Just in time for Halloween, the hotel comparison website www.trivago.co.uk has helped Huffpost UK Lifestyle prepared a list of our top 10 favourite spooky hotels from around the world.
From Whitby to Transylvania, the hotel which inspired The Shining to one of the oldest hotels in London, these hotels are guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine…
Relais Castello Bevilacqua (Bevilacqua, Italy)
Located in the heart of the beautiful Verona region in Italy, this authentic fourteenth century castle is rooted in history and tradition. Legend has it the castle has been haunted by former ruler Guglielmo Bevilacqua since a fire in 1884. Today, the castle houses <a href="http://www.trivago.co.uk/bevilacqua-439351/hotel/relais-castello-bevilacqua-1379733">Relais Castello Bevilacqua</a> – a romantic and luxurious four star hotel. The hotel retains its medieval charm with antique furniture, historical paintings and opulent chandeliers. Guests can enjoy four poster beds and double whirlpool baths in the Junior Suites, whilst sampling traditional Venetian recipes in the elegant restaurant.
Contele Vladimir (Bran, Romania)
Even the name of this hotel sounds chilling. <a href="http://www.trivago.co.uk/brasov-86593/hotel/contele-vladimir-1363593">Contele Vladimir</a> is located in the heart of Transylvania, at the foot of Bran Castle – Dracula’s Castle. Not only was this castle the inspiration behind literature’s most blood-thirsty vampire, but housed a line of ancient rulers. The most notorious of these was Vlad the Impaler, named due to his practice of impaling his victims. His excessive cruelty claimed an estimated tens of thousands of victims. This four star hotel offers panoramic views of the mystical castle and was built and decorated in the Neo Baroque style, providing an authentic Romanian getaway.
Del Coronado (San Diego, USA)
This stunning and iconic Victorian building offers unrivalled grandeur in Southern California, and has been heralded as one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts. The <a href="http://www.trivago.co.uk/coronado-60216/hotel/del-coronado-57511">Del Coronando </a>resort offers spa facilities, conference rooms, shopping, dining, a range of rooms and suites, bike rental, kid’s club and three swimming pools. However, a chilling story lies beneath the elegant surface. In 1892, young and beautiful Kate Morgan checked in to room 3312 following her husband’s abandonment on finding out she was pregnant. Four days later, she purchased a pistol in the town and shot herself on the beach outside the hotel. A bottle containing quinine was found in her room, to abort her unborn child. Ever since, hotel staff have reported strange happenings in room 3312...
Villa Saint Antoine (Clisson, France)
Castles are steeped in history and controversy: <a href="http://www.trivago.co.uk/clisson-192071/hotel/best-western-villa-saint-antoine-1591629">Château de Tiffauges</a>, adjacent to Villa Saint Antoine, is no exception. Tiffauges is a medieval castle dating back to the 12th Century, renowned for housing notorious serial killer Gilles de Rais. This sinister character not only summoned demons in the castle, but murdered an estimated hundred children. He was hung for his crimes in 1440 and is the inspiration behind French literary folktale Bluebeard – the castle is often referred to as Bluebeard’s Castle. The hotel itself boasts 43 rooms designed in a contemporary style, with special castle-view suites available. There is a pool, restaurant and spa facilities for ultimate comfort and relaxation.
Dr Holms (Geilo, Norway)
This four-storey hotel contains a total of 127 guest rooms, full spa facilities and exciting activities such as bowling and cookery classes. A range of restaurants are available on-site, from an <a href="http://www.trivago.co.uk/geilo-73465/hotel/dr-holms-491381">American Diner</a> to a restaurant with buffet. The hotel offers magnificent views over the mountains of nearby Winter ski destination Geilo. However, behind the cheerful façade lies a mystifying story. In 1926, a young woman on her honeymoon found her husband in bed with another woman. After disappearing for three days, she was found hanged in the attic. Her ghost can allegedly be found in room 320.
The Lovat Loch Ness (Loch Ness, UK)
The Loch Ness Monster is one of Britain’s most famous phenomena, first brought to the public’s attention in 1922 and still debated to this day, with evidence emerging as recently as 2011. What better place to search for this elusive creature than at <a href="http://www.trivago.co.uk/inverness-443937/hotel/the-lovat-loch-ness-1352718">The Lovat</a>, located on the Southern tip of the Loch Ness in the small village of Fort Augustus. This Victorian building dates back to the 1860s but was refurbished in 2007 to offer guests both traditional and modern aspects of Highland life. The rooms are comfortable and the restaurant is renowned for its traditional Scottish cuisine. Boat trips on the 23 miles loch can be arranged in search of Nessie.
Casa Wagner (Brasov, Romania)
What better destination this Halloween than Transylvania – home of vampires, according to Bram Stoker’s 1897 renowned gothic horror novel, Dracula. The novel is set in Transylvania and Bran Castle, just outside of Brasov, is thought to be the inspiration behind Dracula’s Castle. <a href="http://www.trivago.co.uk/brasov-86593/hotel/casa-wagner-841796">Casa Wagner</a> is located in the heart of Brasov in the main square, allowing guests views of the gothic Black Church and the mysterious Mount Tampa. The building dates back to 1477 and incorporates period features, but offers all modern amenities and services for a comfortable and luxurious stay. It is the perfect base for exploring this gothic region.
Dunsley Hall (Whitby, United Kingdom)
Whitby is a traditionally gothic location, featuring Whitby Abbey, The Whitby Witches and the makings of Dracula. Whitby Abbey dates back to 657 AD and inspired Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula – part of the novel is set in Whitby and Broker discovered the name ‘Dracula’ in the public library. Children’s novelist Robin Jarvis’ trilogy The Whitby Witches is also set in this mysterious town. <a href="http://www.trivago.co.uk/whitby-41481/hotel/dunsley-hall-country-house-389141">Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel</a> was built in the 1990s and still retains many period features, such a four-poster beds, open fires and other memorabilia. Guests can enjoy fine wine and dining at the on-site bar and restaurant, and the hotel has four acres of landscaped gardens with a putting green and tennis courts.
The Stanley (Colorado, USA)
Have you seen The Shining? If so, you might recognise <a href="http://www.trivago.co.uk/estes-park-34336/hotel/the-stanley-58560">The Stanley</a> in Estes Park, Colorado. Stephen King stayed in this hotel, inspiring him to write the horror novel. The Stanley first opened in 1909, and is famed as one of America’s most haunted hotels. Guests have repeatedly reported apparitions and missing items, and the hotel has been investigated for paranormal activity by TV programme Most Haunted. The hotel itself offers resort-like amenities and outstanding panoramic views of the Rocky Mountain Range. This Halloween, try their pumpkin-spiced whisky or check out the ghost tours, Murder Mystery dinner or The Shining Halloween Ball. Guests can turn their television to Channel 42 to watch a continuous loop of the uncut version of Stanley Kubrick’s film.
The Langham London (London, United Kingdom)
<a href="http://www.trivago.co.uk/london-38715/hotel/the-langham-london-46304">The Langham London</a> opened in 1865 and is famed as being the oldest of London’s ‘Grand hotels’. The building, which dates back to 1797, has an intriguing reputation for being haunted, with up to seven ghosts allegedly occupying the hotel. The most gruesome story involves the spirit of a Doctor, rumoured to have killed himself after murdering his wife on their honeymoon in the hotel. Guests can request most haunted room 333 at their own peril. This five star hotel is the epitome of British luxury and class, featuring an indoor pool, spa facilities, and an award-winning restaurant and bar. Why not try their special ‘Box’o’bones’ Halloween cocktail – Rye whiskey and Tequila poured over a piece of bone marrow.