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The History and Charm of San Antonio’s Oldest Hotels
San Antonio, Texas is a city with a rich history and vibrant culture. Its mix of Spanish, Mexican, and American influences make it a unique destination for travelers from all over the world. One of the best ways to experience the city’s charm is by staying at one of its oldest hotels. These historic properties have been around for generations, and offer a glimpse into San Antonio’s past.
The Oldest Hotels in San Antonio
San Antonio has several hotels that date back to the 1800s. These properties have survived wars, fires, and floods, and have become icons of the city’s history. The Menger Hotel is perhaps the most famous of these old hotels. It was established in 1859, just ten years after Texas became a state. The hotel has hosted many famous guests over the years, including U.S. presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Another notable historic hotel in San Antonio is The Crockett Hotel. Built in 1909 on the site where Davy Crockett died during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, this hotel is steeped in Texas history. It has been beautifully restored to its original grandeur.
The Charm of Staying in an Old Hotel
Staying in an old hotel can be a unique experience that transports you back in time. These properties often feature ornate architecture and vintage decor that are hard to find in modern hotels. They also have stories to tell about their past guests and events that have taken place within their walls.
In addition to their historical charm, old hotels often offer a level of service that is hard to match anywhere else. Many employ staff who have worked there for decades or even generations, giving them a deep understanding of what makes their property special.
Modern Amenities Meet Old World Charm
While staying in an old hotel can be a nostalgic experience, it doesn’t mean sacrificing modern amenities. Many historic hotels have been updated to include all the conveniences of a modern hotel, such as high-speed internet, flat-screen TVs, and luxurious bedding.
The Menger Hotel, for example, has a spa and fitness center, as well as multiple restaurants and bars. The Crockett Hotel offers complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi to its guests.
Exploring San Antonio’s History
Staying in an old hotel is the perfect way to immerse yourself in San Antonio’s rich history. The Menger Hotel is just steps away from The Alamo, the site of the famous battle that helped secure Texas’s independence from Mexico. The Crockett Hotel is located on the River Walk, where you can take a stroll along the waterway and explore some of San Antonio’s best shops and restaurants.
San Antonio’s oldest hotels offer visitors a glimpse into the city’s past while providing all the modern amenities one would expect from a luxury hotel. Staying at one of these properties will transport you back in time while allowing you to explore all that this vibrant city has to offer.
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The emily morgan is thought to be haunted.
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SAN ANTONIO – It’s spooky season, and sure, you could visit a “haunted house” attraction, or you could spend time at a place that many people swear is actually haunted.
A San Antonio hotel has made the list of the most-haunted hotels in the country.
The Emily Morgan ranks at No. 4, according to Hotels.com .
The online booking website says the downtown San Antonio hotel sees an increase in searches on their site in October as people look for bone-chilling stays.
Here’s how Hotels.com ranked their most-haunted list:
- Witchcraft: The Hawthorne Hote l is reported as one of the most haunted hotels in Salem, MA where the town’s dark history also includes the infamous Salem Witch Trials.
- Monster : The 4-star Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire goes beyond ghost sightings as locals have also reported run-ins with Big Foot.
- Slasher: The historic Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago is reportedly home to many spirits including Dr. H.H. Holmes, who is considered the country’s first serial killer.
- Demonic: The Emily Morgan Hotel in San Antonio, TX was once the site of a medical center including a psychiatric ward and morgue, and those in the hotel have reported odd occurrences with the building’s previous residents.
- Psychological: Known for his thrillers, Stephen King has mentioned Hotel del Coronado in San Diego inspired him to write 1408, which turned into a movie based on the creepy events reported at the property.
The Emily Morgan, at 705 E. Houston Street, is frequently listed among the scariest places to stay. Last year, the Historic Hotels of America put it in the top 25. In 2015, USA Today ranked it the third-most haunted hotel.
And it’s not the only San Antonio hotel that is considered haunted. Last year, Yelp users ranked the Menger Hotel even higher than the Emily Morgan.
But don’t think the scary tales are keeping guests away from the beautiful hotel. It’s one of the most popular places to stay in San Antonio. And the hotel even celebrates its haunted reputation this time of year with special “Room with a Boo” packages in October.
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The 12 Most Haunted Hotels in San Antonio
Welcome to the “Alamo City,”. San Antonio is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and, as one of the most haunted cities in the US, its spooky stories.
In this article, we’ll take you on a spine-chilling journey through the twelve most haunted hotels in San Antonio, where you’ll encounter ghostly apparitions, unexplainable sounds, and terrifying tales – if you’re brave enough to handle it!
1. Menger Hotel
One of the most haunted places in San Antonio , Texas, is the Menger Hotel. William A. Menger and architect John Fries came together in 1859 to design and build this lavish hotel.
For over 150 years, the Menger has been the ideal destination for everyone, from ordinary people to famous names such as Theodore Roosevelt, Robert E. Lee, Mae West, Ulysses S. Grant, and Babe Ruth.
The Menger Hotel is also the favorite hotel for approximately 32 different and documented ghosts. The ghost of a former maid, Sallie White, who was killed by her husband, still roams the hotel halls.
People have seen her wearing the traditional uniform, which includes a bandana around her forehead and a long grey skirt. She is also seen carrying a stack of clean towels that she can never deliver.
The King Suite is a favorite location for the ghost of Captain Richard King. He has been seen passing through the wall into the suite. Before renovations, the original door to the suite was located where his ghost passed through the wall.
In the lobby of the Menger Hotel, a woman in a retro blue dress, beret, and small metal-framed glasses was spotted working on some knitting.
When a living employee approached the woman to ask her if she needed anything, the woman gave a rather abrupt “No,” before vanishing into thin air.
The ghost of a man wearing grey pants and a buckskin jacket shows up in rooms, apparently in the middle of a rather unpleasant and aggravated conversation with an invisible person.
Before vanishing before the witness’s eyes, he asks either the other unseen person or perhaps the witness if they are going to stay or go [ BOOK A ROOM ]
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2. Bullis House Inn
Architect Harvey Page was responsible for designing and constructing the Bullis House for General John Lapham Bullis and his family. The home took three years to build and was completed in 1909.
It is said that a prison used to stand on the same site as the current Bullis House Inn.
This previous prison could be partially responsible for the Bullis House Inn being among the most haunted houses in San Antonio. Since the Bullis House Inn has been open, numerous stories of paranormal activity have been reported.
One typical report is that there is a very unsettling feeling on the top floor. It feels as though someone or something is watching you. One guest, in particular, had the displeasure of sharing a room with a woman, yet during the middle of the night, she heard the maniacal laughter of a man.
The guest was so disturbed by the laughter and overall unpleasant feeling that she refused to close the bathroom door for fear of something happening.
One of the more famous ghosts of the home is that of a former American Indian Chief. He is said to roam the house on the second floor. Other guests reported a very odd and unsettling feeling in the bathroom.
3. Crowne Plaza
The Crowne Plaza, now called the Wyndham San Antonio River Walk, is one of the most haunted hotels in San Antonio. It has served as an assortment of buildings, most importantly as a hotel.
Through all of the different name changes, what remains is the hauntings and paranormal activity.
People have witnessed strange shadows walking toward them during the night. Other people have heard footsteps and felt like someone was following them around the hotel.
It is not unusual to hear that people have felt someone was watching them in their hotel room or other areas of the hotel.
Guests have also made reports of physical attacks. Although not awoken, people have discovered scratches on their bodies after a good night’s sleep.
On their honeymoon, a couple experienced an overall sadness in their room.
The apparent presence of a weeping ghost in the bathroom of their room seemed to be the catalyst for the sadness.
4. Emily Morgan Hotel
The Emily Morgan Hotel opened in 1924 and has developed quite an impressive reputation.
First and foremost, the hotel provides its guests with a wonderful place to stay in San Antonio. It also offers the guests, and staff, the opportunity to be somewhere that is haunted.
Before being the impressive and upscale hotel it is presently, it used to serve as a medical hospital.
Of all the floors in the Emily Morgan, the basement, the seventh, ninth, and the fourteenth floors are reportedly the most haunted.
The lingering smells of medicine have been reported as well as guests opening the door to their room only to see a hospital as it used to be. [ Book a Room ]
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5. Marriott Plaza
The Marriott Plaza is a beautiful hotel with a lush landscape and exemplary accommodations and amenities. It has been host to thousands of guests for more than a century.
One person that guests and hotel staff see at the Marriott Plaza is believed to have lived at the hotel in life.
The woman referred to as ‘the Lady’ spends time around the exercise facility. She is said to wear a long white dress and holds her cat in her arms. Together they are frequently seen in the garden near the trees.
Guests have also experienced flickering lights, lights that turn off and on at will, and unusual noises.
6. Gunter Hotel
The Gunter Hotel dates back to 1909. The hotel has had multiple names over the years as well as multiple uses.
Countless people, famous and the common folk alike, have stayed at the Gunter since its opening more than a century ago.
There are stories that a gruesome murder took place at the hotel, although no dead body was found. The woman who reportedly died is said to haunt the hotel.
She is known to roam the halls and the rest of the hotel, perhaps searching for her killer. People have also witnessed lights flickering around the hotel.
In one report, guests of the hotel reported that strange items appeared in their bathroom when no one else had entered the room. [ Book a Room ]
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7. St. Anthony Hotel
The St. Anthony Hotel is an old yet impressive hotel that offers much more than a restful night’s sleep. St. Anthony also provides the opportunity for hotel guests to experience a bit of paranormal activity or witness full-body apparitions.
On the occasion of a trip to the St. Anthony Hotel, a mother and daughter shared a room. The mother was awake in the middle of the night and noticed her daughter get up, use the restroom and return to bed without making a sound.
The mother was shocked as the beds were squeaky, so she asked her daughter in the morning. The daughter stated she never got up. The mother had seen an apparition.
A handful of guests have reported the sound of scratching from within the walls, but there is no explanation for the noise. [ Book Now ]
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8. Hotel Indigo
Located right across the street from the Alamo, the ghostly sounds of cannons firing can sometimes be heard from the historic site.
It’s also reported that you can hear ghostly footsteps from the fallen soldiers and men crying.
Many people believe that the battle in 1836 caused so much bloodshed that the ground and surrounding area of the Alamo are soaked in the fallen heroes’ blood.
This has led to many buildings in the area being haunted. In the Hotel Indigo, you can expect to see elevators misbehaving, apparitions, the feelings of being touched, and more.
If you’re looking for a haunted hotel in San Antonio, don’t miss the Hotel Indigo! [ Book a Room ]
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9. The Crockett Hotel
Another haunted hotel was built on the infamous Alamo battlefield! The Crockett Hotel on Bonham Street is adjacent to the Alamo chapel and is rumored to be teeming with the ghosts of the unfortunate soldiers that met their end in 1836.
The most active areas seem to be the lobby, the bar, and a few of the guest rooms. The front entrance door often opens and shuts off its own accord.
The apparition of a man in a dark blue jacket (like the one worn by soldiers at the Alamo) has been seen many times by guests and staff alike. [ Book a Room ]
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10. Holiday Inn Express & Old Bexar County Jail
Originally a jail built in 1879, the Holiday Inn Express in N-Riverwalk isn’t like any other haunted hotel already listed. Equipped with an execution chamber on the top floor, the Old Bexar County Jail noose took an untold number of lives.
It’s reported guests often see dark menacing figures roaming on the third floor, with some guests also seeing them hanging in mid-air!
In the dead of night, you may feel an imprint on the bed as if someone or something is lying next to you. Guests and staff members constantly report sudden unexplainable cold spots and lights flickering on and off down the hallways.
Perhaps the most terrifying of all is the poltergeist activity, with people reporting items being violently ripped from their hands! [ BOOK NOW ]
11. Hotel Gibbs
Prepare to be spooked! While the Alamo, the Menger Hotel, and the Crockett Hotel are renowned for their chilling ghost stories, there’s one hotel that will send shivers down your spine: the Hotel Gibbs.
Legend has it that during the 1836 battle, the ground was so saturated with blood that it seeped into the very foundation of the hotel.
Today, employees and guests have reported eerie occurrences that suggest the spirits of the fallen Texan heroes are still haunting the premises.
Be warned, brave souls who dare to stay at the Hotel Gibbs may experience paranormal activity beyond their wildest nightmares. Elevators mysteriously swing open on their own, while the ghostly moans of men in agony echo throughout the hallways. It’s as if the tragic last moments of the fallen soldiers are playing out before our very eyes, even after death.
The Hotel Gibbs has so many spirits that even the most hardened paranormal enthusiast will be clutching their sheets at night. Are you brave enough to stay the night and witness the ghosts of the past come to life? [CHECK AVAILABILITY]
12. OMNI LA MANSIÓN DEL RIO
A hotel that can go under the radar when discussing the most haunted in Alamo City, the Omni La Mansion Del Rio is worthy of being spoken of in the same breath as the others in this list.
Built and established as a school, by four brothers of the society of mary, in 1852, the building is steeped in history, and it’s just a short 5 min walk from the Alamo.
Hotel staff tell of several child ghosts, and past guests have struggled to sleep in their rooms as they report the feeling of someone standing next to their beds.
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The Emily Morgan Hotel: America’s Most Haunted Hotel
- August 28, 2023
Proximity to the Alamo: Spirits of the Past
Reports of paranormal activity: real ghost stories.
The heart of the matter lies in the numerous reports of paranormal activity at The Emily Morgan Hotel. Guests and staff alike have shared spine-chilling tales of their encounters, many of which have been described below.
The Vanishing Nurse
Among the most famous is the apparition of a nurse from the 1920s or 1930s. Guests have claimed to see her in the hallways, tending to her unseen duties. Yet, when approached, she vanishes into thin air, leaving behind a palpable sense of the supernatural.
Chilling Elevator Encounters: The Haunting of the 7th Floor
Additionally, elevators within the hotel have exhibited peculiar behavior. Guests have reported elevators inexplicably stopping on the 7th floor, a floor unoccupied and inaccessible to guests. A cold chill and a sense of unease often accompany these elevator anomalies, leaving guests with goosebumps and a sense that something otherworldly is afoot.
Room 810: Where Shadows Watch and Whispers Haunt
If you dare to stay in Room 810, prepare for an encounter with the unknown. Guests have described waking up in the middle of the night with an unsettling feeling of being watched. Others have heard faint whispers in the room when they were alone, adding to the room’s eerie reputation.
The Haunting Footsteps of the 9th Floor
The mysterious phenomena extend to unexplained noises, like footsteps echoing in the night. On the 9th floor, a guest reported hearing distinct footsteps in the hallway, prompting an eerie investigation that revealed no one in sight.
A particularly chilling experience took place in the lobby, where a lone guest felt a sudden, cold touch on their shoulder while seated in an armchair. The touch was undeniable, yet no one was around, leading the guest to question whether a spectral presence had made itself known.
Shadow Figures in the Night
For some, shadowy figures are a haunting reality. In one reported incident, a guest encountered a dark, indistinct silhouette in their guest room. As they watched, the figure slowly dissipated, leaving them shaken and bewildered.
Apparitions in the Lobby
The hotel’s lobby has seen its share of otherworldly apparitions. Guests and staff have reported witnessing shadowy figures or misty forms. These apparitions often appear and disappear mysteriously, leaving a lasting impression on those who cross their path.
Chills Down Your Spine
Imagine entering a room and feeling an inexplicable drop in temperature. Many guests have reported such encounters in various areas of the hotel. Even on warm days or in rooms with controlled temperature settings, a sudden and bone-chilling chill can envelop the room, sending shivers down your spine.
Haunted Hallways on Multiple Floors
While the 7th floor, 9th floor and Room 810 may steal the spotlight, paranormal activity has been documented on various other floors. Guests have recounted hearing footsteps, voices, or whispers in hallways when no one else is present. Some have described an eerie and oppressive atmosphere that lingers in certain corridors, as though the past refuses to rest.
Eerie Reflections in Mirrors
For some guests, the mirror can be a gateway to the supernatural. Unusual reflections or apparitions have been reported within guest rooms. These fleeting visions often appear as shadowy figures or distorted faces, sending chills down the spines of those who witness them.
Electrical Malfunctions and Other Unexplained Phenomena
Electronic devices have been known to act of their own accord within the hotel. Guests have reported TVs and lights turning on or off by themselves in their rooms. Some guests have even experienced unexpected malfunctions of their electronic devices while staying at the hotel, leaving them with a sense of wonder and trepidation.
Haunted Meeting Rooms: Business with the Beyond
Even the hotel’s meeting and conference rooms have not been spared from paranormal reports. Attendees of events and meetings have shared stories of hearing strange noises, witnessing objects moving on their own, and encountering unexplained cold spots within these spaces. It seems that the supernatural doesn’t discriminate when it comes to business or pleasure.
Midnight Encounters: Guests Awakened by Unseen Presence
Imagine being awakened in the dead of night by an invisible presence. Several guests have reported this eerie experience, feeling as though someone or something was standing near their bed or watching them sleep. The sense of vulnerability in the dark hours amplifies the mystique of The Emily Morgan Hotel.
Photographing the Unexplained
The quest for proof often leads to photographic evidence. Guests and paranormal investigators alike have captured photographs that appear to show unexplained orbs or unusual light anomalies in various areas of the hotel. While the scientific explanation for such phenomena may vary, these visual encounters add a layer of intrigue to the hotel’s mystique.
Embrace the Haunting Experience
The Emily Morgan Hotel stands as a testament to history’s enduring presence. From its origins as a medical facility to its role during the Battle of the Alamo, the hotel has witnessed and absorbed the stories of the past. Its proximity to the Alamo and the eerie occurrences within its walls have solidified its status as the most haunted hotel in America.
If you’re ready to embrace the haunting experience, we invite you to book your stay at The Emily Morgan Hotel. Whether you seek a glimpse of the supernatural or simply wish to bask in the rich history and unique ambiance of our historic hotel, your journey begins here.
For reservations and inquiries, call us at (800) 824-6674, and our friendly staff will be delighted to assist you, or book your stay online . Dare to venture into the unknown, where the spirits of the past await your arrival at The Emily Morgan Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this chillingly unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming you.
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The 9 Most Haunted Hotels in San Antonio
San Antonio might be known for its friendly faces and breakfast tacos, but we’ve got quite the reputation for haunted places , too.
As an old city with hundreds of years of history under its belt, SA is no stranger to ghostly apparitions.
In my experience, these 8 hotels are among some of the most haunted in San Antonio—so spend the night here at your own peril.
Map of San Antonio’s Haunted Hotels
I stayed at the Menger for my 29th birthday, and boy, it didn’t disappoint. You can definitely tell that this place has been in business since 1859, which makes it one of the oldest hotels in Texas. The hotel is definitely old and quirky, with multiple additions and wings tacked onto it over the years.
I personally didn’t see any ghosts (the hotel claims there are 32 total), but guests frequently complain about a woman in white who walks through walls, the disgruntled ghost of a maid, and even Teddy Roosevelt himself slamming a few drinks in the hotel bar.
While that might sound like a fun time, it… isn’t. I know several people who used to work at the Menger and they refuse to even step inside because of the creepy stuff that goes down here.
- Address : 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
- Website : Menger Hotel
Emily Morgan Hotel
- Address : 705 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205
- Website : Emily Morgan Hotel
Holiday Inn Express
I stayed at this hotel for work a few times and had no clue it was haunted! But yes, apparently the unassuming Holiday Inn Express in downtown SA is haunted AF. (It also happens to be close to all of the best attractions downtown but without the huge price tag)
That’s because this Holiday Inn Express is actually the Old Bexar County Jail. There were plenty of hangings in front of the courthouse, and many people say the unlucky prisoners never left. The last public execution by hanging actually happened here in 1921, so there’s a lot of bloody history within the walls of this reasonably-priced hotel chain.
People report seeing ghosts on security cameras and windows flying open on their own. I never saw anything like that, but maybe you’ll get lucky?
- Address : 120 Camaron St, San Antonio, TX 78205
- Website : Holiday Inn Express
Bullis House Inn
Former Union Army General Bullis finished building the Bullis House Inn for his family in 1909. With rich paneling, crystal chandeliers, and marble fireplaces, this place looks cozy enough, but its history makes it the perfect setting for a spooky ghost story. General Bullis was instrumental in capturing the Apache chief Geronimo, whose ghost reportedly still haunts the grounds where he was once held captive.
While that’s definitely spooky, Bullis House Inn really tries to lean into its heritage as an old-fashioned bed and breakfast. They have a pool open in the summer and even boast a menagerie of tame animals—like deer, rabbits, and geese—that will eat from your hand. If you’re down for a little bucolic relaxation and don’t mind the angry ghost of a fallen Native American chief, Bullis House Inn sounds like a darn good time.
- Address : 621 Pierce Ave, San Antonio, TX 78208
- Website : Bullis House Inn
Wyndham San Antonio River Walk (formerly Crowne Plaza)
The Wyndham has changed hands so many times that it’s hard to keep its name straight. Some people know this hotel as Crowne Plaza, but whatever you call it, there’s some downright spooky stuff going on at this hotel. Guests report seeing weeping ghosts, waking up with scratches all over their bodies, and footsteps in the middle of the night.
- Address : 111 E Pecan St, San Antonio, TX 78205
- Website : Wyndham San Antonio River Walk
Victoria’s Black Swan Inn
We nearly got married at the Black Swan until I realized how expensive this place is! Black Swan is situated on 35 acres of pristine woodland, but it makes for a very creepy setup once the sun goes down. This inn is so famous for its ghosts that it actually allows paranormal investigations (prices start at $50/person) and is a member of the Scientific Paranormal Investigative Research Institute of Texas (S.P.I.R.I.T.).
Black Swan is so haunted because it’s allegedly built on top of Native American land, which includes a burial ground. It’s also close to a bloody Civil War site from the Battle of Salado. People report seeing Native American ghosts, the ghosts of Confederate soldiers, and even the ghosts of the inn’s former owners.
- Address : 1006 Holbrook Rd Ste A, San Antonio, TX 78218
- Website : Victoria’s Black Swann Inn
The Grey Moss Inn
The Grey Moss Inn makes for a super romantic date night location, but watch out, because it’s reportedly super haunted.
Most people say it’s the ghost of the inn’s first owner, the zealous Mary Howell. She died in 1976 and in the decades since, she’s kept a domineering watch over the inn’s current owners. It isn’t unusual for silverware to fly across the room or for candles to roar back to life after you blow them out.
Some employees have been so spooked that they left the inn in a hurry—without so much as their last paycheck.
- Address : 19010 Scenic Loop Rd, Helotes, TX 78023
- Website : The Grey Moss Inn
St. Anthony Hotel
Built in 1909, the St. Anthony was actually the first luxury hotel in the State of Texas. It’s hosted a slew of celebrities in the 100+ years since its founding, but it’s mostly famous for its ghosts. Nobody’s been able to identify who the specters are, but if you’re lucky, you’ll see ghosts in the men’s locker room, ballroom, tenth floor, and some bathrooms. Be on the lookout for the famous Lady in Red!
- Address : 300 E Travis St, San Antonio, TX 78205
- Website : St. Anthony Hotel
The Crockett Hotel
Davy Crockett allegedly died on the land where the Crockett Hotel now stands. After duking it out with the Mexican army at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, Crockett and the other men of the Alamo died and—if the rumors are true—never left the site of their death.
Today, guests at the Crockett Hotel report seeing translucent orbs going through walls as well as doors opening on their own. Maybe it’s the restless spirit of Crockett himself?
- Address : 320 Bonham, San Antonio, TX 78205
- Website : The Crockett Hotel
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13 Chillingly Haunted Spots in San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio, Texas just may be the most haunted city in Texas. From battles to outlaws to skyrocketing murder rates, the city has a bloody past. Hunt up some ghosts at these scary haunted spots in San Antonio.
Are you brave enough to explore the most haunted places in San Antonio?
From haunted hotels to eerie historic sites, San Antonio has plenty of great spots for ghost hunting.
Get ready go on a haunted journey into San Antonio’s past and discover the ghostly secrets it has to offer.
The Most Creepy Haunted Spots in San Antonio, Texas
Throughout San Antonio, there are stories of apparitions, spooky sounds, and eerie sensations. If you’re brave enough, check out these 13 haunted spots in San Antonio to uncover the city’s dark history.
1. The Alamo
The Alamo is one of the most haunted spots in San Antonio. And why wouldn’t it be? The Battle of the Alamo left somewhere between 182–257 Texians dead and 400–600 Mexican casualties.
It didn’t take long for the restless spirits of the Alamo to appear. Just days after the battle, General Santa Ana ordered the church be burned down; but the men sent to burn the church were stopped by ghostly apparitions carrying flaming weapons. In 1871, when the Alamo was again set to be demolished, people again reported seeing ghostly guards outside the church.
Today, you might see other famous Alamo ghosts: the little boy in the window of the gift shop; the Mexican soldier along the outer walls; a father and child up on the roof of the Alamo; and even more ghostly guards protecting the church.
While you may think the Alamo looks rather small today, the Alamo Compound stretched over much of what is now Alamo Plaza. And during the Battle of the Alamo, the battlefield stretched even further out. It’s no surprise then that many of Downtown San Antonio’s ghosts are often thought to be Alamo soldiers. You’ll hear more of their stories in the upcoming haunted San Antonio spots.
2. Menger Hotel
The Menger Hotel has recorded 32 different spirits haunting its walls. The hotel is located just down the street from the Alamo and essentially sits on a battleground.
In 1898, Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders from the hotel’s Menger Bar , and he is said to now haunt the bar still searching for recruits. Sallie White, a hotel maid who was brutally murdered by her husband, also often haunts the hotel and can be seen straightening up guests’ rooms.
Another apparition is that of Captain Richard King, once the owner of one of the largest ranches in the world, who was ill and chose to spend the last month of his life in his personal suite at the hotel. Guests may find him entering his old room, the King Ranch Room, through the wall where the door used to be before the hotel was remodeled.
Other ghostly sightings include: a woman in an old fashioned blue dress and wire-framed glasses knitting in the hotel’s original lobby; a man in a buckskin jacket and grey pants; and some “helpful” kitchen ghosts who like to transport utensils themselves.
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3. Hotel Gibbs
Hotel Gibbs (formerly Hotel Indigo) takes up residence in San Antonio’s first high rise building — the old Gibbs Building. It also sits on what is considered the bloodiest area of the Battle of the Alamo.
It’s ghost sightings began during the building’s construction when workers uncovered two cannons used during the Battle of the Alamo. As soon as the cannons were removed from the building and placed in museums across the city, the ghosts came out to play.
One account tells of seeing figures pushing a cannon across the street toward the hotel and then disappearing without a trace. Hotel Gibbs certainly has plenty of Alamo soldiers roaming about.
The ghosts even take advantage of the hotel’s historic elevators, which are no longer in operation. Guests have seen the doors closing on women in vintage dresses or caught a glimpse of the elevator operator inside.
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4. Emily Morgan Hotel
Named the 3rd Most Haunted Hotel in the World by USA Today , the beautiful neo-Gothic Emily Morgan Hotel was San Antonio’s first skyscraper. It was also built as the city’s first Medical Arts Building. And as the hotel is just across the street from the Alamo, it will come as no surprise when you learn this land was also part of the battlefield. I’m sure you can already guess where the ghosts in this hotel come from!
The most haunted floors of the Emily Morgan Hotel are the 7th, 9th, 14th, and basement floors. These floors acted as the psychiatric ward, surgery level, waiting area, and morgue respectively.
But really, all the floors are haunted! Guests have reported feeling the sensation of something cool brushing up against them; the lingering heavy scent of medicine; opening their doors to the hallway to see a hospital scene; bathroom doors opening and shutting on their own; and bathroom faucets being turned on and over flowing in the middle of the night.
Even the elevators have a life of their own and may go up and down without a rider, skip past requested floors, or even trap people inside. They might just even take guests down to the basement, a restricted floor and the old morgue, where employees have reported the stench of burning human flesh.
Would you be able to stay at the haunted Emily Morgan Hotel? I don’t think I’d last a second! But you can book your room at the Emily Morgan Hotel here .
5. Sheraton Gunter Hotel
The Sheraton Gunter Hotel has almost always been a hotel since the 1837. But it really gained notoriety in 1965 as the place of one of San Antonio’s most gruesome murders.
Though the Sheraton Gunter Hotel is a few blocks from the Alamo, you’ll still find plenty of soldiers haunting its halls. You might also get a glimpse of two 1920s flappers (or prostitutes, depending on who you ask) who haunt opposite sections of the hotel and tend to argue with each other. And in room 414, you might catch the spirit of blues artist Robert Johnson who held a recording session in this room.
There’s also Room 636. In February 1965, Walter Emerick check into the hotel under a false name for some partying and the company of a tall woman. Two days later, a housekeeper was bringing some things to the room when she found Emerick standing at the foot of the bed holding a bloody bundle, the room covered in blood. Emerick ran out of the room and disappeared. Despite the blood, there was no body left in the room.
A few days later Emerick, using another false name, checked into the St. Anthony Hotel nearby and requested Room 636. He became angry when that room was unavailable, but settled for Room 536. When the staff, by now suspicious of the man’s behavior, called the police to his room, Emerick shot himself before they could enter. The police have never found the woman’s body or identified her.
The Sheraton Gunter Hotel has since split the original Room 636 into two guest rooms, but that hasn’t stopped the hauntings. Guests report seeing the murder endlessly repeating or the mystery woman standing in the room, arms outstretched.
Are you brave enough to stay at the haunted Sheraton Gunter Hotel? You can book your room at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel here .
6. Majestic Theatre
Across the street from the Sheraton Gunter Hotel is another haunted spot in San Antonio: the Majestic Theatre . This beautiful theatre with Baroque and Mediterranean design opened in 1929 and is the second largest theatre in the U.S.
The Majestic Theatre is home to a particular ghost who likes to hang out by the stage. Staff believe this to be the ghost of magic performer Zoroastro still putting on a show for his audience.
The theatre is also supposed to be haunted by a passed patron. She is usually seen up on the second level, always in the same box seat.
7. Aztec Theatre
The Aztec Theatre was built in 1926, and it wasn’t long before trouble took the stage. In 1932, thirty projection operators went on strike, and the theatre fired the workers. Just a couple days later, a sulfur bomb exploded in the lobby of the Aztec, burning 6 people.
As the years went by, the theatre changed hands many times, leading people to believe the theatre cursed.
One of the spirits at the Aztec Theatre is a phantom projection operator located. He typically plays tricks on whoever is in the projection booth. However, since the renovations at the theatre changing the venue from a movie house to a live performance theatre, the ghost sightings and the hauntings have diminshed. Maybe the phantom operator can finally be laid to rest.
8. La Villita Historic Arts Village
By day, La Villita Historic Arts Village is a quaint place for a stroll. But after night fall, San Antonio’s oldest neighborhood becomes a hotbed for paranormal activity.
Inside the Chamade Jewelry Store, objects will move on their own, disembodied voices argue, and the temperature drops suddenly. Some people have also encountered an apparition of a woman in an apron. In the River Art Gallery, you may see a Woman in White.
A little girl haunts La Villita House. Some believe this little girl is the granddaughter of the former owner of the house.
9. San Fernando Cathedral
In the Main Plaza sits San Fernando Cathedral . In 1749, the Apache dug a hole in front of the cathedral and tossed their weapons in, showing that they were no longer going to fight against the developing city of San Antonio. This is where the phrase “burying the hatchet” is said to come from.
If you’re lucky, you may see the apparition of a white stallion galloping in front of the church, the ghost of the Apache’s peace offering.
The remains of James Bowie, William Travis, and Davie Crockett lay in a sarcophagus in the front entrance. And in the early days of the church, the parish buried its people within the cathedral walls. This is probably why ghostly shadows cling to the walls and faces, gaping mouths and sunken eyes, appear in the exterior walls of the church.
10. The Old Council House
Across the Main Plaza from San Fernando Cathedral, at the corner of Main Plaza and Market Street, is an abandoned bookshop. This building is the old Council House and the site of the Council House Fight of 1840.
This is where the Texans and the Comanche met to negotiate a peace treaty, but on the stipulation that the Comanche brought back all their captives. The Comanche brought one captive girl, badly disfigured by torture. So the Texans fired on the Comanche, killing 35 and losing 7 men of their own.
Though the building is empty, people have reported hearing screams and gunshots coming from inside. They also report hearing the chanting of Indian war calls.
11. Spanish Governor’s Palace
The 18th century Spanish Governor’s Palace is today a museum of Spanish colonial history and one of San Antonio’s most visited museums. It is also a hotbed of ghostly activity and one of the most haunted spots in San Antonio.
People have reported seeing spirits here since the early 1900s. When you visit, you may notice translucent spectors of Native Americans and Spanish Colonials standing by the outer walls.
But the most haunted part of the Spanish Governor’s Palace is the hanging tree. Called the “Tree of Sorrows”, at least thirty-five were hanged here for their crimes. Visitors have seen their spirits hanging from the tree, swaying in the wind.
There are also plenty of children haunting the old palace. A little girl appears in one of the bedrooms. Another little girl who is believed to have fallen down the well still haunts the surrounding area. And yet another girl was murdered by robbers and thrown down the well. Some have heard gurgling from inside the well and witnessed the water bubbling up.
12. Huebner-Onion Homestead
Now we venture out of Downtown San Antonio, and outside the 410 Loop, to the Huebner-Onion Homestead . The home once belonged to jeweler Joseph Huebner before being converted into a stagecoach inn.
After Huebner’s death, the property stood vacant until Judge John Onion, Sr., and his family bought the home. By then, it seems, Huebner was already haunting the place. Onion reported hearing the steps creek though no one was on them. Machinery would turn on and off on its own, plates would shatter, and the family would hear sounds of piano keys.
The most common occurrence was the clacking of horse hooves coming across the yard.
13. Comanche Lookout Hill
Comanche Lookhout Hill sits just inside the 1604 Loop. As the fourth highest point in Bexar County, this served as a great lookout point for both the Apache and later the Comanche. The Comanche especially used this hill to ambush Spanish settlers coming into San Antonio.
In 1923, a man named Edward H. Coppock set to building himself a European-style castle on this hill. The Great Depression hit, and all he had completed was a single tower.
The spirits of the Comanche and of Coppock both haunt Comanche Lookout Hill. At dusk, you may hear chanting and war cries coming from deep within the trees, while shadows cross pathways and disappear into the woods. The Comanche seem to still be trying to protect their hill.
As for Coppock, you might spot his ghost wheel barrowing stone to and from the hill, desperately trying to finish his dream home. He too protects his hill, looking out from the top floor of his castle at any trespassers approaching his tower.
Top San Antonio Ghost Tours
The best way to see even more of San Antonio’s haunted spots is to take a ghost tour! There are all kinds of tours to choose from: walking tours, driving tours, pub crawls, and even Segway tours!
Check out these top-rated San Antonio ghost tours for a scary good time:
- Haunted Dinner Tour — Enjoy a meal at a haunted restaurant, and then head out on a walking tour of haunted spots on Alamo Plaza and Old San Antonio.
- The Madames and Mayhem Ghost Tour — Learn about the ghosts of San Antonio’s Red Light District on this adult-only walking tour.
- The Haunted Ghost Bus Tour in San Antonio — Go on a chilling exploration of the city’s most haunted sites from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus.
- San Antonio Segway Ghost Tour — Roll through San Antonio on a nighttime Segway ghost tour for spine-tingling tales of haunts.
- Death Warmed Over: San Antonio Haunted Pub Crawl — Visit the city’s most haunted pubs and restaurants as you relive the sordid tales of San Antonio’s past.
- San Antonio Ghost Walking Tour — Enjoy a night full of haunts on this 2 hour walking tour led by professional paranormal investigators.
- Self-Guided San Antonio Ghost Walking Tour — Go it alone on this self-guided walking tour with a professionally narrated, GPS-navigated audio guide of San Antonio’s famous haunted sights.
Top Haunted Hotels in San Antonio
San Antonio has way more than just 13 haunted sites, and a lot of them happen to be hotels. This is great if you’re the type of person who loves staying in haunted hotels (I’m too scared to even try). Book a stay at one of the top haunted hotels, inns, and B&Bs in San Antonio listed below!
- Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk
- The Menger Hotel
- The Sheraton Gunter Hotel
- The Bullis House Inn
- Hotel Gibbs
- Holiday Inn Express Riverwalk at the Old Bexar County Jail
- Drury Inn & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk
- The Emily Morgan Hotel
- The Crockett Hotel
- The St. Anthony Hotel
Or if you want a likely not-haunted place to stay, check out the recommendations below.
Where to Stay in San Antonio (Not Haunted)
Find the perfect place to rest your head on your visit to San Antonio (that isn’t haunted!), from the top rated accommodations to unique stays you can’t get anywhere else.
- Top Hotel: Hotel Emma at Pearl on the Riverwalk
- Great Value: Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio North Stone Oak
- Unique Stay: Hotel Havana
Haunted San Antonio Map
Create your own tour of San Antonio’s haunted sights! I’ve put together this map of all the haunted spots listed in this blog post to help you get started.
You can click the star icon at the top of the map to save it to your favorites and open the locations in your own Google Maps app.
Haunted San Antonio FAQ
San Antonio has a long history with war, outlaws, and murder that have all contributed to it’s haunted reputation. With so much turmoil, it’s no wonder San Antonio has so many haunted places!
The most haunted places in San Antonio include the Menger Hotel , the Alamo, and the Emily Morgan Hotel , each with numerous stories of paranormal activity.
There are plenty of guided tours for exploring San Antonio’s most haunted places. The The Madames and Mayhem Ghost Tour and the Haunted Dinner Tour are some of the most popular ghost tours of San Antonio.
The Alamo is one of the most haunted places in San Antonio. With hundreds of people who died on the grounds, there is a lot of trauma to cause paranormal activity at the Alamo.
Want More Haunted Travels?
Check out these other spooky locations around the world:
- 10 of the World’s Most Terrifying Haunted Castles
- 13 Most Haunted Places in Atlanta, Georgia
- Roswell Ghost Tour Review: Explore Roswell, Georgia’s Dark History
- 7 Spooky and Haunted Spots in Huntsville, Alabama
- 13 Abandoned Places Around the World You Can Actually Tour
- Ghosts of Marietta Review: Haunted Walking Tour of Marietta, Georgia
- 10 Creepy Haunted Places in Dahlonega, Georgia
Ready to visit San Antonio, Texas? Plan your trip with these tips.
- Book your flight: Find the cheapest flights using Skyscanner , my favorite flight search engine.
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- Get packing: Make sure you’ve packed everything you need with my packing list resources .
- Explore San Antonio in a New Way: Enjoy a Mystery Picnic in San Antonio to discover more of the city.
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The haunted Emily Morgan Hotel in San Antonio, TX
Stay the night — you might just stay for the rest of your life..
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Don’t freak out if you see something in the corner of your eye.
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When you think about haunted places, what comes to mind? Hospitals? Sanitariums? Hotels? At the Emily Morgan, you don’t have to choose.
The Emily Morgan Hotel is one of the most haunted hotels in the US — most recently, it took No. 4 overall and No. 1 in the “demonic” genre (a la “The Exorcist”) in a Hotels.com list . Let’s see if you have have what it takes to last the night.
Once upon a time
Before the Emily Morgan was anything, its plot adjoined a battlefield where 600 men lost their lives in the Alamo’s Long Barracks.
The building began its life in 1926 as the most advanced medical facility west of the Mississippi. It had a morgue in its basement, and a psychiatric hospital, surgery, and crematorium on higher floors.
Designed for ghosts
The Medical Arts Building ( the former name of the Emily Morgan ) wasn’t just the most advanced medical science facility west of the Mississippi in its day — it was the tallest skyscraper in the West, if briefly.
Gargoyles look down from the hotel in the New York Gothic style. Reflecting the building’s original purpose, the monsters are twisted in agony from various medical conditions, from toothaches to stomach bugs.
Did these architects know that they were setting up for an uber-haunted hotel? Unlikely, but their creativity wound up paying off big time.
Rumor has it
These days, the building is a Doubletree Hilton — but if you believe, you might find remnants of its grim past.
Residents + staff report mysterious phone calls, rattling sounds, and antiseptic smells. On the seventh floor , some have seen a woman in white , fleeting shadows, or a rickety gurney.
We’ve even heard that the swimming pool is lined with the old surgery’s steel tables. And that the elevator might just lock you in and send you to the morgue, where you’ll hear whispering voices . ( We can’t confirm these last two, though .)
Business is boo- ming
How has the hotel dealt with its supernatural reputation? Well, the “ Room With Your Boo ” package lasts until the end of October, where you can receive a special Halloween gift + a boo-berry pancake breakfast in bed.
Let’s face it: ghost stories are meant to draw us in, not keep us away. As the saying goes, “ If you build it ” — “it” being a hospital-turned-hotel on the site of an 1830s battlefield — “ they will come. ”