In Palmerston North’s old Carlton Hotel, late at night on July 23, 1998, a cleaner named “Jazz” Hayes, working late, heard a woman screaming upstairs.
He telephoned the police, but nothing was found. Later (as Hays told the late city archivist Ian Matheson) he saw a ‘’white-clad woman and child in the hotel lift’’, but they “faded away”.
The Carlton has since been completely renovated, extended and renamed, is now known as the luxurious Distinction Hotel & Conference Centre. From what we hear, nothing overly spooky has occurred in the hotel in a long time. If there are stories, they certainly aren’t being shared.
Perhaps the previous spectral residents have finally moved on?