One of the most haunted hotels in the world is the Berengaria Hotel on the island of Cyprus. The doors to this magnificent hotel opened in 1931. The builder of the hotel is Mr. Kokkalos, who was a resident of Prodomos village. He used his savings and money gathered from his friends to invest in the construction of this hotel. The hotel was a fantasy come true. There were many notables that stayed at this hotel. One notable was Pharouk, who was the King of Egypt at the time. The president of Israel also stayed at this hotel. The hotel became known as a royal hotel, because of its distinguished guests. When Mr. Kokkalos passed away, he left the hotel for his 3 sons. The sons after inheriting the hotel, bickered and fought. There was fighting amongst the brothers due to greed, pride and jealousy. The hotel was in a disarray due to the new owners, the three brothers. The hotel eventually fell into shambles and the three brothers all died mysteriously under suspicious circumstances. It was rumored that they were murdered. Another strange death was the manager of the hotel, who committed suicide. For 53 years the hotel was open, but in 1984, the hotel closed its doors for good.
Rumors galore started on the island of Cyprus that this hotel was haunted. Karen Jean Caruso (Walker) who stayed in the hotel in 1980 was walking down one of the hallways and found herself walking into a portal. She knew it was a portal, because one area of the hallway felt thick. Karen felt like she walked through an invisible wall. When she came out of the wall, she saw a gathering of people in the lobby that seemed like they were dressed in clothing from the 1930s. She saw men dressed eloquently with middle eastern attire. As Karen looked at this strange crowd, she again felt the thickness in the air and when the thickness was gone, the people she saw in the lobby vanished. Karen to this day, doesn’t know if what she saw were ghosts from the past or if somehow, she stepped back into time. Some people claimed to have seen shadows through the shattered windows and heard screams and cries. Additionally, another story holds that two female ghosts roam the hotel. One of them was found dead in the swimming pool, and it’s said she still hangs around in an effort to avenge her death. The other is that of a young woman with distinguishably dark hair who is seen at the hotel dressed in white linen, and can allegedly be seen leaning against one of the windows at sunset.
There are reports that on the hotel grounds, a large black dog is seen roaming the grounds at dusk. Demonic red eyes are seen at times peering out from the windows of the hotel. A former guest at the hotel Giorgos Mattas says that when he stayed at the hotel, he was visited in his room by a hooded dark figure that was carrying a long blade. The demonic entity approached him and stabbed Giorgos in the chest. Giorgos felt a sharp stabbing pain in his chest and screamed. The entity then vanished. Giorgos was eventually assisted by hotel staff and when he went for a medical check-up, he learned he had a small stroke. Giorgos believes that the demonic entity that he saw in his room caused the stroke. Giorgos believes that the hotel is filled with dark energy.
Paul Dale Roberts, HPI’s Esoteric Detective
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