Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ghosts of the Grand Hotel

Friday night, October 22, I had a bone chilling experience during my stay at the lovely, grand Best Western in Tusayan, AZ, off 180 near 64.

Located very close to the park's south entrance, it's about 40 minutes from the southeast Desert View entrance where I drove from earlier that evening after my first glimpse of the Canyon.

There was art every where as the hotel was partially a museum depicting western cowboys...

...and of course, Indians.

My room was upgraded to one of the large suites, complete with a wet bar and spacious living room...

...a master suite with 2 sink vanities, jacuzzi, walk in shower, toilet and even a bidet!

After a nice dinner downstairs and a relaxing soak in the jacuzzi, I feel asleep, exhausted and eager to wake up early the next morning for one more visit to the Grand Canyon before embarking on my long drive back to Texas. What I didn't realize was that my comfy suite would soon be visited by some very unwanted late night hotel guests.

Around 1:30 a.m. I woke with a start from a sound heart pounding and the hair sticking up on the back of my neck, tingles running down my spine. I couldn't move; I was terrified. Not hearing or seeing anything, I could only say that I FELT something close by, rather large and imposing--watching me.

I began to pray like crazy! One Mind, God is All-in-All...all God's creatures are harmless, useful and indestructible, clad in the panoply of divine Love, nothing scary can touch you, etc. Having just come from Sedona, I wasn't sure if I was dealing with a belief of aliens or ghosts...but I knew this wasn't a human presence...and it wasn't a particularly nice one either. So about an hour later I began turning on the lights all over the place and returned to the bed to pray for another hour or so. I finally felt whatever it was to be gone, so I turned off most of the lights (leaving a few on!) and was finally able to go back to sleep for a couple of hours before the alarm went off.

Earlier, I had texted a friend back in Austin to see if he was up to pray with me. He hadn't been awake and I didn't think about the incident again until I was discussing it with him tonight. After all my unusual spiritual experiences in Sedona, I knew something about the Best Western incident to be very different. I decided to call the hotel tonight and ask about any paranormal activity. After a long pause, the hotel clerk confided that there were all kinds of ghosts there, just not normally in my part of the hotel! And, she said, there are also Skinwalkers around the Grand Canyon off 64...where something else even more creepy happened to me that next day! She said I wasn't crazy, just super sensitive to them, as most of the guests were not aware of their presence. (To be continued...)

Regarding some of the local hotel ghosts, I found this posting from the Tusayan Community Newspaper online:

Haunts in the Hotels of Tusayan

Tusayan and the Grand Canyon are epicenters of culture, history and entertainment. However, people with a pulse are apparently not the only ones enjoying the area. Numerous Tusayan and Grand Canyon residents shared their experiences and stories to show the darker, haunted side of the community.

The Best Western Squire Inn is home to many guests – some of whom refuse to check out, even in the afterlife. According to staff, the hotel’s Navajo Room and kitchen are heavily haunted locations.

“If you come up here in the evening time you’ll start feeling something really weird… uncomfortable,” said Weldon Johnson, a kitchen employee.

Johnson added that he and some of his co-workers have experienced several occurrences including doors swinging uncontrollably and a mysterious sighting of a shadowy female figure.

Johnson said once, he and another co-worker were standing at the foot of the stairs in the Navajo Room’s back kitchen when they saw a dark figure toward the head of the stairs. When they looked closer, it “faded away.”

Johnson also described a similar experience that a former employee of the Best Western had one morning.

“He said there was a lady in all black,” Johnson said. “She was gliding across the room over here and her hair was over her face.”

Johnson believes that something happened in the Navajo Room that is causing the hauntings.

“I wish I knew what happened to somebody there because you can feel its energy in here,” Johnson said.

The Best Western is not the only Tusayan hotel to experience unexplained events. Leeta Sombrero, the night audit at the Holiday Inn Express, described some of the things she has heard and seen. Sombrero said sometimes while she is working behind the counter she sees somebody walk across the room out of the corner of her eye. When she looks up, she sees that there is nobody there.

There are also unexplained noises in the kitchen. She said it sounds like chairs being moved and invisible knocks on the back door, even when she is the only one around.

She said she actually saw something once around 2 a.m. when she was getting coffee from the kitchen.

“Right by the fireplace there was somebody there, a lady with shoulder-length hair,” Sombrero said, adding that she is now used to the hauntings.

“The first time I saw that, it was scary,” Sombrero said. “I’ve learned to ignore it. If they don’t bother me, I don’t bother them.”

The causes of the hauntings remain shrouded in mystery. However, it seems apparent that the hotels are so nice, that leaving is not an option -even after checking out of the mortal world.

Post Published: 11 November 2009
Author: rromero
Western Times

1 comment:

Sue said...

I don't think I've ever told you how much I enjoy your blog, you are a poet with a poet's beautiful soul! And your experiences are amazing, you are so open to life. If I could roll back the years, I would want to follow you around and actually go where you go, see what you see, and feel what you feel. I can't, but I can read your poetry and THINK I'm doing it all!

And, I'm just now catching up on the Grand Canyon trip- wow, must have been so spooky at the hotel in Arizona. I would have totally freaked out... although I might not have been aware of the presence, either.

Hugs, Sue