The Hotel Monte Vista has numerous paranormal guests they can’t get rid of. The hotel, which opened in 1927 as the Community Hotel — named after the townspeople who helped raised the funds for it to be built — has a history of underground opium dens, speakeasies, and gambling. Today, the hotel is known for the paranormal activity that haunts some of the rooms and halls.
Guests who’ve stayed in room 220 have experienced the TV changing channels on its own accord, and some have said they felt cold hands touching them in their sleep. There’s also reportedly a phantom bellboy who knocks on doors and announces “room service,” but when guests get to the door, no one’s there. One of the more popular — and possibly most disturbing encounters — is the sound of an infant crying in the basement. The hotel website reads, “Staff have found themselves running upstairs to escape the sound of the cries. Though the sounds are very real to those who hear them, there has been no information that has explained the phenomenon.”
The hotel is located at 100 N. San Francisco Street. It was also a filming location for the 1942 American romantic drama Casablanca.
The Monte Vista Lounge, or “Monte V” as it is known, is a popular bar and entertainment venue.