Truth or Scare: Ghost Encounters Close to Home


Phoenix. Oct. 18, 2012. There’s no better way to scare up a memorable experience this Halloween than to visit one of our state’s haunted hotels. Arizonans interested in all things spooky don’t have far to travel, as there are several properties known for supernatural activity across the state.

“Haunted hotels offer a one-of-a-kind travel experience,” said Amy Moreno, director of travel for AAA Arizona. “Even if guests don’t catch sight of a spirit, the experience still makes for a fun trip for those seeking a true fright night.”

If you dare stay in one of Arizona’s haunted hotels, AAA Arizona recommends the following:

  • Hassayampa Inn, Prescott. Established in 1927, this AAA Three Diamond property retains many remnants of the past, including a ghost named Faith. Countless guests have reported seeing Faith, who was once a guest at the hotel, crying at the end of a bed, dressed in a pink gown in the hallway, and disappearing in various rooms. Room rates start at $79 per night.
  • Hotel Congress, Tucson. Built in 1919, this historic hotel is a landmark in the heart of downtown Tucson. With vintage radios, no televisions, antique iron beds and a working 1930s switchboard, the rooms transport guests back to a simpler time. Resident ghosts include a woman in Room 242, a man in an old-fashioned suit who may have been the victim of a 1920s gunfight over a card game, and the fairly recent ghost of a long-time resident named Vince. Room rates start at $102 a night.
  • Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff. Opened in 1927, this property was featured on the TV show Unsolved Mysteries. Many guests have reported to have seen the figure of a bellboy standing outside of their room. In fact, John Wayne experienced this ghost while he was a guest of the hotel. The celebrity reported that the ghost seemed friendly, and he did not feel threatened by its presence. Room rates start at $65 per night.
  • Hotel San Carlos, Phoenix. Established in 1928, this AAA Three Diamond property has been rumored to be haunted by a variety of spirits for many years and has been featured on the Travel Channel's “Weird Travels.” Room rates start at $159 per night.

AAA’s TripTik Travel Planner can help guide travelers to these destinations, as well as other fall getaways. This valuable travel resource also provides points of interest along the way as well as AAA Approved lodging and eateries. This tool is available online at, or for download on Smartphones through the AAA Mobile app at

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