BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. ( MainStreet) -- It's around this time of year that the Web flutters with some familiar hotel ghost stories, including the inevitable Marilyn Monroe tales where the actress is said to stalk the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel or the apparitions seen at properties such as Hotel del Coronado near San Diego or The Breakers Palm Beach. But then there's another level of hotel hauntings, rooted in history and folklore and traced back through some of the world's most notable wars and battles in castles and hotel palaces. These generations-old ghoulish legends can make even a nonbeliever struggle to fall asleep -- especially on Halloween night.It's called Ruthin Castle Hotel, located on a once-noble estate in North Wales just outside the historic town in Denbighshire that dates back to before 1277, when legend has it was visited by King Arthur. The castle was eventually passed onto the Crown Estate in 1508 and ultimately presided over by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and subsequent monarchs through Charles I in 1632. And then there was civil war and an epic 11-week siege when the castle's tunnels were utilized as torture chambers and dungeons of "untold crimes." It was also here that the wife of a famous commander under Edward I is rumored to have abruptly ended her husband's extramarital affair -- with an ax, resulting in her own execution and ultimate burial near castle walls where she's now known as the ghostly "grey lady" and still said to haunt.
|Haunted or not, Ruthin Castle Hotel in North Wales certainly looks the part.|
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