Things That Go Bump In The Night: The Top 5 Haunted Stays
With Halloween fast approaching, we’re feeling rather spooky at alpharooms.com HQ. The pumpkins have been carved and we’ve bowls at the ready for the best – and scariest – ghosts and ghouls. But whilst it might only be a fleeting interest for us, for the less faint-hearted ghost chasing and thrill seeking is a popular pastime that goes beyond October 31st.
So whether you’re looking for a Halloween getaway or want to begin yet another paranormal adventure, we’ve put together a list of the most haunted hotels across Europe, where things really do go bump in the night.
Ballygally Castle, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is well known for its legend. Just 50 miles north of Ballygally is an area thought to have been built by a giant, and at the Ballygally Castle Hotel, there is said to be more than one resident ghost.
Dating back to the 17th century the castle is now one of the most luxurious hotels in the country, so it’s no wonder they get a few extra visitors every now and again, most notably Lady Isobel Shaw.
Reportedly falling to her death through a window after her husband had locked her in her room, the Lady has a habit of knocking on doors and disappearing.
Elsewhere in the hotel, Madame Nixon can be seen and heard walking the hotel corridors in her silk dress.
Langham Hotel, London
One of the grandest hotels in London, The Langham may have featured in Mary-Kate and Ashley’s Winning London and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, but its past is far more sinister.
Over the years the likes of Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Winston Churchill have all stayed in the hotel, but one resident who has outstayed his welcome is a Victorian man who resides in Room 333.
Known as the most haunted hotel room in Britain, the man only shows his face during October, although he’s just one of a number of ghosts in the building with even Napoleon III having been sighted in the eerie hotel.
Hotel Castello Della Castelluccia, Rome
The Italian capital is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with people visiting Rome in their droves. And that includes the paranormal too. One place they like to congregate, along with plenty of ghost hunters too, is the Hotel Castello Della Castelluccia to the north west of the city centre.
Dating back to the 11th century, the former castle has seen a number of close encounters with Emperor Nero who wanders through the gardens, whilst two other ghosts also cast a dark shadow on the truly beautiful castle.
Horses have been seen passing by at night, with the story going that they were sold by the castle’s nobility to pay off debt before the dying horses trotted back to the castle where they gallop through the gardens keeping frightened guests up all night.
Hotel Burg Reichenstein, Germany
Take one look at Hotel Burg Reichenstein and you won’t be surprised that it has a ghostly presence. Located to the west of Frankfurt on the banks of the Rhine, the castle dates back to the 12th century and from the mid-1200s a family of errant merchants would find themselves being robbed every night by Dietrich von Hohenfels and his 10 sons until their capture in 1282.
To spare his sons lives, Dietrich faced beheading and today a headless ghost is said to roam the hallways as visitors rest easy – or terrified – in their beds. Thankfully today however, all he’s stealing is a few hours of your well-earned sleep.
Dragsholm Slot Hotel, Denmark
Dragsholm Castle has stood in Zealand for over 800 years and has had an interesting history which saw it transformed into a prison for over a century.
Just an hour’s drive from Copenhagen it’s a popular hotel with those seeking paranormal thrills, most notably for the White Lady, who was tragically incarcerated. The tale has it that the daughter of the castle owner fell in love with a common man, and upon uncovering their secret relationship the owner imprisoned her inside a wall of the castle.
During the 1930s a number of walls were torn down by contractors and a skeleton in a white dress was found, unleashing a spirit which is still making walking the halls to this day.