The hotel is listed in the Northumberland Tourist Guide as a 17th Century listed Coaching Inn and has been the hub of Alnmouth village for over 300 years. Notable persons who have stayed in the hotel include Charles Dickens, Basil Rathbone, Douglas Bader and even King George III.
The name Schooner derives from a character of sailing ship (using fore and aft sails on more than one mast), first used by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries and then developed in the Americas from the 18th century onwards. Schooners were cargo vessels, capable of both ocean and coastal travel.
As well as a legitimate trading port, the village of Alnmouth was also a haven for smugglers and vagabonds. Such was the reputation of Alnmouth that John Wesley, the founder of The Methodist Church, commented that it was "a small seaport town famous for its wickedness". It is alleged that there was once a secret passage for smugglers from the hotel to the beach.
The history of the hotel is well documented and there are many stories of murders, suicides and massacres.
The hotel is one of the most haunted in the UK and The Poltergeist Society has twice given the hotel the title of "The Most Haunted Hotel in Great Britain". It was televised on the ´Most Haunted" programme twice and it is listed on record as having over 60 individual ghosts.