So I read every single review of the Silver Queen Hotel before I made a reservation here. And most of them I have to say are pretty right on. Here was my take on everything: My bf and I were given room 19, and our travel companions were given 18 by luck of the draw. The stairs are killer I must say, and we were on the top floor. But OMG the view made the climb worth it, it was the most beautiful sight you can imagine! Even with the fall clouds rolling in and out, you really could see for miles. It was like a painting, no photograph could capture how lovely it was. That right there made the room worth it! I loved the floral hall/stairway carpet. There were transoms above every door, and on just about every wall. It was very fitting for the old hotel itself.
Our room had floor to ceiling windows which I love. I don't like staying in a room without windows. Which in the fall can really let the chill in, but the floor heater worked perfectly for it. The room was basic, the bed was cozy, and the two of us cuddled up against the cold each night which was very sweet. Large old table and chairs in the corner of the room, which I used to put my makeup on in the mornings while I looked out the window. The plain beige carpet in the room was a little old, but not bad. True a lamp would have been great on the bedside table for evening reading as one previous guest had written here, but there are no plugs for one in that corner of the room. The bathroom was very small, with a tiny shower. Living in SF this was nothing unusual for us. And our friends room was the mirror image set up of our room right next door.
Onto ghostly matters. We lounged in the downstairs bar area until our wonderful new friend Tina decided it was closing time both nights. She filled us with drinks and hotel ghost stories, and our friends found out much to their horror/delight their room, #18 has had its share of haunts over the years. Our first night there, while everyone was in the front area of the bar, I was walking around looking at the articles in the back area. I went over and was reading the large panel on the back wall, when I saw what I believe was an orb with my own eye, (not on a camera) near the right hand corner . It was soft matte white around the edges and clear in the center, about the size of a golf ball. I've never seen anything like this before in my life! And of course it dissipated after only a few seconds. I was a little shaken by this. Back upstairs my bf and I find that our once cracked open transom is now wide open. Again slightly freaked out, it now dawns on me there were herds of ghost tours running around in here earlier which most likely with all of the creaky floor vibrations caused it to open as much as it did. We closed it up tight, and it was fine after that. Getting to sleep, one must understand how truly tissue thin the walls are. The hotel was packed to the brim with drunken partying wedding guests all weekend long. We could hear everyone's cough, laugh, conversation, sneeze, etc. So it was hard to tell which might have been ghosts or guests in the hallway both nights we were there. And that was fine with me! If you're a light sleeper, you might want to reconsider booking here for that reason. Nothing scary in our room I will report though. There were rain storms both nights we were there, and hearing the rain on the big windows was really beautiful.
Our friends room, now that's a different story. Without going into detail, somehow one of their windows had been opened a few inches on the second evening of their stay, and not by them or house cleaning as they had told the girls they didn't need their room made up the second day since their wasn't much to clean. After my bf helped them close the now stuck up window, we retired to our room. Our friends told us the next morning, that once they turned the lights off and laid down, there was a soft knocking on their other window coming from outside, on and off all night long. In the wee hours of the morning just to see what would happen, they opened the first window just a crack that had the mysterious opening in it from before, and the tapping then stopped at the other window. Granted, none of this happened the night before. Again they loved it, and were scared at the same time. Nothing mean spirited here, just playful I guess.
Overall, all of us had fun. Beautiful old hotel, maybe next time we'll stay in the suites one floor down. They were really lovely. Tina and Karen were really nice and helpful. View was great, the price was good, and the drinks were strong and cheap in the bar. We never lost cell phone reception like some had mentioned previously. We didn't meet a single person in and around the town that was not accommodating, welcoming, and incredibly friendly! When each person asked where we were staying, and we told them, oddly enough the answer was always the same,"Oh, that should be fun!" And sure enough it was!
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