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World's Spookiest Sleeps

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Dispatches from around the world

World's Spookiest Sleeps

Henley Vazquez

Inspired by all the tricks, treats and spooks this Halloween? Book your next hotel stay at one of these legendary haunts.

HuffPo called the Langham’s room 333 "the most haunted hotel room in London" thanks to its particularly dark history. Stories claim that a murderous husband, a suicidal prince, a butler and a footman, amongst others, return to roam the third floor. We’ve yet to find a family chased from this dignified hotel by a ghostly apparition, but the legend is a great one for this time of year.

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This grand Rocky Mountain retreat served as the inspiration for Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel in the Shining. And with good reason. Paranormal sightings date back to the 1970s, and word is that King’s own room - 217 - was haunted by a young child. (King claims the inspiration for his famous book came from a nightmare he had while staying at the hotel.) For fright-night lovers, Halloween is an especially good time to visit, when the property embraces its reputation and throws Shining-themed galas and theater productions. 

The Queen Mary docks in Long Beach and hosts haunted tours as well as on-board stays for those who want to experience its creepy history up close. Time called the ship one of America’s ten most haunted places, and its more famous “residents” include a sailor in the engine room, a murder victim in cabin B340, and a floating lady in white who roams the decks. 

Reopening in 2017, but it’s ghosts are vintage. Dylan Thomas died in room 206, Sid Vicious stabbed his girlfriend to death in room 100 and Mary, a resident who lost her husband with the Titanic, reportedly still hangs about the 8th floor. It may be a few years out, but get ready for unidentified footsteps, lighting with a mind of its own and shrieks echoing down empty hallways.

A few miles outside of Edinburgh, this castle turned luxury hotel is home to the famous Grey Lady. Legend claims that a vengeful wife, upon discovering her husband’s affair with Lady Catherine, locked the mistress in an upstairs chamber and starved her to death. Her ghost purportedly stalks the hallways and stairwells. More fun is Petra, the afterlife terrier who keeps the Lady company.