When researching a hotel’s amenities, there’s never a checkbox for ghosts. Yet plenty of us are intrigued by the idea of staying in a haunted hotel. Whether we relish feeling scared, want a unique experience, or just prefer lodgings with an interesting history, ghosts can be seen as an added bonus. So, if you’d like to sleep in a hotel room that may already be occupied by restless spirits, check out these nine haunted hotels in New Mexico.
1. The Lodge Resort, 601 Corona Place, Cloudcroft
The Lodge is haunted by Rebecca, who once worked at the hotel as a chambermaid. She came to a violent end when she was murdered by a rejected suitor. Ever since, her spirit has lingered here.
Apparently, Rebecca turns lights on and off, rearranges furniture, and ignites fires in the fireplaces.
2. La Posada de Santa Fe, 330 E. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe
This sprawling hotel encompasses a three-story brick building from 1882 - the Staab house. The lady of the house, Julia Staab, is said to haunt the hotel. Towards the end of her life, she became a recluse, refusing to leave her home. Apparently, that didn't change after her death!
Julia has appeared in her old bedroom, on the grand staircase, and in the bar. Incidentally the hotel named their restaurant: Julia, a Spirited Restaurant and Bar, in her honor.
3. St. James Hotel, 617 S. Collison Avenue, Cimarron
The list of guests who've stayed at the St. James Hotel includes: the Earp brothers, Buffalo Bill Cody, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, and Black Jack Ketchum.
Back in the day, Cimarron put the "wild" in Wild West.
A total of 26 people died in the hotel from natural and less than natural causes - you can still see the bullet holes! So it's no shock that this hotel is haunted.
In fact, it isn't even possible to book room 18 because it's permanently occupied by the spirit of one T.J. Wright.
4. Laguna Vista Lodge, 51 E. Therma Drive, Eagle Nest
A piano that plays on its own, mysterious moving chairs, a ghost appearing in dance hall attire. All of these things have been reported at the Laguna Vista Lodge.
5. Hotel Parq Central, 806 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque
The building that is now Hotel Parq Central originally opened as a hospital serving railroad employees. In the 1980s, its name was switched to Memorial Hospital and it became a psychiatric facility. Even then, patients complained that it was haunted. They claimed that their bedsheets were tugged off them during the night! Although the building has been converted into a hotel, there's no reason to think its ghostly tenants were evicted.
6. La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe
The La Fonda Hotel opened in 1922. However, an inn has occupied this site since 1607, so it makes sense that the hotel is haunted.
Allegedly, a failed salesman committed suicide by jumping into the hotel's well. The well is inside what is now La Plazuela restaurant. People claim that a spirit appears, approaches the location of the old well, then appears to jump into the floor before disappearing.
Judge John P. Slough, a murdered bride, and a cowboy are some of the other ghostly residents that booked an eternal stay at the La Fonda.
7. Shaffer Hotel, 103 W. Main Street, Mountainair
The paranormal happenings at the Shaffer Hotel run the gamut from flashing lights to the scent of chocolate wafting through the rooms. Now that's my kind of haunting!
8. Plaza Hotel, 230 Plaza Street, Las Vegas
The Plaza Hotel was built in 1882. It's been featured in movies like "Easy Rider" and "No Country for Old Men."
But this hotel has another claim to fame: it's haunted by Byron T. Wells, a past owner of the Plaza.
9. Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque
The Andaluz was originally built by Conrad Hilton. It first opened in 1939 but has since undergone several renovations. The current incarnation of the hotel opened in 2009.
Paranormal encounters range from jewelry being moved around to mysterious screaming throughout the night! Sleep here if you dare...
Have you ever stayed somewhere that gave you the heebie jeebies? Feel free to share any paranormal experiences you had in a haunted hotel.