Spooky Stays - Haunted Hotels for Halloween
Have I mentioned how much I love Halloween? Oddly, I don't like horror films or the thought of a haunted house, but if you're braver than me I've found a few places you might like to stay (Halloween is more about the partying for me...)
First up we're heading Stateside for some haunted hotels in Los Angeles.
1. The Culver Hotel
Culver City's located on the west side of LA and is home to the Culver Hotel. It's near the Sony Studios, and Charlie Chaplin and John Wayne have both owned the hotel at one stage or another - it even housed the munchkins during the Wizard of Oz filming in 1938, so as you can see it already has a good bit of history. The hotel was found and built by Harry Culver, and guests have reportedly seen Harry walking through rooms and smiling at them (creepy!)
Below is a ghost encounter told by the hotel's General Manager Seth Horowitz to Pasadena Weekly:
One day, Horowitz noticed a guest in his mid-30s to early 40s having difficulty opening the second-floor exercise room with his key, so he assisted by opening the door. Upon entering the room, the hotel guest gasped loudly and said, “Whoa!”
Horowitz recalled: “I ran over to the window to investigate and the man, with this huge look of surprise on his face, said, ‘Oh, my god — it’s gone,’”
Then the fellow pulled out his phone and started drawing a man’s portrait on a phone app. He showed it to the GM. “The hair stood up on my arms and neck!” Horowitz recalled. “The image was the spitting image of Mr. Culver! I took the man over to see a photograph of him hanging down the hall.” Then he did what any good GM should do in a situation like this — he ran and got
the clairvoyant a shot of good single-malt whiskey. “There is no doubt in my mind that man saw the ghost. I was in the room,” Horowitz said, adding that the guest told him that the ghost “was happy and had a satisfied look on his face.”
Luckily Mr Culver seems to be a friendly ghost, which is good news because children are welcomed at the hotel and it runs haunted tours for kids - if they dare...
2. The Hollywood Roosevelt
There are quite a few stories about the Hollywood Roosevelt - allegedly one of the most places in the world. No stranger to glamour, the hotel opened in 1927 and has a star-studded history; it was the location for the very first Oscars and was often used for movie premiere after-parties. My favourite story revolves around one of my favourite Hollywood starlets though - Marilyn Monroe. She apparently haunts her old room (1200), where she lived as her fame grew - lots of people report seeing her in the mirror.
3. Chateau Marmont
Chateau Marmont has a reputation for celebrity secrets and (more interestingly) debauchery; hosting everyone from Britney to Jim Morrison.
Blues Brother actor & comedian John Belushi was no stranger to the Marmont, partying so hard he actually overdosed in Bungalow 3. The most disturbing story involves a toddler whose family stayed there for a stint in 1999. Apparently the toddler’s parents would hear him laughing alone, and when they asked him why, he replied, "The funny man". One day, his mum was flicking through a book of celebrity guests that had stayed at Chateau Marmont, and the boy pointed to John Belushi and exclaimed, "The funny man!"
Closer to home, there are a couple of spooky stays which actually have some last minute deals for you to enjoy over the Halloween period.
4. Coombe Abbey Hotel
The 4* Coombe Abbey Hotel in Warwickshire has plenty of history to share, having been built as a Cistercian Abbey in the 12th Century. The hotel and its gardens are reportedly home to a few unexpected guests - from the cloaked figure who can be seen wandering the castle grounds to the resident ghost Matilda.
From £121 per room for one night’s accommodation for two people at the 4* Coombe Abbey Hotel, Warwickshire. Valid for arrival on 31st October 2017.
5. Redworth Hall Hotel
Further north, Darlington is home to the Redworth Hall Hotel. Set within 150 acres of woodland, this Georgian manor house has a haunting history. If you're up for a spooky - and perhaps sleepless - night, you'll be in the right place. There's a jilted lover who walks the halls, as well as the sound of crying children which can be heard throughout the building. The blurb said it was a 'peaceful' retreat, but it might not be on Halloween!
From £89.10 per room for one night’s accommodation for two people at the 4* Redworth Hall Hotel, Darlington, with breakfast included. Valid for arrival on 31st October 2017.
Both UK properties can be found on laterooms.com