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9 Historic Florida Hotels that could be Haunted or Possibly Just Tall Tales

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Some of us want nothing to do with spooky tales and haunted houses while others look forward to it.  They seek it out, go on haunted tours, and look for something to go bump in the night at historic hotels.  For those that enjoy the exciting rush that fear brings, it may be because of the release of hormones that trigger our superpowers so we can leap into action and save ourselves from eminent danger. Once the danger is gone, we are left with a bit of a euphoric sensation.  Best of all, the distraction from reality has a calming affect and leaves you with a feeling of achievement. 

I have honestly stayed at 2 of these and I noticed nothing out of the ordinary except an excessively flushing toilet that kept us up throughout the night.  I don’t know if we were just super freaked out and scaring ourselves because we knew the stories of a haunted past before we came.  If you’re brave enough to check them out for yourself, here’s 10 of Florida’s possibly Haunted Hotels.  Most hotels will not confirm such a taboo topic for fear of being stigmatized which is understandable since many people are more likely to be scared away than drawn to it.

9 Historic Florida Hotels

Artist House Bed & Breakfast

534 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040
TripAdvisor: Traveler’s Choice 2020 #1 of 79 B&Bs / Inns in Key West

This 1890 Queen Anne Victorian owned by Robert Eugene Otto is believed to be haunted by his doll and his wife that hated the doll.  Robert’s beloved doll, also named Robert, was given to hi when he was 4.  He would often blame bad things that happened on the doll and kept it in his presence throughout his life.  The home now operates as a bed and breakfast and Robert the Doll is on display in a museum in Key West.

Belleview-Biltmore Hotel

25 Belleview Blvd, Belleair, FL 33756
TripAdvisor: Traveler’s Choice 2020

This hotel opened in 1897 and was constructed by Henry B. Plant as a resort destination. Part of the hotel has been relocated and restored as the Belleview Inn. Numerous tales of strange sightings and happenings include moans, sighs, malfunctioning equipment, and a distraught bride.

Biltmore Hotel

1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
TripAdvisor: #2 of 13 Hotels in Coral Gables

colorful history including the murder of a gangster, Thomas “Fatty” Walsh, at a loud party on the 13th floor of the hotel; used as a military hospital during World War II; the grounds of the University of Miami in 1952; abandonment in the 1960’s; a rebirth into a world famous hotel with one of the largest swimming pools in the Continental U.S.

Casa Monica

95 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
TripAdvisor: #33 of 82 Hotels in St. Augustine

Built in 1887 by Franklin W. Smith, in Moorish Revival and Spanish Baroque Revival style. Within 4 months of opening, he had to sell it to Henry Flagler after running into financial difficulties. During its lifetime it has housed historically famous guests and even was purposed as a county courthouse. Tales of hauntings include shadowy figures, voices, children playing in the halls, electrical equipment malfunctioning.

Florida House Inn

22 S 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
TripAdvisor: #6 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Fernandina Beach

The oldest surviving hotel in the state of Florida. She serves as the matriarch of the historic district of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1857, the Inn was originally constructed as a railroad boarding house. It has since been restored into an eclectic mix of vintage charm and southern hospitality making the Inn a very unique bed and breakfast.

Herlong Mansion Bed and Breakfast

402 NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667
TripAdvisor: Traveler’s Choice 2020 #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Micanopy

19th Century mansion, circa 1845, believed to be haunted by its former owner, Inez Herlong. The original home was a cracker style farm home but grew through expansions into a brick classic Greek Revival mansion.

Olde Marco Island Inn & Suites

100 Palm St, Marco Island, FL 34145
TripAdvisor: #7 of 12 Hotels in Marco Island

Originally, a 20-room inn built in 1883. For a very special treat – book the 3BD Penthouse for rent with private wrap around lanai and sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico and Marco River. Haunting reports of voices, footsteps, and cold drafts.

Safety Harbor Spa Resort

105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
TripAdvisor: #1 of 3 Hotels in Safety Harbor

The housekeepers at this resort have claimed to hear their name being called from the women’s bath area of the spa, but when they go to check who it is, no one is there. In the mid-90’s the location was renovated, and the front desk would receive phone calls from the empty guestrooms in the middle of the night. When security would go to investigate, they would hear voices throughout the empty building.

The Vinoy

501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
TripAdvisor: Traveler’s Choice 2020 #10 of 45 Hotels in St. Petersburg

Created in 1925 after a bet made a wealthy Pennsylvania businessman $170,000 richer. He used the winnings to buy the land and built the hotel in just 10 months. The hotel was popular with the wealthy and famous until it shut down in 1942 to be used as military housing for the U.S. Army Air Force. During the 1970’s, it was also a low-rent boarding house renting for as little as $7/night. Now, it once again lures celebrities as part of the Marriott Renaissance Collection. Several baseball players have reported disturbingly spooky experiences while staying here. Read more about the Vinoy.

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Enjoy Wandering in Spooky Places in Florida!

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