Sleep With A Ghost -Guaranteed

SLEEPING WITH A GHOST... guaranteed during the month of October at America's Most Haunted Hotel as every room -even Michael's Room 218 (said to be the most active room in the hotel)- will have a "ghost" on the bed welcoming guests as they enter.  [1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas]

…is guaranteed during the month of October at America’s Most Haunted Hotel as every room -even Michael’s Room 218 (said to be the most active room in the hotel)- will have a “ghost” on the bed welcoming guests as they enter.
[1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas]
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(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, is giving overnight guests during the month of October a guarantee that they can sleep with a ghost.   The ghost of the guarantee may not be of the paranormal kind but a “ghost” nonetheless.

“When guests check in to the 1886 Crescent Hotel, the question most often asked when handed their key is ‘Is there a ghost in this room?’  Well, during the month of October, Crescent front desk clerks can cheerfully answer ‘Yes!’,” said Jack Moyer, hotel vice president and general manager.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel, a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, has been featured on nearly 10 nationally syndicated paranormal television shows in as many years and is regularly listed at or near the top of all haunted hotel lists found online.  “USA Today has featured our hotel in full-page articles twice and NBC’s Today Show has mentioned our property on numerous Halloween versions of their morning broadcast,” Moyer added.  “However, the best national exposure of our ‘guests who check out but never leave’ was when Syfy’s highly popular Ghost Hunters program captured a full body apparition here on their thermal imaging camera while conducting an on-site investigation.  They called it ‘the holy grail of ghost hunting’.”

Throughout the years, many guests have reported seeing, hearing or feeling an apparition in their room during their overnight stay at the 1886 Crescent.  Some have even described those sensations in or around the bed while sleeping.

“It was the frequency of these random encounters that encouraged us to offer every overnight guest during this October such an experience,” explained Moyer, “even though in a somewhat whimsical manner.  We will be decorating each sleeping room with a cute, cuddly, three-foot by two-foot by one-foot white plush ghost to hang on to during the sleeping hours.  A paranormal security binkie has never taken a more delightful form.”

Moyer concluded, “As an added bonus, if any guest wants to take home one of these snuggly ghosts, they will be available in our hotel gift shop.”

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The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has announced that on Friday and Saturday nights during October they will be expanding their nightly ghost tour offering.  The regular nightly tour, which takes patrons from the hotel’s fourth floor down five flights of stairs to “the morgue”, has added an “all of the stories, none of the stairs” tour on Friday and Saturday nights only at 10, 10:30 and 11 o’clock.

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The Grand Re-Opening of the MORGUEMorgue_WalkInCooler_1886CrescentHotel&Spa_7x10

Throughout the decades, members of Historic Hotels of America have celebrated re-openings of such hotel facilities as their restaurant, lounge, spa, etc., but only one HHA member has ever made plans to re-open their “morgue”.  Now, just in time for Halloween, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, will celebrate the re-opening of its “morgue” throughout the month of October.

“Our morgue is one of those historic infamies that has made us famous in the world of the paranormal and those interested in that world,” said Bill Ott, the hotel’s director of marketing and communications.  “It wasn’t part of the original business plan of the Eureka Springs Improvement Company who built this mountaintop spa resort more than 125 years ago, it just turned out that way.”

The history of the Crescent includes years when it was something other than a hotel.  For example, from 1908 to 1934 the hotel -in the non-summer months- was used as The Crescent College & Conservatory for Young Women.  The depression caused the college and the hotel to close its doors but in 1934.  However, thanks to “the man from Muscatine”, the Crescent re-swung her doors open to much fanfare in 1937.

smallIn July of 1937, an established nemesis of the American Medical Association, Norman Baker of Muscatine Iowa, began his boldest undertaking of his greedy, imaginative career: The Baker Cancer Curing Hospital, “Where Sick Folks Get Well”, located in a familiar five-story limestone structure that sat high in The Ozark Mountains above a community known the world over for its miraculous stories of healing.  No longer did guests come to this building for vacation lodging.  Instead, for the next three years, it would be patients who would come to this one-time resort for a “promised” cure from their debilitating cancer only to find pain, suffering, loss of life savings, and often loss of life.  These were the unkept promises of a charlatan in saint’s clothing.

“It is the sad years and sad tales of the Baker Hospital that are the genesis of the Crescent Hotel’s morgue,” Ott explained.  “It was in the morgue where Baker used his large walk-in Morgue_Baker'sAutopsyTable_1886CrescentHotel&Spa_10x7cooler to store cadavers and body parts, and his autopsy table more for studying the cancers removed from patients in an effort to discover ‘what went wrong’ when a patient died hoping to stumble upon a cure.  Both of these gruesome artifacts remain intact as do the stories -and some would say the patients- that surround them.”

From the time of Baker’s arrest in late 1939 on charges of mail fraud followed by his conviction in January 1940, the Crescent’s morgue would sit dormant being used only for some storage by the parade of hotel owners and operators from 1946 to 1997.  A Crescent Hotel renaissance began 1997 when Marty and Elise Roenigk purchased the property.  They invested the time, love and dollars to return “The Grand Ol’ Lady of The Ozarks” to her nineteenth century grandeur.

“Prior to the Roenigks’ purchase, hotel owners would often hear reports of paranormal activity but put the kibosh on the public repeating of these stories thinking it would hurt occupancy.  The Roenigks took the attitude that if ghosts were a part of the history of this historic hotel, why shouldn’t those stories be told,” Ott noted, “and the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours were born.”

Morgue_Entranceway_MiniTheater_1886CrescentHotel&Spa_10x7“The ghost tours, which have grown exponentially over the past 16 years thanks to exposure on national television programs and in national publications, have always included the morgue,” continued Jack Moyer, hotel’s general manager since 1997, “but until recently that space has had a dual purpose: maintenance area by day, eerie morgue by night.  But now, maintenance has been removed and the morgue readied for thrilling new discoveries by curious ghost tour patrons.”

The enhancement of the focal point of “America’s most haunted hotel” includes placards and photos -dramatically illuminated- telling the Morgue_Locker_FullBodyApparitionSite_TAPS_1886CrescentHotel&Spa_7x10Baker story; inclusion of a wheelchair from the Baker Hospital as well as other medical artifacts from that era; the addition of a micro-theatre; and easier access to the walk-in cooler, autopsy table and the locker made famous by The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) in a Syfy Network “Ghost Hunters” feature episode.  For it was in front of the “2” emblazoned locker that TAPS captured a full-bodied apparition on their thermal imaging camera, something they called “the holy grail of ghost hunting”.

“With the grand re-opening of our ‘morgue’,” Moyer concluded, “our guests and ghost tour patrons will have a brand-new experience in a grand ol’ Historic Hotel of America.”

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ESP Weekend 2013 Schedule

Eureka Springs Paranormal Conference

1886 Crescent Hotel-“America’s Most Haunted Hotel”

January 4-6, 2013


JULIANA FAY and her partner Sean-Paul, both longtime students of intuitive thought, mathematics, and memory, currently produce and star in Intrigue Theater in Eureka Springs

Psychics LISA DAWN, SHAKEENA KEDEM, and MARGO ELLIOTT all live and practice in Eureka Springs.


Renowned psychic investigator and physicist, author of several books and founder of ARPAST, Larry resides in Little Rock. His birthday is Sun Jan 6th.

Closing thoughts: MAHA VAJRA, teacher, author, composer and founder of the Quantum Buddhist Association, comes to us from Toronto.

Special presentation: SHIVAGAM will be sharing some extraordinary EVP!

Conference coordinator KEITH SCALES, actor, director and writer, manages the ghost tours at the Crescent hotel.



12.00 –

Lobby Registration



Bakers Lounge


Silent film era GHOST MOVIES

5.00 pm – 6. 30 Conservatory WELCOME RECEPTION

Meet staff and other participants. .

7.00, 7.30

(to 9.00)

Meets Faculty Lounge on 4th Floor, ends in Morgue *GHOST TOURS: Introduction to Eureka Springs, the Crescent Hotel and our ghosts.
6.30-7.00 Conservatory JULIANE FAY: Remote Viewing: experiments in telepathy conducted by the US military
7.15- 8.00 Conservatory Psychics LISA DAWN, SHAKEENAH KEDEM and MARGO ELLIOTT: Experience
8.00-8.30 Conservatory SHIVAGAM: The Psychology of the ghost.
8.45-10.00 Conservatory LARRY FLAXMAN

Midnight Baker Lounge TOAST THE GHOSTS!
12.30 – 3.00 am Hallways, active rooms 502, 419, 3500, 218; and Baker’s Morgue. Search for ghostly activity, led by LARRY FLAXMAN,
3.00 am Lobby REFRESHMENTS: Chocolate and cookies. REPORT on findings
3.00-7.00 Morgue PYSCHOMANTUEM – sign up early! 20 min sessions
3.00 – 7.00 Hallways and active rooms FREE ROAM – consideration of sleeping guests appreciated.

Events marked with * are not included in one-day packages

Events marked with ** are free to the public

SATURDAY January 5

8.00-9.30 Crystal Dining Room Breakfast, announcements
10 am – Conservatory TECHNOPHILIA: reccos, demos and caveats Compare your latest P.I. gear!
11.00 – to 4.00 Off site *NARRATED VAN TOURS of historic Eureka Springs.  Sign up in the lobby.
Sat pm Casual dining in Bakers Lounge 4th flr LUNCH ON OWN
1.00  –


Room 419


Sign up in lobby



For napping or exploring Eureka Springs!
6.00,6.30, 7.00, 8.30 *GHOST TOURS

Reserve at Front Desk

Crystal Dining Room,

Bakers Lounge, local restaurants

6.00 –


8.00 – 10.00 Gavioli Hall

80 Mountain St on Historic Loop (¾ mile)

*Excursion to INTRIGUE THEATRE for an evening of magic and mystery with illusionist Sean-Paul and medium Juliane Fay.
All Sat night Ghost rooms and hallways; morgue till 3.00 am FREE ROAM
3.00am -7.00 Morgue PYSCHOMANTUEM – sign up early! 20 min sessions


8.00 – 9.30 am Dining Room BREAKFAST ON OWN – great brunch in the Crystal Dining Room!
9.30-10.15 Faculty lounge FLASHDRIVE FRENZY: reports on findings
10.30 –11.30


12.00 Check out


Off site – separate admission. Please sign up in the lobby. *NARRATED VAN TOURS of historic Eureka Springs.

**Free to the public

BUY Seminar  Passes HERE.



January 25-27, 2013


A three-day conference/retreat for readers and writers of fantasy and horror.

(In collaboration with the Eureka Springs Writers Colony)

August 23-25, 2013


where science meets the supernatural

A three-day gathering of experts in the fields of psychic phenomena and the hard sciences, in search of reliable evidence!