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haunted hotels and ghostly guesthouses to book for Halloween

If you like your vacation with a secondary order of spectral occurrences, avoid the usual hotels and guesthouses in favor of a stay with a little more paranormal pedigree.

As Halloween approaches, Airbnb has added the home of the movie franchise Scream to their site. Promising a night of horror movies, and perhaps a phone call from Ghostface himself, the house isn’t the only spooky filming location that has become a haven for moviegoers hoping to hear something bump into. the night.

Vacationers have long flocked to the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, which is also the Overlook Hotel in the horror film The brilliant. And in 2016, the house that inspired the film Amityville Horror, hit the market for $ 850,000.

But while there is a clear line between Hollywood and Horror, there are hotels where you can check in and some of the guests have been staying for a very long time. Centuries, in fact.

With the Scream house, here are 10 hotels, guesthouses and guesthouses that serve something a little ghostly as part of the guest experience …

‘Scream’ House, California, USA

Do you like horror movies? As the horror comedy franchise gears up for its fifth release, fans of the films can now stay in the house where Sidney gave psychopathic teens Billy and Stu their comeuppance. The house, which was the setting for the party where Tatum was run over by Ghostface in the garage door, is available for rent on Airbnb, and fans of the films will be delighted to learn that it is leaning hard on its roots. scary.

Sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette) is on hand to virtually meet the guests, and there’s no need to venture out – there might be a curfew in Woodsboro after all – because you can watch all four. Scream movie theater. Finally, if you are looking for a good night’s sleep, know that Ghostface can call at any time.

Parador de Jaen, Andalusia, Spain

If you are looking for a spooky stay in this 13th-century Arab fortress, Room 22 is the one to book. According to the hotel’s website, this is the room in which a guest was awoken one night by the sounds of knocking on the door and a woman crying. A team of paranormal investigators have concluded that space is haunted by the spirit of a young woman who died of grief centuries ago.

He’s not the only spiritual guest at the monastic-style retreat at the top of Santa Catalina Hill. It is also home to the Lagarto Terrible (Terrible Lizard), a former prisoner of the fortress who died of starvation and known to roam the halls.

The Shelbourne, Dublin, Ireland

The “Grand Lady of Dublin” has long been a royal and celebrity destination with Julia Roberts, Bill Clinton, Bono and Princess Grace of Monaco all staying there. However, the hotel’s most famous guest by far is Mary Masters, a 7-year-old girl who died of cholera in 1791 and who calls The Shelbourne her forever home.

According to Irish mirror: “At one point over a six-month period, between two and three hotel guests per week were reporting apparent paranormal activity, including sinks, tub faucets, and self-opening showers. .

Even Hollywood is not immune to ghostly events. The blind side actress Lily Collins remembered her stay on the sixth floor Late at night with Jimmy Fallon: “I open my eyes and hear a small laugh. And I felt a puff of air in my body and I heard all these doors slam.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada

Considering this 764-room castle in the Rockies dates back to 1888, it would be strange if he didn’t have a story or two to tell. Located in Banff National Park, the hotel has a few guests who check in and out when they want, usually leaving through the walls rather than the door.

The most famous has been dubbed The Bride and is the ghost of a young woman who slipped and fell down the marble staircase on her wedding day. Staff claim to have seen her on the stairs and in the ballroom while waiting for the first dance she’s ever had.

Another resident is that of Sam McCauley, the elderly Scottish porter who worked at the hotel in the 1960s and 1970s, and died in 1975. McCauley remains devoted to his role, with a story told of two elderly women who called the bell desk for assistance when their key was not working. The hotel porter arrived after just 15 minutes to be told that an older porter in a tartan waistcoat, matching McCauley’s description, had already helped them.

The Langham, London, England

As for unexplained events, The Langham in London, England leaves many of the country’s famous haunted castles standing. The 158-year-old hotel is said to be home to a former resident, Emperor Louis Napoleon III, as well as a German prince who jumped out of his bedroom window on the upper floor and is often seen in the rooms. hallways and through walls.

With no less than five ghosts, in 2014, members of the England cricket test team moved rooms or left the hotel entirely following unexplained events.

“During the Sri Lanka test, I had to change rooms,” fast pitcher Stuart Broad told the Daily mail. “It was so hot in the bedroom that I just couldn’t sleep. All of a sudden, the bathroom faucets turned on for no reason. I turned on the lights and the faucets went out. Then when I turned off the lights again, the taps opened. It was very weird. “

The steep upper lip should book in room 333, which is said to be the most haunted.

Vicar of Borgvattnet, Jamtland, Sweden

It is not often that guests receive a certificate proving that they have stayed overnight, but it is what visitors who stay overnight at the haunted parsonage of Borgvattnet do receive.

Built in 1876, the rectory has been transformed into a bed and breakfast, with guests immersed in the natural beauty of the rural area where there is plenty of fishing, snowmobiling in the winter… and ghosts.

Local residents of Borgvattnet have long spoken of hearing women cry in the hostel – the rectory has its own room, Graterskornas rum (the crying ladies room) – while guests have reported a mysterious rocking chair, strange images in the mirror, singing radiators, footsteps and many other inexplicable events.

Chateau de Marçay, Loire Valley, France

In terms of urban legends, the Château de Marcay claims a terrifying tale to be told around the fire at night. Located in the beautiful Loire Valley in France, the 15th century chateau which was turned into a hotel in 1973 has its own wife in white. Local legend has it that one of the ladies living at Chateau de Marçay was a werewolf.

After transforming, she was shot one night by a farmer and her body was found, wrapped in white. The farmer buried her in secret and since then she has haunted the halls of the castle. Witnesses who have seen her say that she is “beautiful” and in her twenties.

Lord Milner Hotel, Matjiesfontein, South Africa

The resident appearance at the Lord Milner Hotel has a name, Lucy. Guests claim to have seen her dressed in a negligee and appearing in the corridors of the first floor and on the stairs.

The hotel, completed in 1899 and named after the Governor of Cape Town during the Anglo-Boer War, is located on the edge of the Grand Karoo Plateau in the village of Matjiesfontein. The local town served as the command headquarters during the South African War, resulting in a few unexplained events reported over the years.

Lucy the Specter has been blamed for the voices coming from empty rooms, as well as the loud arguments that punctuate the calm evening air. Guests have also reported the sound of hundreds of broken glasses, although no damage was seen.

Kurrajong Canberra Hotel, Australia

When it comes to ghostly pedigree, the Kurrajong Canberra Hotel has a pretty impressive spectrum. Opening in 1926 and once enjoying a visit from Queen Elizabeth II, former Prime Minister of the country Ben Chifley suffered a heart attack and died on the evening of June 13, 1951, in room 214.

Chifley’s gray-costumed ghost was seen in the room, looking towards the neighboring Parliament.

El Hotel Meson de Jobito, Mexico

If you stay at El Hotel Meson in Jobito, Mexico, expect to receive an alarm signal around 4 a.m., as this is when guests tend to experience the supernatural events that occur. made the hotel famous.

Formerly a private residence, the hotel dates back to 1700 and served as a market and stable for horses before opening its doors to paying customers in 1993.

Hotel guests have reported seeing old-fashioned miners looking for gold prospecting work the area was once famous for, as well as clacking horse hooves in the hallways. There were also reports of children running and jumping, but upon verification no children were found. The most haunted room would be 107, which belonged to the Guardian.

Updated: 25 October 2021, 13:15

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