Bella Maggiore Inn

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Allegedly by the ghost of a prostitute who hanged herself in the 40’s, the presence that haunts this Inn is called Sylvia. If you are looking for a haunted room, #17 is the one to try, reportedly the one in which she did the deed. She manifests as both a mist and a strong smell of roses.

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    67 S California St
    Ventura, CA 93001
    United States

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    34.2799254, -119.29325919999997
    Ventura County, California
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    1. We have stayed at the Bella Maggiore Inn many times over the last 15 years, The first time we were in the room that Sylvia (the ghost) killed herself. She played tricks on us with the hot water being scalding only for me and normal when my husband touched it. She took my band aide wrapper and pretty much floated it across the room to throw it away. It would have never traveled that far on its own so straight in the air. She also took my makeup case (as we were both watching) and lifted It up about 4 inches from where it was sitting, and turned it upside down and left it upside down on the counter.
      On other occasions we stayed in a completely different room and heard the shutters trying to be opened in the middle of the night, heard foot steps coming across the room toward us, and felt someone sitting on the bed, as well as we heard someone “weeping” in the hallway….with no one there.
      Every time we have been there, something paranormal seems to happen and you don’t have to be in the “haunted” room to experience it. Sylvia haunts the entire hotel.

      • That’s insane! Did it spook you guys out? I’m thinking of just checking it out- maybe not staying the night- but taking a tour of the hotel or something.

    2. I went to check out room 17 in tyhe hotel and immidiantly after i stepped in i felt a huge pressure on my shoulders like somerone was pushing me down and the staff didnt even thought about steping into roon they were terrified at that room.

    3. My boyfriend and I stayed here a few months ago. I’m not quite sure exactly what room we were in on the second floor. My boyfriend didn’t fill me in on the ghost stories that surrounded this place. He thought it would be better to bring it up after checking in mentioning that this place is said to be haunted. We talked to the woman briefly at the front desk and she filled us in on some of the stories including one about a woman named Sylvia as mentioned. So fast forward one night while we were going back to our rooms, as we were walking up the stairs my boyfriend said to me “Do you hear that?”. I answered “No” but could’ve swore I heard a little kids voice for a second but just brushed it off. Then he began to sing this nursery rhyme “A tisket, a tasket”. He said that he heard a little kid singing that. It kinda freaked me out at first but once again I brushed it off. Anyways later that night while we were asleep in bed I had a really spooky dream, I felt as if there was someone in it, who I assumed was Sylvia, I then “woke up” still in my dream, in that same bed we were sleeping in, in the exact same room we were staying in. I went to go wake up my boyfriend in this continued dream and it appeared as if he were paralyzed whispering out to me that he could not move and it looked as if a spirit was touching his lower parts. I then woke up for real this time. In the exact same bed, in the exact same room, with my sleeping boyfriend next to me. I quickly shook him to wake him up (& on a side note he was extremely hot and sweaty) and I said “Babe are you okay?”. Still almost half asleep he replied “Yes I’m okay, why?”. Not wanting to exaggerate the situation and freak myself out even more after this dream I just replied “Nothing, I just got spooked” and he began to doze back off and I quickly shut my eyes and went back to sleep. The next day when we talked about the previous night, my boyfriend said that when I woke him up he had felt as if there was something eery and spooky going on in that room he just didn’t say anything at that time because he didn’t want to freak me out. He knows me pretty well I guess because I would have told him I was sleeping in the car that night if he said he was feeling the same thing that I was LOL. I understand that apart from his, my experience was mostly just dream but let me tell you. Im one of those people with one foot in, one foot out. So I try to stay open to the possibility.

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