“America’s Most Haunted Hotel” Gains International Attention

 

America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, is suddenly moving to “world’s most haunted hotel” status thanks to the soon-to-air episode of the Global Photo Association Tokyo, Inc. (GPAUS) program for Fuji Television Network in Japan.  The program, “What Is This Mystery” was shot on location at the hotel in May of this year and captured some unexplainable moments.

The founder of Paranormal Inc., Rich Newman of Memphis TN, who has been investigating the paranormal for more than ten years, appears on the program.  He shared these experiences with hotel management, “I don’t know if the television crew spoke to you after our night monitoring Theodora’s room (Room 419), but we had quite an exciting night!  While monitoring our subject sleeping in that room, several lamps turned themselves on and off.  First it was a floor lamp in the couch/TV area.  Then it was the nightstand lamp right beside the bed.  While we were marveling over the bedside lamp switching on and off, the closet door in the room opened all by itself!  What’s better, this all happened on camera!”

The Fuji Tv show makes the sixteenth paranormal program produced featuring the Crescent Hotel in the last dozen years.  The most recent is an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Most Terrifying Places in America” which recently debuted.

Some of the most haunting Crescent stories to emerge in 2018 are those recounted the hotel’s ghost tour guides.  Here are a few:

> At the conclusion of one of our nightly tours, two ladies -sisters- stopped me to ask a question.  The blonde-haired lady asked me why I didn’t introduce the gentleman who was sitting in the rocking chair during my opening remarks in the hotel’s history room where we start each of our tours.  I looked at her and told her there was no one sitting in the rocking chair.  Her sister laughed and said, “That’s what I told her!”  The blonde sister went on to say that he was wearing a three-piece brown suit and a rounded hat, and that he smiled, laughed and rocked all during my opening comments.

> One night in the morgue (which is located in the hotel’s basement, used as such by Norman Baker during the time he operated a ‘cancer curing’ hospital in the Crescent during the late 1930s), I had just brought my tour in and they were beginning to sit in the front area.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a man high-stepping into the autopsy room.  He wore a dark suit and top hat.  I excused myself and went into the room, looked around and even opened the meat locker (where Baker stored cadavers and body parts), but there was no one there.  However, I saw him as plain as day.  The hair on the back of my neck stood up and I had goose bumps.

> While supervising one of my tours, I was standing against the wall across from the SkyBar located on the hotel’s fourth floor when, to my left, I saw an orange-striped tabby cat at the end of the hall.  I walked down to that area, looked left and right but there was no cat.  I just knew it was Morris, the hotel’s orange-striped tabby cat for 21 years from 1973 to 1994 and is buried -complete with headstone- in the hotel’s East Lawn garden, was paying us another visit!  (Note: a cat-like entity is often “felt” in the hotel’s lobby rubbing up against a guest’s leg or jumping into a guest’s lap right below the Morris’ memorial poem and photo.)

> One night this summer, I had a full ghost tour of 24 people seated in the entranceway of the morgue.   As I stood up to make my presentation, I heard distinct footsteps in the autopsy room which was just down the short hallway from us.  It sounded like someone was pacing back and forth.  I had an eerie feeling that it might be a ghost and that I was the only one who was hearing the footsteps.  A few seconds later as I was presenting the story of Norman Baker, I noticed that no one on the tour was listening to me; they seemed distracted.  So, I paused and asked the group, “Do you hear footsteps?”  They all nodded in unison.

While the Crescent’s ghost tour guides capture many stories, guests are also encouraged to submit experiential stories and photos on the “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” Facebook page.  Many of these photos include orbs that paranormal theorists contend contain the energy of one or more ghosts or entities.  Here is one such account:

>I captured a lot of different orbs on my phone’s camera but I had one orb, seen by my naked eye, basically like kind of attack me.  It came from across the room down in the morgue and zig-zagged at me then flew behind me.  It made me feel very uncomfortable, plus I got super cold.  A few seconds later, it appeared again, coming from behind me, traveling back across the room straight at me.  However, this second time, it stopped and was just like hovering in front of me as if it were checking me out, eventually disappearing.  What they say about the morgue being (paranormally) active is true indeed.

“The best thing about our mountaintop spa resort is that it is a Historic Hotel of America best known for weddings, romance travel, and a family gathering place,” explained Bill Ott, the hotel’s director of communications. “And, oh by the way, the 1886 Crescent Hotel is also said to have ghosts or what we like to call, ‘guests who check out but never leave’.  Our haunted persona is just another avenue for creating lifetime memories.”

Summer Resort Activities

Crescent Hotel Resort Activities A hotel built in 1886 for the well-to-do “silk stocking” crowd has been transformed into a mountaintop spa resort, catering to families and couples of all ages who are longing to create lifetime memories.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, was returned to its original grandeur several decades ago.  Now with the addition of the New Moon Spa, two restaurants, and nearly two dozen resort activities each week the year ‘round across its 15 Ozark mountaintop acres, The Crescent has become known as the symbol of hospitality for the state of Arkansas.

Mary Howze, the hotel’s activity director, outlines some of their daily resort activities for this summer and enjoyed throughout the week.  These are in addition to Crescent Hotel staples of “Vintage Spine-Chiller Movies” in the Crystal Ballroom, “Flickering Tales” ghost stories around a campfire, and “Not Really A Door”, in the Crescent College Theater, plus, of course, the nightly Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour of “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, a ticketed event.

Kick Off The Weekend” Pool Party – Each Friday afternoon (through August) for two hours, gather at the mountaintop pool for snacks, music, movies, games and lots of splashin’-n-swimmin’ fun!  Parents, this is especially a favorite of children who are staying in the hotel. 

Crystal Dining Room Wine Tasting – Every Monday at 5 p.m. gather in the Crystal Dining Room to taste a variety of wines presented by our restaurant wine steward; includes light pallet cleansing nibbles. (Must be 21 years of age.) 

High Time in the SkyBar – Live Music highlights the High Time on the fourth-floor balcony of the SkyBar Gourmet Pizzeria.  Enjoy the tunes and panoramic views on Sundays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Watercolor Class – Learn the basics of water color painting; be creative and take a souvenir home with you and be creative! 

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Haunted Room Tour – Hear briefly about the ghost stories connected to several individual guest rooms; view the rooms as available. 

Fitness Walk – Jump start the day with a guided fitness walk in the surrounding Victorian neighborhoods. 

Discover Eureka’s Hidden Treasures – Over coffee with the Concierge in the Lobby you will learn about Eureka Springs’ hard to find places. 

Gentle Yoga Flow – Meet your yoga instructor in the lobby and head to one of the hotel’s peaceful outdoor areas; designed for all ages and all skill levels.  

Afternoon Social – Enjoy some lemonade and treats with fellow guests on the Back Porch.  Nibble, sip and converse as you relax in a rocking chair.

Historical Hiking Tour – From the lobby travel down to downtown Eureka Springs stopping to view the Old Red Brick School House, several historic springs, passing by interesting homes and iconic landmarks. 

History Tour – A casual stroll throughout the Crescent Hotel learning all about the property’s century-old, rich history. 

Self-guided Nature Trail and Grotto Cave Exploring – Collect your hiking guide and backpack for your adventure of discovery.  Remember your camera!

New Moon Morning Activity – The New Moon Spa is the site for this energizing morning wellness activity. 

Craft Beer Tasting – Every Thursday at 4 p.m. gather in the SkyBar Gourmet Pizzeria on the fourth floor to taste some of the area’s local brews offered on tap; free of charge for hotel guests.  (Must be 21 years of age.)

Live Chef Demo– Join Executive Chef Tommy Shaffer in the lobby for his “easy to replicate at home” Chef Demonstration.

            For more information go to crescenthotel.com

Unexplained Happenings at America’s Most Haunted Hotel

When Marty and Elise Roenigk purchased the Crescent Hotel in 1997, they inherited a confused association with the paranormal and what seemed to be a hundred years worth of ghost stories. At that time, years before the TAPS Team of the popular SyFy Network’s Ghost Hunters program paid a visit to this Historic Hotel of America, many hotel owners might have hesitated to publicize the fact that their establishment was haunted, but the Roegniks were interested and decided to take a different approach.

That path was to restore the hotel as a destination spa resort but also purs442b0ee4afc877c2f630c55ed542b041ue what many had claimed: the 1886 Crescent Hotel was America’s Most Haunted Hotel. A key part of that early pursuit included Mr. Roenigk pursuing and hiring two certified mediums, Ken Fugate and Carroll Heath, both of San Francisco CA natives, to “read” the building. Their findings, plus the startling number of repeated sightings that had been recorded over the decades, became the basis of what has become the nightly Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour. It is only now, however, that one of the most compelling discoveries from that initial reading has become ever so clear.

Jack Moyer, hotel general manager for the Roenigk Era, recounted, “I clearly remember Carroll Heath stating that he had discovered a portal to ‘the other side’ for those who are on the same ‘frequency’.” Moyer, a skeptic at the time, laughed and continued, “I remember asking myself ‘what were we thinking’ trying to explore this unexplained world. But after more than a decade of working around the paranormal, I now assuredly recognize how many people truly connect to the spirits here at the Crescent. And there is a new and specific reason why.”

Moyer’s reason is the fact that after 18 years he has been confronted with the realm of a chilling coincidence that caused the original portal discovery to resurface. It started with dialogue involving Moyer and current hotel ghost tour manager Keith Scales.americas most haunted hotel

“Keith came to me to share a concern about a phenomenon that had been reoccurring on his nightly tours,” Moyer explained. “That phenomenon included multiple guests who had grown faint, with a few passing out briefly, at the same tour stop with no reasonable explanation. Then Scales described the location and it was the area that had been indentified as a portal more than a decade ago by Heath.”

“Scales then took me to the place and pinpointed the portal phenomenon as happening just outside the hotel’s ‘annex’ entrance, exactly where Heath had identified the location of his portal years ago,” Moyer disclosed.

This phenomenon has guests suddenly turning pale, falling against and then sliding down the wall in a faint. Although the loss of consciousness does not last very long and complete recovery is immediate, it tends to further substantiate the hotel’s legendary supernatural connection to the paranormal.

Moyer went on to say, “What made that moment most chilling was when Keith and I realized that this portal was directly above the ‘morgue’ located in the bottom level of the hotel.”

Now in its seventeenth year, the ghost tour of the 1886 Crescent Hotel continues to increase in popularity. Paranormal evidence in the form of personal experiences, orb sightings and other anomalous photography keeps coming in, oftentimes on the tours themselves lending credence to the ghostly legend.

“That legend continues to grow as yet another phenomenon is recognized, one that occurs crescent hotel morguewith uncanny frequency about every couple of weeks or so,” Scales added. “What makes it legendary is that seems to rise up in a vertical plane from the notorious Norman Baker’s morgue.” (It should be noted that Norman Baker from Muscatine IA purchased the hotel in 1937 and operated it as a “cancer curing” hospital until late 1939 when he was arrested for mail fraud.)

Scales was quick to point out the Crescent Hotel is super-cautious about accepting events as supernatural. He stated that 95 percent of reported paranormal phenomena can be explained by normal means but there is always a residue, maybe five percent of experiences, that defy explanation, “We don’t know why some people have a tendency to faint at this particular place, we only know that they do at the place where activity of various kinds has been reported over decades.   ”

Both Moyer and Scales agree that the most curious fact is that this event has never been known to occur anywhere else on the tour except at this one, specific location, a location that sits directly above the infamous morgue.

“Whether there are portals to other realities here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel or not, no one can say, confirm, nor deny,” Moyer concluded. “It’s all part of the mysterious, unexplained happenings of America’s Most Haunted Hotel.”

Other paranormal encounters and photographed images may be found at AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.

Haunted Room Specials

This Fall Season visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel and explore the hallways and experience lights out in the “morgue.” Some venture to this five story historic hotel with eagerness or skepticism, but we’ll let you be the judge of your own experience.

Nightly ghost tours lead groups through the halls and down to the morgue sharing the many stories that have famed why the Crescent has become America’s Most Haunted Hotel.    Daily, visitors share their images of orbs or strange reflections in the pictures they take.  On numerous accounts a visitor will take a picture of the hallway or staircase, then take another photo directly after which will have something odd that appears in the photo that the visitor can’t explain nor remembers seeing.  Others share their stories of feeling some type of energy around them, a poke or feeling light headed.  Now its your turn to visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel!

We’ve put together 2 popular ghostly hotel packages that will spark your interest.
*Tip:Weekends in the Fall Season sell out, so book a weekday stay over and actually save money on the pkg.

Paranormal Pair
Stay 2 nights at the Crescent Hotel
2 Tickets to the Crescent Ghost Tour
2 Tickets to the Spirits of the Basin Tour
2 Tickets to Flickering Tales (Available for Friday & Saturday stays.)

$324 plus tax Sunday-Thursday.
$480 plus tax Friday & Saturday.  (Includes Flickering Tales)
Check Availability.

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Share a hotel with “guests who checked out but never left.” America’s Most Haunted Hotel is waiting for you.

1 night stay in a Premium Room
Breakfast for 2 in the Crystal Dining Room
2 Tickets to the Ghost Tour
1 Ghost Squeezie
1 Ghost Coffee Mug
2 Ghost T Shirts

$229 plus taxes and fees, Sunday-Thursday
$309 plus taxes and fees, Friday
*Saturday night only is based on availability.
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