Americus Travel Guide
We've written about Haunted Hotels before but this week we're looking for some good ghost stories. We know, Halloween is not for another month, but if you plan on taking a trip around the end of October, you should know which hotels might have some unpleasant and unwanted guests. Unless, you're into that sorta thing.
The Windsor Hotel in Americus, Georgia has officially achieved haunted hotel status. Last month, a team of paranormal investigators, the Big Bend Ghost Trackers, declared the place haunted based on rumors that the hotel was frequented by ghosts. One in particular is Floyd the Doorman who haunts the third floor. Don't worry, he's harmless. Floyd worked for the hotel for 40 years and apparently sticks around the place in the afterlife because it liked it so much.
There's also been reports of a little girl ghost roaming about the third floor. The ghost "busters" and others at the hotel speculate the girl is the daughter of a former housekeeper at the hotel who was pushed down the elevator shaft in the early 1900s.
The hotel first opened in 1892 so its plenty old and ripe for all sorts of haunted happenings. And it seems to pride itself on its haunted status. There's big announcement on the hotel website about the ghost investigators, along with a separate ghost page.
As with most old hotels, staying overnight (ghosts or not) is never really pleasant.
The bed was very firm and uncomfortable ... and the sheets and pillows were of poor quality. The air conditioning went out in the middle of the night, leaving the room quite warm. My sleep was also interrupted three times by the burglar alarm at the coffee shop across the street. The paradox is that the Windsor is a beautiful, mediocre hotel. It is definitely worth a visit, and don't forget your camera....but spend the night somewhere else.
But plenty guests seem to like this place just for the chance of spotting the likes of Floyd.
Image of possible little girl ghost after the jump (although we suspect some photo manipulation.)