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ALthough there are apparently numerous ghostly events at the San Carlos, the most famous is that of Leone Jensen who killed herself by jumping from the roof of the newly completed hotel. Although the legend paints her a “romantic” figure, leaping to her death over a broken heart and a feckless male, in reality she jumped due to having a long, lingering illness from which she could find no relief. Regardless of her origin story, people are convinced she still haunts the hotel.

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    202 N Central Ave
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    United States

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    33.4504587, -112.07407710000001
    Maricopa County, Arizona
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    1. My boyfriend, Johnny, and I had an experience at the San Carlos Hotel. We were staying on the 3rd floor. I had dozed off, and my boyfriend was watching TV. It was late, maybe 3am. Suddenly, Johnny heard a door slam at the end of the hallway on our floor. Then he heard the next door towards our room slam. He shook me awake. “Did you hear that?” I heard a door slam. “I just heard 2 doors slam down the hall, moving towards ours, and that was the room next door!” And then the door handle started moving. “…and now they’re trying to get in our room!” The door handle to our room was moving furiously. Someone WAS trying to get in. He asked if he should jump up and see who it was, I begged him not to. He jumped up and threw open the door… one was there. No one. We could see the stairs, the elevator, and down both halls of our floor. No one. We had to get out of the room, Johnny needed a cigarette after the experience, so we made our way to the pool at the end of the hall. We could feel a thickness in the air, heard a rustle down one hall and a tinking on the pipes that run along the ceiling down the hall we were walking down. We’ll never forget it.

    2. I live on 6th ave Osborn behind Safeway and I have a friend who lives in the apartments right behind Circle K and he had picked me up to hang out and as we passed San Carlos he had told me someone had committed suicide a couple days before!!! That’s crazy if it is haunted!!!

    3. I went on a Ghost Tour to Can Carlos in 2005 and we were on the 7th floor, the tour guide advised us that no one stays on the 7th floor due to so much activity. They opened one room door so everyone can see inside, they turn the light one to be viewed and no one was inside the room. The door stayed open the entire time the group past by. As myself and my friend look in the room and walk by the door just slammed. I mean it slammed hard where the wall had some movement. I figured that spirit was mad. The tour guide was up front and advised to everyone to please not close the doors so rough, I told them it closed by itself, by that time people started to move away from the door. Was kind of cool and spooky at the same time. A high school friend of mine worked there and I asked him if the Haunting’s were true or not, he said that you can’t walk around by yourself without having that feeling of being watched, and sometimes they would feel their shirts being pulled as they walked and no one went to the basement by themselves because they were scared. We also got dizzy as we walked up some stairs from the basement. The tour guide also said the Hotel used to rent out the roof for party’s and events but there was a time that a teenage girl heard a little kid crying and found it behind a door by the stairs and she screamed and screamed until she past out and stopped renting it out, not sure if they still do or not. It was a cool experience but kind of creepy to think that spirits do wonder around.

    4. I don’t have any experience s with this place but as far as laveen goes I have seen alot of paranormal activities myself I have videos of some of the things I have witnessed since I’ve lived out here at another location I call scary monster house & I would love to share my stories if anyone wants to hear about it.

    5. I just moved into a new build in Laveen..43rd ave. South of Baseline Rd…Sept. 2021…Experiencing Paranormal activity…Gonna do some research on the land developed here…Hope it doesn’t get too serious…Only experiencing noises, like things moving around in the garage and light switches clicking. Here noises in the kitchen when I’m in my bedroom..sounds as tho somebody’s moving pots and pans and opening and closing the fridge.

    6. This place is really really haunted. I’ll Start by us entering the elevator to attend a party on the pool balcony area. We hit the 5th floor and it took us straight down to the basement. The doors opened and NOBODY GOT ON. Then it stopped on level 2 and nobody got on and again on level 3. I decided to take the stairwell which was creepy. It felt like I was being watched by lots of people. Later on that night around 2am at pool and balcony area I saw this most amazing apparition. I was talking to my friend when all of a sudden I saw this thick white smokey mist floating near me. It moved pretty slowly then all of a sudden it was starting to swirl up in air then it just vanished in total of about 6 seconds. I told the front desk what I saw and they said you just Leone Jensen. You must be special because she rarely appears to people.

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