From haunted hikes to haunted tunnels, Minnesota has more than a few scary attractions that’ll scare even the most stoic visitor. That goes double for haunted hotels. Dotted all across the state, these spooky spots are perfect for those who have a love of all things creepy. They’re the sites of some of the most bone-chilling ghost stories in the state, and they will absolutely thrill you. So book a stay, spend the night, and see if you make it until morning at these 8 haunted hotels in Minnesota.
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1. St. James Hotel - Red Wing
In Red Wing, Minnesota, this beautiful hotel stands out among other historic buildings dotted through town. Not only is it lovely to look at, but its fascinating history will enthrall anyone - especially those who love ghost stories. The third floor is said to be haunted by the ghost of a former owner, while all of the floors are haunted by spirits known to slam doors and whisper amongst themselves. If the possibility of seeing a ghostly figure doesn't scare you, definitely book your stay at the St. James, one of Minnesota's most haunted hotels.
2. Palmer House Hotel - Sauk Centre
Perhaps Minnesota's most famous haunted location, the Palmer House Hotel is located in the small town of Sauk Centre. It's been around since 1901, and it still retains its historic charm more than 100 years later. The hotel has been subject to many investigations over the years, and it has turned more than a few guests into believers. If you dare to stay, you might just become one yourself.
Address: 500 Sinclair Lewis Ave., Sauk Centre, MN 56378.
3. The Water Street Inn - Stillwater
In case you needed an excuse to visit Stillwater - aside from its charming downtown and lovely natural surroundings - check out the Water Street Inn. It is alleged to be haunted by the spirit of a Confederate officer, and employees and guests alike have reported strange sights. Whether or not you see anything amiss, the comfortable rooms are filled with historic charm, and it's a fantastic way to discover Stillwater.
Address: 101 Water St S, Stillwater, MN 55082.
4. Grant House - Rush City
Small-town Minnesota is not without its ghost adventures. The Grant House has stood on the corner of Highway 61 in Rush City for well more than 100 years, and it's still going strong today. The charming building has made appearances on TV ghost hunting shows, and many local ghost groups have stayed here, too. Even if you don't have any encounters, it's one of the most charming places to stay in east-central Minnesota.
Address: 80 W. 4th St., Rush City, MN 55069.
5. Calumet Inn - Pipestone
In southwestern Minnesota, this stately hotel has been standing since 1888. Over all that time, the hotel has collected its share of colorful stories - and spooky sightings. The third floor is said to be filled with ghostly energy, with the strongest felt in room 308. Flickering lights, electronic devices turning on and off, and more await those brave enough to stay.
Address: 104 Main St. W., Pipestone, MN 56164.
6. Mrs. B's Historic Lanesboro Inn - Lanesboro
As the Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota, Lanesboro has a lot of charming places to stay. But fewer spots offer charm with a side of creepy. Mrs. B's may strike the perfect balance. This spot, originally built in 1872, once housed a doctor's office. Today, it houses many guests, including some that may just be from the other side. Reports of disembodied footsteps, flashing lights, and a strange energy surround this historic inn. If you're up for it, this may be the spookiest B&B you ever stay at.
Address: 101 Parkway Ave. N., Lanesboro, MN 55949.
7. The Kahler Grand Hotel - Rochester
This beautiful hotel in downtown Rochester may not look like a likely place for a haunting. But that just makes it that much spookier. The hotel, which was once part of the Mayo Clinic, housed a surgery area on the top floor and a morgue in the basement. That alone is enough to give many people the creeps, and it doesn't even account for the many sightings that have taken place within its walls. In fact, the hotel has been voted the 4th most haunted hotel in the United States!
Address: 20 2nd Ave. SW., Rochester, MN 55902.
8. Old Jail Bed & Breakfast - Taylors Falls
This old jail - and the saloon next-door - date back to the late 1800s. It's the perfect place to experience the beauty of Taylors Falls, a charming town on the banks of the St. Croix River. The jail once housed four cells, which have been restored into a charming place to hang your at - if you can get past the ghost stories. Some guests have reported strange sightings or sounds. While nothing has ever been confirmed, it may deter those who aren't up for a spooky night in an old jail. Are you?
Address: 349 W. Government St., Taylors Falls, MN 55084.
These haunted hotels are some of the creepiest spots you can visit in Minnesota. Have you ever stayed at any of them?