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THE PASO ROBLES INN: A HAUNTED HOTEL?

The mystery of room 1007.

Founded in 1864, the  Paso Robles Inn  is one of the most historic buildings in Paso Robles, and with history comes a lot of mystery. After the first event was held in the newly renovated ballroom in 2001, the front desk at the Paso Robles Inn began to receive mysterious calls often on dark, stormy nights. The weird part? The calls always came from Room 1007, and there was never anyone on the other end of the line after the front desk clerk picked it up. But it gets weirder—a staff member would go to Room 1007 after each of the calls, only to discover an empty room.

Concerned that there was a glitch in the phone system, the Inn asked the phone company to investigate the occurrences, but they didn’t find anything wrong with the hotel’s phone system. After that, the hotel staff started joking around that a ghost was making the phone calls and logged each time they received one of these phantom calls at the front desk. It was all fun and games until Room 1007 called 911 one evening. The police responded, and just like the hotel staff before them, found the room to be empty. If people didn’t think there was a ghost in Room 1007 before, they definitely did now.

Intrigued by the strangeness of the phone calls, the former Manager began rereading articles about the 1940 fire that destroyed the original hotel. He discovered that on the night of the fire, the 911 call went out around 9:05 p.m., close to the time that night clerk J.H. Emsley sounded the alarm warning guests of the fire. Because of Emsley’s heroic action, every guest was evacuated from the hotel safely—except for Emsley, who died of a heart attack before he knew if all the guests were safe from harm.

This leaves us to wonder, is Emsley still trying to keep everyone at the Paso Robles Inn safe from harm as unfinished business? Whatever the case may be, Room 1007 is one of the most highly requested rooms at the Paso Robles Inn.

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The Haunted Paso Robles Inn in Paso Robles, California

A haunted location: Paso Robles Inn in Paso Robles, California.

Details: The original Paso Robles Inn caught on fire many years ago, the date is unknown to me.

Because there was no 911 then, one male resident stayed behind.

From a telephone inside the Inn, he dialed every room to make sure everyone got out.

He ended up dying from a heart attack while still warning other customers.

The new Inn was built using some of the original bricks.

It is said that that in one room, a ghost calls 9-1-1.

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Written by: Gwenyth Poler

Published on: September 17, 2022

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Do You Know The Haunted History Of The Paso Robles Inn?

It has been rumoured that the Paso Robles Inn in Paso Robles, California is a haunted location. We’ll explain why people think this below. Do you think the rumors are true?

Why Is The Paso Robles Inn Haunted?

The original Paso Robles Inn caught on fire many years ago, the date is unknown to me.

It was thought of as a prank at first but when the calls were traced, there were all traced back to this one room.

No one had checked into the room and it was locked.

It is believed that the resident is still tying to save others from the fire, not knowing that everyone got out except him.

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Meet Gwenyth Poler, a content creator at Scary HQ, a haunted places blog that delves into the eerie and unexplained. Gwen is a true crime enthusiast and an avid lover of all things spooky. In her free time, she can be found exploring abandoned buildings and investigating local ghost stories. But don't let her interest in the macabre fool you, Gwen is the epitome of a wholesome individual with a kind heart and a contagious passion for her work. When she's not scouring the internet for her next true crime case to research or haunted location to visit, she can be found curled up with a horror novel or watching her favorite scary movies. Gwen's love for the eerie and unknown is matched only by her love for her audience, and she pours her heart and soul into every post on Scary HQ. Join Gwen on her journey as she uncovers the secrets of the haunted world around us.

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A dedicated soul is still trying to warn the living of danger; A little girl spirit enjoys startling the living!

Description.

The Paso Robles Inn is a beautifully upgraded and restored Inn, with lovely gardens and grass weaving around the buildings, along with a splendid hot mineral spring pool located in the common areas. Most rooms have their own spa tub either inside, on the balcony, or on the patio.

The original three story Paso Robles Inn was built in 1889 when the city of Paso Robles was incorporated. It was built on the spot where another hotel once stood – the Hot Springs Hotel, from 1844 to 1864. Its owners were the Blackburn brothers and Drury James: yep, the uncle of the infamous Jesse James, who would hide from the authorities there.

The grand, original Paso Robles Inn was a resort hotel because of its access to its own hot mineral springs, once enjoyed by Jesse James and his crew at the Hot Springs Hotel. Paso Robles Inn was designed by architect Jacob Lenze, for the well-to-do! Soaking in the hot mineral water was popular for those with ailments, so grand hotels popped up around these hot mineral springs in other states, including Illinois (Original Springs Hotel), Texas (Baker Hotel & Crazy Water Hotel), Arkansas (The Crescent Hotel & Spa), and Colorado (Indian Hot Springs Resort).

It was built with one million bricks and cost a boatload of money: $160,000. After being completed in 1891, The Paso Robles Inn offered its well-endowed guests “an improved hot springs plunge bath, a seven-acre garden, a nine-hole golf course, and boasted solid masonry set off by sandstone arches.” It also advertised itself as being completely fireproof.

In 1913, a well-known Polish pianist, by the name of Ignacy Paderewski, came to Paso Robles Inn to soak in the mineral water to try to cure his arthritis. He visited often and bought land nearby. The mineral water helped him, so he had his piano set up in the lobby where he played for the people in the hotel.

In the 1920s, the Hollywood set discovered Paso Robles. “Many celebrities stayed at the Inn while filming western movies – most notably John Wayne.”

Of course, other movie and stage stars also discovered this oasis as a place to relax and enjoy the inn’s hot mineral springs. Among them were such stars as Bob Hope, Judy Garland, and John Barrymore.

Forty-nine years later, in 1940, the Paso Robles Inn was destroyed by fire. OOOPS! Some say it was deliberately set by a jealous lover, an owner trying to get insurance money. Or, as the hotel was having a costume ball in the ballroom at the time, perhaps some drunk participants accidentally started this fire. Miraculously, there was only one fatality.

The lads of the Paso Robles fire department were able to save the ballroom, and it is the only space left from the original Paso Robles Inn complex.

Just two years later, in the middle of WW2, 1942, the Paso Robles Inn was modernized to accommodate “motor travelers”. Opening up as “A Garden Inn” Hotel with a coffee shop, it featured an Old Horseshoe bar, with a cool historical mural that mimicked enough of the old historic decor to draw people to stay. They used as many recoverable bricks from the original hotel to rebuild. The Paso Robles Inn went on to do a booming business for fifty years. Besides being a place for the wealthy to stay, it also became a place for the middle and upper-middle class travelers, but without the hot mineral springs amenity. The springs themselves had been blocked by the fire damage.

In 1999, it was back on the real estate market and bought by a local family-owned operation, Martin’s Resorts, with great plans indeed! “The multi-phase plan was to revitalize and upgrade the Paso Robles Inn and restore it to its turn-of-the-previous-century grandeur”.

The first priority was to unblock the hot mineral springs well, so that their guests could enjoy them once more. Besides having a mineral springs community pool for the guests in the common area outside, “Thirty rooms were upgraded and remodeled with private natural mineral spring tubs for guests to enjoy in the sanctuary of their own room.” Eighteen of the rooms have private tubs in their balconies as well. Some of the rooms were decorated by the local wineries, with mini-mineral spas in the rooms’ patios.

They fully restored the ballroom, creating another more historical space for events. It is located in the old building on the back-end of the Paso Robles property. There is also a restored lobby and renovated rooms on the second floor.

The lobby has been historically recreated using old photos as a guide. Ignace Paderewski’s piano is also on display. He used to come down from his room to play in the lobby.

The rooms are beautifully modern, with great design and flair, to attract upscale guests with special amenities.

HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS

The spirits of people who died trying to accomplish important goals or save lives sometimes can’t rest, unless they know the outcome of their efforts. Perhaps they are still trying to fulfill their old missions.

On December 12th 1940, a hotel desk clerk who was an older man was going up the stairway to the second floor when he saw a fire burning merrily away. He found himself in room 1007, where he called the lobby and reported the fire. He then warned guests to get out, saving many lives before he died (either from a heart attack, or from smoke inhalation).

Children who die while on vacation with their families often stay in the place where they last saw their parents, and try to find them there. The spirit of a young girl who may have drowned in the hot springs or died in an accident or from an illness has been seen.

MANIFESTATIONS

Most of the manifestations happen in the oldest surviving building complex: 1200.

For many years, staff and guests have witnessed the manifestations listed below. I couldn’t find any paranormal investigations of The Paso Robles Inn made public online.

The Spirit of Paso Robles Inn night clerk, J.H. Emsley

Apparently, this dedicated soul is still trying to warn of the dangerous fire.

The lobby receives calls from Room 1007, and a tiny disembodied voice tells them of a fire on the 2nd floor. When they check the room, no one is there, and there is no fire.

The spirit of a young girl

Her apparition has been seen wandering the hallway above the ballroom, and likes to stay in room 1207.

She also likes to roll her marbles across the ballroom floor, and make the event workers nervous.

The spirit of a former maid or attendant, probably employed by a wealthy guest.

This dedicated spirit likes to rearrange guests’ clothes in the middle of the night, preparing them for the guests to wear the next day.

The spirit of a young lady, dressed in a blue nightgown

She likes to stay on one of the bridges in the inn’s garden.

STILL HAUNTED?

Very possibly so. Though there is a lack of hard evidence, the volumes of experiences that have been reported point to the spirits listed above still being here.

1103 Spring Street Paso Robles, CA 93446

Located 3 blocks from Route 101, standing proudly on a property from 1857.

SOURCES INCLUDE

  • “Haunted places around SLO” by Celina Oseguera for MustangNews.net
  • “History Haunts the Paso Robles Inn” EclecticArcana
  • https://www.historichotels.org/hotels-resorts/paso-robles-inn/
  • “Paso Robles Inn: Historic Hotel That Once Housed Jesse James” California Through My Lens
  • “The Heroic Ghost Who Haunts The Paso Robles Inn Seeks Closure” BackPackVerse

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