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posted on October 27th, 2016

The spookiest sojourns

From glamour to ghouls, haunted hotels are a staple of the Halloween season. Since the Bates Motel may not top your getaway list, we’ve scouted some classier hotels with a side of spooky.

The Marshall House, Georgia

Dating back to 1851, The Marshall House played host to Civil War Union soldiers, and people say their spirits still stroll there. As the oldest hotel in Savannah, decades of secrets have been unearthed at Marshall House, including human remains found under the floorboards from the three times it served as a hospital.

Stanley Hotel, Colorado

As the real-life hotel that inspired Stephen King’s The Shining, creepy runs deep at the Stanley Hotel. It’s believed that F.O. Stanley and his wife Flora are the most prominent ghosts, making the piano play in the Music Room among other hijinks. Book a stay in one of the haunted rooms (King stayed in 217) and take a ghost tour for the full experience.

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Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario

Commissioned by the business tycoon Charles Melville Hays, the decadent Chateau Laurier is a study in grandeur. Hays tragically died aboard the Titanic just days before the hotel’s opening, and his spirit, unwilling to let go, is said to haunt the property still.

The Myrtles Plantation, Louisiana

Nestled in Louisiana’s Voodoo land, The Myrtles Plantation is the epitome of Southern charm — with a twist. Beyond the wraparound front porch are the rumors of 12 ghosts haunting the property, including a former slave named Chloe who roams the halls in a green turban.

La Fonda, New Mexico

The Old West is rife with shoot-em-out stories just begging to turn into ghost tales. It’s said that court was held in the original La Fonda adobe hotel, and guilty parties hanged in the lobby. Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court, the Honorable John P. Slough was shot to death in 1867, and past guests say his spirit lives on in the hotel.

The Equinox, Vermont

For history buffs with a flair for the paranormal, it doesn’t get much better than The Equinox. Dating back to the 18th century, Mary Todd Lincoln was visiting the resort at the time of Abe’s assassination, and it’s said that she still haunts its hallways.

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta

The regal Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel has all the makings of a classically haunted hotel. Room 873 houses the ghosts of a family murdered there, a bride who fell falling down the marble staircase has never left, and a former bellhop who didn’t want to leave continues to offer his service. Spooked yet?

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The Queen Mary, California

For a new spin on haunted, take to the seas. The Queen Mary began as a luxury ocean liner, then transitioned to military service in World War II, and has been host to at least 49 reported deaths in the last 60 years. The engine room in particular is known for paranormal sightings — book a room or just a tour and see which spirits reveal themselves.

Virginia is equally enamored with words and globetrotting. Whenever possible, she likes to combine the two through travel writing to help other wanderers discover and fall in love with the world.