At one point in time it was the tallest and most majestic structure in the city. Now the Hotel Vancouver (err… Fairmont Hotel Vancouver) is a classic symbol of our young history. Along with tales of statesmen and royalty walking its halls comes the story of the Lady in Red, usually shared around Halloween as this mysterious scarlet femme is not of the living.
The “Hotel Van” is infamous in the local Vancouver community for being the supposed residence of a fashionable apparition named the “Lady in Red”. This ghostly figure is said to glide along the 14th floor of the hotel, and has allegedly been seen by many a hotel guest and employee. [HotelChatter]
Hotel Vancouver, a well-known landmark recognized by its copper roof and gargoyles, is believed to be haunted by a lady dressed in red. Guests and employees have seen this elegant lady walking on an invisible ledge. The hotelâ€™s elevator often makes an unscheduled stop on the 14th floor. When the doors open, this same lady appears to be floating along the hallway. [Suite101]
Back in the 1940s, a lady by the name of Jennie Pearl Cox was a regular at the Fairmont Hotelâ€™s ballroom. Tragically, she was killed in a car crash outside the hotel in 1944. She died in her favorite outfit, an elegant red dress.
Her ghost has been seen on the 14th floor of the hotel where she causes the elevator to make unscheduled stops and is seen gliding down the hallways, her long red dress flowing behind her. [ScaryForKids]
I’m fairly certain these stories might even enhance the allure of the hotel as there are many people out there who would pay good money for a chance to meet the Lady in Red. I for one have never ventured into any part of the hotel but even the presence of these rumours makes goose bumps appear on my arms as I type this.