San Antonio hotel named one of most haunted spots in Texas by Yelp

Menger Hotel in downtown San Antonio is rumored to be haunted

Before he opened the Menger Hotel, William Menger opened a brewery. (Copyright 2021 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – Yelp recently released its list of the top 10 most haunted spots in Texas and a San Antonio hotel took home the No. 4 spot.

The Menger Hotel, located at 204 Alamo Plaza, sits a stone’s throw from the famous Alamo and rumors of its hauntings have been talked about for years.

The Menger opened in Feb. 1859 and has had many high-profile guests over the years including several U.S. presidents and famous baseballer Babe Ruth.

But it’s the guests who never checked out that have earned the historic San Antonio hotel a top spot on Yelp’s list.

Yelp determined the list by first identifying businesses in the restaurant, food, travel, and arts categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning relevant keywords, according to officials for the crowdsourced review website.

The ranking was determined “using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning those keywords,” Yelp officials said.

Haunted houses and ghost tours were not considered for the list of top 20 most haunted spots in Texas.

Ernesto Malacara is an employee who had been working at the hotel for nearly 40 years when he told KSAT in 2015 that the stories of hauntings are “absolutely true. We do not make any of this up. Some of it is hard to explain but nonetheless, they are true and have happened.”

Several other San Antonio spots made the list, including The Emily Morgan Hotel, the Alamo, the St. Anthony Hotel, Esquire Tavern, the Crockett Hotel and VFW Post 76.

The full list can be viewed below:

  1. The Driskill - Austin, TX
  2. The Driskill Bar - Austin, TX
  3. Menger Hotel - San Antonio, TX
  4. Clay Pit - Austin, TX
  5. Miss Molly’s Hotel - Fort Worth, TX
  6. Monteleone’s - El Paso, TX
  7. The Emily Morgan Hotel - San Antonio, TX
  8. The Alamo - San Antonio, TX
  9. Jefferson Hotel - Jefferson, TX
  10. The Tremont House Hotel - Galveston, TX
  11. 1886 Cafe & Bakery - Austin, TX
  12. The Tavern - Austin, TX
  13. Faust Brewing Company - New Braunfels, TX
  14. Faust Hotel - New Braunfels, TX
  15. The Esquire Tavern - San Antonio, TX
  16. The Crockett Hotel - San Antonio, TX
  17. VFW Post 76 - San Antonio, TX


About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.