Don CeSar & Maritana
As the story goes…….
in 1925 Thomas Rowe spent three years building the Don CeSar hotel as a tribute to his lost love Lucinda.
Lucinda was a Spanish Opera star that Thomas met in England while attending the opera “Maritana.” The pair quickly fell in love and affectionately referred to one another as Maritana, and Don Cesar. Because their love would be forbidden by Lucinda’s parents, the couple would secretly meet by a secluded fountain in London.
Lucinda’s parents eventually would find out about the couple’s secret meetings, and they greatly disapproved. So much so that to keep the lovers apart, they immediately whisked Lucinda back to Spain.
Thomas returned to America heartbroken and spent years trying to reunite with Lucinda by sending countless love letters, Every love letter Thomas sent was returned unopened, but eventually, Thomas did receive a reply. The communication was addressed to My Beloved Don CeSar and with it was a news clipping of Lucinda’s death.
The lobby and courtyard of the Don CeSar hotel is the exact replica of where the two would meet in London; Thomas had it built that way as a tribute to his lost love.
In the years since Thomas’s passing, staff and guests have reported sightings of a gentleman sporting an old-fashioned hat and white summer suit strolling the grounds and even greeting guests. Yet when approached, he disappears.
Over the years, hotel staffers have also reported strange things happening throughout the hotel, especially on floor five, where Thomas lived. Housekeepers have reported hearing mysterious knocking on doors while cleaning rooms yet find no one to be there.
In the Dining room, doors swing open by themselves to let staffers carrying trays through; perhaps Thomas, always the efficient hotelier, is still trying to help out?
There have been claims by guests and staff alike of seeing a young couple strolling the grounds wearing a white suit and a traditional Spanish peasant dress. Lost love reunited?
To this day, sightings and unusual happenings are still reported.
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