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Queen Anne, Seattle, Washington, United States
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- Great Queen Anne location within easy access of popular sights
- Free continental breakfast served in lounge
- Hip yet historic ambiance
- Rooms all have kitchenettes, convenient for stay-in cooking
- Cool bar/lounge for drinks, snacks, and live music
- Massage and beauty treatments in the Health and Beauty Corner
- Older property could use some updates, especially bathrooms
- Valet parking is expensive
- No elevator
- Wi-Fi can be slow
Built in 1918 as an engineering school, the lower-middle-range MarQueen has a distinctive historic vibe and 59 elegant rooms with small kitchens. Situated in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne district, within easy walking distance of Key Arena and the Seattle Center, this hotel is best suited to travelers who appreciate historic boutique hotels -- and don’t mind the stairs and signs of age, particularly in bathrooms, that come with it. The property also has a chic lounge/bar that hosts live music. The Maxwell Hotel is another historic boutique hotel in the neighborhood, with a pizza restaurant on-site.
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Vintage, art deco-style with oil paintings and antique furniture.
Projecting a 1920s vibe, the hotel was built in 1918 as the Seattle Engineering School and has maintained many of the original charms -- and quirks -- of an older brick building. Composed of three floors, each level with vaulted ceilings, the property lacks an elevator, but guests can travel from floor to floor via a beautiful, wood-banister Victorian staircase. There is a vintage Art Deco look throughout the hotel, with flocked fabrics and wallpaper, bold chandeliers, and 1920s-era tables and chairs. The stunning staircase is visible from the entrance of the hotel, and a large mahogany counter functions as the front desk. Also in the lobby are a large antique mirror and dresser topped with tour pamphlets and an ice water dispenser, set off by gilt-framed oil paintings. The Tin Lizzie Lounge is popular among non-hotel guests, with its old-fashioned wood bar, and hip low-lying couches, stools, and tables in cool grays and black and white leather. Private clusters of couches and chairs are tucked into corners. There is no elevator in this hotel. The MarQueen tends to draw a younger crowd, though older couples and families also come for the antique, romantic ambience.
Lower Queen Anne neighborhood near Key Arena
The hotel is located in Seattle’s lower Queen Anne neighborhood with a multitude of street-level stores, restaurants, and bars in the immediate vicinity, a tattoo parlor across the street, and several residential buildings all around. The location is two blocks away -- a five-minute walk -- from Key Arena and the Seattle Center, and a 13-minute walk from the Space Needle. It's about a mile-and-a-half to Pike Place -- a 30-minute walk, seven-minute drive, or 15 minutes by bus/monorail; Seattle Aquarium is along the same route, about 30 minutes by bus/monorail. Downtown can be reached on foot in 40 minutes, 15 minutes by bus/monorail, or eight minutes by car. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is about 25 minutes away by car.
Vintage vibe, small kitchens, and modern TVs
The vintage theme continues in guest rooms with traditional wooden headboards, paisley-patterned rugs, and antique wooden nightstands, armoires, and side tables. There are larger suites with separate living rooms furnished with sofa-beds, high-back chairs, and coffee tables. There are original wood floors throughout, but the rooms do have modern luxuries, such as flat-screen TVs, (iffy) Wi-Fi, and full kitchens with small and mid-size appliances and cookware. Certain details in the bathrooms (bathtubs) and kitchens (cabinets) do show signs of their age -- scuffs, chips, and peeling paint -- and some of the armoires are oddly crammed into bedrooms. Bathrooms have older, white tile floors, pedestal sinks, and shower/tub combos surrounded by tile that varies in age and condition. Some rooms include ironing facilities and bathrobes.
Free light breakfast and (slow) Wi-Fi access; cool lounge
Free Wi-Fi is included in rooms, but can be slow and unreliable. A free continental breakfast is also included -- not buffet-style, but a simple bagel, fruit, yogurt, and coffee served in the Tin Lizzie lounge. Tin Lizzie also has a full bar with live music at least twice a week, and serves soup, panini, and appetizers throughout the day and night. There is valet parking for an extra fee, or metered street parking/garages within a two-block radius.
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Spooky Seattle: Haunted Spaces and Places
Instead of paying far too much money to get chased, groped and screamed at by overzealous actors with chainsaws and overdone horror makeup, why not check out some “real” haunts in Seattle. Most of these are free, so there will be none of that “buyer’s remorse” nonsense. Here’s my top ten list for spooky spots in Seattle:
1. The Marqueen Hotel (Queen Anne). I walk by this hotel all of the time and finally made myself walk into the lobby this week. I always get a sort of dark, dreary and “full house” vibe when I pass this place (full of ghosts?). When I did force myself to walk in, I was welcomed by two very nice gentlemen and this gorgeous winding staircase. I can see why people would haunt this former engineering school, built in 1918. It’s quite lovely. Some hotel guests mention a feeling of being watched. I can honestly say, the energy is quite dense, heavy if you will. Sit in one of the lobby chairs or wander the beautiful yet creepy hallways and judge for yourself. For an account of one guest’s stay, read this TripAdvisor report .
2. The Alibi Room (Post Alley). The pizza here is great. Just be weary of the “little girl” my friend swore she saw in the back booth corners of the bar or a cold whoosh of air that perpetually lingers on your lap (that little girl likes to sit on laps, apparently). The most famous ghost in Alibi is Frank, though- an elderly man who stands outside of the bathrooms and introduces himself. Post Alley, the street that Alibi sits on, is made up of cobblestones from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. That might have something to do with it.
3. The Owl ‘n’ Thistle in (Pioneer Square) (Circa 1930). This place is full of spirits…brick, brass, books and beers. What more could you ask for, really? I love this cozy little pub. Apparently John Wayne and Robert Mitchum frequented this place, as well. But onto the ghosts and there are many. Apparently the staff at the Owl ‘N Thistle has the pleasure of listening to paranormal piano playing, seeing dark shadowy figures, kitchenware that moves on its own, and the apparition of a woman wearing an antique wedding gown and veil.
4. The Sorrento Hotel & Fireside Lounge, First Hill. It’s beauty and elegance has lured guests in since 1905. It provides yet another lovely spot I want to spend countless hours in with a book- The Fireside Lounge. It’s the fourth floor that’s haunted, though, so rent a room (#408) to find your supernatural experience. Find a review of their cafe here.
5. The Merchant Cafe and Saloon , Pioneer Square. This place is so haunted, it’s been on “Dead Files.” Ask Darcy, the owner, about the little girl that haunts the place and the doll someone left for her. There are too many ghosts here to mention and apparently after the “Dead Files” held an exorcism here, the ghost activity picked up. Read this for the history of the building and this blog post for a personal account of a gentleman’s experience there. I can honestly say, it’s the most haunted place I’ve experienced in Seattle.
6. The Moore Hotel & Theater, downtown Seattle (circa 1907). All sorts of ghosts and happenings have been reported in the hotel and in the theater. Ghostly cigar smells come from chairs (Mr. Moore?) as well as the feeling of “being watched” in various rooms. Previous actors an actresses of the Theater seem to still be hanging around, as well. Apparently Kurt Cobain had a drug overdose here.
7. Kells Irish Bar & Restaurant. (Post Alley) Ghost Hunters shot an episode here. It was a former mortuary as well as an Indian burial ground-the perfect combo. There’s a variety of ghosts here, apparently, including a little girl. You can view part of the Ghost Hunter’s episode here . Personally, I haven’t experienced anything here but I’ve spent most of my time on the outdoor patio and in the main bar area. Another friend of mine swears she saw a man standing in front of our table. I was too busy drinking my cider to notice, apparently. Here’s another video report of Kell’s that Seattle’s local news KOMO4 aired.
8. Harvard Exit Theater (Capitol Hill). circa 1925. This building was originally used as a meeting place for The Woman’s Century Club. Today, the theater currently shows independent and foreign films, the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Apparently, laughter echoes throughout the theater and apparitions of women dressed in early 1900’s style clothing are seen on the third floor. At least the ghosts seem to be having a good time. Typical theater folk.
9. All of Pioneer Square and underneath it . Spooked in Seattle Tours takes you through the oldest neighborhood in Seattle, stopping off at the most haunted spots like The Pioneer Hotel (formerly Yesler Hotel). This tour is led by real ghost hunters and is highly rated on TripAdvisor & Yelp. The tour headquarters is a spectacularly spooky space in the original Seattle underground that they claim is haunted, fully equipped with haunted, creepy dolls and caskets. Tour prices vary according to the tour but the walking tour is $16 for adults and $12 for kids up to twelve. After you finish that tour, though, you might want to take The Underground Tour , which my husband and I both enjoyed because it gave a thorough history and literal view of historical Seattle (take the night tour-it talks more of how the city was founded on prostitution).
10. Pike Place Market . Market Tour . Pike Place Market, established in 1907, is Seattle’s oldest farmer’s market…and it’s one of Seattle’s most haunted spots. By day, it’s hustling and bustling and not very scary. At night, the market takes on another personality and completely different energy. Yes, it’s on an old Indian burial ground. Yes, there is a ghost of an Indian…amongst many others. The Market Tour group gives a thorough after hours tour for $16.50.
And for those non-believers out there, here’s Dave Grohl telling a story of his ghostly experiences in his former Seattle home . See, even rockstars see ghosts. All the cool kids are doing it.
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Seattle’s most haunted hotels for ghostly vacations
Check in, but never check out
Seattle is a city that loves its ghosts. But with Halloween coming up, there’s a special amount of interest in Seattle’s spooky past.
A city as old and diverse as Seattle is bound to have some skeletons. Luckily for you, you don't have to go digging for them. All you need to do is rent a hotel room for the night. It seems as though Seattle's past remains “alive” and well within the walls of some of Seattle's oldest and most-haunted hotels.
The oldest of these hotels dates all the way back to 1890, just after the Great Seattle Fire, and the stories behind their eternal guests are steeped in Seattle history, from Alice B. Toklas to the Gold Rush to the tragic end of a government official.
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Hotel: Hotel Ändra Year Built: 1926 Eternal Guests: Flappers from the 1920s and a past hotel employee
The supernatural guests at Belltown's Ändra may be more than 90 years old, but they still know how to party.
Guests report jazz blasting from the ninth floor accompanied by noises of breaking glass. The noise is immediately silenced when anyone ventures the floor to investigate.
Another frequent occurrence is the sighting of a woman wearing 1930s-era clothing. She commonly appears when guests are laying in bed, and once spotted she fades away. She is believed to be a former hotel employee who jumped to her death from a hotel window in the 1960s.
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Mayflower Park Hotel Seattle
Hotel: Mayflower Park Hotel Year Opened: 1927 Eternal Guest: An older gentlemen who once lived on the sixth floor
Mayflower Park Hotel staff aren’t the only ones welcoming guests to the luxury hotel in the middle of downtown Seattle. Throughout the years, sightings of a supernatural “greeter” have been reported. In multiple unrelated incidents, guests have reported disturbances while staying in room 1120. The culprit is believed to be an older man who used to live on the sixth floor. According to the Seattle Times , one guest staying in room 1120 said, “I feel as if someone is in there with me.” Other guests have insisted on another room. Although the man has been spotted on multiple occasions, the hotel claims that he is friendly and does not really bother people.
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Hotel: Hotel Sorrento Year Built: 1909 Eternal Guest: Alice B. Toklas
Even back in the 1900's, Seattleites were cannabis supporters. Alice B. Toklas was credited with the invention of pot brownies back in 1954. Today, she’s credited with roaming the halls of the Sorrento, specifically the fourth floor, and even more specifically in and around room 408. When Northwest Meetings and Events asked about the ghost , a hotel employee responded, “our ghost is very hip.”
With the Sorrento being one of Seattle's oldest hotels, complete with classically elegant attire, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Toklas chose it to be her place of eternal residency.
“Be on the lookout for a female apparition who reveals her presence on the fourth floor or by moving glasses on the bar," the travel publication Coastal Living advised . "One local claims she saw an odd-looking woman walking past the hotel one evening. The woman was wearing dark-colored vintage clothing and carrying a parasol. Not until later did she learn about Alice B. Toklas, who at the turn of the century lived on the block where the Sorrento stands and is now rumored to wander its halls at night.”
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The Arctic Club Seattle
Hotel: The Arctic Club Hotel Year Built: 1916 Eternal Guest: U.S. Representative Marion Zioncheck
The Arctic Club, now a Double Tree by Hilton, was once a place where the foremost men of Seattle conducted business and arranged political deals. The building was known for offerings such as a billiard room, barber shop, and bowling alley.
But after 1936, The Arctic Club Hotel would always be known as the place where two-term U.S. Congressional Representative Marion Zioncheck leaped to his death from his fifth-story office window. It is believed his leap of death was a direct result of his increasingly unstable mental state, although some conspiracy theorists believe that Zioncheck was thrown out of the window against his will by political enemies.
Whatever happened that day, Zioncheck has decided to stick around. It is said that sometimes the elevator rises to the fifth floor for no reason. Guests report unexplained cool breezes and hear phantom footsteps.
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Hotel: Cadillac Hotel Year Built: 1890 Eternal Guest: A crying woman and child, among other random lingerers
This historic hotel, known as the Elliot House until 1906, was one of the first hotels built atop the ashes of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. The hotel served predominantly as a working man's hotel, attracting fishermen, loggers, railroad, and shipyard workers with its inexpensive rates.
In 1970, due to the hotel’s lack of funds to oblige to the newly enforced Ozark Ordinance, an ordinance that required hotels to install sprinkler systems to their upper floors due to the burning of the Ozark Hotel, the Cadillac Hotel was forced to close its doors. Only the main floor remained open to allow small businesses to continue.
For 31 years the upper rooms were abandoned, leaving furniture, and personal belongings as they were. It wasn't until 2001 when the Cadillac Hotel was purchased for restoration by Historic Seattle, a preservation organization , and became the permanent home for the National Park Service's Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
Although restored, the long-term guests of the once-deserted Cadillac Hotel remain. Some claim they've seen apparitions wandering in the hotel’s upper offices. Others have reported strange feelings of a ghostly presence in elevator and occasional strange noises.
But even more haunting are the reports of hearing a woman and child crying way into all hours of the night. Rumor has it that she was a single mother who took her and her child's life after being evicted during financially difficult times.
The Cadillac is, unfortunately, no longer a hotel—so there’s no overnight visits with the ghosts. But the Gold Rush National Park is open for day trips.
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Thornewood Castle Bed and Breakfast
Hotel: Thornewood Castle Inn Year Built: 1911 Eternal Guest: Chester Thorne, wife Anna, and grandchildren
For those feeling a bit adventurous, look no further than the Thornewood Castle Inn. The Castle is about an hour south of Seattle and rife with a collection of spirits. Most prevalent of the spirits is the Castle's original owner, Chester Thorne . Along with his many appearances, light bulbs are commonly found unscrewed in his former room.
Thorne's wife, Anna, has been seen sitting in the window seat of her room, admiring the garden below. Her room, now the bridal suite, contains a mirror in which guests claim to have seen her reflection. Other guests have seen young child standing alone by the lake, where legend has it that one of Thorne's grandchildren drowned.
Even horror legend Stephen King was intrigued by the castle's supernatural occurrences. His mini-series, “ Rose Red ,” was filmed at the castle in 2002.
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Had a hard time sleeping, heard noises all night. It sounded like someone was walking around in our bathroom. Finally, we shut the bathroom door, but that didn't help us sleep. I booked through a third party website and wasn't able to get out of the reservations. I will never book through a third party site to ensure I don't ever get this hotel again. The staff was nice. More
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Dear victoriaN2223MJ, Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback regarding your stay. I am very sorry to hear our boutique hotel was not a good fit for you. While many guests enjoy the old-world charm of our hotel, I understand it may not be for everyone. Moving forward, I would recommend utilizing a different booking site so you can ensure you find a property that meets your needs. We wish you the best of luck on your future travels! Kind Regards, Kristin Ross Front Office Manager
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We enjoyed the spacious room and two king beds! The complimentary breakfast is hardly "continental". It is in the bar/lounge and includes yogurt and a bagel served with butter. No cream cheese or other options. You were given jam but not asked about a preference. I was served yogurt with honey which I am deathly allergic too. Would have been nice if someone asked me about allergies before serving it. No gluten free options only take away the bagel. The room was by the lobby and was super quiet. Staff is very helpful.
Dear rebekahace11, Thank you for your review. I am happy to hear you enjoyed one of our largest rooms and found our staff helpful! However, I am sorry that you did not enjoy our complimentary breakfast in the morning. I appreciate you taking the time to leave us feedback. We hope you consider choosing The MarQueen Hotel again for your next visit to Seattle. Kind Regards, Kristin Ross Front Office Manager
Came to Seattle with family for concert at key arena. Short walk to key arena. Lots of restaurants nearby. The room was spacious, and even had a kitchen with breakfast nook. It also had a small separate sitting area. It was perfect for us as friends met us there and there was room to visit.
Dear marjoriew428, Thank you for reviewing your stay at The MarQueen Hotel. We have an ideal location for concert goers at The Key Arena, I am so happy you were able to take advantage of our close proximity and our spacious rooms to meet up with friends! Until next time! Kind Regards, Kristin Ross Front Office Manager
What's really incredible about this hotel is their dedication to preserving the historic beauty of this hotel. The minute you step through the doors, you feel transported into another time. The grounds and rooms are wonderfully kept and the staff is warm and inviting. My stay was in a Deluxe King Room which included a kitchenette with a full size fridge! It's steps away from restaurants, bars, a supermarket, drugstore, the ballet, opera, theatres and the Space Needle! You feel like you're in the middle of all of it - but the hotel is quiet and serene. For a little more history - just hop on the monorail to downtown!
Dear dondarrylrivera, I was so excited to read your excellent review. Thank you for pointing out so many wonderful aspects of our hotel - from our warm and inviting staff to the overall historic charm. We look forward to welcoming you back! Kind Regards, Kristin Ross Front Office Manager
The MarQueen had all of the expected amenities and services available. (Toiletries, continental breakfast, valet, etc) The location is its best feature--within a block or two of many fantastic restaurants, bus stops, and the metropolitan market. Easy walk to the Seattle center. Walk up the (steep) hill to upper queen ann for a quiet neighborhood feel and more shops, cafes, and the infamous Kerry park. The MarQueen was impressive when first walking in the doors, greeted by a friendly doorman and desk staff. The décor sets you back decades (in a good way). Then the rooms.. they are very big for downtown Seattle--a family of 5 could comfortably stay in the double Queen. There is even a kitchen. The beds were clean and comfortable (which is probably the most important feature of a hotel room, IMO). However, because this hotel is so old and they have tried to preserve that feel, it actually ends up feeling a bit dirty. The wood floors are probably clean but they haven't been refinished in so long that it'd be impossible to make them look clean. And even worse than that, the bathroom follows the same theme. The tiles, bathtub, moulding, paint, light fixtures etc. All look 40+ years oldand, worn out and dirty. I didn't try, but I felt I could get in there with some elbow grease and get the place looking cleaner than it did. It's possible that it really was very clean, and just looked that way because of age, though. It's fun to be taken back to a previous time period, but when it comes to a bathroom that has been used by hundreds before you, it would be nice to have it updated and looking clean. To sum up: Positives: location, room size, beds Negatives: could be cleaner, bathrooms need updated I would stay here again and would recommend it to friends and family!
Dear KhurstenC, Thank you for your review and recommendation! It is wonderful to hear that you were impressed with the size of our rooms, our friendly staff and our prime location. As a property built in 1918, we do try to make you feel as if you were taking a step back in time. Your feedback is very important to us and I would like to personally thank you for your input on what would have made your stay any better. We hope to see you again next time! Kind Regards, Kristin Ross Front Office Manager
Good value for money. Continental breakfast very nice. Only negatives no lift and very busy. Being an old apartment with wooden floors and thin walls do not expect any sleep if people come in drunk or stay up talking.
Dear Bec B, Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. I am happy that you enjoyed your experience at The MarQueen Hotel overall. We strive in keeping our hotel as original as possible. While many enjoy our boutique property, I can understand where that some aspects may not be for everyone. We hope you will consider staying with us again in the future! Kind Regards, Kristin Ross Front Office Manager
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Haunted Seattle: 10 Paranormal Attractions in the Emerald City
From the most-haunted bar in America to secret underground ruins, here are the must-visit spooky spots in Seattle.
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Pike Place Market
When you think of spooky towns in the U.S., Savannah or Salem probably come to mind. But Seattle has some seriously haunted spots, too. And many of them are already popular tourist attractions such as the iconic Pike Place Market. The upper level may be packed with Instagrammable tulip bouquets, PNW marionberries and flying fish, but the market’s subterrain levels are down right creepy with a turn of the century magic shop, junk stores with way too many dolls, hallways that go nowhere and old, wooden floors that squeak and creak with every step. Clearly, the perfect home for a ghost. And apparently Pike Place has several which you can learn about on the market’s ghost stories walking tour .
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Seattle, Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour takes guests through a piece of what used to be Seattle. After the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the city essentially sealed off lower levels of town and built new buildings on top of the ruins — creating a secret tomb of underground buildings and passageways. If that wasn’t spooky enough, in addition to the regular underground tour ticket, the company offers an Underground Paranormal Experience where guests embark on an investigation using real paranormal equipment. Hear the notorious ghost stories as you roam creepy hallways and passageways. Given the Pioneer Square neighborhood’s history of murder, violence and not to mention the deaths of the fire, your paranormal odds are definitely high.
Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood has its fair share of ghosts from the great fire of 1889 and the Klondike gold rush that followed in the early 1900s. And the Cadillac Hotel is rumored to host several spirits from those times. The historic building is no longer a hotel but is home to the Seattle branch of the Klondike Gold Rush National Park . Pop in for free exhibits, but keep your ears on alert for the eerie sounds of a mother and child crying.
Kells Irish Restaurant & Bar
Considered by some to be the most-haunted bar in America, Kells Irish Restaurant and Bar is located in the basement of what used to be Seattle’s first mortuary. It doesn’t get more creepy than that. And the building is teeming with paranormal activity, from glasses shooting off the bar to a little girl in a red taffeta dress asking to come play with her. Even the " Ghost Adventures " team conducted a lockdown here and their paranormal investigation captured some seriously chilling audio.
Leave it to Seattle to have the ghost of the inventor of pot brownies. Yes, you read that right. Alice B. Toklas , longtime partner of Gertrude Stein and credited as the first baker of pot brownies, is said to haunt Seattle’s upscale, boutique Hotel Sorrento — specifically room 408 . She’s also been known to move glasses around in the hotel’s Dunbar Room. And to celebrate this fancy bohemian spirit, the hotel offers special events such as a dinner party with Ver Clicquot champagne, ghost stories and a tour of the hotel.
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The oldest operating theater in Seattle, the Moore Theatre is a Gilded Age gem with dramatic archways, gorgeous chandeliers and ornate molding and marble throughout. And in addition to all of that opulence, the theater may have some paranormal flare, too. Today, the theater hosts concerts, Broadway tours, comedians and more and some employees have claimed to witness moving apparitions or flickering lights. And those claims aren’t off base as, technically, the theater partially sits on land that used to be Seattle’s first cemetery . If you want to learn more about the theater’s history, you can visit the Historic Theatres Library on Tuesdays or Thursdays for free!
When you talk about touristy aerial views of Seattle, people fall into two camps: Team Space Needle or Team Smith Tower. While the Space Needle is a more thrilling attraction with a rotating glass floor, the Smith Tower has the best views of Puget Sound and the building is steeped in history. The Art Decor stunner and Seattle’s first skyscraper is rumored to have several paranormal inhabitants including Seattle’s first female mayor Bertha Landes . The best part about visiting Smith Tower’s observation deck is the swanky bar at the top. But watchout: Mayor Landes was mayor during Prohibition and the ardent teetotaler is said to throw guests some judgey side-eye while enjoying a cocktail.
Mayflower Park Hotel
The elegant and historic Mayflower Park Hotel in downtown Seattle is a great, centrally-located home base for exploring Seattle. In fact, the location is so good there may be a permanent resident. Room 1120 is believed to be haunted by an older man who used to live on the sixth floor of the building. The spirit is said to be benign and the hotel claims he’s friendly.
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Seattle’s Lakeview Cemetery in Capitol Hill has several famous graves including the final resting place of iconic actor and martial artist Bruce Lee and his son Brandon Lee as well as Princess Angeline, the eldest daughter of Chief Seattle. The Salish tribe princess died in 1896 and is rumored to still wander the grounds . Others have claimed to see soldiers dressed in uniform wandering the Civil War cemetery.
The ghost guests at Hotel Andra love to party. The building that is now one of Seattle’s luxury hotels was constructed in 1926 and was first used as efficiency apartments before being renovated into a boutique hotel. Guests have reported hearing loud jazz music and breaking glass from the ninth floor. But when hotel employees investigate, there’s nothing there.
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These 9 Haunted Hotels In Idaho Will Make Your Stay A Nightmare
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Of all the restless spirits said to lurk around Idaho, it seems many of them love to wander the rooms and hallways of some of our state’s most lavish and historic hotels (wouldn’t you?). While each of these historic buildings are magnificent in their own right, if ghostly sightings, paranormal encounters, and spooky history are your thing, these are definitely the places to be (or not be, depending on your spook level). While not all of these hotels are still active places to stay overnight, many are still local businesses that often still have spirits lurking around. That being said, here are nine of the most haunted hotels in Idaho – sleep at your own risk.
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Uniquely, many of these historic buildings have been recently updated, but there are still plenty of mysteries hidden beneath the fresh coats of paint and modern fixtures. The only question is – do you dare pay a visit to any of these haunted hotels in Idaho?
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While the above list of haunted hotels in Idaho is a good place to start in terms of spotting spooks in the Gem State, these locales are just the tip of the haunted iceberg! Everybody loves a good ghost story, and here in Idaho there are plenty of them! Although some may say the tragic stories behind these haunted places are merely folklore, there is no denying that the spooky reputations of these places exist for a reason. Whether you believe in it or not, these are the places that are most well-known in Idaho for their paranormal activity. The best places to spot a ghost in Idaho? Pete's Tavern in Nampa, the Bates Motel in Coeur d'Alene (this place just exudes creepiness!), Gotts Point at Lake Lowell, Egyptian Theatre in Boise, and Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell.
In fact, with regard to Canyon Hill Cemetery, while all c emeteries are common places to go for ghost sightings, Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell is considered to be one of the spookiest and most haunted grave sites in the state. There have been many sightings of a "ghost jogger" who doesn't hesitate to approach you when you're at the cemetery at dark. There have been other reports of an old lady who sits on one of the benches late at night. When you glance back over at her, she vanishes. Gulp.
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My first stay in a haunted hotel room - Review of MarQueen Hotel
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I stayed in room 304 four days before Halloween and I won't be doing it again. That said, the place does has a few excellent features. The lower Queen Anne location is great, near the Seattle Center and within a block of numerous places to eat, a grocery store and a drug store. The hill immediately to the North is a fun place to walk, with lots of old staircases and stately mansions. Second, the rooms are huge compared to other Seattle hotels. Mine was the smallest in the hotel, and it was nearly identical to a 450 square foot studio apartment I once lived in. Apparently the hotel was built as part of the Seattle Engineering School in 1918. Back then it housed young engineers who moved to the city to work in the auto industry (the building also housed a mechanics training school). The decor is appropriate for the hotel: American Colonial furnishings accented by framed paintings of roses and such all over the walls. The room had a full kitchen, complete with dishes, glasses, silverware and a breakfast nook with a table for eating. The kitchen did not have a stove but made up for it with a ridiculous amount of built in storage. I slept horribly. The bed clothes and bed were old and uncomfortable and the walls were so thin I might as well have been in attendance at the raucous party next door. When... I stayed in room 304 four days before Halloween and I won't be doing it again. That said, the place does has a few excellent features. The lower Queen Anne location is great, near the Seattle Center and within a block of numerous places to eat, a grocery store and a drug store. The hill immediately to the North is a fun place to walk, with lots of old staircases and stately mansions. Second, the rooms are huge compared to other Seattle hotels. Mine was the smallest in the hotel, and it was nearly identical to a 450 square foot studio apartment I once lived in. Apparently the hotel was built as part of the Seattle Engineering School in 1918. Back then it housed young engineers who moved to the city to work in the auto industry (the building also housed a mechanics training school). The decor is appropriate for the hotel: American Colonial furnishings accented by framed paintings of roses and such all over the walls. The room had a full kitchen, complete with dishes, glasses, silverware and a breakfast nook with a table for eating. The kitchen did not have a stove but made up for it with a ridiculous amount of built in storage. I slept horribly. The bed clothes and bed were old and uncomfortable and the walls were so thin I might as well have been in attendance at the raucous party next door. When I did manage to fall asleep I had this awful dream over and over where I would get pushed into a pit by some woman. I woke up quite out of sorts. So, yeah, it could have ben something I ate or maybe the neighbors noise, but it definitely felt to me like the place was haunted. I asked about it at check out and they said they'd never heard anything like that about the room before, so who knows! More
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We reserved two rooms at this hotel and were pleasantly surprised with its charm, location, and offering of a continental breakfast (not mentioned in its ad). To add to its charm, the Tin Lizzy Lounge, adjacent to the reception desk, provided an evening of live music and interesting cocktails and beer. We arrived late, but the performer "Enrique" continued with his performance even though he was scheduled to end a bit earlier! What a great way to end our day. The rooms were decorated in an antique sort of mode, were spacious, and even included kitchens. The hotel is an old school, so the rooms are interesting in their size and shape. Bathrobes were provided and the cosmetics (shampoo, etc.) were of a higher end. Needless to say, if we ever get the chance, we will stay here again!
Loved Loved Loved this hotel!! We stayed here prior to a leaving on a Cruise out of Seattle. I should note that I'm a boutique hotel type of person; I'm not the type who stays in the Hiltons, Marriott, Ritz's of the world. I prefer small boutique hotels any day. The staff was wonderful even before we arrived. They have a car service they deal directly with so if you need car service you can book it through the hotel. They were on time and clean vehicles etc. It was a lot easier to just book through the hotel. We had the car service pick up at the airport and also utilized the service to get to the cruise terminal the day we left. When we arrived we had been upgraded to the Suite, which is always a nice way to start your vacation. We had arrived early in the morning and our room was ready and they did allow us to check in. The only downside (for some people) is there are NO ELEVATORS. They have a porter who will haul your crap up the stairs for you but we did it on our own. The hotel was beautiful. The room was really clean and large and comfortable. The room included a small kitchen with a coffee maker and a fridge and also a kitchen table. The living room had plenty of seating. The bed, where do I start? The bed was awesome, I loved it and didn't want to leave it, it was like a big squishy cloud. My husband didn't like it as he prefers a more solid mattress, but I loved it. We spent the day on foot which was actually pretty easy to do from the hotel. The Space Needle is in walking distance, and from there we just took the monorail downtown to Pike Place and also walked to the Underground. The hotel staff was great with directions and advice on where to eat and marked everything on a handy map. Speaking of eating the place is surrounded by restaurants and also a small grocery and drug store. I will definitely stay here again and would highly recommend to anyone in looking for a place in the Seattle area. They also offer great prices if you book far enough out.
I booked this hotel through a booking site and I'm not going to lie...the pictures had me worried. It looked like I was staying at Grandma's house. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised upon arrival. It is a lot less gaudy than the website shows. We were upgraded to a Queen Anne suite and it was HUGE - about the size of a city apartment complete with kitchen. The room was super clean. My only complaints were the super creaky floor and the bathroom mildly creeped me out only because I am a super neat freak when it comes to bathrooms. If you love hotels with old school charm, this is the hotel for you! PS: the hallway reminds me of The Shinning!
Large rooms dominate this elevator - less hotel ...don't let that put you off ..its in a real funky neighbourhood with lots of restaurants and small shops and a stones throw from the space needle. City is within walking distance but if you had a lot of shopping than a taxi is required.breakfast was bare minimum !
This hotel was built in 1918 as an engineering school and is a classic brick centered in the Queen Anne district of Seattle.Due to its age, do think bathrooms to be small ,pedestal sinks to be cracked ,baths to be scratched as this was what we found in our room 315 BUT the absolute charm and grace of the place will surpass all these defects ,, The hotel is situated in a district filled with restaurants and would be great for runners as its lots of hills and lovely houses to run past .. It is a walk away from the Space Needle and you could easily walk to Pike Place Market and other visitor tourist spots ,, (another note if you wish to eat at the restaurant at the top of the Space Needle, book well in advance as we were sorely disappointed as could not reserve for our anniversary night even some days ahead). The hotel rooms were built for students so our room had a small sitting room and kitchen .The Seattle Times was delivered to our door by morning and a small continental breakfast was served in the lounge. Staff at breakfast were really thoughtful and kind both at the weekend and on Monday ,,Kudos to them both ,,We were greeted warmly by all staff and the valets were exceptional.. There is not much room to park when you drive up but they come running out to greet you and the system seemed to work well but you wonder how . Metropolitan Market on Mercer Street is just a hop skip and a jump away and they have wonderful bring home meals if you wanted to make use of your kitchen and just stay in that night . The decor of the hotel reminds you of stepping back in time and I am not an authoritarian on antiques but this enhanced the feel of the place ,, the hotel has reasonable rates and being so close to everything was wonderful. We would stay there again for all these reasons .
Moscow's Legendary Hotel Moskva to Reopen
Hotel Moskva, finished at the height of Stalin's power and demolished a decade ago under Moscow's construction-happy former Mayor Yury Luzhkov, will open its doors again Thursday as the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow, an exact replica of its iconic predecessor.
The hotel's prominent position immediately next to Red Square on Manezh Square has long made it a landmark for both Muscovites and tourists alike, as has its asymmetric exterior — two different styles flank the facade, plain on the right and more elaborate on the left.
One story, likely apocryphal, goes that hotel architect Alexei Shchusev gave Stalin plans for two possible versions for the facade on the same sheet of paper. Stalin scrawled his signature over both, and Shchusev, too afraid to contradict him, simply combined the two styles.
After opening in 1935, the hotel played host to top party bureaucrats and distinguished guests throughout the Soviet-era. British turncoat Guy Burgess stayed here, as did Yury Gagarin soon after becoming the first man in space.
Today's hotel, however, will host only those rich enough to afford its prices. Whereas the original hotel's 15 stories housed 1,000 guest rooms, the current five-star incarnation at 180 rooms has some of the most spacious accommodation in Moscow. Rooms have a minimum of 430 square feet, with the hotel's cheapest room costing 28,500 rubles ($675) on opening night, Oct. 30.
General Manager Max Musto noted that there was already high demand for the hotel's corner rooms, which have views over the Kremlin and other Moscow landmarks. The hotel will also hold five restaurants and lounges and a spa.
The Four Seasons, a Canadian hotel operator, also operates a newly opened hotel in St. Petersburg. According to research released in July by real-estate analytics firm JLL, 40 percent of Moscow's branded hotels are either in the upscale or luxury segments of the market.
Reconstruction work on Hotel Moskva began in the early 2000s, when the Moscow city government, the hotel's owner, decided to tear down the building and modernize it. The tender for reconstruction went to obscure U.S. firm Decorum Corp. which agreed to finance the hotel's restoration for $350 million in return for a 51 percent stake.
Hotel Moskva's reconstruction, however, was, nothing new for then-Mayor Luzhkov. He presided over a sweeping range of construction projects, from the recreation of a massive former palace of Catherine the Great to the demolition of Hotel Rossiya, which was until 1990 the largest hotel in the world.
At the time, Luzhkov, whose wife Yelena Baturina became Russia's richest woman while heading a property development firm, was accused by critics of profiting off corrupt real-estate dealings.
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