Boca Raton Resort and Club

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This 1926 hotel was originally the Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn. Its spirit lore boasts of a ghost named Esmerelda, a former hotel maid who died in a 1920s fire. Other ghosts may reside here as well.

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501 East Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL
United States

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26.341895462097803, -80.07840421779099
Palm Beach County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Boca Raton, FL (1.2 mi.)
Deerfield Beach, FL (2.1 mi.)
Hillsboro Beach, FL (3.3 mi.)
Highland Beach, FL (4.1 mi.)
Boca Del Mar, FL (4.2 mi.)
Pompano Beach Highlands, FL (4.4 mi.)
Lighthouse Point, FL (4.6 mi.)
Tedder, FL (4.8 mi.)
Boca Pointe, FL (5.1 mi.)
Kendall Green, FL (6.7 mi.)

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  1. Did not know the history of the hotel prior to checking in. Spent one night for local event. Room was in Cloister near an elevator. 2:00 am dark shadow in ceiling corner of room watching, 4:00 am green blotch on ceiling between myself and glass closet doors. Rose to call front desk to ask if the hotel had a past of paranormal and found a rose next to the phone. Checked out with strong smell of flowers filling the lobby.

  2. Work at Boca Resort. While using bathroom in Great hall, Urinal randomly flushes. No one else was in bathroom. Urinals work either off of motion sensor or push button. No one around to activate either

  3. I do not have the dates and times of my experience but I did have something strange happen while staying at the hotel once. As I was alone in my room the blinds suddenly closed on there own, it was during the afternoon hours. I was very surprised at this but just thought it was strange. Then later that night my husband and I were in bed, he was asleep as I was watching tv. Again, suddenly the blinds opened momentarily then closed back. This time I was shocked but didn’t wake my husband, however I began to think is this place haunted?? So I immediately looked it up online and discovered that it was! A little creepy but I wasn’t scared. Since then I’ve returned a few times and had no more experiences.

  4. Been staying here at the Boca Raton Resort and Club October 2019. We were originally booked to stay in the Cloisters but upon arrival we were upgraded to the Yacht Club. Day one I was reading on the bed waiting for my boyfriend to finish showering it’s early around mid afternoon and I suddenly felt someone get on the bed. I turned thinking my boyfriend had entered the room and no one was there. This went on everyday at numerous times. Last night my boyfriend fell asleep on the couch and I fell asleep on the bed. I was woken by someone moving the bed like pushing or jumping in it. I opened my eyes thinking it was my boyfriend getting into the bed and saw him dead asleep on the couch. It shook me up so much I woke him up to stay up with me. We never researched the hotel since our travel agent booked the vacation for us. While we remained up for a few hours we googled the hotel and found brief information in regards to the hotel being haunted. I explored the Cloisters today and it’s very old and colder than the rest of the hotel. Very creepy feeling there. Let’s see if this weird experience continues the duration of our stay.

  5. I’ve been going to this hotel since I was 5, but today I was recently told that the first floor has been here for over 50 years and there was a fire in 1920 saying that a little girl and maid died. This morning around 5:45 I heard giggles or laughs from the parking lot/main entrance. I’ve also heard knocking in the shower leaving some bathrooms and in the walls. I know some knocks echo because they have such a huge hotel here, but this afternoon I heard these high pitch sirens that are faint I don’t know if other people can hear them but I do.

  6. I work at the Boca Raton resort. I’ve known it was hunted since the first week I’ve been here due to unusual activities that I couldn’t explain while I was working on the floors before our re-opening. Its been over 6 months that I’ve worked here and my boss told me he went upstairs to inspect a room and he heard a voice say his name 3 times. He thought it was another worker (we will call her Matty) calling him so he entered the room only to find out that the room was empty. He came back to the office to find out where Matty was and if she was playing a harmless game on him. Our coworkers informed him Matty was in another building working that day that ia about a five min drive away.

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