For everyone still putting together plans for Halloween, you may want to consider a haunted hotel stay in downtown Austin.

In a recent survey conducted by Mashable, The Driskill Hotel was voted the second most-haunted hotel in America, coming in behind New Orleans’ Hotel Monteleone.

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So, what is it about The Driskill that makes it so spooky? Staff have reported numerous paranormal incidents, including the eerie smell of cigar smoke said to be associated with the hotel’s builder, Col. Jesse Driskill. And Driskill is only one of the ghosts said to inhabit the structure.

Room #525 in particular is said to be the most haunted space in the hotel. According to local legend, two brides committed suicide in the room on the same night some 20 years apart.

The fifth floor is also home to a portrait of a little girl named Samantha who died after falling down the hotel’s grand staircase. Some visitors say her portrait’s expression changes if you stare long enough, and a few reports suggest people have walked away from the painting feeling like they had been lifted into the air.

Have you stayed in The Driskill? Experienced anything paranormal? Let us know in the comments below! Meanwhile, check out this spooky video detailing some of the hotel’s other haunted features…


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Photo: Flickr user Matthew Rutledge, creative commons licensed.



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