It doesn’t have to be Halloween in California to get your spook on. The place most known for movie stars, huge mansions, and the worst rush hour traffic ever is also known for it’s haunted locations. Whether it is legend or truly paranormal activity that haunts these hotels, we may never know.
Chateau Marmont In West Hollywood
It really shouldn’t be a big surprise that this West Hollywood hotel is haunted. Mega superstars stay there and Jim Belushi actually died there from an overdose. Supernatural occurrences include faucets turning on and off, closed windows opening, and there is even a rumor of a ghost that will get in bed with you! The Chateau Marmont has a history of bad deeds. In the 30’s, when stars were held to a much higher moral standard, the hotel served as a place to do just about anything in privacy without getting caught.
But the biggest story to come out of the Chateau Marmont was John Bulishi’s speedball overdose in Bungalow 3. Guests who have stayed in the Bungalow often speak of supernatural events including one family who heard their son laughing in a room all alone. When asked what he was laughing at, he pointed to Jim’s picture and said “That man, he is funny.” Are the stories true? I guess the only way to find out is to stay there and see!
The Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles
This famous hotel has been the home of the Academy Awards since 1929. It has definitely seen it’s share of famous guests and hauntings. It has been said that sometimes if you look a certain way you can see Marilyn Monroe’s face in the hotel lobby mirror. This is the same mirror that was in the starlet’s room when she stayed there. If you stay in Room 228 you may hear Montgomery Clift practice his trumpet at night. But maybe the most unsettling is the 5 year old unknown girl that roams around looking for her mother.
Hotel Del Coronado
The spookiest thing about this hotel is the fact that paranormal activity started in 1892 when a young girl checked in and then committed suicide. Kate Morgan checked in on Thanksgiving day and told workers that a man would be joining her. She waited 5 days for his arrival only to end up taking her own life when he didn’t show. She had nothing identifying her so police did not even know if Kate Morgan was her real name. They called upon local newspapers to circulate her pictures in hopes of finding out her real identity. After newspapers started printing her pictures, police found out that she was in fact truly Kate Morgan, a domestic employed with a wealthy Los Angeles household. Come to find out, Kate was estranged from her husband and the man she was actually meeting was her lover.
But, witnesses confirmed that the lover was actually with her on the train and that they had quarreled. He left the train at the next stop, abandoning her. She stayed on route to the hotel and it was speculated that she hoped he would continue onto their rendezvous point after he cooled off. Unfortunately, he did not and hotel employees told police that she had went to San Diego to buy a gun. The coroner quickly concluded she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Shortly after her death, guests would complain of room temperatures dropping quickly, items being moved in the rooms, and flickering light.
The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside
No one really knows why the Mission Inn is haunted. There are no “horror stories” connected with hotel, and reportedly no one has died in the hotel, even though some people say the first owner did in fact die in his room. Some say the Inn is haunted because of it’s spooky structure, others say that when the first owner’s son took over and redecorated he brought in artifacts that were haunted. We may never know why it is haunted. People have complained about cold spots, apparitions, and other paranormal activity. The most noted is from a couple staying there for their honeymoon. Shortly after midnight they approached the front desk and checked out. When asked why, the newlyweds said that they were pushed down the spiral staircase by an unseen force.
Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast in Ventura
To hear people tell it, every room in this B&B is haunted. There has been complaints of appirations, cold spots, and even a ghostly foot massager. How weird is that? But maybe the saddest is the haunting done by a woman that fell from the choir loft when the B&B was a church. According to legend, she was singing and cleaning the loft when she lost her footing and fell. Guests that stay in that room have said they have heard her singing in low, mournful tones.
Are you a believer? Will you stay at one of the well-known haunted hotels?
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