For most of us when we travel or go on vacation, the last thing we want to experience are ghosts or any sort of paranormal activity. Hauntings are a peculiar phenomenon and while they can happen anytime and anywhere, they’re most often found in buildings that have a long history of sadness, violence and murder. These are the top five most haunted hotels and inns from around the world.
Published on Apr 15, 2017
5. Banff Springs Hotel
Dubbed as the “Castle in the Rockies,” The Banff Springs Hotel has hosted celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and royalty like Queen Elizabeth. While it’s luxurious rooms and stunning sweeping views of Alberta, Canada are often praised, the structure has also become known for something else – its resident ghosts. Built in the 19th century, the Banff first opened its doors on June 1, 1888. It was a success, as rich European adventurers loved the idea of living in luxury while staying in the middle of the wilderness. Over time, so many guests have come and gone but there are some who apparently never left.
4. The Skirrid Inn
Claiming to be one of the oldest pubs in Wales, The Skirrid Inn has stood its ground for over 900 years. While some people think it’s an exaggeration and most likely the current building is a 17th century construction, the spot is known as a Pilgrim’s trail and most likely before even the current building was built, an older inn had occupied the same spot years before. Regardless of the specifics, there’s one thing that locals and those who have visited agree on – the Skirrid Inn is one of the most haunted inns that exists.
3. Akasaka Weekly Mansion
Despite being a modern building, the Akasaka Weekly Mansion is one of the most famous haunted buildings in Japan today. Paranormal experts can’t pinpoint any history as to why the hotel would be haunted but guests have reported so many paranormal incidents on the premises that it’s hard to ignore. Building 1 of the hotel is especially active and said to have had multiple suicides, which could be the reason why restless spirits lurk in the building.
2. The Stanley Hotel
Opening its doors in 1909, The Stanley Hotel has had been functioning for over a century. While it was a prominent and revolutionary hotel during its era, in modern times it’s more well known for being the real life “Overlook Hotel” from Stephen King’s The Shining. King himself cites the hotel as the main inspiration for his horror masterpiece. The Stanley Hotel was built by inventor, Freelan Oscar Stanley which he ran together with his wife, Flora. After falling in love with Estes Park and attributing his recovery from tuberculosis while staying there, he vowed to create a luxurious resort in the area. Eventually he began building the property in 1907 and by 1909, it was ready to welcome visitors. Stanley not only transformed Estes Park and the nearby towns but he also helped create Rocky Mountain National Park, but it was the Stanley Hotel that would be his lasting legacy.
1. Ancient Ram Inn
Haunted by more than 20 ghosts, the Ancient Ram Inn is said to be one of the most haunted inns in all of Britain. The Inn has changed ownership several times since it was first built in 1145 – but the stories always remain the same. Within its walls there’s said to be ghosts, a long history of murder, satanic sacrifices and even a demonic incubus that lives in one of the rooms. Paranormal researchers as well as the current owners of the building have looked into its history and discovered that there could be more than one reason why the structure is so haunted.
For travelers Hotels and inns are their homes away from home. But like any building, they too, come with their own stories and sometimes much more than that.