Garden Plaza Hotel - Holiday Inn Sunspree

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This hotel building has more than its share of haunts. A man is said to have committed suicide in Room 471, and a reflection of his ghost is said to be seen in the nearby windows, walking around the pool at night. A Boy Scout troop leader is said to have murdered some of the Scouts on the 7th floor, and their ghosts have been heard running and screaming through the hallways. Other strange instances have been reported; if you stay at this establishment, be sure to ask the staff members if they know of any strange things that have happened lately.

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Geographic Information

520 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
United States

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35.703373, -83.51745599999998
Sevier County, Tennessee
Nearest Towns:
Gatlinburg, TN (0.9 mi.)
Pigeon Forge, TN (6.2 mi.)
Pittman Center, TN (7.8 mi.)
Sevierville, TN (11.7 mi.)
Townsend, TN (13.5 mi.)
Fair Garden, TN (14.9 mi.)
Walland, TN (16.7 mi.)
Seymour, TN (17.4 mi.)
Bryson City, NC (19.2 mi.)
Cherokee, NC (19.5 mi.)


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  1. I worked at this hotel for a few years. The boy scout tell isn’t true, although more than one murder has taken place here. There was no reflection in the mirror of room 471, but it had a smell of cigars and cologne that you could not get rid of, and none of the staff went in there alone. Also, the Tower part of the hotel was not somewhere anyone wanted to be alone. This place was torn down at some point after 2000.

  2. I worked at the Holiday Inn for years in the 80’s and 90’s. Most of my work time was in the Tower building. The housekeeping office was in the same building on the 4th floor. I cleaned the lobbies and the pool area. All of this is true. The guy in 471 with the reflection and the boy scout troop both were very real. The boy scout troop stayed I believe on the 7th floor (pool floor). There was definitely a strong presence in that area especially in the 7th floor men’s pool room There was also 2 young girls (if i remember correctly early 20’s) that were killed in the Holidome building in room 413. The room had a brass box under the bed instead of a frame for some reason. One was found on the stairwell to the roof at the back kitchen entrance but I can’t remember if the other was found in the room or on the roof. After they tore it down it was rebuilt down the street a couple of blocks.

  3. This place is very haunted. I have gotten many evps in the tower. The elevator would open and close by its self. When going up the elevator we got an evp that said “don’t keep going up” in a male voice. On the top floor I was talking about taking some pictures after shooting a few I started recording again and got “can I take a picture” In a woman’s voice. Be aware when going into this place. Please bring some kind of protector to protect yourself from bringing something home with you.

  4. I stayed here in 2011 I believe was the year. The elevator did open and close by itself. I saw this a few times. My son and nephew were coming from the pool area and one of the elevators open and shut real hard in their face. They ran back to the room. There was two young women murdered there in the 70s. If you google it, it will come up in search.

  5. The Hotel was torn down and rebuilt. They recently had the grand opening of the new Holiday Inn express and Holiday Inn Club signature collection. I work there as a sales rep. I can tell you the place is spooky as all get up. there are dead spots that drain your cell phone. Elevators going to floors on their own. The parking Garage is located on where the Holidome once was. Several reports of children screaming and the spirit likes to set car alarms off.

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