Haunted Hotels in New York State

When paranormal hunters travel the East Coast and find themselves in New York State, they may want to enhance their stay by choosing accommodations that provide a chance to explore haunted spaces. In this article, you will learn of a few places in NY that offer lodging with resident ghosts and uninhabitable sites with a history of odd happenings taking place.


Travel to Broadalbin and seek out the Broadalbin Hotel, where witnesses have reported on getting a feeling that someone is sitting on their bed and playing with their feet. Ghostly figures have also appeared, wearing old military uniforms and walking in the hallways during the night. Lights have also been known to flicker on and off without the aid of anyone.


At the Sir William Johnson Hotel in Johnstown, a disgruntled young female spirit has been known to break dishes and stand in the kitchen of the abandoned hotel while wearing a nightgown. This same female also has a reputation for moving objects on the premises.

Lily Dale

Stay at the Maplewood Hotel in Lily Dale and seek out the third floor for a possible thrill. There have been reports that someone appears in the corridors. Unexplainable footsteps have been heard in the hall and some people claim to have felt a presence. The sounds of soft voices in conversation have been documented. It is thought that the resident ghost of the hotel was once a former maid.


The art school and general contracting company that now occupies the space that was once the Old Demerist Hotel that is now surrounded by a multitude of buildings. In the past, many murders took place on the property, especially during the days of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. This is probably one of the reasons why the top half of the building is closed. Every once in awhile, there have been reports by people who claim to have seen what looks like blood on the windows. During the night, some people believe they have heard screams coming out of the building.

Raquette Lake

The Brightside Hotel located at Raquette Lake hasn’t been in business for the past 20 years or so, but during the early 1900s, it was quite the place to be. One legend speaks of an old lady that once stayed at the hotel, but passed away in her room. All of her belongings are said to still lay where she left them and even though they have been moved by other people, the objects seem to find their way back to their previous positions.

Saratoga Springs

The Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs is believed the haunting grounds of a female ghost who appears in a blue Victorian dress. Doors have been known to open and close on their own and unexplainable footsteps have followed. Lights also have a mind of their own on the premises, as do the windows, which have opened and shut without anyone being in the room.