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Five-Star Spooky Escapes

Don’t have Halloween party plans yet? Don’t worry. These luxurious hotels come with more thrills that trick-or-treating ever could. Heed our advice and pack your bags for a spooky-chic weekend away this year.

Dragsholm Castle

Dragsholm Castle

The Spook: Legend has it more than 100 ghosts reside in this starkly beautiful castle nestled on Odsherred peninsula. And get this—in the early 1900s a skeleton (wearing a white gown) was found between the walls during hotel renovations. To this day, frequent sightings of the “the White Lady” continue.

 

The Scoop: Foodies flock from around the world thanks to the hotel's seasonal and locally-product menu, run by chef Claus Henriksen. The baroque-style castle has a Scandi-chic vibe with elegant rooms to offset the costal landscape.  

 

What else? Don’t miss a long walk deep into the forest and on the beach—go with a guide who will help you forage for mushrooms.

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The Taj Mahal Palace

The Taj Mahal Palace

The Spook: It's rumored to be haunted by its architect, the British-born W.A. Chambers (a notorious perfectionist who was disgruntled when he saw hotel faced the city rather than the sea, as he had originally planned). Chambers is said to roam the hotel’s long corridors ensuring all is kept in good order.

 

The Scoop: As it turns out, building the hotel to face the sea was not such a bad idea—incredible views of the Arabian Sea are reason enough to visit. Finished in 1903, the building is an impressive example of Inco-Saracenic architecture as its renowned for its stellar hospitality.

 

What else? Calm your imagination in the Jiva Spa with a relaxing Indian head massage.

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Coombe Abbey

Coombe Abbey

The Spook: The historic 12-century abbey is haunted by a monk named Geoffrey who was murdered in 1345. Numerous guests and staff have reportedly seen him on the grounds—and heard him in the kitchen!

 

The Scoop: World-famous landscape architect Capability Brown designed the stunning gardens in 1771, making this the perfect English country house escape. Book the Lady Craven suite for its unabashed grandeur: Think large walk-up four poster bed and gilded portraits.

 

What else? Make sure you catch the Halloween banquet—a four course candlelit feast in a Medieval dining room complete with a spooky show.

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The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

The Spook: It’s reportedly haunted by its famous Hollywood occupants including Errol Flyn, Carole Lombard, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift.  Catch the latter in suite 928 where he used to pace the halls back in 1953 memorizing lines for ‘From Here to Eternity.’

 

The Scoop: The legendary reputation is well deserved—the hotel, first open in 1924 and financed by film industry heavyweights, borders the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Having just undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, all rooms have been updated to look modern and sophisticated.

 

What else? Swim in a real work of art! Seriously, the inimitable David Hockney painted the pool mural in 1989.

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Hotel Monteleone

Hotel Monteleone

The Spook: In the heart of the haunted city, this hotel plays host to a friendly toddler named Maurice Bergere who died there in late 1800s. Apparently, Maurice innocently wanders into rooms on the 14th (really the 13th) floor to climb into bed with guests. Don’t worry—we hear he’s quite cute!

 

The Scoop: Situated in the French Quarter the hotel became popular with famous literary figures Hemingway, Faulkner and Tennessee Williams. The Carousel Bar is infamous—thanks to its rotating countertop and lethal Sazerac cocktail.

 

What else: Hop over to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop on nearby Bourbon Street. Dating back to 1722, it’s the oldest bar in American. Oh, and it’s haunted by a pirate.

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