When we check-in to a hotel, we rarely think about the sinister past it may possess. While some hotels are modern and filled with luxury, others which have stood the test of time hold onto dark secrets. These are the kind of places paranormal investigators love to take people on tours – but would anyone really dare stay the night?
Quite often these hotels have that one room everyone shares urban legends about. Whether these stories are made up or have to be seen to be believed – these following hotels have sent guests running out the door screaming. You would be a brave soul to take a bed and breakfast in any of these places.
1. The Cecil Hotel Has The Creepiest Past Nobody Can Explain
Located in downtown Los Angeles, Hotel Cecil was constructed in 1927 and has since been the host of numerous murders, rapes, thefts, suicides, and mysteries that quite simply, no one can explain.
It was once home to home to not only infamous serial killer Richard Ramirez, but fellow killer Jack Unterweger as well – with many believing it is cursed and has the capacity to send guests mad.
In 1947, the body of 22-year-old Elizabeth “The Black Dahlia” Short was found in a field on south North Avenue between coliseum and West 39th Street. Her body had been cut in half, drained of blood, and her face slashed to give her a “smile” effect. The Cecil Hotel was the last place Short had been seen.
In 2013, the body of 21-year-old Canadian student Elisa Lam was found inside a 2ft x 8ft water tank, located on the hotel rooftop only accessible through a locked door. After her disappearance, no one suspected much as people left without formally checking out quite frequently.
However, after residents complained of low water pressure and foul-tasting water, the hotel sent a worker up to the tanks for maintenance where her body was discovered. Residents had been using this water to brush their teeth, have showers and even as drinking water for 19 days.
After checking the CCTV footage, it showed Lam acting strangely and hiding in the lift before promptly leaving. Not a single person can explain how she met her fate.
Borden House – Fall River, Massachusetts
Borden House is a B&B known for its bloody history. It was the scene of one of America’s most notorious murder cases – the Lizzie Borden case. On the 4th of August, 1892, Abby and Andrew Borden were murdered with an ax in their home. Sustaining a substantial twenty-nine blows, the couple’s daughter, Lizzie, was found responsible despite lack of evidence.
These days, you can rent out Lizzie’s bedroom or her parent’s bedrooms for the evening, eat the breakfast that served as their last meal in that very kitchen, or even get married in the room they met their demise.
10. Hotel Provincial – New Orleans, LA
The Hotel Provincial can be found in the voodoo laced New Orleans, LA. Sitting on the burned down site of a military hospital last used in 1722, this creepy place has had guests mention sightings of ghostly soldiers. One woman even reported she had been dragged out of bed by a hand and pulled across the room kicking and screaming.
Another instance of the strange military man happened a short time later, with one traveller claiming to have seen him in her wardrobe wearing full army attire before vanishing into thin air.
9. The Crescent Hotel – Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, The Crescent Hotel was one of the first luxury spa hotels of the US after being completed in 1886. There is however, a ghostly tale lingering around room 218 and the hallways. The story is told that a builder who was working on the construction site fell to his death in the space that would later become room 218, where he still lingers today.
After temporarily becoming a cancer treatment hospital in the 1930’s, there have also been sightings of a nurse wheeling corpses on a gurney through the hallways.
8. Maribel Caves Hotel – Maribel, Wisconsin
Although this derelict hotel is no longer supplying rooms to stay, some people still camp within its crumbling walls. With a nickname like ‘Hotel Hell’ who wouldn’t, right? There are a vast majority of claims to this hotel, some of which state there are skeletal remains on the inaccessible third floor caused by a hotel guest who killed everybody before taking his own life.
There are also underground passageways that were reportedly used as part of a moonshine operation owned by gangster Al Capone.
7. The Hollywood Roosevelt – Hollywood, Los Angeles
Located on the famous Hollywood walk of fame, this grand hotel has seen the ghostly shapes of some of the most iconic people in history throughout its hallways. Montgomery Clift’s trombone can be heard within room 928, where he stayed while filming for the movie ‘From Here to Eternity’.
Even the likes of Marilyn Monroe’s ghost can be seen floating around the exclusive Tropicana Nightclub within the premises. Those sightings, along with cold spots and loud, unexplained noises from empty rooms all point towards a creepy afterlife for the elite.
6. Logan Inn – New Hope, Pennsylvania
Tales about Logan Inn vary from traveller to traveller, yet all have claimed to have had ghostly encounters. One of which, within the parking lot as you first arrive, is the ghostly form of a young girl known as Emily. Room 6, also known as Emily’s room, is the room to be in if you’re on the hunt for ghostly activities, with some claimants seeing many different figures.
There is also the old man who won’t look upon the living, another young ghostly girl and even a revolutionary war soldier – all of which have been seen within its walls. One thing is for sure though, if you smell lavender while staying here be prepared for a sighting…
5. La Fonda – Santa Fe, New Mexico
During the 1800s, this hotel has seen many owners along with many haunting spirits. Previous owners sold the place after superstitious activity, including that of a distraught salesman who had thrown himself in the well after plundering his business into financial ruin.
Another ghoul who had made La Fonda its permanent residence, is said to be a judge who was shot by a local official after he was insulted, and subsequently died from his wounds in the hotel lobby. Now if you stand in front of the fireplace in the lobby – orbs will appear in your photographs.
4. Hotel Chelsea – New York
Hotel Chelsea in New York has a reputation far beyond others, because many celebrities have stayed and partied here until the early hours. Janis Joplin, Alice Cooper, Patti Smith and Jimi Hendrix have all been amongst previous guests.
Some however, have never left. Sightings include Thomas Wolfe, a renowned novelist and Dylan Thomas, a world famous poet. Even Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen from the Sex Pistols.
3. Hotel Galvez – Galveston Island, Texas
Hotel Galvez has a heart wrenching back story, along with an unexpected natural disaster. In 1900, the hotel was hit by a terrible hurricane that killed several thousands of people, even to this day builders uncover bodies that had been buried under rubble.
One lady who resides within its walls lingers around the fifth floor. After hearing her beloved was lost and killed at sea, she hung herself from the top beams of the hotel. One day, her fiancé had returned only to discover she had committed suicide over his supposed death. When this ghost lady wants time alone, staff have said their electronic keys don’t work as they should.
2. H.H. Holmes’ ‘Murder Castle’ – Englewood, Chicago
In the late 1800’s, Dr H.H. Holmes built a hotel that would later be known worldwide as ‘Murder Castle’. During his time in medical school, Dr Holmes would take out insurance claims on peers and make the mangled corpses look like accidents.
His hotel was just as strange, designing the building to have doors leading nowhere, rooms without windows, trapdoors and even hidden pathways. Some rooms were sealed shut and used as gas chambers, while others were lined with iron plates and blowtorches. After his capture, this ‘Murder Castle’ was burned to the ground and later became a post office in the 1930’s.