Crescent Hotel


The story of Crescent Hotel.

If you ever travel to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, you will notice a magnificent historic Hotel and spa on the crest of West Mountain. This hotel and spa was built in 1886 and today is one of the most famous places to stay in all of Eureka Springs.

The hotel when it was built was a one of a kind architectural style with 18 inch walls, overhanging balconies and quite a few towers and the most unique item in the hotel was the stone fireplace set in the lobby. When the hotel was completely finished, the tab was up to $294,000. The grand opening was held on Mary 20, 1886 and was named by the Eureka Springs Times “America’s most luxurious resort hotel.” The lavish rooms and beautiful landscape did not keep visitors coming and from 1908 to 1924, this unique and beautiful hotel became the Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women and only during the summer months was it used as a resort. Soon, the college could not maintain the upkeep and the expense became just too much, so after 16 years the college closed.

Through the years, Crescent Hotel has gone under many different names and identities even a cancer hospital at one time, however the ghosts that roam the halls never change.

In 2002, renovations were completed and the magnificent hotel was completely restored to its original state. It may be the most beautiful hotel in all of the Ozark, but it is also claimed to be the most haunted place in all of the Ozarks.

Here are the stories and the ghostly appearances that have been seen throughout the Crescent Hotel and Spa.

An Irish stonemason called “Michael” by the staff is seen more often that any other apparition. He is believed to be one of the original stonemasons that aided in construction the hotel in 1866. The legend states that while Michael was working on the roof, he fell when he lost his footing. He enjoys playing with the lights, the television, and the doors and when he is really mischievous, he loves to stick his hand out of the bathroom mirror in Room 218.

On the third floor of the hotel, you may just get a glimpse of a nurse dressed all in white pushing a gurney down the hall. She is only seen after 11 pm at night, the time when cancer patients that had passed on were moved from their rooms.

Theodora is another cancer patient that lives in Room 419. She has only been seen by housekeepers. She introduces herself and then vanishes.

There are many more ghosts that call this unique Crescent Hotel and Spa home and if you decide to visit, you may find yourself conversing with a spirit of the past, which only wants you to listen.

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