The Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, New York, has a tragic and dubious history. Built in 1845, the property is located near the town’s railroad stop. It used to serve as an N.Y.C. getaway. A fire once destroyed the building, but the bustling hotel was rebuilt. Shanley purchased it in 1906.
The wealthy Irish Immigrant added unique amenities like a billiard room and barbershop. It attracted famous people, including F.D.R. and Elenore Roosevelt, who frequently stayed. In the basement, however, Shanley was managing an illegal hub for the trade of bootlegged products like alcohol during Prohibition.
Mizpah Hotel in Nevada
Ghost hunters Zak, Nick, and Aaron from Travel Channels’ "Ghost Adventures" can attest that the Mizpah Hotel is haunted. The “Jewel of the Desert” is located in an old silver mining town called Tonopah. In 1907 a cabal of wealthy businessmen established the luxury stay to host its prosperous patrons.
Western legends like Wyatt Earp, an officer, and a businessman, are known to haunt the place. The Mizpah's glory days didn't last as long as excepted, and its former high-class clientele was replaced with spirits who never checked out. This makes this hotel a less than ideal place to stay.
The Southern Mansion in Cape May, New Jersey
The Southern Mansion was built by George Allen in 1863. Allen originally built the mansion for his family. His niece lived there with her husband, Ulysses, until she died suddenly, and her husband couldn’t stand to stay in the home she had adored.
The Southern Mansion went to ruin for years until it was renovated in 1994. Even after the renovation, the niece's ghost is said to flit to and fro with her disembodied laughter echoing off the walls and ceilings. With such a creepy story, would you be able to stay in this hotel?
Rough Riders Hotel in Medora, North Dakota
The Rough Riders Hotel, established in 1905, paid homage to the local cowboys who served under President Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War. Theodore’s Dining Room also recognizes the former president.
He honored the hotel by stopping the tiny town near the North Dakota badlands and giving a speech from the balcony. Teddy Roosevelt is said to have fallen in love with the town. This is another place high on the list of paranormal hunters, and you can see many ghost hunters staying here all year round.
The Marshall House in Savannah, Georgia
The Marshall House is one of six Historic Inns in Savannah, all built in the mid to late-1800s. This hotel was established in 1851, and it is one of Savannah’s oldest buildings. The Marshall House has quite a history. It was occupied by Union troops under General Sherman in 1864.
Later, the Marshall House served as a wartime hospital for Union soldiers and, before that, as a medical facility for victims of yellow fever. Savannah is known for its haunted past, and the Marshall House established in 1851 is no different. It has ghosts of both soldiers and yellow fever victims haunting it.