Oyster.com’s favorite hotels have more than quaint rooms, delicious restaurants and friendly staff, but they are also home to resident ghosts. Fortunately, most of these shady characters are reportedly nice. If you dare, continue reading to find out more about the spooky spirits that sill lurk the rooms and halls of a few hotels in Northeast US.
Originally built in 1772, the Jailhouse Inn occupies what used to be the old Newport County Jail. In keeping with the jail theme, the inn features interesting little artifacts and details throughout, such as iron bars over the lobby front desk, framed articles about famous criminals and signs directing guests to “solitary” and various “cell blocks.” Stories abound of ghosts visiting the Jailhouse, so if you keep your eyes open perhaps you’ll see one, too -- especially if you stay on the 3rd floor. Guests have felt cool gusts of wind when it’s hot outside and no windows are open, and others have heard whispering voices that can’t be explained -- all evidence of paranormal activity.
A 181-room Midtown West landmark where The New Yorker magazine was founded, the Algonquin uses old-world style, tuxedo-clad waiters and an in-house cat to attract quiet couples, business travelers, and the occasional Nobel laureate these days. But back in the day, it hosted members of the infamous Round Table, the 1920s’ literary group with members such as Dorothy Parker and Alexander Woollcot. Numerous guests and staffers have reported seeing Round Table members roaming the dining room and lobby. A psychic medium recently confirmed the presence of spirits in the hotel. Even one of our readers wrote in to report that she heard moving furniture late at night, among other abnormal activities.
The Kennebunk Inn is ideal for travelers who enjoy the quirks of a historic property -- antique-type furnishings, creaky wood floors and low ceilings, along with an alleged resident ghost. Silas Perkins, an employee at the hotel in the early 1900s, reportedly still roams the inn, making his presence known by throwing wine glasses and other household ware. So stay alert!
You can’t walk 2 feet without stumbling over some historic artifact or the site of a ghostly encounter at the Parker. With gentle prodding, concierge Seamus Murphy -- who’s worked for the hotel for over 30 years -- will regale guests with tales of the ghost of a 19th-century whiskey salesman who lives in the closet of room 303 and plants booze-soaked kisses on slumbering female guests.
The Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa has 40 rooms and suites spread out in 6 different buildings. Like many inns on the Cape, the main building was originally built as a sea captain’s house. Ghost Adventures fans take note, legend has it that the old captain roams the halls of his former home. The hotel even claims to have caught him on their surveillance camera wandering around in the kitchen, but they promise that he’s a friendly chap.