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5 Haunted Hotels In San Diego You Can Stay In (If You Dare...) - Updated 2020

Haunted Hotels In San Diego
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San Diego, also known as the birthplace of California, is a sparkling city that’s well known for its endless beaches, beautiful hikes and awesome shopping experiences. It’s also home to multiple attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and Legoland. Many have come here for the sunshine and great food, while some have decided to explore the darker side of the city. There are many haunted spots that have attracted the attention of paranormal investigators. The Whaley House, William Heath Davis’s House and Berkeley Steam Ferry Boat are some of the places to visit if you are hoping for a spooking encounter. For the daring ones, check out our list of haunted hotels in San Diego below. You might want to book a few nights and investigate for yourself whether the strange sightings that have been reported are real!

1. Hotel del Coronado (from USD 319)

Just minutes away from downtown San Diego, this hotel first opened its doors in 1888. It was the largest resort hotel in the world, then, and it welcomed famous guests, including Oprah Winfrey, Madonna and Brad Pitt.

Besides the glamorous stories, you also need to hear about the tales of Kate Morgan. She checked in to the hotel in the year 1892 to wait for her husband who never arrived. Four days later, she was found dead at the bottom of an outdoor staircase. Since then, there have been paranormal sightings of her inside the hotel and at the beach. She stayed in Room 3327 (previously Room 3312). You might want to avoid it or, if you are daring enough, book a night’s stay in this room.


Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

Address: 1500 Orange Avenue
Price: from 319 USD

VIP room facilities Fitness centre Daily housekeeping Safety deposit box Business centre Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Pool bar Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas

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2. Grande Colonial Hotel (from USD 207)

Have you ever seen someone who disappeared when you tried to approach them? A staff member once saw a couple, dressed in formal attire, in the hallway at night, who mysteriously disappeared after turning into a corner. A boy said he saw several small Abraham Lincoln’s and a woman in a white dress combing her hair. You might be asking: are these sightings a child’s imagination or are they for real? There have also been many reports regarding loud noises about rooms in the North Annex. Doors swinging for no reason, heavy footsteps, voices and more. Perhaps someone was throwing a party, perhaps it’s something else. No one knows for sure the reasons behinds these stories but perhaps you could check in and experience for yourself the truth.


Grande Colonial La Jolla

Address: 910 Prospect Street
Price: from 207 USD

Food can be delivered to guest accommodation 24-hour security Terrace Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Fence around pool Internet services

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3. The US Grant - A Luxury Collection Hotel (from USD 207)

Many paranormal sightings have been reported in this hotel that was built in 1910. It is said that Fannie Chaffee Grant, the wife of the hotel’s builder, died shortly after the hotel opened. Her husband then remarried and moved into the hotel with his new bride. Sightings of Fannie have been reported since then, and people who saw her said she was clad in an old-fashioned white dress. There were speculations that she was unhappy with her husband’s remarriage. Guests have also encountered other strange happenings in the hotel. People have seen things moving or disappearing and heard random footsteps. Stay a few nights at this hotel and investigate these strange happenings yourself. Perhaps you can help the staff uncover the mystery behind some of the unexplained sightings and noises.


The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego

Address: 326 Broadway
Price: from 207 USD

24-hour front desk Themed dinner nights Facilities for disabled guests Evening entertainment ATM/cash machine on site Physical distancing rules followed Fax/photocopying Barber/beauty shop

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4. The Horton Grand Hotel (from USD 149)

Do not walk into Room 309 unless you are here for a supernatural encounter. It is said that during the 1880s, a gambler by the name of Roger Whitaker was shot dead inside this room by his creditors. Since then, stranger things have happened in Room 309. People who stayed there felt their beds shaking in the middle of the night, saw flickering lights and things moving in the bathroom. There was no clear reason to explain these happenings except that Roger might be behind these spooky events. There are also other incidents where guests saw people dressed in 19th-century clothing, floating in the hotel. Stay here and discover for yourself whether these stories are real.


Horton Grand Hotel

Address: 311 Island Avenue
Price: from 149 USD

Delivered food is securely covered Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour security Private parking Cashless payment available Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Room service 24-hour front desk

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5. Cosmopolitan Hotel (from USD 129)

This historic landmark in the Old Town neighborhood has been visited by countless paranormal investigators. It was built by Juan Bandini in the 19th century. Room 11 is reported to be the most haunted spot in the hotel - it is said that one of Bandini’s daughters is behind these strange occurrences inside the room. Mysterious cryings, sightings of a roaming cat, and moving objects have also been reported. Are you daring enough to venture into the hotel grounds? Do you dare to go into Room 11? You’ll have your own story to tell after spending a few nights here.


Cosmopolitan Hotel

Address: 2660 Calhoun Street
Price: from 129 USD

Restaurant Fire extinguishers Heating WiFi Terrace Live music/performance Smoke alarms Facilities for disabled guests

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Haunted or not?

Stay in one or more of these hotels and discover for yourself whether the reported sightings are true. You will have your very own version to share after exploring the premises.

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