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The Cavalier Hotel

Virginia Beach, Virginia
By Shannon Reinbold-Gee

Overlooking beautiful North Beach in the bustling city of Virginia Beach, Virginia, this elegant hotel features far more than a stunning view and its dramatic chandelier-hung lobby with glossy checkerboard floors and sharply contrasting paneled walls. This, the original Cavalier Hotel, has ghosts. Elevators run when no one is riding in them, toilets flush of their own accord and guests report that their room towels change color from time to time. But these are only little oddities compared to the tragedies that began only two short years after the Cavalier opened on what was then a rather secluded strip of beach.

Many guests have remarked on architectural similarities between the old hotel and the Overlook hotel featured in the movie “The Shining.” Perhaps it is also the creepy feeling of something always lurking that causes visitors to draw such connections. Guests have reported they feel like they are being watched in both the Pocahontas room and the Hunt Room. Perhaps it is the waiter who supposedly walks through the walls of the Pocahontas room or the lady followed by a ghostly dog crossing the hotel lobby, or perhaps it is merely someone who still broods about the misfortunes of their lost life…

Opening in 1927 (after 13 months of steady labor), the Cavalier was once the haunt of the movers and shakers of society, hosting such guests as Adolph Coors (of the famous brewery), author F. Scott Fitzgerald, and actors and actresses including Judy Garland, Will Rogers, Bette Davis, Betty Grable, Mary Pickford, Ginger Rogers and Jean Harlow. For three decades the Cavalier hired a wide variety of big-name bands. Performers included such greats as Tomy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Glen Miller, Lawrence Welk and Bing Crosby. Now guests report that the piano in the ballroom sometimes plays by itself-maybe wishing for the raucous music of the Twenties.

Nicknamed the “Aristocrat of the Virginia Seashore” the Cavalier was the spot to see and be seen, so it’s no wonder some guests are reluctant to depart. Ten US Presidents have also stayed or spoken at the Cavalier, bringing with them the rumors, speculation and debate that guests, both living and dead, seem to feed on.

During the Roaring Twenties, the Cavalier skirted Prohibition by driving well-to-do guests on discreet trips to the local speakeasies. This evading of the law was not enough to keep brewery owner Adolph Coors from a mysterious fall that ended his death on June 5, 1929. Whether suicide because the brewery was forced to make cement and pottery rather than beer during Prohibition, or murder (as some feel Coors was pushed through a closed window on the hotel’s 6th floor), people have reported sensing someone still lingering and cold spots appearing randomly throughout the 6th floor. Many have even reported the sickening sound of flesh slapping concrete-could it be that Adolph Coors relives his tragic plunge on a regular basis?

Local lore claims that the hotel’s first owner shot himself on the premises, but it seems unsubstantiated as a hotel staff member said the initial owners of the hotel were a group of people investing in a business venture and they held it until the Dixon family purchased it. So, although the rumor can’t be attached to a specific person through my research, perhaps it was one of the original owners or one of the Dixon family members who committed suicide on the property. Or, perhaps (as is the case too often), this is merely a case of rumors evolving and growing.

The hotel’s front desk is occasionally plagued by guests calling to report a cat meowing and scratching at doors in the hotel’s grand hallways, though no living cat has been seen roaming the halls in decades. Rumor has it that a young girl’s pet cat escaped one night and drowned in the swimming pool-the little girl also drowning as she tried to save her precious pet. Though the girl’s ghost has not been sighted and people only occasionally report strange sounds from the pool, perhaps the cat still wanders the halls trying to find his worried young owner.

Visitors report mysterious orbs showing up in their photos and hearing footsteps where no one is seen walking. A popular tale revolves around sightings of an older African American gentleman dressed in the hotel’s old staff uniform. Guests report that he stands on the staircase of the sixth floor and warns people of ghosts ahead. Unfortunately, it seems he himself is a ghost, as there hasn’t been any staff to fit his description working at the hotel in more than a few years.

Today the Cavalier Hotel is truly two distinct hotels: the Cavalier on the Hill (the original and still haunted) and the Cavalier Oceanfront (beautiful and at peace except when tourist season begins).

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Kayla says:

October 8, 2005, 10:46 am

What happened to Vermont?! We got some GREAT haunted places here! We got a collage, a school, a LOT of houses. Put Vermont in and next time you make a site check a map!

Carrie says:

October 13, 2005, 8:32 pm

From: Richmond VA
What happend to the Hollywood cemitary man that place is incredibly haunted. Also we have a bunch of old houses here that are haunted.

katie says:

November 7, 2005, 11:35 am

i have actually visited this and it was pretty scarey!

Jamie Snyder says:

November 19, 2005, 1:48 pm

I went there too and it was scary!! My sister heard someone say thank you for coming closer as she got close to the Ballroom door. And I heard the piano playing and there was no one in the piano seat but the keys were moving!! It scared me half-to-death!!!!

Jamie Snyder says:

November 19, 2005, 1:48 pm


Brittney says:

December 9, 2005, 12:20 pm

Who cares about Vermont?

Greg says:

February 7, 2006, 12:12 am

I’ve heard the walls bleed inside the Cavalier Hotel.

mia says:

February 27, 2006, 8:00 pm

what about philippines?

Renee says:

February 28, 2006, 5:28 pm

I stay at the cavalier quite often and it is open from like may to i believe september every year

Jennifer says:

March 27, 2006, 12:24 am

I’m new here. The Cav Hotel sounds great! Anything closer to Charlottesville? Ben through many other states and am really interested in your ghosts stories here. Always fun…looking for experiences! Any suggestions in addition to the Cav?

krys says:

April 5, 2006, 9:07 pm

dude some of the comments are bull!!!

John says:

April 24, 2006, 8:41 pm

I stayed at this hotel for a night once. I live in that area, and wanted to have my birthday there. That night the window of our room opened on it’s own, and we heard some strange noises. . .like the rubbing of shoes on brick. After that we heard a sound like meat hitting concrete. We went to the front desk about it the next morning, and it turns out, the man who founded Coors Brewery comitted suicide in that room in the 1940’s. He jumped out the window. There are many haunted family cemeteries in Virginia Beach.

John says:

April 24, 2006, 8:43 pm

I stayed at this hotel for a night once. I live in that area, and wanted to have my birthday there. That night the window of our room opened on it’s own, and we heard some strange noises. . .like the rubbing of shoes on brick. After that we heard a sound like meat hitting concrete. We went to the front desk about it the next morning, and it turns out, the man who founded Coors Brewery comitted suicide in that room in the 1940’s. He jumped out the window. There are many haunted family cemeteries in Virginia Beach.

Ce Ce says:

April 27, 2006, 2:04 pm

Dudes that place is whicked some would say scary but scary is my type of thing i love scary and i love to be scared too so for all yall scared cats go and find another place cause i want the scares if yall dont like to be scared alot…..LEAVE ME TO BE SCARED PLAESSSSSSSSSSE…..

Joe says:

May 17, 2006, 6:02 pm

This place sounds cool.

Jim says:

May 17, 2006, 6:07 pm

What family cemeteries? I live in Virginia Beach, and I have not seen a single one. Besides, I think that you are making this all up! Haunted family cemeteries! Ha! If there are, then where are they?

John says:

May 17, 2006, 6:15 pm

Well Jim, if you don’t believe me, then try this web-site: there are so many cemeteries in there that your head will spin! Some of them are in other states, but most of them are in Virginia Beach, or Old Princess Anne County. The creater of that web-site doesn’t mention the hauntings, but I have been to all of them, photographed every headstone, and gotten ghosts in half of the pictures. Go at night, maybe you’ll get all of the **** knocked out of you, dipstick!

b-dog says:

May 31, 2006, 9:25 pm

How do u no they were celebs?

Big Bill says:

June 7, 2006, 1:49 am


I couldn’t help but notice how utterly stupid you are. If you feel you need some assistance with your writing, I am here to help. Maybe we can get you up to a 2nd grade level.

tay says:

June 11, 2006, 7:44 pm

I’ve only been to the hotel in va Beach once, just to look. I has it gives me the creeps (like watching the movie The Shining). I have been (twice) to the Chamberlen hotel @ Fort Monroe in Hampton. The first time at night with my husband just to look around the “cool old hotel”. We went to the top floor and when to elevator door open, well it just felt wrong to get out the elevator. I went back to the desserted top floor during the day with some friends. I didn’t see anything, I can’t explain it, I felt like there was somthing there just out of my sight. I felt scared for no reason and this is before I knew the ghost stories. I can bet you money if you could get up there at night, you won’t last long.

george says:

June 30, 2006, 5:16 pm

are certain rooms that are haunted or is it just the whole 6th floor?

Donna says:

July 8, 2006, 4:48 pm

Just wanted to know if there is a certain room or floor in the Old Cavalier Hotel that is haunted or what. What is the story about an old man who hangs around there? I would L-O-V-E to go and have an experience.

Kelsey says:

July 10, 2006, 7:09 pm

your all just gay :)

chelssssss says:

July 10, 2006, 7:13 pm

umm kaay ;; tats cool but how is that scary maybe its jus yur imagination ?? ;; ever thought of that ?? ;; NO YU DIDNT!!

pfft crazy ppl:S

Cat says:

July 14, 2006, 5:57 pm

I stayed at the amaller Cavalier across the street from the haunted one. We stayed there for a national dance competition that summer, and my mom called her father to tell him where we were (he spent a lot of time in VA Beach), and he knew right off the bat that the one across the street was haunted. He told us about the cat and the guy who committed suicide, but didn’t know much else.

My mother and I then asked one of the people who worked at our hotel what happens there. The cat is actually someone’s spirit in disguise, I believe the guy who committed suicide because the cat started to show up the day after the guy killed himself, and one of the people who worked their was the irst to notice and believe it.

We also talked to a woman who worked at the haunted Cavalier. She would set all of the tables in one of the dining rooms. She would leave the room, come back, and all of the dishes and glasses would be turned upsidedown. She didn’t find it as much scary as she did “annoying.”

That’s my two cents.

ashley says:

July 26, 2006, 7:25 pm

I have lived in virginia beach my whole life but never spent the night there. i was there for a few hours for my friends birthday and she said the door kept unlocking by itself during the party. After everyone left and they were falling asleep they heard whispering. We also talked to people that worked there and some people would tell us it was haunted but others said they didnt know. The lady at the front desk said a couple nights ago there was a lady who opened the window, said hello and shut it…about 1 in the morning. The scary thing is there isn’t anything to stand on outside the window. She also said the water turns on and off by itself and it happend in the bath room next to the front desk.

Gerard Alexandre says:

August 3, 2006, 4:24 am

Hey dudes…..just respect each other’s opinion and to those who are just giving bull to this site remember you are not cheating us but yourself!

Cav hotel is one hell of a place. I believe its haunted coz Ive checked it out and i cn feel that odd hair-raising vibrations around me. But what the heck! a haunt is a haunt. each one has his own experience and degree of haunting may vary but bottomline is that everyone has the right to be HAUNTED. Just enjoy the ride.

Dana says:

August 11, 2006, 6:29 pm

Hi- I have stayed at the Cavaier on the Beach across the street from the old Cavalier but have investigated it. It is not just cool place to look for ghosts, it really is very pretty. While walking around at night I did hear someone playing piano but no one was in the music room. It does seem to have a lot of history and good energy around it. It is worth checking it out.

scooby doo crew says:

August 12, 2006, 12:11 pm

SO, we began our adventure in the late hours of last night….we totally saw that cat walking around, and those walls looked like they had dry blood, we went inside and the pool would spalsh by itsself and no one was jumping in.. we heard that meat slapping noise it was weird… so we decide on the top, and climb up the but didnt make it up ha. anyways we found a mysterious jungle gym, and were freaked out totally and saw the coors brewery man.

scooby doo crew says:

August 12, 2006, 12:11 pm

SO, we began our adventure in the late hours of last night….we totally saw that cat walking around, and those walls looked like they had dry blood, we went inside and the pool would spalsh by itsself and no one was jumping in.. we heard that meat slapping noise it was weird… so we decide on the top, and climb up the but didnt make it up ha. anyways we found a mysterious jungle gym, and were freaked out totally and saw the coors brewery man. sff

b-dog says:

August 22, 2006, 6:19 pm

Look Big bill first maybe u can find a name that anyone would actually care about Second maybe u should go and ask ur momy to tell u 1 then u can try to make someone care about what u r saying ok? and i bet u have a big head!

b-dog says:

August 22, 2006, 7:27 pm

U **** MY *** BIG BILL U ****** ******** OK SO LET **** HELP U I HATE THE **** OUTA U!

GEORGE says:

September 2, 2006, 5:41 pm

hey guys im George and ive been investigating the cavilier for a while!! I have alot of evp recordings of people laughing and horses making nosies even the sound of the mallot hitting the ball playing crokeh i dont know how to spell that word lol but one night me and my friend jeremy were sitting by the revene and it was really foggy coming off the water and i heard a woman say ” hello” like she was lost and then i heard foot steps coming up the stairs to us from the cazebo. another acount was when this couple came up to me in december and were dressed up in wedding gown and suit and they were all happy and smiling and i said “HEY ” they were like tonights our wedding night, i said ” congradulations” i wasnt really interested in talking to these people i had my friends there, then next thing i know they walk right into the cavalier to my astonishment the doors were locked , later i realized i had seen ghost but they appeared to be real looking HEy if anybody wants to join up with me and start a ghost investigation team let me know message me on

GEORGE says:

September 2, 2006, 5:46 pm

Hey guys theres also a house out in suffolk that i go to with alot of my friends so if you want to go let me know!!!! I have alot of pictures from Granby cemetary scary ones!!! I have E.V.P. from The francis plantation house off of va beach blvd. of a little girl saying ” there’s a tree by me” very creepy I really want to find people that are good ive been doing this for most of my life and i grew up here in chesapeake, now im chillin in va beach most of the time most of you guys might know me i use to play guitar with metal band ” laid to rest” and i played with the guitarist Scottie from norma jean remember message me on my myspace at

Leslie says:

September 17, 2006, 12:45 pm

I Have lived in Virginia Beach my whole life, and I have stayed at the Cavalier for my sisters birthday. I would say I was about 10 years old, but I did not have any experiences while I was there. But there are books on it being haunted, and it looks very haunted, eventhough I have not had any experiences.

Hope says:

September 29, 2006, 10:02 pm

I also live here in Va. Beach. Me and a friend went and met up about 10:30 one night to go check out the Cavalier. We snuck inside the elevator and took it up to the 6th floor. We checked it out, East Wind, and did not see anything, and as we headed toward the elevator, we noticed a man we saw at the front entrace to the place, security. We said hello, jumped to the 4th, 3rd and 2nd where we got out of the elevator, and decided to hurry up and take the service stairs down further as much as they would allow us to go. We got past the kichen, down into the boiler room. That place was creepy. We entered into a dark hallway, but did not come totally prepaired, so decided not to venture there any further. We decided, while down there to look around the other direction. Got past the linen cage, and notice a large room with old furniture and beds. Past that, we saw another old room, dark, and a hallway past that. We got creeped out and decided to get outside to see if we could see anything. Well, no go. But, I did just balls out walk up to the man who was security and started to ask questions, and told him what we were doing. I told him how far we had made it. At that point, we did find out that there are alot of tunnels aunder the hotel, and we were well on our way when we saw the hallway past the old furniture. We have promised to go back in the winter to really dig deeper in this place. It was fun and exciting. We cant wait to go again!

Jessica says:

October 2, 2006, 12:18 pm

Wow, a lot of these stories sound very fun and exciting! Usually, when I go to Va. Beach, I stay with my aunt off of Shore Dr. but I’ve only stayed in one hotel other than my aunt’s house. Next time, I’ll try and go to the Cavalier because I’ve never had a real experience…just some things happened to me in my dad’s townhouse. For example, every once in awhile I will hear footseps going up and down the stairs. Also, this one time, the front door was closed and me and my dad were watching a movie and the way the t.v is turned when can see the reflection from the front room and the hall. Well, when the screen was black for a couple seconds I saw something run across the screen real quick. It was the reflection from the front room. I paused for a few seconds and looked at my dad beside me and asked “Did you see that?” and he says “yes i did”. i was a little freaked out by this moment lol. I have a bunch of stories to tell though…its really exciting but kind of freaky to experience something like that. But I love the phenomena of ghosts, spirits, and whatnot.

CJ says:

October 30, 2006, 8:59 pm

I have lived here for around 15 years now. I have been to the cavelier a few times for Christmas functions. They use to hold the Holly Ball there. The place is great historically, and yes does remind you of “The Shining”. Once during a Christmas party during their renovations, the small ladies room was rather full, so they allowed us to use one of the just renovated rooms on an upper floor (forgot which one) When we (my husband and I) got off the elevator you could just feel something. Could hear/feel old music playing. We looked around for speakers, but couldn’t find anything that was working. We had a few drinks (liquor for him and ice tea for me) so we were not swaded. When we got into the room the bathroom door (which is like a pocket door) was wide open, it closed fine while I was in there and opened fine coming out, but wouldn’t close again until my husband was inside! That swaded us!! no elevator needed I think we flew back to the ballroom!

Sherry says:

November 1, 2006, 10:38 am

I have stayed at the Cavalier Hotel but I didn’t have any experiences like the tales say. I do, however, believe it is haunted. I got a “feeling” even tho I didn’t have any experiences. Also, Adolf Coors did committ suicide at this hotel, but it was not in the 1940’s, it was June 5, 1929 and he did jump out (or fell out) of a window.

Mandy says:

November 8, 2006, 3:49 pm

I have lived 10 minutes from the Cavlier Hotel my whole 22 years of life. I have never had any weird or creepy experiences myself, however, I have a friend whose grandmother manages the building. She has lots to tell, and I will tell her about the website so she can relate all her experiences!

noyb says:

November 21, 2006, 9:08 pm

ummmmmmmmmmmmm enough w/ the swearing b-dog……god STOP SWEARING ON THISS SITE and noyb mean NONE OF YOUR BUISNESS!!!

charmagne says:

December 24, 2006, 8:25 pm

THAT’S SPOOKY,BUT I’d like to see it for my self that would be cool. I think?

Frank says:

January 7, 2007, 1:05 am

George, If you still read this stuff, please contact me at I would love to get together and investigate some paranormal stuff. It actually is very interesting to me and my family.

Justin says:

January 8, 2007, 4:46 pm

I live in Virginia Beach and have heard stories about the Cavalier Hotel but have never actualy been there. If anyone wants to investigate this I would be very willing to. The problem is that I don’t have the first clue as to how.

Michael says:

January 23, 2007, 3:42 pm

A couple of weeks ago I was in Virginia Beach doing some paranormal work. A co-worker who was giving me a ride back to my hotel told me about the Cavalier and some of the ghost stories associated with it. She told me that I had to check it out for myself. We would only be about 10 mins out of the way and although it was closed we could walk around and look at it. We got there and the place was like the Overlook from the Shining (a very common association with the Cavalier). Walking around, looking in the windows was like stepping right into teh 20s or 30s, you could almost feels the spirits. Well, we began walking accross the circular drive towards her car and she stopped me and told me that I had to see in the front door windows. Just as we got there and she started to tell me where the halls all led we heard a gigantic crash. Turning around we could see that a huge piece of what we later discovered to be a huge piece of the buildings granite ledge from the roof, smashed down right about where we would have been if we hadnt stopped. I exclaimed “wow, cool” (LOL) and we started investigating a bit. It appeared that nowhere in the front was there any facet missing but only on one of the angled sides. The next morning we both went indepently to take photos and confirm that observation. I am very excited at the idea of going back once they are open and doing a full investigation there. After all The large piece of granite would have had to travel roughly 55feet or more laterally to be able to land where it did on that windless night! I use a piece of that ledge as a paperweight on my desk back in Chicago, just to remind me that if something is meant to get you, it will!

Sally says:

January 24, 2007, 3:19 pm

I went to HS in Va Bch in the late 70s. We had proms & stuff at the Cavalier & there were never any stories of hauntings or weird experiences. It is just a gorgeous historic hotel. In the 90s I stayed there overnight, and nothing happened.

I’m not a skeptic–I would love to have any paranormal experience–but I just don’t think it’s that easy to have something occur. I lived close to the Thoroughgood House (supposedly also haunted) & even trick-or-treated there for years, and there was never anything going on in my presence or that anyone I knew ever experienced. I also worked at the Chamberlin Hotel in Hampton, and nothing happened … except monstrously huge cockroaches right before customers’ eyes in the dining room!

I think a lot of these stories are just good stories that take on a life of their own. How many of you stayed at the Cavalier just to see a ghost? See, it’s good salesmanship to have a haunted reputation! Post some photos of weird stuff & I’ll start to believe. But until then, just enjoy the architecture & history. Not all old things are scary!

Sam says:

February 4, 2007, 1:50 pm

Im just getting into paranormal studies, and would be more than interested in checking out the Cavalier,or any other local haunts… anybody wanna go , contact me @

Amanda says:

February 9, 2007, 1:04 pm

I went to the Cavalier and its definitely haunted. Me and my mom were walking past the room with the piano and we heard the piano playing so we went to check it out and it was playing by itself

Andrew says:

February 11, 2007, 9:31 am

I have not stayed there, nor do I have any experiences to discuss. However, I recently learned about the Cavalier while I was on vacation a couple weeks ago. When I was told it was haunted, I did research and stumbled across this page. I would just like to thank all of you that have shared your experiences. Some of them sound really creepy! It was great reading them. I’m looking forward to going back to VA Beach soon and spending a night in the Cavalier!

Ice Queen says:

March 3, 2007, 6:49 pm

in my opinion,this story sounds like a load of lies.wy would old celebrities wanna haunt a stupid hotel? wouldn’t they wanna haunt their old mansions or somthen?

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March 23, 2007, 8:32 am


Karen says:

March 30, 2007, 1:32 am

My friend and I visited the Cavalier Hotel tonight just to check it out. We both live here in VA Beach and have been fascinated by the “spookiness” of the Hotel. We entered the old hotel in to the lobby and up to the front desk. We were met by the manager and told him we were there just to check it out to possible rent a room in the near future. He told us we were welcome to look around. I couldn’t resist but to get my camera. Before I got the camera, we toured the check-in desk level and wandered our way around. There was a door to the right (ballroom) just past the library )I think it may have been the Pocahontas Room. The door was closed as we passed it. We walked straight until we came to a pool table. It was there we both started to feel something creepy. We then walked toward the pool and at the same time we both decided to turn around. There was an unwelcome feeling that we both felt. Once I went and got my camera and came back in to the hotel, the door to the Pocahontas Room (that was closed) was open. Since this is off-season, the hotel was scarecely occupied. I then took a picture in to the Pocahontas Room. I immediately noticed some “orbs” in the picture. One in particular that was noticable. We took about 3 pictures when all of a sudden my camera died. As I was walking in to the hotel, I put brand new batteries in my camera. After only 3 pictures, my camera died. This was just as I was about to take a picture of the piano and the large picture above it. I can’t wait to be able to reserve a room and see more!!! I was creeped out but in a curious way.


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Brie says:

July 12, 2007, 11:35 pm

Holy ****.
I would’ve never thought that place to be haunted.
I’ve never stayed there, but we stay in Virginia Beach every year in a Holiday Inn closeby with a glorious view of the neighboring Cavalier Hotel.

The Hotel doesn’t exactly look like your typical ‘haunted’ place. My word, it’s a beauty. I’ve actually considered marrying next year when my fiaance and I tie the know. Hah.

You should all have a look at it.
You’ll find it’s quite elegant despite its “haunting”.


Wires for Nerves says:

July 18, 2007, 12:56 am

(This was prior to me stumbling across this site tonight) My husband and a very close friend of ours decided it would be fun to go for a stroll around the place. We first noticed a cat or a fox dart almost out of no were across the lot and up a grass hill, we entered and (had to use the bathrooms!) I got a spook from one of the soap dispensers being so loud! Though there was nothing unusual about the bathroom, or the entire bottom floor, it was all very elegant and quiet, we made our way to the stairwell, it was Stifling hot! We made our way up to each floor and upon reaching the sixth we walked down one of the wings and my mate stopped and asked if weâ??d heard a sound, he claimed it sounded like a wet packing noise.
We decided to leave after that and walked to our car through the hotels small grove of trees we had stopped and were talking a bit and being silly and behind us heard a sound like someone jumping out of a tree, or a heavy footstep in the grass. I am of course not convinced, but a little freaked out after I came home and found this site with stories of a cat and a man that had committed suicide!

Social Occult Machine says:

July 18, 2007, 1:00 am

(This was prior to me stumbling across this site tonight) My husband and a very close friend of ours decided it would be fun to go for a stroll around the place. We first noticed a cat or a fox dart almost out of no were across the lot and up a grass hill, we entered and (had to use the bathrooms!) I got a spook from one of the soap dispensers being so loud! Though there was nothing unusual about the bathroom, or the entire bottom floor, it was all very elegant and quiet, we made our way to the stairwell, it was Stifling hot! We made our way up to each floor and upon reaching the sixth we walked down one of the wings and my mate stopped and asked if weâ??d heard a sound, he claimed it sounded like a wet packing noise.
We decided to leave after that and walked to our car through the hotels small grove of trees we had stopped and were talking a bit and being silly and behind us heard a sound like someone jumping out of a tree, or a heavy footstep in the grass. I am of course not convinced, but a little freaked out after I came home and found this site with stories of a cat and a man that had committed suicide!

Social Occult Machine says:

July 18, 2007, 1:02 am

Oh lame! Sorry for the double post and spam! This website was acting funny x_x or perhaps it was my crappy connection X3

Doc says:

July 27, 2007, 11:36 pm

do you want to hear or see real ghost,just go to San Antonio,Tx & visit the Alamo @ 1:45am & let’s see what happen’s 365 day’s a year———–

steve says:

August 5, 2007, 4:21 pm

The cav hotel has quite the history behind. Many famous people have stayed in the Cav throughout her glory days. People such as Al Capone, Adolf Hitler, an yes the man who started a brewery. The hotel has very many ghostly storys behind it. Such storys like the curse of room 666 where the brewery man jumped an took his own life. Other storys about hearing someone drowning in the pool in the early hours of the morning. There is a ton of history in this hotel. there are alot of secrets rooms an halls in the cav. there are the abandonded elevator shafts in the cav where a child suposedly road his bike down an fell to his death. an yes these elevators are no longer used but still exist. then there is the narrow stair case on the 7th floor that leads to a heavly chained off door. Storys about a secret room where the man who started the cav lived in. His ghost has been seen walking up the narrow stair case late at night. The hotel is fun to explore. if you get the chance you should stay there one night. an if you got the balls stay in room 666.

John says:

August 6, 2007, 9:57 pm

Screw you steve.

Crissy says:

August 9, 2007, 10:44 pm

Though many of these stories may seem false or exaggerated to some people they are not for I myself am a paranormal investigator and have been staying the the newer Cavalier across the street for about two weeks now doing interviews of both new and old cavalier employees and interrogation/investigation of the Haunted Cavalier hotel. I do not know all of the stories but I believe that the Coors man committed suicide in the 1920’s during the Great Depression and the cat is a different soul that haunted Coors the night of his death. This is just a guess but I think I may have a good lead on the amazing mysteries of this charming, enchanted hotel. It’s a great get-away very cute and mysterious, I think they offer tours now also. Be cautious though: While I was there I saw the haunted piano, a cat with red eyes, the elevator broke down, the stairwell was ghastly and hot, and there is a strange meat-slapping sound as well as some whispers and color changing towels.

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Matt says:

August 20, 2007, 9:14 pm

I am writing this from the front desk of the Original (Haunted) Cavalier. I just wanted to expose you as a liar; there is no one that has inerviewed employees of either building recently.

That said, I have a new story that has been confirmed by different guest on different nights. . .a woman walking through a door with a dog following her across the lobby. Of course the piano incident has happened a couple times. I have also heard about a waiter walking through a wall in the Pocahontas room. There is a window in a room behind the front desk (the room is spooky itself) that looks onto the pool so I will have to keep my eyes peeled for the drowning kid.

Just tonight some people came in asking about some things, they took some pics in the music room and I witnessed the orbs in several places in the pic. It could have been light reflections, but didn’t seem entirely reasonable for that to be the explanation.

Will let you all know if any other activity is observed by me.

Lezet says:

August 21, 2007, 5:32 pm

Every year my family and I go to VA. Beach, we live in New Jersey so VA. Beach is a great get away. On our last day which was yesterday the 20th my mother,sister,brother and I went to the Cavalier Hotel just to see how much the rooms go for…it’s not expensive at all. A nice very helpful African-American lady gave us a tour of the hotel, well I must say beautiful hotel. This is hotel is so different from anything we saw. Everything from the atmosphere,the rooms, scenery made it so amazing. Now i know this may not be so thrilling but as all of us went on the elevator to go back to the first floor the elevator doors kept opening and closing…at least three times. We were all freaked out! We plan on staying there next week for a week…we are so excited.

John says:

August 23, 2007, 12:57 am

Matt you liar! You can’t get onto Real Haunts on a business computer. Even if you did, you’ll probably be experiencing a lay-off in the next few days.

Nicky says:

August 25, 2007, 10:40 am

if i went there and my towels turned green i would not wash my buttwith it!! thats just weird 😛

JIM says:

September 21, 2007, 11:28 am

I’m in the navy stationed down here in virginia beach and when i got here people on base told me the story of the “haunted hotel near the beach.” Being curious me and some friends stayed there for an entire weekend. Unfortunately nothing paranormal happend to us while we were there. We even brought along cameras and explored during the night and not one thing. Maybe it was just an off night or two for the ghosts.

Zhandra says:

September 25, 2007, 1:28 am

I’ve stayed at the Oceanfront Cavalier twice now. Sadly both times were off season so I am yet to stay in the haunted building. I snuck in there today to have a look around, it’s really beautiful. Hopefully next summer I’ll stay over there. The pool area is really intimidating! I’m not even sure why, I’d like to find somewhere that catalouges all the recorded deaths/accidents there.

Carol says:

October 15, 2007, 9:17 pm

My husband and I visited Yorktown, VA. When I was a young child and teen, I saw a lady in white below my bedroom window. My aunt was the only one who believed me because there had been 2 car wrecks near our road by drivers who say a woman in white dart accross the road. In Yorktown it was about 9PM and my husband wanted to drive thru the battle grounds in our car. It was ok until we turned on this one road and I suddenly felt like something had come over me and I could not breath. He quickly stop the car and said I had a glow. He turned the car around and we left the area and I was fine. The next night we drove back into the battle grounds just a short distance and I felt very strange as if something had me by the throat. I ask him to please get us out of there fast. Once we were out of the grounds I was again find. I still love to visit Yorktown but not the battle fields at night.

Sadie Grant says:

October 15, 2007, 10:37 pm

Me n my friends were new to the area. We are in the navy n got stationed on NOB. We heard about hotel cavelier through a friend n on night decided to go check it out. There was about six of us and we went to the hotel around 1-2 am. we looked around the front n walked the perimeter of the hotel since it was closed. After walking all around it we got back to the front we realized that alot of things had changed. Sum window blinds that we realized were closed on the 6th floor when we first arrived there were then open n we seen a shadow if sumthin in one of the windows on the six floor. Now im not saying i blieve in this haunted ghost stuff but i will leave everyone to come to there own conclusion.

annabelle says:

October 19, 2007, 9:33 am

i know the family that owns this hotel.. the story about the man who threw himself out the window, well from what i am told by the family it would be to murder more than suicide due to the fact he didn’t open the window before you jumped out of it, he went right through the glass. and they say that nothin really happens around that room.. the only thing that does happen is the hotel doors do open a bit on their own but that is about it…

annabelle says:

October 19, 2007, 9:36 am

i know the family that owns this hotel.. the story about the man who threw himself out of the window would appear to be more murder than suicide due to the fact that he threw himself out while the window was still closed.. like through the glass and everything.. they don’t really hear to much from that room either.. the only that really does happen is the elevator doors do open alot on their own but that is about it.

E Rew says:

October 25, 2007, 2:57 am

The Cavalier is not as old as they have listed on this site. However the Coors’ story is true and the meat slapping concrete sound is common. There is some mystery as to whether he committed suicide because of the beginning of Prohibition or if it was an accident. The windows in this building are large and you could easily fall out before they were blocked from opening all of the way like they are now.

lacey says:

October 31, 2007, 9:09 am

WEll my queston is isnt there any stories about Lee County, Virginia? It’s one of the most spooky places I have ever seen, and I know there are strange things that happen in this town. I have lived here my whole life and have experienced many paranormal things. In Big Stone which is may be a 30 minute drive from here there was a house just recently tore down. The queston is why? The house was beautiful and from the outside it looked like a good family house. In the past years a few families have lived there and moved out of that house saying that doors would open and close, things would fly out of cabinets, and many other strange things happened. May be the house had a electrical problem so there for they tore it down or may be all the families that lived there in the past few years let there story be known to show there are real evil in that house!

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Tara H. says:

November 14, 2007, 4:25 pm


bathory says:

December 19, 2007, 3:31 am

My mother, friend, and myself snuck into the old Cav hotel to check it out a bit. There was definitely some very strong energies there; especially in the piano room, pool room, and the upper floors. Another good place is the inside entrance to the bar. I got a couple of small orbs in pics, and on the sixth floor I got one photo that was inexplicably dark. All the other pictures were normal in terms of flash. I plan to have my wedding on the grounds next fall, and will probably stay in the old hotel if we can.

getitright says:

January 8, 2008, 8:59 pm

Hotel was actually bullt in 1927. Closed in 80’s and most stuff auctioned off. I ‘m sure that made some ghosts real mad.

Samantha says:

February 7, 2008, 10:25 pm

Oooo I Love the Cavalier!!! I’m getting married there next February!!! Oh its so Beautiful and I do think it has a lot of history in it, if not some spooks! Last night my family and I went there to go talk to the wedding coordinator and he took us over there. Awww gorgeous. Since its off-season its completely dead but its better that way. In a weird way I want something spooky to happen while my wedding is taking place. It would be so memorable. My fiance and I are getting married at Old Donation Episcopal church, Va beach, which is the one of the oldest churches in the area. It dates back to 1692; a very old building. So keeping the older feeling i wanted a historic building to have the reception…its perfect. Its like you walk into the 1920’s. When you walk in to the building
the cold air hits you and this distinct smell lingers in the air. Totally awesome. Can’t wait!

jessica says:

February 11, 2008, 9:00 pm

thats realy scary and once I went to virgnia beach

Brett says:

February 15, 2008, 3:38 pm

I want to stay in this hotel, but are their certain rooms that are haunted? If so, what number are they?

jessica says:

February 15, 2008, 11:37 pm

hey do you all really think this is true

Brett says:

February 16, 2008, 11:37 am

I dont know about the cavalier because ive never been there. But there is a lot of places in Virginia that are haunted.

EJ says:

March 6, 2008, 11:23 pm

ok heres the deal yes i have heard many stories of the cav and i like the fact ppl are talking but sty on topic i dont care that you wanna argue about sports i wanted to read about paranormal activity and if and one in the va bch area wanna get together lemme know

john says:

March 10, 2008, 4:47 pm

i have lived in Virginia Beach for 20 years and i am very familiar with the hotel and i have heard that it was haunted. i have never stayed in the hotel, but me and a couple of my friends have seen the lights flickering from a long ways. and even up close. if you ever visit VA beach go to 70th street about 12 or so and u can see the lights flicker on and of. and i know that no one is doing it on purpose cause u would have to shut power to the whole building to do that.

T says:

March 15, 2008, 10:46 am

When I visited the hotel, the 7th floor was closed because it was haunted. Years ago a women killed herself along with other people. Also during WWI they drained the pool to help dieing solders. It is very creapy to go into the basement at night it is abandoned, dark, and full of old furniture.

lacy sticky hands says:

March 28, 2008, 3:20 pm

I’ve also lived in Virginia Beach and I’ve stayed in the Cav a couple of times. I was outside the room for a moment and when I came back in the items I placed on the bed were on the shelf on the other side of the room. Friends have also told me weird thing about the Cav.

Melissa van Niekerk says:

March 30, 2008, 5:39 am

Hi, I’m from Soouth Africa and wehave loads of ghosts here. If anybody is interested in a fewstories you can email me at

Jessica says:

May 1, 2008, 10:43 pm

I applied at the newer Cavalier Hotel as a cleaning maid and I got hired. But the good news is, instead of working at the newer one, they sent me to the old one to stay and work at. Tomorrow will be my third day and I’ve got to remember to bring my camera and video camera. The old building is beautiful and there are a lot of closed off doors that make me curious. I haven’t gotten to explore the whole building yet but it’s a goal that I will make. I haven’t experienced anything scary yet, but hopefully soon. I believe in ghosts and would love to have an encounter with one. Will update when I have more to report!

Jessica says:

May 6, 2008, 1:53 pm

Jessica says:

May 10, 2008, 7:53 pm

I was cleaning the mens bathroom in the lobby today,and one of the urinals flushed by itself, and I wasn’t even near it, but someone else was with me and heard it too. I also heard something fall on the floor, but there is nothing in there that could become attached from anything and fall, so I’m not sure what it was.

elaina b. says:

May 16, 2008, 7:25 am

I went to the cavalier once and tay said it all. It scares you to death! I am staying there one night this summer and I am so excited but scared!

Matt says:

June 29, 2008, 10:48 pm

Anyone want to go check out some places in the norfolk/va beach area? let me know at, or 484 919 2087

Alan says:

July 25, 2008, 9:49 am

Hey, I used to work at the hotel a few years ago, and I must say….some of the things I have read in here are very true. Like the underground pathways, broken down elevators, ghosts, etc. I remember one night when I was working in the Pochahontas room, and I swear it felt like someone was with me, just watching what I was doing. I also remember hearing the piano playing at night when nobody was anywhere near it, plus it would be completely dark in the room. I plan on going back one day and staying in the old hotel on the hill, and see if anything else may happen. I think it would be awesome.

Anjel says:

July 31, 2008, 2:53 am

My Sons are both skeptics and I would love 2 take ny 19 year old somewhere that will make a believer! I always say, “If you believe in The Holy Trinity, You Have to Believe!”

sam says:

August 9, 2008, 11:03 pm

hey i was wondering if anyone has any pictures of the grand ballroom? also, any stories of the G.ballroom?

anonymous ppl says:

August 11, 2008, 10:49 am

I would like to say that why can’t you search england and u.k we are known to have many hauntings and it would be great if you reviewed any places from england or u.k. Thanks anonymous.

anonymous ppl says:

August 11, 2008, 10:53 am

Ok right if you are expriencing anything email me at so I can help you because I have been experiencing things and I fear to be a medium or a sensative. Please it would be my pleasure. Thanks Annonymous.

Mary masiquilita says:

August 16, 2008, 5:59 pm

My grandpa has lived there before. And the day he moved out he died!

Robert says:

August 18, 2008, 10:46 pm

Jessica, nice photos. Have you had any eerie experiences since you have bee working there.

Salma says:

August 23, 2008, 4:09 pm

Wana communicate with them or leet them leave or get angry? say this it will make them stay away from u or atleast leave : Aooz bilahi min al shayten al rajim, bismillah.
Or u can say this its long but worth it : Allahu la illah ila howa al hay al qayoom la takodoho sinaton wala nawm lahu mafil samawat wama fil arad, man zalazy yashfaoo indaho ila biznih, yalam mabayn aydeehem wama khalfahom wala yohettoon bilmih ila bima shaa lahu ma fil samawat wama fil ard wala yaoodoho hifzohoma wa howa al aly al azeem.

Its long but worth it, ull feel relaxed. Please somone try saying it and tell me what happened and wat did u feel please i dont live in the US i live in Dubai so please anyoone please copy it and go there and tell me about it … just email me when u try it, Thanks! :)

prasha says:

August 23, 2008, 5:03 pm

well after reading everyones story about this hotel being haunted. i wentto the website to take a look,and as pics this hotel looks sooooo darn beautiful! its so huge. are u guys just making this up or something!!!

glenda says:

August 27, 2008, 6:31 pm

will someone give me map to this wonderfull place

glenda says:

August 27, 2008, 6:36 pm

this place rocks

sam hurnner says:

August 30, 2008, 12:31 am

omg omg ! this is soo not true !
i wish it was tho !

nickki says:

August 30, 2008, 12:33 am

agreed with sam h ! come on i want real
ghost stories ! brinnnng it on babbby !

immaculate says:

September 4, 2008, 6:41 am

This is the work of great imagination!

Deliverance Minister Helena Garilano says:

September 13, 2008, 8:09 am

The Hotel is Haunted because the owner has not dealt with the spirits. The spirits have a â??legal groundâ? to stay and that would be a tragic event such as a fire or someone dying on the property. There is a curse because of a death on the property. The legal grounds must be removed. If the owner does not deal with this. Visitors must do this if you are a Christian. Whenever you pay for a room at a hotel before walking in you say I cover myself and family with the blood of Jesus Christ, I break any curses brought in by a death in the area where I occupy in the Name of Jesus Christ. I bind all demons and command you to leave this room in the Name of Jesus Christ , I command you to leave in the Name of Jesus Christ (repeat many times) Read the bible out loud in the room . They might follow you home. Say Any demon that transfered to me followed me or was sent to me I bind you and cast you out in the Name of Jesus Christ. Demons can change their appearance to look like a person. They donâ??t want you to know who they are. There are more details on my website http://www.HauntedHouseBuster.Com

Peggy says:

September 16, 2008, 1:23 am

I use to live in Brockton, MA I was 24-25 years old, in a haunted house lol! I swear. It was on Glenwood St. A woman said “Hi” right in my ear, while I was walking in the kitchen, and I flew in the other room where my husband and the kids were, with my eyes bugged out of my head. My husband said, “What’s the matter” I said, “Nothing” I didn’t want to scare the kids. They were all just starring at me. I Walked into the kitchen another time, all cabinets opened, one by one, by themselves, left that room. I shut the bathroom light off, walked a few feet away, turned around to go back into the bathroom, forgetting something, the light was now on. And as I was painting the woodwork, with the kids playing in the other room, hubby was at the laundrymat, some woman’s voice said…”Helloooo” behind me, I ran into the room took the kids, waited in the hallway for him to get back. The living room door hardly ever opened, so we used front door, except one day, me and my husband tried using the key and slamming all our weight into the door over and over, finally it opened. “Whew!” We said, hell with this door, we’ll use the front. Well, one day he and I and the kids were sitting on the floor {I think playing a board game} near the that door, that we kept locked never using it. It opened by itself about 2 feet, my 7 yr. old son said, “Did you see that?” We couldn’t even move we just starred at it. I said to my husband, “You shut it” And a lot of other weird things too, we moved out.

One time in Dighton, MA, me and my cousin went to a Haunted Graveyard, we had a fascination with cemeteries. Soon as we got there I turned around, he was gone. An old man, slowly walking, slight limp was looking at me, then put his head down, smiling. He was about 15 feet away from me to my right, walking past me. Knowing this one was haunted, I wanted my cousin near me, I yelled for my cousin quick a couple times, no answer. And this was a small cemetery too. I yelled for his dog, Montana! I turned my head back quick to see if the old man was still there, gone! The dog came running to me. There was a fence behind me the man couldn’t have climbed it and I would’ve heard it, he wouldn’t have had time to anyway and the front was the only way out. I said where’s Kenny? lol! (to the dog) I taught him that, Ken said, “Why are you teaching him that?” I told Ken, that might come in handy one day. Damned if it didn’t. That dog ran, stopped, looked at me, ran, stopped, waited for me to catch up, and took me right to Kenny. Who was behind some bushes, looking at a couple of stones, that’s all that was there. I looked at one stone it was the father and brother of my mom’s ex-boyfriend, they were from Dighton. I said to Ken, “You didn’t hear me screaming for you?” He said, No. I called for your dog, he found me. Ken laughed. I said, I’m outta here! He said, No. I said it’s my car I’m leaving, he came with me. I said, “Did you see that old man?” He said, “What old man?” I told him. Heck with that I was afraid that if I turned one more time that man was going to be up in my face if that dog didn’t find me to run with.

Keri says:

September 20, 2008, 5:03 pm

I just loved all these stories you guys had about the hotel. I cant wait to go check it out. If any of you want to go back let me know. I have a myspace page and I am trying hard to start up a little group for the paranormal. If anyone is interested still email me at

Kim says:

September 24, 2008, 12:46 pm

I drive by the Cavalier Hotel on my way up to the North End to surf alot. And every time I drove by the hotel, I always looked towards it and feel this uneasy vibe. Before I found this site, I felt the place looked haunted. It’s gorgeous on the outside. But I haven’t been inside to have a look around. Although, I have driven by it at night and it is very creepy.

David says:

October 7, 2008, 1:29 pm

anyone interested in starting a paranormal group around virginia beach, norfolk, email me at


October 20, 2008, 8:01 pm

Dis is scary!!!!! I am goin 2 da Cavalier in 2 dayz wit my boyfriend!! Im scared!!!!!! O well he’ll keep me safe!!!

I see people... says:

October 24, 2008, 9:05 am

My family stayed there in August. Like everyone else, I felt like there was someone else in the rooms, especially if you were alone. If you go, check out the dark staircase that is off the large room where the piano is. It is blocked off, but everytime you go past it, it feels like someone is standing there. I dare anyone to go up those stairs.

Olivia says:

October 26, 2008, 3:37 pm

Hi i i live in pennslyvannia and there is no haunted places around me that i know but when i was little my parents went out to see a horror movie and i was asleep and new nothing about them going. I remeber seeing a little girl in a white dress sitting on the edge of my bed and asking me odd questions …. which i can remeber. Something she did just made me scream (i dont remeber what exacly) I woke my mom up from screaming so load (they where back from the movies now)and it freaked her out because she saw a movie with a little girl. when i went back to sleep i saw her again and she asked me why i did that. i answerd “i dont know i was scared” she said not to be scared and walked through my door and went away. I’m 12 now and it still gives me chills.

Olivia says:

October 26, 2008, 3:39 pm

I know that had nothing to do with this

Olivia says:

October 26, 2008, 3:42 pm

… which i can’t remember (sorry for the miss spelling)


December 17, 2008, 10:05 pm


Kylie and Marissa says:

December 30, 2008, 8:54 pm

Me,and my friend Kylie went there today,BUT it was during the day. We saw it on our way to the navy base,and her grandma said something about the Cavalier being on America’s Most Haunted. So,we went back,and Kylie felt weird about the place. But eventually I convinced her to walk up the fornt steps. As we were leaving,we saw a..’cleaning’ woman,and asked her what happened at this place, and her reply was..’what?! I dont know.’..well,shes a LIAR! Anyway,we got back in the car,and Kylie’s grandma said she saw someone in the window on the fourth floor. We truned around,and on the third floor corner window,the light was on..the only light on in the whole building except for the seventh floor. the seventh also had lights on. When we were leaving,I turned around,only to see that the light on the third floor had been ‘turned’ off. Pretty creepy,eh? Also,the cleaning woman said that it was open only on Wednesday,so we’re gonna get her grandma to take us back..and im taking my camera!

Marissa! says:

January 1, 2009, 9:59 pm

DUDES! I went back there yesterday with Kylie,and I caught an ‘orb’ in my picture! NO LIE! We went there,and it was open,but they only let us tour the lobby,which may I add,is where the Pocahantas Room is located. The Ballroom door was locked,though…bummer! But,the pool is also located in the lobby. WE (me and kylie) didnt hear/see anything..but her cousins did! They were in the bathroom,and they said they heard a door start to creek open,and all three of them ran out of the bathroom screaming! Anyways..I have no clue who I got in my picture,but I didnt even notice it till my aunt pointed it out in my camera last night. Me and my cousins,my mom,and my aunt are gonna go BACK there tomorrow! I cant wait! so definatley taking my camera! So all you people who say this is a HOAX,well,let me tell you,it’s not! All the stuff the article said up there is 175% true! If you dont beleive me,go there yourself!

Me :) says:

January 17, 2009, 9:01 pm

like, oh my god. one time, I went to this hotel, yeah, and I swear I saw this crazy little flying fridge! like, omg it was CRAZY!!!!!!!! Something said boo and I screamed and felll out the window! it was so crazy! ooh, and the name was… er.. uh….. mm./…. oh yeah! the Cavalier, or something like that. Omg, wait! Isnn’t THIS the cavalier! WAC!!!!!!!*****

*****What A Coincidence!!!!!!!!!

cyn says:

January 29, 2009, 2:47 am

My Daughter and her Groom stayed at the hotel for their wedding night 2 years ago. Before we left them for the evening we took several photos of the Bride and her Groom and her Maid of Honor and the Best Man. In one of the photos taken in the Ballroom there is an “orb” over the head of the Maid of Honor as she posed with her boyfriend, the Best Man, beside the piano. In a picture taken just seconds before there is no “Orb”. I too have heard some of the stories about the Hotel. I felt something the very first time I set foot on the front steps. But seeing is really believing and an “Orb” with no other explanation is darn good proof. You all are entitled to your opinions but regardless of what you naysayers feel, the place is haunted.

Tina says:

March 10, 2009, 11:05 pm

I was born and raised in virginia beach and have heard of all of these stories however for who ever posted that comment um yeah no there are no bleeding walls in the hotel. However there is one thing missing from this and I dont remember the whole story but I do know that in the old original building the 13th floor is completely closed down I dont remember the story why I just remember that it was a ghost story not like a busted pipe or something and Now its used only as storage only during daylight.

Autumn says:

March 21, 2009, 8:33 pm

I live on 5th street in virginia beach and work on 28th. I love all this ghost stuff and my friends and i go “ghost hunting” all the time. Ive been to the Cavalier many times, and always have new experiences, I have heard and seen the piano playing on its own, I have taken pictures in the pool area and have had many orbs show up. Also on the sixth floor. The bell tower is closed to the public but when your a local and snoop around places you can find your way up, haha, it gets extremely windy up there even though theres no wind anywhere else, (the flags on the beach aren’t moving, ect.) Im really not sure about the Black man on the stairs but i can say I’ve heard key’s rattling, maybe i didn’t stay around long enough to actually see him.I’ve seen other things inside the elevators, that i’d rather keep to myself, because honestly if i wasnt there, i would believe it. I’ve also during the off season seen lights and people standing at windows. And IM NOT SAYING “HEY GO BREAK IN”, but theres a plae on the side of the building with a blue awning over it and under that near the bushes is a tunnel that leads to the kitchen, im pretty sure theres something covering the inside of it now though.

If you have any other questions regarding this you can message me at, or


Dede says:

June 15, 2009, 3:42 pm

I was a desk clerk the Summer of 1976. First year Cavalier on Hill opened after long closing ($). Worked 3pm to 11pm. In this year we had the gas shortage and had few guests staying (most stayed at new hotel on beach). One of the original bellmen Joe Walton (sweetest man on earth! RIP friend) worked with me. Only odd thing was elevator would go up and down (this is common). Mr. Walton would say “Hello,Mr. Dixon”! He was an owner that died. Never was scared and the hotel is a Grand Lady! The tunnels are underground. Used to be a butcher shop, beauty shop, clothes etc.Would have loved to see the hotel in its glory days! Don’t believe it’s haunted!

randy says:

July 2, 2009, 1:20 am

i have never been to the cavaler hotel, but i have heard lots of stories, and i want to get the scoop on it! i wonder if TAPS has come down and investigated it yet! wonder how we can get them to come?

randy says:

July 2, 2009, 1:25 am

I have never been to the Cavaler Hotel, but I have heard lots of stories. Has TAPS ever come and investigated the hotel?

Fury says:

July 2, 2009, 3:15 pm

I don’t think TAPS has. I haven’t heard of any official “ghost investigations” on site. But maybe we could locate a website and ask TAPS to look into it…might be worth a try at least. I have a picture of a “globe”I that appeared above the piano in some wedding day photos a couple years back.We did not see it when the picture was snapped.

Tate says:

July 28, 2009, 8:25 pm

Accually i live like 5 minutes away from it. It is such a beautiful place although with how long its been there I can believe it would have some interesting stories but I think the Cavalier is more of Virginia Beach’s past time since its been there since the early 1900’s. Its a shame things arn’t as beautiful as they used to be like the cavalier. Im glad its still standing.

Claire Anderson VA beach! D: says:

August 5, 2009, 12:42 am

Well i was on floor 6 like Coors was. And i hear living screaming and moaning and a bit of flesh hitting the ground. The elevator opened muliple times but didn’t look the same. It was a silver, then a rust, then silver again. The towels do indeed show changes in color and seem to come and go. i was sick one of the days i was there,and i heard someone say ‘feeling any better?’ right after the maids had cleaned, and after i heard the voice neighbors came running in. They said i have medical problems with voices, but they would be just as scared.
This is no lie people. If your not in the mood for being scared, don’t step one foot in the parking lot.
You’ll regret it.

sio kishika says:

August 5, 2009, 1:36 am

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jason va beach emt says:

August 6, 2009, 12:51 pm

I frequently visit the Cavalier Hotel at night and play the piano in the ballroom. I play ragtime music, classical and blues hoping to stir up any spirits that might be lingering around. I feel as if I’m being watched when I play there, but I’ve had no personal experience. I also visited the bell tower in the hotel. The staircase is very dark and creepy and its cold up there. I haven’t seen the bell-hop yet, but my eyes and ears are open.

dave says:

August 6, 2009, 1:05 pm

anyone wanna go there with me? i wanna try to conjur up spirits on that piano too! email me-

jason va beach emt says:

August 6, 2009, 1:16 pm

The first day I visited the Cavalier Hotel and played the piano, an old gentlemen in his 80’s shuffled up to me and told me his friend Smokey used to play piano there in the 1940’s. He took a picture of me while I was playing, smiled then shuffled away. I wonder if any orbs will appear in his photo. BTW, the keys of D major, D sharp and F do not work. I keep telling the front desk clerks they need to be fixed, but I don’t think they care. Hahahah

jason va beach emt says:

August 6, 2009, 1:33 pm

Dave, I live off of Norfolk Ave in the Beach Club. I’ll go and investigate with you anytime. I’ve always been fascinated with paranormal activity. There is also an old house on Cedarville rd( near pungo?) that is haunted. It was built over a civil war burial site and the graves were disturbed in the process. I’ve only been up to and around the house and taken pictures. The house is utterly terrifying to look at…

L. Fury says:

August 6, 2009, 9:05 pm

I’m the one that posted having the photo with the orb above the piano (taken in 2006)just after my daughter’s wedding. Her bride’s maid and best man are in the picture with an orb clearly poised above their heads. At the time we were unaware of any association of spirits and the piano. My daughter spent her wedding night there. I have always “felt” something (s) at the site. Love haunted sitings and am more than interested in the one mentioned near pungo. Email:

Lydia says:

August 24, 2009, 8:34 am

This is really weird considering i live about 7 min away from the cavilier. I keep asking my mom t let me and my friends to spend the night there but shes scared well call her scared at 2 in the morning.

7city says:

August 27, 2009, 5:27 pm

Oh yeah Ive been there. Just walking up to the place give you goosebumps. I spent 3 good long minutes in the lobby and bounced! There’s somthing freaky going on there. What about the Witch of Pungo or old Elbow Rd.

Dede says:

September 5, 2009, 12:03 pm

I’m Dede! Posted I worked there in 1976. Would love to visit w/someone who thinks it’s haunted (not saying it’s not, just never saw or heard anything).Live near it! please put in subject Old Cavalier! Anyone had dealing with A.R.E. right down road? Edgar Caycee society?

Jessica Boyle says:

September 8, 2009, 7:17 pm

I worked at The Cavalier last year. I actually applied there because of the supposed hauntedness. I’m a big fan of ghosts and their stories, but this place is a disappointment. The only thing that happened…when you go downstairs to the mens restroom, you have to walk around a corner before you get to the stalls. Well, the stalls are motion censored (and very hard at that to flush) I didn’t even step foot AROUND the corner and one of them went off. There was no one in there. That scared me, but it in all reality it was lame. I plan on going back to get to the top (was too scared I’d get fired for goofing and not doing my job). Have seen the tunnel under the awning (cleaned around there and discovered it) Would love to go in there with someone who isn’t scared!!

Scott says:

September 9, 2009, 1:31 pm

No Lie! My wife and I live in VB and have walked around the old Cavalier many times and have some strange pictures we have take with out digital camera and phones. First off this place is totally haunted…. I was pushed onto the balcony overlooking the indoor pool (it was the balcony that collapsed and killed several people many many years ago) and nobody was behind me. We have pictures of Orbs all around the hotel, on the 6th floor, off season when noboby was in there we went walking around and a room door was opened, we went in and started to snap pictures. We caught a picture or a young boy in the bathroom when all of the lights were off. We walked to the window across the room and the bathroom sink faucet turned on by itself. In the sitting room over looking the beach side of the hotel I have seen a man sitting in the wicker chairs just siting there and looking out to the ocean. Off of the lobby where they have old pictures and historical document my wife and I both felt a cat brush up against our legs only later to find out that a little girl drowned in the pool with her cat decades ago. I can go on and on about what we have seen and felt but I think you guys get the point…. it is haunted without a doubt!

Betsy says:

September 28, 2009, 4:52 pm

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights on our honeymoon. We stayed in room 667 on the 6th floor. We hadn’t heard much about it being haunted or we would have paid more attention! Sadly, we didn’t hear or see anything suspicious during those two days. I almost feel left out. The price to stay there is relatively cheap so maybe we’ll go back someday.

John says:

September 28, 2009, 8:11 pm

Has anybody ever been to the Ferry Plantation house in the Pembroke area, There is something there late at night. Very scary like someone is following you as you walk the street around the neighborhood.

Donna says:

October 11, 2009, 10:11 pm

Anyone interested in going to any of the cemetery’s as a group to photograph orbs, etc.. I live in Chesterfield, VA. We could get together on this and pick a date. This is the month to be frightened.

Donna says:

October 13, 2009, 1:06 am

malcolm says:

October 13, 2009, 6:25 pm

have there been any ghost sitings because im a ghost hunter

malcolm says:

October 13, 2009, 6:33 pm

well the truth is im a ghost hunter in training because i first saw a ghost one knight and it got me intrested.

P.S. is there any real haunted houses in abbotsford canada B.C.

jasonEMT says:

October 14, 2009, 12:52 am

The Cavalier hotel is now closed for the season.. sigh* I did get to play the piano on the last day before it closed, though.. during a jewish wedding that was going on down the hall..that was nice. Now, the hotel gets to sleep. Sleep well. I will see you next year! I’ll be back with some new songs, too! Several older folks have taken pictures of me at the piano by now. I wonder if anymore orbs have appeared…hmmm – probably in the wedding photos, I’m sure. Take care and stay safe!

Brian says:

October 25, 2009, 4:25 am

My friend and I both worked the front desk at the Cav on the Hill for over 3 years. Although the place is certainly creepy, both of us spent many nights (we worked the 11pm to 7am shift) in the spring, summer and fall (closed in winter)exploring every inch of the place, and we noticed nothing of any significance including guests calling about a cat or even reporting anything strange. Towels changing color ?…LOL..We used to use different color towels on different days…LMAO and all elevators move when someone on a floor pushes a button..LOL. Also when you are in a hotel like this one you can hear toilets flushing from all over. Never had anyone report SEEING a toilet flush of it’s own accord. So be careful what you read and how it’s printed

Donna says:

October 26, 2009, 11:08 am

Malcolm where have you done your ghost sightings? I take it you live in Canada.

Donna says:

October 26, 2009, 11:11 am

Jason do you have any pictures of anything unusal, orbs, etc.? When will the hotel re-open?

L. Fury says:

October 26, 2009, 5:26 pm

I have a picture of an “orb” positioned over the heads of a couple in a wedding party taken back in 2006. I will post them on my MySpace at if anyone cares to take a look it’ll be under “Weird Stuff” album.

Kevin says:

October 31, 2009, 4:22 pm

Me and my Fiance stayed here and found nothing unusual. it was a very nice hotel with great service in a good location. i recommend it to anyone that is visiting VA Beach. i refering to the original one of course which is just behind the new one located on the beach.

Chelsea says:

November 15, 2009, 9:57 am

My dad use to work in the Cavalier during the off season as a night guard and he told me the stories of these ghosts. My dad’s a big guy and doesn’t get scared that easy, but he admits to being ready to quit for how scared he’d get. He says there are ghosts and you will be scared or on edge at least once

L. Fury says:

January 23, 2010, 3:38 pm

As far as I know this thread is alive and well…some agree it’s haunted others don’t. Guess it’s a matter of what you are sensitive to. I have an orb picture and I “felt” things. I would like to look into it further. Tell us some stories if they are actuall accounts that are not just to poke fun at a very real paranormal possibility. I am all ears!

Patty (patrick) says:

January 23, 2010, 6:22 pm

I first learned a handful of stories when I was roughly 16 years old while vacationing. Myself and a bunch of friends after drinking a bit, decided to investegate on an annual basis, as we met up each year at the same time during the summer when we went on vacation with our parents who were in a Pharmacy Convention.
A story that was told to me by a guy I met named brad, that I had never heard previously, was there was a couple who got married and spent their honey moon at the Caviler, They supposedly had gone up to the bell tower on the roof and had commited suicide together by jumping off the building.
If you stand at the pool at the new cavalier during the summer, there is a strange silhouette that resembles a couple with arms open ready to jump.
Coincidence or not, It’s a good shiver to look at.
Another story that had been told to me was about a greeter that was dying and before he died he told the staff that he would come back during his shift as a black cat to watch over his beloved hotel. After he died, a black cat appeared every day for the entire season, only for his hours shifts, then disappear.
I haven’t vacationed there in 3 years or so, but last time I was there the 6th floor was ALWAYS closed off. Giving a very strange aura in the presence.
A hotel employee who shared the same love of the history of the place let us investegate the 6th floor.
A very strange experience that I would love to go further into.
I have more stories if interested.

Jessica says:

January 24, 2010, 3:33 pm

okay the cavalier hotel is not haunted. i have seen other haunted places in virginia but not at the cavalier hotel.

Carykity says:

January 24, 2010, 7:29 pm

As an ex-desk clerk I can say the hotel is NOT haunted. Only thing you might hear is locals who know ways (believe me they are there) to get in the hotel. Kids! Not ghosts!

Patty (patrick) says:

January 25, 2010, 10:34 am

Oh please forgive us, as Jessica declares this place is not Haunted because she hasn’t witnessed anything. Everyone knows that she is the Haunted House Moderator.
As for CaryKity, Ex desk clerk means nothing. Go talk to Wilson. Im sure you know who Wilson is, given the fact that you were a clerk.

Jessica says:

January 25, 2010, 6:55 pm

Patty, why are you getting mad that they don’t believe in ghosts? I believe in ghosts as well, and have ALSO worked at The Cavalier (only to have one instance happen to me) but I surely didn’t see anything. So until some of this supposed Cavalier stuff happens to me, I’m startin to think differently.

anna schmid says:

March 18, 2010, 9:11 pm

im 12 years old and im REALLY scared to go there:) my dad has a running marathon there in virginia beach….. i have never been there but im really terrified. o my gosh im gonna die:(

anna says:

March 19, 2010, 1:43 pm

im going ther.

vicki says:

May 2, 2010, 9:51 pm

For the record coors died in 1927 or, 29 during prohabition. They do not know if he committed suicide because the window was found closed after he supposing jumped.

Stayed there for a weekend and this hotel gives a creepy feeling with halls that look longer than what they seem a very cold pool/swimming room for starters. I could comment even more but I rather prove it than just to go off of feeling.

Mikayla says:

May 7, 2010, 5:00 pm

I have never been there but I believe it is haunted

warfighter says:

May 17, 2010, 9:09 pm

I have stayed there several times over the past 5 years for attending Navy functions and I know Mr. Wilson well. I can affirm that I have noticed a number of “interesting” things such as: getting on an elevator on 6th floor, pushing lobby, and at floor 4 the door opens, closes and than floor 2 lights up, elevator opens at floor 2. One time, my toilet flushed in the early am hours while I was in the rack. I have felt a weird presence when sitting on the porch. Once I thought the pool was turning red, but it was just the leftover when a woman came on her period when she was swimming…..

baffbaff says:

June 27, 2010, 9:04 pm

The ghost stories are a load of hype. I experienced absolutely NOTHING there when I stayed. I am a sensitive, and can pick stuff up pretty easily. If you want a ghost, go to the Old Coast Guard Station, or even The Heritage store.

Blue says:

June 30, 2010, 12:51 pm

well I am planning on going here for my birthday.And I have been trying to get a good place to scary myself but I have heard mixed reviews. someoone help me!!!!!!

vicki Daniels says:

June 30, 2010, 3:12 pm

hey blue;
I suggest you go there and find out for yourself. However I wouldn’t ask the workers there. According to the employees rules the workers can be fired if they answer any questions on the place being haunted. Also if anything talk to a local story teller by the name of Al Chewing. He wrote the book Hauntings Virginia Beach ( found at most book stores). He can tell you if not show you the “haunted spots”. good Luck and Happy b-day

Carykitty says:

June 30, 2010, 4:50 pm

As a former employee believe me, we did not make enough money to decline saying it’s not haunted! The fact’s are I never saw anything! Geesh….!

vicki daniels says:

July 1, 2010, 8:33 am

Dear Mr./Ms.Cary Kitty:
Sorry I do not know which gender you are therefore please excuse the mr./ms in the heading.

However with that being said believe me even though you are a “former employee” that is what I was told when I STAYED THERE this past March 2010. I was at a convention and there printed on the rules and in our packets it stated in black and white as well as on a big poster board; DO NOT ASK THE EMPLOYEES ANYTHING CONCERNING THE “ACTIVITY” at the Cavalier Hotel. They can be FIRED for it. In fact when I even asked about the small structure on top of the building or, why did they seal the main staircase there no one could give me the answer. Maybe you being a former employee can tell us why and when they sealed the main staircase off or the fact that when they have a CONVENTION there that they did not stock any of the machines. Or the fact they couldn’t (or wouldn’t) even bring a simple blanket to a room.

Also we were told that we would have total access to the whole hotel however, that was not true when our convention was there because they shut down the grand ball room areas and the upper staircases off. As I stated before it has a creepy feeling but I rather base a haunting on science/fact rather than gut instincts or, feeling. Just because YOU didn’t see or, have anything happen to you doesn’t mean it’s not there. Hauntings don’t happen on cue for you. Geesh….

Vicki Daniels says:

July 1, 2010, 9:56 pm

Dear Ms. Jessica:
1) I do not think that the other workers there are/were total *****’s nor the rest of the staff. In fact the two day time staff personnel there that I talked to, were very nice and very polite in their explainations. Therefore your comment was totally childish, rude and uncalled for. And to even imply that I’m just being a complaining witch of a customer is even more immature. I stated in the last comment from experience when I stayed there along with other facts. And since you’re a former employee may be you can explain when and why the main staircase was sealed off? Because none of the other staff that I talked to seems not to know anything about this establishment(other than what I found out on my own prior to being there).

2) Nobody ever stated to any member of the convention that that certain areas were off limits after certain hours. They were informed that the groups staying there were suppose to have full access to the hotel. Also not all of the public is bad therefore to imply that the people staying there will ruin or, trash a place by their occupation is just plain rude. Also as I stated before, when I asked questions about the structure (and I assure you that I was very polite when I asked them and worded my questions very carefully so no one would get into trouble of any kind per agreement as stated in our rules) nobody could give me an answer. I ended up doing research on my own.
3) However there is an explaination for some of the “feelings” (ie creepiness) that have been stated in past comments. In some of the areas there are high (buried my emf needle on my meter)emf readings in the hotel. It is not just in one spot in the hotel and high EMF can cause some side effects what is called EMF sentitivty in some people. Talk to some of the local groups in the area or, even look up EMF readings/ EMF Senitivy and effects online. It would explain alot of the “feelings” there. As for myself (and as I stated before) I rather base my findings on science, the evidence and experience rather than just a creepy feeling or, by instinct. Now do I feel that the Cavlier Hotel on the Hill is haunted? At this time I can not give you an honest answer for I could not perform a full and effective investigation at the time. With the above being said; Do I have EVP’s from the Hotel? Yes I do however it does not prove total paranormal activity (ie a haunting). For that A full investigation is warranted to disprove or, actually prove paranormal activity in itself.
Thank you for your time on this matter. I hope you have a very nice evening.

Vicki says:

July 1, 2010, 11:15 pm

Ms. Jessica;
1) I’m not you hon or honey.

With that being said; I can see why you are a FORMER employee if you ever were an employee there in the first place.
Your reply explains the lack of education has well and lack of common coursity toward others. And I do doubt that you will ever care for other than yourself. Also before you tell people to get an effin life and call them names, look at yours. Remember those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
3)For the record I was there on business and for not being a child, you should quit acting like a child. Nor should you be making implications and posting untrue things online about people you do not know.

Now I made honest posts without being rude nor using profanity about my experience there at the Cavalier Hotel. If you can’t express yourself without the use of profanity then I suggest that you shouldn’t post until you learn that others do not appreciate those type of comments either(including the monitors).
To be quite frank, I wouldn’t believe anything you say at this point for your posts with it’s insults, untrue slanderous accusations and profanity says it all.
Good Luck.

Celine says:

July 8, 2010, 5:38 pm

i just came back from virginia beach just for vacation and i stayed at that hotel. i got a pull from under the water and i almost started to drown. i saw a cat in the back of one picture i took. it was freaky and im going to the other cavalier hotel ocean side.

Brandy says:

July 18, 2010, 8:08 pm

My husband and I and our two children just recently spent three days at the Cavalier Hotel on the hill and although when I first walked in I told my husband that it reminded me of the shinning and I got a little weird feeling I did not experience too much expect the minor feeling of being watched. My husband woke up in the middle of the night feeling that someone was jumping by our bed and he thought it was our son but when he awoke no one was there, I was so tired from our day out that i did not hear anything. My son told me later in the day he felt like something was pushing on him in his bed.

vick says:

August 6, 2010, 5:06 pm

Dear Mr. Robert
I really wouldn’t advise that. 1) It’s illegal. aka breaking and entering (ie B & E) can and usually does carry a prison/jail term. 2) Ouija Boards (ie weegie boards) can be fun however, it’s also known to open doors that are sometimes best left closed. 3) Most places can not be held liable for your misdeeds (nor any injuries that can occur)also you can be held criminally and/or fincially liable even if you get hurt.

Unless you want to invite trouble it’s not a good idea to do either one again. I know it sounds lame but try getting permission to investigate the hotel instead. Even if you’re turned down, at least you would have more credit with others trying.

Nicole says:

August 16, 2010, 3:33 pm

I stayed at this hotel in 2007 and I can tell you something is definitely there! We went swimming late at night and when we went into the deep end it felt as if something was pulling us under. It also feels like something is watching over you on the balconies at the pool. Also we could have sworn we felt something around us in the room where the piano is. The hallways, and elevator seems ok but outside our room the elevator kept stopping on our floor and no one was coming out. Never saw or heard a cat like others have, the actual guest room felt ok and not haunted. The pool at night is by far the creepiest thing i’ve ever felt in my life!

susan b anthony says:

August 18, 2010, 4:20 pm

heyyyy umm ya this hotel story sounds creepy but not enough for me to beleive that it is actually haunted….and thats just coming from me because i am a sucker for believing in that type of paranormal stufffff. ;] ;] oh ya!!!!

katharine says:

August 28, 2010, 9:39 pm

I heard a friend of mine were staying there few days ago, was on 3rd floor, the door was already open, she called the front desk, then she heard a shower running, went into the bathroom to turn off the shower, went back to the phone, then heard the shower got turned back on. she called the front desk for a plumbing to check it out. Plumbing came up, he turned off the shower. Then again it immediately turned right back on. Plumber refer her to go to another room on second floor. which then saw the door slammed after she left. I thought is she making this story up ? lol.. after reading this story. (omg) good thing I didn’t stay or go swimming I left . lol.. 8/25/2010

I've seen says:

August 30, 2010, 12:03 pm

I’ve lived in the north end of va beach for 23 years now. I’ve been at a couple of places that are haunted. I drive by the Cavalier everyday going to work on f/s. They have been doing work on holly rd so sometimes I cut through the church next to it, I saw a woman in an old fashioned dress that did not look like belonged there on the edge of the property. Looking up to see if I was going to crash she was gone. The north end of the beach is a haunted area period. I’ve seen ghosts on the base, near the ARE bldg. and one house I lived in for a while had several spirits in it. No doubt in my mind the cavalier is haunted. It spooks me just to look at it. To stay a night would creep me out, but I dare anyone to tell me the north end of the beach is not haunted. I spent a week at a cottage on f/story, I don’t ever want to stay again. It totally freaked me, my dog, and my guests.

madadore roble says:

September 20, 2010, 3:21 am

i live in vb an went pool hopping at the cavalier it was hot an humed an even the hotel was hot then i started getin chills an feelin like someone was watchin me an everyone i was with felt the same way i was standind on the ledg above the pool about to jump an i looked up in one of the old rooms overlooking the pool and the curten looked as if someone looked out the window but you could see noone we all jumped one more time an left

Sabrina says:

October 24, 2010, 6:00 pm

I live in virginia beach and i live only 10 minutes away from the cavalier hotel. A whole bunch of my friends and I decided to check out the hotel, they let you do tours to the hotel. it is a very nice hotel looks great, but when walking around you do get this erie feeling, and we saw bubbles in the middle of the pool and no one was in there. also if you go on the elevator if you hit the 6th floor button you go straight down. when we asked the person at the front desk whats up with the 6th floor he said they were renavating and when we asked another he said their is no sixth floor,it was creepy. there were cookies on each step in the stair ways. and in the bathroom they still had slave ways to make the slaves go thru out the hotel while working but not to be seen, there was dolls and old vodo things it was crazy. the cavalier hotel is very much so haunted.

vicki says:

October 25, 2010, 8:29 am

Dear Ms. Sabrina:
When did they say that they didn’t have a 6th floor. I stayed there in March and the hotel even has a room number 666 which is errie in itself. And when were they renovating it?? I’m really curious so please let me know.–Thanks

Alaine says:

October 31, 2010, 12:10 pm

I’m ten years old and I don’t get why some people don’t beilive in spirits cuz eventually you would become one!

beth says:

December 31, 2010, 4:51 pm

ok, i have a kool story to tell you. i went to the cavaler once, an old man came up to me and my friends on new years day and ofered us wine and a tour. so this guy took us down in an elevator he took us down to the basment or something it was were some people used to work. there was a pool,a boiler room, and some other places you don’t need to know ( to scarey) when we pased the pool we heard some kids splashing in the empty, dry, POOL!!!!! so the guy put us in the elevator with him, after we got out the elevator the elevator door was open we looked back to thank him and he was gone. he never passed us!!!! that was so scarey

whitney says:

February 16, 2011, 5:19 pm

What time of year do you have to go for all the “haunted” things to occur? My friends and I were planning a trip next month, not knowing it was two different buildings! Now I’m bummed because I wanted scary stuff to happen…

denise rowand says:

March 9, 2011, 2:07 pm

the story is true i read 3 story on it and have family who live near by the great aunt said when she was abunt 18 she and some friands road to the hotel and got out of car and look at the hotel. they saw a lady who was looking at them she was in a old drass of the 1700s and looked very sad so they said hello the the lady and she disappear. and my aunt said she and her friend said did why see a ghost. and ever said a world about it agian.

Debra says:

June 2, 2011, 12:36 pm

I love things about the supernatural, because its something that can’t be explained by science or be proven as something that our mind is doing. Paranormal activity happens because there is a spirit of someone or something that is trapped in a certain area or just trapped on earth. Some of them don’t want to harm us some can’t, but there are those who can and will. I believe they want to be set free, that somehow someway their souls are doomed to wander the earth forever unless they can find help. I think that’s the reason they try to speak to us, because they need our help.

carey says:

June 23, 2011, 6:47 am

I worked there for several years…and I can personally tell you….its haunted…use to work security in that building on the hill ….when it was closed for the winter

Amber says:

June 28, 2011, 1:12 pm

My fiance and I decided to tour the Cavalier friday night and took many photos while touring this gorgeous hotel. It instantly reminded me of the movie “The Shining” we decided to take the stairwell from the 6th floor all the way down. When we reached the 5th floor stairwell, my fiance stopped abrubtly as we entered it…his eyes were like teacups and he backed into the door…he told me had just witnessed a pair of legs on the stairs and could see them in the window’s reflection! We took the stairs down and came to the main lobby. I turned around and noticed a solid black figure walking in front of the front doors very quickly. We left the building and walked the courtyard and later came home and tranferred the photos that were taken and notice several orbs of different sizes in almost every photo we took. It was fun and exciting….we are going back this weekend with a few friends to tour it again!!!

Travlinman01 says:

July 7, 2011, 10:21 pm

I am a frequent business traveler and have recently redeveloped (bad photo pun) my interest in photography after many years. Will go out after work and shoot the interesting sights in the city I am in.

Business brought me to Virginia Beach on a Monday night in early April 2011. I am originally from the area and remember the Cavalier Hotel as being something I have always wanted to photograph and had never visited before. The hotel was still closed for the season, I think they open in May.

I have to admit, it seemed very creepy walking around the building. It was just the old empty building and myself.

I walked around the entire structure from the left and around to the right. The main entrance on the north side of the building was of course dark. You could make out a little of the interior of the lobby, so I pressed my camera lens to the glass and shot two 30 second shots (hand held, no tripod). It felt like I was being watched (hair stand up on the back of your neck feeling) as I shot the photos and figured I was on security tape and was going to be escorted off the property at any time. It was a VERY odd feeling.

Not until returning to my hotel room did I look at the photos. Both of the pictures show something “floating” at the back of the lobby. The first picture was too blurry to process, but it has the same anomaly, but in a slightly different location. Had no idea the hotel had a â??reputationâ?.

Checked the web for photos of the lobby and can’t find anything that looks like that in the photos. The camera lens was flush against the glass. The object in the image could, of course, be some kind of lens flare or reflection. But if that is the case, it sure manifested itself in a strange mannerâ?¦ Thought I would share the photos.

There are four photos in the set. The first is the original unprocessed photo. Second is the full photo, only color corrected. The last two are close cropped to the object. The first close up is color corrected only and the second I cleaned up around the object a bit.

Travlinman0 says:

July 7, 2011, 10:22 pm

Carolyn Paige says:

July 15, 2011, 3:11 pm

This is interesting. I am planning a visit to the Old Cavalier soon, and I am intrigued. I have seen a “ghost” in my school classroom, happening when there were specualations that this very old school would soon be closed. I am a totally lucid, sane and grounded woman,and there is no doubt of the apparition I witnessed. I viewed the above mentioned photos. That is fabulous. I will definitely photograph and share anything that is of interest.I believe I am a ” sensitive” …other interesting expeiences in my own home.

Robyn says:

July 18, 2011, 6:20 pm

Actually after reading this story I believe my boss has a picture of that little girl in the 6th floor window.

kdubbz says:

July 24, 2011, 7:28 pm

I live in Virginia Beach and last night a couple of friends and I went to the Cavalier after hours and went into the basement under the pool with a Ouija Board. we didnt use it for long since we were scared, but my friend and i did and i asked if anyone was with us. The thing we put our hands on (can’t remember a term for it right now) moved very slowly and cautiously writing out yes, when it got to the letter s on the board we heard running over top of our heads from one end to the other. Then another girl and i tried the board and she asked who was there and it slowly went from letter to letter spelling absolutely nothing. When we went back to the pool area one of the showers was on with noone around at all. I took a few pictures in there as well and many “orbs” which could very well be dust im not sure, appeard. In two pictures there was a carolina blue mist near one of my friends. The scariest part of the hotel is the fact that it does have a room numbered 666. we went to the sixth floor and it was freezing but we couldnt get in the room. my friend who has been there before said that on the 7th floor one of the doors to a room was unlocked randomly.. that never happens. Also there are a few doors inside the basement that are locked but my friend broke into it about a month ago and said he instantly heard voices and whispers and an erie feeling telling him not to go any further.

One last thing has nothing to do with the cavelier hotel, but with the ancient Indian burial grounds that were moved to a different location. first landing state park or as i call it seashore state park is extremely haunted. If you go into the hiking trails and take the older route instead of the newer one aound sunset you will see some of the creepyiest things in your life. Whether its the spanish moss or the eerie sounds coming from the swamp and the forest, there is most definitely a spiritual force behind the state park. The swamp is black and tar-like, and the trees are mysterious and creepy. When the forest doesnt want you in there it will let you know

Matt W says:

September 3, 2011, 10:32 pm

I was born and raised in Williamsburg, VA and have lived there for 42 years. I’m ashamed to say I had never heard any of the history, let alone hauntings at the Cavalier hotel. We have just returned from a nights stay at the oceanfront side and have a somewhat interesting account to tell.
Upon arriving At the hotel across the street I immediately commented to my wife how eery the old hotel looked. I googled the name “The Cavalier Hotel” and the first article to come up was the most haunted place in virginia and how Adolph Coors had met his end from the sixth floor window. Later that evening following dinner my wife and I drew straws to see which one would accompany our 11 year old daughter on a ghost hunt and who would stay at our room with our 6 year old little boy. I won(or lost)
Molly and I set out across the street at around 2130 (9:30 pm) and went up the steps to the pool entrance. We had all gone over earlier and found that door to be open. it still was and we stopped to take a photo of the pool to start our investigating. Nothing but the pumps circulating the water. We then proceeded to the lounge with the piano and snapped another photo or two. No music or noises that I noticed, only that one of the piano strings seemed to have broken upon looking inside. after crossing that room I told Molly to snap a picture of the stairway next to the vending machine room. No mysterious figures there. BTW all our photos were with cell phone cameras(my iphone and her flip phone), so I didn’t expect very good quality. we then boarded the elevator bound for the sixth floor. The elevator didn’t stop anywhere but there. I got out and started down the north hallway asking aloud “Adolph, are you here?” and snapping photos, one down each hallway. We both took several pictures of the 660’s hallway and noticed that the door to room 662 was slightly open, but no lights were on. I told my daughter to leave it alone as some people prop their doors open to avoid using their key. As much noise as we were making up there I’m surprised no one came out to tell us to quiet down. Not sure if anyone was even staying on that floor but it didn’t register with me to notify the front desk that the door was open until later. So we peeked down one of the stairwells and decided that was enough flirting with disturbing the spirits that may be there. we then took the elevator back to the lobby and looked at the small museum across from the front desk. I then needed to use the restroom and found it to be downstairs. Creepy enough but I went anyway. After an uneventful visit to the small bathroom I discovered the Hunt Room which I was very impressed with. A deceptively large room with a huge fireplace that reminded me of the movie “The Haunting”. I took a few more photos and figured that it would be a good time to leave as I do get a little uneasy in basements alone. We returned to our room and showed the photos to my wife, saying we hadn’t seen anything to which she replied”you have ghosts on your pictures”. She pointed out one “orb” in my first photo when i was asking if Adolph was there and two more in another down one of the other 6th floor halls. Nothing really showed up in Molly’s pictures. I still remain a little skeptical as to the whole orb thing but they are pretty clear in the pictures and it’s an experience wee will share for a lifetime. Perhaps we can come back with my real camera sometime and take an extended tour.

Anne says:

October 2, 2011, 6:36 pm

Just a comment for Matt W. I know I use to think that anytime I saw “orbs” in pics on my camera rather regular use camera or cell phone can be dust on the lens . I clean my camera reg or other wise b4 I start snapping.

allie says:

October 5, 2011, 11:48 pm

I used to work in the cavalier hotel in the pocohontas room. Never had any experiences. I’ve been all over the hotel and never anything. There are no tunnels under the hotel or random ghost cats. The walls don’t bleed and there is no piano playing on its own. Great imaginations though.

Lisa says:

October 17, 2011, 6:32 pm

On October 15th, 2011, my husband and I were in Virginia Beach, staying at another hotel. I had heard about the Cavalier and was told they are open to the public for meals, so off we went in hopes of seeing a bit of this hotel.

Again, I had it in mind that I wanted to encounter something from the other side, and I believe that “ghosts” and spirits do know when you are eager to encounter them. It’s like an open invitation of sorts. This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced what I consider to be phenomenon like this.

We get to the hotel, enter the main lobby and are told in no uncertain terms that unfortunately the hotel is not open to the public on this day and only available for private parties. I asked the man who stopped us if he had any encounters, to which he was rather non-commital, and not very interested in the topic. We stood around for a minute or two and my husband actually got a few pictures of the place for the brief time we were there.

Disappointed, we walked out.

But…. this is where the encounter story begins to unfold….

We decided to go back to where we had parked the car previously (at our hotel we had just checked out of) and planned to have lunch on the beach before leaving to return to our home in New York.

We pull into the spot in the parking lot. Mind you, it had been a little windy here and there that day. But what I’m about to tell you seems to defy logic about how wind behaves.

Here’s what happened:

Once we were parked, I, wearing a baseball cap, opened my door. It was the front seat, passenger side. As soon as I opened the door, a strong gust of wind (now I’m still IN THE CAR, mind you) swiftly takes my hat, and the hat basically DISAPPEARED.

My husband quickly, even before me, got out and started searching high and low for this hat. I followed, searching everywhere. In the car, outside the car, under the car (you get the picture). We look around the parking lot. We searched for what must have been 5 or 10 minutes.

I thought to myself ” How could the hat have just been swept off my head like that and now we cannot find it anywhere??” I mean, there wasn’t a tornado or hurricane or anything. It was just a quick gust of wind that seemed to come right into the car and take the hat right off my head!!!

I checked with the front desk to make sure it was ok that we parked in that spot while we went for lunch. They said ” fine, no problem”. So, off we went to the beach for lunch.

I said to my husband ” Maybe that was a ghost from the Cavalier just letting me know he’s there, since I was interested in an encounter. ”

Then I said

” Watch. We’ll get back to the car and the hat will be right on the seat” (I’m getting chills just talking about this right now, which also makes me suspect this is the paranormal here. Had the same chills when relaying this story to our daughter).

After lunch, we walked back to the car.


It was perfectly positioned facing outward, not even toppled over.

It was in a VERY OBVIOUS and VISIBLE place. AND DEFINITELY WASN’T THERE when we searched before we left for lunch.

My feeling was that this was a ghost from the Cavalier playing with us. Kind of like a poltergeist. It was wild.

That’s my story. Can upload photos later as we do have a few.

I’m very interested to know if anyone else has encountered a similar experience with the Cavalier hotel.

Thanks for reading!

Chad Yates says:

October 24, 2011, 2:00 am

I had the worst experience ever at this place 12 years ago. I was NON believer, thought ghost stories were from mentally handicapped people or those wanting attention. I went there with my family. We turned in after a long day on the beach, I knew nothing about any ghost stories of this place. I do not drink either. Left window open to hear the ocean. About 3 am I heard a lot of people on the beach, I thought what the hell is going on. Looked out the window and saw hundreds of people from all eras dressed in all sorts of ways seemingly obliviously to what each other was doing. I watched and watched. There were men on horses in uniform, people playing in the water, etc. Then they all dissappeared. I immediately wrote it off as dreaming and too much sun, but knew i was still standing there wide awake. Locked the window tight, pulled the curtains and went back to sleep. I was sooo tired. Then about 30 minutes later my daughter was screaming in bathroom. Apparently she got up to use it, (9 yrs old) and the door locked on her and the light went off and she couldnt get the door open. for the record she has slept with the door closed in completely darkness since a toddler. First time I tried the door it was locked. I shook it, and tried to get her to open it. Then like magic it opened and she was no where even near it. The light bulb was blown so again i wrote it off as half asleep drama, but my daughter insisted she sleep with us…for the first time ever.We cuddled up and shortly afterwards i heard my wife saying jessica go back to bed honey. (jessica was beside me, not between us) I responded quickly “shes fine” and my wife said what do you want baby? thats when i turned over to explain why she was in our bed and realized my wife was sitting up staring at the door at an image we BOTH saw. She never even realized Jessica was beside me. It was definitely a young girl, I got up and turned every light on in the place looked in every closet, checked every door. my son slept thu all this without a peep, he was 12. next morning we realized the bathroom door didnt even have a lock and i couldnt get it to jam as hard as i tried. We paid for the weekend but left the next morning. I told the clerk and she just stared through me like i was crazy. 12 years later im still freaked out and get the chills thinking about it. frankly it still bothers me, i still have nightmares.

Chad yates says:

October 24, 2011, 2:18 am

Whoops noticed a typo, this happened two years ago, not 12. lol and we checked in late afternoon, left wife and kids in car to check rates, was surprised they had vacancies, every place else was booked. and another thing i forgot to mention this place was dirty and in in bad need of repair and renovation.

Sylvia says:

December 22, 2011, 11:58 pm

About 14 years ago, I took my daughter to the hotel for a holiday dance recital. After everything was over, we had trouble finding our way out. I opened a door and we found ourselves in the pool room. We stood there in our tracks for a few seconds. An eerie feeling came over us and when I looked at the pool, I told my daughter that we had to get out of there. We ran across the room and out the opposite door. Years later I found out about the girl who drowned in the pool.

Blair says:

January 20, 2012, 1:29 am

This is a bunch of BS! I live five mins from this hotel and plan to get married there one day! The only things that are haunting this hotel are my brothers who played in the hotel as children when it was being remodled! Stop giving this amazing piece of Virginia Beach a bad name!

Michelle says:

May 3, 2012, 3:54 pm

I have been here with my bestie! Its some scary ****!

Catherine says:

September 4, 2012, 3:30 pm

Hello! My name is Catherine and I have worked at the hotel for a long time. Seriously. Call them and ask about Catherine from Camp Cavalier. The hotel is haunted. The people from Virginia Beach that say it isn’t have never been there. I have to walk behing the old hotel every night at 11:00 or later and I see cat ghosts all the time. Also, there are rooms that people never go in and the lights stay on always. One room has blood dripping from the ceiling occasionally. I have seen the african american ghost before and told him I liked his uniform and he said, “The guys that I see staying here now a days do not dress like this at all.” I said, “I know I wish they did!” He smiled and reached to pat me on the back (we were walking past each other on the stairs) and then he was gone.

Laura says:

October 10, 2012, 12:03 pm

I’ve seen the Cavalier and the Chamberlin. And they are both equally haunted. As is some of the houses and grounds in Old Williamsburg. I’ve gone on a Ghost Walk in Williamsburg. I wish someone would tell about the old Victorian Houses on the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth. I know of one ghost sighting in one.

Tammie says:

February 6, 2013, 10:03 pm

To Catherine
To work there and experience what you experience, is so cool. Happy for you to contact me and tell me more. morbiusj hotmail com (remove the spaces and angle brackets)

Nina says:

May 28, 2013, 5:35 pm

I think my house is haunted. I always see my grandma rocking in a chair next to my bed, but she past away years ago! It is VERY creepy. The guest room is always cold; I can see my breath when I walk into it. BRRR!!! I also hear the floorboards in the hall creak and when I call out to who’s there, something answers: “Want some tea, dearie?” in my grandma’s voice. IT IS FREAKY!!!

Matt says:

July 22, 2013, 1:34 am

Me and my family stayed at the cavalier for a few days while on vacation,there was a door in our hotel room that was locked but our cousins in the room next door didn’t have one in there’s .the last day we were there the door was unlocked and there was a boarded over bath tub with a piece of plywood on it,the temperature would also randomly rise and fall ,the elevator also had a mind of its own and decided which floor it wanted to go ,it would often bring us to the top floor(under construction at the time ) where all men in white working would stare at us until the door closed. It would also go to the 6 floor on occasion .my eyes tear whenever I think about this place

Matt says:

July 22, 2013, 1:40 am

Me and my family stayed at the cavalier for a few days while on vacation,there was a door in our hotel room that was locked but our cousins in the room next door didn’t have one in there’s .the last day we were there the door was unlocked and there was a boarded over bath tub with a piece of plywood on it,the temperature would also randomly rise and fall ,the elevator also had a mind of its own and decided which floor it wanted to go ,it would often bring us to the top floor(under construction at the time ) where all men in white working would stare at us until the door closed. It would also go to the 6 floor on occasion .my eyes tear whenever I think about this place although its still my favorite hotel.

Marissa says:

July 22, 2013, 4:08 pm

I was sleeping one night on the 6th floor. Around 3 in the morning, i hear something walking, then it sounds like skin hitting concret. Like someone feel from up high. Then the next hour, i heard footsteps outside my rooom. It was scary, but i had a fun time there

No one that you know says:

August 18, 2014, 6:18 pm

If this is the hotel I’m thinking of, I’m going to have to say that nothing happened during my stay. I was on the seventh floor. I’m a teenage girl. I have a weird thing for sensing the paranormal. For three nights I was there, and it was an awesome vacation. Nothing happens there. I promise.

Danielle says:

November 27, 2014, 7:14 am

The Cavalier is being redone – opening in 2016.

Angie says:

May 22, 2015, 6:10 am

I just went on a trip to Virginia Beach and stayed at one of the hotels nearby the Cavalier Hotel and it is being torn down but across the way a new Cavalier is being built. If the sightings of apparitions and other paranormal happenings in the old hotel are true, I wonder if the spirits have moved on or they are sticking around to move to the new location.

Zumi says:

June 15, 2016, 4:33 pm

I eat lemon cake in the ballroom and I am in picture hanging behind bar. Most times nobody sees me.

Zumi says:

June 28, 2016, 11:46 am

Room 408 last night they take my cake and pushed me down stairs gray men only ones who see me but they wont talk to me only hurt me

Mary says:

July 1, 2016, 4:41 pm

Do you go to room 408 often? wink wink

Zumi says:

July 15, 2016, 3:24 pm

Someone need to turn off bright light. So bright I not find my way anymore.

Zumi says:

July 25, 2016, 1:41 pm

Light gone but everything else gone too. I’m alone and no sound anymore and can’t taste my cake

George says:

August 1, 2016, 3:43 pm

Who you gonna call? Mary The Ghost ****** apparently!

Kamali says:

October 29, 2017, 4:56 pm

I stayed here once, unaware of it’s history or of the stories that indicate it’s haunted. On the first night I was there, my bathtub water turned on by itself.

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