The 6 Spookiest Hotels In The World…That You Can Actually Visit

Published August 22, 2014
Updated August 15, 2019
Published August 22, 2014
Updated August 15, 2019
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The hotel’s haunted past makes it a very popular tourist destination.

Fear is a primal sensation felt by every human being. It’s something unifying – even though we are all scared of different things, there is always something that makes us jump and scream. Some people actually enjoy this feeling and will go chasing it on purpose. One of the best ways to do this is to travel the world, finding the spookiest places on Earth. We’ve got you off to a good start with a look at some creepy hotels where you can actually spend the night. Just don’t expect to get any sleep.

Clown Motel

Located in Tonopah, Nevada, this motel’s name makes it pretty clear why it appears on our list. Fear of clowns (coulrophobia) is one of the most common phobias in the world. Even though clowns are meant to evoke joy and laughter, all they generally manage to do is scare the hell out of people.

Clown Entrance

At least there’s free internet Source: WordPress

By all accounts, the motel looks like a decent place to spend the night. Just be prepared for hundreds of clowns littering every single room. For people suffering from coulrophobia, the reception is enough to send them screaming. The worst part of it all is that if you’re traveling, you might have no choice other than to spend the night here. The Clown Motel is on a remote stretch of highway in the middle of nowhere.

Spookiest Hotels Clown Toys

Pleasant dreams! Source: IGN

Well, at least it can’t get any creepier. Oh, wait…did we forget to mention it’s right next to a cemetery? The area is a semi-popular tourist attraction because of several old mines built there. Most of the miners are buried in a 100-year old cemetery that adjoins the motel.

Clown Cemetery

Clown motel right next to a cemetery – this is definitely a horror movie Source: Panoramio

The Crescent Hotel

Spookiest Hotels Crescent Old

The Crescent Hotel as it looked when it was built Source: Wikipedia

The Crescent Hotel is a historical landmark located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Built in 1886, it started out as a spa for the rich and famous, but only lasted for 20 years before being reopened as a college. In 1934 it became a hotel for a few years before being repackaged again in 1937 as a health resort offering “miracle cures” for various illnesses including cancer.

Of course, these so-called cures didn’t actually work. It was just a scam and it didn’t take long for the man running the place to be put in prison, but not before several people perished here. It saw a change in ownership in the 1940s and has been a hotel ever since.

Spookiest Hotels Crescent Today

The Crescent Hotel today Source: Travel Freak

The Crescent Hotel has been called “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” and was featured on the TV show Ghost Hunters. According to sightings, there are at least 8 different spirits inhabiting the hotel. These include a stonemason who died while building the original spa, a college student who committed suicide by jumping off the roof, a cancer patient who came to the resort to seek treatment, a doctor who worked there and nurses who can be seen moving bodies on gurneys.

Radu Alexander
Radu is a freelance writer who specializes in historical, scientific and offbeat topics.