(The Historic Cavalier Hotel and Beach Club)(The Cavalier Hotel)

4200 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA


Status: Hotel and Resort



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By <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="">Serge Melki</a> from Indianapolis, USA - <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="">The Cavalier Hotel</a>, CC BY 2.0Link


This hotel was established in the year of 1927.

In the earliest days of World War II, the hotel was used as a training center for the United States Navy.

From the year of 1927 to the year of 1942, the hotel was quite busy accommodating famous political figures and celebrities. Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Xavier Cugat, Cab Calloway, Glen Miller, Lawrence Welk and Bing Crosby were among the many that played at the Beach Club. Seven U.S. presidents have stayed at the Cavalier: Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Other famous guests include: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Will Rogers, Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, Mary Pickford, Betty Grable and the infamous Fatty Arbuckle. When Fatty visited, he would rent an entire floor for his entourage. Hank Ketchum drew several “Dennis the Menace” cartoons based upon his family’s stay at the Cavalier.

Paranormal Activity

The first major incident occurred on the 5th day of June in the year of 1929. An individual that owned a local brewery by the name of Adolph Coors fell/jumped/was pushed out of a 6th floor window and tragically met his death. There is a lot of speculation about this event. Many believe it was purely accidental, while others believe it was a suicide. Still, there are some that believe that it was a murder.

Several believe that the spirit of Adolph Coors remains in and around the haunted hotel. Many claim that they have felt cold breezes overtake them for which no rational explanation could be found. There are some that have stated that the apparition of a man on the 6th floor can be seen periodically. There are even reports of loud noises occurring frequently on the cement on the area where the man hit the ground and died.

A young girl was staying in the hotel and she had a pet cat that she smuggled into the hotel, because at that time, pets were not allowed in guests’ rooms. During the night, the cat escaped and wandered down to the pool where it fell in. The young girl went looking for her cat and tried to save it. Unfortunately, both the girl and her beloved cat drowned in the swimming pool.

Ever since then, guests at the Cavalier Hotel have reported seeing a trail of wet footprints and paw prints leading down one of the hotel’s hallways. Though the girl’s ghost has not been sighted, people only occasionally report hearing the strange sounds of a cat meowing coming from the pool area.

Some people were exploring the hotel and went up to the 5th floor where they encountered an elderly black man dressed in an old-fashioned bellboy uniform. The visitors said he waved his hands at them and told them to go back down and not continue up to the 6th floor. When they asked why, the man’s eyes grew wide and he replied “There are ghosts up there!”

When the people went back down to the lobby, they talked to the hotel manager who told them that the hotel hadn’t employed bellboys in decades.