Ghosts Love Luxury, Too: Have a Swinging Halloween at The Adolphus, Where Some Guests Never Leave

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Justin Terveen Adolphus Hotel Balroom

If you’ve been inside the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas, then you can surely understand why this Dallas landmark, a popular five-star hotel, attracts guests from all over the country. The problem is, some of them never leave.

The 100-year-old hotel is still a popular place to party and be seen, but it’s what’s unseen that has earned it a place in many a ghost hunter’s book. In fact, the purported ghosts of the Adolphus Hotel have their own website. The hotel’s haunted happenings made it inside Dallas author Rita Cook’s Haunted Dallas, according to this Dallas Observer story.

Intrepid photographer Justin Terveen, who goes the extra mile to get the shot and has taken some amazing snaps of historic Dallas properties, managed to find his way inside the allegedly haunted 19th floor ballroom (above). The ballroom was closed off during a renovation in 1979 and is only accessible by a hidden crawlspace. It is here that many Adolphus guests report hearing big-band music, pianos playing, and the sound of a great party going on. The elevators have done some strange things, too.

It’s also the site of a more grisly ghost story, one where a young bride chose to take her own life inside the hotel. Some guests have reported hearing a woman crying in the room nextdoor, or even hearing the melancholy tune of a music box playing.

Other sightings include a dearly departed customer occupying her old table inside the Bistro, and tableware moving about inside the French Room.

These are amazing stories, and they are one of the reasons that the Adolphus remains a fantastic historic hotel inside downtown Dallas and the premiere spot to take your honey if you want them to stick close to you on Halloween night.

Where are your favorite “haunted” spots to hang out on Halloween?


Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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