October 28, 2013
November 4, 2013

I am always listening for one of our travel consultants to say, “Well, that’s a first!” or “I have never been asked that question before,” because those remarks invariably lead to an interesting discussion in the ranks.  When Rochelle recently ended a phone conversation with a client regarding hotel choices in Scotland and exclaimed, “Well, that’s a first!” I perked up as she elaborated. “I sent my client a choice of three hotels in Scotland and she told me that two of the hotels are haunted and would I please send her two more hotels choices that are not haunted.”

Now I am the type of person who would choose a hotel precisely because of its spectral guests, so in honor of Halloween, I thought it would be fun to provide a list of the Top Ten Haunted Hotels that some famous ghouls and goblins call home.  Whatever your persuasion, whether running from or rushing to, be you a Ghost Buster or a card-carrying member of the Day of the Dead Fan Club, you should find the following list of poltergeist-populated hotels worthy of attention:

Langham Hotel, London, England

The Russell Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, California

Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada

Ballygally Castle Hotel, Larne, Northern Ireland

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, California

Hotel El Convento, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hotel Burchianti, Florence, Italy

Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan

Through my research for this blog, I discovered that at the Omni La Mansion Del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, in the very ballroom where my wedding reception was held, there has been a mischievous spook who likes to pull chairs out from under guests.

To think, for all these years, I thought that one of my bridesmaids was just a little tipsy when she fell off her chair. –  Claire, October 22, 2013