Tired of staying at the ordinary hotels like the Holiday Inn or the Best Western? Well, never fear (or maybe you should), because I have compiled a list of some of the most haunted hotels throughout the Lone Star State sure to give you an interesting stay full of unexplained noises, eerie voices, and other frightful occurrences. The following 13 hotels are some of the most bone-chilling, spooky, terrifying places you will ever stay at, so if you love all things paranormal and haunted, these are definitely your cup of tea.
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1) Baker Hotel (Mineral Wells)
Originally opened in 1929, the hotel made it through many decades of success before shutting its doors for good. During that time, people have claimed to see apparitions of both a bloody nude woman on the seventh floor, as well as a man supposedly killed after being caught in an elevator door. Lucky for you, you might get a chance to meet these ghosts in person, because the legendary Baker Hotel is set to open for business again soon.
2) Jefferson Hotel (Jefferson)
Supposedly one of the most haunted towns in Texas, Jefferson is home to many hotels that still are very much alive with residents from beyond the grave. If you stay at the Jefferson, come prepared to stay up all night, because these ghosts like to cause a lot of ruckus. Guests have reported objects being thrown at them, doors slamming, children laughing, knocking on the walls, footsteps pounding down the hallways, and other unexplained disturbances.
3) The Excelsior House Hotel (Jefferson)
According to the National Register of Historic Places, this is the oldest hotel in East Texas, opening its doors to the public in the 1850s. People such as Ulysses S. Grant, Oscar Wilde, and Steven Spielberg have stayed here; Spielberg reportedly checked out early after having an encounter with a phantom woman that was too close for comfort.
4) Hotel Galvez (Galveston)
"The Lovelorn Lady" haunts the fifth floor of this hotel, forever locked inside after hanging herself due to the heartbreaking news of her husband's passing at sea.
5) Sheraton Gunter Hotel (San Antonio)
Ever since the grisly murder of a blonde woman in Room 636 at this hotel in 1965, guests have reported hearing strange noises coming from this room, as well as sightings of a ghostly figure with her arms outstretched. Scared yet? Well, we're just getting started...
6) Menger Hotel (San Antonio)
One of the oldest hotels in Texas, the Menger first opened its doors in 1859 by William Menger, the owner of a brewery in town. Some 32 different entities have been reported to lurk throughout the hotel's walls, including the ghost of Teddy Roosevelt, who once stayed the night here. The hauntings here might be explained by the fact that the Alamo is adjacent to the property.
7) Emily Morgan Hotel (San Antonio)
Before becoming a hotel, the property was an advanced medical arts facility, which included a hospital, surgical floors, and a crematorium. Guests report phones ringing with no one on the other end, lights coming on and off arbitrarily, and a woman in white appearing and disappearing in almost the same glance.
8) The Driskill Hotel (Austin)
At this hotel, a portrait on the third floor of a little girl holding flowers is said to make guests feel as though their heels have been lifted into the air. People have also claimed to have heard sounds of people upstairs when all the rooms are vacant, feeling unexplained sensations on their arms and faces, and seeing ghosts in windows or chairs.
9) Stockyards Hotel (Fort Worth)
This hotel has housed some pretty famous figures, such as Bonnie and Clyde, who now have suite 305 named after them. The water in this bathroom has been said to turn on and off by itself, and the original elevator has been seen traveling up and down without anyone pressing the buttons or operating the elevator at all. Some women staying at the hotel even report feeling as though someone has just crawled into bed with them..I guess the ghosts here don't believe in first dates?
10) Gage Hotel (Marathon)
Not too far from Big Bend National Park, you will find the old west town of Marathon, where guests have seen a few resident spooks at the Gage Hotel. If you want to experience the haunts yourself, make sure to book Room 10 for an unforgettably frightening stay.
11) Faust Hotel (New Braunfels)
Supposedly one of the most haunted hotels in Texas, Walter Faust Sr, the founder of the hotel that opened in 1929, is said to still roam the dark hallways.
12) Hotel Paisano (Marfa)
Listed as a National Historic Landmark, you might recognize it from the movie "Giant," which was filmed here. Marfa is most famous, however, for its mysterious lights, which might have something to do with the ghost sightings reported at this hotel.
13) The Adolphus (Dallas)
The most famous report of paranormal activity is that of a jilted bride haunting the 19th floor. Her fiance never showed for the wedding, and her body was found later that exact day hanging from a spot only a few feet away from where she would have exchanged vows with her would-be husband.
Do you know of any other reportedly haunted hotels or bed and breakfasts in Texas? Share any experiences or thoughts in the comments with us!