Is The Plaza Resort & Spa Haunted?
Judge for Yourself…
Our historic Daytona Beach hotel is over 100 years old and has been the topic of many paranormal conversations. Employees and guests over the years have thought they saw or heard strange paranormal happenings; but of course that was all hearsay… until now.
The Plaza’s Investigation by American Ghost Adventures
The Plaza’s Investigation by Historic Haunts
Full Security Camera Footage
On August 25, 2013, security camera footage captured what appears to be a ghost-like figure in the Veranda Bar & Grille, late at night after closing. The figure moves around the bar area, changing shape. After our security guard saw the suspicious occurrence on the surveillance camera and arrived at the Veranda to check out the suspicious activity; the ghostly figure appears to retreat.
Original security camera footage can be seen below.
Hotel security chief, Chris Lenkiewicz and his staff were watching security monitors when they saw something odd moving through the Veranda Bar & Grille. “It wasn’t dust. It wasn’t a flashlight. There was nobody in the bar causing this aberration. I went and personally checked it out myself… In the past, I know I have had strange things happen to me at the hotel. One night, I tried to open a door that was not locked. It seemed like someone was pulling on the knob on the other side. I finally got the door open and no one was inside,” said Lenkiewicz.
The Plaza’s history begins in 1888, just 12 years after Daytona had its first “town” meeting. Originally it was called The Clarendon. It got its name from the original cottage that was expanded to become the hotel. It was built by one of the first American settlers to the area, Charles Ballough, who built a large beach cottage at the end of Ocean Boulevard. Although it was a summer residence for the Wisconsin native at first, the cottage was soon expanded and was named “The Clarendon”.
In February, 1909, tragedy struck the popular hotel. At the height of the Winter Season, a fire broke out and the entire hotel was destroyed. During renovations, many hidden underground hallways were discovered. The “new” Clarendon was opened on New Year’s Day in 1911. It was renamed the Plaza Resort many years later.
Some of the regular ghost sightings include the spirits of a man in overalls believed to be a maintenance worker, a little girl seen running around and a man believed to be a prior manager of the property. Late at night one may experience odd elevator activity such as doors opening & closing on their own.
Over the years, guests have contacted us to relate their ‘visits’. One such story comes from a Guest staying at The Plaza in 2012: “On the way back to Illinois after staying there, my husband told me that he saw a woman in odd attire standing over the bed in the middle of the night. He isn’t one to admit to ghosts and would have been the first to not believe ghost stories.”
Due to the recent activity in the bar and other suspicious “ghost” activity, a paranormal investigator conducted an investigation at the hotel early November, 2013. She stayed in one of the reported haunted rooms. Click here for the blog article.
WESH Report – Haunted Hotel
The Plaza Resort and Spa was recently featured by NBC (WESH) in Orlando, reporting on supernatural sightings at our Daytona Beach hotel. The story features interviews with the eye-witness guard as well as security camera footage of the phenomenon. You can view the story below.
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