The setting of a brutal murder, the temporary host of a serial killer and a former crime hub, it’s fair to say that the Magnolia Hotel in Texas has a pretty turbulent history.
Built in 1840, it’s hailed as the most haunted hotel in Texas with reports that there are restless spirits who wander around its spooky halls.
But now, you can go and check it out for yourself, as the hotel is set to re-open to the public following a recent restoration.
The hotel was originally built by Texas Ranger James Campbell who was brutally massacred on site – and is said to still reside within the hotel walls.
A few years later, the hotel was once again tied to murder when serial killer Wilheim Faust stayed there. During his trip, he stole then-owner’s horse and rode to New Braunfels where he mistakenly murdered a 12 year old girl, then attacked his wife.
Once Wilheim was captured, he confessed to two previous murders.
Although the building continued to be used as a hotel and then as a family home, by the 1900s it had fallen into disrepair and the derelict site eventually became open to squatters, drug users, rats and vandalism.
It was even listed as one of the ‘Most Endangered Places in Texas’ back in 2012.
Owners Jim and Erin Ghedi bought it three years ago and have been working hard to get it restored including the former 1800s decor and features – and now it’s opening to guests.
From the 12th August 2019, you’ll be able to book rooms on the Magnolia Hotel website but ghost hunters will need to be quick as they will be on a first come, first serve basis and there isn’t a waiting list.
Only four guests will be allowed to stay at any one time, as there are only two bedrooms, as well as a living room, non-cooking kitchen and bathroom.
Although the hotel isn’t open for private paranormal investigations, you can take part in the Public Investigations hosted by team Strange Town throughout the year if you want to check it out.
Of course Texas isn’t the easiest place for Brits on a budget, but the good news is that there are plenty of creepy haunted hotels you can stay in around the world – including the UK.
That’s if you’re brave enough, of course.