Italy's Room 152, Decadent and Haunted
The Westin Excelsior is famously known for languishing their guests with some of the most decadent suites that a first rate hotel can offer the privileged. However ghost hunters prefer room 152, the prime location where they are guaranteed paranormal activity all hours of the day and night.
Night sweats, hand tremors, grand illusions, and temporary disorientation. These are just a few of the experiences that you may sample while staying in room 152 at the five star-luxury Westin Excelsior in Florence, Italy.
Located in Tuscany, a designated World Heritage Site, the architects designed the elegant thirteenth century Italian oasis in the Florentine tradition. Despite the supernatural activity, the hotel has all of the bells and whistles that will absolutely delight your sense of sight, smell and sound. Enchanting, historic and glamorous, the Westin Excelsior is also listed as one of the most haunted hotels in the world by the Tauck tour experts.
Armed with an American dream, Arthur Tauck started the travel company in 1925 when he set out on his first tour through New England. The company now offers a travelogue that gives feedback, advise on worldwide destinations, group travel, travel tools and reviews, including haunted hotels, cruise ships and riverboats.
Mass burials with bodies buried by the hundreds is nothing short of disastrous, but the Black Death of 1348 left the victims of Florence defenseless. Pestilence from the bubonic and pneumatic plagues were at the heart of lowering the city's population by twenty-five to fifty percent, and the inhumane disposal of human life would guarantee restless spirits running mad in a chaotic frenzy in search of a deserved and proper final resting place.
The Westin Excelsior Hotel is located at the core of these prior unsettled conditions, but despite having a deep history filled with sorted tales of hauntings and extreme paranormal activity, artists, celebrities, and politicians flock to the luxury hotel in search of old world grandeur, tranquility, rejuvenation and all of the fine elements of well-being.
A euphoric atmosphere is aimed at refreshing your tired body, and thoughtful touches include a signature "Westin Heavenly Bed," covered in 200-thread count sheets that entice you to completely clear your senses after an exciting trip around one of the most cultured cities where fashion, cuisine and entertainment invite you to sample it all. An on-site glass-enclosed rooftop terrace offering elegant dining awaits those who desire a low key evening while taking in the 360-degree panoramic view of one of the most lively and beautiful cities on the planet.
The Westin Excelsior is famously known for languishing their guests with some of the most decadent suites that a first rate hotel can offer the privileged, from the fifth floor Belvedere Suite with a romantic terrace that allows for views of the Arno River and the highly requested fifth floor Presidential Suite with fine eighteenth century Italian decor that includes oil paintings, antiques and semi precious stones. This suite is requested by celebrities due to it's raw splendor and complete privacy.
Former President, Bill Clinton vacationed over the Easter holiday in Florence and while abroad met up with Italy's President Napolitano to discuss the dream team's plan to save Italy. Mr. Clinton is well known at the Westin Excelsior Hotel in Florence, but he more then likely stayed far away from room 152 where much of the paranormal activity is reported by guests, staff, tour guides and ghost hunters. When vacationing or filming in Florence, Top Gun and Mission Impossible 5 star, Tom Cruise checks-in at the Westin Excelsior luxury hotel for movie-star treatment and quiet time, but the A-list actor isn't checking into room 152 any time soon, this celebrity prefers the private suites located on the fifth floor of the hotel.
Room 152 is small in size compared to the other 170 period style rooms and enchanting suites found in the luxury hotel, but it is the preferred choice of ghost hunters and assigned Tauck Directors due to the guaranteed Italian adventure of paranormal activity that occurs in the room. Fully charged with strange phenomenon and unexplained events, to date, repeated overnight stays in the room have never failed to show that someone or something is trying to communicate with whomever is willing to listen.
Misplaced and missing objects are constantly reported by guests staying in room 152 only to find out later that the item was found in another location. Dark shadows overcome the room, lights flicker, the faucets turn on and off and the feeling that someone is laying on the bed with you simply cannot be ignored. For unsuspecting guests, looking in the mirror is a dangerous game, but if you are willing to bet that a strange set of ghostly eyes will be looking back at you, then you will win.
Paranormal investigators have caught images on camera and mysterious voices have been picked up through electronic voice phenomenon. Each and everyone of the Taucks Director's have reported the overwhelming feeling of being watched and one became so frightened that she reported the incident and moved to another hotel entirely.
Location: Piazza Ognissanti 3, 50123 Florence, Italy.