Guests at the exclusive Boca Raton Resort and Club have been pampered by its famous ghost, Esmerelda, for over 85 years. The long deceased chambermaid has chosen to haunt the Cloister Hallway of the Resort, and many guests look forward to a possible encounter with the ambitious spirit.
The faded white apparition is mostly seen walking down the hallways of the third floor. Guests continue to report they find items changed around in their rooms and that Esmerelda is often cleaning up after them. Visitors have discovered freshly cut flowers delivered to their room from an unnamed source. Some guests have noted that lights will turn on and off without any explanation.
Who is the mystery ghost? Nobody seems to know for sure. Most employees guess Esmerelda must be one of the early chambermaids employed at the resort after the completion of The Cloister in 1926. It is believed she was somewhat like a mother figure to the hotel designer, Addison Mizner. They say she was loved by the guests and appreciated by the hotel staff and management. Sometime in 1926, she suffered a fatal accident in her home. One evening as she sat relaxing in her rocking chair before the fire in her stove, she fell sound asleep. Suddenly the wind blew in through her window forcing the billowing curtains onto the stove which started a fire. Esmerelda died in her sleep from the blaze.
Esmerelda loved her job and was not ready to leave her Earthly duties at the hotel. Could she be still busy at work—making the guests feel comfortable and seeing that they are enjoying their vacations? Some say you can detect her presence by the scent of roses. She is not a malicious ghost and almost never confronts the guests or staff at the Resort. Hopefully she will stop in your room on your next, turn down your bed, and perhaps leave a mint on your pillow!
Boca Raton Resort and Club
501 East Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432