As a follow-up to last week's article on Chicago's Congress Plaza Hotel, we have another damned hotel to share with you, with an equally (if not even more) horrifying history. The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles has a history that reads like a Stephen King novel. From the death of Elisa Lam to the Black Dahlia, the Cecil Hotel has terrified and fascinated us for years.
The body count. The Cecil Hotel was built in 1924 in Los Angeles. The architecture is described as art deco, typical of the times.
The decline. After the Great Depression, the area where the Hotel Cecil was built fell into poverty. The neighborhood would become part of the area now known as Skid Row.
Room rates. The room rates are extremely low at the Cecil Hotel. As a result of the affordable rooms, the impoverished neighborhood and rising crime rates, the Cecil Hotel did attract some guests involved in criminal activities.