Palmer House Hotel

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Reportedly haunted by numerous resident ghosts, from a young boy who is often seen bouncing his ball to a possible former prostitute to a tall, lanky man who appears over your bed. Rooms 11 and 17 are apparently the rooms to rent if you are into a ghostly encounter.

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    500 Sinclair Lewis Avenue
    Sauk Centre, MN
    United States

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    45.7371593, -94.95205069999997
    Stearns County, Minnesota
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    1. I’ve had lengthy conversations with the owner about this hotel and it has seen its fair share of tragedy. Look it up if you want a history lesson. This has been confirmed by many paranormal researchers, most notably the Ghost Adventures Crew from the Travel Channel, to be VERY haunted; both residual and intelligent hauntings are present as well as a possible demonic being.

      My personal experience in the hotel, made up of visiting and dining in its restaurant, has been mild as far as paranormal experience goes. I have gotten the feeling of being light-headed, disconnected, and the sensation of what I call melting into the floor (yes it’s weird but that’s the best way I can describe it), which is what I’ve felt when I believe to feel a spirit or spirits present.

    2. I have been there a few times my friends mom works a the café there but that place gives me the creeps but yet it is also very cool knowing you are in a place with some ghosts. but WARNING if you are a male going into room 17 don’t enter or the ghost Lucy will have some fun with you.
      she hates every man who goes inside.

      but you will have a great time there the café is great and you could have a peaceful stay unless you are lucky and get to meet one of the ghost from that very bad fire.

    3. Spent the night there last night. While taking groups of photos in the basement, Noticed a rectangular , shadow? on the floor in one picture that was not there in a shot taken a couple seconds earlier.

      Also, before going to the basement, I made sure the door to my room was locked as I exited. Upon returning to the room a few hours later, the door was partially ajar, about 4-5 inches, for some unknown reason. Both sets of room keys were with us the entire time.

      Sure are some strange things going on there.

    4. Just stayed there on 3/16/2019 with a friend. We conducted an EVP session in the Lobby around 2am with a K2 meter and we had an interesting time with the K2 meter as it was consistently spiking up from questions we asked and whatever was causing it enjoyed us being near the piano. A couple times it sounded as if someone was coming down the stairs but nobody. We even caught an odd but very clear laugh on the digital voice recorder as it did that just after I mentioned I enjoy spirits there over people any day haha…so maybe my joke was enjoyed. Stayed in room 9 and nothing happened there but the lobby is the hotspot after bar close for sure.

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