The Hotel Parq Central in downtown Albuquerque looks like the very definition of a trendy boutique hotel: a hip location, a fancy hot tub, modern decor, locally roasted coffee in the mornings, and a rooftop lounge with great drinks and even better views. But underneath the sleek new furnishings, the building itself holds a dark secret: its past as a hospital and asylum for children. Chilling, right?
The building began as the Santa Fe Hospital for the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company in 1924. It operated as a regular hospital until the 1970's or 1980's, when it was sold and opened as Memorial Hospital, a psychiatric hospital for children and teens who suffered from mental ilness. It was during this time that many of the patients and staff began to notice paranormal activity-- objects were moved, sheets were pulled off those sleeping, patients would find themselves covered in scratches, strange whispers could be heard, and some even reported the apparition of a female watching people from the hallway. Memorial Hospital closed in the 1980's or 1990's, and the building fell into disrepair.
The Hotel Parq Central was opened in 2010, after a massive rennovation that completely revitalized the historic building. It's retained some of its old charm, but for the most part, it's mostly brand new, and doesn't really have the feel of an old, haunted building. A paranormal investigation group visited the hotel 2011 and reported some definite signs of something spooky going on, but whether or not you find their evidence convincing is up to you. If you're really looking for a way to get in touch with the past, though, you'll want to head to that rooftop lounge for some 1920's-era cocktails... the bar is fittingly called "The Apothecary Lounge". You'll need some liquid courage if you do meet a former patient!