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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Riwayat Hotel Terseram Di Dunia (Haunted Hotel)

1. Hotel Crescent

Dibangun tahun 1886, “Hotel Cresent” ini dipercaya sebagai hotel paling
angker di Amerika karena berhantu. Cerita berawal ketika hotel ini mengalami
kebangkrutan dan untuk kali pertamanya di ‘tranformasikan’ sebagai sekolah.
Di tahun 1937 hotel tersebut dibeli oleh Norman Baker, seorang Dokter, ia
pun mendirikan yayasan untuk penyembuhan penyakit kanker. Baker akhirnya
merubah hotel tersebut menjadi rumah sehat. Meskipun begitu, para pasien
yang datang untuk berobat tak kunjung sembuh dan akhirnya meninggal di
hotel tersebut. Sejak itulah, para arwah pasien bergentayangan dan sering
menampakkan diri dihadapan para tamu hotel.

Crescent Hotel

Guests have reported sightings and other odd happenings in a number of guest rooms, the lobby, dining room and the grounds of this great historic hotel in Haunted Eureka Springs.

You don't need to stay in a haunted room to see a real ghost at the Crescent Hotel. Outside of the Recreation Room, the ghost of Dr. Norman Baker often appears, looking a bit confused. He ran a controversial hospital and health resort in the building during the 1930s. Many people believe honestly that the spring water that flows underneath the hotel is high in energy and it attracts ghostly apparitions. Is this just a publicity gimmick to help a failing hotel? It could be, but actually the hotel was starting to do well before the ghosts were sighted.

The Crystal Dining Room of the Crescent Hotel is particularly active, and many spirits in Victorian garb hve been spotted there at the tables or in the mirrors. Once, at Christmastime, the staff reported leaving a Christmas tree and presents at one end of the locked and empty Crystal Dining Room. Upon their return, the staff found the tree and presents moved to the other end of the room, and chairs facing the tree in a semi-circle.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa has a rich and fascinating history. Read about some of the earliest accounts from these stories taken from the Eureka Springs Times Echo, one of Eureka Springs' early newspapers which is still in existence today and some fascinating information on Dr. Norman Baker, one time owner of the Crescent Hotel who ran a "Cancer Hospital" in his "Castle in the Air".

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The hotel was designed by the architect Isaac L. Taylor in 1886.It was used as a hotel for several years before it could no longer sustain itself financially.

In 1908, the hotel was opened as the Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women. Soon it couldn't afford to stay open as a school either.The school closed in 1924 and then reopened from 1930 to 1934 as a junior college.
The Crescent was leased as a summer hotel after the school closed. In 1937, it got a new owner.Norman Baker turned the place into a hospital and health resort. Baker was an inventor and had made millions of dollars by 1934.Baker wasn't happy just inventing things because he thought of himself as a doctor (even though he had no medical training). He claimed to have discovered a number of "cures" for various ailments, including cancer.He was sure that organized medicine was conspiring against him. He had recently been ran out of Iowa for practicing medicine without a license.

Baker moved his cancer patients to Arkansas and he advertised the health resort.The "cure" was basically drinking the natural spring water. No one was really harmed by this, but it wasn't really the advertised "miracle cure". Federal charges were filed against him for mail fraud and he spent four years in prison. The Crescent Hotel was left ownerless.

The hotel stayed closed until 1946 when new investors took it over and began trying to restore this odd and historical piece of Ozark history.



Many strange sounds and apparitions fill this hotel day and well into the nights. Documented by many amateur ghost hunters and professional paranormal investigators alike the documentation and haunted tales continue to grow.

From a woman's ghost carrying her young child's blanket and crying in the night.

In the lobby of the Crescent Hotel, look for the ghost of a man who hangs out at the lobby bar or stands at the foot of the staircase

A tall handsome bearded man that knocks on all the doors. and asks "are You Waiting for me?" Some Ghost hunters tell many strange tales but all have said that blankets and sheets often are ripped savagely from the bed as one tries to get some shut eye.

A number of rooms are haunted in the historic Crescent Hotel. Room 218 is the spot where Michael, an Irish stonemason, landed when he fell from the hotel's roof during construction. His ghost is said to bang on the walls and turn the lights and television on and off. Rooms 202 and 424 of the Crescent Hotel are also said to be haunted by him.

A nurse, dressed in a white uniform, has been seen on the third floor of the Crescent Hotel. A woman in Room 419 introduces herself as a cancer patient to guests and housekeepers, then vanishes.

One recent staffers haunted ghost tale of tells of a young man in his teens that collapses and disappears on the floor. A group of teens getting ready to take a ghost tour of the Crescent Hotel recently reported seeing a man carrying a tray of butter and dressed in a uniform similar to the waiter's uniforms. He followed them out of an elevator and towards their third floor room, where he seemed to disappear. A third girl at the room opened the door and saw him staring directly at all of them.

All this make a truly Haunted Arkansas hotel.

Haunted 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

During the 1930's the hotel was used as an experimental cancer hospital. "Dr." Norman Baker claimed to be a licensed physician and charged families their life savings for treatments. Several apparitions from the hospital visit the hotel today. "Dr." Baker has been seen in the hotel lobby wearing a purple shirt and white linen suit. A nurse pushing a gurney has been seen in the old morgue area.

The Crescent Hotel has so many ghost stories to tell that the hotel gives ghost tours.

History of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

"The Grand Old Lady of the Ozarks" was constructed by Irish stone masons. The hotel was built to be the grandest hotel west of the Mississippi. The newly completed railroad brought thousands of tourists to use the local springs for recuperative health treatments.

The palatial hotel attracted the elite "Carriage Set". The hotel was outfitted with 100 horses that provided a steed for everyone to ride.

The hotel had different uses over the years. For a period of time it was used as an all girls school.

In the 1930's it was a cancer hospital which closed in 1940. Dr.Norman Baker portrayed himself as a crusader as he railed against the exploitation of the common man. In truth, Dr. Norman Baker was a vaudevillian performer selling an elixir that was a formula containing glycerin, carbolic acid and alcohol mixed with tea from water melon seed, brown corn silk and clover leaves. "Dr.:" Baker was not a doctor at all, but a slick snake oil salesman draining the most vulnerable people of their life savings. The result of his quackery was that many cancer patients lost their lives under his "treatment". Baker was sentenced to four years in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in 1940. Many of the spirits at the hotel are believed to be patients of the quack.

The hotel was closed from 1940 to 1946, during the World War II years. Three new Chicago investors purchased the hotel in 1946 and restored it to its original hotel appearance.

A fire destroyed most of the fourth floor in 1967. In the 1970's and 1980's the quaint Victorian appearance of the hotel was discovered by national and international tourists.

The hotel was purchased by historic preservationists Martin & Elise Roegnik, in 1997. Mover that $5 million has been invested in renovations in the hotel with views of the Ozark Mountains. The New Moon Spa combines ancient and contemporary methods of invigoration, healing and relaxation. The Crystal Dining Room is th hotel restaurant.

By : By Christine Bude, published Oct 01, 2007

2. Queen Mary Hotel

Dahulunya “Queen Mary” ini adalah kapal pesiar mewah. Melakukan pelayaran
untuk kali pertamanya di tahun 1936. Queen Mary sanggup berlayar bahkan
menyebrangi samudera Atlantik. Karena kecepatan dan ‘performancenya’ yang
tangguh tak ayal jika Queen Mary menjadi terkenal dan merupakan kapal pesiar
paling mahal di dunia pada zamannya. Sebut saja nama-nama pesohor yang terkenal
karena kekejamannya seperti Clark Gable, Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo bahkan
Winston Churchill, sempat berlayar dengan kapal mewah ini. Tapi sayangnya,
saat perang terjadi di Inggris kapal ini diambil alih oleh pasukan militer
“The Grey Ghost” untuk menyebrangi Atlantik demi menjalankan misi perang.
Saat itu pula Queen Mary bertabrakan dengan kapal HMS Curacao sehingga
mengakibatkan kapal terbelah menjadi dua dan 300 kru kapal meninggal dunia.
Queen Mary dipercaya sebagai salah satu hotel yang banyak hantunya.


Bigger than the Titanic, The Queen Mary was the pride of the Cunard Lines. She carried many distinguished guests, and during WWII was converted to carry troops to the front. It was during one of these troop carrying missions that one of the most horrific episodes of her history occurred. On October 2, 1942 the Queen Mary was rounding Ireland on the last leg of her journey. At this time, she was joined by the HMS Curacoa and 6 destroyers as she was within Luftwaffe range. The Queen Mary was zig zagging in her course to make it difficult for U-boats in the area to target her. Because of the zig zag pattern, the Curacoa and the destroyers were told to stay ahead of the Queen Mary. The turbulence from all of the ships made a heavy wash and forced the ships to make minor adjustments in their courses.

Down in engine and fire rooms of the Queen Mary, a slight bump was felt. No one thought anything of it as the ship was unscathed and kept on its course. The "bump" was the HMS Curacoa. The slight change in course caused the Queen Mary to nudge the Curacoa's stern, sending the ship into the path of the massive ocean liner. Because the orders were to continue on no matter what, the Queen Mary did not stop and snapped the HMS Curacoa in two. Of 439 men aboard 338 were lost.

In October of 1967, The Queen Mary made her way to Long Beach, CA where she was going to be converted into a floating hotel. During the transition between ship and hotel, strange things began happening.

Queen Mary Hotel

RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, Ca. This vast ocean liner, is now permanently docked at the Haunted Port of Long Beach, commissioned in 1936 and journeyed a thousand Atlantic crossings.

Includes one evening in a haunted stateroom, two haunted encounters tickets, dinner, breakfast and a ghostly cocktail in the observation bar.

The Queen Mary Hotel & Attraction, is a floating city awash in elegance, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it also remains one of the most famous place in california.

Guests of the Hotel Queen Mary are entitled to receive a complimentary Self-Guided Shipwalk Tour.

Many incidents of strange rapping noises, moving objects, disembodied voices, and ghostly apparitions walking the halls and stairs have been reported by staff, guests, and Investigators on the docked ship.

Many witnesses have had ghostly experiences of many different types aboard the Queen Mary Hotel.

The Queen Mary has revamped its popular Dinner and a Ghost Tour experience. Paranormal Host Erika Frost escorts guests via an evening Tour to well known haunted areas of the ship in search of the spirits that inhabit the Queen Mary, preceded by an intimate fine dining experience in the award-winning Sir Winston's fine dining restaurant. The new tours begin April 8, 2005 and will take place every Friday and Saturday evening. The cost is $109.00 per person. Reservations are required (call for dress code guidelines) and can be made by calling (562) 499-1657. Each tour is limited to 30 people.

The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Sir Winston's Lounge followed by a 7:30 p.m. dinner at Sir Winston's. After dinner, Guests will embark on a tour to the haunted areas of the ship including the Royal Theatre, Propeller Box, Engine Room, Exhibit Hall, Boiler Room, Pool, and the not accessible to the public Cargo Hold area, ending in the Observation Bar, where guests can discuss their findings with Erika.

Available is a special hotel rate of $109.00 (plus 12% room tax). Guests can contact Hotel Reservations at (562) 435-3511 and ask for the Dinner and a Ghost Tour special rate.

Since taking permanent residence in Long Beach in 1967, the Queen Mary has been a hot spot for ghostly sightings and other unexplained paranormal activity. Erika has tapped into the mysterious happenings aboard the ship and communicated with its otherworldly inhabitants using her gifts of Vision and Astral Projection. The Queen Mary also offers a daily Ghost Encounters Tour and Ghosts and Legends

3. Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast

Hotel ini diyakini angker sejak tanggal 4 Agustus 1892, ketika seorang
anak bernama Lizzie Borden membunuh secara brutal ayah dan ibu tirinya
menggunakan kapak. Abby Borden, sang ibu tiri ditemukan tewas diantara
tempat tidur dan lemari pakaian dekat ruang tamu sedangkan sang ayah yang
juga tewas dihajar kapak tergeletak di bawah sofa. karena perbuatannya
Lizzie dihukum di Fall River dan akhirnya meninggal dunia tahun 1927. Arwah
mereka bertiga diakui paranormal kerap bergentayangan ditempat tersebut.

Lizzie Borden Took an Axe

Andrew Borden
Andrew Borden

On August 4, 1892, the bodies of Andrew Borden, 70, and Abby Borden, 65, were found in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Andrew's corpse lay on the living room couch, his face cut by eleven blows. It was his daughter, Lizzie, who found him. She was thirty-two and living at home. The only other person in the house was the maid, Bridget Sullivan.

Lizzie Borden
Lizzie Borden

Lizzie sent Bridget for the doctor, claiming that she had gone into the barn, leaving the back door unlocked. Whoever had murdered her father, she said, must have come in that way. It wasn't long before a neighbor offering to help found Lizzie's stepmother dead upstairs, also from some eighteen to twenty blows with an ax.

The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast
The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast

The home at 92 Second Street opened in 1996 as a Bed & Breakfast. It has since changed hands, but still offers lodgings, tours, a gift shop...and then some. With help from crime scene photos, the house was made to resemble its condition on that August morning.

Lizzie, the prime suspect, went through a trial and was actually acquitted. Fall River folks like to say she got a fair trial, but crime buffs know that the most damning evidence, such as her attempt to purchase prussic acid the day before and her inconsistent statements under interrogation, was never admitted. It's common to find people who believe that Lizzie's defense attorneys outmaneuvered the prosecution and freed a killer. By Katherine Ramsland

4. The Old Spot Hotel

“The Old Spot Hotel” merupakan bangunan pertama yang dibangun oleh kota
Gawler, Australia bagian Selatan tahun 1980. Bangunan itu lalu dijadikan
tempat perkantoran dengan berbagai aktifitas bisnis. Setelah beberapa tahun
kemudian tempat ini direnovasi dan berubah fungsi menjadi hotel. Sejak
transformasi menjadi hotel, bangunan sering dimunculkan dengan kejadian-kejadian
ganjil seperti penampakan hantu, bahkan tamu yang datang ke hotel ini sering kali
di beri wejangan hantu-hantu yang berkeliaran, salah satunya penampakan hantu anak kecil.
Pada pertengahan 1990 saja seorang tamu hotel menangkap 3 gambar aneh di
kameranya yang tak lain adalah gambar hantu.

Spot Hotel Ghost Photo (Scott Pearson)


The above photograph was taken by Scott Pearson, who is a professional photographer.
He admits to being able to "feel" the presence of ghosts.
Scott shared the following story about the above amazingly spooky photo:

"Years ago my brother and his wife and kids moved into a hotel in Gawler, South Australia, a small town north of Adelaide. After carrying out renovations on the building that was built in 1836, strange things started to happen, people started to hear strange things and see the apparition of a small girl and an older man. Being a skeptic I didn't believe it until my brother started to see things as well. All the stories from different people were the same so I got interested, and being a photographer (Weddings etc.) I thought I would have a go at getting something on film. A friend and I stayed in the hotel all night in the section which used to be the Gawler morgue last century before it was turned into a hotel. It was very eerie and I could feel the presence of the spirits or what ever you call them. It was so strong a feeling that it is hard to describe. This photo was taken on 3,200iso speed Kodak TMax film B&W. I also tried inferred film without much success. After developing the film I had a quick look at it and didn't think I had captured anything until a week or so later when I was doing some testing in the dark room and I noticed a negative which looked different than the rest. I made a copy and could not believe it. I then took a copy to every photo expert I could find and they all said it was unexplainable. After the initial carry on about it, we decided to throw them in a draw and forget about it until the local Gawler paper "The Bunyip" contacted me 4 or 5 years later In March 1998."

The photo has been since featured in many newspapers and different Television shows throughout Australia.

5. Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel mewah bergaya Victoria ini terletak disebrang pelabuhan San Diego,
California. Hotel ini kerap disambangi tamu-tamu terkenal seperti Thomas
Edison, L. Frank Baum, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Lindbergh, presiden-presiden
Amerika, dan seorang tamu yang tak jelas bernama “Kate Morgan” yang akhirnya
bermalam di kamar 302 [sekarang 3327]. Kematian Morgan di hotel tersebut
dikarenakan sakit kanker yang dideritanya tetapi banyak yang mengatakan bahwa
Morgan Tewas bunuh diri. Hantu Morgan pun sering muncul dihadapan para tamu
Hotel Del Coronado.

The very haunted Hotel Coronado, located just outside haunted San Diego, has a ghostly tale of unrequited love. Employee's, workers and guests have been puzzled by odd noises, spirited breezes, strange faces and the ghostly figure of a young lady wearing a black lace dress.

Rising from water's edge on the quaint island of Coronado in San Diego , the Hotel del Coronado is considered one of America 's most beautiful beach resorts.
A classic historic hotel, The Del was built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Today, The Del offers travelers contemporary luxury in an enchanting Victorian atmosphere. Add to this, the resort's beachfront location, and it's no wonder USA Today calls The Del "one of the top ten resorts in the world."

The Del offers a quintessential Southern California resort experience. For those seeking a romantic retreat, the resort's magical architecture and island setting are perfect. In fact, the Travel Channel rated The Del the number one wedding destination in America . The Del is also a wonderful family vacation destination, featuring abundant recreation, as well as, seasonal teen and children's programs. And, for getting down to business, meeting and incentive planners can work with over 65,000 feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and exhibition space.

The most well-known legend and ghost story told is that of it's ghost Kate Morgan, who checked into the hotel in 1892 to meet her estranged husband.

He never showed up, and days later she was found dead on the beach from a gunshot wound. Some believe her lost lonely spirit still haunts the hotel, and there have been ghostly cold spots, numerous reports of noises, odd breezes in closed rooms and sightings of more then one ghosts.



A recent tale tells when President Ford visited, one of his Secret Service agents complained of odd noises. He was staying in Morgan's room.

Room 3502 has since been described as a "classic haunting." Parapsychologists, using scientific methods, has found 37 abnormalities in one day. Honeymooner's and guest love this hotel for it's ambiance and charm. And of course the hauntings.

6.The Stanley Hotel

Keangkeran terjadi ketika sang pemilik hotel Freelan O. Stanley dan istrinya
meninggal dunia. Mereka benar-benar mencintai hotel sehingga setelah meninggal
pun tak rela meninggalkan tempat tersebut. Hotel yang dibangun di Taman Colorado
tahun 1909 ini, diyakini dihuni oleh arwah stanley dan istrinya. Mereka pun
kerap muncul diberbagai sudut ruang hotel seperti di lobi hotel, bar hotel, dan
tempat biliar yang menjadi sudut favorit mereka. Bahkan para tamu hotel kerap
mendengar alunan musik merdu dari sebuah piano yang dilantunkan oleh mereka.

Stanley Hotel

This haunted hotel inspired Steven King to write "The Shining" while he stayed in room 217, but it is room 418 that reports the most ghostly activity.

There is no "red rum" in the haunted Stanley Hotel and Conference Center in the Rockies, but it is the place where Stephen King wrote half of "The Shining". The made-for-TV version of the film was shot at the Stanley, and King fans should book Room 217, which is where he stayed. It seems that strange haunted paranormal things were happening at the Stanley long before King came.

The hotel, which opened in 1909, is supposedly haunted by Flora Stanley, the wife of the owner, who likes to play the piano late at night. Her ghost is said to be very visible and a high profile haunting.

People who have stayed in Room 408 reported hearing children playing and laughing loudly outside their door, when getting up to investigate there weren't any. They also say they have left the room for a few seconds only to return and find the entire room in a dismay. And hand prints of small children on the mirrors.

Another staff member tells us of a guest, A true King fan to the end. He tells of a face, related the staff member, like that of a large dog like creature in the mirror that watched him, and yes he took a paranormal photo of it. Others tell of faucets turing on in the middle of the night, toilets flushing, and personal objects flung across the room by ghostly hands. Ghost Photos happen here all the time they say, especially when it snows.



If you are a Stephen King fan, request room 217. It was in this room that King, inspired by the Stanley Hotel, wrote half of "The Shining." The ABC miniseries was filmed at the Stanley Hotel as well.

The Stanley Hotel Haunting, the ghosts in the Stanley Hotel aren't evil as in the book. Room 418 seems to have the most ghostly activity reported. In fact, the entire fourth floor of the Stanley Hotel (formerly the servants quarters) is quite active. Often, the sound of children playing in the halls of the Stanley can be heard, even when no children are present.

The Stanleys: The Stanley Hotel's original owners, F.O. and Flora Stanley, are said to haunt the hotel as well. Mr Stanley plays the piano in the music room, and frequents the billards room and the lobby.

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