Grand Midway Hotel – Windber, Pennsylvania - Atlas Obscura

Grand Midway Hotel

An occult-y, historic hotel with the World's Largest Ouija board on the roof. 

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This hotel has a lot of history hidden and creepy charm within the haunted 33 room structure. Filmmaker Blair Murphy relocated from Los Angeles to save it from being torn down, and has since transformed into a museum of sorts containing all kinds of supernatural and interesting items. Each room has its own intricately decorated theme, including the Vampire Suite, Frankenstein Suite, Shakespeare Suite, Beatnik Suite, Dragon Suite, Canopy Room, and Mermaid Room.  The first floor boasts a large antique ship bar that had possibly been a tribute to the famed Titanic as the Titanic actually purchased its coal from the town of Windber.  The ceiling in the next room over hangs the Guinness’ World’s largest Tarot Card.  The roof sports the Guinness’ World’s Largest Ouija Board.  Overnight guests are treated to an hour ghost tore and then released to explore the place in the middle of the night on their own.   

Know Before You Go

The Midway currently an "Artists Compound" with rooms to rent for overnight and long term stays. Do not expect to just show up and see the murals, as it is completely closed off from the public through the week.  But one can text the hotel directly at 310-827-1748 for weekend stays.

It gets fully booked in October so if you plan on going around Halloween -which is the perfect time to visit this place- plan ahead and book your room in advance.  Every Halloween the Midway throws a massive Halloween event open to the public called The DraculaCon Ball.

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