Some of their guests have never checked out.
Located along the banks of a lake in County Meath, Ireland, this 15th-century castle is now a bed and breakfast. According to local legend, the daughter of an evil English lord, known as the Black Baron, haunts the halls of Ross Castle, while the Baron himself haunts the grounds.
The Stanley Hotel is widely considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in America, and it even served as the inspiration for Steven King's chilling novel, "The Shining." Countless guests have encountered paranormal activity, including doors shutting, pianos playing and unexplained voices, while visiting the hotel, especially on the fourth floor and in the concert hall. The hotel even offers ghost tours and an extended five-hour paranormal investigation.
The Langham Hotel in London is reportedly home to a number of ghosts, including a doctor who murdered his wife and then committed suicide, a man with a deep wound on his face, a former butler who wanders the hallways, and Napoleon III.
The Hotel Roosevelt sits in the middle of Hollywood and played host to the first Academy Awards ceremony, so it's no surprise celebrities flocked to its luxurious rooms. And two of its regular guests, Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe, are said to haunt the hotel's halls even today. There is also an unexplained "cold spot" in the ballroom believed to be tied to the paranormal.
The Russell Hotel in Sydney, Australia, offers guests the convenience of being located near the city's best attractions, but plenty of visitors are drawn to the boutique hotel hoping for an eery experience. A sailor is said to have never checked out of Room 8, and numerous guests have encountered his presence, and the unexplained sound of someone walking over creaky floors can frequently be heard.
Situated in Banff National Park and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, The Fairmont Banff Springs is home to two famously permanent guests. Sam the bellman threatened to haunt the hotel while he was alive, and after his death in 1975 countless guests have reported encounters with him, and the random opening of elevator doors is blamed on his presence. A "doomed bride" who died at the hotel on her wedding day has also been seen dancing in the ballroom, still wearing her gown.
This five-star hotel sits alongside Lake Vidöstern in Lagan, but Toftaholm Herrgård started out as a private manor owned by a wealthy Baron. The property is reportedly haunted by a young man who killed himself in what is now room 324 after the Baron refused to let his daughter marry the boy. Guests have reportedly seen the boy roaming around the building, and windows are frequently closed unexpectedly.
The Taj Mahal Palace is one of Mumbai's most beautiful hotels, but it's also one of the most haunted hotels in India. The building's architect was apparently deeply upset that the hotel was built facing the wrong direction, and jumped to his death from the fifth floor. His spirit is said to haunt the halls, and guests have encountered him in the hallways and have heard him walking on the roof.