This image of the Hotel Monte Vista, located at 100 N. San Francisco St., was taken by Fronske Studio in 1945.
It appears that some of the former guests at one of Flagstaff’s most haunted hotels are still roaming the building.
In room 305, guests have reported seeing a rocking chair rock by itself and hearing knocking coming from the closet. Legend has it that an elderly woman once lived in the room and would sit by the window for hours on end. People walking by the room’s window report seeing a woman rocking in the chair and housekeepers report finding the chair moved to a place different from where they left it.
Two prostitutes are said to haunt room 306 next door. The women were supposedly killed there in the early 1940s, their bodies thrown from the third floor window. Male guests have reported the feeling of cold hands over their mouths or throats and awakening unable to breathe.
Another long-term renter who used to live in room 220 may still be there. He died in his room and wasn’t found until three days later. A maintenance man reported finding the TV turned on at full volume and the bed sheets ripped to shreds. Guests still report the TV turning on by itself and the touch of cold hands in the middle of the night.
A little boy is said to eternally wander the halls of the hotel looking as if he is speaking with his mother. Modern day guests and staff have also seen a couple in formal dress laughing and dancing in the Cocktail Lounge, perhaps reliving a happier moment in their lives.
The actor John Wayne, who frequently stayed in room 210, reported hearing a knock at the door and the call “room service” several times. Other guests have reported the same experience and staff have seen a young man in a red coat with brass buttons in the hall outside of room 210.