Things that go bump in the ballroom

For your next Ghostbusters convention, it sounds like one of these hotels would be perfect: "Heavy footsteps. Doors slamming. Cool drafts. This is just the beginning of the unexplained occurrences at Historic Hotels of America member hotels."

A few of my favorite stories:

The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, Calif., freaked out a guest when she heard thumping on the stairs and a door slam coming from a nearby meeting room--turns out that 60 years earlier, WWII servicemen lived in that room temporarily. Since it was the anniversary of D-Day when she heard the noises, "Perhaps what the guest heard was the spirit of those soldiers who were reliving the events of the 60th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion."

Then there's the Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C., where "Legend has it that Hotel Monaco's Paris Ballroom was used as a surgical room during the Civil War. Guests and employees of the hotel have reported hearing whispering in the ballroom thought to be the murmurings of doctors in surgery, and many have claimed to see the ghosts of doctors and nurses hurriedly walking the hotel's long corridors."

Hey, I live in an old house with a mischievous-but-benign poltergeist, so I'm used to this sort of thing. Kind of.

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