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Haunted Hotel Colorado in Glenwood
By CCPI Paranormal
Hotel Colorado in 1899.
Built in 1891, the
Hotel Colorado opened its doors to the public in 1893 with 191
sleeping rooms that rented for as much as $3 a night for the most
luxurious accommodations. The tower topped sandstone building was modeled after the 16th century Villa de Medici in
Italy, was the area’s first electrically lit hotel, and boasted a
courtyard fountain spraying skyward some 180 feet, as well as a spa
and swimming pool to lure the rich into partaking of the medicinal hot
During its early
heydays, the hotel hosted such illustrious guests as Presidents
Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft, as well as the "unsinkable”
Molly Brown. In the 1920’s, the hotel became the playground for a
Chicago gangsters, including Diamond Jack Alterie, the Verain
Brothers, and most notably, Al Capone. During World War II, the
hotel was utilized as a naval hospital.
Today, 131 of the
original rooms are available to guests, with the rates varying from
$110 per night to $675 for deluxe suites. However, hotel guests and
staff are not the only occupants of the historic site, as the Hotel
Colorado is home to several spirits that inhabit the building.
Investigations, based in Grand Junction,
had the opportunity to visit the hotel and explore its rich history,
as well as interact with a few of the "permanent" guests in September,
Guests and staff have
reported high activity between the hours of 2-4 a.m., describing the
elevator moving from floor to floor with no passengers, the smell of
cigar smoke -- presumably from Walter Devereaux -- in the main lobby,
the smell of perfume and the sounds dishes being moved in the
Devereaux Dining Room, a young girl in Victorian clothing seen playing
with a ball in various areas of the hotel, and a female apparition
that peers over sleeping male guests.
Another report tells
that during the time the hotel served as a Naval Hospital, a chamber
maid was caught in a lover's triangle and murdered by one of her
jealous lovers. Her screams can still be heard in areas of the hotel
and the room in which she died has had so much activity, it cannot be
rented and serves as a storage room.
Although most of the activity takes place
between 2-4 am, CCPI had their greatest success between midnight and 1
a.m., describing it as follows:
were fortunate enough to be able to access most areas of the hotel from
the basement to one of the bell towers, and collected some interesting
information. We experienced the most activity on the third and fifth
floors, using Cell Sensor EMF meters, IR (Infra-Red)
Thermal Scanners, digital cameras, and night vision camcorders.
Since several guests have reported seeing a small girl in the hotel, we
decided we would attempt to interact with her. Using a ball, we set up a
monitoring system with IR cameras and an IR motion sensor. We placed the
ball on the floor of room 416 with the motion sensor and cameras focused
on it. The ball did not move during the course of our investigation,
although we did have several instances where our electronic door key would
not work and the lights frequently turned themselves off while we were in
basement of the hotel currently serves as storage for the hotel, as well
as a spa, chiropractor’s office, outdoor excursion office, and other
retail businesses. During business hours, it can be accessed from the
outside. It also contains the original hydraulic lift designed to bring
supplies from the ground level to the basement.
It is speculated that
while staying here, Al Capone used the lift as an escape route on more
than one occasion when the hotel was raided in search of him. The lift is
still operational today. Another area of the basement served as the morgue
while the hotel was being used as a Naval Hospital. Several hotel staff
members have reported locked doors opening and lights turning themselves
on and off in this area. No one can pinpoint which spirit occupies the
basement area, although it is speculated that it was one of Walter Devereaux's many hangouts. During that part of our investigation, we did
not detect any presences, although the area of the former morgue was
Chade & Clarissa are
the co-founders of CCPI Paranormal Investigations, courtesy CCPI Paranormal Investigations.
Corridor to the area
of the former morgue, when the hotel was used as a Naval Hospital during
the third floor we experienced a higher amount of activity. Several guests
and staff have reported apparitions, strange smells, sounds, lights
turning on and off, televisions changing channels, and knocks on doors
with no one there. Our investigation took us to the center of the corridor
in front of room 325.
There, we recorded high electro-magnetic
fluctuations - the needle was pegged at 10 miligauss on the Cell Sensor -
with an immense cold and heavy feeling in that area. We were not able to
locate any possible draft source in that area, nor could we find any
source for the spike in electro-magnetic energy. Our baseline readings for
that area were 1-3 mG.
second area of heightened electro-magnetic energy was on the fifth floor
across from room 551. There, we discovered a locked, unmarked door with
electro-magnetic fluctuations ranging from 8-10 miligauss. Our baseline
readings for that area were 3-5 mG.
Although there were no temperature fluctuations at this location, a
photograph of the area indicates what could be spirit energy. (see right)
We later learned that the unmarked door in front of room 551 is a door to
the attic. Other guests and psychics have reported a male spirit that
inhabits that area, possibly one of the workers who helped construct the
building in 1893. Room 551, itself has also had many reports of strange
In 1982, the hotel was being renovated and new
wallpaper was being applied to the walls of room 551. The next morning,
all of the wallpaper that had been applied was rolled neatly on the floor.
The wallpaper was replaced, but again found on the floor in the morning.
After two or three attempts, several wallpaper samples were placed on the
bed in 551. The next morning, all but one of the samples was on the floor.
The sample that was left on the bed was applied to the walls and remains
there today. Unfortunately, the room was occupied so we were not able to
A rather large "orb"
can be seen in front of the mirror.
The doorway to the left is the entrance to the attic. To
the right is room 551, courtesy CCPI Paranormal Investigations.
The hotel has two bell towers turned into luxury guest suites. Room 661
has been dedicated to one of the most famous women in
Molly Brown. Spirit activity has been reported in this room as well as the
other bell tower suite, room 662. While both suites have reports of spirit
activity, the Molly Brown Suite is reported as being the most active.
Unfortunately, that suite was occupied at the time of our investigation,
but we were able to check out room 662. While we did not detect any
paranormal activity in that room, we were awe-struck at the beauty of the
room itself and can see why the spirits would chose to stay there.
As we concluded our investigation, we returned to our room for rest and
data analysis. During this time, we experienced an interesting phenomenon
in our own room. While going over the data we collected, the light in the
room would turn itself off. Clarissa would get out of her seat to turn it
back on. Half way across the room to the light switch, it would turn
itself back on. After playing this game a few times, Clarissa asked the
spirit to please refrain from turning off the light for a while so we
could get some work done. The spirit complied until we turned in to get
some sleep. As we settled under the covers and started drifting off to
dreamland, the lights turned on. A sleepy Clarissa responded "very funny"
and the light went out. This phenomenon reminded us that, while we are
gaining in knowledge about ghosts and the spirit world, they still know
more than we do and have the upper hand.
Today, the Hotel Colorado, listed on the
National Register of Historic Places, has been fully restored and offers a
restaurant, lounge, coffee and gift shop, spa, fitness center and meeting
rooms. Though the bathhouse is now operated separately, the Hot Springs
have expanded to include two outdoor, spring-fed pools, a small therapy
pool, and a fitness center.
526 Pine Street
© CCPI Paranormal
Investigations, November, 2006
The Hotel Colorado2006, courtesy CCPI
Hotel Colorado and Spa around 1900, courtesy
Denver Public Library.
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