With Halloween just around the corner, Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company, shares it's top hotels to experience a spooky escape. From former prisons to haunted castles, ancient hideaways to rooms with secret pasts, this Expedia list is sure to inspire Halloween hauntings across the globe.
Renvyle House Hotel, Galway
A burning down and full rebuild couldn’t even get rid of the ghosts in Renvyle House Hotel which was once owned by Oliver St. John Gogarty. Irish writer W.B.Yeats himself even witnessed the haunting, doors opening and closing, groans, bed-sheets flying off and other unexplained happenings. Some female guests undressing have even spotted cheeky ghosts in the mirror!!
Castle Leslie, Monaghan
There have been many weird and wonderful sightings in this famous castle! In 1914, a few weeks after being killed on the battlefields of France Norman Leslie was seen by Lady Marjorie Leslie beside the chest of drawers. He was seen in a cloud of light reading letter he had sent to Lady Marjorie. She tried to talk to him but he disappeared and the light dimmed.
The Langham Hotel, London, England
Built in 1865 and known as the first ‘Grand Hotel’ in Europe, The Langham Hotel is reportedly frequented by many ghosts. According to legend, one such ghost is that of a doctor, rumoured to have killed himself after murdering his bride, whilst they honeymooned in the hotel. Other guests have reported sightings of a man in military attire standing by a window on the fourth floor, said to be the ghost of a German Prince who jumped out of a window before the start of the First World War.
Hunter Prince & Dracula Hotel, Romania
This isn’t actually Dracula’s old residence, but it could be. In the heart of Transylvania, this hotel looks like a medieval castle by day and more sinister at night. The hotel is Dracula themed throughout - with skulls and animal heads setting the scene for a perfect Halloween weekend away – you can even go hunting in the woods nearby!
Queen Mary, Los Angeles, US
A retired ocean liner, the Queen Mary was part of Cunard’s Atlantic express ship service, sailing primarily from 1936 to 1967. The ship is listed as one of the ‘Top 10 most haunted places in America’- with cabin B340 apparently haunted by a person who was murdered there. It is considered so haunted, that a book has been written on the subject! The hotel offers many Halloween events for a chance to get up close and personal with these curious spirits, if you dare.
Whether you’re looking for a ghostly encounter or a full blown haunting, www.expedia.ie will help you plan a ghoulishly good time
Halloween Did you Know?
- Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
- In Ireland the word ‘Samhain’ comes from the old Irish language meaning ‘end of summer’. The old Irish pagans believed that on Samhain the veil between this world and the next was at its weakest allowing the spirits to pass through.
- Trick-or-treating dates back to All Souls Day in England where the poor would beg for food and money in return for them saying prayers for the dead relatives of their provider.
- October 28th is the top-selling candy day of the year in America.
- Mexico celebrates the Days of the Dead (Días de los Muertos) on the Christian holidays All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) instead of Halloween. The townspeople dress up like ghouls and parade down the street.
- Teng Chieh or the Lantern Festival is one Halloween festival in China. Lanterns shaped like dragons and other animals are hung around houses and streets to help guide the spirits back to their earthly homes. To honour their deceased loved ones, family members leave food and water by the portraits of their ancestors.