Travel Picks: Haunted hotels to keep you awake

Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:04am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Suicide, murder, untimely deaths, all set the grisly stage for macabre stories of hauntings and other ghostly tales drawing visitors to supposedly haunted hotels around the world ahead of Halloween.

Travel Web site has come up with a list of 9 haunted hotels (here) for thrill-seekers who like hearing things go bump in the night.

This list is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California

Kate Morgan's body was found six days after she checked into Room 302 of the Hotel del Coronado to meet her estranged husband on Thanksgiving Day 1892. He reportedly never showed up. Kate's untimely death was ruled a suicide. Room 302 is now known as Room 3312, but Kate's spirit is said to roam the entire hotel.

2. Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, California

The site of the first Academy Awards and the center of Hollywood during its heyday, The Roosevelt Hotel is said to accommodate the ghosts of Marilyn Monroe (Suite 1200) and Montgomery Clift, star of "From Here to Eternity" (Room 928). Marilyn Monroe was a frequent guest there. Her image is said to appear in a mirror now located in the lobby.

3. The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York

The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, New York, is said to harbor the ghost of a boy from the 1950s. The boy would collect lost golf balls and sell them to the pro shop for extra cash. Running after a ball one day, he was fatally struck by a car. Apparently, guests still see the boy on the golf course sometimes.   Continued...