Hotel Lenhart

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Hotel Lenhart, which dates back to 1880s, was rebuilt in 1890 after a fire and partially restored again in 1941, after another fire. An unknown haunt is said to reside in the building, opening and closing doors and tugging at the hair of visitors.

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    20 Lakeside Dr
    Bemus Point, NY 14712
    United States

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    42.158357, -79.39439700000003
    Chautauqua County, New York
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    1. A friend, her husband, her son, his wife and their daughter stayed in 2 separate rooms at this hotel and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary until the next morning when her daughter in law found scribbles on the side of a pair a shorts she had taken off the night before. It looked like someone took a pen and worked on it for hours

      • I have spent many years in this hotel, and i can tell you it is not haunted. This hotel is from the 17th century, when buildings weren’t built that well. Certain areas in the hotel that were restored after the fire have drafts, and I do admit that I’ve felt “hair pulling”. It’s just the down draft from the chimney, and from the building itself.

    2. Britt Anderson  |  

      I worked at the Hotel Lenhart for two years when I was in high school during the summers. There is definitely something – or someone – that exists there. As a housekeeper, I experienced several creepy moments. When cleaning a suite, a door slammed behind me, locking me into a guest’s room. I had to radio the front desk to come upstairs to let me out. While waiting, the faucet in the bathroom turned on, tan for about ten seconds, and then turned off. It was only after asking under my breath of whomever was there would please let me go so I could keep working did he lock on the door unhinge. The catch? The door locks from the inside, like it should, but didn’t budge under ANY of my master keys.

    3. My family and I have gone to the Lenhart every summer for the past 23 years. Although the place definitely has an eerie feel to it do to the fact that the place has maintained its original furnishings since the late 1800’s–which I love about the place–I have never experienced anything out of the ordinary.

      BUT back in the summer of 2014 my family and I were all walking up the flight of stairs to our rooms one evening. Once we got to the second floor landing my daughter stopped in her tracks and said that she felt something brushing up against her ankle. I looked at her when she said this, then a few seconds later I saw the expression on her face drop, her middle lip started quivering, and her eyes grew large as I watched her gaze move from the second floor landing up to the second flight of stairs.

      I asked her what was wrong. She started crying, and asked me if I saw what she saw. I told her no, I was busy watching her shocked face. She said that she saw a woman moving up the stairs wearing a dress that appeared to be black and white. She said that the woman looked as if she was translucent. And in addition to this there was a group of four people who were coming down the stairs at the same time, but my daughter said that the woman moving up the stairs passed right through them.

      That night, she was too scared to sleep alone in her room, and was constantly texting me, wanting me to come down the hall to her room and stay with her.

      To this day, right before our yearly pilgrimage up to the Hotel Lenhart, I remind my daughter of what she saw there that summer. She never wants to talk about it, probably because she is a very practical black and white, rational thinker, and this experience moved her in a way that she can’t explain.

      Once again we are headed up there next week—yet our daughter has refused to join us.

    4. My 9 year old and I stayed here several years ago. I knew of the rumors that it was haunted an never said anything to her, of course, since I didn’t want to scare her so that she would’t be comfortable. She said that she saw a white and translucent female form float in above the open transept over the door and kind of peak in at us. I didn’t see it. She frequently sees things I don’t, and now, at 15, she still talks about this instance, so I tend to believe her. I love staying here.

    5. I grew up spending my summers at the hotel Lenhart. I was always scared at night as a little girl, but never actually had any strange experiences, aside from eerie feelings. Last summer, my husband and I were visiting with my family and in the middle of the night the fan turned off as if someone tripped over the extension cord on the floor. It turned back on a few seconds later. I was looking at my husband who was alseep next to me, knowing we were the only two people in our room. The bed then felt and moved as if someone was sitting at the foot of the bed, and then rubbed my leg. Although it was terrifying in the moment, I absolutely love this place and will always continue to visit!

    6. Ok, so when I was in that hotel I was walking up to the second floor then this black and white women just glared at me and then I asked her what’s wrong. Her eyes turned red and I was terrified! I ran down stairs hoping she will not be here then the other person went up and there was a scream! And then I heard he died that day but he said someone choked him and that was a girl with black and white and the footage was very uncomfortable as I saw him choke himself. I’m never coming back, and news did not put it up as I thought was very freaky!

      • I actually had the same thing happen to me but instead of this being by the stairs I saw her on the 3rd floor but when I looked back at the lady she had just disappeared and I felt this rush of cold air come at me even though there was no vent or windows nearby. The lady seemed more sad instead of mad. Another time I went was with my friend and we would hear screaming and doors slamming out in the hall and when we went out to check to see what was happening nothing was there, not even the lady in white and black. Very scary experience. Go check it out.

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