If The Shining taught us one thing, it’s that Big Wheels are creepy. If it taught us two things,
it’s that there’s something spooky about creaky old hotels. So just in time for Halloween, here are five
of the country’s most notorious haunted hotel rooms. If you hear anything, we’re sure it’s just the
Room 217 at the Stanley Hotel
Creepy: This is where Stephen King got the idea for The Shining, so expect creepy
bears, elevators gushing blood and... outstanding service. If a stroll through the hotel’s haunted
ballrooms doesn’t provide inspiration, try the TV channel that plays The Shining on a continuous
loop. To be clear: it’s not a documentary. Less Creepy: The hot stone massage in The Parlour Spa.
Room 525 at the Driskill Hotel
Creepy: Thanks to the “suicide brides” urban legend—two women allegedly committed
suicide in the same bathroom 20 years apart to the day—the room had been closed and bricked up for years.
But now, it’s open for Halloween season—you know, if you’re feeling romantic. Less Creepy: The succulent rib eye from the hotel’s Driskill Grill.
The Morse Room at the Lizzie Borden
Creepy: This is your typical New England B&B. Well, other than being the site of the
most infamous hatchet murders in American history. In the Morse room, you’ll sleep on the very bed where
one of the bodies was found. We’ll assume the sheets have since been changed. Less Creepy: Free wi-fi.
The 14th Floor of the Hotel Monteleone
Creepy: According to legend, the spirit of a lost child haunts the 14th floor (actually the
13th). Locked doors open on their own. Elevators stop at nonexistent floors. Mints mysteriously show up on
pillows. Okay, that’s probably housekeeping. Less Creepy: A perfectly delightful lukewarm rooftop pool with haunting
views of the New Orleans skyline.
Suite 229 at the Hollywood Roosevelt
Creepy: Half the hotels in Los Angeles claim to be haunted by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe,
but this is the only one with a view of the Tropicana Bar and Pool. Bonus: the spirit of Monty Clift is
known to hold court around Room 928. And nothing is scarier than undead method actors... Less Creepy: Martinis with reanimated cougars at Teddy’s.