Happy Halloween, but when it comes to haunted hotels, you can get scared all year long at these hotels around the world.
1. Ballygally Castle in Ballygally, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Built in 1625, not much has changed about this castle hotel since its original construction. It’s known for the ghost of Lady Isobel Shaw, who fell to her death while trying to escape from her husband. The small hotel even has its own “ghost room,” which is located in one of the turrets of the castle. No visitors are allowed to spend the night there.
2 . Grand Hyatt Taipei in Taiwan
As the story goes, this hotel was allegedly built on the remnants of a Japanese prisoner camp post-WWII. Feng-Shui designers had to be brought in to help with the spiritual presence of the hotel. Amulets and Buddhist scrolls were placed around the hotel to hinder any paranormal presence. And there’s one famous rumor here! Actor Jackie Chan supposedly fled his room in this hotel, because he said he saw a spirit.
3. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada
Part of the Banff National Park and a UNESCO world heritage site, this hotel opened in 1888. The president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, William Cornelius Van Horne, chose this site for it in the Rocky Mountains. And after you see the scenic views, there’s one particular ghost to see. His name is “Sam the Bellman,” who was a former bellhop from the 1970s. Rumor has it that Sam never left the hotel.
4. Airth Castle in Falkirk, Scotland
Dating all the way back to the 1200s, this ancient castle is home to a 12th century graveyard and an abandoned ancient church. Some say that Airth Castle has more ghosts than guests. The now spa and resort is apparently home to a variety of paranormal activities. Guests have reported hearing screams and cries, which are said to be coming from a ghost maid.
5. Hotel Dragsholm Slot in Horve, Denmark
An incredibly historical hotel that was built in the 12th century, it has alleged ghosts that are equally as historical. In the 1500s, it was used as a prison for nobles and political prisoners, and this lasted for over 100 years. Most of the alleged ghost sightings are ghosts of these former prisoners.
By Peter Hartsock for PeterGreenberg.com