Would you spend the night at Virginia Beach's most haunted hotel?
Since moving to Virginia, one thing I've loved more than anything is all the history. Namely, the ghostly history. As the most populated cities in Virginia, good 'ole Virginia Beach doesn't disappoint.
And one of the most intriguing haunts in the area would have to be the beautiful and uber haunted Cavalier Hotel, Virginia Beach's very own "Haunted Hotel on the Hill."
The story of the Cavalier is a fascinating one, even without discussing the paranormal.
The hotel of choice for the rich and famous
The seven-story luxury Cavalier Hotel was created by Neff and Thompson and finished in 1927. When the Cavalier first opened, it featured 195 rooms for guests and 350 acres of grounds to explore along with a golf course. The majority of the hotel rooms allow you to look out at the Atlantic Ocean and boast private bathrooms. The hotel also offers shopping, swimming pools, and dining experiences. Many a celebrity has frequented the halls of the Cavalier, including Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Muhammad Ali, and Elizabeth Taylor, to name a few. Several presidents like Herbert Hoover, John F. Kennedy, and Harry Truman have also enjoyed an overnight stay at the Cavalier.
During World War II, The Cavalier even played its part, transforming from a posh hotel into a facility for the U.S. Navy, who took up residence in October 1942 and used the building for training. The hotel is still standing today and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the first hotel in Virginia to be placed in Marriott's distinguished Autograph Collection.
However, if you ask many paranormal enthusiasts and me, the real intrigue of the hotel comes from the ghosts that are said to haunt it.
The ghost of a cat is said to haunt the Cavalier
There have been reports of many different strange, unexplainable experiences around the hotel. People have heard the ballroom pianos playing in the night and have spotted a World War II soldier wanders the halls.
One of the most curious ghost stories centers around a little lost cat. The pet belonged to a girl visiting with her family on vacation. The story goes, the cat got out of their hotel room and found its way to the pool. When it fell in, the little girl attempted to save it, and they both drowned.
Guests have reported seeing the little girl searching for her lost cat, and there have even been sightings of cat paw prints on the back staircase.
The spirit of the kitty is so popular you can even order a drink at the Cavalier bar called the "Ghost Cat."
Adolph Coors to his death from the sixth floor
One of the most frightening stories originated back in 1929, where Adolph Coors, founder of the Coors Brewery, fell to his death from the hotel's sixth floor. Since his demise, there have been many sightings of the ghost of Mr. Coors in the halls.
And he is not alone. There is said to be an "African-American gentleman in military clothing perhaps from World War 1" who warns people to watch out for ghosts on the floor. The towels change colors in the hotel rooms.
The haunted history of the Cavalier is so popular in 2010 the hotel even held the Eastern Paranormal Investigators Co-op---a convention for ghost hunters hoping to catch a glimpse and some proof of the fables ghosts of the beautiful Cavalier.
And while there is no way to tell whether or not these ghost stories or true, I think we can all agree, the Cavalier is worth a visit if you can swing the price tag. My only question for you is: Are you brave enough to spend the night? I personally can't wait to book a room.
"Sunken gardens at Cavalier Hotel, Virginia Beach, Va." by Boston Public Library is licensed under CC BY 2.0