From apparitions and orbs to elevators getting called to the third floor, this hotel offers unexpected thrills.Built in 1855 by Harvey Parker, this is reputed to be Boston's oldest hotel and the birthplace of the Boston cream pie. Its opulent lobby exudes elegance and grace of the gilded age. The location is convenient to the theater district, the ‘T’, and is one block to Boston Common. The furnishings and style honor the hotel's design in its heyday. Rooms vary in size, from quite small to comfortable; and, each with plush super-soft white bedding, robes and thick oversize towels. Many historical events and famous guests have stayed at this hotel. Take a peek at the press room where JFK announced his candidacy for Congress or request table number 40 in the main dining room where he proposed to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Charles Dickens resided here for more than two years while he wrote and performed 'A Christmas Carol' for the first time. He would rehearse in front of a large gilded mirror that is now on display near the press room. As with many old hotels, this one has its fair share of ghost stories. Those interested in the supernatural may want to wander the halls of the 10th floor where it has been said that the ghost of the original owner still roams.Book NowCourtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts
Courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts
The Omni Grove Park Inn
Asheville, North CarolinaAAA Inspector 621:
I am always mesmerized by the view from Sunset Terrace, looking out over the terraced hill and grottos toward the Carolina mountains.
AAA Inspector Pick: Scenic View
Locals love to tell about the "Pink Lady," reportedly a ghostly young woman. Many guests have sought out spooky guestroom 545.This historic 1913 resort is an attraction unto itself with massive stone fireplaces and terraces with truly stunning mountain views. Rooms feature many Craftsman-style period furnishings. The local landmark is perched high on the hilltop, constructed from granite with a distinct clay-tiled thatched roof. Numerous dining options, a beautiful golf course, extensive luxury spa and a large health club facility make this a complete resort experience. Guest rooms range from small to spacious; some of the rooms in the original historic section offer less space but more character.Book Now
The Seelbach Hilton Louisville
Louisville, KentuckyAAA Inspector 597:
The elegant staircase from the mezzanine to the lobby, reminds me that Tom and Daisy, characters in The Great Gatsby, were married here.
AAA Inspector Pick: Meetings/Events
Travelers have reported cold spots and even perfume, allegedly from The Lady in Blue.This restored 1905 hotel is the epitome of ornate, historical elegance. Rooms are beautifully appointed with mahogany furniture and high-thread-count linens but some rooms are on the smaller side. Check out the Rathskeller Room in the basement. Appointed with ornate Rookwood tiles, intricately tooled leather decorations and ceramic tile images of storks, the room exudes an almost mystical, brooding Teutonic atmosphere. This hotel is an indescribably beguiling little nook nestled in downtown Louisville.Book NowCourtesy of The Read House
Courtesy of The Read House
The Read House Hotel
Chattanooga, TennesseeAAA Inspector 564:
There are so many beautiful and interesting things to look at in the lobby that Im surprised they dont charge admission!
AAA Inspector Pick: Wow Effect
There are many who believe Room 311 is haunted by the ghost of Annalisa Netherly — a guest allegedly beheaded in her bathtub in 1927 by a jealous lover. Guests have reported paranormal activity including unexplained noises, flickering lights, running water, apparitions and more. Many of the original elements from Netherly’s time remain, including a vintage clawfoot tub and an AM radio.This historic property has been restored to its original elegance. The public areas and the rooms hearken back to the Roaring '20s with plush furnishings and movie star art. The cushy lobby theme continues to the lounge with a backlit bar and leather seating groups. A secret billiard room is in the rear of the lounge, and the library nook has built-in, backlit bookcases full of titles guests can borrow.Book Now
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