By Willow Passero
Most people know about the St. Cloud Hotel, but what about the stories of ghosts that roamed the halls? Now, I’m not telling you to believe in ghosts as that’s for you to decide, but here are some chilling stories from the St. Cloud Hotel.
This first story has never been explained. In the rooms 217 and 215, while first remodeling the hotel, the painters found big bubbles on the connecting walls. The bubbles were filled with water, but it was never discovered where the water came from. The hotel is also said to be haunted by a little girl. The child’s death had no connection to the hotel, but it’s said that the mother of the little girl came to the hotel after the death to grieve and the ghost of the little girl followed. One night in the room 311, a guest said that she felt a child had cuddled up next to her, though to be that same little girl. This little girl is very active in the hotel and has scared one the housekeeper’s granddaughters. The granddaughter refused to go to the second floor by herself because of the little ghost girl.
Paranormal events are reported to be stronger on Friday the 13th’s. On one Friday the 13th night, the Hotel manager woke up about 12:05 a.m. to a noise. The noise sounded like a number of people talking in a low tone. She told them to be quiet and the voices were quiet for 2-3 minutes but then started to talk again. She told the voices to be quiet or leave, after which the voices were silent. In the morning she was talking to the woman at the front desk and was talking about the noises she heard the previous night. Then, a guest staying in room 305 came down to the manager and said, “I almost came running into your room last night because there were ghosts in my room. They were noisy and sounded real busy doing something.” She said it started about 12:05, the same time the manager woke up to the noise.
The last story I have is from 2001. A front desk attendant was sitting at the front desk in the early hours of the morning and heard silverware clinking. She was the only one down there, so she went to see what was going on. The attendant went past the dining hall (since it was open), looked in, and saw four people dressed dining in Victorian wear; two men and two women. The men were in elegant suits and the women were in beautiful high collared dresses. The scene lasted for about 15 seconds but the attendant wished it lasted longer. The ghosts didn’t even notice the desk attendant.
There are many more ghost stories from the St. Cloud Hotel and all of them are interesting in their own way. At the end of the day, it’s your choice if you believe in ghosts or not.
The information presented in this article is compiled using research conducted by the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center.