Chelsea Hotel, New York, NY






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"Chelsea Hotel" or "the Chelsea" is one of the most haunted hotel in New York. This is one of the most well known hotels in New York, as many of celebrities spend quality time here. The hotel was started to build in 1883 and opened in the next year. Chelsea hotel had a long bohemian history over its age. Despite of its popularity it faced financial issues and closed and reopened for several times. It handed over many times in its history over 130 years. Over the time it became famous not only for Gothic styled build up and red bricks also for some haunting incidents at this hotel. Many famous died personalities claimed to have seen in the spirit form. Really a lot of interesting legends of dwelling ghosts have been known in the hotel over the years. While we view back over its legend we must have to write some death incidents that's been truly important to know as the reasons of its haunting.



Dylan Marlais Thomas (1914 - 1953)

Famous poet and writer Dylan Marlais Thomas stayed here in this last time when he was taken to hospital for his last medical care. He came to the hotel on 20 October 1953 from UK. It was reported after his death that head some illness regarding breathing and bronchitis, so he had inhaler with him all the time. He was suffering from blackout too. His romance with Liz Reitell was in the air at that time, they both were spending their time in Chelsea hotel room no 206. Liz Reitell told later Thomas was looking pale, tired very much, not as usual energetic he was always. He drank a lot in his last days in the hotel. At that time New York was suffering for the outburst of air pollution that caused more than 200 lives.

From 2nd November Thomas suffered from chest pain and breathing problems though he continued drinking over the limit. According to him "I've had 18 straight whiskies. I think that's the record!". On the November 5th his physical condition became critical and he was admitted the emergency ward at St Vincent's Hospital. On the November 9th Thomas died in a coma.

After his death many times some people who stayed in the hotel claimed they have seen the spirit of Dylan Marlais Thomas. In the room 206 where he spent his last days and around this room are noted where he had visible in front of those people. One morning a guest complained that after she woke up the morning turned to pale with an eerie experience. Face of Dylan Thomas is observing her from the end of the bed. After some moments it has dissipated slowly. Sometimes people who stay in the room 206 sound of bold footsteps in the corridor in front of room no 206 but no one could see when inspected.



Ghosts of Nancy Spungen and Sid Vicious

John Simon Ritchie, popularly known as Sid Vicious was the lead guitarist and singer, the most famous heart throb among the fans of "Sex pistol", the bohemian rock band formed in 1975. it is known that Sid Vicious was addicted in drug from a very young age by his mother. Nancy Spungen was a girl from Philadelphia, a part time stripper and prostitute. Nancy was suffering with schizophrenia from 15 years of her age. They started dating in 1977 and both were started to spend their life in drug abuse. Nancy Spungen was labeled by the press as "Nauseating Nancy" for their intolerable drug addiction. This one of the most famous rock group, with smelled with vulgarity and obnoxiousness fell apart after their at Winterland in San Francisco.

Sid and Nancy moved to the Chelsea hotel in room no 100 with fake names. They dwelled their days more heroin and other drugs. They were deeply involved with drug dealers. On the day of 12 October of 1978 Nancy was found as dead in the bathroom of room no 100. Sid was arrested on the charge of murder Nancy and later he got bail.

On the 1st February 1979, Sid Vicious had a small gathering on his new girlfriend Michelle Robinson's flat, he took heroin. On the next morning he was found dead in his bed by Anne and Michelle.

it was said that Sid's mother found a suicide note after some day from his dead, where he requested to bury him beside the Nancy's grave. Many people claimed they have came touch of the spirits of the couple in Chelsea hotel. Some people suddenly heard the sound of argument of couple from room no 100. When they went there they found room is just vacant. The same thing has founded when they search the room after heard very loud music from the room. In another type of incident people have seen Sid Vicious in the elevator of the first floor. Many of those who stayed in the room no 100 complained about sudden rises of temperature, or some ghostly apparition they have seen.



Haunting in room no 124

Three women staying in the room no 124 complained about some mysterious experiences. They claimed that there is something in the bathroom of the room. They heard screaming of female voice, and lights turn off and on at the time of they felt something eerie. As the supporting evidence they found from their photo which was taken as a very normal photo, an image of a skeleton was found behind the door frame.



Even it is claimed that in the eight floor spirit of Thomas Wolfe also has been seen on the 8th floor of the haunted hotel. The lounge in the basement is reported as haunted too with poltergeist activities. Some ghosts are three always enjoy themselves as rearranging the furniture.