The Haunted Magnolia Hotel
Woman seen in picture located in ballroom
Venue space in the Original 1850
Dining Room of the Magnolia Hotel!
Available for luncheons, meetings, baby showers, bridal showers, etc.
"PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS"
We do offer Private Guided Day Tours of the Magnolia Hotel given by co-owner and author,
Erin O Wallace-Ghedi when available
and by appointment only.
Cost is $25 per person with a minimum of 4 guests and maximum of 20.
Tour last about 1 1/2 hours.
This tour takes you through every room in the building including the 1840's Indian Raid Shelter below the hotel. You are given the a verbal and pictorial history of the hotel from 1840 to present. If so desire, information about the spirits who still reside will be included. After the tour, Erin's books "Haunted New Braunfel's", "Haunted Seguin" and "Mysteries of the Magnolia Hotel" are available for sale and will gladly sign them.
Would you AND UP TO 3 OTHER GUESTS stay overnight in the
1840's Historic Frontier Magnolia Hotel
that has been labeled
"The Most Haunted Hotel in Texas"?
If your answer is YES, then continue reading!
As an overnight guest (a total of only 4 guests allowed) in our newly restored single suite/apartment on the second floor you will have full access to 5 rooms (a living room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom). These 5 rooms were part of the original 1850 ten room hotel that flourished with guests until 1900. Guests arriving by stagecoach then later by steam engine trains enjoyed a comfortable night's rest in this once thriving hotel.
On the evening of your check-in (4:00PM), you will be provided with a temporary secret code to open the exterior door leading to the suite's stairway. This exterior doorway is located on S. Crockett St. Just imagine how many thousands of weary travelers crossed this threshold seeking a comfortable night's rest. Once opening the exterior door directly in front of you, you will be see the original 1850's stairs beckoning you to enter. Take note of the row of vintage pictures along the left side of the wall as you walk upwards.
With each step you will be greeted by all the previous owners/guardians of the hotel from Texas Ranger, James Campbell (who was ambushed and brutally murdered by Comanches in 1840), Colonel Thomas Johnston (who died at the hotel 1890), to the current owners, the Ghedi's. Many have said you can actually feel spirits accompanying you up the stairs.
On your right you will see pictures of the hotel as it looked during it's prime with the huge balcony along the front. Midway of the stairs on your right you can actually still see the top of the entrance to the 1847 original Magnolia Hotel below made out of solid limecrete. At the top of the stairs you will then enter another door leading you inside your suite.
The first room of the suite is a large living room (JJ's room). This room was a popular stay for numerous Traveling Salesmen who visited the hotel. One such salesman, known as JJ sadly committed suicide in this room. To your right is an old-fashioned bedroom with a queen size bed, where an older woman died in her sleep. A few steps more is a charming king size bedroom (John Does room). This is where a violent fight broke out and a man, known as John Doe was murdered. To your left is a quaint non-cooking kitchen where a antique rocking chair often rocks without anyone sitting in it. In the left corner of the suite is a full size bathroom with a shower. This room is known to give you a feeling of being watched.
Once you have check-in and unloaded your luggage, head out to the Downtown Historic District's City Park across the street. It is a stunning area of Seguin. There are historic markers, statues, flags, a gorgeous water fountain and always a soft breeze. Though cruel it is still history, take note of the oak tree by the gazebo with the iron hook embedded in it. In the lawless days of the 1800's, they would chain prisoners to the hook and brutally whip them for committing a crime. Across the street from the park is the now closed Park Plaza Hotel. In front of the hotel is a crepe myrtle tree planted on the corner. This is exactly where the hanging tree once stood where many men were hung to death for their crimes. After dark the city square is filled with music from the Warehouse Bar across the street. That building was once the old hardware store for locals but is now a happening nightclub. After nightfall the park's oaks come alive with thousands of twinkling lights giving you the feel of being in a fairy tale.
Afterwards head back to the Magnolia Hotel's suite. Get into your comfies, turn down the lights and curl up on the living room's vintage fainting lounge with a cup of hot coffee and read the book "Mysteries of the Magnolia Hotel" written by the co-owner of the hotel, Erin O Wallace-Ghedi. Better yet, watch the PBS' documentary (that was filmed at and about the hotel) called "Emma's Little Secret" or the movie "13 Ghosts" which happens to be the number of spirits still residing in the hotel. Now crawl into your bed and wait for the possible paranormal activity to come knocking at your door or simply fall asleep, if you dare. When you wake up there is a coffee maker with all the coffee fixin's,
prepackaged breakfast bars and fruit juice. Be sure to fill out our guests experiences book. We love hearing the stories from our visitors!
COMING SOON! VIP Experience!!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE AN EVEN MORE INTENSE EXPERIENCE
while staying overnight at the Magnolia Hotel then read below:
Your overnight stay at the Magnolia Hotel includes the 5 large rooms as described above. It does not include the entire second story floor nor the grounds of the property.
BUT there is a small white door leading to the other side that will soon have a sign saying:
"WARNING: UN-RESTORED area of the building. Secret code needed"
If you would like to venture into the other side of the building that is UN-RESTORED
we will soon be offering access to it as part of your overnight stay. After confirming your AirBnB reservation, you can request access to the 12 room un-restored side of the second story floor for an additional fee of $100 (this is in addition to your overnight fee).
The 12 rooms to explore include the pink bathroom, traveling salemen's lobby, prisoners room, Madame Rosebuds room, Itzy's room, Sam's room and of course
the murderer's room. Keep in mind this area is UN-RESTORED, has NO electricity, no AC or heat and is NOT prepared for overnight accommodations. It is dark, dusty, cobweeby and spooky! You will need a flashlight. This is purely for entertainment. It is for observing the hotel's original architecture, seeing what it looked like before we restored it, enjoying the extended history of the building, investigating or just viewing this section out of pure curiosity sake. This arrangement must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your overnight stay. If interested in this experience you will message us through AirBnb and we will give the contact information to pay for your access by credit card over the phone. You will then be given the secret code to unlock the door. Though it is consider the more haunted area of the building we DO NOT guarantee that you will have a paranormal experience. Our spirits decide who, when and if they wish to come forward.
No refunds for being too scary, not scary enough, too dusty, not dusty enough, too cobweeby, not cobweeby enough, not having a paranormal experience nor having too many paranormal experiences, etc., etc., etc.. We will guarantee it is very interesting!
Frequently asked questions
About our AirBnB Suite:
Can I bring outsiders to just view the suite while I am staying there?
No. Only the 1-4 registered guests are allowed inside.
Do you have a porch with rocking chairs or a swing to sit outside on.
No, please look at the pictures of the hotel. There use to be a long porch attached to the hotel in 1910 but is no longer there.
Do you have a pool, hot tub or exercise room on the property?
Can I have the entire second floor for my overnight stay?
Not now, but in the near future it will be available for an extra cost along with your confirmed reservation through AirBnb.
Do I have to pay for the AirBnb suite to just have access to the other side?
Do you have WIFI?
No, not at this time.
Does my stay include a tour?
We do offer our Guided Ghost Tours but only on select dates and tickets must be
pre-purchased. One is not included in your overnight stay.
Is the Indian Raid shelter, backyard and your home open to overnight guests to view? No, your overnight stay is for the 2 bedroom, living room, non-working kitchen and private bathroom single suite only. We do not have a porch.
Is the price the same if I only have 1 person?
Yes it is the same for 1, 2, 3 or 4 guests. It is a flat rate of $249 plus tax.
Is a child considered a guest?
Yes, no matter what the age they are considered a guests.
Will I have to share my suite with a stranger?
Only if you book the room with a stranger! The suite belongs to the person reserving the room and their guests.
Can I have a paranormal investigation in the suite during my overnight stay?
Sure, as long as you follow our house rules and understand your overnight stay is for the single suite only.
Can I make payments, layaway or installments for my overnight stay?
We require a full nights stays as your deposit for your reservation so sorry, no.
Do you guarantee I will see a ghost?
If I get scared can you come stay with me?
Umm, double no.
Are there things to do in Seguin?
Yes, just google "Things to do in Seguin, Texas." The Historic Downtown District"s City Park across the street is gorgeous. It's worth the stroll over there.
Is your breakfast home cooked?
No, we offer prepackaged breakfast bars, coffee and juice.
Can I bring my pet since it is very tiny, blind and deaf?
Ok, that was a tough one but the rules are "no pets."