Haunted Hotels in Arizona scaring up some fun this season

Ghostly figures, orbs of light, and eerie sounds are all part of the haunted experience at the Jerome Grand Hotel, which originally opened in 1927 as United Verde Hospital, where 9,000 people reportedly died. It opened as a hotel in 1996 and guests immediately reported hearing voices and a hospital gurney in the hallway, but no one was there. The Travel Channel even filmed an episode of “Ghost Adventures” there which documented doors slamming and other mysterious noises and sightings.
The Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff, opened along Route 66 in 1927, often lodged the casts of western films shot in nearby Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon—and reportedly houses a whole host of ghostly guests. In fact, John Wayne reported one of the hotel’s first ghost sightings in the late 1950s. Ever since, guests and staff have reported dozens of spirits stalking the halls, including a phantom bellboy who knocks on doors and disappears, the eccentric specter of a boarder who liked to hang raw meat from the chandelier, and a 1970s bank robber who succumbed to his gunshot wound over a celebratory post-heist drink at the hotel bar.
One reviewer at stated she was skeptical about the Hotel San Carlos in dwntwn Phx being haunted so for fun, she hung a Ghostbusters sign on the lamp. It immediately burned out. That was only the beginning. Her laptop malfunctioned and died. The light in the bathroom was smoking and formed into a shape heading towards her while flickering many colors. A bag of chips flew across the room on its own. Dont believe her though. It’s something you have to experience for yourself!

Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.