• Posted: Monday, March 9, 2009
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Haunted Hostels

If you're looking for hostels with a skeleton in the closet and a bed that goes bump in the night then check out hostels.com's top haunted hostels for some ghoulishly good deals!

You may not be guaranteed the best nights sleep you ever had but what you should expect is an unforgettable experience and a story or two to share at the end of your journey. From castles to pirate bases, old prisons to brothels you'll find that hostels.com has a haunted hostel to suit all your tastes!

USA Hostels San Diego

USA Hostels San Diego

This hostel housed a brothel back in late 18th century. People staying in one of their private rooms and the adjacent staff dorm over the past ten years have regularly told stories about the lights going on and off without reason, unexplained breezes and more. That room has since been turned into a bathroom but the stories haven't ended. In another room since then, one guest felt her leg grabbed only to wake up and find everybody asleep, while two other guests were awoken in another dorm by banging coming from under their bunk. Apparently the banging went on for 15 minutes and started coming from all sides of the room and the ceiling, changing location very quickly.

HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel

HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel
Centrally located in Canada's capital, HI-Ottawa Jail is sure to deliver a unique overnight experience. Formerly a prison, it was on the hostel's site that Canada's last public hanging took place when Patrick James Whelan was hung on the eleventh day of the eleventh hour on a gloomy day in February, 1869 for the assassination of Thomas Day McGee, one of the fathers of confederation. Stay here and you can visit death row and the gallows during a jail tour then sleep in a former jail cell. But be wary, it is said that the ghost of Patrick James Whelan walks the corridors to this day!

The Pirate Haus Inn and Hostel

The Pirate Haus Inn and Hostel
As St Augustine is regarded as the oldest city in America, it is no surprise it has a haunted hostel. The Pirate Haus is located on Treasury Street, and just up the street stood the old Spanish Treasury, to which Robert Searles and his band of pirates would have headed in their raid of 1668. Staff in the hostel have experienced things falling off shelves for no apparent reason. Then other things that wouldn't have moved in weeks, months would suddenly fall to the floor, sometimes breaking, sometimes not. Other guests have reported seeing strange blue lights in Room 6. All ghost tours in St Augustine stop outside the Pirate Haus to tell the tale of Estefania de Cigarroa, who ran out of a house with her baby sister in her arms during Searle's Raid, only to be shot for her trouble. Estefania reportedly lived, but her sister died. The house where they lived may have stood on the spot where the hostel is.

Langholmens Vandrarhem STF/HI

Langholmens Vandrarhem STF/HI
Once home to some of the coldest convicts in Europe, the Lanholmens is no longer the Crown Prison, but a unique accommodation option for travellers with a penchant for excitement. The now freshly renovated prison cells offer visitors a quiet and comfortable place to stay. Built in the 1840s, the Crown Prison served as Sweden's largest penitentiary until 1975, when the last convict left the island. In May 1989, the facility re-opened as a premier hostel after two years of renovation. The old prison entrance hall has been converted into the reception area, with a cafeteria open 24 hours a day.

Celica Art Hostel

Celica Art Hostel
Does the thought of spending the night behind bars chill you to the bone? Or is it just the vision of yourself in that hideous orange jump-suit that's revving up your nerves? At Hostel Celica, you might not escape the remnants of the building's prison iron bars which are artfully placed on the doors and windows. But at least the rooms are hip. The hostel also enjoys a great location in the centre of Ljubljana, among the new cultural area surrounded by galleries, artists' studios, cultural events and a vivid weekend party life. With a great location, free Internet access, an in-house art gallery and a room that resembles a plush prison cell, the only crime you will commit is getting away with a great deal.

Jailhouse Accommodation

Jailhouse Accommodation

Dungeons, cages and jailhouses have always had the reputation of being dark, desolate and frightening places. This Halloween, when booking your travel accommodation, consider a night in the big house. Located in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Jailhouse Accommodation hostel offers visitors the thrill of sleeping somewhere offbeat and unique. The Jailhouse Accommodation once stood as the Addington Prison, a penitentiary to local crime-lords full of dread and misery. Today, with its modern renovation and friendly atmosphere, the Jailhouse Hostel is a captivating, relaxing and fun place to get locked up!

By: Eóin White

By: IMPORT

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