The Haunted Hotel is the longest running haunted house in San Diego, and is located in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, a historic district that dates back to the 1860s. Most of the buildings there date back to the Victorian era, making them over a hundred years old.
All of this creates a great atmosphere for the Haunted Hotel even before you step inside the door, much better than a parking lot or industrial neighborhood. The Haunted Hotel is known for having less lines than other attractions. Even if you do end up in a line, your experience will start there with monsters going up and down the line to scare you before you even get in the door.
A smaller haunt packed with quality scares
The Haunted Hotel itself is smaller than many of the other haunted houses on this list, but they don’t let that stop them. They still have quite a bit of space, and they pack a lot of scares and high-quality features into their hotel, just as much as the larger haunts.
While the haunt is called the Haunted Hotel, that doesn’t mean the whole haunted house has a hotel theme. In fact, the haunt has multiple features or rooms, each with a different theme. Every year they switch up those themes to create completely new scares.
Expertise that shows in every scare, hidden alcove, and animatronic set
The experts at the Haunted Hotel spend a lot of time and effort on those scares, and it shows. The rooms are set up with intricate sets, animatronics, and great effects. The designers have also made plenty of hidden alcoves for the actors to hide in, along with features that misdirect the guests. The result is monsters that jump out right when your attention is focused the other direction.
Those monsters and the actors behind them are one of the biggest strengths of the Haunted Hotel. Like most haunted houses, these actors have a no-touch policy, which means they won’t physically touch or grab you. But that doesn’t mean they won’t get close. Some of them are very good at getting close enough to blow on guests or whisper chilling things into their ear, just the thing to pump the scares up to the next level.
- You can purchase a Fast Pass to skip the line at the ticket booth, or you can skip both lines by buying a VIP admission online.
- Credit cards are accepted online only. Tickets at the gate must be with cash. Fortunately, there are ATMs nearby.
- Bottled water, candy, and snacks are available for purchase.