From posh New York hotspots to resorts made famous by literature and the movies, these are the five scariest hotels in America.
Hotel Henry – Buffalo, New York
Take one look at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, New York, and your jaw will drop in amazement. The hotel’s Richardson Romanesque-style buildings are widely considered to be architectural marvels that date back more than 140 years. Beauty aside, it is the history of these buildings and what went on inside of them that help brand the newly-renovated hotel, and the grounds it rests on, as haunted.
Originally opened in 1880, the buildings that make up the Richardson Olmsted Complex were once home to the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane and later the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. All patients of the facility were moved in 1974, and the 42-acre property remained vacant for nearly 40 years. In 2006, a restoration project began that culminated with the recent opening of Hotel Henry, which now occupies nearly a third of the formally vacant buildings.
For those who are interested in checking this place out, you’ll be pleased to know that the hotel boasts 88 rooms with rates that range from $150 / night to $350.
## Hotel Chelsea – New York City
Iconic is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about Hotel Chelsea in New York City. It has been a favorite of artists for generations, having housed the likes of Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Jimi Hendrix and Andy Warhol, to name a few. However, despite the hotel’s artistic allure, many believe that it is haunted by several artists who have died within its walls. The writer / poet Dylan Thomas, for example, died in room 206 back in 1953. To this day, it is said that his spirit roams the halls.
But perhaps the most infamous story that gives way to the haunted label the Hotel Chelsea carries to this day is rooted in the story of [Sid Vicisous and his long-time girlfriend, Nancy Spungen](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_Vicious#Nancy_Spungen.27s_death_and_murder_charge). Both iconic rockers in their own right, Sid and Nancy spiraled deep into drug abuse punctuated by domestic violence. And on October 12, 1978, Spungen’s body was found under the sink in room 100 inside of the Chelsea Hotel with a fatal stab wound to her abdomen. And while many believed Vicisous was the one who killed Spungen, he was never charged with her murder and died of a drug overdose in February of 1979.
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## The Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, Colorado
Thanks to Stephen King and his famed novel-turned-move, The Shinning, The Stanley Hotel just might be the most well recognized haunted hotel in the world. However, it is interesting to note that The Stanley Hotel never held paranormal fame prior to the 1970’s as its 108-year history has been rather uneventful. Call it psychology or call it coincidence, but ever since Stephen King published The Shinning in 1977, an explosion of paranormal activity has supposedly been recorded and studied. And just this past week, the above photo was taken by John Mausling inside The Stanley hotel, and it appears to have capture a ghost-like silhouette standing at the top of a staircase. Spooky!
## Bourbon Orleans Hotel – New Orleans
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You didn’t think we’d make it through this list without visiting New Orleans, did you? The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is one of the scariest in the South, and for good reason. What was once a convent, orphanage, ballroom and theater over the years was converted into a hotel in the 1960s.
For decades, scores of people have reported paranormal sightings that include a wandering confederate soldier, a popular dancer from the building’s old theater days, and handfuls of children and women that used to live in convent and orphanage. And while some folks come for the paranormal activity, most come to enjoy a swanky boutique hotel that’s located in the heart of one of America’s great cities.
## Battery Carriage House – Charleston, South Carolina
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For every guest that shies away from a haunted hotel, there are ten more who are dying to experience one. This fact makes haunted hotels extremely marketable to many, and some, like the Betty Carriage House in Charleston, South Carolina, do a very good job of selling the experience. For example, the inn’s [website](http://www.batterycarriagehouse.com/ghost-sightings.htm) tells stories about its haunted occupants, letting guest know exactly which rooms to stay in for your best chance at witnessing a ghost!