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13 Haunted Hotels in East Sussex (Updated 2017)

| On 24, Feb 2017

 

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Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston

The Deans Place Hotel is a 14th century country house hotel situated in the quaint South Downs village of Alfriston.

Deans Place was originally an important moated manor house back in the Tudor times.

The hotel has a reputation for being haunted by a lady in a blue silk dress…

Many members of staff and guests alike have been scared witless after seeing the ghostly apparition of the Lady in Blue.

She was first witnessed just after some renovations were made to the hotel when a skeleton was found under the floorboards.

Some say she was a murder victim who was killed at Deans Place!

The Lady in Blue isn’t the only ghost to be witnessed at the hotel…

A ghostly apparition of a man in a tall hat and white coat has been witnessed in the attic rooms too!

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Brighton Metropole Hotel, Brighton

You’ll find the Brighton Metropole Hotel situated along King’s Road in the East Sussex seaside resort of Brighton.

The hotel was designed by the well-known Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse in 1890.

He’s best known for designing the Natural History Museum, Manchester Town Hall and University College London.

The Brighton Metropole Hotel has some ghostly tales to tell…

Spooked members of staff and guests alike have reported hearing a phantom baby crying somewhere in the hotel.

When staff members go to investigate they can never find the baby!

On one occasion in 2000 a staff member saw an old man in the hotel and thinking he was a guest started to talk to him.

After the conversation, he discovered that he was in fact the ghost of a man who died years previously.

On another occasion both the night manager and one of the hotel’s cleaners saw the glass beads hanging from the wall lamps start to swing on their own accord for no apparent reason!

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Grand Brighton Hotel, Brighton

You’ll find the Grand Brighton Hotel along King’s Road in the East Sussex seaside resort of Brighton.

The luxury Grade II listed hotel dates back to 1864 when it was first built for members of the upper classes visiting Brighton and Hove.

The hotel was restored after the IRA bombed it in an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during the 1984 Conservative Party conference.

Although there aren’t a lot of paranormal reports to go on, the seventh floor of the Grand Brighton Hotel is reputed to be haunted by a ghost.

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Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton

Opposite Brighton Pier you’ll find the historic Grade II* Royal Albion Hotel.

Paranormal activity has been reported at the hotel…

Doors open and close on their own accord, the hotel’s lifts descend and ascend when nobody is in them and guests have reported sudden temperature drops.

Many believe that the hotel is haunted by the businessman and philanthropist Sir Harry Preston who owned the hotel in 1913.

His ghostly apparition is often seen on a Sunday near the Sir Harry Preston Function Room.

Witnesses describe him as wearing a smart bowler hat!

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Regency Hotel, Brighton

The Regency Hotel is located in Brighton’s historic Regency Square.

The hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a cobbler’s disabled daughter…

It’s thought that the family lived in the upstairs part of the building about a century ago.

Apparently the girl fell out of the upstairs window and tragically died.

Her ghostly apparition has been seen falling from the upstairs window and disappearing into thin air by shocked witnesses.

The strange thing is…

The window has been bricked up for many years!

The disabled girl isn’t the only ghost who’s believed to haunt the hotel…

Members of staff and guests alike have witnessed the ghostly apparition of a slim, tall, grey haired lady who disappears through walls.

Some say she’s Victorian whilst others believe she’s from the 1930s!

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The Old Ship Hotel, Brighton

Along the King’s Road in Brighton you’ll find the historic Old Ship Hotel.

The hotel has a reputation for being haunted…

One day a cleaner went to clean a room in the old part of the hotel.

She was surprised to find a man and a woman sitting on the bed.

She started to explain to the couple that she was there to clean the room when they suddenly disappeared into thin air right in front of her eyes.

The hotel’s night porters are often reporting seeing grey shadowy figures in the ballroom.

One night, two night porters witnessed a ghostly figure appear at the bottom of the hotel’s stairs and manifest into a small crying child.

They described the child as wearing old-fashioned clothing!

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The Iron Duke Hotel, Hove

You’ll find the Iron Duke Hotel along Waterloo Street in the East Sussex seaside town of Hove.

The Iron Duke Hotel dates back to 1828 when it was first called the Kerrison Arms after Sir Edward Kerrison.

The hotel is said to be connected to St Andrews Church opposite it by a secret tunnel which in Victorian times was used by distinguished members of society to enter the hotel for a drink after church services!

A ghostly man and his phantom dog are said to wander around the Iron Duke Hotel.

His apparition has been seen in the bar area as well as on the upper floors of the building.

An apparition of a woman has been witnessed by spooked guests in both Room 2 and Room 5.

And the hotel’s cellar is said to be haunted by the spirit of an angry man!

The hotel cleaner was scared witless one day when she saw the ghostly apparition of a young girl on the back staircase.

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The Crown Inn, Lewes

The Crown Inn is located along the High Street of the historic town of Lewes.

The building is actually older than it looks as it dates back to 1635.

Recently, the hotel has been gaining a reputation for being haunted…

Members of staff have reported seeing a couple of ghostly apparitions at the hotel.

In Room 5 an apparition of a man in brown eighteenth century clothing was witnessed standing by the old bureau.

Guests staying in that room have also reported being woken in the middle of the night by the bed being shaken vigorously.

Phantom balls of light where witnessed in Room 7 by another guest.

Terrified members of staff and guest alike have witnessed the ghostly apparition of a Victorian woman dress in grey.

She’s been nicknamed Emily and has been seen throughout the hotel.

Her speciality is to vanish through walls!

The old cellar beneath the Victorian restaurant is said to be haunted by an evil presence.

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Shelley’s Hotel, Lewes

Along Lewes’ High Street you’ll find the historic Shelley’s Hotel.

The oldest part of the hotel dates back to the Tudor times.

Parts of the hotel are said to be haunted, in particular Room 26 which is believed to be haunted by a suicide victim from the 1930s.

In 1978, a QC who was staying in the room was scared witless when his bed levitated three inches off the floor.

Since his stay, poltergeist activity has been reported to take place within the room.

Chairs have move on their own accord whilst ashtrays and coat hangers had been flung across the room by something unknown!

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The Mermaid Inn, Rye

In the ancient town of Rye along Mermaid Street you’ll find the Grade II* listed historical Mermaid Inn.

The inn dates back to 1420 and has a reputation for being haunted…

So much so, that the paranormal TV show Most Haunted investigated it!

Between 1730 and 1740 the Mermaid Inn was used by the notorious Hawkhurst Gang who were a ruthless gang of smugglers.

Some of the dead smugglers are said to have never left the place…

Room 3, 7, 14, 15, 16, and 18 are all said to be haunted.

Room 3 is said to be haunted by the wife of the Hawkhurst gang founder George Gray.

Room 7 is said to be haunted by a man in old-fashioned clothes.

Room 14 is said to be haunted by the ghost of a white lady.

Room 15 is said to be haunted by another lady in white.

Room 16 is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man.

Room 18 is said to be haunted by the ghosts of two duelling men.

And last but by no means least…

The ghost of a maid who was said to be the murdered girlfriend of one of the Hawkhurst Gang has been reported by terrified witnesses throughout the inn!

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The White Vine House Hotel, Rye

You’ll find the White Vine House hotel located along the High Street of the small East Sussex town of Rye.

Although the Grade II listed building has a Georgian façade it actually dates back to 1570 when it started life out as the Whyte Vyne Inn.

The White Vine House hotel has a ghostly tale to tell…

From the mid-1990s members of staff have reported that food stuffs and equipment in the kitchen has been mysteriously moved, been mixed up or just plain hidden from sight.

They’ve reported that the strange event of objects being moved by their own accord has also happen in some of the hotel’s bedrooms!

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The Roebuck Hotel, Wych Cross

You’ll find the Roebuck Hotel along Lewes Road to the north of Wych Cross.

The former coaching inn dates backs to the 17th century.

And it has a ghostly tale to tell.

Witnesses have reported seeing the apparition of a man with a well weathered face and dressed in sea-going clothing wandering about the hotel.

Some say the ghostly figure is looking for rum!

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The Hayes Hotel, Northiam

You’ll find the Hayes Hotel along Church Street in the East Sussex village of Northiam.

The Grade II listed building dates back to the 17th century.

A former owner of the Hayes Hotel got the shock of her life one night.

She was in her bed reading a book before going off to sleep when she glanced up to see a ghostly apparition of an attractive woman standing in the middle of her bedroom.

She described the woman as being in her early thirties wearing a white hat, grey gown and carrying something in her right hand.

She tried to adjust her bedside lamp to get a better look but when she glanced back the ghostly woman had disappeared into thin air!

Local legend says the ghostly woman may be the spirit of a baker’s daughter who was murdered in the bedroom.

Another ghost said to haunt the Hayes Hotel is that of a little old lady who be seen sitting in an alcove by the main bar.

There was once an old spinning wheel that stood in one of the alcove corners which would sometimes start to spin on its own accord.

It’s said that the ghostly old woman was responsible for spinning the wheel.

On one occasion a spooked guest reported that she saw an apparition of an old woman standing over the spinning wheel!

 
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Bibliography
David Scanlan (2013) Paranormal Sussex. Amberley