5 Haunted Hotels In Sydney You Can Actually Stay At This Halloween
If you want comfort, hospitality and ghostly lore, these haunted hotels in Sydney promise to deliver in spades.
Sydney is a city that normally evokes images of sandy beaches, natural landscapes and world-famous icons. But it also has a rich and colourful history filled with stories of haunted places, abandoned towns and plenty of paranormal spots in and around town. If you’re looking to enjoy the scariest time of the year in style, there are a number of longstanding Sydney hotels that have been home to plenty of mysterious happenings over the years. Spend a night in these infamous haunted hotels in Sydney this spooky season if you dare.
1. The Russell Hotel
The Russell Boutique Hotel143A George Street Cnr Globe St &, Nurses Walk, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Image: The Russell Boutique Hotel
The Russell Hotel in The Rocks is popularly known as Sydney’s most haunted hotel. It’s supposedly haunted by the ghost of a sailor who was killed in room number 8 by a prostitute. He now reveals himself in ghostly form to single women in the room. The hotel is also built on top of a hospital from 1887 which adds to its creepiness. Staff and guests have reported feeling an eerie presence and hearing unexplained sounds in the hotel.
2. Q Station
Q Station ManlyN Head Scenic Dr, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Q Station is located on the site of Sydney’s former Quarantine Station at North Head and it’s replete with stories of tragedy and hauntings. People infected with contagious diseases were quarantined at this spot from the 1830s until 1984. The spot is plagued with stories of hauntings and spirits stuck in time and it’s reputed as one of Australia’s most haunted hotels.
3. Harbour Rocks Hotel
Harbour Rocks Hotel34 Harrington St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
The Harbour Rocks Hotel is a personal favourite spot for a staycation in the city. Surrounded by sweeping views of the harbour and some major Sydney icons, this is a lovely and intimate spot for a stay. But given that it was built in 1887, it comes with its fair share of myths and legends. Harrington Street near the hotel is said to be haunted by a man called Eric who haunts the streets in search of his lost love Scarlett. The hotel has even named its bar Eric’s and the restaurant is named Scarlett.
4. Carlisle Castle Hotel
Carlisle Castle Hotel17-19 Albermarle St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
The Carlisle Castle Hotel in Newtown is famously home to a ghost who enjoys dropping things with wine bottles and glasses reportedly falling off the shelves. It opened in 1876 and bartenders at this popular spot have reported seeing ghostly figures and wine glasses falling off the racks. In fact, back in 2014 footage recovered at the hotel showed a mysterious figure and lights randomly flickering on and off.
5. Mill Hill Hotel
The Mill59B Oxford St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia
Mill Mill Hotel in Bondi was a former boarding house now transformed into a hotel and pub which is allegedly haunted by William Phillips, the former hotelkeeper. Ghost watchers claim there have been other sightings at the venue of a small ghostly figure of a boy. P.S. The hotel has now reopened as The Mill after extensive renovation but we wouldn’t be surprised if a ghost or two decided to linger.