Surprisingly, many consumers say they would never stay at a haunted hotel. Whether it's bizarre ghost sightings, strange sounds (knocking, howling, talking, screaming, etc.), or unexplained lights, the thought of spending the night at a haunted property sends chills down people's backs.
What draws me to haunted hotels in the first place is that they tend to be steeped in history. Hotels classified as haunted tend to be those that have been existence since the 18th-19th centuries, or earlier. In fact, the vast majority of them are listed in The National Register of Historic Places.
The most renowned historic hotel in my area was converted into a hospital during World War II to treat the wounded. Many speculate that the hotel remains haunted to this day by the spirits of those who perished during the war.
I think the history behind historic hotels certainly makes them worth visiting, even if it's only for a few hours. In fact, many of these properties offer guests historic tours they can avail of, often for free or at a discount.
We generally fear the unknown, which is why so many of us are reluctant to book at hotels that are deemed haunted. But I think that a trip to a haunted hotel makes for a great date; I mean, what better excuse for the two of you to stay close together? What's more, it makes the perfect outing for history lovers and lovers of the paranormal alike.
Have you ever been to a historic hotel? If so, what was your experience like? If not, would you consider going in the near future? Why or why not?