It’s that time of year again, the clocks have gone back, there’s a chill in the air and ghoulish creatures begin to roam the streets in search of their latest sugar-fix. Whether you’re staying home or heading abroad this Halloween, we’ve prepared a list of our top spooktacular hotels from around the world.
From Whitby to Transylvania and everywhere in between, these ghostly hotels are guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine this Halloween.
Be warned dear readers, continue at your own peril….
The Langham London
The Langham London opened in 1865 and is famed as being the oldest of London’s ‘Grand hotels’. The building, which dates back to 1797, has an intriguing reputation for being haunted, with up to seven ghosts allegedly occupying the hotel.
The most gruesome story involves the spirit of a Doctor, rumoured to have killed himself after murdering his wife on their honeymoon in the hotel. Guests can request the haunted room 333 at their own peril. Why not try their special ‘Box’o’bones’ Halloween cocktail – Rye whiskey and tequila poured over a piece of bone marrow.
Whitby is a traditionally gothic location, home of Whitby Abbey, The Whitby Witches and the makings of Dracula. The now derelict Whitby Abbey dates back to 657 AD and inspired Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula – part of which is set in Whitby. In fact, Broker discovered the name ‘Dracula’ in the town’s public library. Children’s novelist Robin Jarvis’ trilogy The Whitby Witches is also set in this mysterious town.
Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel was built in the 1990s and still retains many period features, such a four-poster beds, open fires and other memorabilia. Guests can enjoy fine wine and dining at the on-site bar and restaurant, and the hotel has four acres of landscaped gardens with a putting green and tennis courts.
The Lovat Loch Ness
Loch Ness, Scotland
The Loch Ness Monster is one of Britain’s most famous phenomena, first brought to the public’s attention in 1922 and still debated to this day, with evidence emerging as recently as 2011. What better place to search for this elusive creature than at The Lovat, located on the Southern tip of the Loch Ness in the small village of Fort Augustus.
This Victorian building dates back to the 1860s but was refurbished in 2007 to offer guests both traditional and modern aspects of Highland life. The rooms are comfortable and the restaurant is renowned for its traditional Scottish cuisine. Boat trips on the 23-mile loch can be arranged in search of Nessie.
The impressive Headland Hotel in Newquay was used extensively in the film adaptation for Roald Dahl’s The Witches. In the film, the hotel unknowingly plays host to the yearly gathering of England’s witches, led by the terrifying Grand High Witch they plot to destroy England’s children. Luke Evehim and his grandmother Helga plot to stop the witches by turning them into mice.
Today, the luxury Headland Hotel offers beautiful views of the Cornish coast. Home to Cornwall’s only ‘five bubble’-rated spa, the beautifully-furnished four-star hotel combines elegance with indulgence – just don’t expect to find any mice.
This four-storey hotel contains a total of 127 guest rooms, full spa facilities and exciting activities such as bowling and cookery classes. A range of restaurants are available on-site, from an American Diner to a restaurant with buffet. The hotel also offers magnificent views over the mountains of nearby winter ski destination Geilo.
However, behind the cheerful façade lies a mystifying story. In 1926, a young woman on her honeymoon found her husband in bed with another woman. After disappearing for three days, she was found hanged in the attic. Her ghost can allegedly be found in room 320.
Villa Saint Antoine
Castles are steeped in history and controversy: Château de Tiffauges, adjacent to Villa Saint Antoine, is no exception. Tiffauges is a medieval castle dating back to the 12th Century, renowned for housing notorious serial killer Gilles de Rais. This sinister character not only summoned demons in the castle, but murdered an estimated 100 children.
He was hung for his crimes in 1440 and is the inspiration behind French literary folktale Bluebeard – in fact, the castle is often referred to as Bluebeard’s Castle. The hotel itself boasts 43 rooms designed in a contemporary style, with special castle-view suites available. There is a pool, restaurant and spa facilities for ultimate comfort and relaxation.
Relais Castello Bevilacqua
Located in the heart of the beautiful Verona region in Italy, this authentic fourteenth century castle is rooted in history and tradition. Legend has it the castle has been haunted by former ruler Guglielmo Bevilacqua since a fire in 1884. Today, the castle houses Relais Castello Bevilacqua – a romantic and luxurious four-star hotel.
The hotel has retained its medieval charm with antique furniture, historical paintings and opulent chandeliers. Guests can enjoy four-poster beds and double whirlpool baths in the Junior Suites, whilst sampling traditional Venetian recipes in the elegant restaurant.
Don’t miss your chance to meet Marilyn Monroe, the starlet who captured America’s hearts and became a Hollywood icon after her death in 1962 at The Roosevelt. Marilyn Monroe spent so much time at this posh hotel, that she fitted a full-length mirror in her favourite suite. Today, guests have reported seeing Monroe’s ghost applying lipstick and fixing her hair in the mirror’s reflection.
Other celebrities like four-time Oscar nominee Montgomery Clift and ultra-glam actress Carole Lombard have also made spooky appearances at The Roosevelt.
Have you seen The Shining? If so, you might recognise The Stanley in Estes Park, Colorado. Stephen King was inspired to write the horror novel after staying in the hotel. The Stanley first opened in 1909, and is famed as one of America’s most haunted hotels. Guests have repeatedly reported apparitions and missing items and the hotel has been investigated for paranormal activity by TV programme Most Haunted.
The hotel itself offers resort-like amenities and outstanding panoramic views of the Rocky Mountain Range. This Halloween, try their pumpkin-spiced whisky or check out the ghost tours, Murder Mystery Dinner or The Shining Halloween Ball. Guests can turn their television to channel 42 to watch a continuous loop of the uncut version of Stanley Kubrick’s film.
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