Spend a Night in the World’s 4 Creepiest Hotels
The world offers no shortage of themed lodging: airplane hotels, prison hotels, and alleged haunted hotels. Regardless of whether you believe in ghosts, spirits, and the like, these four hotels are among the creepiest in the world.
Omni Parker House (Boston)
As one of the most historic cities in the U.S., it’s no surprise that Boston is home to some of the country’s oldest and creepiest hotels. The city’s Omni Parker House opened its doors in the mid-19th century and the owner died thirty years later. Since then, many guests have reported seeing him in their rooms inquiring about their stay. A businessman also died in room 303 and visitors report laughter and the distinct smell of stale liquor during their stay in the room. Stephen King’s short-story-turned-film (starring John Cusack) was loosely based on the dead man’s story.
The Langham (London)
London’s first grand luxury hotel, The Langham, has provided lodging for celebrities, heads of state, and visiting dignitaries since 1865. According to numerous reports throughout the past 150 years, it’s also home to a number of spirits. Emperor Napoleon III lived out his final days in exile at the property and is said to haunt the basement. Other sightings include those of a German prince and a doctor who “celebrated” his honeymoon by killing his wife and himself. Visitors seeking the creepiest experience should request room 333 which is reputed to be the most haunted.
Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast (Fall River, Massachusetts)
The brutal double-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home captivated the nation in 1892. Their daughter, Lizzie, was the only other person in the house at the time and quickly became the primary suspect. She was, however, acquitted the following year and the case remains unsolved to this day. Fast-forward to the present-day and the original home has been converted into a proper bed and breakfast, complete with a gift shop around back and crime scene photo “decorations”. The entire crime scene has been creepily recreated, however, and guests can request a stay in Lizzie’s room which is still reportedly haunted.
Russell Hotel (Sydney, Australia)
As a former convict colony, it’s not surprising that Australia boasts its fair share of haunted properties. Sydney’s Russell Hotel is situated in The Rocks — one of the city’s oldest and, at one time, seediest neighborhoods. Today, the property offers upscale, boutique accommodations but allegedly maintains many elements of its sordid past. Guests in Room Eight report waking to the ghost of a 19th-century sailor staring at them from the foot of their bed. The hotel has begun embracing its unintentional reputation by offering proper tours to explore its haunted history.