Boo! It’s almost that time of the year! Are you excited for Halloween like us and can’t wait to celebrate this spectacular October night with the famous line ΄trick or treat΄? Who doesn’t love pumpkin picking and painting, wearing scary extravagant costumes, watching horror films, sharing creepy ghost stories and collecting delicious candies?
For the brave enough who want to celebrate Halloween in a more special way and consider paranormal activity as yet another five-star amenity, the Travelmyth team has put together some amazing haunted castle hotels with numerous former inhabitants that never checked out and decided to stay longer. At these haunted former castle hotels you can actually stay overnight, have an unforgettable bone-chilling night and get in the fa-boo-lous Halloween spirit! Will you dare to go?
The walls of Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa in England in the United Kingdom hide a tragic love story. Love is definitely one of the best and strongest feelings in the world. However, sometimes instead of making you feel alive, it can lead you to death. That happened to a French governess, Lucette, who had her heart broken by an army officer and decided to throw herself off the bridge and kill herself in the river. At this elegant 700 year-old country manor, you may find her spirit dressed in a winding sheet wandering around the hotel. Her figure has also been seen in a lot of guest’s photographs, so you may be careful when you take a selfie. This former castle hotel is set in a serene location amongst the Lancashire countryside and features 175 comfortable rooms with traditional décor, a majestic 12 meter indoor heated pool, an elegantly decorated restaurant, a contemporary gym, 15 meeting rooms and an extensive range of rejuvenating treatments at the spa.
Kinnitty Castle Hotel in Ireland is an ideal gothic former castle hotel for ghost hunters and paranormal enthusiasts and even if you don’t believe in ghosts, this hotel will change your mind. It has the reputation of being home to numerous ghosts and phantoms and many visitors have reported paranormal activity in the Geraldine and Elizabeth rooms. One of the most famous and chatty spirits is the Phantom Monk of Kinnitty, which is known to converse very often with employees and guests. This spectacular 13th-century former castle hotel includes 37 lavish and distinctively styled en-suite rooms, an award-winning restaurant with fine dishes, a bar with traditional Irish music, a tennis court and 7 banqueting facilities for corporate meetings and social events. The picturesque Irish countryside, the idyllic location, the royal atmosphere and the heritage colors will make you feel like you are a part of a Medieval fairytale. Guests can also relax with a book at the Library bar or try fascinating activities like archery and horse riding.
Some unexplained happenings seem to take place in Parador de Cardona in Spain. Rumors say that a ghost that moves the furniture of the room around resides in the Room 712 of this eerie 9th-century former castle hotel. You might want to sleep with one eye open! This charming medieval castle is located on the top of a hill and offers an outstanding view of the picturesque town of Cardona. Harmoniously combining medieval splendor, historical atmosphere, impressive architecture and gothic elements, this hotel includes a medieval restaurant to taste exquisite cuisine while admiring the wonderful mountain setting, 4 halls with all the necessary amenities, chic classy rooms for the most comfortable stay and will definitely give travelers both thrills and chills and offer them a memorable spooky experience.
This awe-inspiring 10th-century former castle hotel in Italy, boasting an excellent location near Lake Maggiore, carries a heartbreaking story of 2 young lovers. According to legend, Lord Alberto and his family lived at the castle in the 14th century. A young Captain was deployed in the area, where the castle is located, to prepare for a battle with a neighboring state. He fell in love with the Lord's daughter, however her father forbade it, so the Captain was ordered to keep away, and the daughter was imprisoned in the castle tower. Unable to forget her feelings for the Captain, the daughter refused to eat or leave the tower, and she died tragically as a result of her shattered heart. Guests have seen a figure that is claimed to resemble the unfortunate girl, who is still waiting for her Captain by the lake. Consisting of elegant and tastefully decorated rooms and suites with a royal historical ambience, innovative meeting and conference rooms, a choice of bars and gourmet restaurants to try traditional cuisine and unique flavors and a refreshing outdoor pool, Castello Dal Pozzo is not only incredibly charming, but also the perfect spot for a spooky Halloween.
If you are planning your spine-chilling stay for October, then Dragsholm Slot in Denmark will become your favorite Halloween destination. Situated in an excellent location full of peace and tranquility, this impressive former castle hotel is rumored to have a variety of ghostly residents. It is said that there are a total of three. The Earl of Bothwell, who was imprisoned here and died in a dungeon in 1578, is claimed to be the most renowned. The other 2 spirits that haunt the hotel are the spirits of a former maid and the daughter of one of the previous owners. Guests can spend their night at the well-appointed rooms decorated in a delightful historical style and offering breathtaking views of the nearby nature, enjoy culinary highlights based on Nordic cuisine in Dragsholm Slot Gourmet or in the Bistro, organize a conference at the fully-equipped meeting rooms and enjoy yoga, bathing in Sejerø Bay, golf at Dragsholm Golf Club, wine tasting and many more activities.
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Situated in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canada, this legendary former castle hotel will offer you the most regal and spine-chilling accommodation experience. There are rumors that it houses a very long-term resident. More specifically, a ghost of a bellhop who disappears after helping guests and is believed to be the spirit of a former employee who died soon after retiring. Some visitors also claim to have felt a strange tingle on the staircase where a bride died once. Featuring 745 lavish rooms and suites with top-notch amenities and panoramic mountain views, a refreshing fitness and aquatic center, spa treatments to revitalize your body and mind, event spaces to hold the most successful conferences and exquisite restaurants with traditional and international cuisine, Fairmont Banff Springs is the perfect alpine sanctuary to pamper yourself to the fullest and spend unforgettable Halloween moments.
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