We stayed one Saturday night and it was arguably the worst night of our lives.
Just after midnight, we heard two bouts of incredibly loud noises for about 10 seconds each, which appeared to be coming from the room above. To put in context, it sounded like somebody slamming all of the bedroom furniture on the floor. We honestly thought it was an earthquake or something very serious and that we were in grave danger.
In a state of panic, we immediately packed our bags and ran outside the room, expecting to see other hotel guests who (we thought obviously) had also heard the noises. Not a single person was around. We could hear a band playing faintly in the next door bar, but that was it. There were also no night-time staff members to be seen anywhere.
After trying to work out what the noises could've been, we could come up with no plausible explanation and had to convince my gf that we weren't going to sleep in the car. We spent the rest of the night with the light on.
To add to the mystery, at about 2am, we heard the occupants of the room above ours, quietly return. This suggested that at the time of the 'incident', the above room had therefore clearly been empty, which increased our suspicions of what it may have been.
We checked out immediately in the morning and explained our experiences to the manager at the time; both clearly still shaken and asked for a full refund. The manager was very sympathetic and apologetic, and we discussed all of the possible explanations, but all ideas were dismissed. We then asked whether the hotel was haunted, to which (after a long pause) we were quietly told that there had been a number of unexplained incidents over the years. We were given a full refund and left immediately.
You have been warned (unless of course you're into that kind of thing..!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mac's Hotel Bentinck was originally constructed in 1855 and has been renovated in classy Victorian style. Boasting 14 beautifully designed spacious guest rooms, some offering breath taking ocean views. All rooms at this 4 star accommodation are air conditioned and include Austar cable TV, wireless internet access, mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. Select rooms feature whirlpool bathtubs. Continental buffet breakfast, WIFI, Austar & onsite gym facilities inclusive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quality Hotel Bentinck Portland, Victoria, Australia