correctly. The person who loaded the dishes didn’t know how that happened
and always said “Casper did it”. One live-in employee even reported a dark
shadow in his room that got on top of him and held him down until he couldn’t
breathe. Repair crews would walk off the job leaving their equipment behind
because of the activity.
In 2008, the place was foreclosed on and the chain link fence went up
around it. The Manatee River Hotel sat empty again waiting to see if it would
survive. During this time it’s said that police would get regular calls about
seeing people in the building and lights were on when there was no electricity
to the building. They however never shared their stories.
Thankfully the Hampton Inn came in and restored the building in 2013 and
the ghost stories continue.
A little girl spirit in the kitchen area will take your silverware from you and
then give it back or hold the automatic paper towel holder button until all the
paper unrolls. There is the lady in white that wanders the 3rd and 7th floors
and lately hotel guests have reported that they wake up in the middle of the
night to a woman in white standing at the end of bed staring at you or she’ll
be sitting on the end of bed.
While taking pictures of the building, you may capture orbs, or even a
shadow figure staring out a window of an empty room, as some have caught. There is a watchman who
walks through the lobby at 2,4,6 A.M. whistling and jingling keys. Some have heard voices of a woman
talking to them but no one is there.
So if you are willing to stay a night or two at the Hampton Inn, you may end up with your own ghost story
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