The Shanley Hotel

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I’ll be honest, I am always a little leery of places that market themselves primarily as a haunted hotel. It’s different to be a HAUNTED HOTEL than a hotel that happens to be haunted. I can never decide if they are taking advantage of the craze with smoke and mirrors. In any event, the Shanley Hotel relies heavily on their haunted status and the tragedies that befell the people who lived there throughout the years. They sell ghost merchandise and market themselves as the Haunted Shanley. Although they attempt to provide history on the hotel’s website, their explanations suffer from a lack of clarity. For instance, this excerpt is taken directly from their website: Sal and Doug, while chatting on the front porch, noticed that some passers-by, upon approaching the Hotel, would walk on the other side of the street. Sal and Doug had to investigate. They came across the ‘secret room’, and as you can see in the picture, it looked pretty scary and someone had to go down first.” I am not entirely sure how we went from passers-by on the street and the front porch to some secret room (was the secret room located on the front porch?? Were the passers-by disappearing into oblivion and so they investigated to find them and found a secret room sucking in people who just happened to be waking by? And what photo are they talking about? I have no idea, nothing is labeled.) In any event, this hotel is supposedly haunted.

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    56 Main St
    Napanoch, NY 12458
    United States

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    41.740516, -74.373606
    Ulster County, New York
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    1. My husband and I had been to The Shanley hotel on a few occasions in the past. I am a person that is particularly sensitive to the paranormal world. I have to be honest, I was very unsure about this place before visiting there. I also thought that it was possibly being used as a way to make the hotel business very successful. Upon my very first visit to Shanley hotel, I had an experience almost immediately reaching the last step on the third floor. I entered a room to the left and immediately a spirit channeled through me and made me instantly angry. Apparently, this floor had alot of hostile happenings back in the day. Shortly after leaving that room I returned to my normal state. After that day I had visited a few times and each time was a very different encounter with spirits. We did also capture some very interesting video on our first visit. We also had a brand new camera with us with fully charged batteries which were drained while I was operating the camera in Joe’s room on the third floor. If you haven’t been here you may or may not be in for a treat because just like life, there isn’t always something happening but the chances are good.

    2. We stayed at this place while my crew and I were doing construction. We stayed here for four nights and none of us were able to get any sleep due to the slamming of doors. What was crazy was that my crew and I heard the noise, yet no one else did. We called the front desk to complain and they came to our room. They heard no door slamming, but they did hear the toilet flush and no one was in the restroom. The manager just shrugged his shoulders and apologized. He told me that creepy things happen here and there was nothing he could really do. On our final evening here, we went out to eat.When we got back to our rooms, our clothes had been thrown across the room. Would I stay here again? Yes, but not while on work detail. Come check this out.

    3. I’m the “Doug” in the story you quote above. You have to remember that that story was written by someone (Sal’s wife) that wasn’t a journalism major. The place was severely haunted in 2005 when Sal bought it. There is a secret room in the basement accessible only through a trap door in the back hall coat closet. Pry up the door and there is a stair case. It was where Shanley hid his liquor during prohibition. Sal and I were the first ones down there in a long time. There is too much to mention regarding the place. I have no financial interest in it, and I don’t know the new owners, but if you stay there you aren’t likely to be dissapointed. Here’s a picture. It is not fake or a hoax. I was taking before and after pictures during the renovation in 2006. The photo is real…

    4. I stayed here with 2 of my friends. We were quite disappointed that we didn’t experience any paranormal activity. I’m an empath and I didn’t really get anything except when pulling oracle cards with a group. We were hoping for an interesting evening but didn’t get it.

    5. I grew up right next door to this hotel. It wasn’t a hotel like this when I was little the bar was still open and the upstairs was rented out to people like efficiency rooms and yes !it is extremely haunted! We moved and then years later moved back into the apt we used to live in next door and the bar is now closed and renovations were being done and the guy that was doing this (the owner) tried to take the shanley’s sign down but everytime he took it down it was back up in the morning. Never knowing how it got back up. The stories I know about the place are all the same diffrent haunting but nonetheless haunted.

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