Photography

The Haunted Hotel Del


We spent some time shooting iconic San Diego images for a project we are working on this weekend. What could be more iconic than the Hotel Del Coronado. “The Hotel Del” is a beachfront luxury hotel  in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. It is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California!

The West Beach

When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world and the first to use electrical lighting. It has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities throughout the years. The hotel has been featured in numerous movies and books. Many famous Actors and Dignitaries have stayed at this wonderful resort throughout the years, but one was very special!

The infamous resident of the hotel is the purported ghost of Kate Morgan. On November 24, 1892, she checked into room 304 (then 3318, now 3327), to meet with her husband who was a doctor and he was going to give her medicine for her stomach cancer, but he never arrived. She was found dead on the steps leading to the beach three days later. The case was declared a suicide. She had shot herself. Ever since then, some guests that have checked into room 3327 have reported flickering lights and floating objects.

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One response

  1. Holy smokes, Erik, that’s quite the story there! What a great pair of images and accompanying text you’ve posted today on this topic, what a fascinating place. I LOVE the woodwork and fine detailed architecture there… really great captures.

    August 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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