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.

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