Aspen’s Jerome IS a Haunted Hotel

by Chris on August 30, 2011

A reader has a ghostly encounter at Hotel Jerome in Aspen, proof (to me, at least), that the place was haunted.

Jerome haunted hotel

More than a year ago, I stayed at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen – and had an experience that convinced me that it was haunted. No one believed me. But then I received an email from John Devlin, a reader from Fort Collins, Colo., who found my post through Google. Here’s his story below:

“I just got back from my stay in Hotel Jerome in  Aspen last night (Sunday).  I was doing a little research on the Hotel Jerome and came across your ghost experience.  I thought I would share my experience with you.

I checked into room 216 Friday around 7:30 p.m..  After getting settled in with my girlfriend, we decided to go out for dinner.  I went into the bathroom and saw that both sinks were about half full of soapy water.

I asked my girlfriend what she was doing with the sinks.  She seemed perplexed and came into the bathroom with a look of surprise.  She swears to me that she didn’t fill the sinks with water.  We didn’t think too much of it and went to dinner.  We talked about it when we got back and I said she had been drinking and didn’t realize she filled the sinks. She insisted that she never pulled the sink plunger up and only used one sink and never filled it.

Jerome haunted hotel

The next night we were in the hotel with the bartender Ryan.  He had just started working at the hotel about a month ago and has been doing a lot of research on it.  I told Ryan about our ghost experience and that I read about water boy in the hotel information book in the room.

When I mentioned that the sinks had soapy water in them his face turned ashen and he left.  The waitress listening to my story said she had chills and was creeped out by my story, and said she hated going into the rooms by herself, especially at night.

Jerome haunted hotel

Ryan came back with a print out from Wikipedia and it talked out the maid named Katie Kerrigan who haunts the hotel.

I know you know her story with the hotel.  Well I got to experience it firsthand!  This was my first ghost encounter.  I never really put much credence into it until now.”

I feel vindicated.


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Abby August 30, 2011 at 11:33 am

I love it! Third ghost story I’ve heard this week, as I gear up for Halloween. (My magazine’s a monthly, so we’re closing October!) I’ve always wanted to go to Jerome.


Lori September 1, 2011 at 7:17 am

Interesting experience – though I imagine a bit frightening too. Would you go and stay in a haunted hotel now?


Sara September 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Wait, thats crazy that both your reader’s story AND your own story from the past had the sinks filled with soapy water! I dont think I would ever be able to stay in a haunted hotel…I’m too much of a wuss!


Chris September 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

@Sara – I know! That’s why I’m now convinced that the Jerome has some kind of spirit with a cleaning fetish.


Cailin September 4, 2011 at 8:30 am

ahhhhhhh so creepy!!!!!!!!!!!
I would probably check out and go somewhere else haha


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