Looking for something spectacularly spooky this Halloween?
How about a weekend in a haunted hotel? Or better yet, in a haunted 5-star hotel?
Escape the trick-or-treaters by treating yourself and a loved one to a ghoulish getaway of luxury living, pampering and fine dining.
We have compiled a list of the best, albeit haunted, luxury hotels in the world. Enjoy!
The Langham Hotel, London, England
Known as London’s most haunted hotel, the famous Langham Hotel dates from 1865. Over the years, the luxurious 5-star hotel has been the setting for a number of paranormal goings-on, with many guests reporting otherworldly encounters with a white-haired Victorian man in room 333.
If you manage to escape from room 333, the hotel’s traditional British luxury is sure to soothe your fears. The hotel has nearly 500 elegant rooms and suites, a state of the art Chuan Spa, swimming pool and a gym. There is also the distinguished Roux at the Landau restaurant, serving deliciously creative French cuisine.
Grand Hyatt Taipei, Taiwan
- Since opening in 1990, this deluxe hotel has been popular with paranormal entities. Ghostly rumours surrounding the Grand Hyatt Taipei stem from the hotel’s dark rooted history, with the upscale hotel said to have been built on top of a World War II prison and execution camp. Guests gave allegedly heard spine-chilling noises from empty rooms and seen ghosts floating along hallways. But not to worry, experts in Feng Shui have since been called in to rid the hotel of its straying souls.
- Besides the supernatural, this hotel has plenty to offer. Ranked one of the best hotels in Taipei, its 9 restaurants and bars and a convenient location next to the Taipei 101 in the Xinyi district make the Grand Hyatt Taipei an ideal choice for both leisure and business travellers. The Grand Hyatt also boasts two 24-hour gyms with whirlpools and saunas, an outdoor heated swimming pool and 13 meeting rooms.
Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, India
The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai is said to be home to the ghost of British architect W.A. Chambers, the designer of the hotel. It is rumoured that, after laying his plans for the hotel and leaving India for a trip to France, upon his return, he discovered the hotel did not match his original blueprint and, being the perfectionist that he was, threw himself from a 5th-floor balcony.
The prestigious 5-star property’s 560 rooms and 44 suites, stately restaurant and enchanted gardens have played host to numerous high-profile guests during its illustrious history, including The Beatles, Bill Clinton and Prince Charles. The hotel is made up of two distinct buildings – the elder of which is where the ghost of Chambers can be seen stalking the corridors. You’ve been warned.
Castle Leslie Estate Lodge Glaslough, Ireland
An enchanted castle set in the depths of the mysterious Irish village of Glaslough, Castle Leslie Estate Lodge is straight out of a horror story. But it’s not only the hotel’s eerie look that sends shivers down the spine. Spooky reports include a monk seen roaming the banquet hall, where guests have also seen a crying child, whilst the ghost of Lady Constance is said to haunt the notorious Mauve Room.
However, if you are brave enough to book a room at this timeless hotel, you will benefit from 30 alluring rooms, an on-site restaurant with lounge bar, terrace and barbecue area, gym, and spa with massage services to relieve any tension Lady Constance may cause.
Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Despite opting to leave out a 13th floor and room 666, this historic New Orleans hotel has not managed to escape its share of ghostly guests. Paranormal experts claim the hotel is home to a gentleman’s spirit from the 1800s, whose silhouette often appears between 4 and 6 in the morning in the office area of the Club Level.
Additionally, the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans is located three blocks from the grave of Marie Laveau, who was known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. A Marie Laveau Voodoo Love Bath and Massage service are now available in the hotel’s beautiful spa, which is also a hotspot for strange occurrences.
Westin Excelsior Florence, Italy
Situated in the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, Florence, the city of Lilies, the picturesque Westin Excelsior is home to some seriously scary supernatural activity. The hotel’s infamous room 152 is full of frights, with reports of objects being mysteriously moved, creeping dark shadows, and mysterious voices that have even been recorded.
But this has not scared off guests such as Bill Clinton and Tom Cruise, and it shouldn’t deter you either! The plush Westin Excelsior overlooks the sublime Piazza Ognissanti and offers amenities such as a 24/7 fitness centre, four unique restaurants and bars, with SESTO on Arno being a favourite with its scenic rooftop view over Florence, and chic interiors that scream luxury. Hopefully, that’s the only thing that will be screaming during your stay!
A notable mention must also be given to these equally eerie 4-star hotels.
The Toftaholm Herrgård in Lagan, Sweden, an old manor house once owned by a wealthy baron, is apparently haunted by the ghost of a young man from the 14th century who was found hanging in room 324 after he was refused marriage to the Baron’s daughter.
The Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California dates from 1888 and has one long-term resident in the form of a beautiful woman apparition who is reported to scratch and claw windows at night. It is rumoured to be the ghost of a young woman who was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head several days after checking in to the hotel in 1892.
‘Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited Castle’, Dalhousie Castle in Edinburgh, is a 13th-century fortress turned luxury hotel. It was once home to Lady Catherine, who is said to have locked herself in the top room of the castle and starved herself to death after her parents forbade her to see the young man she was in love with. There’s little chance of starvation at Dalhousie Castle these days due to the Dungeon Restaurant’s heavenly modern interpretation of classic Scottish dishes.