Real Haunted Houses

Real Haunted House

Claremont Hotel

Berkeley, California
By Shannon Reinbold-Gee

Many people have checked into hotel rooms labeled â??No Smokingâ? only to find a lingering smell of smoke. But few hotels can legitimately give the reason for such an inconvenience as being the result of a haunting. The Claremont Hotel (now the Claremont Resort and Spa) in Berkeley, California can make such a claim. And the smoke from a long ago fire is not the only thing clinging to the Claremont. It is also home to a playful little girlâ??s spirit.

In the late 1800s, a young Kansas farmer-turned-prospector by the name of Bill Thornburg was dreaming of gold. Heading to California, he became one of the minority and â??struck it rich.â? Being â??new moneyâ? he bought 13,000 acres and built his wifeâ??s dream homeâ??a modern castle. He also had several stables, housing hunter and jumper horses and breeding English foxes for his hunting parties to chase and kill. The Thornburgsâ?? daughter married and moved away and soon after this, her mother passed away. Disheartened, Bill sold his wifeâ??s castle to the Ballard family.

On a dry summer day in 1901, while the Ballards were away, the castle burned to the ground. Only the stables and barn survived the blaze. The result of a lively game of checkers, the property was won by Frank Havens. In 1905 he began construction on a hotel. The earthquake of 1906 dashed his plans. Not one to give up easily, Havens got the hotel built and opened its doors officially in 1915. Since then itâ??s changed hands several times and millions of dollars have been invested to make it a first class resort and spa.

People have speculated the 1901 fire is the real reason some guests smell smoke at odd moments in otherwise smoke-free rooms. After the fire almost ruined the structure, renovation led the owners to create a hotel. The Claremont Hotel, some say, looks like it should be haunted.

The fourth floor seems to be the area of the most focused activity. Witnesses report strange problems with flickering lights and televisions turning on while 4th floor guests use their bathroom. The mischief-maker seems to be the spirit of a little girl who died there when she was only six. Some say she died in the hotel, some claim it was in the house that caught fire.

Although her name and the story of her death have been lost to history, the traditional explanation has seemed accurate for years now. People occasionally claim to catch a glimpse of her. Her favorite room seems to be room 422, although the nearby rooms also seem to get some ghostly attention. No one seems particularly worried about the little girl ghost acting dangerouslyâ??most actually report getting the sense of a nice presence when sheâ??s near. So, although the Claremont may look creepy to some, rest assured the restless spirit of one little girl will do her best to make visitors on the fourth floor have a memorable stay!

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(Ms.) Sam Herbert says:

February 5, 2006, 3:52 pm

My husband and I gave my in-laws a gift of a weekend at the Claremont, so that they could enjoy the Dinner/Dancing on Friday night, and the fabulous Sunday Bouffet at the resort. These were, indeed, appreciated features of their long-weekend stay at the Claremont. Unfortunately, their room–while it looked comfortable enough, if small, was the site of a great deal of unexpected noise and disruptive episodes. Our parents, not the type of people to complain about collateral problems associated with a gift, never reported it to management. Want to guess what room they occupied?!! Upon making a discreet inquiry, they learned that the “active construction” sounds they heard off-and-on throughout the weekend, were not matched by current building efforts in their part of the building. Nor were there any guests registered in the rooms opposite or to either side of their room, at the time. Sam Herbert

nicole says:

February 14, 2006, 10:48 pm

i would sue that hotel

bettina says:

August 4, 2006, 7:57 pm

can we know the adress of the hunted house so me and my friends can go?

CAB says:

October 5, 2007, 3:01 pm

As someone who is an employee of the hotel for only a few years, but has been in the hotel business for 12, I can truely say there is something that roams the halls of the Claremont. Occasionally, I will hear something strange in the halls when I am alone and see some strange things happen with the lighting around the hotel, twitches of sorts out of no where…

Heres the mos spokiest story yet I have heard from a trusted source…A friend stayed at the hotel for a convention she was attending. Without knowing the history of the hotel or that it was haunted, she checked in. She was put in a non smoking room as requested but smelled the stinch of some kind of smoke in the room. She ignored it and settled in. after having dinner she visited the Spa for a treatment. Daily I am asked about the hauntings here as guests love the excitment of possibly being in a haunted place. So while getting her treatment, she stumbled into the conversation between a few employees and a few people getting treatments. They spoke of the little girl who has been seen and heard around the hotel and how she died in the fire that burned the place before it was a hotel. After hearing more, she asked where the girl had been seen. They told her most of the reports are on the 4th floor but mainly room 419 and 422. 422 was the room she was checked into and was terrified when she put together the smell of smoke and the little girl in the room she was checked into. As you can tell, she quickly changed rooms…

Daily i walk that floor to see if anything strange happens…I will keep you posted and let you know of any new sightings or encounters….

CAB

CAB says:

October 5, 2007, 3:05 pm

The Hotel is actually in Berkeley, 41 Tunnel RD, very close to the Cal Bears Football Stadium. It stands out clearly on Google Earth…

Sorry about the spelling…I got a lil excited…

AVB says:

March 16, 2008, 6:40 pm

I’ve been driving past this hotel for CAL football games since I was 3 months old. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go in, because it always looked so old and like out of place to me, like, it’s ALWAYS interested me. This is the first thing I’ve EVER heard about it being haunted. It just makes me want to go in there even more. :]

Tony Cordiale says:

August 6, 2008, 6:42 pm

Really close to my old home 2110 Funston Pl. Oakland, ca 94602 which was also haunted ….

isaac says:

September 11, 2008, 6:25 pm

i would go ther but i cant

Deliverance Minister Helena Garilano says:

September 13, 2008, 8:00 am

The Hotel would be haunted is because the owner has not dealt with the spirits. The spirits have a “legal ground” 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 don’t want you to know who they are. There are more details on my website http://wwwHauntedHouseBuster.Com
Minister Helena Garilano

Deliverance Minister Helena Garilano says:

September 13, 2008, 8:04 am

The Hotel would be haunted is 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
Minister Helena Garilano

KKR--- I am a girl ppl!!! kkr is my group name!!! says:

October 4, 2008, 12:06 am

My dad works at the hotel and he always comes home with a whole bunch of spooky stories about the hotel like how there was a woman choked to death by a man and now everyone is waiting to see her and the little girl shes pretty active I guess she likes to play with little kids she is friendly I guess… The maids actually yell at the ghosts which is sortve funny but the thing is if you show them fear then they will come after you… You cant be fearfull in that situation what some of the maids do is when the ghosts start acting up and start kicking the garbage cans in the rooms the maids are like “Boy you better pick that up or sit you *** down!!!” I find it sorta funny but I mean the ghosts leave you alone after that the thing is im going to be spending the night there with my dad maybe tomorrow because he has to work a double night shift and my mom was like hell no so im sortve freaked out but I still want to go its like im excited scared and im going to be taking a couple of alergies pills before I go to sleep becuase I do not want to wake up in the middle of the night there and if my dad leaves me in the middle of the night this is going to be funny because if I have to you might see me lounging on the floor in front of the check in snoozing cause I am not staying in the rooms alone… The spirits dont just stay in one room they roam around also the spa area is huanted to when they lock up they see shadows but they dont see anyone and when they lock up they can feel that something is there and see shadows which just scares the crud out of me and im only 13 I still share my bed with my sister idk what im going to do my mom says to think it through but no matter what my answer is going to be yes oh yea also the elevators are sort’ve haunted too… If you click 5 you will be on 4 if you click 2 you will be on 3 those two levels are haunted from what I hear hey CAB is it??? Well anyways wish me luck cause I know as soon as I go there you are going to probably see me knocking on room number 422 and 430 thats how stupid I am but then again before I get out of the elevator I would probably pee in my pants… Well any advice before I roam the levels of hell???

Jason says:

October 4, 2008, 12:28 am

Yea that place is definitely haunted. While your at it, check out my site http://www.paranormalknowledge.com

We cover all the spots Real Haunts does not!

KKR--- I am a girl ppl!!! kkr is my group name!!! says:

October 4, 2008, 7:41 pm

Any advice people cause I am going to go and spend the night there tonight!!! My mom is calling me stupid and they know I am looking for trouble but the thing is for some reason I think almost half of the things is fake there minds can be playing tricks on them thats happen to me a couple of times sry people I used to watch to many scary movies when I was little… I mean it could be there minds are playing tricks on them because they are beleiving that it is haunted and they are just waiting for somthing to happen and then tell everyone after they freak out or the 4th floor could just be haunted… hmmm… Maybe … I should go ahead and check out the 4th floor by myself??? well if I do am going to have to give this alot of thinking if I do go I will tell you what happens people… k c ya gotta finish my homework… =)

Melanie Scott says:

October 31, 2008, 2:39 am

So what happened with your stay KKR? I really wanna go! One of my passions is investigsting the paranormal. I guess you could say I’m super sensitive to paranormal experiences ever since I was a kid.

KKR says:

November 1, 2008, 3:08 am

It wasnt bad at all I went to sleep round 1 am as usual but since I was pretty scared I just dug my head underneath my blankets and went to sleep… but I did wake up in the middle of the night because of this cold chill so I turned to my side and saw my dad was still sleeping and went back to sleep with my bedside lamp on. That was pretty much it though nothing really scary I went up to the 4th floor and pushed the door open to room 430 I didnt know people were in it so I ran up to the next floor. There is a nice view on the 9th floor and the garlic french fries is a must have over there! THEY ARE SO ADDICIVE! But no my dad is always trying to spook me out saying that he is going to put me in room 152 (I think it was that room)for on halloween with one of your friends! Well my stay was great Happy Halloween!:)

Riley Jencon says:

November 2, 2008, 9:35 am

i once went in that room it was odd my lungs burned in there so bad i had to leave the room i was listening to music i know some1 who died ad the strangest thing he had a chip in his finger i saw bloody handprints wiv something like 21/30 on the side of it reminds me i silent hill 4 now im always hearing stuff sayin like the chaos of death when im alone and im seein thing pointin at me and also i hear soon u will die ur the 30th sacrafice wtf if any1 else has seen this please post on this

Tony says:

February 4, 2009, 1:15 am

KKR, I would like to talk to you regarding the Hotel. Can you contact me via our website at BaysideParanormalSociety.com

Thanks!

Lesley says:

March 13, 2009, 12:56 pm

KAY SO I WAS HOME, GOT SCARED AND RAN.

THE END.

Dafne says:

June 17, 2009, 7:59 pm

hey kkr i want to talk to you about the hotel so i can jnow some more stuff

Tony says:

June 17, 2009, 9:39 pm

We had a team meeting at the Hotel recently. I had a chance to talk with some of the help and walk up to the 3rd & 4th floor where things are going on. I can tell you this,you do get he fun house effect on the 4th floor.

I was told that everyone knows whats going on but, they keep it hush hush.
Just recently I was told that a guest was scared out of her mind from what she saw.. so much that she complained to the front desk because she was so scared.

We are making plans to spend the night soon…

KKR says:

June 17, 2009, 11:47 pm

Hey sorry for the late reply guys! Havent been on this website till now. but what would you guys like to know?

Mara says:

September 6, 2009, 7:51 am

Seems this hotel is running high on business because all of the people wanting in on the spooky experiences. To be honest, some comments made me think if they were just put there to give people the final push to stop by the hotel… lame.

KKR says:

September 10, 2009, 8:48 pm

whatever! thats ur opinion.

Spa Girl says:

October 3, 2009, 11:27 pm

Hey everyone I work at the Spa. It is for sure haunted. The elevators are very scary and also this is really weird the bathroom on the spa floor when you are in there alone you get the feeling there is someone else in the stall next to you and when you look under the door your alone. Also when you are walking through the halls at night it makes you want to run to get through it.

xemployee says:

December 17, 2009, 3:46 pm

I worked there for 5 years, i was doing room service for quite awhile.
At night, I’d use the service elevator and I’ll have to say that room 409 was very strange, I’ve never seen anything but I could just feel a presence near 409.

Kim says:

January 27, 2010, 1:21 pm

Hi,
I have stayed at the Claremont for years and until I had my experience I had no knowledge of the history of the “little girl” and room 422.
My husband and I stayed there and we were walking back to the hotel at night from dinner at a nearby restaurant. There was a room on the 4th floor and the windows were open to the room with the sheer curtains flying out of it. I opened my phone and began to video the window on the fourth flour b/c it looked so strange to see such a billowy white sheer flying up and down out the window. We didn’t speak when we filmed the episode and went back up to our rooms. My husband took a bath and asked me to come in to talk to him. He wanted to see the video clip of what we took. When I played it for him the video was silent except for a long MOM sound made by a girl’s voice. We both freaked went down to front desk and we were told that the window fixtures are all standard 4 inches so that what we saw couldn’t have possibly happened with the sheer curtain flying out the window. Then I mentioned it was on the 4th floor. The staff looked at one another and asked to see the footage. Then they called the management staff and went directly up to 422. I was told that in the 30’s there was a family there that stayed for a while in rooom 422 and they had a little girl who was 6. She went missing one day and everyone thought it was a kidnapping. The mom was beside herself and the Dr sent her to room 422 with a sedative.She kept saying that she kept hearing her daughter saying Mommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Just like I heard on my video phone. They found the daughter in the laundry shoot that went down to the basement. She had “apparently” went down there after losing her ball and was trapped in the shoot. They didn’t find her until the fourth day from the smell. Some of the hotel staff said they think it was a murder and the girl didn’t just fall down the shoot and that is why her spirit lingers at the hotel b/c nobody ever discovered who really killed her. Has anyone heard this side to the Claremont?

John D says:

March 12, 2010, 7:48 pm

Kim:

Your story is the one I was told when I worked there. Ask Chris the Porter or Reg the Doorman..they can confirm your story.

As one who didnt particularly believe in this stuff…I went with some staff and took some friends up to the room…Extremely perceptive drop in temperature when we walked in… I was laughing at everyone becasue it was past midnite and they were all scared. While they were walking around, I sat on the edge of the bed,,,and looked to my left and saw…the bed indent where someone would be sitting next to me..about the size? It went down one inch and was circular…like a kid had jumped up next to me. I heard a sound and swear something brushed my cheek…and giggled. The indent in the bed dissapeared…the hair on the back of my neck stood up..but it was gone. I now believe.

Anthony says:

April 2, 2010, 4:11 pm

If anyone has any contacts in the hotel, can you have them email me
me. I would like to get more info. The feeling I got when I visited was
that the hotel frowned on it.

Thanks!

John says:

April 2, 2010, 4:14 pm

Graveyard says:

May 4, 2010, 1:36 am

I worked graveyards there for about a year. The place is haunted PERIOD!!! I have had glasses and chairs thrown at me, doors slam in my face, doors open on thier own, footsteps following me in the hallways, ghost yelling in my ear, ghost call my name, and alot of other stories. The other ex employee is correct, the room to watch out for is 409 and the ghost to watch out for is the young black woman in the wedding dress that lives in that room. The little girl shows herself more but is no danger at all. The old service elevator is haunted by an old worker. That ghost also hangs around on the 3rd floor and has shown himself alot to workers at night. Ronald Pangan went down that hallway solo on his 1st night (against my advice) and came running down the hallway sweating, goosebumps, and the whole 9. He ran down the stairs cause and would not tell me what he saw for over a month. That ghost also got Ceasar and Rob the night cleaners. Got me to once, but when he called my name i just ran. I was not turning around for that one. HAHAHAHA

ballz says:

July 11, 2010, 4:20 pm

I went to the hotel a couple weeks ago and I smelled smoke my cousins said someone was smoking but i ran on every floor but no one was smoking I was staying at the 2 floor. When i slept i heard noises coming from upstairs. i got out of bed and went upstairs i saw the lights flickering. The ice machine room door opened by itsself i went in it and the ice came out by itself i looked to my left and their were stairs i went up the stairs and i saw a pijen the pijon was dead someone had suffacated it i turned around and their was a little girl i ran downstairs to the lobby and asked them if the 3 and 4th floor was haunted they said yes and i checked out and drove back home. I was thinking because the day before i explored the hotel and I went to the mezzine floor and i think it is haunted i want someone to let me know if the m floor is haunted

alice says:

July 12, 2010, 7:27 pm

Ya people smoke anyway in the rooms that say no smoking I know cause i do.

Lila says:

October 18, 2010, 4:03 pm

I lived on Domingo Avenue, right across from the Claremont. My boyfriend and I would have drinks in the Claremont lounge from time to time. You definitely get the feeling you are being followed in the halls (on any floor) when you are walking alone. There are lots of cold spots. My husband and I also often spotted (from across the street) weird floating objects in the top window of the tower of the hotel – blurry objects that would float back and forth (sort of like cartoon-type ghosts, to be honest). For the record, our apartment complex on Domingo was also haunted, so we ended up moving. There is something very odd about that hotel and immediate area around it.

mac says:

November 14, 2010, 11:45 pm

I stayed there (on the first floor) in November 2009. A co-worker of mine had a very strange experience our first night there. On the second night, I went to bed and turned the TV off. I had left it on ABC channel 7. I awoke about an hour and a half later to the TV on, and the channel was on PBS (channel 28). All I could surmise was that the six-year old “ghost” was looking to watch Sesame Street… There was nothing threatening or evil about the experience. It was all very “matter of fact.”
Leaving tomorrow afternoon for another business trip there again. Stay tuned!

Nancy T says:

February 27, 2011, 3:36 pm

My first haunting…. The hotel for me lived up to its history and tale. I experienced a true unbelievable haunting that scared me to silence. Always open to experience a haunting. I went out of my way to put myself in situations that were inviting. And… my room didn’t let me down. I experienced a bed shake that was not anything I could ever make up. Oh ya, people don’t believe me. Whatever… I know what happened behind my closed door. I am so looking for others that experienced the bed shaking as I did, so I can compare what I felt with others.

melinda says:

March 8, 2011, 3:21 pm

My fiance and I stayed at the beautiful Claremont just this past weekend.
While returning to our 3rd floor room from the spa level, the elevator stopped at every floor until the 1st floor, where someone boarded the lift, seemed an employee, at least a regular, the door just wouldn’t close, we speculated she was standing too close, but she stated she always stood there, then an alarm went off and the doors closed and we continued finally after several minutes without any further incident.

janice says:

April 9, 2011, 1:02 am

My son and I stayed there a few nights ago while touring UC Berkeley. To be honest, as we pulled up I said…”Oh my God, this place looks like The Shining!” We were taken to our room, #407. The room had a very oppressive feel to it, the hallway too. I looked at my son and said, “I can feel a spirit here!” My son did his typical…”Yah right MOM!” I knew nothing of the history of the hotel. It was hot so we turned on the air and left for the rest of the day. We came back after dinner and the room was even hotter than before, the air was blowing out heat full blast. My son turned on the TV and then said he couldn’t change the channels or the volume…he no longer had control of the TV. I called the front desk and told them that the air wasn’t working and they promptly sent up an electrical engineer. My son still couldn’t control the TV. I sat in the chair and said out loud, “OK, I know you’re here, you know I know you’re here so letâ??s just get along!” The TV changed stations!!! The engineer came and found that the air was stuck in the heating mode, he adjusted it. I still felt the presence of a spirit…can’t quite put it to words. The engineer and I were chatting, I was saying how I knew that someone else was in the room, other than the obvious and he concurred. He went on to tell me many stories, one of which I read on this page. He’s worked there for 7 + years. He said he’d come back in a few minutes to check to see if the air was still working. When he left it started blowing hot again. The room at this point was freaking me out…I had to move. I knew I’d never get any sleep in this room. I called the front desk and requested a new room. They were so accommodating. They took us down to the 2nd floor…immediately upon exiting the elevator on the 2nd floor I felt better, like the air was easier to breathe. The room we moved to was fine…I can’t say I had the best night sleep or that I’d want to stay there again. I can say the service was excellent and the ghost that we experienced wasn’t mean but was most definitely present. This experience led me to look up the history of the hotel and the possibility of ghosts. I am definitely certain that we felt the presence of at least one spirit (ghost).

pandy says:

May 2, 2011, 3:19 pm

My husbandand I just left the Claremont this morning after only 2 nights.It was so eere that I wanted to leave.I kept waking up around 1:30 hereing giggling in the hall sounded like little girl’s The room was Ice cold and I had chills all over.We also had all kinds of bad luck as soon as we checked in.I will not go back there,, too much like the shining.I ask 1 of the enployees about the hotel being haunted and she just said NO as though I had insulted her and just turned and ran off she was very rude.I belive there are bad spirit’s there.

Timmy says:

May 24, 2011, 3:45 am

So, my buddy, Lucas, and I stayed at the Claremont a few weeks back. We check in to our room and we´re sitting down and all the sudden I smell smoke. I turn and look at Lucas and he´s smoking a cig in the no smoking room! I tell him, Lucas, put that out, ya dummy! He says, o god, I had no idea I was smoking and he proceeded to put it out on the terrace outside. This place really affects you in a weird way…

Traveler says:

August 11, 2011, 9:43 pm

Just got back from a business trip, staying in room 307. Awoke in the middle of the night to someone pulling the sheet over my head and then putting his hands on my shoulders and neck, and pushing me into the pillow, as if he wanted to suffocate me. I shrieked into the pillow and the hands and weight vanished. I bolted up, checked the room, chain still on the door…no one there. In the morning, I was so freaked out that I googled “ghost at the Claremont” to see if I was nuts. I got to this page and then my iPad froze up – wouldn’t let me close the page or change the page. Had to do a hard restart away from the hotel. Had chills going up and down the hallway. At dinner, I talked to a waiter who was a long time employee, told him not to think I was nuts, but I thought there was a those on the third floor…and he said, don’t you mean the fourth floor? I told him my story, and freaked him out, too. So…I went to the front desk and asked for a room change, which they did in an instant after hearing my tale, very accommodating, and never a whiff of “we don’t believe you”. The ghostie wasn’t going hurt me, but a girl needs her sleep. Still a great place to stay, love the old school feel.

Bruce Miller says:

July 30, 2012, 11:10 am

I was once staying at the Clairmont, in room 422 to be exact. I was sitting on the bed when I noticed a tugging at my pants. It became more and more persistent and finally became so strong that I could no longer hold my pants on. I smelled smoke and could hear laughing as my pants disappeared. Thank God I was wearing underwear. I was truely frightened and put on another pair of pants. I will never stay in that room again.

BBB says:

July 3, 2013, 1:04 am

I recently stayed in room 429. At first the room seemed stuffy and I was scared, but honestly, once I settled in I got a good feeling about the room. I did feel a presence, but it was a warm presence. Not scary.

Dave Tab says:

August 5, 2013, 11:51 pm

I just stayed at the Claremont last night and experienced quiet a few things. Its a beautiful hotel but has that old smell like youd find in most old buildings. I checked into room 435 and it felt like the air changed when I walked into the room. I travel 200 days out of the year on average and have stayed in a few haunted places, like the hotel Utica in Utica, NY (the 1st insane asylum ever in the US, turned into a hotel) and the Caspar Inn in Caspar, CA (crazy place, cool people though) so I’ve felt these type of things before. I was in the restroom and felt a really strong feeling of somebody standing right in front of me staring at me to the point of me shutting the window but I still felt it. I left the bathroom and told my buddy what I had felt, he said that it was one of the oldest establishments in the bay area so he wasn’t too surprised. We left for the day and came back late, it was dark, he dropped me off and I headed back to the room. When I walked towards the elevator it opend on it’s own and it threw me off guard, I looked around and no one else was there to see it. I, weirded out, got in the elevator, felt as if there was someone in the elevator with me but it wasn’t a scary presence. When I got off on the fourth floor again it was as if the air had changed, when I walked down the hall I was the only person in sight and I could hear footsteps behind me but when I completely stopped, turned and looked behind me the footstep noise kept up for a few feet and stopped. I kind of stood there for a minute not really knowing how i should take that and while looking down an empty hallway I felt again that same feeling in the restroom of being stared at. I shrugged it off and went back to room 435. When I walked in it was extremely cold and instantly got chills. I closed my window and climbed into bed and once I got comfy I felt the same feeling of someone watching so I turned on the tv to try and ignore it but started to smell smoke heavily. I got out of bed and looked out my window and the smell was gone until I got back into bed. I then started hearing the faint sound of construction or remodeling getting louder and louder till I couldn’t ignore what was happening. I called the front desk and asked if they were remodeling. They said no, I asked if they were positive and they said they haven’t had construction going on for a long time and asked if I’d like a different room on a different floor, which I thought was odd. I said no because I didn’t want to move all my stuff, thanked him and got back into bed and the tv was now on the movie guide which I had not pressed the button for. I then started hearing people walking and talking in a strangely proper manner (as in way too proper for the modern times) in the hallway by my door which is located in somewhat of a corner so I knew people weren’t walking back and forth or talking right there because it would be too random of a spot to stop and talk. I didn’t get up to look but now I wish I would have. As soon as I came to peace with it I felt what seemed like somebody who wasn’t heavy sit on the end of my bed and that same feeling I’d had all day of someone watching me came back. I had the chills again and looked at the end of the bed to see a small round imprint as if someone was sitting there with me. At this point I was going to take that offer on a new room on another floor until I felt pressure on my legs above the covers like someone was leaning on my legs or someone small was laying over my legs and for some weird reason the chills went away and although it was still cold I felt a strange sense of peace like it wasn’t anything to be afraid of. So today I talked w the hotel staff before leaving who told me a couple stories that were similar to mine. Then I looked it up and found all these stories. Weird but interesting. Overall it was a cool experience.

Anthony says:

August 18, 2013, 1:35 am

Dave,

Your story IS the exact same that the staff have personally told me. As a paranormal investigator, I wanted to get more info on the stories. The staff were friendly about but, it was all hush hush. They are not to talk about it or mention it to guest from what I was told. I did go to the fourth floor and Boy! what a strange feeling i got. Almost dizzy like. After examining the floor, I came to the conclusion that it was the way the floor was built that gave you this claustrophobic feeling. I have yet to investigate the hotel due to the management at that time. I am hoping that will change with the New ownership.

Bill says:

March 26, 2014, 12:53 am

There is only one explanation of this haunt. The girl was murdered, and she wanted justice. She was so persistent but friendly only meant she wanted someone to gave her justice then she could have peace. I knew there was an ancient official solved a similar case and made a murdered spirit peace. But with this case so old and hard even to check out the facts and witnesses, I don’t know how this is possible. Anyone could talk and ask the spirit? I know many of spirit talkers are fake, but may be there are real ones? I just felt for the poor girl longing for “mom”. And who could checked the fact out? Like old police report?

Will Puckett says:

December 30, 2014, 12:39 pm

I think the paranormal activities are due to the Rolling Stones visit to the Hotel in Summer 1990 and keeping all the staff on 24 hour call for four days and occupying most of the 3rd and 4th floors. Certainly it was enough to wake the dead.

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