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The Haunted Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, New York

The Historic and Haunted Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, New York 
The Shanley Hotel is a gracious old-style inn nestled in the Shawangunk Mountains of Ulster County, New York. It consists of 35 rooms, a hidden basement room, and a former bordello. Paranormal activity can be experienced here at any hour of the day or night. Reputable paranormal investigators have documented activity with EVPs and photos, and countless guests have told of their experiences. Ongoing research has uncovered news articles and other documentation about past inhabitants and events at the hotel.

Rocking chairs have been seen rocking on their own, mysterious clocks chime, cold and hot spots felt, along with aromas such as Emma's (in spirit) home style cooking. Many report hearing sounds such as James Shanley's (deceased former owner) whistling, footsteps in the halls and on the stairs, opening and closing of doors, piano music, voices, or laughter of children. Some have seen mysterious shadows and apparitions, report feelings of being watched and followed, and objects moving or being relocated.

Upon entering the Bordello, people have reported feeling lightheaded, shortness of breath, heaviness and feelings of joy/sadness. The 'Bordello' is considered the most active place in the Hotel.

Rumors of mysterious cover-up deaths, murders and secrets are slowly revealed from the spirits whose stories want to be told - the good times and the bad. Book your stay and see why we say, "The Spirits
Are Inn"!
Shanley Hotel and its ghostsThe Historic and Haunted Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, New York
Shanley Hotel History
In a picture postcard setting with views of the Shawangunk Mountains in the distance, in a sleepy little hamlet of the historic Hudson Valley is the Shanley Hotel. No matter where you seemed to go, someone had a great time at Shanley's.

From the late 1800's to the early 1900's the Shanley Hotel was a summer vacation destination and had been the resting stop on the railroad for many a weary traveler. It was the towns favorite watering hole and home for the hard workers during the D&H Canal to the Industrial age. Aka....tending to the nobility ,consisting of a 'Private Gentleman's Club Quarters' doors only opened to their distinguish members and availability to the 'Ladies'.
Shanley Hotel BedroomShanley Hotel Brothel
The original hotel was first built by Thomas Ritch in 1845, claiming in a local newspaper to be, "one of the area's best with fine food and new furnishing." In 1851 it became Hungerford's Hotel, "one of the most beautiful and commodious public houses to be found in any section of the country." Several owners later, Adolph Wagner, a popular landlord, bought the hotel in January of 1887. On March 18, 1895 trouble came when a nearby house caught fire. It spread to the hotel, burning it down to the foundation. By September, the new frame was up and in November it was open to the public once again.

There have been many owners since then but the one who seemed to have placed The Napanoch Hotel on the map was James Louis Shanley. He was born in Ireland on October 31 (Halloween), 1874 and moved with his family to New York City. James and his brothers were successful business men, opening many elegant restaurants and Hotels across the country. He moved upstate and purchased the hotel on October 1, 1906. In 1908 he added a bowling alley, billiard room and barber shop to the building.

James Shanley was a gallant man and well loved in the community. He married Beatrice Rowley on April 26,1910. The town turned out for an 'good old time skimmerton ,with a grand parade welcoming back the honeymooners from Washington D.C..

The Shanleys welcomed everyone, with entertainment, card and domino torments, as well as glorious parties and holding special events. The rich and famous were also fans of the Shanleys. Thomas Edison and Eleanor Roosevelt were frequent guests and close friends. The Shanleys attended the Inaugural Ball in Washington for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt took particular care on making the arrangements. In 1933, Eleanor and her friend motored from Rosco to Hyde Park, stopping at the Shanley's for a social visit.

Cheerful times were without hardships and the hotel had their share. Mrs. Beatrice Shanley had three children, all of which died within nine months of birth. Beatrice was known for her high teas and social card parties. Extravagant perfumes, priceless jewelry, and fancy clothing adorned her petite figure. Garnished on her Victorian bed were sheets made of satin and silk. Apparently, she adored children, allowing them to take their afternoon naps on her bed.

Mrs. Shanley's sister, Esther Faughman, and brother in-law, John Faughman, lived in an adjoining apartment. Esther was a beautiful woman with a big heart. She yearned for her friends and family back home in New York City, and patiently waited by the mahogany telephone booth each day for the phone to ring. Sadly, she died, leaving her
precious little girls for Beatrice and James to raise.

The hotel's barber suffered tragedy likewise, when his 4 year old daughter drowned in the well. There were several other accidental deaths, missing persons and rumors of murder through out the years.

In 1937 the community suffered a great loss when James endured a heart attack and died August 26th. Several priests attended to his funeral services. Among the many expressions of sorrow and sympathy sent from far and near to Mrs. Shanley, was one from Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, wife of the President of the United States. Mrs.
Roosevelt sent flowers to Mrs. Shanley and in a accompanying letter expressed regret that she had not known of Mr. Shanley's death in time so that she might have attended the funeral.

In 1944, Beatrice sold the hotel to Allen Hazen and moved back to NYC. Interestingly, Al Hazen was born and had died the same days (different years) as James Shanley. The owners of the hotel over the years were mostly family oriented yet welcome travelers far and near. If the hotel wasn't your home, it was definitely your second lodging.

Ownership changed hands repeatedly soon after Mr. Hazen's death, eventually leaving the hotel vacant and in distress. Under the current dedicated ownership of Salvatore Nicosia the hotel is being lovingly restored to his former glory, salvaging its memories and atoning its noble history. After a one night stay, visitors feel the same, it is their home too.


Shanley Hotel
56 Main Street
Napanoch, NY 12458
Phone:(845) 467-7056


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