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One of the most well-known haunted hotels in America, the Crescent hotel has a history that just requires there to be ghosts and haunts associated with it. And the Crescent has plenty. The site of a former hospital run by a con artist who had previously been convicted of practicing medicine without a license, the fraudulent sawbones promised a cure for cancer. Patients walked in on their own two feet and were carried out feet first. Deaths were so numerous that the basement housed its own morgue, which is a main tourist attraction now, sharing space with the hotel’s day spa. Ghost sightings and stories are numerous and not limited to the Crescent’s stint as a health facility, there are also ghosts who date from its construction and its time as a girls’ school. Room 218 is said to be one of the most haunted rooms and it is claimed that this is where a former construction worker died when he fell, striking his head on a stone lintel. In addition room 419 is said to be haunted by a female ghost they call Theodora and rooms 202 and 424 are said to be haunted as well. Staff also claim that apparitions routinely walk the halls, especially nurses seen pushing people in wheelchairs. The hotel offers a nightly ghost tour that will take you through the hotel, pointing out all the rooms and stories associated with the building and ending up in the former morgue turned maintenance room.

We have stayed twice in the Crescent hotel, in rooms 218 and 202. Neither time did anything of a spooktacular nature occur. Well one thing did occur: the jacuzzi tub turned on all by itself in the middle of the night. At first, we thought this was interesting, however on inspecting the bathroom (including the electrical outlet that had been sawed in half in order to fit it into the space right next to the tub) we determined that the jacuzzi turning on was more to do with the very scary electrical wiring than any scary supernatural occurrence. The hotel is old and shabby and in dire need of repairs, with holes in the carpet and peeling paint and the elevator at the time of this writing (Spring 2013) was out of service as it is being “renovated” for over a year and a half now. Apparently none of the money they are making on their ghost tours, fairly high room fees and merchandising is being put back into the hotel. If you are considering staying here, pack lightly and be prepared to climb stairs.

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    Geographic Information

    Address:
    75 Prospect Ave
    Eureka Springs AR 72632
    United States

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    GPS:
    36.40830147934259, -93.737261826181
    County:
    Carroll County, Arkansas
    Nearest Towns:
    Eureka Springs, AR (0.5 mi.)
    Beaver, AR (4.8 mi.)
    Holiday Island, AR (5.3 mi.)
    Chain-O-Lakes, MO (8.7 mi.)
    Golden, MO (9.3 mi.)
    Lost Bridge Village, AR (9.5 mi.)
    Eagle Rock, MO (9.7 mi.)
    Berryville, AR (9.9 mi.)
    Arrow Point, MO (11.5 mi.)
    Emerald Beach, MO (12.1 mi.)

    Contact Information

    Telephone:
    877-342-9766
    Web:
    http://www.crescent-hotel.com/

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    1. We’ve got an unexplainable photo to prove it. The skeptic in me thinks it has to be a camera malfunction. I took the picture but personally, I really don’t know. It’s almost too perfect to be real. The next time we go down there we are going to give a copy to the hotel. Then you guys can judge it for yourselves.

    2. Have been on the tour twice. Never experienced much of anything personally. Some friends had a few experiences. The overall feeling in Eureka Springs at night is different. Just kind of eerie to me but enjoyed it.

    3. Took the ghost tour with some friends. I felt very different down in the morgue. There was an immense feeling of somber and even a very sad and lonely feeling. I felt very moved by the loneliness and loss of lives that would have been lived. I felt this same way only once before when I when to Dachau, the German concentration camp.

    4. Went to the Crescent last weekend for the first time. I loved the ghost tour. Miss Peaches couldn’t have been a better guide. I highly recommend it. I cannot wait to go back and spend the night. We had no experiences to speak of but a couple ppl in the group got orbs in the photos and one girl had a mist. LAlso standing in the hall outside room 218, the unoccupied door next to it opened with out help. I believe this was a closet. The EMF meter wigged out at the bottom of the stairs where a child fell ad again in the morgue. I do recall feeling a strong since of sadness while being locked in the old freezer but im sure this was just from the knowledge of knowing what sheer awfulness had occurred there.

      • I used to live in Eureka Springs… There are ghosts there and Michael is freaky. He’s one the construction worker who fell from the balcony. I stayed in that room and he pulled the covers off me.

    5. I have been going to the Crescent since I was a little girl! We would go stay for the weekend or just drive up on the weekend for Sunday brunch. I absolutely love this place. It is an amazing hotel with absolutely interesting history. I have been on the ghost tour a few times and love it. The only thing that I have experienced is what I find in my photos. Many of them with orbs, black masses, and unexplained streaks in them. I truly believe that this place is haunted…..

    6. The area that is shown in this video was an apartment years ago. I had the pleasure of living in it 2 Seasons in the late 80’s. My step dad was a musician & played at the hotel. In return they rented us the MORGUE. My brother & I used the pull outs for our dressers. It was definitely 2 summers I will never forget. I spent many nights in the lobby sleeping on one of the sofas due to the moaning & growling sounds I would hear. And for some reason the ghost down there didn’t approve of our TV being on. It constantly turned it off. Living there shaped my future… I went on to College and became a Mortician. I visited the hotel years ago & took the GHOST TOUR…but was asked to give my green dot back within the 1st 20 minutes of the Tour. I kept correcting the GUIDE & telling him he was wrong. I lived there…I knew what I was talking about…. Lol. I’m glad to see they have admitted the MORGUE existed. My guide said it had no MORGUE.

    7. I feel bad for my brother, he works at the hotel, in the basement, but when I went in let me say it was creepy, like noises every were

    8. I went on Halloween night with my buddy, we had the best pizza i have ever had at the restaurant at the top, and they held a special event due to it being Halloween and there was a seance and i got chosen to participate in it. I now believe in ghosts and spirits due to the Crescent Hotel.

    9. Sherryl Garoutte  |  

      Worked on the restoration of the Crescent Hotel for abt 2 yrs. I was part of the painting crew . In that time I would be there many times late at night trying to get a room done so it could be rented. I had 3 occasions where I felt a presence and then shortly thereafter something lightly touch my shoulder . I saw a few times a sort of wispy floating prpresence…mostly in the hallways. The morgue area made me feel uncomfortable.

    10. I went there twice during the day on 6-17-17 an never saw anything an they say stuff happens during the day but me an my sister never saw anything we were hoping to but nothing happened

    11. My wife and I stayed in Room 218 – Michael’s room – on our honeymoon in early November 2014. It was dumb luck we even got the room and we had no idea of its history until we took the ghost tour that night. While on the tour we saw an odd mist from an upper balcony and kept smelling a cherry cigar smoke. Likewise some things were misplaced in the room itself and the shower temperature changed without warning. All stuff I could explain away easily enough.

      Two things happened that were not easy to explain. The first happened immediately before and after the tour. There is a door leading out to the balcony outside the room and it has to be locked from the inside. I took care of that myself right before the tour. During the tour itself the guide decided to do some EVP and try to contact, of course, Michael while in the morgue. Nothing happened there but, when we got back, I’ll be flummoxed if that door wasn’t pushed open from the inside (see the picture taken right as we got in the room).

      The second thing happened later that night. I had passed out on the bed, exhausted after our big night, and woke up at one point to notice we’d left one of the curtains up. Desiring privacy, I got up to put the curtain down. As I walked toward it, there was a sensation like static electricity up to my mid-calves and it got stronger the closer I got. Ignoring it, I put the curtain down. At that moment one of the legs on my pajama pants raised and lowered on its own. Just like that.

      Unless the hotel staff install some kind of high tech wizardry to make your stay in Michael’s room live up to its legend I’ve got nothing.

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