If you’re looking for the most haunted stay stateside, look no farther than the Gettysburg Hotel in Pennsylvania. The Gettysburg is the oldest hotel in Pennsylvania, and it’s just a few steps away from the historic Gettysburg Battlefield, another of the state’s spookiest locales.
The hotel was used as a makeshift hospital during that epic Civil War battle, and the shadows of those who died there during the battle are said to roam the halls. If you are looking to hang out with civil war ghosts, this is the place for you.
Nakagusuku Hotel in Okinawa
The construction of the Nakagusuku Hotel in Okinawa, Japan, still lay in ruins. A wealthy businessman hoped to develop the idyllic hillside neighboring the Nakagusuku Castle with views of the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea.
Buddhist monks from a nearby temple warned the developer about restless souls inhabiting a nearby tomb and that many sacred burials sites lie nearby. After several freak accidents during construction, the builder heeded the monk’s warning. The cursed project was abruptly abandoned, and the 1975 completion date came and went.
Chillingham Castle in Northumberland, England
The Chillingham Castle lays claim to the title of Britain’s most haunted historic castle. The 13th-century military fortress near the seaside boasts many bloody historic battles as well as fine gardens, exquisite tea rooms, beautiful chambers, and ghosts.
And, yes, ghost tours are available. The Chillingham Castle inspired Longfellow to write, “Through the open doors, the harmless phantoms on their errands glide.” The castle also has a dungeon in which many prisoners were held captive. Today you can see letters the prisoners carved on the dungeon's wall.
La Ballade des Gnômes in Belgium
At the whimsical La Balade des Gnomes hotel in Belgium, each suite has a different theme, usually inspired by old tales and legends. One of the hotel's suites is actually a Trojan horse. La Ballade is nestled in Durbuy, a small, cobblestone town from the 17th century.
In total, there are 11 uniquely designed suites, each as adventuresome and magical as the next. The insides of the suits are all different from each other and fit the theme of the room.
The Queen Mary in Long Beach
In 1967, the Queen Mary docked permanently in sunny Southern California’s Long Beach Harbor, where it has served as a luxury hotel ever since. But in its prime, the trans-Atlantic vessel had a glorious past. It was the grandest luxury liner in the 1930s, ferrying acclaimed passengers like Winston Churchill and Greta Garbo.
During WWII, the Queen Mary, which was famous for its record-breaking speed and size, took on a new task. Painted grey and dubbed “the Grey Ghost,” it transported soldiers to the front lines.