As long as you are in San Diego visiting the Whaley house, you might as well stay in a haunted hotel, right? Located in what used to be the red-light district, the Horton was constructed from the bricks of two hotels dating from the 1800s. The rebuilt Horton Grande has been operating since 1970. Guests have reported a variety of paranormal experiences, including glowing orbs, cold chills, and mysterious footsteps.
Room 309 is haunted by the spirit of Roger Whitacker, a gambler who couldn’t pay his debts. Whitacker hid in his room but was hunted down by his debtors and shot in the armoire. Guests who have spent the night in his room report that objects moved around on their own, the bed shook, the armoire opened and closed, and the lights flickered off and on. The ghost of Madame Ida Bailey, who ran the “cat house” that used to sit on the property, is also thought to haunt the hotel, but she is much more polite that Roger Whitacker.