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12 Haunted Hotels Where Your Dreams Will Be Spooky -- Not Sweet (PHOTOS)

hotel monteleoneWhen it comes to choosing a hotel, some look for a room with a view. Some look for luxury amenities like an on-site spa or five-star restaurant. Others, however, look for things that go bump in the night -- and we're not talking about room service knocking at the door! No, we're talking about the kind of poltergeist-populated lodgings frequently featured in horror movies and TV shows -- and it turns out there are plenty to choose from.

Indeed, there's no shortage of haunted hotels in America. And while none of them sound quite as eerie as American Horror Story's "Hotel Cortez" (thankfully!), a night at one these places is still sure to send chills down your spine (or worse). Make reservations at your own risk!

 

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1The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

Once upon a time, a man called Stephen King and his wife were forced to stay at The Stanley Hotel when a road closed due to bad weather. The experiences King had at the hotel, which opened in 1909, inspired him to write -- yup, you guessed it -- The Shining. Yikes! Guests have reported seeing the ghosts of children; King said he saw one of them calling for his nanny on the second floor. Unsurprisingly, a project is currently under way to make the hotel the home of the world's first horror-themed museum.

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2Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Known for its famous Carousel Bar, this French Quarter institution is also known for being home to the ghosts of a little boy who likes to play hide-and-seek with other spirits, a clock maker, and a chorus of jazz singers -- just to name a few!

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4The Marshall House, Savannah, Georgia

Chosen as a contender by USA Today for one of America's "Best Haunted Hotels," the Marshall House was used as a hospital three times -- twice for yellow fever epidemics during the 19th century and once during the Civil War. As such, its rooms are said to be filled with spirits, including children who run down the halls at night. 

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5Copper Queen Hotel, Bisbee, Arizona

The Copper Queen has one female spirit so notorious that they've actually named a room after her: The Julia Lowell Room. A prostitute in her 30s who entertained clients at the hotel, Lowell killed herself at the Queen when a suitor rejected her. Now, she reportedly whispers in the ears of guests and dances on the stairs. 

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6Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

 

Located adjacent to the Alamo and in business since 1859, the Menger Hotel is said to attract one very famous specter: President Teddy Roosevelt, who often recruited cowboys for the Rough Riders at the hotel bar (where some still see him drinking to this day). Spirits said to share the hotel with Teddy are a maid from the 1800s and founder of King's Ranch Captain Richard King. 

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7The Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas

While ghostly sightings have been reported almost everywhere in the Driskill Hotel, one room in particular is said to be particularly haunted: Two women on their honeymoons -- 20 years apart -- both took their lives in the bathroom of Room 525. Not surprisingly, lots of unexplained leaks, visions, and other occurrences have been reported since!

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8Bullock Hotel, Deadwood, South Dakota

Sheriff Seth Bullock managed to turn the Wild West town of Deadwood into a civilized place (temporarily); he also built the Bullock Hotel -- and, if reports are to be believed, he still lives there. He's been seen walking the halls and been heard calling the names of guests; he even allegedly helped a lost little boy to find his room!

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10Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, Massachusetts

Named for Salem author Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Hawthorne Hotel was built on Bridget Bishop's apple orchard, where Bishop was hung for witchcraft in 1692. Now, guests sometimes report sightings of a female ghost and the scent of baked apples (when no apples are baking!).

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11Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, Fall River, Massachusetts

One would expect the site where alleged ax murderer Lizzie Borden is said to have murdered her parents to be a creepy place, and it apparently is: The spirits of Abby and Andrew Borden are said to both linger there, and even Lizzie herself is said to roam the halls. Yikes!

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12Chelsea Hotel, NYC

Considered one of the top 10 most haunted hotels in the world, the Chelsea gained notoriety for hosting some of the most notable artists, writers, and musicians in history, from Bob Dylan to Jack Kerouac to Janis Joplin. Unfortunately, some of those luminaries died there: Dylan Thomas died of alcohol poisoning there in 1953; Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of the Sex Pistols's Sid Vicious, was stabbed to death there in 1978. Many have reported sightings of these spirits and more; Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones even wrote a novel inspired by the hotel's creepy qualities called Chelsea Horror Hotel.

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