Paranormal Travels, Denver, Colorado

Sherri Granato By Sherri Granato, 24th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Paranormal Activity at the Luxury Hotel Favored by Celebrities, Royalty, Presidents and Ghosts

The Ghosts of the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa

If a luxury spa, complete with a deep massage that leads you down a path through tranquility are what you desire then the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver, Colorado is the ideal location for you. If ghosts, unexplained phenomenon and serious paranormal activity are on your list of things to see then the popular hotel will also suit your needs. The amazing luxury hotel was built by entrepreneur and humanitarian Henry C. Brown in 1892 for an estimated $1.6 million dollars, shortly after he was turned away by the staff at the elegant Windsor Hotel due to his underdressed cowboy style of clothing. The triangular atrium-style hotel, built with Arizona sandstone and Colorado granite falls heavily onto the list of most haunted hotels in America and for good reason. Proof of ghosts, spirits and other paranormal activity has been easily documented because the ghosts enjoy being noticed and photographed.

The hotel has had the privilege of entertaining just about every president since Theodore Roosevelt, and many celebrities have stayed at the hotel, including the Beatles who stayed overnight at the height of their career in the 1960s. Since then a suite named after the famous rock group has become a popular room that is often booked up for months in advance. Room 904 is another hit as far as favorite rooms go, and this one is quite often reserved for ghost hunters. The ghost of Mrs. Louise Crawford Hill remains in this room still today, maybe because while she was living it was her main residence from 1940 to 1955. Unexplained phenomenon has become a big part of the hotel's atmosphere, but it is embraced mostly because the spirits are harmless and there is little that can be done about making the ghost's leave.

The proof that Mrs. Hill's ghost lurks at the hotel mainly stems from strange events occurring during a guided tour that took place years ago by a local historian. Details concerning Mrs. Hill's scandalous affair and later her devastation over her crumbling love life were discussed with the group. Soon after the tour was finished an over abundance of phone calls to the hotel front desk switchboard flowed in from room 904, flooding the phone lines to which static was the only thing that could be heard on the line. Ironically renovations were taking place at the time, including stripped wires that would have prevented any and all phone calls from coming through.

Many male ghosts have been spotted walking the halls of the hotel dressed in period finery and expensive suits; some are believed to be past presidents, while one man sticks out from the rest due to his clothing that establishes him as being a train conductor from somewhere out of the late eighteen-hundreds. His presence has been witnessed by staff and guests, and he is often seen in the lobby, but quickly disappears through the wall. The local legend has it that he was once a visitor of the hotel stopping over while he conducted his railroad business at the nearby train depot that operated down the street from the hotel.

The San Marco Room is another room of interest where ghosts are concerned. This social hotspot was once a gathering for the elite where bands played and people partied well into the morning hours. The ghost party appears to carry on yet today as music magically plays of its own accord, and once a ghost band was discovered practicing on the stage. To the employee's shock, he actually thought that he was dealing with live band members until they vanished into thin air right after he asked them to leave. Today the room has transitioned into an elegant dining room that allows guests to dine with the spirits staying at the hotel. The service elevator is a favorite location for a ghost waiter who likes to spend his time eternally serving others.

The Forbes Travel Guide lists the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa as Denver's most historic hotel that has hosted royalty, presidents, prime ministers and celebrities. This comes as no surprise when you consider that no two rooms are alike and the hotel offers every luxury known to man, from a musically harp infused afternoon tea and royal body treatments to casual dining with a nautical theme at the Ship tavern or dining with the spirits and politicians at the elegant Ellyton's Champagne Brunch complete with lavish tables and culinary masterpieces. Contemporary fine dining is available at the Palace Arms with specialty entrees and rave reviews including the "Best of Award of Excellence" from the famous Wine Spectator Magazine. The Palace Arms is not only famous with the Whose Who crowd, but it is hands down consistently rated among Denver's finest dining experiences.

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa offers haunted tours to those brave people who enjoy searching for spirits in the dark. A local historian leads guests on a tour through some of the hotels famous hotspots, cold spots, disturbances and bone chilling areas that are known for paranormal activity. You will walk among the ghosts while listening to their stories. The ghost tours are every Wednesday and Saturday starting at 3:00 p.m. Cost: $10.00 per person. October is a popular month for ghost tours, so they book quickly. During the spookiest month of the year it is a good idea to phone ahead and make reservations. Call: 303-297-3111.

Location: 321 17th Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202. Reservations: 855-559-8617


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author avatar Sherri Granato
Sherri has lived in several haunted properties, including a morgue turned basement apartment. Instead of fearing the paranormal, she has opted to embrace, investigate and understand it.

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27th Jul 2014 (#)

Hmm, gotta wonder why there would be so many spirits would be lingering, without any tragic deaths or other anchoring elements. Spirits who do not 'move on' have their reasons.

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