The Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Clearwater, Fla.

The bloody hotel

The Belleview Hotel in 1907

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The Belleview Hotel in 1907

Marley Caskey-Watson, JHop Times Contributor

Imagine dark, old, creepy halls with the presence of spirits wandering the halls around you. They creep around the hotel all day and night watching you. You have a weird feeling that someone or something is breathing on your shoulder. The Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Clearwater has experienced several deaths since the 1800’s. These deaths included natural caused deaths, murders, and suicides. The hotel is very haunted and paranormal things/ events happen all the time in the building. Guests and employees and physic medians felt the ghosts of children in the halls. Goosebumps.


The Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Clearwater is a very haunted hotel and Florida’s largest wooden structure. It was built in 1897 by Railroad Tycoon Henry B. Plant. The hotel grew better and more popular over many years. Henry B. Plant’s son, Morton Plant took over the hotel when his father died. He not only took over he also painted the hotel white and changed the roof tiles to green. Since it was painted the hotel was given a nickname “White Queen On The Gulf”. An Olympic sized pool was also added. Morton died in 1918 but that didn’t stop the hotel from growing more popular. Guests such as the Stude Baken and the DuPonts went there. There was also golf courses at the hotel. The hotels golf courses hosted some of the most famous athletes in the country such as Babe Ruth. The hotel continued thriving through the Great Depression until World War II when the hotel was requisitioned by the US Army Air Corps to house troops training at nearby airfields. After World War II the property was restored and opened back up once again in 1947 but under the name of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel instead of the Biltmore Hotel. The Biltmore Hotel has tunnels under the building. The tunnels were used for workers or/ and slaves to use so they wouldn’t be seen by others back in the day. The tunnels still exist to this day but are not used for that purpose anymore. There is also a heart shaped tree in front of the hotel.


The Biltmore Hotel is very haunted. There has been several deaths that took place at the hotel. The deaths included natural causes deaths, murders, and suicides. Henry B. Plants wife died a long time ago. People say that she haunts the halls of the hotel. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors have experienced the most paranormal activity and the hallways. Another ghost that is at the hotel is the ghost in white. The ghost in white is seen wearing a hat from the 20th century and many people believe that she is the ghost of Maise Plant (Morton Plant’s wife). The lady in white was famous for wearing a set of $1.2 million pearls. She lost her expensive pearls at her husband’s hotel. Some people believe she is still searching for her pearls today even in the afterlife. Another famous Biltmore Hotel death story involved a young bride who had lost her husband in a car accident. She jumped to her death from the 4th floor balcony and is seen time to time on the same balcony where she met her death. People claim she wore a bridal gown and veil. Ghost children are also felt in the hotel. And a worker from the hotel was killed because he was gay by someone homophobic.


The Biltmore Hotel in Clearwater is very haunted and gives people the creeps and paranormal events takes place there all of the time. Many people died in the structure. The hotel has an interesting story on how it became the Biltmore Hotel and has interesting stories on the deaths and paranormal activity that occurs on the grounds of the hotel. This hotel is very old and historic and will continue to thrive.