If you love a good ghost story or maybe just like to stay somewhere off the beaten path, we’ve found some haunted hotels that are right up your alley. And while they all might come with paranormal activity here and there, we’ve found them all to be kid-friendly, right in the heart of nearby attractions and a perfect fit for your next family getaway. Read on to find out where you can check in while you check it all out.
Lafitte Guest House: New Orleans, LA
When it comes to haunted hotels in New Orleans, you’ll have plenty to pick from. We’re especially in love with the Lafitte French Quarter Guest House. It’s an intimate setting that has more of a B&B feel, but most rooms are fine for kids and they even have one with a little loft where the kiddos can get their own sleeping quarters. Named for a famous pirate, it's located on Bourbon Street, right in the heart of the all the action. As haunted accommodations go, this place takes the prize with guests reporting all kinds of paranormal activities in many of the rooms, especially room 21, where the ghost of Marie is said to frequently chat with children. For the ultimate New Orleans experience, check out Bloody Mary’s Haunted Museum and Ghost Tours. Don’t let the name scare you off, Mary is one of the best storytellers in the area and a memorable experience, indeed!
The St. Anthony Hotel: San Antonio, TX
Now part of the Marriott chain of hotels, this historic luxury property originally is super close to The Alamo, the River Walk and all the delights of San Antonio. Though the lobby and it’s chandelier-grandeur of Peacock Alley (seen above) might be enough to get you in the door, a few harmless ghosts just add to the charm. Guests have seen women clad in black passing through the halls of the top floor, been woken up by strange noises in the room at night (only to discover nothing is there) and occasionally the ghost of a young girl appears in different rooms. Regardless of what you see (or don’t see) this beautiful hotel offers plenty of kid-friendly explorations and lots of photo-ops.
The Hollywood Roosevelt: Hollywood, CA
Built in 192, this place is reputed (appropriately so) to be haunted by a host of celebrity ghosts, most famously Marilyn Monroe. Apparently the ghost of Norma Jean can be seen in a mirror in the hall, and the pool is said to be where Monroe shot her first commercial. In fact, there's a suite named after her (pictured above) which will set you back a few hundred a night. But don't worry, there are more affordable rooms than that, and there's also several on site restaurants and bars, in case you're just stopping by for a peek. When you do, the ghost of old-school Hollywood star Montgomery Clift may pat you on the back to say hello. Carole Lombard's spirit cruises the the top floors of the hotel (her suite can run up to $3500 a night or more). The Roosevelt is the location of the first-ever Oscars, so it’s no surprise quite a few specters clad in tuxes and fancy dress have been seen here as well. By all accounts, this hotel is host to the kinder, gentler ghosts who are a bit playful. And this hotel makes a deluxe launching point for all the finest Hollywood attractions.
Omni Parker House: Boston, MA
Rumor has it horror-guru Stephen King stays here when he’s in town as this is the hotel Room 1408 was based on. But don’t worry, any ghosts you encounter here are likely to be much tamer. The ghost of a bearded colonial man can be seen roaming the 9th and 10th floors but it is said that the third floor is the hotspot, with all manner of odd events taking place, mostly harmless shadows and trickster ghosts causing faucets to run. One thing you can prove? The Boston Cream Pie they serve at the hotel restaurant is to die for. The luxe hotel itself was built in 1855 and is located along the Freedom Trail, at the foot of Beacon Hill and is nearby Boston Common.
Tip: You'll love the Freedom Trail Family Suite that includes bunk beds for the kiddos, bean bag chairs and even pint-sized Colonial costumes for dress up.
The Holbrooke Hotel: Grass Valley, CA
Located right in the heart of the Gold Rush town of Grass Valley, CA, the Holbrooke is home to the ghosts of Black Bart, a Victorian maid, ghostly children running up and down the hall and even men counting money in the dining hall. In spite of the many sightings, the majority of guests get a good night’s sleep. Which is handy because you’ll need it so you and the kiddos can explore the history of mining at the Empire Mine State Park and a kid-friendly ghostly walk through nearby Nevada City’s charming downtown. Nevada City especially is known for its storybook trick-or-treating, too. The hotel was purchased by a new owner in 2018 but will remain open during an extensive renovation restoring it to its "Wild West charm."
McMenamin’s Edgefield: Troutdale, OR
First built as the Multnomah County Poor House, this property is just a short drive from Portland and well worth the journey for lovers of history and spooky stuff alike. Check into the hotel and be warned: Room 215 is said to be the most haunted. Reports include ghostly nurses wandering the halls and the man in tattered black clothing. But these chance encounters aren’t the only reason to visit the 72-acre property: a warm soaking pool, a movie theater, a 3-par golf course and multiple restaurants on site make it a must-visit. Looking for more haunts in the Portland area? Check out our guide to the most haunted hotspots.
Historic Hotel Figueroa: Los Angeles, CA
Well, this one might not be reputed as haunted but it definitely has a Halloween-friendly theme worth mentioning. This historic, vampire-friendly hotel has a coffin shaped swimming pool and the kind of chic decor that makes you think Vlad Dracula would totally approve. And because this is the former YWCA, built in 1926, who's to say there aren’t a few old spirits hanging about?
The Stanley Hotel: Estes Park, CO
This Colorado hotel is the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in the novel, The Shining by Stephen King. Though the flick wasn’t filmed here, the Stanley’s ghosts morphed their way onto the infamous pages of his book, odd creepy child specters included. The hotel itself offers fun on-site ghost and history tours, in both day and night. Parents should know that kids under 5 are not allowed on day tours, and night tours require kiddos to be 10 or older. Estes Park is also the gateway to Rocky Mountain National State Park and even if you can’t plan an overnight, it’s only about an hour-and-a-half drive from Denver. (Check out our guide to what to do with kids in Denver, here.)
The Plains Hotel: Cheyenne, WY
Located right in downtown Cheyenne this historic hotel built in 1911 welcomes guest of all eras. Guests have even left reviews on Trip Advisor about their paranormal experiences! But don’t worry, everyone has lived to tell the tale over breakfast. Go on a ghost “fright-seeing” tour with the Cheyenne Trolley Ghost Tour to learn more about the town’s history, spirits and wild west stories. We promise a visit here will be unforgettable!
The Pfister Hotel: Milwaukee, WI
After you’ve checked out the Milwaukee Zoo and the Discovery Center and gazed lovingly at Lake Michigan, you can check into this gorgeous downtown hotel where the original owner, Charles Pfister, is said to still roam the halls (but don’t worry, he’s a friendly ghost!). With architectural marvels at every turn, including lavish ceiling murals, the Grand Staircase and crystal chandeliers, there's plenty to see and appreciate for every age. Added bonus, this glam hotel is actually pet-friendly as well as kid-friendly! Want more Milwaukee adventures? Click here.
Hotel del Coronado: San Diego, CA
Haunted hotels in San Diego are surprisingly abundant but few can match the Coronado in luxury or charm: the seaside location and historic architecture literally make you feel like you are from another era. Built in 1888, this hotel has been host to everything from celebrity soirees to family adventures with guests from all walks of life...and the afterlife, it seems. The hotel’s main ghost, Kate Morgan, walks the halls and you can find out more about her and other spooky residents with a Haunted Happenings Tour right onsite. And if you’re in San Diego to see more, check out our favorite things to see, where to eat and what to do with kids.
Green Mountain Inn: Stowe, VT
You wouldn’t guess by the fancy digs at the Green Mountain Inn that it’s haunted but rumor has it that this hotel in the heart of Stowe Village has a pretty amusing ghost: a tap-dancing, former horseman from the 1800s named Boots. As ghosts go, he’s a heroic one: Boots saved a child from a rooftop during a snowstorm but fell to his own death in the process. Either way, we recommend a night here especially during the glory Vermont’s fall colors or the charm of a winter ski getaway.
Calumet Inn: Pipestone, MN
This small town hotel opened in 1887 (and is under new ownership as of 2018) and has seen a wide range of guests since then. Because it was a hotel right on the railroad stop, it has seen generations of people come and go...although some seem to have never left. The piano in the dining room is said to play on its own, men and women in period dress roam the halls and a woman in red has been seen by several guests over the years. Apparitions here seem to be pretty playful, and if you’re up for it ask for Room 308 where you may hear odd noises, objects moving around and lights turning on and off. The prankster ghosts of Room 207 reportedly call the front desk and order various items, that the living residents claim never to have asked for. Whether you’re there for the hauntings or you’re interested in history, don’t leave Pipestone without a trip to the Pipestone National Monument, a sacred red pipestone quarry for American Indians that is still in use today.You can learn about Native culture and explore the rocks, Winnewissa Falls and miles of prairie trails all day before retiring back to the historic hotel's digs.
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