The hotel that inspired "The Shining." Photography: Courtesy The Stanley Hotel Stay at some of the most haunted hotels out West — if you dare.
Looking for a sophisticated way to spook yourself on Halloween? Before locking up for a
fright fest of movie mysteries at home, consider checking in to one of these gorgeous, ghoulish hotels instead. Located everywhere from Santa Fe to San Antonio, these Western hotels have more than a few scary stories in their sheets. But beware, you might check out with a few bone-chilling tales of your own. THE STANLEY HOTEL
Author Stephen King found the inspiration for his bestselling book The Shining after staying here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy The Stanley Hotel
HOTEL DEL CORONADO
Allegedly, the ghost of a young woman found dead in the stairway haunts her old room.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy Hotel del Coronado
HOTEL MONTE VISTA
There are more than 11 ghost stories here, ranging from babies in basements to phantom bellboys.PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy Hotel Monte Vista
THE EMILY MORGAN HOTEL
Visit floors 12 and 14, where a hospital ward and crematorium were once located, for paranormal activity.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy Emily Morgan Hotel
LA FONDA ON THE PLAZA
Disturbances at this 400-year-old establishment come from Western cowboys to men in long black coats.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy La Fonda on the Plaza
GEISER GRAND HOTEL
Spirits are so popular here, you can take tours with paranormal investigators each month.PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy Geiser Grand Hotel
HOTEL ALEX JOHNSON
Guests claim that the ghost of a young bride wanders the halls, searching for those responsible for her death.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy Hotel Alex Johnson
Visitors are convinced that Buffalo Bill Cody himself haunts the hotel he named after his youngest daughter.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy Irma Hotel
THE HISTORIC ANCHORAGE HOTEL
Here, it’s the ghost of a slain police chief who returns to the scene of his untimely death, seeking justice.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy The Historic Anchorage Hotel
It is said that the ghost of Gertrude Stein’s longtime partner, Alice B. Toklas, roams the halls here.PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy Hotel Sorrento