Hotel Majestic is a charming - and haunted place
Hotel is San Francisco's oldest operating hotel
As San Francisco's oldest still operating hotel, the Hotel Majestic stands amidst all the hustle and bustle of the Union Square and the Financial District. The hotel remains close to the city's cable cars and downtown high rises. In spite of being right in the middle of all this bustling activity, the fourth floor of the hotel is rumored to be a favorite tourist spot - for ghosts!
Above all else, the Hotel Majestic in San Francisco is a survivor. Built in 1902 on the estate of California State Legislature member Milton Schmidt, the building officially became the Hotel Majestic after Senator Schmidt moved in 1904.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Above all else, the Hotel Majestic is a survivor. Built in 1902 on the estate of California State Legislature member Milton Schmidt, the building officially became the Hotel Majestic after Senator Schmidt moved in 1904. The hotel managed to avoid damage from the 1906 Great Earthquake, the fires stopping only two blocks away from the hotel.
The ghost reputed to walk the hallways of the fourth floor is that of a young woman. Long-term residents of this Pacific Heights neighborhood believe it to be the Schmidt's daughter, who refused to leave the building after it was sold.
There are many personal stories regarding the haunted fourth floor. A reported common occurrence includes the bathtubs - many of which sport clawed, brass feet, mysteriously filling with water. There are also the sound of footsteps and keys clanging along the walls outside. Faucets are said to turn on and wake guests in the middle of the night. Many visitors report strange dreams or nightmares. Though many believe in the ghosts, skeptics point out that nearly all the phenomena can be explained away by old plumbing and changes in water pressure.
A motion picture production manager stayed in the Hotel Majestic and reportedly told one of the desk clerks that she felt her bed shaking in the night, thinking there was an earthquake. There wasn't, and her experience remains a mystery.
Another time, a clerk who was delivering pillows to room 408, adjacent to room 407 which is often considered the "most haunted" room, felt two hands on her shoulders pushing her back.
The hotel and many guests claim the haunting to be friendly, if cheeky and playful. The portrait of the young woman said to haunt the halls hangs downstairs in the lobby.
Surviving over a century, the Hotel Majestic has kept close to its original architecture, and the rooms reflect both turn of the century design as well as strong Victorian accents and an Edwardian styling. English and French antiques, old fashioned clawed-foot bathtubs, fireplaces, double sinks, bay windows, and Victorian furniture adorn rooms to help preserve the romantic and from-the-past atmosphere.
- - -
Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Travel News
- United Airlines crew refuses to protect teen girl exposed to sex act
- Lively, modern city of Amman has rich historical past
- Abbey of St. Foy is longtime medieval pilgrimage route
- Austere Abbaye de Fonteny filled only with light
- British man visits all of the world's 201 nations - without flying in a plane
- The Basilique Ste-Madeleine second only to Notre Dame in size
- Mont-St-Michel island abbey connected with natural land bridge
- Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire Abbey greets visitors near Orleans in central France
- The Abbey of Fontfroide was onetime center of orthodoxy
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?
More Medjugorje & Central Europe
In March 2010, the Holy See announced that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was forming an investigative commission, composed of bishops, theologians, and other experts, under the leadership of Cardinal Camillo Ruini.
St. James Church in Medjugorje
The Apostle St. James the Greater, of whom the church of St. James in Medjugorje was dedicated, is the Patron Saint of Pilgrims. This is just one of ...
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 6/4/2013
A California teenager is suing United Airlines after she claims the company did nothing to stop the man from performing a sexual act on himself ...
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 5/28/2013
Amman, the largest city in Jordan, is one electric with all that is new and today. A bustling, cosmopolitan center, Amman also has a rich ...
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 1/17/2013
The Abbey of St. Foy, nestled in the hills of southern France is a beautiful Romanesque church perfectly aligned with its surroundings. The ...