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`It all comes back to the Buck'

BOSTON — On a September day in 1919, a Boston gambler walked into the lobby of the Hotel Buckminster in Kenmore Square.

As the story goes, Joseph "Sport" Sullivan picked up a house phone and was connected to a guest room. Sullivan met White Sox first baseman Arnold "Chick" Gandil in his room, and together they hatched a plan to fix the World Series.

It all happened, according to author Eliot Asinof in his book "Eight Men Out," in a stately Boston hotel with a "subdued, conservative, old-lady atmosphere."

The meeting between ballplayer and bookmaker changed history.

The fix of the 1919 World Series shook baseball at its core, nearly slaying the sport before Babe Ruth and the home run revived it. Eight White Sox were banned for life, and the franchise has not won a World Series since.

This fall, the team is in the World Series for just the second time since 1919. They are attempting to end an 88-year title drought and exorcise their demons.

`Curse of the Buckbino'

A year ago, the Red Sox ended their own alleged curse by winning their first World Series in 86 years. This fall, the Curse of the Bambino has given way to another baseball spell.

"It's the Curse of the Buckbino," says John Pollard, the former general manager of the Hotel Buckminster and a resident of a tenant's apartment in the facility. "I've been saying it to everyone. It all comes back to the Buck."

Pollard, 51, lost his eyesight because of an illness a few years ago, so he maneuvers through busy Kenmore Square, the neighborhood adjacent to Fenway Park, with a walking stick. On any given day, you might see him outside of the Buckminster at the triangular corner of Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue.

And if you ask, Pollard will give you his take on baseball curses.

The building that housed the Hotel Buckminster, designed by legendary architect Stanford White in the late 1890s, apparently is Ground Zero for baseball curses. Just listen to Pollard, who thoroughly researched the history of the hotel when he was the Buckminster's general manager from 1995 to 1997.

"Think about it," Pollard says. "One of the White Sox [in the 1919 scandal] was Buck Weaver. Buck Weaver. Then there's Bucky Dent's home run. And Bill Buckner. It's all related to the Buck."

How about this connection? Ray Boone was a rookie with the Cleveland Indians in 1948, and it is believed the Indians stayed at the Buckminster when they beat the Red Sox in a one-game playoff to claim the American League title. Ray Boone's grandson is Aaron Boone, who happened to hit a game-winning homer against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series.

Then there's the cross-pollination of curses. The Red Sox title drought is blamed on the sale of Ruth to the Yankees in 1920, and Ruth was known to frequent a speakeasy in the basement of the Hotel Buckminster.

Pollard also learned Ruth often stayed in a sixth-floor suite at the Buckminster, even after he became a Yankee. From Suite 615, Ruth had a view.

"He wanted the highest vantage point, and 615 has bay windows that overlook the park," Pollard says. "He could show all his girls the park. I'm telling you, if these walls could talk ..."

No one is sure which room Sullivan and Gandil were in when they plotted on Sept. 18, 1919, but Pollard believes it may have been Suite 515.

The door to 515 was open Wednesday afternoon, and there was a clear view of Fenway Park through the bay window in the living room. The suite has a bedroom off the living room and the furniture is nondescript--a couch, a coffee table, a chair, a TV. Like any room in any hotel.

But imagine Gandil and Sullivan sitting in the room with spirits and cigars, altering baseball history, and the room comes to life.

According to Asinof, Gandil and Sullivan were old acquaintances. They met in a Boston pool hall when Gandil was playing for Washington eight or nine years earlier and they stayed in touch, Gandil giving the gambler tips with a "timely long-distance phone call."

Gandil, a 31-year-old veteran, had been pondering a World Series fix throughout the season. Asinof wrote that Gandil tried to figure out how many players would be needed to fix the series and he believed teammates might be agreeable because of their disdain for miserly owner Charles Comiskey.

As the story of the Black Sox unfolded, Sullivan became a bit player. New York gambler Arnold Rothstein and his partner, former featherweight champion Abe Attell, became bigger kingpins, and Sullivan was less visible later in the story.

But before Gandil made the plan known to seven other players (Eddie Cicotte, Lefty Williams, Happy Felsch, Swede Risberg, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver and Fred McMullin), the plan was ignited in Boston.

"[Sullivan] moved through the musty lobby to the front desk, picked up the house phone and asked to be connected with Mr. Arnold `Chick' Gandil," Asinof wrote.

While waiting, Sullivan surveyed the lobby. He knew why the White Sox were staying at a stately hotel--they damaged furniture in a drunken display at another Kenmore Square hotel during an earlier trip to Boston and the team chose a more subdued atmosphere for the September visit.

The corner of Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue is 297 feet from the Green Monster, so players could easily walk to Fenway Park. Teams stayed at several hotels in Kenmore Square and the Buckminster was among the most ornate.

But in the years after the eight White Sox conspired to throw the World Series and were banned from the sport for life, the hotel went through many changes and it was often merely a neighbor to Fenway Park as its connection to baseball faded.

Haunted by history

The Buckminster remained a top hotel in Boston through the 1920s, and the building was the site of the first network radio broadcast in 1929. During World War II, a portion of the hotel was used to hold Italian prisoners of war, although it remained an active hotel into the 1960s.

Steadily, though, it slipped behind other hotels in Boston and became known as a low-rate alternative as the Kenmore Square section of the city declined.

Offering one of the lowest rates in the city, the Buckminster attracts a diverse clientele. During the summer, baseball fans from all over the country stay because of the proximity to Fenway Park.

But while there has been talk of erecting a plaque that explains the link to the 1919 scandal, hotel management has not used the building's history as a marketing tool.

By the time the hotel was restored in 1977, Asinof's book had been on the shelf for 14 years and the Buckminster's role in the Black Sox scandal was in the public domain.

Pollard may be moving out of the Buckminster in the next year, he says. Maybe if the White Sox win and the Buckminster can live in peace, Pollard can move on.

"This is it," he says. "The year the Curse of the Buck ends."

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Historic Kenmore Square hotel closes - and it won't be re-opening

Hotel Buckminster in 1900

Hotel Buckminster in 1900, when there wasn't much else around. Source .

The Hotel Buckminster in Kenmore Square announced on March 23 that it was closing, but unlike the nearby Hotel Commonwealth, says its closing is permanent.

We do not have plans of reopening in the future at this point in time.

The hotel opened in 1897 and was where the idea behind Black Sox scandal of 1919 was hatched and where Andy Kaufman lived while attending the now defunct Grahm Junior College.

The hotel was also home to a couple of radio stations and the predecessor of today's WHDH - WNAC, which started broadcasting in 1948 from the hotel basement .

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This would be useful housing for Longwood medical workers

Can the state requisition it temporarily for that purpose?

If they are closing anyway...

If they are closing anyway... I think it would make sense , come up with a pricing scheme that essentially pays for the linens and other items and house workers for as long as needed. This is an ideal site since they won't be trying to reoccupy when we start lifting restrictions. Many hospital staff may want to choose to self isolate until well past when some restrictions are lifted.

I ducked into the lobby of

I ducked into the lobby of this hotel to escape tear gas after the 2004 ALCS. RIP

yep and the hotel staff was actively pushing us out the door..

Baseball scandals

The hotel opened in 1897 and was where the idea behind Black Sox scandal of 1919 was hatched

It was also where the chicken behind the Red Sox scandal of 2011 was fried!

the Bangin' Babe

Also where George Herman Ruth used to take his many girlfriends.

Likely to become BU dorms now. I remember when it was a rehearsal space for bands in the 80s.

BU sold all of their Kenmore square holdings more than a year ago. Maybe 10-20 years ago they would have snatched this up but not anymore.

I haven't been inside the Buckminster but I've been told it's a dump and would probably cost a tremendous amount to improve and/or convert to a dorm or something else. Someone will spend the money eventually but it doesn't seem like that someone will be BU.

It was a dorm once before

for Grahm Junior College. That is how I remember it from the late 1970s when I lived nearby. It was later reconverted to a hotel.

I'm a little surprised. There

I'm a little surprised. There seems to be insatiable demand for hotels around here during normal times, even low-end hotels.

It would be interesting over

It would be interesting over these next few months to track all these businesses that are closing - leased space becoming vacant or owned building becoming vacant - and see who sells, who ends up buying, which banks and developers end up getting the deals. It will shape the real estate market for years, especially inside 128. I hope the AG's office is watching.

Back in 2008 many of the same banking executives which caused the recession founded new companies and went around buying up all the dirt cheap real estate which was the product of their own actions. They again profited handsomely over the next decade.

The same will happen this time around. Those with money are eagerly awaiting the fire sales. Buy low, rent high.

In 2018 there were redevelopment plans for the Buckminster

I wonder whatever happened to this?

https://www.universalhub.com/2018/developers-file-plans-two-new-kenmore-...

Maybe part of why they're closing?

If the plan was to shut down and redevelop the place in a year or two anyway, might be better to just cut your losses and shut down now, especially if you can't currently rent any rooms.

They've updated their plans, but ...

The Buckminster wasn't part of the plans .

Interesting...

I thought this was one of those hybrid buildings like 140 Clarendon Street--part affordable housing and part budget tourist hotel. I hope the current building is saved even if a behemoth high rise is added onto the present site.

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Chicago’s most haunted hotels

Last updated on September 6, 2023 by Timothy Inklebarger

Two of Chicago’s most historic hotels are also its most haunted. While guests at the Congress Plaza and The Drake enjoy luxury, comfort, and meticulous attention to detail, they also revel in ghostly lore – particularly during Halloween season .

If All Hallow’s Eve finds you in our fair city, consider booking a room in one of these spooktacular hotels.

Keep reading : Check out 11 of Chicago’s most haunted places , from Al Capone hangouts to H.H. Holmes’ murder castle.

Congress Plaza Hotel

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Al Capone – he’s the stuff that mob legend is made of. And, it would seem, a resident of the Congress Plaza Hotel (520 S. Michigan Ave.) to this very day. Yes, patrons of the 122-year-old, 871-room hotel have reported seeing the ghost of old Scarface roam the halls. In fact, Leisure + Travel  magazine declared the Congress Plaza Hotel the most haunted place in the state of Illinois, noting that Capone set up his headquarters here, and his ghost is most frequently seen near his old suite on the 8th floor.

Capone isn’t the only ghost taking up residence at the hotel, however. Another favorite phantom is the loveable Peg Leg Johnny . Little is known about this mischievous ghost, but the legend has it that the incorrigible spirit has the urge to turn room lights and electronics on and off, and generally cause havoc for guests.

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However, ghost experts report that the hotel’s most haunted spot is  Room 441 , where a female ghost reportedly kicks guests awake from the foot of the bed. As you can imagine, it’s a frequently requested reservation.

Not to be outdone, the ghost of a boy also reportedly haunts the Congress. Lore contends that his mother, distraught over her immigrant status, became increasingly troubled and threw both her children from a hotel window in despair, jumping out herself straight afterward. The boy’s ghost, like Peg Leg Johnny, causes mischief, but his shenanigans are largely limited to rearranging furniture and the like. That’s obnoxious but forgivable, right?

While the Congress Plaza is clearly teeming with apparitions, the hotel’s most enduring creepy legacy, perhaps, is connected to one of its real-life patrons, America’s first serial killer, Dr. H.H. Holmes . Holmes is known to have loitered around the hotel lobby in search of new victims. He was remembered most recently in the book  Devil in the White City , which details Holmes’ evil deeds during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair .

Don’t believe the ghostly hype around the Congress Plaza? Check it out for yourself at the hotel’s  Haunted Halloween Ball . The costume party promises to combine “elements of a lavish VIP nightclub and lounge experience, with the exclusiveness of a luxury hotel gala, and the terror and chills of a haunted house.”

The Drake Hotel

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While the Congress Plaza Hotel reigns supreme in the world of Chicago’s haunted hotels, The Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton Place) is a strong second. The ghost of the famed Lady in Red still creeps around the hotel, nearly 100 years after her tragic death on New Year’s Eve. The legend goes that the crimson-adorned woman discovered her lover (or, in some reports, her husband) with another woman during a gala attended by the city’s elite, prompting her to jump from a window on the 10th floor (some accounts say it was from the roof). She has since been seen roaming the hallways, and is most commonly witnessed on the 10th floor and the sumptuous Palm Court – no doubt drawn by all those High Tea afficionados.

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There’s also the case of the Woman in Black , who murdered socialite Adele Born Williams in 1944. Williams was a guest at the hotel, as the story goes, and entered her room to discover the Woman in Black, who pulled a gun from her purse and shot Williams dead. The case was big news at the time, but was never solved.

Perhaps the most poignant ghosts, however, are those of the parents of Bobby Franks . Franks was kidnapped and murdered by his cousin Richard Loeb and his accomplice Nathan Leopold in 1924. The two said they did it “for the thrill of it.” It was the court case of the century, and reports at the time noted that the Franks family left their home to avoid gawkers, moving to The Drake, where they spent the rest of their days. They remain there in the afterlife, it seems, and have been witnessed wandering the hotel, mourning their murdered son.

A great time  to visit The Drake is during the Masquerade Ball: A Nightmare on Walton Street . Taking place in the stunning Palm Court, your ticket allows you admission to a luxurious masquerade ball, filled with history and mystery. Live entertainment by the Flat Cats, masques and black tie attire add to the ambiance of extravagance. Seating will be available in the Palm Court and Club International rooms on a first-come, first-served basis.

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BOSTON – There is a curse. There is no doubt about that, a curse branded into the soul of Red Sox Nation. The reminders come to life again this coming weekend at Fenway Park when the Yankees and Red Sox renew the world’s greatest rivalry. From 1912, the year Fenway opened, to 1918, the Red Sox won four World Series. Since then they’ve been shut out while the Yankees have won 26 World Championships.

In Dan Shaughnessy’s wonderful book “The Curse of the Bambino,” which has become as much a part of the New England mindset as Calvinism since it was first published in 1990, Shaughnessy points to the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees on Jan. 5, 1920, as the origin of The Curse. He calls it “baseball’s original sin.”

Perhaps there is something at work here that is bigger than the Babe. Perhaps, considering the colossal Red Sox failures and how they take their fans to the brink of success before the final heartbreak, something more than the Babe’s sale to the Yankees has caused such pain.

If baseball’s “original sin” was the sale of its greatest player, baseball’s “ultimate sin” was the selling of its soul in the Black Sox scandal of the 1919 World Series, a few months before the selling of the Babe.

The plans for baseball’s darkest hour were hatched in this city, just beyond the Green Monster at the Hotel Buckminster, a magnificent, triangular six-story building that overlooks Kenmore Square and Fenway. The Buckminster is a mere 297 feet from Fenway.

Exactly three weeks before the World Series was to begin, a tall, beefy, red-faced man in a white suit and bright bow tie stepped out of a taxi and walked in Boston’s Hotel Buckminster. His name was Joseph “Sport” Sullivan. His occupation: bookmaker and gambler.

So wrote Eliot Asinof in his classic “Eight Men Out,” which detailed the Black Sox scandal. The book was made into a terrific movie. The Boston-Buckminster scene is not in the movie. On screen, Boston gambler Sullivan is introduced to the audience in a jazzy bar scene.

Asinof notes that Sullivan moved through the hotel’s “musty lobby” to place a call to “Chick” Gandil, the 6-foot-2, 32-year-old first baseman for the Black Sox. A former boxer, Gandil knew how to take a fall. Sullivan was summoned to Gandil’s room, where the ballplayer told him, “I think we can put it in the bag!” The fix was in.

As I sit in the Hotel Buckminster, looking out over Fenway, I wonder, did Gandil say those words in this room? Certainly that narrow, marble staircase I walked down this morning is the same staircase Gandil and his seven scheming teammates walked when they stayed here.

Perhaps then, it is more than the Curse of the Bambino, perhaps there is the Curse of the Buckbino, too. Perhaps the baseball gods were so angered by the betrayal that took place on this spot so close to Fenway, a hotel designed by renowned architect Stanford White and built in 1897, that the curse is bigger than the Bambino.

Guess who loved to stay at this hotel in Room 615 overlooking Fenway? None other than the Great Bambino himself. The Babe fancied the bar downstairs, too. He stayed here when he was a member of the Red Sox and later as a Yankee, note hotel officials. A number of visiting teams as well as some Red Sox were guests here.

Perhaps the Curse of the Bambino and the Curse of the Buckbino have merged into one in this place.

“Nobody has looked at the story that when things really started going bad for the Red Sox, it started with Sport Sullivan in the musty lobby of the Buckminster in 1919,” explains John Pollard, 50, a former general manager of the hotel who lives in an apartment on the property and has researched the history of the grand, old building. “That’s where they threw baseball history.

“Some Dodger fans were here about a month ago and on the plane they were fascinated by this old lady who had all the stories about the Buckminster,” says Pollard, who works for Sheraton Boston Hotel and lived in New York when he was a roadie and road manager for the likes of Hall & Oates and the Marshall Tucker Band in his younger years. As a result of an illness, Pollard became legally blind, but recent operations have helped him regain some of his eyesight and he is hopeful of regaining more.

“She told them,” Pollard says, repeating the words of the witchy L.A. woman, “everybody thinks there is the Curse of the Bambino. There is no Curse of the Bambino, there is the Curse of the Buckbino.” She went on to point out that the retired Red Sox numbers had a connection to the Buckminster, under some formula she produced, but that was too cosmic for Pollard to remember.

“You have these people looking under every rock exploring the Curse of the Bambino, all this crazy stuff,” Pollard says, “but nobody looked at the story of things going bad with the Red Sox with what happened here.”

Before you dismiss the notion as ridiculous, Pollard points to something else the mysterious, old lady told those fans about the connection between the Buck-minster and baseball fate. Third baseman Buck Weaver was one of the Eight Men Out. Then there was Yankee hero Buck-y Dent, author of the most heart-breaking home run in Red Sox history and, of course, Bill Buck-ner, who watched the 1986 World Series roll through his legs.

As for Aaron Boone’s Game 7 ALCS home run last October, there appears to be no Buckminster connection, although it is possible his grandfather Ray stopped in the bar for a drink, perhaps in 1948, the year Ray Boone’s Cleveland Indians beat the Red Sox in a one-game playoff for the American League pennant. Boston manager Joe McCarthy inexplicably started journeyman Denny Galehouse in an 8-3 loss, after Galehouse spent six innings warming up in the bullpen the day before. The Hotel Kenmore sat right across the street and that is where visiting teams stayed in the 1940s.

During World War II, a portion of the Buckminster housed Italian prisoners of war, diminishing its role as a major Boston hotel. The Buckminster also was the site of the first radio network broadcast in 1929. The union of networks formed a company known as – Red Sox fans are going to love this – the Yankee Network, its 100-foot antennae overlooking Fenway.

Sure, it takes a stretch of the imagination and maybe a cocktail or two for any of this to make sense, but if Red Sox Nation is trying to exorcise the ghosts by doing something as silly as trying to find the Babe’s old piano in some murky pond, as yet, an unsuccessful search, then maybe they need to look a little closer to their Fenway home to rid themselves of demons. Like 297 feet away, perhaps a lobby seance might do the trick.

The supernatural could be at work here.

“There’s been sightings of a ghost, a man dressed in a black suit with an old black hat,” says the hotel’s general manager Jackson Slomiak. Much renovation work is being done at the hotel, which had fallen on difficult times under previous ownerships, so parts of the hotel that haven’t been open for years are coming back to life. “We’ve had maintenance people, we’ve had housekeepers see [the ghost] and it’s always the same gentleman,” Slomiak says.

“There is a ghost at the Buck,” Pollard adds matter-of-factly.

Perhaps this coming weekend with the Yankees right across the street, the ghost of the Babe will walk down that narrow, marble staircase at the Buckminster … on his way to the ballgame.

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A Boston landmark closed by the COVID-19 pandemic could soon be converted to a new purpose under a plan announced Wednesday morning.

The Hotel Buckminster closed on March 20, 2020, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and a few months later, the hotel's managers decided the Kenmore Square landmark would not reopen.

The Buckminster was the site where the infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal was hatched, according to the hotel's website. Its famed jazz club, "Storyville," hosted the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and other legendary musicians.

IQHQ, a developer that specializes in life science facilities, announced that it had acquired the triangular property at the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Beacon Street. The company said it fits strategically with their nearby projects at 109 Brookline Avenue and 20 Overland Street, as well as major plans to redevelop the neighborhood around Fenway Park .

"The Buckminster represents an opportunity to enhance IQHQ's vision to develop a vibrant life science district that runs from Kenmore Square through the Fenway to the premier research, academic and medical institutes in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area," John Bonanno, Chief Development Officer of IQHQ, said in a statement. "We are excited about the promise this central and evolving location holds to connect these prominent neighborhoods and institutions."

The company didn't specify its specific plans for the Buckminster or disclose the purchase price.

Dustup over the fate of the historic Hotel Buckminster highlights the quick changes around Kenmore Square

City officials briefly hit pause on the process of landmarking the old hotel, and preservationists were not impressed.

For nine months now, historic preservation advocates have been pushing to designate the Hotel Buckminster's exterior as a city landmark.

T he curved red-brick facade of the Hotel Buckminster has held a position of prominence in Boston’s Kenmore Square for more than a century. The hotel closed in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its white all-caps signage has seen better days, with some letters fully punched out. The vacant interiors look sad and deserted to passersby streaming toward Fenway Park.

For nine months now, historic preservation advocates have been pushing to designate the hotel’s exterior as a city landmark. Landmarking is a necessity, they say, given plans to transform the old hotel and property behind it into a life-science lab.

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If approved, an exterior landmark designation would require a developer to preserve the existing masonry and other historic materials, while allowing for a new addition that wouldn’t obscure the building’s front. The designation was set for a key vote at the Boston Landmarks Commission last month, with staff recommending approval, but city officials pulled it from the agenda just a day beforehand. After preservationists sparked an uproar via an email campaign, the issue is back on the Landmarks Commission agenda for Aug. 22.

The episode, involving one of the last vestiges of old Kenmore Square, highlights the tension between safeguarding the city’s past and shaping its future, especially in a neighborhood that is seemingly being transformed by the week.

The Buckminster is famously the birthplace of the “Black Sox” scandal , where a Boston bookmaker and a Chicago White Sox player hatched the plot to throw the 1919 World Series, and was also home to George Wein’s Storyville jazz club, where singers such as Lee Wiley and Billie Holiday crooned to early 1950s crowds.

A plaque hangs in the lobby of the Hotel Buckminster in Kenmore Square commemorating the locale where gamblers planned to fix the 1919 World Series.

“The landmark status is extremely important to many of us who live in the area, particularly those of us who have lived here a long time,” said Katherine Greenough, who co-founded the Audubon Circle Neighborhood Association in the early 1980s. “It is a very dignified building ... and it needs to be preserved intact.”

After the hotel closed in 2020, its owners initially launched extensive interior renovations, but in November 2021 sold the building to life-science development firm IQHQ Inc. for $42.5 million. IQHQ — which is co-developing the $1 billion Fenway Center tower over the Turnpike a stone’s throw away — also owns a surface parking lot and two buildings, including Boston University’s Cognition and Decision lab, immediately behind the hotel.

Upon buying the Buckminster, IQHQ outlined how it envisioned the property as the start of “a vibrant life-science district” that would extend from Kenmore Square through the Fenway to the Longwood Medical Area, with plans “to bring forth an improved future for this prominent Kenmore Square site.” In January, the firm filed plans to demolish the three- and four-story buildings behind the Buckminster to make way for a 215-foot office and laboratory tower “which will connect floor-to-floor with” the Buckminster. The hotel building itself would be “substantially renovated,” wrote Darren M. Baird, an attorney representing IQHQ.

IQHQ declined to share more specific plans with the Globe, and has not formally filed more detailed plans or images with the Boston Planning & Development Agency. The firm has promised to reuse at least a portion of the building — though not necessarily as a hotel — in its future development plans.

A vintage postcard of the Hotel Buckminster.

“We are committed to reactivating The Buckminster, which was closed for years prior to our purchase, by preserving key elements in a fashion that recognizes its importance at Kenmore Square,” an IQHQ representative told the Globe.

Last October, after meeting with IQHQ representatives on the project, the nonprofit Boston Preservation Alliance filed a landmark petition to the Boston Landmarks Commission, which formally kicked off the city’s extensive landmarking process.

“Hotel Buckminster represents the development of Kenmore Square at the turn of the 20th century, and today remains the oldest historic building at the western edge of the square,” the landmark petition reads.

The Landmarks Commission hosted a preliminary hearing on the property just before Thanksgiving, and issued its study report in May. The detailed 62-page report goes into the hotel’s history and significance, with the landmarks staff ultimately recommending the hotel’s exterior be designated as a landmark.

Such a designation wouldn’t prevent IQHQ from moving forward with a lab project, said Preservation Alliance executive director Alison Frazee. Often, developers can preserve historic facades while building an addition, such as Roxbury’s Bolling Building.

The curved red-brick facade of the Hotel Buckminster has held a position of prominence in Boston’s Kenmore Square for more than a century.

“This building could be both a protected landmark and a new project for a developer,” Frazee said. “It’s not one or the other.”

The full Landmarks Commission was set to vote on July 25, but the day prior, Frazee got word from the mayor’s chief of policy that the Buckminster would not be on the commission’s agenda. Frazee issued an email alert to the Preservation Alliance’s email list, encouraging members to share their displeasure with the city and request the landmark vote be rescheduled.

“Kenmore Square has already lost much of its historic fabric, character, and sense of place because of insensitive development,” the alert reads. “It is critical that neighborhoods balance old and new, and preserve places that hold deep meaning to generations of Bostonians.”

The city declined to share specific details about who requested the delay or how a landmarking process would affect IQHQ’s development plans.

“We delayed the vote to ensure that all city departments involved in the site were properly briefed,” said a city spokesperson. The city later confirmed the Landmarks Commission will vote on the Buckminster at its next public hearing on Aug. 22.

Frazee said she was “thrilled” to hear that the vote was back on the agenda, but was still concerned about why a vote needed to be delayed.

“To pull it in the first place really undermines the process, and the tool of historic preservation,” Frazee said. “We should have multiple ways to protect historic character and fabric. In the city of Boston, we have one, and to have that undermined is really troubling.”

There’s been a substantial wave of change in Boston's Kenmore Square neighborhood.

Landmarking is critical in protecting what’s left of Kenmore Square’s architectural history, Frazee and others have said. Beyond IQHQ’s proposed lab, there’s been a substantial wave of change in the neighborhood.

Next to the Buckminster, IQHQ is at work on a tower above the Massachusetts Turnpike. On the other side, where Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue merge, Mark Development won city approval in 2021 to build a 29-story hotel where a squat bank building now sits. And across the street, wearable fitness tech company Whoop recently opened its eight-story headquarters at 545 Commonwealth Ave., a newly constructed building that stands in the place of the demolished former home of the New England School of Photography .

That project, too, sparked preservationist uproar a few years ago, over the fate of the beloved Citgo sign that sat atop the former Boston University bookstore. The Preservation Alliance launched a campaign to landmark the iconic sign in 2016, and the Landmarks Commission later approved a landmark designation. But it was vetoed by then-mayor Martin J. Walsh in 2018. That veto — a rare move for any Boston mayor — was part of a compromise that kept the sign in place under a renewed lease while allowing the building beneath it to be renovated.

Now Whoop also has a sign atop its building. The large, all-caps lettering and building facade overtakes the Citgo sign from many vantage points, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by neighborhood advocates such as Greenough.

“There’s absolutely no semblance of the Kenmore Square architectural history,” Greenough said. “If the Landmarks Commission cannot designate what remains as a landmark, then the entire integrity of Kenmore Square and its dignified architectural history is gone.”

The Hotel Buckminster in Kenmore Square.

Catherine Carlock can be reached at [email protected] . Follow her @bycathcarlock .

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In addition to Boston’s many historic sites , the city also has a lot of historic hotels.

These hotels date from around the mid-19th century to the early 20th century, during the second phase of the industrial revolution in Massachusetts , and have had many famous guests and visitors over the centuries, some of which reportedly still haunt these hotels .

Not only are these hotels historic, but they are also considered some of the best in the city and have great ratings and reviews.

The following is a list of historic hotels in Boston:

Marriott’s Boston Custom House

Built in 1847, the Marriott’s Boston Custom House was originally the Boston Custom House, which collected duties on imported goods from incoming ships in Boston harbor.

The building was designed by architect Ammi B. Young and was a cruciform (cross shaped) Greek Revival building that featured a Greek Doric portico with a Roman dome.

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The Boston Custom House circa 1900

Since the building was constructed on a landfill, the structure is supported by 3,000 wooden piles that extend down to the bedrock.

In the early 20th century, increased shipping created a need for expansion of the custom house, so the Peabody and Stearns architecture firm started construction a 26-floor tower on the Custom House in 1913. The addition was completed in 1915 and made the Custom House the tallest building in Boston at the time.

The Boston Custom House Tower, Boston, Mass, circa 1914-1920

The Boston Custom House Tower, Boston, Mass, circa 1914-1920

In 1986, the United States Customs Service moved to the Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr, Federal Building and the following year, the city of Boston purchased the Custom House from the General Services Administration.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and was also designated a Boston landmark in 1986.

In 1997, the building was converted into an 84-room hotel by Marriott Vacation Club International. A small museum dedicated to the hotel’s history is located in the rotunda on the 2nd floor.

Omni Parker House

The original Parker House hotel was built on this spot in 1855, but the current Omni Parker House Hotel replaced it in 1927.

Since the hotel has operated on the same spot since 1855, it makes it the longest continuously operating hotel in the U.S. The hotel’s restaurant, Parker’s Restaurant, is also one of the oldest restaurants in Boston.

Many famous people have worked at the hotel, such as Vietnamese Communist leader, Ho Chi Minh, who worked as a pastry chef in the basement kitchen from 1912 to 1913, and civil rights activist, Malcolm X, who worked as a bus boy for the restaurant in 1940.

The Parker House hotel, Boston, Mass, circa 1900

The Parker House hotel, Boston, Mass, circa 1900

The Parker House was also a literary hot spot. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow were members of the literary Saturday Club which regularly met in the hotel’s restaurant. Charles Dickens also stayed at the hotel during his 1867-68 American lecture tour and often joined the Saturday Club’s meetings.

The Boston Cream Pie, now the official Massachusetts state dessert, was also invented in the hotel’s restaurant.

The Parker House was also where John Wilkes Booth reportedly met with representatives of the Confederate Secret Service, on July 26, 1864, to plan the abduction of Abraham Lincoln and, after that plan fell apart, it is where he stayed on April 5 and 6, 1865, just a week before he assassinated Lincoln.

While staying at the hotel, eyewitnesses later reported that they saw Booth at a nearby shooting gallery, presumably Roland Edwards’ Pistol Gallery on Green Street, practicing his pistol shooting.

In addition, the Omni Parker House is where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie Bouvier (at table 40), held his bachelor party and announced his candidacy for the U.S. Congress in 1946.

Omni Parker House is a member of Historic Hotels of America, which is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that celebrates historic hotels in the U.S.

Liberty Hotel

Built in 1851, the Liberty Hotel was originally the Charles Street Jail. The jail was built out of granite and was originally constructed in the shape of a cross, with four wings extending from a central rotunda with a 90-foot atrium. Each wing was segregated by gender and by category of offense.

Charles Street Jail, Boston, Mass, photographed by the Historic American Buildings Survey

Charles Street Jail, Boston, Mass, photographed by the Historic American Buildings Survey

The jail housed a number of famous inmates such as the Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo,  as well as John White Webster, James Michael Curley, Malcolm X and Sacco and Vanzetti.

The jail also housed suffragists who protested during President Woodrow Wilson’s visit in 1919 and World War II POWs from the German submarines U-234 and U-873, one of whom died in the jail.

In 1973, the prisoners of the Charles Street Jail revolted due to overcrowding and poor living conditions and the jail was declared unfit and in violation of the inmate’s constitutional rights. The prisoners were moved to a new jail in Suffolk County in 1990.

In 1991, Massachusetts General Hospital purchased the property and sought proposals for its reuse.

In 2001, Carpenter & Company signed a lease agreement with MGH for the land and the jail. The building was renovated but kept its granite exterior, large three-story arched windows, and 90-foot atrium while the jail’s former exercise yard was turned into a private, landscaped courtyard.

The building officially opened as the Liberty Hotel in September of 2007 after a $150 million renovation.

The jail is listed on the state and national Register of Historic Places.

Copley Square Hotel

Built in 1891, the Copley Square Hotel is the second-oldest operating hotel in the country and was the first hotel in the Back Bay. Since the Back Bay was built on a landfill , the hotel is supported by 70 pilings that reach 70 feet below the street level.

Copley Square Hotel, Boston, Mass, circa 1909

Copley Square Hotel, Boston, Mass, circa 1909

The seven story hotel was designed by architect Fred R. Pope and was constructed out of brick. It features an architectural mix of Italian Renaissance and Beaux Arts style.

The hotel has hosted many famous celebrities from Babe Ruth to President McKinley and Jazz legends Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington performed in the hotel’s Storyville club after it relocated to the hotel in 1953.

The Storyville club was later replaced by a Hungarian restaurant, called Cafe Budapest, where a scenes from the 1992 Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin film “HouseSitter” were filmed. The restaurant closed in 2000 and the space later served as another music club before being renovated into a lobby.

Ames Boston Hotel

Originally constructed in 1889 but not completed until 1893, the Ames Boston Hotel was originally the corporate headquarters of the Ames Agricultural Tool Company and was Boston’s tallest building until 1915, when the Custom House tower was built, thus making it Boston’s first skyscraper.

Ames Building, Boston, Mass, circa 1907

Ames Building, Boston, Mass, circa 1907

The structure was built from sandstone sourced in Ohio and was designed by architecture firm of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. The masonry façade consists of detailed blue slate and red sandstone with intricate decorative carvings.

The building housed the corporate headquarters of the Ames Agricultural Tool Company until the 1950s, as well as the offices of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, from 1893 to 1981. It then housed offices of various companies for several years but remained unoccupied from 1999 until it was purchased in 2007 and turned into a luxury boutique hotel.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Boston Hotel Buckminster

Built in 1897, the Boston Hotel Buckminster was one of the oldest hotels in the city. The hotel was designed by architect Stanford White, who also designed the Boston Public Library and many of the townhouses on Beacon Street.

Hotel Buckminster, Boston, Mass, circa 1911

Hotel Buckminster, Boston, Mass, circa 1911

In 1919, an infamous crime took place in a room at the Buckminster when a bookie, named Joseph “Sport” Sullivan met with the Chicago White Sox first baseman, Arnold “Chick” Gandil, and hatched a plan to fix the 1919 World Series.

The crime, later known as the Black Sox Scandal, led to the lifetime banishment of eight baseball players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, and led to creation of the Commissioner system in Major League Baseball.

Buckminster was also the site of the first network radio broadcast in 1929. After WNAC Radio moved into its new studios in the hotel in July of that year, they later transmitted their first broadcast using a 100-foot antenna connected to the building’s roof with a clothesline.

In the 1940s, a portion of the building was turned over to a detachment of military police and held Italian POWs during World War II.

In 1950, Boston native George Wein opened a music venue at the hotel, called Storyville. Many famous Jazz musicians performed at the venue, such as Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus. The club relocated to the Copley Square Hotel in 1953. Today, the space is now occupied by a Pizzeria Uno.

Lenox Hotel

Built in 1900 by hotelier Lucius Boomer, the Lenox Hotel cost $1.1 million to construct and, at 11 stories high, it was the tallest building in Boston at the time. When it was built, the Boston Post called it the Waldorf-Astoria of Boston, a reference to its owner who also owned the famous Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

Hotel Lenox, Boston, Mass, circa 1900

Hotel Lenox, Boston, Mass, circa 1900

The Lenox hotel was constructed in a Beaux Art style and features red and white terra-cotta bricks. Some of the rooms still have functioning wood-burning fireplaces and the hotel is one of few known buildings in the world with a functioning Cutler mail chute.

The hotel has had many famous guests, such as actress Judy Garland, who stayed there for a couple of months in 1965. The room she stayed in is now called the Judy Garland Suite.

Other famous guests include Adam Sandler, George H.W. Bush, Tony Bennett, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, John Kerry, Andy Garcia, Marc Cohn, Anne Hathaway, Hunt Slonem, Dr. Jane Goodall, Helena Bonham Carter, and Katie Couric.

The Lenox Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.

Built in 1903, the XV Beacon hotel was originally the Boston Transit Commission Building and served as the headquarters of the Boston Transit Commission and the Rapid Transit Commission, who planned, designed and built the Boston Subway.

XV Beacon Hotel, former Boston Transit Commission Building, photographed by John Phelan, circa 2012

XV Beacon Hotel, former Boston Transit Commission Building, photographed by John Phelan, circa 2012

The commission occupied the building until the commission folded in 1916. In 1920, the city of Boston seized the property by eminent domain and used it to house the Boston School Committee from 1923 until 1999 when it was purchased and converted into the XV Beacon hotel.

The building’s granite foundation is original and dates back to 1722 when a mansion, owned by local merchant and patriot Edward Bromfield, sat on the spot.

The ten-story Classical Revival building was designed by architect William Gibbons Preston and features Beaux Arts-style architecture with a grand marble staircase, Italian marble baths, mahogany paneling and an original caged-glass elevator.

The hotel also has an extensive art collection, which includes an ancient Roman mosaic dating from around the fourth or fifth century A.D., paintings by Gilbert Stuart and a modern painting by abstract painter Jules Olitski.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. XV Beacon is a member of Historic Hotels of America.

Fairmont Copley Plaza

Built in 1912, the Fairmont Copley Plaza was constructed on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts. The hotel was designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, who also designed the Plaza Hotel in New York and the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C.

The Copley Plaza hotel, Boston, Mass, circa 1920

The Copley Plaza hotel, Boston, Mass, circa 1920

Nearly every U.S. President since Taft have stayed at the Fairmont Copley Plaza as well as celebrities such as Frank Sinatra to Tom Cruise. The hotel has also been featured in two films, The Firm and Blown Away.

The hotel features eight suites themed around Boston’s history and culture. The partners for this project are the JFK Library and Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Public Library, the Museum of Science, the Boston Pops, the Freedom Trail and the Sports Museum.

Fairmont Copley Plaza is a member of Historic Hotels of America, which is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that celebrates historic hotels in the U.S.

Loews Boston Back Bay

Built in the 1920s, the Loews Boston Back Bay hotel was once the Boston Police Headquarters. The seven story, 73,250-square building was constructed out of limestone.

Boston Police Headquarters, Boston, Mass

Boston Police Headquarters, Boston, Mass

In 2002, the Boston police sold the building to the Saunders Hotel Group, who also owns the Copley Square Hotel and the Lenox Hotel, for the price of $14 million. Proceeds from the sale went to funding affordable housing in Boston.

The building was converted into a hotel and features 220 rooms. The hotel’s bar is named Cuffs, in honor of the building’s history, and the lobby features black-and-white photographs from its time as the police headquarters. The words “City of Boston Police Department Headquarters” are still engraved on the exterior of the building above the main entrance.

Langham Hotel Boston

Built in 1922, the Langham Hotel was originally the first Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The building, which was designed by architect R. Clipston Sturgis, features Renaissance Revival style architecture and was based on the Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome.

Langham Hotel Boston

In the interior of the building, the former bank vault is now a pastry kitchen, the Governor’s reception room contains two historic N.C. Wyeth murals and a Norman B. Leventhal Map collection of historic Massachusetts maps and the original entry doors from Pearl Street still contain gold coin moldings.

The hotel was designed a Boston Landmark in 1978.

For more information on historic places in Boston, check out this article on the 10 oldest buildings in Boston .

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Exterior of The Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs, MO has reported many haunted sightings from ... [+] guests including the spirit of a woman looking for her child, to housekeeping staff in a 1920s-style uniform.

These luxury haunted hotels cater to those who enjoy spending the night with a few ghosts, with the twist of doing so in extreme comfort. Each has a history of horrors and haunts so legendary it cannot be overlooked. Your own ghost story might as well take place among the sheer elegance of high-quality bed linens, come with superior service, and conclude with a massage after a night of visiting with the dead.

The Read House - Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Read House hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Read House stands as a jazz-era gem with a haunted past. Guests often request room 311 , where former guest Annalisa Netherly was beheaded in the bathtub by a jealous lover in 1927. Its occupants have reported unexplained noises, flickering lights, running water and shadowy figures. Preserving Room 311 is of the utmost importance to The Read House, so guests have the opportunity to experience the spine-chilling allure for one night, only six nights each year, in October. If you weren’t one of this year’s six lucky lottery winners, tours of the room are available year-round upon request.

Room 311 at The Reed House, preserved in its original 1920s decor and with guest Annalisa Netherly, ... [+] who was beheaded in the bathroom in 1927.

“Room 311 looks and feels like Annalisa’s room in the 1920s,” said Ken Merkel, Regional Director of Operations, Avocet Hospitality. “There is an AM radio that does not work, a vintage claw foot tub, an original pull chain toilet, antique furnishings and distressed hardwood floors—just like it would have been in the early twentieth century—and no television. ‘The Read House Haunted Room 311 Experience’ package is for the adventurous at heart.”

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The ghostly image of Hotel del Coronado's mysterious guest Kate Morgan

The majestic Queen Anne architecture and soaring red turrets of the iconic Hotel del Coronado evoke the magic of the early 1700s and mid-1800s that shaped its reputation as a classic Hollywood-esque hotel. Ranked as one of the best hotels in San Diego and in California by U.S. News & World Report, the opulent Hotel del Coronado is also known for being haunted by a mysterious former guest named Kate Morgan.

“On Thanksgiving Day in 1892, a young woman checked into The Del under the name Lottie Bernard from Detroit,” said Gina Petrone, The Del’s historian and heritage manager. “She kept mostly to herself, inquired daily about the arrival of her brother, Dr. M.C. Anderson, and complained of various physical ailments. Five days later, her body was found on an exterior staircase and the tragic death captured national attention.”

Who was this “Beautiful Stranger” and what drove her to take her own life that cold, dark winter morning?

The guest registry of the Hotel del Coronado on Thanksgiving Day, 1892.

The eventual discovery of her true identity, Kate Morgan, did little to dispel the speculation. Stories of gambling, riding the rails, a neglectful husband and even an unwanted pregnancy have long been a part of Kate’s mythos but are unfounded. We’ll never know the cause of her despondency, only that mysterious happenings have occurred ever since that fateful November night.

Original image of Hotel del Coronado guest Kate Morgan, who was found dead in the hotel five days ... [+] after she checked in under an assumed name.

Today, sightings and photographs of a woman dressed in black are frequently reported by guests—on the beach at sunset, on the front porch of the hotel, in hallways and even during the holidays—which suggests that Kate’s spirit never left.

A full calendar of haunted happenings and Halloween events at the Hotel del Coronado begin with the Ghost Roast on October 1, continue through the month, and end with An Evening With The Spirits on October 27.

Hotel del Coronado’s Beach Village is a Forbes verified luxury property.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada

Elvis Presley backstage inside what is now the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

“Elvis has never left the building,” says Mark Waltrip, Chief Operating Officer of Westgate Resorts ,” when speaking about the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino . “Wayne Newton tells the story of how a few months after Elvis’ death he was performing on our stage and swears he saw the ghost of Elvis in the upper balcony. Many celebrities, team members, and guests have shared stories about their personal Elvis experiences, but one thing they all have in common is that Elvis’ presence is something they can feel and very much exists here to this day.”

The 13,000 sq. ft Markus Klinko ICONS Sky Villa at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The ... [+] space was once home to Elvis Presley when he resided on property from 1969 to 1976.

During Elvis’ era, the property was named The International Hotel. Elvis performed 636 sold-out shows at the International, which became the Hilton before becoming Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in 2014. It acted as his home away from home beginning with his first show on July 31, 1969. It was his residency venue for the next seven years, culminating with his final show at the resort in December 1976. Elvis’ stepbrother, David Stanley, still resides at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino to this day. He currently hosts the “ My Brother Elvis: An Evening with David Stanley ” experience, in which he details extraordinary stories that only a brother can share.

The Elms Hotel & Spa - Excelsior Springs, Missouri

The haunted Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs, Missouri

Always a playground for the well-heeled, The Elms Hotel & Spa has been hosting guests since 1888. The Elms was struck by two tragic fires, in 1898 and again in 1910, and many have seen spirits roaming the hotel. The spirit of a gambler is seen around the pool, perhaps related to the many crime figures (including Al Capone and Bugsy Moran) who were known to host illegal gambling and bathtub gin parties at the establishment. There’s also said to be a woman looking for her child and a member of the housekeeping staff in a 1920s-style uniform. The hotel hosts ghost tours year-round and has been featured on the SyFy channel’s “Ghost Hunters.” After a little scare in your stay, wind down at The Elms’ 28,000 square-foot spa with a steam room, sauna and grotto designed after a Roman bath.

The Omni Mount Washington Resort – Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

The Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire, allegedly haunted by Carolyn Stickney, later ... [+] known as Princess Carolyn

Carolyn Stickney, later known as Princess Carolyn when she married a French prince after her husband passed, roams the halls of the palatial Omni Mount Washington in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Built by her husband, railroad tycoon Joseph Stickney in 1902, the Omni Mount Washington has been regularly featured on the TV show “Ghost Hunters.” Room 314, originally a private dining room for Carolyn, is where the most sightings have occurred. Guests report seeing a vision of a woman sitting at the edge of the opulent four-poster bed that Carolyn once occupied. Guests also report visions of a woman in elegant Victorian dress in the hallways of the hotel, light taps on doors when no one is there and objects moved around their rooms.

Crescent Hotel & Spa - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The Crescent Hotel & Spa is considered one of America's most haunted places,

The Crescent Hotel & Spa , one of America's most haunted places, was originally built as a luxury retreat for affluent travelers. (How unfrightening!) Today, tour guides dressed in period garb tell the story of Norman Baker, who acquired the hotel in the 1930s falsely claiming to be a doctor with the ability to cure cancer. His “hospital” treated patients with fake potions and bogus treatments that never actually cured anyone, but left the property with plenty of distressed spirits. One of the most frightful stops is the basement morgue, which features bottles of specimens that include human remains found in 2019. Between its stunning architecture and ghostly past, guests are lured in year after year.

"Our guests often discover more than they expect during their stay, as the walls of this hold stories that transcend time,” said Jack Moyer, general manager of the Crescent. “Their experiences, just like the countless tales that have echoed through these halls, remind us that the Crescent Hotel is more than a destination; it's a living chapter of history and mystery waiting to be explored.”

The Windsor Hotel - Americus, Georgia

Ghost Hunters and famous locals Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter love the Windsor Hotel in Americus, ... [+] Georgia.

A favorite of Sumter County’s most famous residents, former President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter, The Windsor Hotel has seen its share of history over the years. The restored Victorian-Moorish architectural beauty has 53 rooms, cast-like towers, sprawling balconies, turrets and a three-story atrium lobby.

For deliciously shivery frights, take a Haunted History Tour on select nights in October. Stories of the ghastly ghosts of Andersonville, Plains’ haunted house, the historic Rylander Theatre’s “Frank the Friendly Ghost,” and the grave of Sumter County’s first sheriff, killed in 1839, come to life. The benevolent ghosts of a housekeeper and daughter who were pushed down the elevator shaft to their deaths, as well as that of a beloved doorman, have also been detected by certified ghost hunters. Even on tours, the creaky Windsor Hotel elevator might start up, or mysteriously chime the sound of a bell. Stay overnight and toast the spirits on the Windsor’s veranda. Have dinner at Rosemary & Thyme or a drink and appetizer at Floyd’s, the doorman’s namesake pub.

The Pontchartrain Hotel - New Orleans, Louisiana

The Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District was the beneficiary of a $10 million ... [+] renovation in 2015 and the spooky sounds of Tuts Washington’s posthumous piano playing.

One of America’s most haunted cities features a plethora of Halloween tourist destinations. Few combine Old World luxury with as many resident ghosts—up to 25!—as The Pontchartrain Hotel in the Lower Garden District. A massive fire in 1929, two years after its opening, killed a husband and wife on the ninth floor. They haven’t moved out.

Neither have such noted resident spirits as an elderly man, a pair of sisters who once lived in the building and famed pianist Tuts Washington (who continues to play phantom tunes downstairs in The Bayou Bar, where Tuts regularly played in the 1960s). It is said the ghostly piano playing summons a man in a tuxedo, with two women, one on each arm, from an unknown room. Besides restoring its vintage charm, a $10 million renovation in 2015 ushered in the Pontchartrain’s Hot Tin rooftop bar, with can’t-miss panoramic views of the city skyline.

The Welty House - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Welty House in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a luxury B&B that sleeps up to 34 people along with its ... [+] sister property, the Brickhouse Inn.

Nine score and five years ago, a brick house was built in a small country town, soon to become the residence of the Welty Family of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—and the site of a famous Civil War battle. The Welty House still stands today as a luxury B&B that sleeps up to 34 people along with its sister property, the Brickhouse Inn.

Come for the late 19th-century interior trim, stained glass, and historical tributes to the battle of Gettysburg on July 19, 1963. Stay for the ghost tours and spirit-led Civil War reenactments. Following the battle, the Welty House property served as a temporary burial ground for 36 Union and confederate soldiers. Scars of their battle are still visible in the bricks on the side of the house. General manager Chayna Sellers said she once heard a low, male voice on the upper floor say, "Keep your head down, ma'am," then turned around to an empty room that smelled faintly of gunpowder.

The Terrace Inn - Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Terrace Inn is a hotel within a (haunted) hotel located in the nation’s oldest state capital.

The oldest hotel in Santa Fe, which claims to be the nation's oldest state capital dating to the early 17th-century Spanish era, is also its most haunted. La Fonda on the Plaza features an elevated hotel-within-a-hotel experience with The Terrace Inn: 15 luxury suites with access to their own private entrance, dedicated concierge, and private rooftop soaking tub. And ghosts.

“Over the years, our guests have reported several ghostly encounters,” said Rik Blyth, the hotel’s vice president. “These include the ghosts of a judge who was shot in the lobby (it was then the Exchange Hotel), a bride who met her demise on her wedding night, and a murdered gambler.” The 101-year-old hotel is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America.

The Urban Cowboy - Nashville, Tennessee

Southwest-inspired decor at the Urban Cowboy in Nashville is a welcoming sight for ... [+] Instagram-obsessed travelers and at least one friendly ghost.

Proprietors of the Urban Cowboy chain renovated a Queen Anne mansion across the Cumberland River from downtown Nashville in 2016, and were struck by its haunted history. “Turns out, yes there may be a ghost,” said Lyon Porter, the Urban Cowboy Hotels co-founder, “but anyone who has said to encounter her knows that she is a friendly energy who likes to party and doesn’t bother guests!”

And who can blame her? The Urban Cowboy’s Public House is a rollicking, trendy, wood-and-leather explosion of Southern Hospitality that attracts good-looking locals like moths to a flame. The property’s eight “experiential suites” each offer distinct character charms, like clawfoot tubs and textile patterns ripped from a luxury catalog. Enjoy a welcome drink from the wine bar upon arrival, and get your Instagram ready for a big photo dump. Be sure to check your camera’s photo roll for any ghostly apparitions.

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  • Popular Location Fenway Park 3 min walk
  • Popular Location Boston University 13 min walk
  • Popular Location Northeastern University 15 min walk
  • Airport Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 16 min drive

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About this area

What's nearby.

  • Fenway Park - 3 min walk
  • Newbury Street - 10 min walk
  • Boston University - 13 min walk
  • Northeastern University - 15 min walk
  • Hynes Convention Center - 15 min walk

Getting around

  • Kenmore Station - 2 min walk
  • Boston Yawkey Station - 4 min walk
  • Boston, MA (BNH-Boston Harbor Seaplane Base) - 17 min drive

Restaurants

  • Game On - 4 min walk
  • McDonald's - 1 min walk
  • House of Blues Boston Restaurant & Bar - 6 min walk
  • Foundation Room - 6 min walk
  • Bleacher Bar - 5 min walk

About this property

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge), self parking (surcharge), and ATM/banking services
  • A porter/bellhop, luggage storage, and a TV in the lobby
  • An elevator, multilingual staff, and concierge services
  • Select Comfort beds and rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
  • Bathrooms with shower/tub combinations and free toiletries
  • TVs with premium channels
  • Refrigerators, microwaves, and daily housekeeping

Property amenities

  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Height restrictions apply for onsite parking
  • Self parking on site (USD 40 per night; includes in/out privileges)

Food and drink

  • Daily cooked-to-order breakfast available for a fee: USD 10–15 per person
  • A restaurant

Restaurants on site

  • Fenmore Grill

Things to do

  • 24-hour gym
  • Ski storage
  • TV in common areas

Family friendly

  • In-room microwave
  • In-room refrigerator
  • Laundry facilities
  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)

Conveniences

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Luggage storage

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Tour and ticket assistance

Business services

  • 2 meeting rooms
  • 2,497 square feet of conference space
  • 24-hour business center
  • Computer station

Accessibility

  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom available in select rooms
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Braille/raised signage
  • In-room accessibility available in select rooms
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities

  • Blackout drapes
  • Premium bedding
  • Select Comfort mattress
  • Free toiletries
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/bathtub combination

Entertainment

  • TV with premium cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Individual decor
  • Individual furnishings
  • Iron/ironing board

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Special check-in instructions, access methods, children and extra beds, property payment types, important information.

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 100.00 per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: approximately USD 10–15 per person
  • Self parking fee: USD 40 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20.0 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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No, only service animals are welcome at the property.

Self parking is available for USD 40 per night.

Check-in begins at 3 PM.

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Located in Fenway–Kenmore, this hotel is steps from Kenmore Square and Boston University. Fenway Park and Northeastern University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kenmore Station and Blandford Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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Rushotel, Moscow (RU) - Deals & Reviews

Rushotel - moscow.

  • Moscow , Russia
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The 3-star Rushotel Moscow lies a 25-minute walk from Spot park and in the immediate vicinity of a motorway. It offers bright rooms, WiFi throughout the property and a car park onsite.

This Moscow hotel is cradled within a bar and a restaurant, while Sports Club Boyevyye Perchatki is approximately 10 minutes' drive away. 15 minutes by car from the luxury hotel, guests will also find Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve.

The 193 units are non-smoking, and equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels as well as tea and coffee making equipment. The private bathrooms include a bidet, a separate toilet and a shower/bath combination, and such comforts as a shower cap and bath sheets. Some units feature views of the courtyard.

Eat & Drink

A buffet breakfast is available daily at Rushotel Moscow. The restaurant serves modern European cuisine. The accommodation invites guests to have a drink at an Irish bar.

A full breakfast is served at the price of RUB 500 per person per day. 

Leisure & Business

Business travellers will have access to a business centre provided on site.

Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Guest Parking

Private parking is possible on site for free.

Year renovated:   2012.  Number of floors:   8.  Number of rooms:   193.

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The room I stayed in at Rushotel was spacious and had plenty of natural light. The bathroom was clean and well-maintained. I especially appreciated the table in the room where I could comfortably work on my computer. The hotel also offers a free shuttle bus service to the metro station, making it convenient for exploring the city.

We had a great stay! The hotel offered a clean room and comfortable bed. The front desk staff was excellent and helpful. The shuttle service made it easy to get around this city.

Bed was big, we loved it. Meaningful prices, okay rooms. An underground station was great for travelling.

Absolutely nothing.

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I had a great stay at this hotel. Firstly, the prices were very reasonable, offering good value for money. Secondly, the staff were friendly and attentive, always willing to help. Thirdly, the rooms were clean and comfortable, with a king-sized bed and basic amenities. I also appreciated the breakfast included in the room rate.

Everything was satisfactory.

The location of the Hotel as it is on the way between Shermotova and Domodedeva Airport.

As it is a international hotel, it should have all type of cuisine not only Russian food.

Nice and clean room, friendly staff, easy access to dme airport, just on the edge of circle road, excellent for the value of money.

There is only one resturan which was quite over priced, breakfast is not included and price of breakfast is also very high.

During my New Year’s stay, I particularly liked the spacious and clean rooms as well as the friendly staff. They were always ready to help me with my needs and requests. Additionally, the hotel’s location was strategic, providing easy access to public transportation and key tourist destinations in the city. I also enjoyed the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the hotel, providing a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

There were a few disappointing aspects of my stay. I was not provided with slipper bath or a special dress after shower, which I expected to be included in the room amenities.

Service shuttle and good service from the from desk. Breakfast good but expensive.

should have other option for restaurants an stores.

This hotel offers great value for money with affordable prices. The attention to detail in the rooms, such as the spaciousness and the comfortable king-size bed, makes for a comfortable stay. The hotel is conveniently located near the "Bitsa" railway station and the closest metro station, making it easily accessible to explore the city. The staff provide friendly service and the basic amenities, including breakfast, are a nice addition to the stay.

No issues - everything was satisfactory.

cannot really say, it was pretty quiet i must admit and the location was quiet enough. I don't know for sure how many guests it had at any given time. i didn't really see many. i was more or less left alone without anybody bothering me which i did like.the hotel staff were pretty good and pleasant enough. they were helpfull as much as they could be to someone who could only speak a couple of words in russian and their english was deffenetely better than my russian that i have to admit. all in all it's not a bad hotel, but there is some room for improvement, nothing major though and i did enjoy my stay there.

the prices of the resturaunts were a bit on the high side the rates for the rooms are pretty good i cannot say otherwise, but they make up for that when it came to eating or drinking in the hotel. You needed a small loan to eat there, even to purchase a bottle of water. The hotel claims to be international, but once you get away from the reception area and the resturaunts the international side of things kind of stops. the television channels for instance, the only english channels were the news channels e.g CNN and BBC news. There was some english speaking movie's and programs on during my stay, but you had russian speakers talking over the english for translation, so you couldn't hear the english. ok i realise i was in russia, but russian subtitles or even english subtitles would have been better and could have made the programs more interesting. The pay per vue channels though were just porn and not movies, that was a bit dissapointing. I would have rather had a good selection of movies to watch, maybe then i would have used this service. i am not complaining about the hotel, because i thought it was ok, this is just my general opinion of the services provided. I realise it is hard to please everyone who stay there, but in general they managed to do a pretty good job of keeping me happy during my stay. so thank you Rushotel staff for all your efforts and i wish you all well.

Comfort, good food and location to airport

There was no water available in my room. When I rang room service they said they could only deliver food to my room not water. I had to go down stairs to the bar to purchase and collect my own bottle of water!!!

The room was spacious and the staff was friendly. We enjoyed the free shuttle service to the nearby metro station, which made it easier to visit the city. The hotel also offered a nice restaurant with a good selection of dishes.

The location was a bit inconvenient and far away from the main attractions. The WiFi signal in our room was weak and kept cutting off. The air conditioning also didn't work very well, which made it uncomfortable at night. not the best choice for a romantic escape.

Friendly welcome , good & affordable food prices , cleaness of the rooms . porffesional staff .

Irons are not avialble for each room , its a common ironning room , tv is paid for the channels , no gym or swimming pool

Excellent cleanliness and quiet. Friendly staff. Clean rooms. Good location.

Everything is what I need and want.

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Otdykh-10 is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Moscow, offering many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

Close to some of Moscow's most popular landmarks, such as Church of St. Nicholas (2.0 mi) and PARK LEGEND (2.5 mi), Otdykh-10 is a great destination for tourists.

During your stay, take advantage of some of the amenities offered, including a 24 hour front desk, room service, and baggage storage, and you can go online as Otdykh-10 offers guests free wifi. Guests are also welcome to enjoy a sauna, located on site. For travelers arriving by car, street parking is available.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Botzman, Torro Grill, and A La Furshet, which are some barbeque restaurants that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

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The Buckner Building

The Buckner building was completed in 1953 and it was named after General Simon Buckner who fell during the final days of the Battle of Okinawa. He was the highest ranking US officer to be killed in action during the whole of the second world war.

The building was created as a government complex to act as a head quarters for the area and was at one time the largest building in Alaska, and came to have the nickname of the city under on roof.

The building stands in the area known as Whittier and the only ways to get there are by boat or through the Anton Anderson memorial tunnel, which is the second longest highway tunnel in north America at a length of 4,100 m.

The building was heavily damaged in the huge earthquake of 1964 and has been standing abandoned ever since. The reason the building has not been torn down apart from the huge amount of asbestos in the building is due to the access routes. It would be an enormous amount of rubble to transport by boat or though the tunnel, and due to its remote location there has never been an urgency to tear it down.

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There are a number of buildings in Whittier that are quite old and very dangerous. The Buckner complex is very heavily damaged and unstable. Flooding, holes in the floors and crumbling supports make this building very very dangerous. Please do not attempt to enter any of the buildings here unless you have legal permission and a qualified guide to see you around.

Buckner Building Hauntings

Almost all of the 160 resident of Whittier live in the Hodge building which was later renamed to the Begich towers. This building was originally built to serve as a hosing area for the soldiers stationed at Whittier.

Why there are thought to be so many ghosts here is not known, maybe they just like the quiet or perhaps there's something that attracts them to this eerie town, but you don't get to be known as the most haunted town in Alaska if you don't have alot of spooky happenings going on.

There are a number of people living in the town who have had experiences here who are not willing to recall them because they have been so terrifying to the individual, perhaps living in the town means you will have a much higher chance to experience a more power manifestation.

As for the people who have come here ghost hunting they have often got alot more than they had bargained for. The Buckner building has been the scene of a huge number of ghostly experiences which have sent many a ghost hunter running.

Stories range from orbs and floating white lights moving through the corridors, to full apparitions of people dressed in anything from war uniforms to general civilian attire.

To list the number of different encounters here will be an enormous task and would also get repetitive, but one things for sure, due to the enormous amount of ghostly tales which come out of this place it seems to deserve its title of as the most haunted town in Alaska.

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