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Haunted Hotels: 21 Spooky American Overnights (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/06/2011 7:08 am   Updated: 10/09/2012 11:32 am

Halloween season is here again and hoteliers are buying fake cobwebs and orange balloons in bulk.

Without knocking the Oriental Trading Company's fine products, we would like to suggest that horror can't truly be manufactured. It has to be found, which is where the nation's ghost-riddled and eerie hotels come in.

From the famously odd Hawthorne Hotel in the witchy town of Salem, Massachusetts, to some surprises -- hello, scaredy-cat MLB players -- this list is perfect for anyone looking for a one-night stand with the bizarre.

As always, share your picks!

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  • The Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana

    Built around 1796, this former home is considered one of the <a href="http://www.myrtlesplantation.com/history.html" target="_hplink">most haunted homes in the country</a> as it was the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/louisiana/myr.htm" target="_hplink">site of a murder</a> and several natural deaths over the years. The Plantation now features 11 guest rooms.

  • Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, California

    A National Historic Landmark since 1977, the <a href="http://www.hoteldel.com/" target="_hplink">Hotel del Coronado</a>, which sits on the beach, is said to be haunted by the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/21/ghost-adventures-cosmopolitan-hotel-and-restaurant_n_903689.html" target="_hplink">ghost of Kate Morgan, who died there</a>.

  • Marrero's Guest Mansion, Key West, Florida

    Built in 1889 by Francisco Marrero for his bride, the 13-guest room <a href="http://www.marreros.com/" target="_hplink">Victorian home</a> is rumored to still be haunted by her ghost to this day.

  • Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

    First opened in 1909, <a href="http://stanleyhotel.com/about/" target="_hplink">this hotel</a> is perhaps most famous for serving as inspiration for Stephen King's "The Shining."

  • Queen Anne Hotel, San Francisco

    A B&B in San Francisco's Pacific Heights area, the Queen Anne Hotel is said to be haunted by the <a href="http://www.hauntedhouses.com/states/ca/queen_anne_hotel.cfm" target="_hplink">spirit of Mary Lake</a>, who was the Head Mistress of the school that once existed inside the building.

  • Manresa Castle, Port Townsend, Washington

    A former home (and previously, at 30 rooms, <a href="http://www.manresacastle.com/about.html" target="_hplink">the largest in the area</a>) is haunted by not one, but two ghosts, including a former guest who was stood up by her lover and thus jumped to her death from the hotel.

  • Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas

    Originally built for <a href="http://www.driskillhotel.com/" target="_hplink">cattle baron Jesse Driskill in 1886</a>, this Austin landmark still hosts travelers today (as well as the spirit of Driskill himself).

  • The Lemp Mansion, St. Louis

    This quirky hotel in St. Louis offers "paranormal tours", which come complete with appetizers, a drink of choice and, of course, the use of an infrared camera to take on your tour of the three floors of the Mansion. The <a href="http://www.lempmansion.com/" target="_hplink">Lemp family</a> fell from grace tragically, and their demise is still one of the odd stories of the area.

  • Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, Massachusetts

    Set in the town of the Salem Witch Trials, guests of the <a href="http://www.hawthornehotel.com/" target="_hplink">Hawthorne Hotel</a> have reporting hearing eerie sounds in the stairwell and feeling ill at ease while staying there. <em>Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons</em>

  • Green Mountain Inn, Stowe, Vermont

    Boots Berry, the son of a <a href="http://www.greenmountaininn.com/" target="_hplink">Green Mountain Inn</a> chambermaid and one of the Inn's horsemen died after the falling off the buildings roof above the room where he was born. Despite dying, Boots never left. His ghost has been seen standing in room 1840, where he was born. <em>Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons</em>

  • Buxton Inn, Granville, Ohio

    Since the ghost of Orrin Granger, who built the <a href="http://www.buxtoninn.com/" target="_hplink">Buxton Inn</a>, was seen wandering the halls in the 1920's, many other reports of paranormal activity have surfaced. Bonnie Bounell, a former innkeeper and now deceased person, apparently hangs out in room nine. <em>Courtesy of Buxton Inn</em>

  • 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

    The deceased residents of <a href="http://www.crescent-hotel.com/" target="_hplink">1886 Crescent</a> include a stonemason, a cancer patient, a cat and a man in a white suit. The hotel was featured on SyFy's Ghost Hunters and a new ghost, a dancer, was spotted this year. <em>Courtesy of 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa</em>

  • Beverly Hills Inn, Atlanta

    This <a href="http://www.beverlyhillsinn.com/" target="_hplink">81-year-old property</a> is supposedly haunted by the souls of three women. A Haunt Analyst investigation in 2007 recorded voices whispering "Get out."

  • Hotel Queen Mary, Long Beach, California

    A young girl who broke her neck sliding down one of this ship's banisters is only one of the many people who died on this boat and never disembarked. The girl appears to plan on spending all eternity hanging out by the pool, where she can be seen today. <em>Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons</em>

  • Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

    The ghosts here dance in the ballroom and the ghost of Union Soldier James Culbertson strolls through the halls of the <a href="http://www.hotelgettysburg.com/" target="_hplink">Gettysburg Hotel</a>. The nearby Gettysburg battle field is also considered by many to be haunted.

  • Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago

    Built for visitors to the World's Fair, <a href="http://www.congressplazahotel.com/" target="_hplink">this hotel</a> was supposedly one of Al Capone's hideouts. A young boy -- perhaps a victim of Scarface -- supposedly hangs out around the building. Courtesy of Congress Plaza Hotel

  • Vinoy Renaissance, St. Petersburg, Florida

    <a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tpasr-renaissance-vinoy-resort-and-golf-club/" target="_hplink">This hotel </a>has proved inhospitable to many of the professional baseball players that have visited over the year. A Cincinnati Reds pitcher felt the presence of a ghost in 2003 and this year a pair of relief pitchers were spooked by the presence of dead men whose lives had apparently gone into extra innings. <em> Flickr: srqpix</em>

  • The Battery Carriage House Inn, Charleston, South Carolina

    Many visitors to Charleston have reported seeing a decapitated torso floats through <a href="http://www.batterycarriagehouse.com/" target="_hplink">this inn</a>. The torso -- so the story goes -- belongs to a confederate soldier who lost his head in battle. <em>Courtesy <a href="http://www.bnbfinder.com/BatteryCarriageHouse" target="_hplink">The Battery Carriage House Inn</a></em>

  • 1859 Historic National Hotel, Jamestown, California

    A woman whose fiance was shot by a drunk on the premises in the 1800s never left. She apparently died of heartbreak in her wedding dress and has been giving visitors to the <a href="http://www.national-hotel.com/" target="_hplink">1859 Historic National Hotel</a> an uncomfortable feeling ever since. <em>Courtesy <a href="http://www.bnbfinder.com/1859Historic" target="_hplink">1859 Historic National Hotel</a></em>

  • Burn Brae Mansion, Glen Spy, New York

    This <a href="http://www.burnbraemansion.com/history.htm" target="_hplink">former home of the third president</a> of the Singer Sewing Machine company offers ghost tours and the appeal of staying side by side with ghost hunters. <em>Courtesy <a href="http://www.bnbfinder.com/BurnBraeMansion" target="_hplink">Burn Brae Mansion</a></em>

  • Prospect Hill Bed & Breakfast Inn, Mountain City, Tennessee

    The ghost <a href="http://www.prospect-hill.com/" target="_hplink">here</a> seems to have a sweet tooth, the smell of baking cookies wafts up into the room in the small hours of the morning. Kind of nice as far as hauntings go. <em>Courtesy <a href="http://www.bnbfinder.com/ProspectHill" target="_hplink">Prospect Hill Bed & Breakfast Inn</a></em>

  • The Colonial Inn, Concord, Massachusetts

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/LoSvizzero"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/LoSvizzero">LoSvizzero</a>:<br />Established in 1716. Room 24, which is located in the oldest part of the inn was reportedly used as an emergency hospital during the Revolution. It is in this room and part of the inn that guests have reported odd happenings.

  • Hotel Colorado Glenwood Springs, Colorado

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Floresta"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Floresta">Floresta</a>:<br />The Hotel Colorado opened on June 10, 1893. Many ghosts are reported to "live" here. The rooms in the bell towers are both haunted. Strange smells and sounds have been reported by both guests and hotel staff.

  • fUll body Apprition At the Baxter Morgue in Louisville Ky.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/lpi2007"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/lpi2007">lpi2007</a>:<br />Here's different Original Picture and in negative and sepia. We caught so much evidence there, this pic is just 1 of the many things.. check out Louisville Paranormal Investigations web site

  • fUll body Apprition At the Baxter Morgue in Louisville Ky.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/lpi2007"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/lpi2007">lpi2007</a>:<br />Before I take the number 1 DVD of Real American Haunting's "The Villisca House" to WBKI This week, We're going to sell 5 and only 5 of them at the Baxter Morgue to night just to get a intake of what you think about it. I think it's awesome..... Awesome evidence AAA+ ON evp's..... Come on out tonight

  • The Publick House, Chester NJ

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Friedl_VanHook"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1333735093/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Friedl_VanHook">Friedl VanHook</a>:<br />Originally built in 1810 and recently renovated. This Tavern & Inn has a long local history of haunts scaring the heck out of employees, guests, & even the owner!

  • School NUmber 4 in Jacksonville, FL

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Ashley_Schatt"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100000299674386/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Ashley_Schatt">Ashley Schatt</a>:<br />This is the Number 4 public school in Jacksonville FL it has been known that it burned down a while back and that about 100 to 150 kids were inside when it burned to the ground and also an old man who was the Janitor was inside this place is haunted by the old man and the kids

  • Ghost "orbs" captured at the haunted Crescent Hotel

    My video footage from our visit to the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR.

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