Checking into a "haunted" hotel
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From 1867 to 1868, author Charles Dickens resided on the hotel's third floor while on his American lecture tour. His portrait still hangs in the Dickens Room on the third floor, where elevators are frequently called for no apparent reason. The hotel also still displays the mirror that Dickens looked into as he practiced for his first public reading of "A Christmas Carol." According to the hotel, people have reported gazing into the mirror and noticing that items that should appear in the reflection are missing.