Left Side: The Monte Vista Hotel – the last Haunted Spot on the tour.
To this day any spirits you may encounter here seem to be more playful than otherwise, causing all sorts of strange happenings. Spirits will make noises, move furniture around, make sudden appearances, ring the lobby telephone, and knock things over.
An entire hallway has its lights unscrewed and/or completely removed on a regular basis. In the cocktail lounge a phantom couple in formal dress is often witnessed dancing and laughing.
There is often the very disturbing sound of a baby crying in the basement – this occurrence has spooked many of the staff to the point that they refuse to go there. Often visitors and staff have seen the ghost of a small boy wandering the halls, looking as if he is speaking to his mother. Some people say they have had actual physical contact with this apparition!
The Phantom Bellboy – In room 201, guests will report hearing a knock on their door and a voice calling that room service has arrived. When the guests open the door, they find nobody is there, and nobody is in sight. This ghost was first reported by John Wayne.
Other have reported seeing the wispy apparition of a young woman wondering through the halls near this room. The hotel avoids putting guests with pets in this room because dogs tend to go crazy and tear up the room.
The Ladies of the Night – Reportedly, there were two prostitutes from Flagstaff’s old red light district who were murdered in room 306 in the 1940’s. For some reason, the men who had hired the ladies grew angry with the women, and threw them out of the window to their abrupt and violent deaths. Now many guests report a disturbing feeling that they are being watched while in that room. They will wake up in the night, and that feeling will be so strong that they cannot get back to sleep.
Male guests have reported feeling like they are being smothered – as if someone has put a hand over their mouth and throat. These two ladies have also been seen in the pool hall and in the lounge.
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Right Side: The Old Woman – In room 305 is the ghost of an old woman who used to sit in a rocking chair by the window for hours, just watching the town below. This is reportedly the most active room in the hotel. People have reported seeing the old woman sitting in the chair, but many also have reported seeing the chair rock by itself. Cleaning staff report that if they move the chair to another spot, it always manages to move itself back to the window.
The Bank Robbers – The cocktail lounge is also the site of eerie phenomena. Members of the staff report that they are often greeted by a voice that says, “Hello” or “Good Morning” when they open the bar each day. Bar stools and drinks will sometimes move by themselves, and some guests have said they feel an unsettling presence while having a drink in the lounge.
Many staff members think they know who is responsible. In the 1970’s three men robbed a bank near the hotel. The men laid low in the Monte Vista Lounge, casually drinking and hoping to be left unnoticed. One of the robbers was shot during their getaway, and his injury was apparently more serious than they thought. The man died in the lounge before he could finish his first drink. Today many staff and guests feel that this dead robber is one of the spirits still haunting this historic old building.