The 9 most haunted hotels in the world

By Brandon Schultz
October 23, 2018, 11:13:30 AM EDT

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(Photo:Felipe Restrepo Acosta [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons)

From murderers and crooked politicians to runaways and rejected lovers, the rich and the poor alike have often found themselves in that same bastion of intrigue during unsettling situations throughout history: the hotel. Not all scandals lead to death, and not all deaths lead to hauntings, but hotels across the globe report more than their fair share of afterlife activity, making them a hotspot for enthusiastic ghost hunters. No matter where you find yourself in the world, we have you covered with the most haunted hotels in some of the world’s creepiest capitals.

1. The Hay-Adams
WHERE: Washington DC, USA

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(Photo: Hay-Adams)

Though this luxury hotel has hosted historical celebrities like Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, there’s a lesser-known name commanding much more attention every December. October may be a spookier month in most minds, but December is when Clover Adams, wife of the property’s original owner, tends to haunt two floors of The Hay-Adams. That’s when she committed suicide by ingesting chemicals used in her photography (unless you believe those who say her husband had a mistress, and Clover was murdered). Either way, Clover continues to engage in typical ghost behavior like opening doors, turning things on and off, and occasionally crying out, but some housekeepers have reported receiving phantom hugs while cleaning Clover’s favorite floors. If you’re looking for a friendly ghost friend of your own, Clover may be the spirit for you.

2. Gran Hotel Bolivar
WHERE: Lima, Peru

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(Photo:Francisco Anzola (KFC) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Not far from the Government Palace in downtown Lima, Gran Hotel Bolivar was built for visiting dignitaries and has played host to countless celebrities since its opening in 1924. Mick Jagger was once evicted for bad behavior, but the hotel seems to have had a harder time evicting its most notorious guests (the dead ones). Victims of murder and suicide both are said to haunt the hotel, a bellhop is sometimes seen disappearing in front of guests’ eyes, and two floors of this hotel have been closed for years. The hotel blames financial issues for the closures, but others are sure it’s because they’re just too haunted for use.

3. Castello della Castelluccia
WHERE: Rome, Italy

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(Photo:Castello della Catelluccia)

This castleis actually just outside Italy’s capital city of Rome, but it’s close enough (and haunted enough) that it deserves a spot on the list. The ghostly residents of this 14th-century castle-turned-hotel aren’t your typical undead pranksters with run-of-the-mill tales of suicide or murder. One was struck by lightning in the castle’s tower, a handful are actually horsesthat died far from home after being traded to repay gambling debts and have only returned after death, and the most curious is Rome’s infamous Emperor Nero, who is buried not far from the castle and apparently prefers a warm bed to his cold grave.

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