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Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Crescent Hotel: It's not just for ghosts.
So, for Hubby's birthday, we went to stay at the famous Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. Yes, that Hotel. It's had a prime time mention on the front of Yahoo twice this year, as well as its famous television appearances, so I was expecting it to be fully booked the night after Halloween,
We arrived after a lovely drive through the Ozarks in all their Autumnal colours. I'm not going to wax poetical here, just saying if you ever get the chance to do that, I think you should. It's very lovely.
The Crescent is a spa hotel in the original sense of the word; a resort based around a natural spring with healing properties. The reason put forward that the Crescent is so haunted is that a 'Doctor' Baker bought up the hotel and put it about that he could cure cancer, using the waters and his own engineered machines. Creepy machines.
Of course, he had a lot of business, but not much in the way of cures. The rumours are that he disposed of the bodies of his less successful patients to hide his failure rate.
I know. Gruesome, right?
Either way, Dr Baker didn't mess around much with the inside of the hotel, so far as we could see. It still looks like a 19th century hotel, with a wonderfully well used reception desk, all painted in black and all still functioning.
We were booked in by Ryan, who was also perfectly wonderful and helpful. He said it was fine for me to put up his photo here, bless him, and that he might swing by and take a look.
I'd come here to crib ideas for my crib (see what I did there?) and I have to admit, I loved the deep red colouring, the stenciled motif on the walls and the highly decorated frieze. That's an idea I'm probably going to steal. The frieze area in the Study is painted a deep plummy red, but it's a little dull by itself. So, a painted, repeated design on the frieze may be the way to go, if I don't put up a text.
The fireplace in the lobby was a joy, a little large for my purposes. but still gorgeous for all that.
So, where's the Steam, I hear you cry! The lovely machines for the entertainment of Ladies and Gentlemen of All Classes!
How about this lovely Seeburh H Orchestrion?
And this organ, which I didn't see in action.
And, down in the chapel there is a Gavioli. A real Gavioli Steam Organ!. I didn't go and see it.. I've saved that until next time. But here's a picture to tease you with.
So, did I see any ghosts?
I took lots of photos of the corridors. Nothing but bad photographs but that's what I expected. I also took a picture of the lovely bedhead, because Hubby liked it so much.
And when I got the picture home I found this anomaly. See it?
My camera doesn't do that..It's not a light from outside as it was daylight and the room had pretty dark blackout curtains. I don't know what it is, but I'm adding it to the pile of weird pictures from The Crescent Hotel.