The Monte Vista has always been known for their rumors of hauntings. Perhaps you won't see the peculiar goings-ons for yourself, but it's always fun to explore! As with nearby buildings of similar age, there are spirits haunting some of the rooms and the halls. With such a colorful history, it is no surprise some spirits stick around for an eternity. We encourage communication with the ghosts if you are looking for an extraordinary experience. If you would like to hear about some of the phenomena, feel free to ask the employees around the building. Our wonderful housekeeping staff has some of the most intriguing tales.
In 1970, three men robbed a nearby bank. During the robbery, a bank guard shot one of the men. Despite their injured comrade they decided to celebrate by stopping in the lounge to have a drink. The wounded man bled to death while enjoying his last drink. Since then both patrons and staff have reported being greeted by an anonymous voice saying "Good Morning!" There have also been reports of barstools and drinks that seem to move on their own.
Years ago Flagstaff's Red Light District could be found just south of the railroad tracks, just two blocks from the Monte Vista. In the early 1940's two prostitutes were brought to room 306. During their "visit" they were killed and thrown from their third floor window to the cold street below. Over the years, numerous guests have reported being awakened in the middle of the night and unable to return to sleep due to a feeling that they are being watched. The majority of the time, our male guests report the feeling of having a hands placed over their mouths and throats, and awakening unable to breathe.
Hotel guests have reported a knock at their door and a muffled voice announcing "room service". When guests open the door, no one is present. However some guests have seen the figure of a bellboy standing outside of room 210. John Wayne experienced this ghost during a few of his stays. Mr. Wayne reported that the ghost seemed friendly and that he did not feel threatened by its presence. Our housekeepers frequently experience the antics of the Bellboy. One report states seeing a young male in an old fashioned red coat with brass buttons walking up and down the halls.
Some guests have seen the image of young boy wandering the halls of the hotel. Few people even say that they have had this young ghost touch their hand! His voice can sometimes be heard as if he is walking behind you. Guests who have seen this ghost have said it looks as though he may be speaking with his mother. Children have even reported seeing him, though always in a friendly manner. Perhaps he is just looking for a friend to play with.
This bizarre long-term boarder was known by his strange habit of hanging raw meat from the chandelier. In the early 1980's, the lodger was found in his room three days after his death. Not long after, a maintenance worker was working on a few repairs. When in need of a new fixture he left the room, turned the lights off, and locked the door. Returning only a few minutes later, he found the television on at full volume and the linens on the bed had been ripped and scattered around the room! Today, it is common for the television to act on it's own accord as well as reports of cold male hands touching guests in their sleep.
Once featured on the television show "Unsolved Mysteries," room 305 is by far the most active room in the hotel. There are numerous reports of seeing a woman in the rocking chair near the window. Guests and housekeeping have reports of seeing the chair move by itself and knocking coming from inside the closet! History tells us that years ago an elderly woman who was a long-term renter would sit by the window for hours on end. No one knows what she was looking at or looking for. Could it be she is waiting for someone to return, even in death?
The disturbing sounds of an infant crying in the basement have been heard again and again. Reported primarily by maintenance & laundry personnel, this is possibly the most disturbing encounter that has been reported. 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 this phenomenon.
On several occasions lounge staff & patrons have witnessed a transparent couple dancing in the Cocktail Lounge. They are seen in formal dress laughing and smiling, eternally dancing.
An unknown resident of the hotel seems to be haunting the basement more recently and has been spotted standing behind several employees and delivery guys. He stands over six feet tall and has a menacing, uncomfortable presence. Perhaps he has emerged from the tunnel entrance in our basement after years of searching for a way out.
Many people, particularly housekeeping and front desk agents, have reported a polite attendant assisting their ride in the elevator despite it being self-service. He can be heard requesting, "which floor may I take you to" or even a phantom hand seen closing the elevator's 'gate.' Keep an eye on the mirror when you exit to your floor, you just might see him standing behind you!
For years housekeeping staff have reported problems with light bulbs being unscrewed or, on some occasions, completely removed! While this may be frustrating for the staff this is rarely a problem for our guests. However, if your lights don't work, check the bulbs, you might be surprised! Next to the hotel, staff at the Old Post Office building have heard voices and seen figures moving within the building. Nobody is sure who these shadowy visitors might be.