Three weeks to go till the scariest night of the year. Halloween, on 31st October 2019 will fall on a Thursday this year and this got us to thinking about where our clients could go to for a long weekend that included a "frightfully" good hotel offer.
These allegedly possessed properties have a few extra guests staying with them, and on a more permanent basis. Regardless, they are open for business and offering some great incentives to come and hunt out the haunting's.
We've looked far and wide to bring you the top 10 most haunted hotels in the land.
1. Adelphi Hotel & Spa -
Ranelagh Street, Liverpool, L3 6UL, England
Dubbed as the UK's most haunted hotel, the Adelphi Hotel has been commented on by guests and visitors keen to share their paranormal experiences.
One paranormal investigator and author Tom Sleman even claims that he once saw three ghostly figures whilst giving a speech in the properties Sefton Suite. The importance of this room is key to the story as the suite is an exact replica of the Titanic's first-class smoking lounge. It was reported that during a speech that Tom was giving, 3 men standing at the back of the room dressed in naval white caps and dark braided jackets were spotted. Staff reported that the sightings had been seen before and that it was believed to be the ghosts of Captain Edward Smith of the Titanic and two of his officers.
A Grey Lady in the basement and also a spirit in the Crosby Room have all been seen, heard and felt!
2. Langham Hotel London -
1C Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA, England
The Langham has a long and well documented history and with this we are able to see the records of those that passed over whilst staying as guests and now cannot check-out.
A German Prince lets his presence be known by a sudden change in temperature. It is said that he threw himself out of one of the upper floor windows and he remains at the property to this day walking the corridors and passing through doors.
But, the German Prince is only 1 of 5 resident spirits seen at the property. Another of the spirits was reported by a BBC newscaster to have manifested in room 333 as a ball of light that hovered above the floor and slowly formed into a human shape.
3. The Mermaid Inn -
Mermaid Street, Rye, TN31 7EY, England
One of the few hotels in this list that owns it's haunting, down to the creaking floorboards and 600 years of paranormal history as listed on their website.
The activity at this property extends to bottles being shattered and rocking chairs moving on their own as well as a myriad of other Mermaid Inn happenings throughout it's time, but who are these ghostly guests?
Between 1730 and 1740 it is documented that the Hawkhurst Gang (and their mistresses) used this Inn as a strong hold for their smuggling band, and despite having moved on to other ventures, 5 of the gang have never left!
4. Castle Stuart -
Balnaglack Farmhouse, Inverness, IV2 7JL, Scotland
As far as the stories behind what makes the properties and hotels on this list so good, the tale that is behind Castle Stuart is one of our favorites...
Once upon a time, the hotel was home to James Stewart, the Earl of Moray. At the time it was rumored that the castle was haunted but it wasn't known for sure. As a way to disprove the rumors, James Stewart invited anyone to stay in the castle overnight for a reward. It was a local minister that took up the challenge and upon his stay he took up the top room in the east tower. The following morning the minister was found dead in the castles courtyard and the expression on his face was that of dread!
5. Black Swan Hotel -
23 Peasholme Green, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7PR, England
"Teaming with spirits" is a phrase that has been used when describing this hotel. Many guests have seen and heard the spooky residents of this property but three in particular caught our attention.
The first is that of a workman that is said to fuss and fidget as though he is waiting for someone. Another is a lady in a long white gown that stands by the bar in the back room staring into the fireplace and lastly, a shocking sight indeed. A pair of legs that strut around the scene without any sign of a body.
6. Ruthin Castle Hotel & Spa -
Castle Street, Ruthin, LL15 2NU, Wales
The spirit resident at Ruthin Castle is that of a cold-blooded killer - ruthless in her time but chic and possibly even photogenic!
Dressed from top to toe in grey, the "Grey Lady" was the wife of the castles second in command, back when it was a fortress for Edward I armies. When she found out that her husband was having an affair, she solved the problem by introducing him to a freshly sharpened axe!
Now it is reported that she continues to roam the corridors and even appears in some guests photographs.
7. The Skirrid Inn -
Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny Monmouthshire, NP7 8DH, Wales
In operation since 1110 this free house is now the haunted home to "The Hanging Judge", Judge Jeffreys. Ordering many to be executed, Judge Jeffreys took up place when the building was a courthouse and hasn't left since.
Guests here have heard dresses rustling, seen glasses flying off shelves and felt a strangling force around their necks during stays.
8. Craig-Y-Nos -
Brecon Road, Pen-y-cae, Swansea SA9 1GL, Wales
Having carved quite the reputation for itself in the paranormal world, Craig-Y-Nos is home to a Victorian Opera singer, Adelina Patti.
Adelina Patti was a former owner and opera singer who was embalmed in the cellar of the castle. Guests have been woken, disturbed and distracted by the sounds of this vocalist warming up his range through the corridors.
In addition the castle was also used as a T.B. Hospital during the early 1900's. This disease took many lives and these spirits have added to the eerie aura that surrounds the property.
9. Baskerville Hall -
Clyro Court, Clyro, Hay on Wye, Hereford HR3 5LE, Wales
Built in 1839 and loved by the famous author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Baskerville Hall is the image of the inspiration behind the book "Hound of the Baskervilles".
The White Lady is often seen in the Rose Gardens and an unknown man is said to regularly appear on the main staircase. In addition guests and staff have both reported hearing banging noises and footsteps along the corridors at night!
10. Renvyle House Hotel -
Renvyle, Connemara, Co. Galway, H91 X8Y8, Ireland
Even after the destruction of the hotel, the ghosts refused to leave!
First opened in 1883 as a country hotel, the property has since, seen a number of paranormal activities. One spirit that has made it's self seen on a number of occasions is a red headed boy who is believed to have been the son of the Blake family who once owned the site. Another is that of a man who appears in mirrors when ladies are fixing their makeup.
Since it was first built, the hotel has been pulled down, rebuilt, burned down and rebuilt again, but the one thing that has stayed throughout is the spirit residents.
For more information on any of the above properties or for a quote on a bespoke Halloween Holiday, contact Moethus Travel by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.