On Halloween, no less!

By Meghan Overdeep
September 30, 2019

Room 311 at The Read House in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is considered one of the most haunted hotel rooms in the country. And now, for the first time since its massive $28 million renovation, the historic downtown hotel is offering guests the very rare opportunity to spend a night within Room 311’s infamous four walls.

The only time this newly restored room will be made available for overnight reservations this year, “The Read House Haunted Room 311 Experience” package offers one-night stays on October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. According to a hotel representative, however, only the 31st (Halloween night!) is still up for grabs.

Room 311, also known as known as Annalisa Netherly’s room, is haunted by the ghost of Annalisa Netherly, a guest who was allegedly beheaded in the bathtub by a jealous lover in the 1920s. Over the years, guests have reported experiencing a variety of paranormal activity in the room, including unexplained noises, flickering lights, running water, shadowy figures, and more.

And that’s not all. Room 311 is also known for housing Al Capone on his way to his federal trial for tax evasion in Chicago. At the time, the windows of the room were secured with rebar to prevent his escape. According to a press release, the hotel “reinstalled this unique feature so guests could get a glimpse of what it looked like during that time.”

The Read House went all out to make it an authentic experience, so don’t expect anything too fancy. “The room was restored to make Annalisa Netherly comfortable – not today’s hotel guest,” general manager Ken Merkel explains on the hotel website. “The room does not have any of the modern amenities the other rooms in the hotel offer and is not meant to.”

Not interested in snuggling up with a ghost in a vintage bed? The hotel also offers complimentary daily tours of Room 311 between noon and 2p.m. for both visitors and locals, so you can get in and out while the sun is still shining.

But, for those who can stomach it, “The Read House Haunted Room 311 Experience” package starts at an appropriately creepy $666, and includes exclusive overnight accommodations in Room 311, complimentary valet parking, an in-room decanter of “Bathtub Gin,” two 311 Cocktails at the Bar & Billiards Room, $100 dining credit at the hotel’s Bridgeman’s Chophouse restaurant and in-room breakfast service—should you make it to morning. Mwahaha!

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