Travel Picks: Top 10 haunted hotels

Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:01am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Even ghouls and goblins need a home and staying at a haunted hotel can turn a Halloween holiday into a whole load of spooky fun. In the spirit of the season, online travel adviser ( offers its top 10 spooky hotels. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Langham Hotel in London

Situated in London's classy West End district, this grand five star hotel has been home to many famous guests in real-life, including George Orwell, Mark Twain and Charles de Gaulle. However, the hotel's most intriguing have been its supernatural inhabitants, who were reportedly first sighted by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalists after World War II. Reporters claim to have seen the ghost of Emperor Napoleon III, and a German prince who died by jumping out of a fourth-floor window. The hotel's room 333 is said to be the room where many of the ghosts like to congregate.

2. The Russell Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Tucked away in The Rocks next to Circular Quay in Sydney, this historic hotel is said to house the ghost of an ancient sailor from the colonial era. Guests staying in room 8 have reported sightings of the seaman watching them sleep and wandering the corridors, before vanishing into thin-air.

3. Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, U.S.

Occupying 28 acres of the Pacific coastline in San Diego, California, this luxury resort is also the subject of a long-standing murder mystery. Ever since the body of guest Kate Morgan was found on the hotel steps in 1892, guests have complained of strange noises and smoky apparitions. Her now-infamous room is commonly avoided by superstitious visitors.

4. Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff Springs, Alberta Canada.

At this picturesque property in the Rocky Mountains, the resident ghost is reportedly a former employee of the hotel. A bellhop who died after announcing his retirement in 1967, Sam Macauley has lived on in the eyes of some guests and staff members, who claim to have seen visions of the man in full uniform, helping out guests just as if he had never left! A young bride, who died in the hotel on her wedding day, has also been seen within the hotel grounds.   Continued...