Mellen’s Halloween ‘Fun’: The Chelsea Hotel

The Chelsea Hotel NYC, NY

The Chelsea Hotel in New York City is infamously known as a haunted site, busy with para-activity.

The hotel was built in 1884 and has been the home to many writers, artists and musicians through-out its 130-years.  And, although most who have called this building home have since passed-on, those who remain as well as their visitors still retell the stories of hearing unearthly sounds-in-the-night, being touched, unexplained happenings and seeing the ghostly images of notables such as Sid Vicious, Thomas Wolfe, Dylan Thomas, and Eugene O’Neill.

Thomas Wolfe was born on October 3, 1990 and met his Heavenly Father on September 15, 1938.  During his short visit to this realm, Mr. Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, many shorts stories, dramas and simpler novellas.   He became very famous during his own lifetime.  Although initially the fight starting against pneumonia, Wolfe was eventually diagnosed with military tuberculosis of the brain which ultimately took his life.

Dylan Thomas was born on October 27, 1914 and died November 9, 1953.  Mr. Thomas was a renown British poet who’s reputation, which he encouraged, as a roistering, drunken and doomed poet abruptly ended his career while living in New York City.  Mr. Thomas died in room 206 after a binge.

Eugene O’Neill was an Irish American playwright who was also quite the accomplished poet.  After suffering from multiple health problems, including depression and alcoholism, Mr. O’Neill who was born on October 16, 1888 perished on November 27, 1953.  He’s late quote is said to have been, “”I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room and died in a hotel room.” (the site is now the home of a dorm at Boston University which many site is haunted by the antics of a lonely, depressed, cynical deceased ghost)

On October 12, 1978 Sex Pistols’ star Sid Viscious’ girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, was found dead in room 100 after the she and Sid went on yet another crazed drug binge.  She was found lying in a pool of her own blood from a knife protruding from her side after she and Sid had been living in the hotel for a stint. Sid was arrested for murder but died of a heroin overdose before he did his time.  There is a LONG waiting list to stay in the actual room the murder took place because rumor has it multiple guests report they see Sid appear in the elevator,  phantom footsteps have been reported as following patrons, and many have been touched and pushed whilst walking in their rooms and the hallways.

Makes you pause and wonder who is behind the phantom steps heard, pushing, touching, and ghostly apparitions that haunt this site.  Could it be Sid looking for his lost love?  Or, is it the antics of a depressed poet – or two?

Just know that IF you dare to stay at the Chelsea Hotel, you may at first check-in as just one but fear naught, you’ll not be alone!


Hugs & happy hunting …