The scariest haunted hotels that have existed in the U.S. may not come equipped with a wall warning of “redrum” or a man going slowly but surely psychotic because he didn’t take the advice of Samuel L Jackson and pick a different room, but they are still pretty scary.
Let’s face it, it’s tough to be scarier than the combination of Stephen King’s warped mind and Jack Nicholson’s being Jack.
These haunted hotels, however, take a heck of a run at it and deliver some seriously disturbing paranormal thrills.
At least that’s what the survivors say…
In reality, none of these hotels have claimed any lives under circumstances laid at the feet of paranormal activity, at least not lately.
These hotels have left some people so disturbed they can’t even describe what they felt.
When you’re so scared you shake in your boots, it’s for real.
LIZZIE BORDEN HOUSE – Massachusetts
A favorite is the Lizzie Borden house In Fall River Massachusetts.
Yes, the same Lizzie Borden of the rhyme nearly everyone learned that went: “Lizzie Borden took an axe, And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one.”
The Lizzie Borden House, now often known as the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast located on Second Street, is not really a place for the faint of heart.
Some of the reports of weird activity have been laid at the hands of sensationalism for tourism, much like the rhyme stating she doled out eighty-one whacks to her parents when twenty-nine is actually all she needed to dispatch them.
Either way, it’s pretty bad.
While many have said they saw Lizzie or her parents, and some have even said they experienced an actual contact of sorts with an apparition, from personal experience I can say I didn’t get any of that.
It was chilly, it was creepy, it certainly didn’t feel right, but voices and visions? None of that was experienced.
It was just a place that made you feel as though you were on the cusp of something very very wrong about to happen.
Perhaps you can chalk that up to the power of suggestion and good marketing, or maybe it is something truly is about to happen.
Hotel Provincial – New Orleans’ French Quarter
The next on the list comes from no other place than New Orleans, Louisiana, in the famed French Quarter. Already world renown for some very creepy things going on surrounding the world of the paranormal.
While a dozen or so locations in the Quarter have a reputation for being haunted, a few of which are hotels, The Hotel Provincial takes the cake with little competition.
Guests have been reporting doors slamming, the sound of footsteps where there are no feet, and drawers opening and closing of their own accord.
Even some voices and apparition like visions have been reported.
One thing reportedly overheard by several guests visiting on different occasions is the sentiment “Tell Dianne I have to go.”
That is supposed all the doing of a soldier that died on the grounds and has never made his way to the other side.
The thing many people are unaware of is countless soldiers died there as this was once the location of a military hospital as far back as 1722, which also helps account for the numerous sightings of surgeons plying their trade in some rooms.
In 1831 houses were built on the site and they then burned down in 1874 which is when the Provincial was born.
While staying there you may not be dragged kicking and screaming across the room, or even see a soldier in full dress uniform materialize and dissipate before your eyes, but it’s a pretty safe guess that with all these seeds planted in your mind you’ll be pretty creeped out.
Myrtles Plantation – St Francisville, LA
Stories of murder are embedded in the history of the home. A young slave girl murdered at the hands of her owner after she was found guilty of murdering his wife and two small children (although, she didn’t intend to kill them, only make them sick, the outcome was not good for anyone).
Another owner being shot on the front porch and, with the help of his young son, making his way back indoors and up to the 2nd floor where he died in front of his wife.
These stories and others seem to have left a lot of negative energy bouncing around the home which lends itself to the paranormal activity experienced by some here.
The 1886 Crescent Hotel – Eureka Springs, MO
This is one of my favorite haunted hotels and gave me one of the craziest experiences. Seeing figures out the corner of my eye. Having a wild experience in the middle of the night when I swear someone was right next to me in bed.
It. Was. Wild! and I highly recommend a stay in room 202. From the article: “I had a strange experience as I woke up to someone moaning in pain that sounded like they were in bed with me…
I have had other experiences and they have never scared me, but this one scared me.
Hate to admit it, but I clearly wasn’t thinking well, and it was 2 a.m., but I didn’t grab my phone to start recording.” Read A Haunted Stay.
By the way, the most requested room is 218 and the second most requested room is 419. We stayed in 202 and that is the room I’ll request when I go back!