D.C. October 24, 2017
6 Haunted Hotels Near DC That Will Make Your Stay A Nightmare
They say DC is full of ghosts and we believe them. Spooky stories, mysterious figures and unexplained things happen all of the time here. If you are out hunting ghosts this Halloween season, we recommend booking a stay at one of these six hotels in the area. These haunted hotels are sure to give you nightmares!
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1. The Hay Adams
The Hay Adams is definitely the most haunted hotel in DC. It's haunted by the Ghost of Clover Adams, the wife of the original owner, Henry Adams. Clover committed suicide in the hotel in 1885. Staff and guests often hear unexplained noises, a woman crying and experience strange sensations in the suite. If you want an extra scare, stay there during the first two weeks of December. That is when Clover is most active!
2. The Omni Shoreham
The Omni is haunted by two ghosts. In the 1930s, Henry Dohtery, the caretaker of the hotel lived there with his family. His daughter Juliette mysteriously died in suite 864. A few years later, their other daughter, Helen, also died there. The Dohtery family moved. But you can still hear mysterious noises in the suite to this day.
3. The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
There is a presidential twist to the ghost story of the Mayflower. On January 20th, 1925, President Calvin Coolidge did not attend his inaugural ball that was held at the hotel because he was mourning the death of his 16 year old son. It's rumored that on the anniversary of the ball at 10pm, the lights dim and flickr and the elevators stay still on the 8th floor for 10-15 minutes. President Coolidge would have been announced to his guests at this time. Many people at the hotel think it's his ghost that haunts the hotel while others think it's the ghost of his son.
4. Hotel Monaco
The site of Hotel Monaco used to be the central post office during the Civil War. People at the hotel have reported seeing women dressed in Civil War era clothing. It's believed that the women were looking for letters from their husbands who were fighting in the war.
5. Gadsby's Tavern
Gadsby's Tavern is just outside of DC in Alexandria, VA. It's no longer a working hotel but in the 1880s, it was a popular hotel. One night, a mysterious man and woman come to the tavern and stayed in one of the rooms. The woman was very sick and died there after suffering for weeks. The man made the tavern owner and the doctors swear they would never reveal the woman's name. She was buried at a nearby cemetery and her tombstone is marked "To the Memory of a Female Stranger." Her identity is still a mystery to this day and many attribute odd sounds, noises and unexplained occurrences to the beautiful stranger.
6. The Olde Towne Inn
The Olde Towne Inn is in Manassas, 40 minutes outside of DC. Miss Lucy, a young and playful woman from the Civil War era, haunts the inn. She haunts rooms 50, 52 and 54. She's also been seen in the hotel's tavern.
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