The Ghostbusters trailer is out, so it’s time to save the date: On July 15, an all-female team of superstar comedians will bust ghosts on the big screen. But why wait till then for some spine-tingling fun? If you’re after a supernatural encounter IRL, pack your bags and check into one of these global hotels, which offer glamour — and ghost spottings — in spades. Enjoy your (paranormal) stay!
1. Dryburgh Abbey Hotel
On a woodsy, private estate in the Scottish Borders, this hotel offers quintessentially British treats. You’ll sip scotch in a fireside lounge, take daytrips to nearby castles, and take ambling walks along the River Tweed. But be warned: You may get some unexpected company. Known as “The Grey Lady,” a restless spirit who’s been seen strolling along the river is thought to be the ghost of a young woman who drowned there in the 1840s.
2. T'Frere's House Bed & Breakfast
In Louisiana’s Cajun Country, this boutique B&B piles on the southern charm. Kick back on the rustic front porch with a “twilight cocktail” in hand, stroll barefoot through the lush garden, and ask the owners to recommend some local restaurants. (Staffers are all about acquainting guests with the delightfully spicy local fare.) But afterwards, you have some serious ghost hunting to do. Rumor has it that the ghost of Amelie — a schoolteacher who once lived in the 1880s house — still roams its grounds in a rose-colored dress. The spirited spook also turns lights on and off, and randomly triggers the burglar alarm.
3. Villa di Corliano
Decorated in splendid Italian style — think busts of Roman emperors and frescoes depicting mythological scenes — the Tuscan villa dates back to the 15th century. Part of a larger compound that holds a chapel, an oil mill, a farmhouse, and lush garden grounds, the villa also has its own resident ghost. According to lore, the spirit of a beautiful Pisan countess rearranges furniture at her whim, giggles in the wine cellar, and opens windows at random.
4. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Most L.A. hotspots boast celebrity clients — including this iconic hotel. Built in the late 1920s, the spot has hosted everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Marilyn Monroe. And it’s said that the iconic blond, who died in 1962, can still be spotted in its storied halls. Guests have reported sightings of the famously sexy star; it’s also said that the spirit of a young girl in a blue dress haunts the hotel. If your stay gets too spooky, take the edge off with a champagne cocktail at the storied Tropicana Bar.
5. The Algonquin Hotel
In the 1920s, the Round Table restaurant at this New York hotel was a popular gathering spot for legendary literati like Dorothy Parker. These days, the eatery still serves up hearty dishes like fish and chips and scallop pot pie — but you may get some paranormal activity on the side. Guests have reported elevator doors mysteriously opening and closing, and have heard songs from the 1920s randomly wafting through the halls.
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