Australia is on the spotlight again, this time for its haunted hotels. According to the research conducted by the advanced hotel search engine www.travelmyth.com, 6 of the world’s most haunted hotels are in Australia. Halloween is just a breath away and we know that some of you get as excited about haunted places as we do. From former quarantine stations to luxurious downtown city hotels, the bone-chilling stories behind these haunted hotels are certain to haunt your dreams and keep you awake at night.
Located in Sydney, Room 8 of Russell Hotel In The Rocks is consider to be haunted by a sailor's spirit. Guests have reported that they have seen a spirit standing in the room and staring at them. Other guests have also reported hearing disembodied footsteps at night.
Q Station in Sydney might boast a beautiful location and wonderful views, but, as a former quarantine station, it has a very dark history. Built in 1832 to quarantine early immigrants afflicted by disease, the station was a place of horror for many and is said to be one of Australia’s most haunted places. Close to 600 inhabitants died there from scarlet fever, smallpox, typhoid, cholera or Spanish influenza. Many ghost tours around the area have included Q Station in their list and the area is swarming with people hoping to witness paranormal activities and hear ghost stories as they wander through the former hospital, the morgue and the doctors and nurses' quarters.
Canberra is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the world, so encountering a ghost or two in one of its hotels should be expected. Hotel Kurrajong in particular, accommodates the ghost of the former Prime Minister Ben Chiefly, who died in 1951 from a heart attack in the room 214. Guests have seen his ghost in a grey costume wandering around that room.
Port Arthur is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Australia. Encountering ghostly apparitions or strange occurrences in Port Arthur Motor Inn should come as no surprise to any potential guest. In fact, testimonies of lights turning on and off and weird noises coming out of nowhere have been made by many guests.
Apart from old-fashioned accommodation and hospitality, Australian Hotel Boonah also has a ghost story to share. Rumour has it that the ghost of a 23-year-old woman haunts the hotel's pub, but as guests have stated, she appears to be friendly and not at all malevolent like most ghosts.
Hotel Windsor in Melbourne has accommodated many guests over the decades and some of them were so satisfied by the service that they never left. One of the most characteristic examples is that of Dame Nellie Melba, the famous Australian soprano, whose singing can still be heard echoing in the hotel's corridors. Very close to Hotel Windsor is the Princess Theatre, where some macabre events occurred, and some ghostly apparitions have been spotted lurking around the theatre and the hotel.
“Haunted Hotels” is one of Travelmyth’s 45 category filters. The research was conducted with all hotels that are listed in at least one of the biggest online booking sites. The haunted category currently features 132 hotels around the world with 6 of them being in Australia.
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