Stay. In the Borden Basement. Overnight.
Introducing the newest additions to the Lizzie Borden House, two basement rooms: Under the Hatchet and The Washroom. To date, those who have stayed the night in these rooms slept beautifully and appreciated the vast difference of the basement rooms from the rest of the house. It’s a unique and different experience from the rest of the house, departing from a Victorian theme to a steampunk dungeon with coffin mirrors and grungy environment.
This isn’t an experience for the faint of heart, and it’s not for someone looking for a luxurious experience. The basement rooms are a non-traditional experience for those not easily frightened. Each room is equipped with a queen size bed, two nightstands, a private basement entrance only accessible from the exterior by those staying in the basement, with a full restroom available upstairs with shower and bath, shared between the two basement rooms.
Each room includes a complimentary ghost hunt for one to two persons, available only on evenings when a ghost hunt is occurring. Ghost hunts typically take place on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10pm to midnight in the basement and first floor of the house. Please note that while you do not have to participate in a ghost hunt, the washroom area must remain open for the ghost hunt (this means the bed must remain unopened), whereas guests staying in the under the hatchet suite may retire to their room.
To accommodate for these late nights, the check-out time for each basement room is 11am on ghost hunt evenings. Please note that no entry is allowed into employee only areas in the basement. This includes the laundry area across from the washroom area; and the linen closet and storage area at the far (east or front) end of the house. The employee only areas are marked by employee only signs and monitored by surveillance cameras.
Both rooms are available starting August 1, 2021. Currently, each room is set apart not by a locked door, but by a divider. If this does not afford the comfort you are seeking, this is not the room for you. However, only individuals with a basement room will have access to the basement until a locking door is installed.
Under the Hatchet
This room is enclosed on all sides except for a 40in wide by 7ft tall entrance, which will be blocked off by a divider, until a sliding barn door is installed. The room is spacious, featuring a queen size bed, two nightstands, an area rug, and a linen closet. The room gets its name from the blood stain on the floorboards above the room’s entrance. When Andrew Borden was murdered, his blood flowed down from the floor above in the parlor, and through the floorboards, dripping down along into the basement, forever staining the floorboards.
The washroom is a smaller space, yet the most sought after as you will sleep facing the famous imprint of Andrew Borden’s face in the washroom. Some believe this is the place where Lizzie Borden came to wash the blood off herself after committing each murder, allowing her to remain undetected from any evidence of committing the murders. This is a famous spot for visitors to take photos and is regarded as one of the most haunted spots in the home.
The washroom boasts a queen mattress that pulls out from a murphy bed with charging station, two nightstands, and a dresser.