We’ve all heard or read about a variety of abandoned places, ghost towns, shopping centers, theme parks, hospitals, and theaters. However, what piques our interest are abandoned hotels. These are the kind of hotels in which you wouldn’t even dare to spend a night in.
So, below we give several abandoned hotels that will probably induce some nightmares should you think about them too much:
The White Pines (USA)
This was bought by a predominantly female labor union, the ILGWU (International Ladies ‘Garment Workers’ Union), who renovated the building and made a place for visibility, exchange, and solidarity for the labor movement. However, in the 1990s, it was abandoned for lack of means, but remained in the memory of American blue collar. It was originally built in 1892 on a site of about 12,000 hectares in order to accommodate Jewish-German travelers.
Ducor Palace Hotel (Liberia)
Opened in 1962, it was visited by the greatest stars and passing politicians in the country. Ducor Palace was the resort’s most luxurious 5-star hotel in Liberia. When the political situation became too unstable back in the ’80s, the prestigious hotel had to be closed.
Throughout the course of the civil war, very poor families took the opportunity to settle in the hotel despite of the damages on the structure. You can try to spin five balls with a keeper if you want to get here because it is now forbidden to visit the hotel.
Hotel Baker (USA)
In 1926, in a small Texas town, the Hotel Baker was built. It was the first hotel in Texas to be equipped with an Olympic pool and could accommodate up to 2,500 people. It was truly one of the boldest hotel projects in this booming seaside region.
It held its ground until the end of World War II before the owner did not put the key under the door in 1963, regardless of the the stock market crash of 1929 and enormous difficulties in the ’30s. It briefly reopened in 1965 and after a succession of owners, in 1972, the hotel closed its doors permanently. There have been proposals to renovate the still standing hotel to its former glory from a group of citizens, but none of these has materialized yet.
Ryugyong Hotel (North Korea)
Situated in the center of the North Korean capital, the Ryugyong Hotel is a pyramidal skyscraper of 105 floors. Its commissioning was scheduled for 1989, but its construction began in 1987. In 1992, after the abandonment and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, which provided much of the raw materials and logistics, its construction was stopped.
For 16 years, it remained without windows and completely void of any interiors. However, thanks to the investment of an Egyptian group, its construction was resumed in 2008. However, the North Korean goal may not be enough due to the tremendous task they have at hand. They’re aiming to build the 360,000 m2 building in four years. One hundred five floors and three thousand empty rooms at a height of three hundred meters are still pretty creepy and this is why this hotel made it on this list.
Hotel Del Salto (Colombia)
The hotel was originally a private mansion built in 1923. Thanks to its architecture and the French, it became an 8-storey hotel and a symbol of great wealth in the valley in 1950.
Due to its locations and also because of the many suicides at the hotel itself along with the ones near the falls of Tequenda, it was abandoned in the 1990s. It has now been restored and is currently a museum on biodiversity. A few of the residents say that the hotel is haunted by the tormented spirits of the people who committed suicide.
Hotel Polissya (Ukraine)
Hotel Polissya was used as the backdrop for one of the missions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This hotel is one of the highest buildings in the ghost town of Pripyat in Ukraine.
It was constructed in the ’70s to meet the influx of visitors to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Following the accident at the plant, it is now threatening to collapse, like the rest of the ghost town ever since it was abandoned since April 26, 1986.
Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel (USA)
This large hotel complex (holiday camp center) was very famous in the ’60s. Located in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, nearly 150,000 people as well as stars and politicians of the time come to spend their holidays in this hotel every year.
In 1986, the hotel closed like many others in the area, having changed owners, with the latter being unable to fund the boost of the site activity. The huge complex, which comprises of over 35 buildings, extends to approximately 5 square kilometers.
Lee Plaza (USA)
A 15-storey building built in 1929, Lee Plaza was built for tourists to stay as long as possible. The owner thought of everything: shops, library, and hairdresser, all of which were decorated with the finest marbles and paintings.
It began to grow old with permanent tenants in the ’70s – 80’s and has changed owners several times over the years. After the murder of a resident in 1997, it ultimately closed its doors. Thanks to its architecture and its history, it was classified a historic monument and was saved from being demolished.
Diplomat Hotel (Philippines)
This hotel is known to be one of the most haunted places in the country. Located in Baguio City in the Philippines, it was opened in 1915 by the Dominican order as a holiday home under the name of “Dominican Hill”.
The place was heavily bombed while being occupied by Japanese refugees during World War II. In 1947, it was partly reconstructed. Diplomat Hotels Incorporation bought the building and made it 33-room hotel in 1973. The hotel completely ceased its activity after the death of the owner, Tony Agpaoa (a kind of local guru-preacher).
Grand Hotel Kupari (Croatia)
The village of Kupari was a great vacation area for senior officers of the Yugoslav army situated in the Dubrovnik Riviera. It was built in the ’20s, but it was not famous until the ’60s to ’70s when the explosion of tourism in the region gave it its fame and many other hotels were put up around.
The Grand Hotel had a private beach access and a bunch of other cool stuff. When the Civil War of Independence raged in 1990, the hotel was ransacked just like the others. The bullet holes are still visible on its walls. Since it was abandoned, it has never been reopened.
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