The Haunted Hotel: Worth The Buzz?

With all of the buzz that has surrounded the Haunted Hotel in past years, I thought it was about time I braved up and gave it a shot. Since I was a small child, I’ve always gone to either the Haunted Trails or the Scream Zone. I was horrified every year and I never outgrew my nerves. As a current senior in high school, this was my last chance to dare enter Haunted Hotel. In an impromptu decision, my friends and I decided to face our fears.

In order to save time, we bought our tickets online. One of the biggest hassles of the night was parking. I imagine parking on a weeknight would be less of an issue, but since we went on a saturday night parking took us over 20 minutes. Once we finally arrived to the Haunted Hotel, the line was terribly long. It wrapped around the Haunted Hotel, across the street, and up around the corner. Fortunately, the line was very deceitful and only took about 20 minutes. Unfortunately, that quick 20 minutes was not long enough to prepare myself for what was to come. Dressed up actors hide along the street and do their best to warm you up before you go in. This little sample of what was in store had me shrieking and hiding behind my friends. Once inside, we were guided downstairs into the basement where another short line awaits. We were divided into groups of 8-12 and then lead into the unknown depths of the Haunted Hotel.

My entourage of three and I were probably the loudest and most frightened group of adolescents in downtown that night. The tour begins with a moving elevator “as you ascend” to the top floor. As you walk through, be prepared for horror scenes that will get the best of you. Highlights include a near impossible escape room filled with bean bags, a pitch black room that you MUST walk across – be prepared for random and large objects obstructing your path, a moving subway with dead and alive actors waiting for the right moment to scare you, and a clown barn house complete with a chainsaw murderer who will willingly chase you. The entire walkthrough lasted about 20 minutes and was well worth the $18 fee. The amount of detail and quality of frights is what sets the Haunted Hotel apart from other haunted attractions in San Diego.

The amount of detail and quality of frights is what sets the Haunted Hotel apart from other haunted attractions in San Diego. The entire walkthrough lasted about 20 minutes and was well worth the $18 fee. If you think you can handle the frights for yourself, visit their website and also be sure to visit their sister attractions, The Haunted Trail and The Scream Zone. If these aren’t scary enough for you, try experiencing the Haunted Hotel during lights out! In celebration of closing night, the hotel will operate as it normally would, besides one exception. The lights will be shut off and your only way through is to navigate yourself with a flashlight!

Have you toured the Haunted Hotel? Let us know your experience by commenting below.

Photos shared from the Haunted Hotel.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)

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