By Randee Dawn
Check Out 5 Hotel Rooms Even Scarier than American Horror Story: Hotel
If it’s the fall season, then it’s time for the anthology series American Horror Story to scare the living pants off of its viewers. Over the past five seasons, showrunner Ryan Murphy and company have graced us with creepy houses, weird freak shows, a witches’ coven and an insane asylum. But on October 7, we’ll be checking into a penthouse of terror with American Horror story: Hotel.
This season the show will star several AHS regulars, including Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Emma Roberts (among others), though not staple Jessica Lange. Instead, viewers can be terrified by newcomer Lady Gaga, the owner of the bizarre Hotel Cortez.
But you don’t have to delve into fiction to enjoy a good hotel-based scare. There are plenty of creepy places to stay all around the U.S. So in honor of Scaremaster Murphy and his team, we’ve rounded up a group of likely suspects to help you in booking the fright of your life.
#1 Lizzie Borden’s House
92 Second Street, Fall River, MA
Bring your sharp implements, because Lizzie Borden’s house is open for business! That’s right, you can now stay at the house where Lizzie’s father and stepmother were hacked to death in 1892; in fact, you can rent the whole darn place for $1,500 “for family gatherings, wedding parties, corporate outings, etc.” as the website quaintly puts it. It is possible to stay in Lizzie’s room (she was acquitted of the murders at her trial) but it fills up fast. To get the room you want, it seems, is just “hit or miss,” as a spokesperson told us. Indeed. (Photo: Facebook/Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast)
#2 The Claremont Resort and Spa
41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
The Claremont is one for the books, specifically The Ghost Hunter’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area. In it, Jeff Dwyer highlights the place’s reputation for strangeness and possible psychic sightings; apparently the ghost of former resident Thornburg is often seen wandering around in Victorian outfits. Then there’s the account from former San Antonio Spurs basketball player Jeff Ayres who in 2014 heard a child’s voice in the room – then found his room key wouldn’t work. “I really heard voices and a baby in the room, and there wasn’t anybody in there,” he told SFGate. “It was crazy.” (Photo: Flickr/Doug Letterman)
#3 Hotel Congress
311 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ
The Congress has much to offer it, both in potential spookiness and verified history: Bank robber John Dillinger was arrested there in 1934. But as with many long-lived hotels, there are stories of those who died there, both naturally, by disease and by suicide. Room 242 has a particular rumored history of being otherwise occupied, and “spirit employees” are also said to be still on the job. (Photo: Flickr/Julie Jordan Scott)
#4 Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal St., New Orleans, LA
Many hotels don’t want to own up to their own potential haunted-ness, but the Monteleone gets into the true Nawlins spirit (as it were) by devoting a whole section of its website to the ghostly happenings. Specifically, the story of Maurice Begere, a child who died of a sudden fever in one of the rooms and occasionally shows up to greet guests on the 14th floor. Of course, if the Monteleone is booked up, remember that New Orleans is just lousy with potential places to stay that’ll also give you the creeps. (Photo: Flickr/Dan Silvers)
#5 The Stanley Hotel
333 E. Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO
We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out the place that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. The Stanley also embraces its mystical past, like the Monteleone; the hotel’s website notes: “After a century of collecting spirits, the hotel has become renowned by specialists and experts in the field of paranormal investigation as one of the nation’s most active sites.” Once there, you may find former owners Freelan Oscar and Flora Stanley; Flora’s piano can be heard in the middle of the night, and Freelan has sometimes photobombed pictures taken in the billiards room. (Photo: Flickr/Paurian)
Randee Dawn is a contributor for InsureMyTrip and can be found at randeedawn.com and @RandeeDawn on Twitter.