Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) October 26, 2012
With Halloween on the horizon, a Connecticut-based travel company has assembled a list of the “World’s Most Haunted Luxury Hotels.” Tauck is an 87-year-old leader in guided luxury travel, with 100 different tours, cruises and safaris visiting some 70 countries worldwide. The company recently surveyed its global team of over 200 tour directors (or “Tauck Directors”) to solicit their suggestions for a list of the world’s “Top Haunted Luxury Hotels.” Here are the results:
Westin Excelsior Florence (Florence, Italy)
Politicians and celebrities from Bill Clinton to Tom Cruise have enjoyed stays at the elegant Westin Excelsior Florence, but then again, they’ve probably never tried to sleep in room 152. One of the smaller rooms at the hotel, room 152 is routinely assigned to Tauck Directors on the company’s Italy tours- at least three Tauck Directors have reported “feeling watched” and having other unnerving experiences there.
Perhaps the most deeply affected was Debi Holmes-Binney. “I was so convinced that room 152 was haunted that I absolutely refused to stay on the first floor at all,” said Holmes-Binney. “I actually went down to the concierge at midnight in my jammies because I was so scared. To this day, if they told me I had to stay in that room I’d go to another hotel.”
Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim (Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona)
Last year Tauck Director Cindy Walker had a strange experience while traveling on a Tauck journey in the American Southwest. While staying in the guest cabins at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, Cindy was awakened at 3:33 AM when the phone in her cabin (#328) rang. She answered, but no one was on the line. Imagine Cindy’s shock the following morning when she discovered that the phone was unplugged!
Cindy told the front desk about her experience, and their response was, “Yeah, it’s probably the ghost.” This year, while again staying at the North Rim cabins during a Tauck Grand Canyon tour, Cindy overheard a guest complaining about getting an anonymous phone call at 3:30 AM – and once again, it was in cabin #328.
Parador de Cardona (Cardona, Spain)
One of Tauck’s Europe tours explores Northern Spain and Portugal, and includes lunch at the impressive Parador de Cardona in Cardona, Spain. Given the hotel’s reputation, perhaps it’s best that guests are only there in the daytime! This massive, former fortress in the foothills of the Pyrenees dates back to the year 789, and it once helped secure territories re-conquered from the Moors. Today this luxury property hosts discerning travelers, many of whom have reported seeing apparitions in medieval dress, including armor-clad soldiers.
Ahwahnee Hotel (Yosemite National Park, California)
Tauck guests on the company’s Yosemite tour enjoy a stay the park’s rustic yet luxurious Ahwahnee, but apparently other guests of the hotel refuse to check out – even after “checking out.” Tauck Director Cindy Walker adamantly refuses to stay on the sixth floor after having had strange experiences there, and it’s also the sixth floor that she later learned may be haunted by the ghost of Mary Curry Tressider. Tressider was instrumental in the hotel’s development, and she lived in an apartment on the sixth floor until her death in 1970. Shortly after her death, reports of an apparition moving about the sixth floor became common.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Alberta, Canada)
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is a glorious castle in the Canadian Rockies and a popular stay on a number of Tauck Canadian Rockies tours. Tauck Director Ed Gans shared the tragic tale of a young bride who, following her wedding ceremony at the hotel, was descending a marble staircase in her bridal gown to the ballroom below. A sudden gust of wind tangled the gown’s long train in the bride’s feet, causing her to fall to her death down the marble stairs. Today the hotel still reports mysterious, chilling breezes on the marble staircase, and strange sightings of a beautiful woman in a flowing white dress descending the stairs or dancing in the ballroom.
For even more Tauck Director stories of haunted luxury hotels, visit Tauck’s website at https://www.tauck.com/travel-blog/Taucks-Travelogue/haunted-hotels.aspx.