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Hotels Haunted by Celebrities

Elvis Presley, Las Vegas Hilton

The Star: A regular performer at the Las Vegas Hilton from 1969 through 1976, Elvis took up residence in the hotel’s penthouse suite, which after renovations was converted into the hotel’s high end Sky Villa Suites.

The Haunting: “Elvis has not left the building,” say ghost aficionados, who claim that the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll still hangs around backstage at his former performance space, perhaps waiting to appear once more before a theater of screaming fans.

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Courtesy of Shawn Walton

Anna Nicole Smith, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Fla.

The Star: There’s no word whether Anna Nicole Smith was a frequent guest of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, but there’s no doubting her connection to the place she spent her final hours.

The Haunting: Less than two years after her death, Smith has already been spotted wandering the hotel’s lobby in spirit form. Why not in the room where she passed on?Perhaps she’s confused, since the hotel gutted and renovated that suite, then renumbered all the rooms in an effort to deter fans from trying to book it.

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Courtesy of Cal Neva Resort

Frank Sinatra, Cal Neva Resort, Spa & Casino, Lake Tahoe

The Star: Owner of this Lake Tahoe retreat from 1960 to 1963, Frank Sinatra worked tirelessly to bring the resort up to the standards of his Rat Pack posse. But he lost Cal Neva in 1963, when authorities became aware of the presence of mobster Sam Giancana on the property and the state subsequently revoked his gaming license.

The Haunting: There have been reports of Sinatra’s ghost in Lakeview Cabin #5, a modest structure overlooking Lake Tahoe that Sinatra once called home.

Bonus Haunt: Having been a frequent visitor to Cal Neva during Sinatra’s ownership, Marilyn Monroe’s ghost has been spotted in the resort’s swimming pool and in Lakeview Cabin #3, where she used to stay.

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Courtesy of The Algonquin Hotel

Dorothy Parker, Algonquin Hotel, New York City

The Star: Dorothy Parker was a frequent patron of Midtown’s Algonquin Hotel, when she and an elite group of literati—the Round Table—met regularly for lunch starting in 1919 to discuss literature.

The Haunting: It’s said that when the hotel completed renovations of its attic space, there were a series of unexplained noises emanating from the empty room, and a photograph of Parker fell off the wall, shattering the glass. Perhaps Parker misses the daily gatherings with her former crew.

Bonus Haunt: The apparition of Harpo Marx, another well-known member of the Round Table, is also said to lurk around the Algonquin.

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Sid Vicious, Chelsea Hotel, New York City

The Star: Bass guitarist for legendary punk band the Sex Pistols, Vicious was living in room 100 of Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel with his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in 1978, when the musician was accused of her murder. Released on bail, he died of a lethal drug overdose before a verdict was delivered.

The Haunting: Without having a chance to prove his innocence—or perhaps with a guilty conscience over the murder—Sid is said to still inhabit the Chelsea Hotel. Most sightings place him around the hotel’s elevators, perhaps waiting for his long lost girlfriend to return.

Bonus Haunt: Dylan Thomas, an acclaimed Welsh poet, is also said to haunt the halls of the Chelsea Hotel, where he fell into a coma that eventually led to his death.

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Courtesy of Highland Gardens Hotel

Janis Joplin, The Highland Gardens, Hollywood

The Star: After losing a battle with heroin addiction, the blues singer overdosed and died alone in her room at Highland Gardens (then, the Landmark Hotel)—room #105.

The Haunting: Some sightings spot Joplin hanging around the room where she was found dead, while others have placed her in the hotel’s lobby. Some say if you mention her name in the lobby, doors slam and photographs fly.

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Courtesy of John Picken

Al Capone, Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago

The Star: After moving from Brooklyn to Chicago and establishing his name in the center of the bootlegging world, Capone allegedly used the Congress Plaza Hotel as the headquarters for his organization.

The Haunting: The Congress Plaza Hotel has had multiple sightings of Capone and others. Perhaps in the afterlife, the gangster is trying to recapture the criminal power he once wielded.

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Courtesy of Harrah’s Flamingo

Bugsy Siegel, Flamingo Las Vegas

The Star: Brooklyn-born mobster Bugsy Siegel played a key role in the development of the extravagant Flamingo Hotel—allegedly Siegel’s attempt to finally make an honest living. But he spent far beyond his means, angering many of his investors. Soon after the casino’s anticlimactic opening, he was shot to death in his girlfriend’s Beverly Hills home.

The Haunting: Perhaps Siegel haunts the Flamingo because he never had the opportunity to see it flourish, or because the debt it brought upon him was a factor in his demise. Visitors to the hotel have reported a ghostly figure wandering around the garden, where there’s a Bugsy memorial.

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