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Our Stay at Brookdale Lodge


Every September my husband and I go to San Francisco for a quiet get-away. This year September 2007 we cut our time short in the city to stay one night at the Lodge. I heard the stories about the Brookdale Lodge, but wanted to see for myself. Being completely open-minded and wanting to see the "permanent visitors" I felt we had a chance.

We checked in, went to our room (#22) to get settled and wait for the dining room to open at 5pm. (One of spots where at least two "visitors" have been viewed).

We were the first to be seated in the dining room. Nothing. I even took pictures in hopes of "catching" something... nothing. While the dining room looked a bit tired and past its prime, the food was wonderful! Very generous portions, nicely presented, so we had a great dinner with no "visitors..." I was terribly sad, but I guess it wasn't meant to be.

We went back to our room, turned the television on and watched news for a short while when we heard someone moving into the room right next to us. (With a seemingly empty parking lot... Why do they put people in rooms right next to each other?) We were getting a little concerned as our new neighbors were a bit too loud. Not their television, but conversation muffled and lots of walking around. My husband always travels with earplugs just for occasions like these (noisy hotel neighbors). He seemed to be okay for the evening we turned the lights off went to sleep.

We woke probably 3 hours later with our room being incredibly hot. The heater switch is off, no heat coming from the heating unit. We figured it was our downstairs neighbor's heater (you know, the theory heat rises). Our neighbors were still walking around but their talking stopped. We fell back asleep.

As we checked out the next morning, I inquired of our host if we had neighbors in the rooms on either side of us. The answer was no. The heat thing? Probably unlikely our room would become incredibly hot without the heating source being in the room.

My thoughts, we didn't see the "permanent visitors" but we heard them and I'm very pleased.

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RRay (1 stories) (1 posts)
17 years ago (2007-10-03)
😲 wow! Thank you all for reading my little tale... And for your comments. I <wish> I could be more <aware> of "their" presence, but I'm not really quite sure how to go about it.
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
17 years ago (2007-09-27)
Thanks for sharing your story. I wish that I could go on some ghost hunt here but in my country ther isn, t a lot of peopl into this stuff. See you soon and take care
Abby (710 posts)
17 years ago (2007-09-26)
Dear R.Ray,

I would say you got your money's worth. :) Many people do not have the opportunity to have come as close as you and your wife did to experiencing the paranormal or ghosts. Each person is as aware as they choose to be on many levels. There are five senses and the sixth sense which involves all five senses, as well as the seventh sense, "common sense". You were using a few of those senses, and I think it worked out nicely for you both. Definitely got your money's worth. There would be others who would have slept without incident, while others who would have been disturbed all night. Frankly, if I am out looking for a paranormal event, I would want something to happen, but if I am vacationing, I would much prefer a quiet, night's rest. I wonder if they have "ghosts do not disturb" doorknob signs at the lodge? ;) --Abby
Bellissima (12 stories) (792 posts)
17 years ago (2007-09-25)
R. Ray, I'd be disappointed also if I had been looking forward to seeing some otherworldly guests. At least you got the next best thing! Did you do any asking around about the history of the neighboring rooms? If you plan to go again (I'd want to after that!) make sure you take a recorder as well as your camera, you never know what you might catch on tape! Maybe you could even book yourselves into the room where you heard the talking! That could be very interesting, at the very least you'd get a nice vacation out of it. Good luck with your ghost hunting! 😊
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
17 years ago (2007-09-25)
sounds like the permanent visitors are there to stay. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

God Bless!
Shane (13 stories) (1258 posts)
17 years ago (2007-09-25)
Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

Peace, Love, and Luck be with you.

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