Have you ever wanted to have a haunted experience or stay in a haunted hotel? Well, maybe you haven't but a lot of people would, particularly the specific destinations that have been reported as having ghosts and other life-like apparitions, such as on the Queen Mary ocean liner, The Marshall House in Savannah, Hotel Lawrence in Dallas and the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California.
Yes, The Hotel del Coronado has been fabled as having a resident ghost. Fact or fiction?
It doesn't matter what you think. It does matter, however, to the hundreds of people who have slept in Room 3327 over the last hundred years, some of whom have had first-hand experiences with "her".
Here's how the story goes: On November 24, 1892, just before Thanksgiving, a young woman checked into the Hotel del Coronado under the name of Lottie Bernard. Ms. Bernard arrived with no luggage, her explanation being that her brother was holding the claim ticket and then they became separated.
During the next couple of days, Ms. Bernard's brother, Dr. Anderson, did not show up. According to the hotel's staff, Kate appeared to be getting sickly. Shortly thereafter, she was said to be seen going out, by streetcar, to purchase a pistol and ammunition.
The next morning, she was found dead, just outside the hotel. The death was considered a suicide by Coronado's local officials yet much of the evidence supported that of a murder.
William Madigan, from Santa Rosa, CA, stayed at the Hotel del Coronado in the recent past, without prior knowledge of any ghost stories. Within three days, Mr. Madigan found himself inquiring at the front desk as to the hotel's housekeeping practices. When asked why, he enumerated the several incidents that happened during his stay and that is when he was informed of the legend.
"The first time I left my room with my tv on and returned with it off was not a big signal. I figured housekeeping had come in and shut it off. However, that was just the beginning of some of the strangest things I had ever experienced in a hotel and I travel all over the country for my work," said Mr. Madigan.
He adds, "By day three, I was spooked. Drawers that were closed were found open, audible knocking sounds that seemed to come from nowhere were heard, not to mention some of my personal possessions were moved and missing. I was convinced and still am. The ghost of Kate was hanging around in my room."
Whether you believe this legend is fact, fiction or simply unexplained, there are hundreds of stories like his that support the claim that a ghost was and still is hanging out at the Hotel del Coronado.
So if you're up for a run in with someone from the ether-world, there is now a website that can lead you to the ghoulish experience of your dreams. Haunted hotels are so popular that there is now a one-stop shop for truly spooky experiences. Book ahead as rooms with spirited inhabitants are on a first-come, first-serve basis.