Halloween has come and gone, but as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, our interest in scary movies only continues to increase! That said, you may eventually feel like those scary movies aren’t cutting it anymore. You know when the villain is going to pop out unexpectedly; you know when that ancillary character is going to meet his or her demise; you’re expecting the gross out factor.
If we’re describing you, then you need to take your scare-seeking to another level. How about going on the most spooktacular vacation? What’s watching ghosts on your television compared to actually encountering real-life ghosts? Nothing… That’s what!
Below, we’ve collected a list of the 10 most haunted hotels in the world. We’ll tell you a little bit about what makes each one haunted, and give you an up close look at the kinds of accommodations you can expect. For example, there are several haunted castles on this list, as well as a couple of converted prisons (and one built on top of a former prison).
So, come take a look at the world’s most haunted hotels! (But, before you do, maybe it’s time to hit the restroom? We wouldn’t want you to have an accident…)
1. Karostas Cietums (Liepaja, Latvia)
This is one of two converted prisons on the list. This one used to function as a detention center for the human-rights obsessed KGB.
To stay here, you’ll need to sign a waiver. After doing so, you’ll be taken to your cell and locked in overnight. It’s the real deal, folks.
2. Castello Della Castelluccia (Rome, Italy)
If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a 10th century castle with a spooky history, then this is the hotel for you!
While staying in these luxurious confines, you might encounter the ghost of former Roman emperor Nero or hear the sounds of ghost horses galloping.
3. The Stanley (Estes Park, CO)
“Hey,” you’re saying, “that looks exactly like the hotel from The Shining!” Well, guess what: it is!
To be sure, there’s a touristy element to this “haunted hotel”. But, there’s nothing touristy about the nightly ghost hunts, which can get downright scary!
4. Grand Hyatt Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan)
What on Earth could be scary about a Grand Hyatt? Well, when you build one on top of a World War II prison camp, things get weird.
Ever since this hotel opened, both guests and staff of the hotel have reported encountering the spirits of those who met their maker at the prison camp.
5. Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast (Fall River, MA)
Yep, it’s just like the name says. This is where Lizzie Borden allegedly (most likely) murdered her mother and father over a century ago.
Here, you can wake up in the fateful room (or in the attic where the maid, who some believe committed the crime, lived) and head down for a breakfast of Johnnycakes. Yum.
6. Chillingham Castle (Chillingham, Northumberland)
Situated near a beautiful stretch of beach, this 12th century castle also features a torture chamber that’s perfect for vacation photo ops!
If you find it difficult to get to sleep, you can participate in one of the hotel’s all-night vigils hosted by paranormal investigators attempting to communicate with the dead.
7. Bourbon Orleans Hotel (New Orleans, LA)
New Orleans is home to voodoo and mystery, and this is the hotel you’ll want to stay in if you’ve got a yen for the Creole paranormal.
The hotel itself features beautiful period pieces, as well as a number of different ghosts, from a confederate soldier to a little girl chasing a red ball.
8. The Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)
The Queen Mary is the most haunted cruise ship that’s not currently at the bottom of the ocean.
Of course, it doesn’t head out for cruises anymore. But, if you’re okay dealing with the spirits, you can book an overnight stay on it at its berth in Long Beach.
9. HI-Ottawa Jail (Ottawa, Ontario)
Until the early 1970s, this hotel was a maximum-security jail called the Carleston County Gaol. Now it features a fun bar onsite!
Still, the souls of those who were executed here live on, and hotel patrons report hearing phantom footfalls in the halls. Spooky!
10. Château de Brissac (Brissac, France)
From the road, this 12th century castle looks like the ultimate place to have the luxury French vacation you’ve been dreaming of; but there are secrets…
Guests of the hotel have recalled seeing the hotel’s famed “Green Lady” throughout the years, the wife of the hotel’s former owner who was brutally murdered…