley is also said to be heard playing her piano in the music room.

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The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, US

The Brown Palace in Colorado holds regular ghost tours during the month of October, recalling the stories of unexplained paranormal activity reported by former guests and staff through the years. The tales have included sightings of a railroad conductor as well as a string quartet in the San Marco Room, where guests used to enjoy musical performances. The quartet reportedly asssured the bellman who spotted them, saying "We live here."

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The Hawthorne Hotel, US

The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts, has hosted several famous guests, including former US President George Bush and his wife Barbara. But the hotel also witnessed a lot of unusual activity, from missing keys to water and lights turning on by themselves. A female ghost has apparently roamed the hall outside Room 612.

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The Carolina Inn, US

This historic hotel in North Carolina has had several reports of a “portly gentleman in a long blue coat" wandering its halls. This description seems to match the pictures of Dr Jacocks, a former resident of the inn, which can be seen throughout the hotel. Other strange reports have included the sounds of footsteps in empty rooms.

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