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hi_ottawa_jailWhat About a Haunted Hostel for your Weekend Break?

Are you looking for a weekend break with a difference? Why not stay in a haunted hostel? To spook yourself silly, book yourself in for a stay at one of these eerie hostels – you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience. Think you can handle it?

    •    HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa
Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, HI-Ottawa Jail is the perfect base for exploring the best of what Ottawa has to offer. But it’s also one of the spookiest places in Canada – the hostel is actually an old jail, and you can spend the night sleeping in an old jail cell. You can also tour death row and the gallows. It’s said that the ghost of Patrick James Wheelan, who was hung here in 1869, still roams the corridors.


    •    The Pirate Haus, Florida
In 1658, Pirate Robert Searles and his band of pirates are said to have shot dead numerous citizens in the city of St. Augustine, where this rather pretty hostel is located. One such citizen, Estefania de Cigarroa, is thought to haunt the Pirate Haus today – guests have reported seeing ghostly, unexplained lights in room six, and objects have been moved of their own accord throughout the hostel.

    •    USA Hostels San Diego, San Diego
USA Hostels San Diego used to be a brothel back in the 18th century, so it’s no surprise that it still houses a few ghouls. Guests have reported the lights in the rooms flickering on and off along with unexplained breezes. In another room, one guest had her leg grabbed in the middle of the night by an unseen entity, only to wake up and find the rest of her roommates asleep. In another, the guests were woken by banging coming from underneath their bunk, only for the banging noises to be heard from the walls and the ceiling a few seconds later.

    •    Karosta Prison Hostel, Latvia
Karosta hostel has often been referred to as one of the spookiest hostels in the world, and with good reason. It’s a very creepy hostel – guests sleep in beds that were once occupied by Nazi prisoners. Guests can also opt for the “Extreme Night”, where the hotel management will treat them like real prisoners – you’ll sleep in a jail cell on an iron bed, take a dip in a cold shower, be interrogated and subjected to verbal abuse from the guards. Could you handle it?

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    •    Hostel Celica, Slovenia
Hostel Celica was actually a jail up until ten years ago. Its rooms are bright, spacious and funky – over 80 artists helped to redecorate the hostel. Guests have reported more than one bump in the night in the last few years, but you’d never guess that it was haunted from its bright, hip interior – the only remnants of its prison past are iron bars outside the windows and heavy cell doors.

    •    La Casa de las Brujas, Mexico
La Casa de las Brujas is one of the spookiest hostels in Mexico, with a rather brutal past – one of the former owners of the hostel reportedly went mad, killing a man in a bar, and his daughter was starved to death in one of the cellars at the hostel by some of her family members. Her spirit is said to still haunt the hostel today – so be prepared for a few bumps in the night if you stay here.

    •    Hostel 7 Santi, Florence
Hostel 7 Santi is a former convent located in the stunning city of Florence – but it’s pretty exterior hides some rather spooky secrets. It’s located in the heart if Florence, which is where the infamous poisonings of the Borgia family took place. Former guests of Hostel 7 have loch_lomond_youth_hostelreported hearing whispering sounds coming from the walls in the dead of the night – perhaps from the souls of the dead encased in the convent walls?

    •    Loch Lomond Youth Hostel, Scotland
Loch Lomond Youth Hostel is probably one of the most picturesque hostels we’ve ever seen – it’s set in a national park and is filled with period features such as stained glass windows and a huge ballroom. But it houses a few darker secrets – it’s said to be home to a few resident ghosts, and walking its wide, dark corridors, you’ll definitely feel a ghostly presence or two. Some guests have reported seeing a blurred white spot on the horizon when they look out from the windows over the sweeping hills – perhaps this is the image of one of Loch Lomond’s resident ghouls?

jailhouse    •    Jailhouse Accommodation, New Zealand
Another jail that has been converted into a hostel, Jailhouse Accommodation, New Zealand, is home to numerous ghouls. It’s one of the top-rated hostels in New Zealand – but it’s also one of the most haunted. The ghouls at the hostel are thought to be those of the prisoners who perished at the Jailhouse when serving time for their crimes. The private rooms are thought to be the most haunted rooms – do you dare?

    •     Foulksrath Castle, Ireland
Foulksrath Castle is Europe’s oldest hostel, thought to be home to one of Europe’s oldest ghosts. As the story goes, one of the daughters of a former owner of the castle fell for a young man who her father deemed wrong for her – so her father locked her into a room at the castle and then murdered her. Her spirit is said to still roam the castle halls today.

This article is written by Wesley McDermott from HauntedRooms.co.uk - If you're looking for a haunted weekend, why not book an overnight stay in one of the most haunted hostels in the world. Or, if you're looking to experience something a little more intense, Haunted Rooms also offer a number of ghost hunts throughout the UK. If you're from the US you can visit their American site at www.hauntedrooms.com