Kenilworth Lodge

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There are a number of ghost stories surrounding this building, which dates back to 1916. Eerie feelings are reported on the staircase, and doors have been seen opening and closing entirely on their own. One guest heard voices outside his door throughout the night, and when he complained to the front desk he was told the floor he was on was completely empty apart from him. He also woke up during the night with the distinct feeling that someone had gotten into the bed with him.

The ghost of George Parker, a former manager who died in the hotel in the 1950s, has been seen on multiple occasions.

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    1610 Lakeview Blvd.
    Sebring FL 33875
    United States

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    27.486696802771018, -81.44031465053558
    Highlands County, Florida
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    1. My team has investigated this hotel many times and have had quite a few encounters. We have captured amazing EVPs, had a full body apparition appear, had return knocks from an empty room, and so much more. 100% haunted without a doubt.

    2. I live in Sebring and have stayed here when I was having my house tented. There is something in this hotel. When you walk through the halls, you can feel a presence. Cool place to spend the night.

    3. One of my closest friends is the overnight front desk clerk here. I had never thought about the fact that this place might be haunted. He told me a few stories about things that happened to him when he was working. Things like hearing voices or footsteps, doors opening and closing on their own, and the feeling of being watched. Besides that, he has also had MANY guests call him at the front desk to complain about loud foot stomping up and down the hallway or people talking really loud in adjacent rooms, only to find out that the rest of the floor was entirely unoccupied. He also produced a a 10 or so page packet of copies of the guest book where guests reported eerie happenings. There were a few that stated that they woke up to see someone standing at the foot of their bed and several mentioning loud stomping through the halls, unexplained music playing, and just a general feeling of unease. In the bar in the lobby, employees have witness glasses being thrown or knocked off counters, stools and chairs moving on their own and even the cash register functioning on its own. One room on the second floor, room 213, is reported to be especially haunted. Many, many years ago, a young woman checked into the room and shot herself in the head. Several years later, another young woman, checked into the very same room, and in the very same spot, also shot herself in the head.

      Now, after hearing all these compelling stories, I had to check it out for myself. So I called up my buddy and had him reserve me room 213 for the night, just this past January. During the night, my friend took me all around the hotel, even to the places that were closed off to the public. I recorded a lot on my night vision camera and digital voice recorder. As of yet, I have only gone through a mere fraction of all the footage I captured. However, just in the little bit I have gone through, I have found some very compelling evidence. In my room, I captured on video an orb that runs down the length of the bed, following the curvature of the pillow and disappearing in the middle of the bed. There is a stairwell that is closed off to the public and used just for storage now. My friend brought me in there because he says that is where he gets the most creeped out. In there, I captured several little balls of light flying around at the base of the stairs. When I was sitting on the landing between the first and second floors, I was recording on my digital voice recorder and caught a few disembodied voices but couldn’t make out exactly what they were saying.

      I am looking forward to finally going through the rest of my footage and sharing my findings. But this is a must-go for any paranormal enthusiast in the Central Florida area!

    4. Stayed there for 2 nights;(Kenilworth Lodge) everything was great. We were on the 2nd floor. When we got off the shaky elevator I noticed both pictures were crooked. Told my sister that the hotel was haunted. Stayed in room 237.
      Didn’t know it was until I got home and looked the place up. We left last Thursday morning;

    5. It’s crucial to respect the entities in their realm/environment as well as imperative for a Paranormal Investigator or enthusiast to ask the spirit or spirits permission to encounter them. Be assertive but never antagonise an entity; this may bring harm to you and your crew! Most importantly, one should always pray and cleanse before entering as well as after concluding investigation at any presumed haunted place or area! Although I agree with obtaining legal access prior to an investigation, having legal permission is the least of your worries if you encounter dark entities such as demons who will harm you and follow you home, hence destroying your peace and life! Beware wannabes! Be responsible and be diligent! Blessed Be ~ Syndi Lumina of Realms of the Paranormal. CONTACT ME with INQUIRIES:

    6. Stayed at the hotel for a golf weekend .. I was locked
      Out of my room , had to get the people at the front desk
      To u locked the door … They said no one from house keeping
      Was working that day. My friend said he was taking a shower
      And a penny hit him in the back of the leg.

      • I am bored this afternoon and always wondered about Kennilworth as I live close and work across the street in kenilworth corner – I also had a penny thrown at the back of my calf while walking down hallway – NO ONE was around at all and I had no change with me nor did I have any pockets…I found your last statement interesting since I experienced the same thing!!

    7. We’ll be staying here this weekend for the Heartland Triathlon State Championship that my son is competing in. It’s just me and my two young sons staying in the room, but most of the team and lots of other triathletes from all over the state will be there for the weekend as well. I hope all the people don’t scare away the ghosts! I would LOVE to see or hear something crazy. I don’t believe in ghosts, per se, however I do believe there is a lot about energy and other forces that we just don’t understand and that our perception of time and space is misleading at best. Fingers crossed!

    8. It should be known that the Kenilworth Lodge is closed due to code violations. It’s been closed for about a year or two (current date at the time of this comment being March 1, 2018). Just thought I’d throw that out there in case anyone reading this wanted to visit.

      • shame too, going to be another Harder Hall another beautiful place of history is going to become run down and an eye sore.

    9. I stayed there in March of ‘15 for a Sebring 12 hour weekend. Great creepy old hotel. First night I woke up in the middle of the night to my bathroom light on and the sink running. 2nd night the old manual deadbolt on my door had shut for the 2nd night in a row. They had recently installed magnetic fob bolts and that opened but the old manual one wouldn’t. Just as I was about to walk down and get the desk clerk to open in again it unlocked itself and the door swung open. Scared the shit out of me!

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