7 Ghostly Getaways for Halloween
Experience a Halloween to remember with Booking.com’s selection of seven luxurious stays inspired by mythology, culture and festivities. Leave behind the creaky floorboards, icy drafts and haunted hallways and opt for comfort and luxury. You don’t have to stay in a house of horrors to celebrate Halloween 2021, let your imagination run wild in these top spooky stays if it’s safe and responsible to travel.
Braşov is the home of the legendary Dracula and the historic region of Transylvania. This mysterious land is best known for its medieval towns, mountainous borders and gothic castles. Whether you think the folk legends of bloodthirsty vampires and howling werewolves are fact or fiction, Braşov is a place to consider for your Halloween festivities. You can even book a guided tour of Bran Castle to hear tales of Vlad the Impaler, thought to be the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's spooky 'Count Dracula'.
Where to stay: Located in the medieval heart of Braşov, the four-star boutique Vila Katharina hotel is an architectural jewel of the 18thcentury. Guests can enjoy various nearby activities including a historical church tour and hiking, while the Council Square is a short walk away. The Vila Katharina oozes an elegance and sophistication from the past, yet offers guests the comfort and luxury of the present.
Whether you are looking for a trick or a treat, Paris can deliver it all; from extravagant Halloween displays at a nearby magical amusement park, to ghostly tours through the city of fright. The capital is full of phantoms from it’s bloody past such as Marie Antoinette to the resistance fighters of the revolution and is the perfect European city break for Halloween.
Where to stay: The 19th century building, Hôtel Brighton is situated in the heart of Paris, opposite the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens. The property is beautifully furnished with antique furniture, chandeliers and Parisian décor. Combining historical charm with modern comfort, rooms feature picturesque views of the courtyard, the Eiffel Tower or the les Tuileries Gardens.
New Orleans, U.S.
New Orleans, known for its eccentric carnival celebrations does not disappoint when it comes to Halloween, second only to Mardi Gras. New Orleans is a city so rich in haunted history it is known as the most haunted city in America. Experience Guided Ghost Tours, voodoo shops and street parties such as the famous Krewe of Boo.
Where to stay: Hotel Peter and Paul is a former 19th century schoolhouse, rectory, church and convent restored and repurposed asa unique hotel. Only a short distance from St Louis Cemetery No 1 and based in the heart of the city, each building of the hotel has its own narrative, ensuring that no two rooms are exactly the same. There is also a fantastic terrace, offering a truly authentic New Orleans experience.
Although a little later than traditional Halloween celebrations, Mexico is the number one destination with the famous Day of the Dead and the Sugar Skull Tradition on the first and second of November. A famous Mexican tradition, the Day of the Dead is a celebration of the departed souls returning to earth to visit their loved ones. Candles, flowers and favorite foods are presented to graveyards and travelers dress up in imaginative costumes and parade through the streets of Mexico. This colorful ritual celebrates the day of the dead and is a true celebration of life.
Where to stay: Part of the old convent of San Pablo, the hotel Casa Antonieta is one of the first buildings to be built in Oaxaca and served as a parish for the indigenous population that lived across the city. The architectural beauty of the hotel is striking, while the courtyard offers a peaceful spot to relax with a coffee. Located in the Oaxaca Historic Centre and a short walk from the cathedral, this hotel offers a luxurious stay steeped in historical culture
Tarrytown, New York
Tarrytown is a few miles away from the infamous village of Sleepy Hollow and the legendary headless horseman. Experience haunted hayrides, gothic mansions and street parades in the ghoulish historic town of Sleepy Hollow. Top attractions include Sleepy Hollow cemetery tours, horseman’s hollow and a Historical Walking Tour of West Village in the City.
Where to stay: Set in a 19th -century Norman-style castle overlooking the Hudson River, the historic Castle Hotel & Spa is a five-star hotel offering a full-service spa and an outdoor pool complex with a hot tub. Washington Irving’s estate and other historic sites like the infamous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery are located just a short drive from the hotel. With over a hundred years of history, the Castle is undoubtedly a sumptuous escape to the enchanted era of America's Gilded Age.
Nobody does Halloween like Northern Ireland with the bewitching Banks of the Foyle Halloween festival. The Halloween parade is deemed the biggest in Europe, making Londonderry the ideal destination for Halloween enthusiasts. A devilish week of firework displays, street parades and mythical mayhem makes Londonderry the top UK destination for the frightening festivities.
Where to stay: The Grade B1-listed Bishop’s Gate Hotel is positioned within the historic city walls of Derry City’s Cathedral Quarter. Built in 1899, Bishop’s Gate Hotel blends Edwardian architecture, stylish appointments and luxurious facilities, which have been sensitively restored to pay homage to the rich heritage of the building. With a fitness area, restaurant, champagne and cocktail bar and a 90-person capacity ballroom, the hotel is fully equipped for a grand and luxurious stay.
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