St. Augustine is the old continually inhabited city in the US, which means it has it's fair share of ghosties.
Don't believe me?
Then, I dare you to spend the night in one of these haunted hotels in St. Augustine!
And, if you do believe me, but are curious and interested in having your own ghostly experience, I definitely recommend checking out one (or all) of these hotels!
I can hear all of the non-believers eyes roll. And, that's totally fine. I get it. I'm hella skeptical. But, I've had weird experiences I can't explain. You can make fun of me and this post if you want, but it's way more fun to get into the ghost stories and enjoy the ride.
Or, if you're going to be sour about it, you can skip this post and go read about things to do in St. Augustine.
List of the Best Haunted Hotels in St. Augustine
There are plenty of hotels in historic St. Augustine, and you could probably make the argument that all of them are haunted. But, there are a few acclaimed haunted St. Augustine hotels.
Now, these hotels do not use being haunted as their big draw. I saw one that actually listed it on it's website, but the others seemed to keep it on the DL, which kind of makes sense.
These are luxury hotels that charge a pretty penny for each night, and being haunted doesn't exactly fit their brand.
Without further ado, let's jump into the list!
1. Casablanca Inn on the Bay
Casablanca Inn on the Bay
This gorgeous hotel is located right on the Mantanzas Bay, making it an ideal place to stay whether you're looking for a relaxing weekend or a spooky experience.
This inn features the Tini Martini Bar, which is well-renowned on its own. You can sit outside on the porch, sipping your martini, staring out at the Bay. It's beautiful!
Every supposed haunting has a story behind it. So, what's the deal with this Bayfront Inn in St. Augustine, FL?
According to Ghosts and Gravestones, The Casablanca was originally a boarding house in the early 1900s. The woman who ran the popular business, fell into hard times, which pushed her aid rum-runners during the prohibition. She was never caught.
Some people who stay there claim to have witnessed a woman from another era walking around (rumored to be the original owner), a lantern swinging in the window, and footsteps when no one is around.
There are plenty of hotels in St. Augustine, FL that are not reportedly haunted. And, honestly, at first glance, you'd think Casablanca Inn is one of them.
I couldn't find any mention of the hauntings on their site. Sure, it could be tucked away on there, but it's certainly not prominently displayed.
One guest wrote an interesting review on Trip Advisor, complaining that no one told her it was haunted. Apparently, she and her husband stay there for a few nights for an anniversary trip, and they experienced strange things. She claimed that a light in their room would inexplicably turn on and off. Of course, being fed up with this, they unplugged it, and it still happened... You can read the full review here.
To me, that review speaks volumes to this hotel's haunted reputation. If you don't go in expecting to experience anything weird but you do, that is pretty significant.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
Another guest mentioned the fact that they had strange experiences. They even mentioned that something pulled the covers off of them while they slept...Yikes!
But, for every review that mentioned something about the hotel being haunted, there were many that made no mention of it.
2. St. Francis Inn
The St. Francis Inn
As far as hotels in downtown St. Augustine, FL go, the St. Francis Inn is definitely in one of the quietest locations!
It's located on the quiet side of St. George Street. But, it's a short 5-7 minute walk from the bustling end of the street.
While it's off the beaten path, it's still well within walking distance of a lot of the main attractions.
Now, unlike the Casablanca Inn, I was able to find mention of ghosts on St. Francis Inn's website. But, it wasn't easy.
According to St. Francis Inn, the resident ghost is named Lily. She was a young house servant. Apparently, there is one specific room that there have been numerous strange happenings in, which is now called "Lily's Room."
So, now you know which room to request when you visit!
Apparently, in Lily's Room, some women have found their makeup bags moved or filled with water.
There have been a lot of incidents in Lily's Room. Way too many for me to summarize, so I highly recommend that you go read the article on the St. Francis Inn website.
If you really want a paranormal experience, that sounds like the right room to stay in.
Ready to get spooked?
This is an excellent choice, even if you decide that you don't want to stay in Lily's Room.
Now, after going through some of the Trip Advisor reviews, I didn't see any mention of paranormal experiences like I saw for the Casablanca Inn.
So, you pretty much need to take the St. Francis Inn at it's word of being haunted. Of course, even if you don't end up walking away with a paranormal experience, you'll still end up having a great time, since this bed and breakfast is clearly focused on provided excellent service!
3. Casa Monica
The Casa Monica is the most prestigious hotel on this list. In fact, when the King of Spain came into town for St. Augustine's 500 year anniversary, he stayed at the Casa Monica!
Now, the Casa Monica, like the other hotels on this list prides itself in keeping its classic decor.
Even if you don't stay at the Casa Monica, it's well worth walking through the lobby. It's absolutely gorgeous and features incredibly regal decor and furnishings.
According to Haunted Rooms America, most of Casa Monica's ghostly activity occurs on the 4th floor. So, if you'd like a ghostly experience, it looks like that floor is a good bet.
There have been reported incidents of ghostly children running up and down the hallways when the floor is empty. There have also been apparitions (specifically in room 411 and the Ponce de Leon Suite).
Unlike the other two hotels on this list, there doesn't seem to be any specific person or event that the haunted activity is linked to. Haunted Rooms America states that a man allegedly hung himself in room 511, which could certainly be a contributing factor.
Casa Monica even made it onto Marriott's list of most haunted hotels in America due to the numerous reports from guests and staff.
The Casa Monica is an elite hotel. It provides excellent service, clean rooms, and a central location.
Of course, according to this Trip Advisor review, it's "totally haunted."
I have never heard anything bad about the Casa Monica. When my sister-in-law got married, the wedding party and out of town guests stayed there the night before the wedding and they all had a lovely experience!
While there are a lot of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals available in this old city, there are three places with a seriously haunted reputation:
- Casablanca Inn on the Bay (no specific room)
- St. Francis Bed Inn (Lily's Room)
- Casa Monica (4th Floor and Ponce de Leon Suite)
There are undoubtedly other haunted hotels in St. Augustine, but if you're looking for a ghostly experience, I would recommend trying one or all of these three hotels!
Are you brave enough to stay at one of these hotels? Let me know in the comments below!
If you go to one of these hotels, make sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see your photos, and if you have a ghostly experience, I'd love to hear all about it!