Not exactly a nightmare, but not for the skittish, all of these hotels and bed and breakfasts are known for reported hauntings.
1. Morse Mill Hotel, Jefferson County
This old hotel, located at 8850 Morse Mill Spur Road, is a 1816 farmhouse, with famous guests like Clara Bow, Jesse James, Al Capone, and Charles Lindbergh. Also, Bertha Gifford, who lived and worked there at one point, was an infamous serial killer who poisoned children and adults with arsenic laced chocolates. There have been reportings of strange images caught on film, footsteps, voices, cold breezes, and apparitions through the years. Find out more about the hotel's history at www.morsemillhotel.com.
2. Hotel Bothwell, Sedalia
This 1927 Jazz era hotel, located at 103 E. 4th Street, is the site of many reported hauntings. Ghost sightings, voices, and objects going missing are just some of them. A former worker reported scratches on the back of his neck coming from nowhere. There have also been doors opening and closing on their own, and a crank elevator working on it its own. The third floor in particular is said to be the most haunted.
3. The Elms Hotel, Excelsior Springs
Harry S. Truman spent election night here in 1948. This 1912 hotel, located at 401 Regent Street, once had a basement where the lap pool now stands. Many ghost sightings down there have been reported, including the ghost of a man from speakeasy days who had been killed by the mob there, and a frantic woman looking for her child who might even pull hair or throw things. The help seems to be well supervised as well. The ghost of a young woman in a maid outfit appears to make sure the work is done right.
4. Prosperity School Bed and Breakfast, Joplin
This former school stood empty for over 30 years before it was turned into a bed and breakfast. There have been reports of children running down the halls or shadowy figures and the ghost of a nurse. Perhaps creepiest are the guest reports of the sensation of a child crawling into bed with them in the middle of the night. Located at 4788 County Road 200.
5. Hotel Savoy, Kansas City
This building built in 1888, located at 219 W. 9th Street, has a long history of supernatural occurrences. Room 505 was the location of the suspicious death of a woman named Betsy Ward, and reports of voices, shadows, doors opening and closing have all been reported in or near that room. On the second floor, in 1990, the restaurant manager was stabbed to death by his dishwashers, and there have been reports of the feeling of being watched in that area. There have also been EVP's and pictures showing orbs and figures including a little girl in Victorian clothing being spotted on the 4th floor.
6. Holiday Inn, Six Flags, Eureka/Pacific
This hotel was built around a 19th century barn with wooden beams, limestone walls and unique brick work. This area is said to be haunted by a little girl named Aggie, who fell to hear death from the barn window. You might find her running through the halls or peeking at you from around a corner. Another strange happening occurred when two women reported finding a dead man in a tub, only to find absolutely nothing there when they returned with staff. Located at 4901 Six Flags Road, Eureka.
7. Lula Belle’s Bed and Breakfast, Hannibal
This 1917 era building was once a bordello and is located at 111 Bird Street. Hauntings include thrown objects in the kitchen, utensils being twisted like pretzels, orbs, shadows, strange mirror reflections, footsteps and voices. There has also been a sighting of a Lady in White.
8. Wine Valley Inn, Hermann
At this restored building housing 2-3 room suites, guests and employees have experienced whispers from dark corners, strange static charges, and a shadowy figure. The specter is said to the former owner. Located at 403 Market Street.
9. Drury Inn & Suites, Creve Coeur
The fifth floor in particular has been the setting of multiple hauntings. Located at 780 Emerson Road, supernatural reports have included elevator dings, footsteps and voices, and most creepy, figures walking toward you in the halls that disappear as you get closer to them.
10. Walnut Street Inn, Springfield
The Main House of this three-bulding inn is said to be the most haunted. In particular, The Rosen Room is said to be haunted by an elderly woman who one guest reported having talked with. She is also seen walking the halls but it is believed she is a friendly ghost. The building, built in 1894, has had numerous other reports through the years.
What are some other hotels in Missouri that might be haunted? Lemp Mansion, the Vaile House and Grand Avenue Bed and Breakfast were a few mentioned in previous posts, but with all the historic areas around the state, there are sure to be many more. Some may still be operating as hotels and some may have ghost tours available, so you can determine how brave you are and simply visit for a tour or stay the weekend. You may just get more than you bargained for.