Ghosts in downtown Phoenix

While visiting the heart of downtown Phoenix and your dying for a haunted experience, you can definitely find one at The Hotel San

San Carlos Hotel

The San Carlos Hotel in Phoenix, AZ

Carlos.  Built in 1928, this Renaissance style hotel was one of the first buildings in Arizona to have air conditioning, making it a more lavishing place to stay during that time.  This attracted many old Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Mae West who actually had a suite named after her.  Although the hotel has had its fair share of celebrities it has also had its fair share of spooky entities.

Before the hotel was built, the land it was built on was the location site of the very first school in phoenix.  It was also built on Native American grounds.  There are many stories that during the time the school was run many children had died from the flu in 1918 in the surrounding area.

Mauri Mclean, tour coordinator at The San Carlos, mentioned that the school the built a well in 1870 and three boys had drowned after being caught under the fast flowing river.  The well is actually still in the basement and water is still being drawn from it.  It has been reported by many of the hotel workers that they have heard children laughing in the basement, objects moving and apparitions of a little boy have been lingering in the basement.

The hotel is also known to be haunted by a few other spirits.   One is of a young lady by the name of Leone Jensen who jumped to her death from the roof of the hotel after a love affair went awry.  Guests have seen her this friendly ghost roaming the hallways and has also been noticed standing at the foot of guests beds.  Another group of spirits that have been encountered within the hotel is a former hotel manager and his wife and three children haunt the second floor gym, which during the time of his employment in the 30’s was the manager’s apartment.  He is known as “Bob the Whistler” and you can some times her him whistling down the hallways.

Rates for the San Carlos Rooms start at $79. These ghost haunt the 2nd and the 7th floor and Mclean recommends for those who want to encounter a paranormal experience that they should stay on those floors.  Specifically room 702 because that is where Leone is seen the most and where she stayed before she committed suicide.

This classic hotel offers many different promotions and ghost tours.  It is possible to book a personal tour with Mauri, where you get to visit more of the of limit portions of the hotel.  For more information you can check out there website @


2 Responses to “Ghosts in downtown Phoenix”

  1. I went there to have drinks at the bar with my boyfriend. On our way out I was messing with him – he hates public displays of affections – so I hugged him and started kissing on him, just being silly (I knew there was no one around, but he would still be embarrassed because someone might come around the corner at any moment). As I was kissing him we both heard a young lady giggle. I quickly jumped back because I thought no one was around, but when we looked around there wasn’t anyone there… one was even close to us and where we were standing you would have had to be right on us in order to see us. Needless to say we quickly left…..but it was exciting 🙂
    I was just wondering if anyone else had experienced that or anything like that there. It was in the area just outside of the bar, close to the front (or side door). Near the wall where they have the news article of the young lady that jumped off of the roof.

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