A Haunted Hotel Experience: Confronting a ‘duppy’ in Jamaica

by admin on October 28, 2009

A ghost seen at Round Hill...

A ghost seen at Round Hill... (Photo: Dani S)

Halloween is coming up, and, right on schedule, the lists of haunted hotels are passing through the news cycles again. From the famously-haunted to the haunted by the famous — like the Hollywood Roosevelt, said to be haunted by the spirit of Marilyn Monroe, and the Algonquin in New York City, reportedly still inhabited by ghosts of the storied Round Table –  we’ve heard about ‘em every year.

According to a new source, we’ve actually stayed in a haunted hotel ourselves — though we didn’t know it at the time. Check out this excerpt from a comment submitted by user Dani S., who had some curious things to say about her stay at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay:

Another pro is that the grounds are haunted as we caught this awesome ghost on camera. I told the manager who didn’t want to hear it. He said if Dupee don’t know me, Dupee won’t bother me” Lol

Alright, so maybe this isn’t actually a ghost. But it’s Halloween — and telling a personal ghost story is much more fun than repeating the same old tired tales, right? By the way, a “duppy” (a term that’s popped up in a Bob Marley song or two), in Jamaican folklore, is a restless spirit of the dead that is believed to still haunt the living. And, apparently, the manager didn’t deny that there may have been one around at Round Hill, so…

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Adventurous Kate October 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm

It’s no moonwalking Michael Jackson, but still freaky!

I don’t know how she slept. I couldn’t have.

Kat October 30, 2009 at 5:34 pm

We just got back from another stay at The Algonquin in NYC, our favorite hotel. I never thought of it as haunted but treasure its’ storied history. However, on this stay a woman (a bit freaky but not a ghost) said are you feeling anything on your side of the hotel? My first thought was earthquake? I laughingly said no the round table wouldn’t haunt the place they weren’t exactly a happy bunch – why would they hang around? Then I remembered in a previous stay I was on the elevator and I heard the song “I’m In The Mood For Love” and I jokingly asked who was singing it – or to my husband and a fellow passenger thinking about it? They responded as if I were nuts and I secretly enjoyed the communication from somewhere?? That night I heard moving furniture (as if on a wooden floor) twice and I was completely awake – but since I’m so fond of Dorothy and her gang I know she’s not harmful – I wasn’t afraid. Next day we are in the lobby waiting to go up and the doors open to a woman who has luggage and is exasperated. I said are you getting off – she said no she was trying to get to her floor. I laughed, entered the elevator and made a joke about it really being haunted but since we are regulars here we’ll ride to her floor and see her off safely! Meanwhile it stopped at every other floor – opened to no one and closed – we finally got her to the 9th floor and returned to the 5th safely. I am thrilled to have this story to tell and look forward to doing so – I’m much better in person talking than writing t his but maybe I’ll have to make the effort… Oh and one more then we were on the elevator which is tiny and 7 other people squuezed in and I started singing in my husband’s ear unconsciously “I’m feeling claustrophobic simply because you’re near me.” to the tune of “I’m in the mood for love.” Which was written by Dorothy Fields – a contemporary of the vicious circle – although it could just be a former elevator operator who hangs out there!

Kat October 30, 2009 at 9:58 pm

sorry for the bad punctuation – it’s not the best telling of the story! The Algonquin is a fab hotel with great great staff, great great martinis – great great beds and the history and all the rest is so interesting!

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