The Omni Shoreham Hotel witnessed a number of celebrity guests over the years, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt and all four members of The Beatles. Constructed in 1930 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel is also home to a room so haunted that it now goes by the name of the Ghost Suite.
Also known as Suite 870, this was originally an apartment that one of the hotel’s partners lived in with his family. Not long after Henry L. Doherty and his family moved in, they experienced a run of bad luck. The family’s maid abruptly died months after they arrived, and their only daughter died as well. After the family left, the hotel decided not to use the room for several decades.
Hoping to make more space, later owners renovated the apartment and created a new hotel room. Almost immediately after the first guest checked in, the room developed a haunted reputation. Guests would wake to find the television set turned on and the noise turned up. Others reported seeing the door open and close on its own and finding their belongings rifled through or moved when no one else was in the room. Guests staying in neighboring rooms often complained about the loud noises and parties taking place in the room, which was empty for the night. Sightings of a young woman in an old-fashioned dress led some to believe that the ghost of the Omni Shoreham Hotel is that of Doherty’s daughter or former maid.
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