Would you stay in a haunted hotel?
I had the experience to stay at a haunted hotel in New Orleans. Never really wrote about it, don't know why but when I got an email from the folks of Hotel Union Square, I had to just share with you guys the story surrounding this historical, but yet haunted, hotel.
Did you know Hotel Union Square (www.hotelunionsquare.com) – which recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary – is rumored to host a few friendly spirits?
Over the years, there have been instances that have raised hospitable goosebumps on the arms of our guests. Two occurrences of note:
1. A young woman who is “very in touch with the paranormal” stayed in Room 514, and relayed to hotel staff that she believes room 514 has a lingering spirit, and that she had seen the apparition over the course of her visit.
2. A young man from Scotland was traveling with his grandmother and reported that a female ghost appeared to him in Room 207. He went on to say she was a friendly woman and spent most of the night opening and closing the bathroom door.
Personality Hotels President and CEO Yvonne Lembi-Detert has also experienced paranormal activity in Room 207. There have been numerous instances where the room has been “cleared as vacant,” yet when Yvonne spot checks the room, things seem to appear out of nowhere – like a stray Kleenex on the bed.
It is said the mischievous ghost of Room 207 is connected to Lillian Hellman, a bootlegger and volatile playwright who visited San Francisco frequently in the 1930s and 1940s. It is also said that Hellman was tied to mystery writer Dashiell Hammett (a regular guest of the hotel), and that much of their affair played out in this very room.
It’s unknown how many specters haunt this historic hotel, but Tom Steele, one of the hotel’s long-time bellmen, says that some of the hotel’s pasts guests actually love that eerie tingle they get when staying in certain rooms. Steele says they receive quite a few requests for Room 207 from folks eager for a chance to meet its lingering guest.
“Our ghosts seem to be friendly in demeanor,” states Yvonne. “We celebrated our 100-year anniversary in 2013, and a building with this much history is bound to host a variety of colorful spirits.”
So would you stay at a haunted hotel, even if it has "friendly ghosts"? I'd probably give it a try just to see what the experience would be like.