Six of the world's spookiest hotels for Halloween

The Vulcan Hotel in Saint Bathans is said to be New Zealand's most haunted building.
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The Vulcan Hotel in Saint Bathans is said to be New Zealand's most haunted building.

As Halloween approaches, we take a look at some of the most haunted hotels around the world.

Check in if you dare - you might end up sharing your room with a resident spook.

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The Langham is all about luxury - as long as you're not booked into Room 333.
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The Langham is all about luxury - as long as you're not booked into Room 333.

THE LANGHAM HOTEL, LONDON

Located in London's West End, England's first grand hotel has provided a temporary home for many famous guests since opening in 1865, including George Orwell, Mark Twain and Charles de Gaulle.

But its most intriguing residents have been those of a supernatural kind. Sightings include the ghost of Emperor Napoleon III, and a German prince who died after jumping out of a fourth-floor window. Room 333 is said to be where the ghosts like to congregate.

Don't go into the Redrum... Stanley Hotel in Colorado inspired Stephen King's The Shining.
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Don't go into the Redrum... Stanley Hotel in Colorado inspired Stephen King's The Shining.

STANLEY HOTEL, COLORADO

Offering panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, the Stanley Hotel is best known as the inspiration behind Stephen King's The Shining. King was staying at the hotel when his suitcase mysteriously unpacked itself.

The Stanley is thought to be home to a number of ghosts, including that of the hotel's builder and owner, F.O. Stanley. Guests have also reported the sounds of children playing through the night, and a woman who froze to death in the basement of the concert hall is regularly seen roaming the property. 

Hold onto your head at the Castle Hotel & Spa, near Sleepy Hollow.
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Hold onto your head at the Castle Hotel & Spa, near Sleepy Hollow.

CASTLE HOTEL & SPA, NEW YORK

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This 19th century castle accommodation can be found in historic Tarrytown, just a few miles from the spooky village of Sleepy Hollow.

It was once described by a paranormal investigator as the most haunted place in the world, thanks in part to the infamous story of the headless horseman who terrorised the town.

You'll find the estate of Washington Irving - who wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery just a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

The Russell Hotel is located in The Rocks, one of Sydney's oldest areas.
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The Russell Hotel is located in The Rocks, one of Sydney's oldest areas.

RUSSELL HOTEL, SYDNEY

As one of Sydney's oldest areas, with a decidedly seedy past, The Rocks is a favourite among tourists. Durings its early years, the area was a hotspot for sailors, criminals and prostitutes. The hotel provided guests with a safe haven from the lawlessness outside.

But it seems some became a little to comfortable. One seaman is said to haunt its halls to this day, taking particular interest in Room 8. Guests have reported waking to find him staring at them from the foot of the bed.

Vila Katharina was named after the daughter of a local weaver in Brasov, Romania.
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Vila Katharina was named after the daughter of a local weaver in Brasov, Romania.

VILA KATHARINA, BRASOV

Brasov, Romania is home to the historic region of Transylvania and the legend of Dracula. This mysterious land is best known for its medieval towns, mountainous borders and gothic castles. 

Right in the heart of Brasov is the boutique Vila Katharina hotel, named after the daughter of a local weaver. As the story goes, Katharina yearned for the love of Vlad Dracula, but religious townsfolk kept the two apart. To this day, their unfinished love still drifts through the streets of Brasov.

A "ghost" hangs in the window of Room 1 at the Vulcan Hotel.
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A "ghost" hangs in the window of Room 1 at the Vulcan Hotel.

VULCAN HOTEL, SAINT BATHANS

Located in an old gold mining town in Central Otago, the historic Vulcan Hotel is arguably New Zealand's most famous haunted building.

Room 1 is said to be haunted by the spirit of a 19th century prostitute known as "The Rose", who mistakenly invited the wrong customer back to her room.

Her body was found the next morning, but her killer was never caught. She is now said to haunt the room where she died, targeting male guests with her nasty nocturnal visits.

 - Stuff

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