Monday, May 11, 2015

6 Hotels with Super Disturbing Pasts

SITE OF AN UNSOLVED MURDER: The Clarendo Hotel Phoenix's Urban Retreat  The hotel is where local newspaper reporter Don Bolles was killed in 1976 by a car bomb.  Mafia are rumored to have been involved.  A tribute in the lobby and storyboards in the hotel explain the longtime unsolved crime.    FORMER SLAVE PLANTATION: The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall Jamaica.  It is apparently haunted by the ghost of the wicked slave owner Annie Palmer, known as the White Witch of Jamaica.  She was a practitioner of voodoo and witchcraft.  She allegedly murdered all her 3 husbands and many of her slave lovers.  Local folklore says she was eventually strangled by her slaves which is why her spirit still haunts the plantation.   OCCUPIED BY NAZI'S DURING WWII: Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Amsterdam.  It was formerly operated as a Nazi-run prison, jailing members of the Nazi Resistance throughout the city's German occupation during WWII.   SITE OF A SUICIDE:  The Hay-Adams Washington D.C.  Supposedly, the ghost of Henry Adams' wife walks the halls of the hotel, trailed by the scent of mimosa.  She committed suicide on this site in 1885.  Adams is the author and descendant of John Quincy.   SERVED AS A HOSPITAL DURING THE CIVIL WAR: The Marshall House Savannah Georgia  It was used as a hospital in between stints as a hotel, witnessing thousands of deaths throughout the Civil War and two yellow fever epidemics.    FORMER PRISON: Malmaison Oxford Castle  British prisoners were once housed and hanged here.  From the outside the building, it has the foreboding presence of a Victorian correctional facility.  Inside there is no doubt as to the property's previous purpose.

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