These spooktacular hotels are extremely accommodating. Not only do they welcome pets, but they also accept the occasional ghost! Pack your bags (don’t forget your nightlight, puppy pads and extra pairs of underpants) and head out with your own little Scooby-Doo for a few days of rest, relaxation and paranormal recreation at these seven dog-friendly haunted hotels.
Posted by Erin Ballinger
La Posada de Santa Fe
You’d never guess that this luxurious, adobe-style hotel situated on six lush acres in the heart of Santa Fe’s Historic District has a sinister past. Long before it was a dog-friendly, AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort, La Posada de Santa Fe was the home of Julia Staab. After the miscarriage of her seventh son and several previously unsuccessful pregnancies, Julia fell into a deep depression and hid away in her room until her death in 1896. According to reports from employees and guests, Julia’s spirit never left. She haunts the mansion, now home to the hotel’s dining options aptly named Staab House and Julia - A Spirited Restaurant and Bar. In these establishments, witnesses have seen glasses flying off shelves and waiters’ trays being pushed out of their hands.
During your stay, stop by the hotel’s dog-friendly Patio Restaurant, located next to the old Staab House, and you might catch a glimpse of Julia up to her old tricks. Fido can also join you on The Original Santa Fe Ghost Tour, where you’ll learn more about Julia Staab and others who haunt the city, such as La Llorona and the Smelly Ghost. La Posada de Santa Fe allows two pets of any size for an additional fee of $75 per stay. Nightly rates start at $219.
Hotel del Coronado
Book Room 3312 at the Hotel del Coronado if you dare! The room is reportedly haunted by the ghost of heartbroken Kate Morgan, who never checked out after a fight with her lover. Her lifeless body was found on the hotel steps due to an apparent suicide in 1892, and since then guests staying in Room 3312 have reported seeing an apparition of The Beautiful Stranger dressed in a long black lace dress. Other paranormal activity includes strange sounds, flickering lights, the TV turning on and off, supernatural breezes and abrupt changes in the room temperature. Learn more about Kate Morgan and other ghostly guest encounters at the hotel during the dog-friendly Haunted Happenings Tour.
If you and your canine companion aren’t in the mood for tricks, book any other room at “The Del” and your pup will just get treats. The hotel has a gourmet room service menu designed for its furry guests, provides food and water bowls, and even hosts a Yappy Hour every Sunday from 4-5 p.m. with complimentary water and organic "yappetizers" for your pooch! And if that's not enough, The Del is also close to one of the best dog beaches on the west coast. Hotel del Coronado welcomes two dogs up to 40 pounds for an additional fee of $125 per stay (in Standard Rooms) or $200 per stay (in Suites or Beach Village rooms). Nightly rates start at $249.
The Menger Hotel
Bring Fido to this elegant home away from home that dates back to 1859. Just don't tell him that it's been called “The Most Haunted Hotel in Texas” thanks to its more than 32 resident ghosts. The Menger Hotel’s most famous ghost, former President Teddy Roosevelt, has been spotted sipping on a phantom mint julep in the Menger Bar, where he once recruited Rough Riders for the Spanish-American War. The ghost of Sallie White, a Menger chambermaid who died in 1876, is the most active spirit at the hotel and has been seen wearing her uniform and roaming the halls by numerous guests.
During your stay, make reservations for the Sisters Grimm’s Ghost Dinner Tour that begins at the on-site Colonial Restaurant. After a gourmet meal paired with ghost stories of The Menger, you and your pup can enjoy a dog-friendly walking tour of San Antonio. The Menger Hotel welcomes up to two dogs with a combined weight of 50 pounds for an additional fee of $125 per stay. Nightly rates start at $109.
The Seelbach Hilton Louisville
Book a room at The Seelbach Hilton Louisville located in the heart of the city’s historic downtown. This grand, pet-friendly property was the setting for the fictional wedding of Tom and Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” The Seelbach's ghost story begins with a real-life wedding in the early 1900s when a bride, wearing a blue dress, discovers that her groom has been tragically killed in an automobile accident on the way to the hotel for their wedding. The bride, overcome with grief, commits suicide by throwing herself down the elevator shaft. The Lady in Blue, as the spirit of the doomed bride is now known, haunts the hotel. Guests have reported the lingering smell of her phantom perfume, and they also have seen her walking down the halls before she vanishes into the closed elevator doors.
If you don't catch a glimpse of the Lady in Blue, try your supernatural luck on a dog-friendly ghost tour with Amerighost Louisville Haunted Ghost Tour. You'll learn about the city’s other haunted hotspots like the Brown Hotel and Palace Theatre. The Seelbach Hilton Louisville welcomes two pets up to 75 pounds for an additional fee of $50 per stay. Nightly rates start at $197.
Salem, home to the infamous witch trials, is a popular place around Halloween because there are so many spooky activities and tours in town. Located in Salem’s downtown, the pet-friendly Hawthorne Hotel is reportedly haunted by a previous guest who jumped from a top-floor window to his death. If you're on a ghost hunt, book Room 325 or 612 which have the most paranormal activity reports.
No matter which room you choose, the Hawthorne will give your pup a cuddly toy to play with and even offers a dog room service menu. You’ll also be conveniently located near many of Salem’s spookiest dog-friendly attractions including Salem Historical Tours’ Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour, Salem Ghosts Tours, and the Witch Pix studio where you and your dog can dress up for Halloween-themed souvenir photographs. Be sure to book early if you want to stay at the Hawthorne in October, as it’s known to sell out a year in advance! Hawthorne Hotel accepts two pets of any size for an additional fee of $40 per night. Nightly rates start at $159.
Located in one of America’s most haunted cities, the Hamilton-Turner Inn is a pet-friendly hotel that exudes Southern charm with a scary twist. Guests and staff at this luxurious bed and breakfast have reported hearing ghostly children’s laughter, the sounds of billiard balls rolling around on the upper floors, and seeing the apparition of a cigar-smoking man on the roof. There have even been reports of spooky encounters in the middle of the night with the specter of a Civil War soldier.
When you aren’t being visited by apparitions, you’ll be wined and dined in style. The Hamilton-Turner provides a complimentary full Southern breakfast, afternoon refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and wine in the evenings, and late-night Port wine in the parlor. The inn is conveniently situated in Lafayette Square and lies along the routes of several dog-friendly tours including Ghost City Tours. Hamilton-Turner Inn welcomes two pets up to 25 pounds for an additional fee of $50 per stay. Nightly rates start at $229.
The Queen Mary
Bring your small dog along for a stay on The Queen Mary, a 1930s luxury cruise ship that has been docked at the port of Queensway Bay since 1967 and converted to a pet-friendly hotel. The historic attraction was voted one of the “Top 10 Most Haunted Places in America” by Time magazine. Maybe you’ll be visited by one of The Queen Mary’s ghosts, such as the engineer who died in the ship's engine room, the Lady in White, or one of the numerous children who haunt the ship. Bring your canine companion along while you take the pup-friendly Haunted Happenings Tour, a 45-minute jaunt where you can learn more about the ship’s macabre past, or participate in a spooky activity once the sun goes down and the spirits come out to play. Dogs are allowed on the Paranormal Investigation and Paranormal Ship Walk excursions, but note that the duration of these tours is approximately two hours, so be sure Fido can hold his bladder before you book! The Queen Mary Hotel welcomes one dog up to 25 pounds for an additional fee of $75 per stay. Nightly rates start at $124.
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