The Real 1408 Story - The Hotel del Coronado


The Real 1408 Story
While the movie, and the Stephen King short story from which it was adapted are works of fiction, both. Behind every good ‘story’ lies, at the very least, a small amount of truth. So that while the movie 1408 follows horror writer Mike Enslin’s discovery of, and subsequent terrifying stay, within the Dolphin Hotel’s room 1408. The ‘real’ events that inspired Stephen King to pen this masterpiece of horror, occurred within the ‘Hotel Del Coronado’. A luxury beachfront hotel located in the city of Coronado, San Diego County, California.
The Hotel Del Coronado

One of the few surviving examples of the American architectural genre known as ‘the wooden Victorian beach resort’, the Hotel Del Coronado is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world, and was the first to use electrical lighting. It has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities throughout the years. In addition to one parapsychologist, ‘Christopher Chacon’, and his team. Who using a wide mix of ghost hunting gadgetry, from infrared cameras, through to devices that monitor changes in temperature, magnetic fields, and that can detect electronic emissions. Recorded no less than 37 abnormalities, within room 3502. And it was from the reports of these unusual occurrences within room 3502, of the Hotel Del Coronado, that Stephen King found his inspiration.
The Real Dolphin Hotel

As with the Dolphin Hotel, feelings of unease are said to be experienced long before reaching room 3502 of the Hotel Del Coronado. Where ‘phantoms’ have reportedly been seen lurking the hallways, and spectres have been witnessed climbing, and descending the stairs. Cleaning staff are said to often work in pairs out of fear of what they’ve seen previous, and as withn the movie 1408, the Hotel Del Coronado, has been the setting of a number of suicides. The most notorious of which is the suicide of ‘Kate Morgan’, who in 1892 is said to have been found on the steps of the hotel leading to the ocean. With a gun in her hand, and a bullet in her head. She had been staying in room 3312, another room that is said to experience 'unusual' phenomenon.
Room 3502

Room 3502, the room where Christopher Chacon and his team recorded numerous anomalies, is said to have been the private love nest of the Hotel Del Coronado’s builder himself, ‘E. S. Babcock’, and his mistress. But while the ‘haunting’ of room 3312 is attributed to the spirit of Kate Morgan’, nobody really knows why room 3502 is seemingly at the centre of events within the Hotel Del Coronado. And with stories from those who have dared to stay there ranging from flickering lights, and toilets flushing by themselves, through to the electrical equipment of a radio crew that tried to broadcast from within the room failing, the account of a secret service agent who was unable to make it through the night inside 3502, the disappearance of a maid who was never seen again, and the suicide of the hotel builders mistress. Room 3502 certainly lives up to its reputation, as the dark heart of the Hotel Del Coronado. A place where only the brave, and the foolish alike, dare to lay their heads for the night.

16 comments:

  1. cool. I'd never heard of this one. It's a pretty building. I suppose it's a good thing its on the complete other side of the country from me or I might be tempted to look around.

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  2. Yeah, haunted rooms are as much fun as haunted houses, aren't they? By the way, I listed "1408" as one of the best haunted house movies of all time. Thanks for the story behind the movie. Later!

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    1. The movie 1408 is a room in a hotel in new york. The real place that inspired 1408 is a hotel in California

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  3. In the opinion of this absolute believer that there are numerous 'door' or 'gateways' that lead to hell itself, humans are by nature curious don't let that get the best of you. You go into a situation like these expecting evil things, more than likely you will get more than you asked for. As for me, being Christian, honestly yes it does arouse my curiosity, but a word a strong warning....DON'T INDULDGE WHAT THE FLESH CRAVES.
    -E.Ridenour

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    1. I mean, your "curiosity" isn't really your flesh.

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    2. Curiosity is the epitome of flesh lol not in the literal sense but as the Bible refers to flesh... if you have faith, you may feel the need to explore your curiosity or question certain scenarios or things one may experience in life but having faith in the Lord is supposed to override that human instinct to explore the curiosity of evil and the unexplained. Therefore curiosity = flesh because flesh = human and Christians believe humans were given a choice between following their "flesh" or human instincts (like, for example....the temptation of flesh Eve could not resist in the beginning of time! She had only a few simple request to abide by, her heart & soul wanted to obey her creator but she was overcome by the temptation and curiosity of her flesh! All she was asked to do is love the man she was created from, serve God and love & obey him with her whole heart, love herself and live a happy prospering life but she was warned not to eat the forbidden the fruit without being told exactly what would happen if she did. Therefore her flesh/curiosity got the best of her and she brought Adam down with her.) The word flesh in the Bible is not always referred to as curiosity of the unknown or evil, (there's good curiosity and bad, only what you believe in YOUR heart can determine if what you're curious about is a sin, other than the obvious 10 commandments that are provided as a guild line for Christians to live by) there are many forms of curiosity and flesh but nonetheless, they are in fact paired together & "flesh" is not just referred to as physical skin. A person's faith should over ride their human instinct of curiosity not only for seeking out evil but also for any thing you could be curious about that is a sin lol....you can be curious and tempted to add another cup of sugar to koolaid and that's not a sin, BUT the urge itself to try something different, sin or not, does in fact come from your "flesh". Flesh is one thing that sets us apart from God, he has no flesh, therefore he has no human instinct or curiosity. We have flesh, and like many words it has more than one meaning. Curiosities of the flesh gets many people in trouble lol... "hmm I'm curious about how it would feel to cheat on my wife, if I get away with it I could feel guilty or I could like it too much and continue to commit adultery" , or "I wonder what would happen if I cheated on some tests, I could get caught and end up failing the class, orrrr I could bring my grade up without working for it and make everyone think I'm learning the material but all along knowing in my heart it's the wrong thing to do and do it anyway"! That's your flesh, AKA human instinct. Life is full of temptation and choices for a reason... the Lord gives humans a choice between their fleshly desires here on earth or keeping your faith as strong as possible in this life and resisting temptations & curiosity of the "flesh" so that you can live a everlasting life filled with love & joy without sorrow and everything a pure heart desires.

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  4. Strange, but 1408 actually sounds more similiar to the Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles.

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  5. I totally agree this movie was one of the best I've seen. One seldom thinks about it as they Are laying in a hotel too of the morbid possibility of violent events occurring there.

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  6. Well I stayed the night in the Hotel Del and yes I had an experience to remember. Am I sensitive to paranormal..it seems so. Footsteps around me above me all night. Children adults and the like. You too can pay 500 per night to not sleep and have an experience that will make questions all you thought was right.

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  7. I stayed by myself in the kate morgan room. I visited her grave two days before, brought her a white rose... tried to bring trigger objects with me but nothing really happended. I ate dinner at prince of Wales, went up to my room to just lie down for a bit, but fell asleep. About 2:00 AM I woke up abruptly. I do not remeber anything causing that however. I did wake up very abrubt. Towards morning a window vibrated, which may have been odd as room is on third floor and according to management no pipes or anything to cause that. I have stayed 4-5 times at Del. Only one time in kates room. I love the place.but can not say anything paranormal was experinced EXCEPT.... from one stay, I got a large see through orb by transit window above Kates room. Picture is with histroian at Del.

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    1. May I suggest why you woke up abruptly at 2 am? You were asleep and realized that you were paying $500 to sleep in that room, and nothing was happening. That thought would wake up anyone!

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  8. 3502 = 13...

    3*5+0-2 = 13

    Always a way to get that scary number :D

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  9. Crazy story but about a year ago Me and my lady stayed in a haunted hotel in downtown Los Angeles and didn't realize till months later. It was the cheapest we could find in the area for the weekend no wonder why. It was the "stay on main" motel on Main Street and 6th street around the corner from the lovely skid row. It's name was changed because of its bad reputation. We never knew this until we saw a report on the news of the hotel. I looked the place up and found out it's dark history over the years. In the 1930s it was named "the suicide hotel" during the depression. And over the years people have jumped to their death out of the windows of various rooms. Never knew any of this when we stayed there. But never witnessed anything unusual or weird except for it being a old building but I always get that in all old buildings. The only thing that kept me up where the police sirens at all hours of the night till almost day break. But hey that's downtown l.a for you.

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