Historic Hotels That Offer Ghost Sightings with a View

Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire

By Anna Breuer on 31 October 2019
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Going away for Halloween? You might want to go all out and consider a stay that includes ghosts at no additional charge.

One of the most haunted is the Omni Mount Washington Resort, a posh 116-year-old resort that looks like a castle in Austria or Germany, but is actually tucked away in the mountains of New Hampshire.

The Omni Mount Washington was actually constructed with ghosts in mind, as the artisans and laborers who built the hotel varied the number of steps to the second floor – 33 from the reception desk and 31 in the South Tower – in order to confuse any ghosts that might later appear in the hotel, all in keeping with what the hotel said was an Italian tradition and superstition of the time.

These steps didn’t confuse one ghost in particular, namely that of Caroline Foster, referred to by staff members and regular guests as “the princess.”  Foster was the widow of coal tycoon Joseph Stickney, who built the hotel that opened in 1902, the year before his death.  She stayed on in the apartment her husband had created for her, which included a private dining room known as the Princess Room.

Later known as Princess Aymon de Faucigny-Lucinge after marrying Aymon-Jean-Baptiste-Marie de Faucigny-Lucinge of Paris in 1913, she became well known in France during the First World War as a philanthropist.  She died on November 4, 1936, and was reunited with her first husband in death after being reinterred at the Old North Cemetery in Concord, New Hampshire.

Many guests report sightings of the princess’ ghost as an elegant woman in Victorian dress, wandering the hotel’s hallways, although the hotel says that the most common sighting of the princess is in room 314, where she has been seen sitting at the edge of the bed.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America program prepared a list of the nation’s 25 most haunted properties, ones that have reported multiple ghost sightings and other paranormal activities. Other hotels on the list include Concord’sColonial Inn in Concord, Massachusetts; the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; the Omni Parker House in Boston; the Sagamore, in Bolton Landing, New York; 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas; the Jekyll Island Club Resort in Georgia; the Union Station in Nashville; the Moana Surfrider in Honolulu; and the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville; Kentucky.

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