It's a truism of the hospitality business: There's nothing that can add allure to a hotel like terrible tales of a haunting past.
While some hotels actively hush up their histories of blood, gore and violence, others embrace the allure of the sinister. And there's no better time for ghoulish tales than the run up to Halloween.
These haunts were picked by experts from luxury tour operator Tauck, whose trips span more than 65 countries.
If there's one thing the list -- heavy on Italy, the United States and Canada -- shows, it's that some countries love ghost stories much more than others.