8 Days to Halloween – Haunted Hotels

What would you think if a woman, dressed from another era, got on the elevator with you and had an eery presence about her? Perhaps you pass it off as yet another actress wanna-be in L.A. Or maybe…

Or what about stepping out of the shower and wanting to take a sip of coffee but when you reach for it, the cup’s no longer on the counter but on the table in the other room? Did I mention it’s just you in the room? Maybe you subconsciously placed it on the table. Or maybe you’re not alone…

Ever walked into a place and felt uncomfortable, like you were being watched, but, yet, there was no one around?

Here’s a list of some of the more famous hotels, or what were once hotels, in the L.A. area that have reported paranormal activity. The spirits await…

Now, who took my gummy bears?

‘Till next time!

1) Millennium Biltmore Hotel – This was the last sighting of Elizabeth Short, a young, aspiring actress who gained notoriety as The Black Dahlia. She was last seen in the hotel’s lobby, making phone calls. Six days later, on January 15, 1947, her body was discovered in a vacant lot. Staff and guests have reported seeing a woman in a black dress pacing the lobby and waiting by the phones, and is described as seeming upset about something. The woman has been known to walk on to the elevator with other passengers and while it seems no one has asked the woman what or who she is looking for, perhaps it is her sister who was staying at the Biltmore. 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

2) Figueroa Hotel – While there isn’t one specific spirit identified to be haunting the hotel, there have been reports of strange things happening. Eerie sounds have been heard coming from hallways and rooms while televisions turn on and won’t turn off. Elevators have moved up and down on their own, stopping at certain floors but when the doors open, no one is there. 939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

3) Georgian Hotel – This hotel was a speakeasy during the Prohibition era and, now, is apparently a hotspot for ghostly activity; however, they’re heard more than seen where odd noises, voices and sighs are often reported by witnesses. 1415 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

4) Hollywood Historic Hotel – Unfortunately, I can’t find anything specific about any hauntings in this hotel other than guests getting “creepy” feelings and staff telling guests that it’s haunted. It might be neat to check it out, at least the lobby, but I wouldn’t recommend staying there as the reviews are horrible. 5162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004.

5) Knickerbocker Hotel – This is said to be one of the most haunted places in Los Angeles. It is now a senior living facility but it was originally built as an apartment building in 1925, eventually becoming a fancy hotel. Rudolph Valentino haunts the bar, Marilyn Monroe has been sighted in the women’s bathroom, as well as other claims of ghostly sightings. This building is also where Harry Houdini’s widow, Bess, tried to contact him every year for ten years with a seance on the roof. 1714 Ivar Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028.

6) The Alexandria Hotel – Currently low-income apartments, it was once one of the fanciest places in Downtown L.A. Dancers are said to haunt the second-floor ballroom, an angry teenager hangs out near Charlie Chaplin’s old suite, and Rudolph Valentino, when not at the Knickerbocker, can be seen in his old 12th floor suite. The building’s basement is filled with tunnels and there are claims that several mobsters haunt them. 501 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.

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