Ok...back to the weekend.
The Adolphus used to host TONS of famous musicians like
Rosemary Clooney, Dizzy Gillespie,
The Andrews Sisters, Duke Ellington, Bing Crosby, and on and on and on.
It is ALSO rumored to be haunted. OOOoooh, how exciting, yes? Several 'hauntings' have been documented since the 1930s. One of the most dramatic:
A bride was to be wed in the ballroom of the Adolphus, but was left at the altar by her groom-to-be. To add insult to injury, her wedding date was also her birthday. Apparently, late that night, she hung herself where the wedding was supposed to take place. Many people have seen a mysterious 'woman in white' wandering the hotel, often accompanied by the tinkling of a music box.
Since the ballroom used to be located on the 19th floor (prior to renovations which changed the floor to regular hotel rooms), people also report hearing jazz and big band music in the hallways. These reports have been made for decades now.
The evening we stayed, we went 'ghost hunting', of course. We walked through the 19th floor, and heard weeping! Oooooh! We're pretty sure it was coming from a television, but hey! At least it's something semi-spooky. (That's me, faux-ghost, in the window)
The really spooky thing happened the morning we were checking out. On our way down to the lobby, we entered one of the gorgeous paneled and mirrored elevators. My friend pressed 'Lobby', and we very eerily started moving UP. (We started out on the 7th floor) To our surprise and general dismay, when the doors opened up, we were on the 19th floor!!! Quite creeped out, we quickly hit the Lobby button, and the doors closed, then opened up on the 19th floor again! Finally, we made it to the lobby. Scary, huh? It would have been more frightening at night, but it was still pretty dang creepy.
The light coming through the chandeliers was soooo enchanting. I wish I had brought a better camera, but I wanted a small one I'd actually carry with me. When I bring the big-honking SLR, I frequently don't want to mess with lugging it around.
Okay, that's about it for the hotel. I've gushed enough.