Cool review and interesting situation. My only "ghost town" stay was after 9/11. I was spent 5 nights at the CY in Syracuse NY waiting for a flight home. I believe there were only four or five other rooms occupied. The hotel was very accommodating. I would pack up and head to the airport several times each day hoping that they would be a flight out. The front desk said "if you don't come back we will check you out!"
We've had that happen a couple of times that I can remember.
The first time was in Minnetonka, MN at least a decade ago. We left my mother's-in-law house a day or so before Christmas and on Christmas, we found a nice looking hotel that wasn't part of a chain. It had a nice lodge look with a beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby that went up at least to 20 feet. We were the only ones in the hotel.
The 2nd time was a couple of years ago when we were going to the Keys and checking in on Sat., 2 days after Thanksgiving. We found a new CY near Miami in the hotel guide at the service station across from a casino that was just north of there. It was a huge CY next door to the new Hampton Inn at which we'd stayed a year or 2 prior to this when we were on our way to the Keys. There was hardly anyone in the CY, probably for a combination of reasons. It was new, on a holiday weekend, and next door to a Hampton that offered free breakfast. We really lucked out by getting to stay there, though. Besides getting the room for the coupon rate despite the fact that it was considered a holiday; we got 2500 extra points for staying there at a time when it was new.
Hey guess what everyone? Here's an interesting sidebar, not only did I get my package, but in the middle of my boxes was a box (which I opened at home as part of my 'assembly line' process) for one of their regular guests who stay there Monday thru Thursday (a bit like your husband eb) virtually year round. It was a juicer!
So there definitely were some "spirits" involved that night (you decide which kind ). Thanks for sharing your stories, you guys.