There are haunted places all over the United States and a few hotels are also known to have spirits hang around a long time after they have left this earth. California hotels are no different! There are haunted hotels in California up and down the coast.
One of the most recognizable haunted hotels is in Berkeley, California. The Claremont Hotel opened up in 1915 on the grounds of an old castle-like home that burned down in 1901. Still to this day guests say they can smell fire smoke in their rooms even if they are staying in any number of the smoke-free rooms. The fourth floor is where most of this hotel’s ghost legend originates. A six-year old girl died there either in the fire or shortly thereafter and has taken up residence in her favorite place, Room 422. Guests have witnessed TVs turning on, lights flickering, and even the sound of a child’s laughter. There is a second ghost that belongs to an older woman and she can be seen walking down the hallways of the fourth floor in vintage garb. Neither ghost has a mean streak but they do enjoy opening up the drawers and seeing what you brought when you are taking a shower! Nosy ghosts!
Hotel del Coronado in San Diego (which I visited this past April) has been haunted by Kate Morgan for some time. She was found dead in 1892 to a gunshot wound to the head. Rumor has it she committed suicide with a gun she bought five days before, but there is a separate story that the bullet in her head did that match that from her gun. No matter how she died, she can still be seen all over the Coronado. She is often seen in her old room 302 which has been renumbered to 3312. Kate Morgan has had a few books written about her colorful life and death. This hotel is one where ghost hunters come to regularly to catch a sighting of Kate.
If you want to wake up in the middle of the night to a ghost, head over to the Ione Hotel in Ione, CA. Room #13 has been reported to be haunted by George, crazily as it seems, a drunken ghost. He has removed the covers from female ghosts and says – You can’t stay here. He has also supposedly poured water pitchers over male guest’s heads. I might steer clear of this room!
Would you ever spend a night in a hotel that you knew was haunted?