A STRANGE GHOST STORY : BUT ONE WITNESSED NOT ONLY BY MYSELF BUT SEVERAL OTHER PEOPLE IN MY LINE OF WORK STAYING AT THE SAME HOTEL AT LAST WEEKENDS AUDI 12HR WEC RACE : THE HOTEL BUILT IN 1900 : HAS MORE THAN A FEW EXTRA GUESTS :
THE WEEKEND STARTED FAIRLY NORMALLY AS IT USUALLY DOES FOR US RACING DRIVERS : IT ACTUALLY STARTS A LITTLE EARLY ON THURSDAY : BUT MOST OF US HAD ARRIVED AT THE HOTEL BY WEDNESDAY MORNING SO THAT WE HAD PLENTLY OF TIME TO WIND DOWN BEFORE THE WORK STARTED THURSDAY AFTERNOON: THESE ACCOUNTS ARE AS TRUE AS WE CAN GET TO WHAT WE ALL SAW: MOSTLY THEY WERE HEARD OR WITNESSED BY MORE THAN ONE PERSON AT THE TIME : READ ON AND HOPE YOU ENJOY:
FIRST DAY : WEDNESDAY FROM 1PM TO 12AM : EVENTS AS FOLLOWS ARE CONDUCTED BY NAMES AS LISTED BELOW : SOME NAMES ARE CHANGED TO PROTECT THE IDENTITY'S OF THE INNOCENT OR NOT SO : ALL CHANGED NAMES ARE LISTED AS "(NAME HERE)":
OUR TEAM ARRIVED AT THE HOTEL AROUND 1 PM WEDNESDAY : THESE ACCOUNTS ARE FROM THAT TIME TO MIDNIGHT:
While Just after 1pm Wednesday 22nd APril,2009 several of us PORSCHE Team Drivers and Personell turned up at the stately "HOLTSBERG MANSIONS HOTEL AND RESTERANT " In Dusseldorf,Germany. Most of us looking forward to the weekends race at a very well revised old fav. track of ours. The Hotel however we hadnt stayed in before as we had previosly to this stayed at a hotel further out from the track as the HOLTSBERG Had just been refurbished and reopened after having been empty for the previos 5yrs for renovations. And it was looking very good since its remodelling as for such most of the teams and their families had all but booked out the elegant looking 220 Room Hotel. If any one is interested not only in Ghosts and Spirits but Historical Buildings I suggest you visit this place. The Marble Entrance Stairway in the Foyer would blow your mind alone.
Around half past 1 my now Wife Sylvie, My daughter Jazzmine and I went to our rooms for a little nap before a Dinner that evening . My Wife who is Due soon with our Twins was going to stay home but got restless and decided to join us at the last minute. After the shocks we had that weekend it was a wonder our Twin Boys (We know they are boys due in Mid-June) didnt make an early apperance.
1/ FIRST GHOST : Anyway enough describing for now....I wasnt the first one to notice the Hotel's extra part players (Ghosts ) in fact it was my 10yr old daughter Jazzmine. We had been resting about 2hrs when I was woken up by Jazzmine who looked pale as a Ghost herself ( She has a Olive Complection like me. And is not usually very pale) and she asked me to get up and go to the back of the lounge wall that led to the room next door (Which was as we later found out only one of few empty rooms in the hotel that weekend).... And I heard voices like 3 - 4 men yelling In German .... And they were yelling at a person who was having trouble replying in German but sounded like they had a French or maybe Swiss Accent. The person seemed to be asking them to let him go as he didnt know what they wanted him to answer. He almost sounded like he was pleading them to leave him alone. Neither of us thinking they were ghosts at this stage thought that some guests were harrassing another guest. And we rang down to the Reception. Where the Woman there said she would send someone to see what was going on . As she was worried like we were that someone was going to get hurt. Less then 20mins later a bored looking Bell Boy Knocked on the door and told me "Sir , Its not nice to play jokes ". Looking confused I said to him "What do you mean?" ... He repied to me less than politely that there was no men in the room next door. There hadnt been anyone booked in the room in over a week. That he's just spent 15 or so mins with the hotel security (A Large Michelin Man like Guy standing behind him looked even less pleased than he did) - Pointed behind him to the large Guard that they had all but ransaked the room thinking someone had broken in the room and was having an argument that I had described over the phone to the Front Desk Lady. And then less than politely told me that if I played such a trick on him again he didnt care who I was he'd throw me out himself. For wasting his time. I put him back in his place by telling him that If he tried as such Id have him fired as the guy who owned the hotel was my Team Managers Brother (He is too, Thats why we got first dibs on the Suites.) Looking like Id hit him somewhere unpleasent he pulled himself up straight and appologised profusely. And then I went on telling him that I wasnt the first on to hear the voices my Daughter was ... And she isnt one for making up tales. And he better think twice of accusing her of doing so. Needless to say he and the security guy left in a Hurry. And we were even less in the know. And still confused as by now the voices had stopped. Jazzmine and I were wondering what the hell was going on.... It turns out this was only the start of one weird weekend.
2/ SECOND GHOST (S) : Later that night we were down in the lobby having dinner and doing your typical mad PR work that our work requires . My manager (Nice old guy he is) asked me if I wouldnt mind doing an interveiw with a local fan club newspaper. Happy to entertain racing fans I agreed. Went out to the bar to talk to this Woman from the paper and as I opened on of the double doors I could see these two women in Ball Gown type dresses coming towards the door so I held the door open to let them pass without hassle ... I then walked in and as this woman in her 40's came over to chat to me she asked "Why did you hold the door open just then?" and I said for "The two ladies who were just about to go out the door from the bar" thinking she must not have seen them. When she replied to me "WHAT TWO LADIES? I WAS SITTING AT THE BAR WAITING FOR YOU LOOKING RIGHT AT THE DOOR .... THERE WAS NOONE THERE BUT YOU....." Apparently I had held the door open for two Ladies who just werent there. I didnt know what to say.
FIRST NIGHT : WEDNESDAY
1/ GHOSTS : Around 3 am in the middle of one of the best sleeps Ive had in 6mths . Slyvie and I are woken with the sounds of someone pounding on the room door and yelling for someone to get out in the hall now.... Very loud and in German. THinking something serious has happened we both go to the door and low and be hold ...... The doorway and the whole hall each direction is bare of any life other than our own. Sylvie and I are wondering whats going on thinking ah well we are used to ghosts (We live with enough of them ... Including a Chicken Ghost. Yes a Chicken).... The hotels old maybe its ghosts. But for the sake of humor and wondering if one of these kocks could be someone actually wanting us .... We are woken up twice more over the next hour with the same thing... Loud knocks , Someone yelling in German.. And a Empty Hall Way. (LATER THURSDAY : WE SPOKE TO OTHERS IN THE HOTEL : WE WERENT THE ONLY ONES WOKEN BY THE MYSTERIOUS MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WAKE UP CALLER... 5 OTHERS ALL ON SEPERATE FLOOR WERE WOKEN BETWEEN 3 - 5AM BY THE SAME THING. ALL WOKEN TO FIND A COMPLETLY EMPTY HALL!). - [U]We never did work out why this ghost is here ... People we talked to think he or they maybe former Gestapo Soldiers looking for Jewish Hidaways in the Hotel... Still searching even after all these years . It freaked many of us out all weekend .
2/ GHOSTLY PLANE : (WELL RATHER THE SOUND OF ONE NEARBY) : Rather oddly not long after the ghostly Knocker left us alone ... Fast asleep I was woken by both Sylvie and Jazzmine (Who was by now in our Bed ... She was scared by the Ghostly Knocker).....Saying they could hear a Funny Roaring Noise Like a Engine going over or past the hotel and then not long after coming back over and going away and 15mins or so later repeating the prossess .... I thought it was probably some private plane pilot making some city passovers ... There are some mad people around in Dusseldorf. Sitting up trying to calm to worried girls down ... I heard just faintly the sound of a Small Planes Engine gradually getting closer to the Hotel .... Sounding very rough and sick... Flying off and coming back sounding even more sick and then it was gone. I said to Sylvie "Boy that guys engine dont sound too good.". It continued on and off for a hour and then we heard what sounded like a bad landing ( Heavy thuds and some scrapping of metal sounds - As A Pilot myself -Pilots licence to small Plane of my own ) I know what a bad landing sounds like .... And then screeching of a planes tyres and nothing.. (THIS HAPPENED ALL WEEKEND THE SAME TIME EVERY NIGHT ... SOMETIMES IT WAS MORE THAN ONE PLANE .... OTHER TIMES THE PLANE SOUNDED MUCH WORSE FOR WEAR ... YES SEVERAL OTHERS INCLUDING A MAID WE SPOKE TO HEARD THE STRANGE PLANE FLYING OVER ) [U] - There is a Possibility that this is a Ghost of a Pilot and his plane who during the War took off from a Nearby Airfield and Crashed not far past where the Hotel Stands in a Feild that now has a Houseing estate in it. It was said he was heard in his time in the 1940's flying over the hotel around the time people still hear him flying over the hotel ..... With a very rough sounding engine and not long after hearing him crash into the ground ... Where he was killed instantly... Is the Pilot still trying to make his trip back to the airfield. And why is he heard landing so roughly.... Not a crashing sound like you think... Maybe he was shot down... Not just crashed?
OTHER GHOSTS WERE MINOR THOSE ONES LISTED ABOVE WERE HEARD OF NIGHTLY AT THE SAME TIME OTHERS WERE ONE OFF'S OF ONLY SEEN BY FEW PEOPLE : CARRY ON READING FOR THE HOTELS OTHER WIERD GUESTS SPOTTED BY US :
Spotted in the Elevator by Two Drivers I know who are Normal Everyday guys who's first ghost sighting nearly sent them running for the Hotel Manager ...... Two guys "GEOFF" and "TOMMY" Were in the elevator from the 5th floor to the lobby. On the 4th Floor the elevator stopped and on walked a elderly couple in their late 50's "GEOFF" recalled to us ... The guys exchanged plesentries with the couple who nodded politely to the guys but didnt say anything (Not unusual they thought they probably didnt speak English)... Waiting as the elevator rode down the Floors. The couple pressed the 1st floor (Resteraunt . Gym Indoor Pool .2 Ball Rooms No Living in rooms) and the guys got talking between themselves . As they reached the first floor they heard the woman of the couple say something... Thinking she was talking to them ... They looked up and just as the elevator got to the first floor before the doors opened the Old Couple simply Walked through the CLOSED ELEVATOR DOORS !!! And when the doors Opened They were NOWHERE TO BE SEEN! (GEOFF AND TOMMY SPENT THE REST OF THE WEEKEND REFUSING TO GO IN THE ELEVATORS ALONE!! ) [U]- Again noone knows why this elderly couple haunts the hotel... Only that they never wait for the doors to open at their destination and simply just walk through them!
SORRY FOR THE LONG WAIT EVERYONE I HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY OF LATE.... AND HAVE RACKED UP MORE GHOST SIGHTINGS SINCE THE HOTEL WHICH I WILL PUT UP LATER:
BUT NOW FOR MORE DUSSELDORF HOTEL GHOST SIGHTINGS: ENJOY! :
THURSDAYS GHOSTS : BESIDES THE NORMAL EVERYNIGHT ONES:
1/ 2 DINNER GUEST GHOSTS : Sitting down to eat dinner with Slyvie and Jazzmine and some of our team members on the Thursday night after the first practise session. All of us were talking about the great practise session we had that day and were looking forward to the next days qualiyfying session. I was sitting at the far side of the table facing the Front windows and the Buffet Table so I didnt notice anything out of the ordinary at first. I was busy talking to my Teammate at the time when Jazzmine said to me "Dad . Look at the old couple over at that table over there ... Dont you think they look like their a little out of place here?" Jazzmine sees Ghosts too , but from time to time she has just mistaken a person who is just not very interactive with others as a ghost until she has gone closer and realised thatthey are real people.... Thinking that she had just seen a couple of quiet elderly people going about their evening meal as the rest of us were I didnt pay much attenetion to it. But Jazzmine Kept bugging me about the couple. So I looked over to them. And at first sure they looke like your usual elderly couple out for dinner. Man wearing a nice dark suit and the Lady wearing a elegant looking dress . They seeme to be quietly talking amongst themselves and paying mo attention to anyone else..... And none of the nearby waiters or waitresses were going near them either. Which in a busy place like this alone is very unusual.... Waiters were running around like crazy people filling everyone's order's. Having not noticed if the couple were there before we arrive or not we didnt know if they had already taken their orders or not.... I presumed they must have as they werent paying any attention to anyone or trying to flag down any passing resteraunt staff..... This went on for awhile... And we had all but finished our meals about 8pm when I looke over to see if the couple was still there... And just looked up to see the man standing behind the Woman helping her out of the chair... Nice gesture I thought of the guy ... Anyway the woman got up and the man took her arm and they went off walking towards the CLOSED resteraunt doors........ BUT INSTEAD OF OPENING THEM AND WALKING THROUGH THE OPEN DOOR......... The couple proceeded to WALK THROUGH THE CLOSED RESTERAUNT DOOR TO THE LOBBY..... I excused myself for a moment taking Jazzmine with me telling her what Id seen . She said " I told you so DAD ... I thought they were ghosts." We opened the resteraunt doors and looke out into the Lobby .... and the COUPLE HAD COMPLETLY DISSAPEARED ...... From the resteraunt doors you have to walk down a little corridor to the rest of the lobby and their is no other doors to go in... And there was no way they could have move fast enough to get out of sight that quickly... As the couple were very slowly walking when they were around. ON THE WAY BACK IN THE RESTERAUNT .... I looke back at the table they had been sitting at ... And it was clear that noone living had been there that evening... Not one wrinkle in the table cloth or a mark anywere... Or any dishes or glasses........ The Two GHOSTS had gone unnoticed by everyone except Jazzmine and I...And for all accounts they had left no sign of having ever been there that night.... WE LATER SPOKE TO THE HOTEL MANAGER (MY TEAM MANAGER'S BROTHER) ABOUT THE COUPLE WE HAD SEEN : And he said that yes , he knew of the couple they had been sighted over the past 15 or so years by several Guests who had seen them sitting at the same table all the time... And had made one lady who had seen them Pass Out with Fright when she saw them walk clean through the resteraunts CLOSED DOORS!! [U](Noone is sure who the couple is other than they may have been regular guests at sometime in their lives and decided to hang around here in the afterlife too... The couple to are sometimes seen out the front of the Hotel as If waiting for a Cab... A New Door Man went to enquire if they needed a Cab one night when he saw them waiting... But when he approached them,.... The couple simply vanished right before his eyes.... He refused to work alone on the front door after that at night. )
2/ THE JEWISH ARMBAND WEARING GHOSTS : OBVIOUSLY FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR : Coming back from a Late night chat with some friends after dinner by myself (Jazzmine and Sylvie had returned to the room earlier as they were both very tired ) I walked up to the elevator doors on the floor I was on and pressed the up button for my floor. Waiting for a few minutes I noticed that a Group of 3 men and 2 Women waiting just of to the side from me... Obviously waiting for the elevators too. I turned and asked them if they were going up too. And one of the Men said in a heavy accented voice in rough english (He sounded Hungarian or something similar) that "No , Sorry we are waiting for the one down for the Lobby." I nodded and said to them "Have a good night " and the Man replied " Thankyou. And to you." Waiting still for the old slow elevators I turned to look out the windows next to the elevators near where the goup was standing when I noticd something very out of the ordinary.... The group of People were wearing the Jewish Symbol on Armbands around their coats.... Like the Nazi's had made the Jewish people during the war wear....Like you often see in old pictures of the Jewish People during Nazi Occupation... All of the group too looked like they were dressed in the style of the early 1940's...I know I wasnt seeing things.... These people looked as solid and as real as anything around them... The elevator for my floor "DINGED" and I turned to go in... As I did I tuned around and looked back... In time to see the group of Armband Wearers walk up to the elevator they had been waiting for and then dissapear into thin air right in front of my eyes!! They didnt go into their elevator , the doors didnt open because it hadnt come up for them yet and they didnt go through the closed doors like other ghosts we'd seen that weekend...... THEY WERE JUST THERE ONE SECOND AND JUST VANISHED RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES THE NEXT.... ( I dont drink alcohol so I know I wasnt drunk and I dont do drugs.... But I have seen plently of ghosts in my time...... But these had to be the strangest of them all)....[U](And Why the Jewish Armband Wearing Ghosts of all kinds to haunt the hotel..... I later enquired again to the hotel Manager who was more than used to his extra Ghostly guests and people seeing them and reporting thier sightings too him. I aske him about the group I had seen on the 3rd floor. And he said Yes there had been several Jewish Families kept hidden in the Hotel by the manager of the Hotel at the time who didnt believe they should be killed... They were only allowed out of their rooms at night so not to be seen... But unfortuantly several groups of the Jewish People and later the Hotel Manager Himself (For Harbouring the Jewish Families) had been taken away by the Nazi's after several raids on the hotel... And of course had been killed ...Some on the spot in the hotel.... Others dragged away and thrown in the trucks. ...... Were these People I saw one of the Families that had hid here during the War.... A Family who seeked refuge from the Nazi attrosity's going on around them.... Trying to keep safe with the help of a Kindly Hotel Manager.... How long had they been ok in the Hotel.... What had happened to them.... Had they been captured in one of the Many raids on the hotel in the War.... Had they been dragge out and sent to a Prison Camp .... Or were they some of the poor unfortunates that had been shot dead in the Hotel on sight .......Why are they still there.... Are they afraid to move on... Or leave the Hotel Again. Either way I cant understand why the German Army and Nazi's then could hate people just for being Jewish...These were people who looked and acte liked everyone else.... Hey they blended in so well when I saw them if it wasnt for their Armbands it would have been hard pressed to see they were ghosts. I hate to have to think what these poor souls may have had to suffer before they died...... I just greatful I got to speak to one of them.... And show them some kindness from myself. Hopefully they can see a way passed this life someay and move onto the next.... Noone should have to suffer like the Jewish had too in the War. )
FRIDAY'S GHOSTS : BESIDES THE USUAL ONES :
1/ THE CAB DRIVER AND THE OLD CAB : Out the front of the Hotel on Friay Night on the way back from the Track it was getting late and dark... And I noticed out of the corner of my eye there was a Elderly man in a Flat Hat standing at the door of a very old Looking Taxi that was in near new looking condition...The guy had to be in his 50's and was dressed in the style of late 1930's. I pointed the Cab out to Jazzmine and Sylvie and they thought it must have been a revivial thing maybe for a special Occasion hire car thing.... We all thought as much and agreed to look closer at the car as we walked passed it... Half way across the Road we saw the Cab driver get in the car and start the engine..... He started driving and turned towards us.... As he was driving down the road it came clear to us he was going to hit us unless he straightened the car up..... Sylvie , Jazzmine and I yelled out to the Cab driver and jupe backwards a few paces........ Just in time to see the car flash by close to us....... AND DISSAPEAR JUST PAST US INTO THIN AIR....... One minute he and the car were there looking as real as eveything else....... And the next minute the Old Man and His Cab had dissapeared into thin air......... This of course sent us all running for the lobby where I again Tracked down the Hotel Manager ....... Who told me that I had seen "OLD RAY" and his cab...Apparently the story goes that "OLD RAY" Had been a Taxi driver since he was able to have a car to drive and relishe picking up people in his cab that he kept looking immaculate all the time. "OLD RAY" Was a Nice Guy.... Made many friends over the years.... But one thing was well known by all that rode in his Cab.... "OLD RAY" was a Mad Driver.... He often drove at high speed and often all over the road to get people to places in time. One night in the Late 1930's "OLD RAY" had picked up a couple from the hotel to take to a nearby Dance. As usual "OLD RAY" had started up the Car and had taken off into the road at his usual high speed style...... BUT THIS NIGHT WOULD BE THE LAST NIGHT HE WOULD EVER DO SO: Just as he pulle out into the middle of the Road just as we had seen him do.... A Large Truck had pulle out of the Laneway across from the Hotel and Had blocked the Path...... If "OLD RAY" Had been going normal sppeds he would have had plently of time to stop the Cab... But he wasnt going the normal speed as usual he was going rather fast...... And couldnt stop the cab in time and hit the Truck "TBONE" Style....... "OLD RAY" being in the front as the driver had no chance...... He was Killed Instantly when he went throught the Cab's front window on impact... The couple in the Back were rescued with only a Few Cuts and bruises......... And they were ok... SADLY SINCE THAT NIGHT : Every now and then ""OLD RAY" And his cab are seen waiting in what used to be the old Cab Rank next to the hotel.. And its always the same way... People see him driving fast out to the middle of the road and then just past the front doors of the hotel HE AND THE CAB DISSAPEAR........ Why there you ask?....... Thats the exact spot that "OLD RAY" and his cab had the accident that ended "OLD RAY'S" Life.........Several People often swear they like myself think they are going to be hit by the ol car.... But it always dissapears before it get to them........ Or goes right trough them if they dont move back or are closer on the street.....Always feeling a chill run through them when it happenes........(Noone understands why "OLD RAY" still Haunts the Hotel with his beloved Cab... Maybe he is trying to finish that one last trip to put right what he couldnt in Life...... )
Thanks TasDevil... Im glad you enjoy my stories. I try to do my best when describing them for people so that they can kind of get the idea of what I or others I know of felt when we saw the ghost or ghosts we encounter. I guess I am lucky that I must have some natural way of being good at putting the stories up here. And Thanks again for the complement. By the way How's Australia for Ghosts? Last time I was In Melbourne I met up with a couple of them.... One nearly frightened the life out of me. I really should go back when I have time... Ive heard there are alot of good ghosts Down Under...
BACK ON TRACK : DUSSELDORF HOTEL GHOSTS :
SATURDAY : DAY/NIGHT : THE ONES BESIDES THE EVERYDAY SIGHTINGS:
1/ BREAKFAST PARLOUR GHOST AND HER DOG ; In a Pet friendly hotel . You wouldnt think twice would you if you saw a Lady in her 40's walking a small Terrier Type dog in the Breakfast Parlour of the Hotel?
Neither did many of the People who caught sight of the well dressed woman and her little Dog. When many people incluing myself and few of the team personal sat down for a early morning breakfast. The last thing we expected so early in the morning was a Ghost. Sure it was barely sun up... Still a little dark out. But a Morning Ghost. First time Ive ever seen a ghost up that early in the morning ... It was barely 6am at the time.
Proir to going to work for the day many of us and other teams and drivers were busy eating a large breakfast before heaing to the track for the day. And it wasnt until I got up to get my second coffee for the morning (I dont function well without at least 3 Coffee's in the Morning.) I noticed the Lady and her Dog sitting in the first booth at the Entrance to the Breakfast Parlour..... She was drinking Tea/Coffee and the little dog was resting on her lap I could only just make out the dogs head resting on its paws on her lap . Thinking that the dog reminded my of my mother's Fox Terrier "JOBE" who does a smiliar thing when he rests on her lap. I smile towards the lady who cheerfully raised her hand towards me and waved hello. Thinking I should go over and say hello to her as she was sitting alone (Besides her Hairy Companion) I walke over to her and the little dog sat bolt upright and started wagging its stumpy little tail back and forth on his mistresses lap. She pette him and said something to the dog I couldnt make out and the dog layed back down and its little tail was still flickering just a little as I walke over to her...... Just as I was about to reach the table..... She got up and the dog went and stood on the floor thinking she was about to say hello I said "Hello ... Im ...." And just as I got that much out...... BOTH HER AND THE DOG WITHOUT A SOUND OR MOVEMENT DISSAPEARED RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES !!! Looking somewhat startled I stood looking at the table she had been sitting at and to no suprise either the Tea cup she had been drinking from.... Had vanished too.
(Still There is a Small amount of explanation for this Ghost at least .... She is the Wife of the Hotel's Third owner... And her name is Judith Messingther.... And the Dog is "Porpy" . And the reson most say she haunts the hotel with her little companion is that she passed away while her husband Ernestino owned the hotel in the 1950's. She apparently Drowned in the hotels Laundry Tubs while checking the Laundry People were cleaning the Sheets. Her death was listed as a Accident. But many over the years have claimed that she was killed by one of the Laundry Ladies who was a Mistres of her Husbands. And as for the Dog... Well "Porpy" in life went everywhere with his mistress... And soon after she died the little Dog passed on too. The two are said to sit on the Same Table in the Booth that they shared breakfast at everymorning they were at the Hotel. Many people have seen Judith over the Years.... Many People to have spoken to the polite well mannere English Born woman who only ever says a Few words... And usually asks if the weather is ok outside.. But usuallly dissapears before anyone gets to talk to her when they approach. Just as she did with me.)
2/ THE BELLBOY AND THE ROOM GHOST : Another least expected sighting of all spirits in the Hotel... A Bellboy haunts the 4th Floor and the Balcony Room at the Front of the 4th Floor Hall. Staying on the forth floor myself I didnt notice much at first when I noticed a Bellboy in the Hotel's Unifor m going up the Hall to the Balcony Room Door's somthies going in via the Key and other times just knocking on the door an putting some paper under it. As anyone who has staye in a Hotel will tell you .... Seeing these actions of a Bellboy is nothing out of the ordinary. I would see him come and go 2 -3 times a night over the Saturday and Sunday. And thought Whoever is staying in the Balcony room must be keeping this poor Guy on his toes. At 11pm I went down the Hall to get some more Ice out of the Ice Machine (They still ave the old fashoned Ice Machine's at this hotel.) To make a Head wrap for my Wife Slyvie who is very heavyly pregnant with our twins and had a bit of a Headache from being at the track with us all day. I wandered down the Hall and Noticed the Bellboy carrying a Large bag heading for the Balcony Room and said "Good evening...." as you do when you see people who you think are members of the staff and seen working hard. I half expected him to turn his head and nod at me . But he turned and looked up at me like at first he couldnt work out if someone had spoken to him or not or if I was there or if he was seeing things.... Kind of looked dazed and slightly out of place..... He replyed "Ill be with you in a Minute, Sir. Just got to drop of this bag."... I looked at him kind of ... Ok he thinks I need him for something... Which I didnt. And watched as he scuttled off up the hall. And Knocke on the Door... The Door opened Partily only enough for the Bag to go through... And a Pale hand come out after it and handed the Bellboy what looked like a Few coins.... The bellboy nodded at the Pale Hand and the door closed and the Bellboy came back down the Hall... Just as I came back from getting my ice... When I reached my door having all but forgotten about the Bellboy coming back I felt a light but very cold hand tap me on the shoulder and it kind of startled me... When I turned around I notice the Bellboy standing there looking expecttant like he was waiting for me to ask him about doing something for me. I told him to wait a Second and went back in my room with the ice... Thinking I had just the idea Id ask him to get the Hotel Manager to send a Fax Id written earlier for me that Id almost forgot to get sent in time. And took it out to the Bellboy and asked him to Give it to the Manager as he would know what to do with it... As I had arranged for the Manager to send some faxes for me earlier in the Week. The bellboy took the paper from me and nodded and I searched my pockets for a few coins to give him when he said "Dont worry about it until I bring back your reply Sir." I kind of thought what a Nice guy. And left it at that as I saw him scuttle off down the Hall.
It wasnt until the Morning I thought about it and asked the Manager if he had got the Fax and sent it for me thinking the Bellboy hadnt been told about a reply or not. And the Hotel Mamger kin of looked at me weird and asked me to describe the Bellboy.... I told him what he looked like and then what Id seen him doing earlier in the Day at the Baclony room helping whoever was in there out..The hotel Manager looked startled told me that Noone of that description worked at the hotel... And that noone was staying in the Balcony room as It was being renovated !! Wondering what had happened to my fax. We looked in the Letter/Message Hole for my room....... AND THERE WAS MY FAX NEATLY FOLDED IN THE LETTER HOLE!!
CONTINUED ON : DUSSELDORF HOTEL, GERMANY:
SUNDAY'S GHOSTS : BESIDES THE USUAL SIGHTINGS :
1/ WAITER GHOST IN FRONT BAR : After the Race Sunday (Which I came in 3rd due to Gearbox Problems... Lost 2nd and 4th Gear... But still made it home on the same lap as the winner who was my teammate)... The team and I were celebrating our 1st and 3rd Placings in the race. When I was sitting on the couch with my Back to the Bar enterance with Sylvie next to me and our Head Mechanic Josh Brannen next to her.. Across from us in the Opposite couch was Our Team Manager and his Wife Laurel and my Teammate and on the Single seater on the End was my Teammates wife. We had several people coming and going and talking to us most of the night and chatting about various things... And about 11pm we decided to have one last drink before retiring for the night as we all had to get away early the next morning for our Flights.
I waved over to a Waiting Waiter who was standing next to the Bar and went on talking and hoped he'd come over ... When he wasnt over in a Few inutes I looked up to see if he had been busy serving someone but no he was still standing in the corner of the Bar so I wave over at him again... This time he nodded at me and indicated he'd be over in a minute or two. So I didnt think much about it... Until I realised we had been talking for about 10mins without any sign of the waiter coming over... Thinking he must have been caught up and busy I waved down another passing waiter who took our order and thought nothing of it. A few Minutes later The waiter who took our order came back and I aske him about the Waiter at the Bar who Id wave down twice and that he didnt come over to us.... The Waiter looked at me kind of oddly and said he and the other guy who was on the otherside of the room were the only ones working that late. When I looke up to see the other waiter he was working with I realised he wasnt the guy Id seen at the bar. I looked over to where the other waiter Id seen had been standing and the space was empty... In fact there was no where he could have been standing for where I thought I saw the Mysterious THIRD WAITER ..... Was Right where the Cigarette Machine was .... When Id seen the Waiter there earlier the Cigarette Machine hadnt been there only Him....... WHO WAS THE MYSTERIOUS THIRD WAITER ..... AND WHY DID HE ACKNOWLEGE ME WAVING HIM DOWN AND THEN DISSAPEAR.... And sure enough having talked to the Hotel Manager the next morning as we were about to leave he said that yes on Sunday;s he usually only had two bar staff on because it rarely got busy. When I mentioned seeing the Third Waiter .. He looked a little shocked .... It was a Ghost that even he didnt Know about and he knows about most of the other ghosts that haunt the hotel... And WHY WAS I THE ONLY ONE TO SEE HIM.
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OTHER STRANGE SIGHTINGS MADE OVER THE WEEKEND BY VARIOUS PEOPLE THAT WORK IN OUR INDUSTRY , AS WELL AS MY WIFE SYLVIE , DAUGHTER JAZZMINE AND ALSO MYSELF (AS A WITNESS ONLY) :
* Many Orbs spotted in Several Rooms in the Hotel. Several also In the Lobby. Dining Rooms and the Front Bar. Several People caught any of them on Photographs and on Video Camera. (I can supply some photo's If anyone is interested in seeing them).
* A lady in White with long red hair was spotted by Jazzmine and two of her fellow Racing Drivers Children in the Children's Playroom in the Hotel. The Three were playing at the 8-ball table when Jazzmine first noticed her (My daughter see's Ghost's too something she got from me and my mother and sister)... The lady first appeared at the Balcony Doors at one end of the room and walked without a sound to the other end of the room before dissapearing through a LOCKED Door leading to the Manager's Office. All 3 Children saw her and thought nothing of it until she dissapeared through a locked door. My Daughter state she looked just like any other guest in the Hotel and looked as solid as the rest of us. Until she dissapeared that is.
* Two Women were seen chatting on the Balcony Stairs above the Marble Stairway Enterance... When a Friend of my Team Manager "NATALIE" went to ask them if they knew what the time was as she had left her watch in her room... The ladies turned to look at her .... One looked like she was about to say something... And then the TWO LADIES JUST DISSAPEARED RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER. No fading away. No fuzzing out. They were just there one second and gone the next. Mind you then "NATALIE" refuse to go back up there alone. But when Sylvie manage to talk her back to going up there with her... Both Sylvie and "NATALIE" saw the two ladies standing in the exact same spot that "NATALIE" had seen them a couple of days previous. Once again as "NATALIE" now with Sylvie approached them...The women turned towards them... One of the Woman looked like she was about to say something again.... And again... Like a Flash .... BOTH OF THE WOMEN DISSAPEARED.
* Many of us Staying in the Hotel that weekend who worked out in the Gym .... As much of us do to stay race fit. Saw the Sauna Doors open by themselves even when there was noone in there they would open long enough to look like someone was either going in or coming out and close again... And a little while later it would happen again. We never saw anything other than Sauna Steam. But we all know that noone that was living anyway had opened the doors. We would have noticed them before the doors opened as they were right in front of where we were working out. And none of the severl times any of us witnessed this happening saw anyone open or close these doors. And it didnt happen anytime any of us were actually in the Sauna.
* The Jukebox in the Bar even though it was unplugged due to the fact it had to be fixed after it Blew a Fuse in the Machine .... Was seen lighting up several times like the Jukeboxes do right after you put your coins in to play a song.... And it would make a niose like it was selecting a CD or something and then the lights went out. A Friend of mine "DAVE" and I saw this happen on the Friday afternoon and Saturday Night (Neither of Us Drink Alcohol.) and went to talk to the Manager about it thinking the Jukebox must of had a short in the wiring.... He laughed at us and told us it was impossible for the Jukebox to light up like that.... When we aske why he walked over with us in tow and picked up the very obviously unplugged electrical outlet that couldnt have been plugged in anyway as they had removed the Plug in Part for people's safty after the Jukebox had blown a fuse so it couldnt do any more dmamge until it got fixed properly. With no Plug in Part there was no way the Jukebox could have light up and made those noises by itself. Not even if it was on random Play.... It had nothing to power it. But still 5 of us are witnesses to it lighting up and making noise like it was trying to get ready to play a song.
THANKYOU FOR READING ALL THESE GHOST SIGHTINGS FROM THE HOTEL.... HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THEM .... I WILL BE BACK SOON WITH MORE GHOST STORIES FROM OTHER PLACES IVE BEEN SOON.... UNTIL THEN ..... BE GOOD... OR BE GOOD AT IT.