We will make our way down to Southern California from the Bay Area on Thursday morning and stay at two very haunted hotels, and right next to the haunted Magic Castle at the Magic Castle Hotel!
Night 1 (Leg 1)
Many of the rooms in which the rich and famous of yester year stayed in are now marked with a star on the room’s door displaying who has previously stayed there. One can find Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies, Rudolph Valentino, Joan Crawford, Lee Marvin, amongst other famous people. Other notable guests included President Herbert Hoover as well as William Randolph Hearst himself (along with Marion Davies). Cecil B. DeMille also stayed in 1923 while filming the Ten Commandments in Guadalupe.
Rudolph Valentino, that wonderful entertainer, who seems to haunt everywhere, also haunts the hotel. He apparently likes to knock on room 221 and even recline on the bed in the room. There are also rumors of the ghost of a sea captain who was murdered by his mistress long ago appearing inside the hotel. He has supposedly been attached to room 210.
In addition to the sea captain and Valentino’s antics, the hotel plays host to a piano that plays by itself, mysterious footprints, unexplained perfume scented smells, spinning clock hands, opening and closing doors, music coming out of disconnected speakers, ovens opening, and even an elevator starting up and going to a certain floor at the same time of the day.
Night 2 & Night 3 (Leg 2)
In the 1930s, the RMS Queen Mary was the ultimate luxury liner: big names of the day like Winston Churchill, Greta Garbo and Clark Gable all journeyed across the Atlantic on her majestic decks. When World War II broke out, the Queen Mary was painted grey and re-dubbed the “Grey Ghost” to ferry soldiers to the frontlines. Today, you can find her docked off the port of Long Beach, CA, where she now serves as a floating hotel. But before you book, beware: the ship’s 1,001 trans-Atlantic crossings of yore were accompanied by 49 recorded deaths. Today, as many as 150 different spirits may still call the Queen Mary home. Some notable residents include a crew member who was crushed to death by a watertight door, a woman dressed in all-white who dances by herself in one of the luxury suites, and several adults and children in 1930s-era garb whose apparitions have been spotted wandering the pool decks. Watch out for drastic temperature changes, slamming doors, knocking, screams, lights flickering and children crying — all aboard a ship that’s earned its reputation as one of the most haunted structures in America.
Night 4 & Night 5 (Leg 3)
The Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA is the headquarters of the Academy of Magical Arts. TMC is an exclusive and private clubhouse for those dedicated to the art and advancement of magic. Spooky occurrences are reputed to happen in many areas of the castle such as ghostly sightings of magicians past and spectral children slipping their hands into the hands of patrons. A recent suicide occurred in February of 2017 in which a beloved magician was found hung, right before his scheduled appearance on stage.
Though the Magic Castle itself does not offer accommodations, we will be staying next door at the Magic Castle Hotel.