In this article we will be covering the legend behind the Hotel Galvez haunted room – is this trapped spirit a bride-to-be-named Audra that has been locked inside the location’s walls for over half a century?
The Story of Audra
During the 1950’s, Audra was known to have gotten engaged to a mariner who was the love of her life. His job meant that he was constantly on the move – in and out of the Port of Galveston.
At the time she was staying in Room 501 in the Hotel Galvez. Whenever she recieved word that her love was returning, she would take an elevator to the eighth floor, then climb up a narrow ladder to get to the hotel’s roof area.
From here she would enter one of the metal-ribbed hexagonal turrets that sat upon the roof, and wait for her lover’s ship to appear on the horizon.
One day, Audra was informed that her lover’s ship was on it’s way back – she would see him once again by nightfall!
She made her traditional journey to the top of the Hotel roof, and sheltered in one of the turrets.
Within hours a terrible storm brewed up across the coast – there was no sign of her lover’s ship. She climbed to the same turret and waited for the next few days…until word came through that her lover’s ship had sunk due to the poor weather conditions.
The grief-stricken bride-to-be refused to believe that she was now alone in the world. She cut off all communication with her friends and family and continued to climb the hotel’s roof every day…waiting for her lover’s return.
Within weeks she finally realized that she would never see her love again…and promptly hung herself in the west turret.
The real tragedy of this story is the fact that her lover was not dead – he actually turned up days after her suicide…
The Ghost of Audra
Over the years there have been numerous sightings of Audra’s spirit by staff and visitors. Senior concierge Jackie Hasan, who was born locally, believes that Audra’s spirit has a special link to her.
She is actually the fourth generation of her family to work at the Galvez – many of these family members have reported incidents with Audra over the years.
Jackie’s familiarity with the tragic spirit has led to her taking the lead role in the ghost tours that now take place at the hotel. The most popular request is to set foot in Room 501…
The hotel has become quite the paranormal hotspot over the years with further reported incidents of a phantom girl, bouncing a ball, in the lower level of the hotel and odd occurrences in the restaurant and lobby.
Following Hurricane Ike, which struck Galveston in September 2008, a group of staff members were left stranded at work due to the roads being closed. Several of these staff members reported an incident with a spectral woman dressed in an old-fashioned maid’s uniform and a man.
This strange, old-fashioned couple were spotted walking through a guest room, then disappearing through the wall!
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If you’re anything like me, you’ll live for the moment you can drop all work and go on holiday. A fortnight in a hot country, a rural retreat for the weekend – you name it – I’m all over it!
But what about a break in one of the most haunted hotel rooms on the planet?
Would you still look forward to your time off work as much?
Room 217 – The Stanley Hotel
Yep, I thought we’d start off with the most famous paranormal hotel destination out of the lot – The Stanley Hotel in Colorado.
The paranormal activity in this well-known spook-fest can be traced back as far as it’s construction, in 1907. It’s reports became so famous that the master of horror, Stephen King, decided to use the hotel as the basis for his book – The Shining.
The most famous Stanley Hotel entity is a lady known as Elisabeth Wilson, who is said regularly appear in room 217.
As far as spirits go – she’s not a bad little entity at all!
In her ‘living days’ she was actually a housekeeper/worker at the hotel – she now spends her afterlife cleaning up after guests…
Many visitors to room 217 have claimed that their bags have been unpacked neatly and the beds made…in the blink of an eye!
Rooms 612 & 325 – The Hawthorne Hotel
The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts, boasts a ghost that zeros in on rooms 612 and 325. This apparition is said to be a woman who seems to have a real bee in her bonnet…for reasons unknown.
Numerous guests staying at these two rooms have complained about the female entity turning the lights on and off, all through the night.
She has also been known to steal hotel room keys and the car keys off visitors.
There have also been reports that are slightly more creepy in nature – the sound of distant children crying throughout the night!
Room 324 – Toftaholm Herrgard
This popular Swedish hotel has a rather tragic story behind it’s paranormal visitor…
Legend tells us that a local boy, from a poor family, fell in love with the daughter of a past owner of the hotel. This father was not pleased at all – he wanted his daughter married to a rich guy – not some local peasant!
He stopped his daughter from marrying this young lad and broke his heart by doing so…
The young man then hung himself in room 324.
Many guests have reported phantom scratches and noises coming from the room during the night – the locals to the area believe that these noises are caused by the broken-hearted spirit of the peasant boy.
Rooms 8 & 10- The Battery Carriage House
No article on haunted hotel rooms would be complete without a report involving a headless man, right?
Known as Charleston’s most haunted inn; the Battery Carriage House in South Carolina is known to be visited by ‘The Gentleman Ghost’ – a rather disturbing headless apparition that centers on rooms 8 and 10.
There’s no real malice in this ghost – he just appears at the sides of visitor’s beds in the middle of the night.
A little frightening I know – but he justs stands there for a few moments, then disappears.
Room 302 – Hotel Del Coronado
Room 302 in the Hotel Del Coronado, California, is famous for a ghost named Kate Morgan. Her body was found in this room with a gunshot wound to the head, back in 1892.
It looked like a suicide but the bullet used did not match the gun – her death remains a mystery.
Numerous visitors are convinced that Kate’s spirit never left room 302 – she has often appeared standing by the room’s window and there are untold reports of poltergeist activity linked to the room.
Most Haunted Hotel Rooms
These are just the tip of the iceberg – there are hundreds (maybe even thousands!) of other hotel rooms out there that have links to the paranormal.
Do you know of any rooms that we have not mentioned here?
If so, please leave information about them in the comment section below.
The Chelsea Hotel: A rare stop for rare individuals. What seems like an incredible boast on the complimentary bathroom soap in this New York hotel, is in probability a massive understatement.
The Chelsea as it is known has been a cauldron of inspiration, talent and creativity for over a century. No kings or queens have passed through its doors, instead the Chelsea Hotel has opened its portals to writers, musicians and artists.
The Guest Book at the Chelsea reads like a who’s who of major twentieth century influences. The subject of poetry, film and music itself, this shabby hotel with a slightly seedy reputation draws people from all over the world.
No longer open for business as it undergoes a controversial renovation, the only long term guests who avail themselves of its comforts these days are the Chelsea Hotel Ghosts.
The Dream Palace
Designed by Philp Hubert, The Chelsea was originally designed as a complex of cooperative apartments. Situated in the district of Chelsea Manhattan, the 250 unit hotel is now a New York City landmark.
Whether by design or by accident Hubert’s building was constructed in what was the most artistic district in New York.
Keen to attract creative people to his building, Hubert rented out his apartments to actors, musicians and writers.
The top floor of the building accommodated twelve artist studios. Built in the Victorian Gothic style, it was for a short time the tallest building in New York.
By 1905 however, the building was bankrupt, the theaters along with the actors, musicians and writers had moved to other parts of New York.
The building was then converted to a luxury hotel and thrived until the end of the Second World War.
By the fifties it was facing bankruptcy again. The Chelsea Hotel was likely to close until landlord Stanley Bard and his son made the decision to lease long term apartments and rooms to the more Bohemian elements of society.
Despite the hotel continuing to slide into faded grandeur and decay, it attracted some of the most creative people in the world. Whether they stayed for a week or a lifetime, The Chelsea welcomed them all.
Its residents included; Bob Dylan, Madonna, Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac, Quentin Crisp, Jimi Hendrix and Andy Warhol, to name but a few.
The hotel and the people who lived there spawned a thousand ideas, great works of literature and paintings were created within its walls.
By the end of the twentieth century it was fondly nicknamed ‘The Dream Palace’ and was high on the list of must see places for those visiting New York.
A Lot of Funky Things Happen in The Chelsea
When rock star Janis Joplin made this glib remark she was probably referring to the permissive lifestyle led by many who have occupied the building.
Forty years later and the same statement could refer to the strange paranormal events that occur. If true, it is hardly surprising that The Chelsea Hotel is haunted.
Home to many long term guests who have died tragically young, it is also a hotbed of creative energy and angst. Identified as one of New York’s paranormal hotspots, visitors to the hotel in recent years have experienced many strange occurrences.
The phenomena recorded at the hotel include, full body apparitions, the sound of heated arguments coming from empty rooms, sobbing, orbs, strange lights, disembodied limbs, feelings of being touched or stroked and strange feelings of foreboding.
Who Are The Ghosts of The Chelsea Hotel?
A multitude of ghosts are said to haunt The Chelsea Hotel, some famous, some infamous and some unknown. Below are just a few to whet the appetite.
Sid Vicious: The year was 1978, the height of the Punk Rock era. Sid Vicious a guitarist with the British cult band The Sex Pistols had taken up residence in room 100 with his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
Their relationship was volatile and destructive and both were heavily into drug taking. Sometime during the night 12th/13th October a cry was heard from the room but ignored by other residents used to the couple arguing.
In the morning someone called down to the desk requesting help. When staff investigated they found Nancy stabbed to death in the bathroom.
Sid Vicious, crying, upset and clearly under the influence of drugs was arrested for her murder. Vicious later confessed to the crime but retracted it almost immediately.
Heartbroken without Nancy he died of a drug overdose whilst out on bail.
Surprisingly it is not Nancy but Sid who is said to haunt The Chelsea. A number of people who have stayed in room 100, have reported paranormal experiences.
These include massive temperature fluctuations, orbs and the sound of a couple arguing when there is nobody there.
The apparition of Sid Vicious has been seen in the elevator, helpfully opening and closing the doors and operating the buttons.
One of the most bizarre claims about room 100 is that it acts as a portal. Sid Vicious is said to move between two worlds searching for Nancy. Sadly it appears Nancy doesn’t want to be found.
The Vain Lady: One of the most witnessed apparitions at The Chelsea is Mary. Mary was a passenger on The Titanic. Unfortunately her husband, like many men, did not survive the voyage.
Mary stayed at the hotel after her husband’s death but could not get over his loss. Driven mad by grief, she is rumored to have committed suicide by hanging herself in her room.
This sad lady is often witnessed staring at her reflection in a mirror. Said to spend hours preening and admiring herself she is irritated when observed.
One of the most interesting things about Mary’s ghost is that she has been seen by celebrity Michael Imperioli.
Arriving back at his hotel room late one night, Imperioli observed a woman sobbing whilst looking at her reflection in a hall mirror. When he approached her to ask if she was alright, she evaporated before his eyes.
Dylan Thomas: The welsh poet Dylan Thomas, spent the last days of his life at The Chelsea Hotel. Not a well man by any means, Thomas indulged in a last bout of heavy drinking.
Dangerously ill with pneumonia and other complications he was removed to a nearby hospital where he died. Since his death he has been seen on a number of occasions around room 206.
Said to appear as a disembodied head, he sometimes hovers at the end of beds in the middle of the night, silently watching those who are asleep.
Other writers who are rumoured to haunt the corridors of the hotel are Thomas Wolfe, Eugene O’Neill and Charles R. Jackson who have all been witnessed as full body apparitions.
Nadia: Nadia and her family are rumored to have lived at the Chelsea Hotel in the early twenties. The daughter of a wealthy silk merchant, she was a talented artist.
After making an unfortunate marriage in her teens Nadia and her children were left destitute. Falling on her family for help and support she was allowed to move back in with her parents in return for carrying out domestic chores.
Eventually, ground down by domesticity and fearing she was losing her artistic talent Nadia began to suffer mental illness.
Frustrated, unhappy and unable to express herself artistically, she deliberately fell upon a large pair of shears, severing her right hand. Horrified at what she had done, she threw herself off the 3rd floor balcony of her apartment fracturing her skull.
Guests to the hotel claim to have seen Nadia hovering near their balconies on moonless nights, unable to enter the building. At least one unfortunate person has witnessed the severed hand inside the hotel itself.
There Will Not be a Seat for Any Ghost
Strangely prophetic, the poem ‘The Chelsea’ written by Edgar Lee Masters over seventy years ago, predicts the demise of The Chelsea Hotel.
Sold in 2007 the hotel is now in the hands of developers and many worry for its future. The biggest fear for many people is that this unique and inspiring firmament of creativity will be lost to corporate blandness.
At the moment it is closed and only a few long term residents and the Chelsea Hotel Ghosts remain. Facing disaster many times before, the hotel has emerged triumphant, inspiring world class literature, music and art.
Who is to say then that it will not rise again, inspiring new generations and offering a welcome seat to the many ghosts that dwell within its walls.
The Banff Springs Hotel must surely be one of the most beautiful in the world. Set in the landscape of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and surrounded by deep forest it could have been plucked from the pages of a Fairy Tale.
For over a century the Banff Springs has attracted visitors from all over the world. Movie stars, celebrities and royalty have all enjoyed its opulence and luxury.
Spoilt by the lavish surroundings, few who stay here are keen to leave, in fact there are a few guests of the spectral kind who refuse to move on.
Over the years The Banff Springs Hotel Ghosts have become an attraction in themselves and earned the hotel the reputation of being one of the most haunted in Canada.
The Castle of the Rockies
The hotel was built in 1886 by Cornelius Van Horne. Van Horne was the General Manager of The Canadian Pacific Railroad and was responsible for driving its route through the Rockies.
Realising that the beauty of the area would attract tourists, he began a building project along the railroad’s path to provide luxury accommodation for visitors. In 1888 the Banff Springs Hotel opened its doors to the public for the first time.
Described as the jewel of Alberta, the hotel was built in the Swiss Chalet style and nicknamed The Castle of the Rockies. Originally a wooden construction, the hotel was rebuilt after a fire in 1926.
The Secret Room
The fire in 1926 was to reveal a hidden secret in the Banff Springs Hotel. When clearing the debris, a hidden room was discovered which some suggest was the seat of the fire.
Further probing revealed that the room was probably an accidental creation by bungling builders. During the construction process the builders had read the plans incorrectly and managed to create a room without any windows.
Rather than confessing to their error, they sealed up the room and hoped it wouldn’t be noticed. Over the years strange noises and paranormal phenomena were experienced in the adjoining corridor.
While it didn’t fully explain the strange events it came as a relief to staff to know that a secret room was hidden just beyond sight.
If you go in search of room 873, you are unlikely to find it. The hotel staff would suggest that it has merely been incorporated into the room next door to create a larger suite.
Those with a suspicious nature believe there is a more sinister reason for the disappearance of room 873. At some point in the hotel’s history a murder is rumored to have taken place in the room.
A father is said to have killed his wife and daughter before committing suicide. Attempts were made to clean the room afterwards but the tiny blood soaked fingerprints of the child could never be wiped from the bathroom mirror.
Eventually, the room was sealed up when staff refused to enter and guests reported that they had been attacked by an unseen force.
Since the room has been sealed an impression of a small child sometimes appears on the wall where the door should be. The image has been successfully photographed by some guests.
The Tragic Bride
One of the saddest ghost stories emanating from The Banff Springs Hotel is the story of the tragic bride. A beautiful venue for a wedding, it proved to be a fateful choice for one young couple.
There are two different versions of events that took place. In the first version a beautiful young bride was descending a curved marble staircase to dance with her new husband in the ballroom. As she walked down the stairs she tripped on her gown and fell down the steps breaking her neck.
The second version is more horrifying if that is possible. The stairs had been lined with candles which must have created a stunningly romantic effect.
As she descended, the bride’s dress brushed against a candle and caught fire. Panicking, the woman stumbled and fell to her death.
The ghost of the beautiful bride has been witnessed waltzing alone in the ballroom. Perhaps she is still pining for that first dance with her husband that she never had.
Others have felt the woman’s presence in the bathroom at the top of the stairs where she is said to watch people. Those who descend the stairs she died on can sometimes feel a chill breeze even when there is no draft.
One thing that is certain is this lovely bride bears no malice. A young couple being given a guided tour of the hotel in preparation for their own wedding tell the following tale.
As they descended the stairs the prospective groom caught his foot and tripped. Stumbling, he reached out to grab something but could not save himself.
Almost immediately, he felt a pair of steadying arms pull him back. When he turned to thank his saviour, there was nobody there.
The Helpful Bell Boy
Browse the photographs of staff in the last century and you will find pictures of a group of happy, smiling bell boys. Taking center stage in these largely youthful groups is a cheerful older gentleman, Sam Mc Auley.
Sam was originally from Scotland but moved to Canada in his youth. After gaining a bell boy’s post at the hotel, he went on to work at the Banff Springs for many years.
To say Sam loved working at the hotel would be an understatement. Retiring from his job on numerous occasions he was always drawn back to the role he enjoyed so much.
At one point the ageing Sam informed his friends and colleagues that when he died he would return to haunt the Banff Springs Hotel. It seems that Sam was true to his word as he has been witnessed all over the hotel, but particularly on the ninth floor.
The kindly and benign Sam continues to help people and can be seen dashing about carrying luggage. One of the most convincing reasons for accepting that Sam’s spirit haunts the hotel, is the number of guests who see him who know nothing of the hotel’s history.
Numerous people have enquired after the elderly bell boy in the green uniform who helped them earlier in the day, only to be told no such person exists.
A local businessman relates the story of when he and his bookkeeper visited the hotel to attend a meeting. After the meeting both gentlemen availed themselves of the washroom facilities.
The businessman left the washroom first and went to browse the gift shop while he waited for his bookkeeper. When his friend hadn’t turned up half an hour later he became concerned.
After forty minutes the bookkeeper turned up in an agitated state. He explained that he had left the washroom by the wrong door and ended up lost. He would have remained lost but a kind, elderly bell boy guided him to the gift shop.
The businessman describes his friend as a committed Christian who did not believe in ghosts and knew nothing of Sam Mc Auley.
The two men went back into the washroom to discover that there was only one door to enter or leave by. The door the man said he had used was a fixed mirror.
The kind bell boy was nowhere to be found and enquiries at Reception confirmed the hotel did not employ a bell boy matching the description given.
It would be easy to be skeptical about lots of the ghostly sightings at The Banff springs Hotel. Why is there no record of the young bride’s name or of the family who died in such chilling circumstances?
Are these stories merely the product of an overactive imagination that have since become local folklore?
What isn’t so easy is the debunking of the masses of video, photographic and eye witness testimony recorded by guests and visitors to the hotel.
Strange lights, orbs, unexplained noises and ghostly images have all been recorded.
Many people arrive at The Banff Springs Hotel unaware of its history but leave after experiencing spine tingling paranormal events. Surely their testimony is the most compelling.
For those that wish to investigate the Banff Springs Hotel ghosts themselves, the stunning setting is well worth a visit.
If you do make the trip to this magnificent building, there is just one more apparition that may chill you to the bone. Over-indulge in spirits of the wrong kind and the ghostly bar tender who haunts the hotel may send you to bed early with the warning , ‘I think you’ve had enough’ ringing eerily in your ears.
Our hunt for the paranormal takes us to Flagstaff, Arizona. The Weatherford hotel is one of the historic sites here from the 1800s although it officially opened its doors to the public in 1900 on New Year’s Eve. It’s also home to news of the weird.
From mutts that wouldn’t go behind unseen enemy lines to petrified blind felines and spooked out staff members or guests… but when did all the paranormal activity begin at the Hotel Weatherford in flagstaff?
There have been many tales of weird events at the Weatherford hotel since the 1930’s. Most of these stories were told by guests at the hotel.
A couple once left their booked hotel room to spend the night in their car after a ghostly couple unceremoniously invited themselves for a group sleepover.
The owner of the hotel Sam Taylor and her husband have their stories too.
“One time while I was doing laundry down at basement I noticed that our dog would not go past a certain point not matter how hard I called her. She just sat there and growled at the empty space. That was very bizarre! It’s like something or someone invisible was in her way.”
Taylor recounted of one experience during an interview.
A similar story is told of a blind cat that was once a resident at the Weatherford hotel. The blind feline was found hissing at something (or someone…) at the basement by one of the employees.
The back was arched and the claws were all out and ready to tear into an unseen assailant. The employee never found anything in the dark even after using a torch to light up the dark corners of the basement.
However, the owners also report of receiving photographic evidence as well as countless confessions of ghost citing occurrences from their guests.
Most of these photos show unknown people appearing as shadows in the background. While some only speak of feeling the presence of spirits, a good number of them have seen dark forms (silhouettes) or heard noises (either footsteps or talking voices) within the hotel’s hallways and more specifically the basement.
So who are these ghostly guests of the Weatherford hotel?
What’s their story?
The Couple in Room 54
This is the most famous couple haunting the hotel. It is said that this newlywed couple checked into the hotel in the 1930s for their honeymoon and booked into room 54.
The story goes that the woman hanged herself in the room when she thought her new spouse had abandoned her when in truth he had been caught in a blizzard that killed him while he was out. Another version says that the couple got into an argument that led to murder.
This couple reunited in death and they can be seen walking in and out of room 54 probably still trying to relive their botched honeymoon, more than eight decades later.
Another couple in more recent times woke up to a shocking discovery when they found the haunting couple seated at the foot of their bed. The ghostly couple then rose and walked hand in hand through the unopened door.
This and many other scary accounts which include the screaming couple in a fight led to the closure of room 54 to guests by the hotel owner. It has since been turned into a supply and storage room.
The Basement Bootlegger
This ghost of a murdered bootlegger lives in the basement of the Weatherford hotel. There was an alleged murder in the basement and the victim seems to have some unfinished business down there.
We wonder how he will react to the throngs of people suddenly filling his quiet resting catacombs when the basement is turned into another dining place as the hotel owners hint expansion.
This ghost is sometimes heard going up and down the basement stairs. Our guess is that this is the guy who was barricading the dog’s way and seen by a blind banana! The blind cat was called Bananas by the way… strange name for a blind cat that can see dead people…
The Zane Grey Ballroom Dame
Nothing is known of her reason for being here but the silhouette of a skinny short lady is often seen floating from wall to wall.
All our team was able to uncover is that the Brunswick bar was once serving a saloon from this room and we all know what happens in bars right? In the upstairs rooms…?
Anyway, she may have been a regular at the bar or some unreported tragic event involving her might have taken place here (maybe she can tell us when she stops running…) but what is evident is that she loved her drink.
Only a person who loves their drink will want to spend eternity in a bar right?
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There have been more reports every now and then about employees and guests encountering what they’d describe as paranormal activities at the Weatherford hotel.
Now, you will be interested in knowing that owners of the hotel DO NOT allow ghost hunting equipment setup anywhere in the hotel. So don’t get carried away if you run a ghost hunting gig.
The Hard Truth: We will have to take the word of the hotel owner, the employees and the guests but there’s a problem…
Ghosts are good for business therefore the hotel owners and the employees will definitely want to keep this haunting thing as their ace up their sleeve.
Secondly any guest who sees a ghost gets a 10% discount…who wouldn’t want to tell a sweet tale for cheap food?