Resorts and hotels are something that we specialize here at Escapes.ca. Some offer great service, atmosphere, and cozy rooms. Others offer the latter, with some guest claiming their stay as absolutely terrifying – figuratively and literally!
In celebration of Halloween, here are some hotels that we wouldn’t dare to set foot in. Despite the cozy amenities and attentive service, it is the troublesome guests that keep us from visiting these otherwise, beautiful properties!
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, USA
Referencing to the brazen, yet popular nursery rhyme (“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 infamous house where the bloody crime scene occurred has been transformed into a cozy bed and breakfast. The new owners have done a good job cleaning the place up (you’d be hard pressed to believe that a crime took place here)! However, it’s been reported that the spirits of Lizzie’s parents still make appearances around the inn. If the bleak history isn’t enough to give you chills, portraits of the crime scene are used as the décor.
Ballygally Castle Hotel, Northern Ireland
Despite it a beautiful property, the Ballygally Castle has a rather dark past. History states that the Lord of the castle, Lord Shaw, locked and starved his wife as punishment for giving birth to a daughter, rather than a son (which could have been a future heir). Lady Shaw died, trying to escape. Fast-forward 400 years later, after transforming the castle into a hotel, guests have reported Lady Shaw wandering around the property, in search of the child that was taken from her.
Hotel Roosevelt, USA
The Hotel Roosevelt is known as a venue that houses the most star-studded guest list a hotel has ever seen. What we failed to mention, is that this includes celebrities both alive and dead. There have been reported sightings of the famous Marilyn Monroe dancing in the ballroom, or looking at herself in the mirror in room 225, her favorite suite. Other sightings include Carole Lombard and Erral Flynn.
Karosta Prison Hostel, Latvia
Guests will already feel the darkness that is present upon entering the Karosta Prison. Aside from its dark past (it was a Nazi and Soviet prison), the hostel treats all guests as if they were prisoners. There has also been some reports of lightbulbs unscrewing on their own and the spirit of an old prisoner who supposedly hung herself, wandering around the prison cells.