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->''"Hotel rooms are lonely. All the craziness that you avoid in the day-to-day business of life come to you in hotel rooms and eat your mind. The people they find dead in hotel rooms wouldn't have killed themselves at home. Hotel rooms don't care if you live or die."''
-->-- '''Foxglove''', ''Death: The Time of Your Life''

A hotel that is scary. Often, it's abandoned, and if it isn't, you have a good chance of being killed by your host. Similar to AbandonedHospital and InnOfNoReturn. The NoTellMotel may be one.

This trope stems mostly from the fact that many hotels, even the really nice ones, have an underlying [[ParanoiaFuel disturbing feel.]] Like hospitals, they're [[CreepyCleanliness insanely clean and kept in perfect order]], giving the entire facility a [[AsceticAesthetic sterile, inhuman atmosphere.]] Every room and floor is identical or near-identical, like a lavishly furnished chicken coop. It's so quiet, the employees are always smiling or out of sight, and the rooms are always tidied up when you're not looking. Then there's knowing you're [[DeadlyRoadTrip far from home where no one will notice if you disappear]]. And those… [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking tiny chocolate mints]]…

While hotels are certainly disturbing by themselves, it gets even worse when they're NOT what a hotel should look like (dirty, disorganized, etc.).

Sometimes characters in a series aren't completely stupid. They know something is wrong with this hotel - maybe the guy at the front desk is [[UncannyValley more than a touch creepy]], or they've overheard the townspeople talk about how they [[TownWithADarkSecret hate outsiders]], or that the hotel is supposed to be almost fully booked but [[EverybodysDeadDave no one is around]].

But they all know that they don't have a choice. Staying in a hotel with a lockable door is much more preferable than taking their chances sleeping in the car, or maybe they don't have a car at all. Maybe they even outright know that something might try to get them during the night, but staying outside is pure suicide. Either way, they're taking those room keys with a quiet sense of dread.

Characters with these suspicions are usually smart enough to remain wary as they settle down for the night, but sometimes they'll completely forget and decide to [[TooDumbToLive take a long shower]].

Title is the name of an obscure Music/TheyMightBeGiants song. Like, obscure even for them.

Not to be confused with a HotelHellion, or ''Series/HotelHell'', a Gordon Ramsay series in the style of ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' in which he solves the problems of ailing hotels, though some of the hotels featured may be approaching this level. (Which, curiously, uses ''another'' obscure song as its TitleThemeTune, but one called "Hotel Hell" instead of "Hell Hotel.") Also, not to be confused with when Hell ''is'' a hotel, which is MundaneAfterlife.



* Spoofed in some of Verizon's many "dead zone" commercials.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/GregoryHorrorShow'' takes place inside "Gregory House". The caretaker is trying to keep the guest there for all eternity, the ''other'' guests and staff alternate between trying to maim/kill the guest and drive them to insanity, and Gregory's [[EvilMatriarch mother]] wants to steal and eat the guest's soul. Oh and [[spoiler:apparently once you sign in, true escape is impossible.]] Well, not quite true... [[spoiler:the Guests ''could'' have escaped, but they deliberately chose not to as they couldn't bring themselves to face reality.]]
* ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'' has a lot of fun playing with this, as the title hotel is on a wartorn island populated by witches, undead witches, yakuza, ex-yakuza, yakuza ghosts, luchador hotel managers, suicidal chefs, Mafioso, assassins, drug dealers, government agents-turned-drug dealers, overly-curious children, demons, tigers, and a perverted robot detective.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* One StoryArc in ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' involved a Hell Hotel, caused by the residents of an Apartment Complex being freed of personal restraint by [[spoiler: The Violator]].
* ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'': Hotel Shade has this quality, as lampshaded by Kathy and Lenny before they knew they were doomed to fight madness there. It didn't help that the first living tenant was a serial torture-killer, or the second one appeared to be a raving lunatic (he explained that he was a writer; they weren't reassured.) Corpses animated from the nearby graveyard, because that was the only way the Angels could communicate with Shade, but no one had any idea what was animating the hotel staff.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': The aptly named "Hotel Pánico". López, Luisa and Jaime have to spend a night there when surprised by a storm on the road, and plenty of scary things happen to them. [[spoiler:Eventually, Superlópez discovers that the whole thing was an idea of the owner, who wanted to spread the rumor of the weird incidents in the hotel to attract customers thirsty of thrills, so this results in [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the closure of the hotel]], [[DownerEnding which leaves all its staff jobless]].]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'': The Place of which Torgo takes care while The Master is away.
* The Bates Motel from ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', which is overseen by Norman Bates.
* The Hotel Earle from ''Film/BartonFink''. Starting with the name.
* The Overlook Hotel in ''Film/TheShining''. Perhaps uniquely, the entire layout of the Overlook Hotel -- once you notice it, anyway -- is a startling case of {{Bizarrchitecture}} in film, by design. Creator/StanleyKubrick laid the set out intentionally to mess with viewers' (and actors') perceptions.
* Room ''Film/FourteenOhEight''. Good lord, ''1408'', but ''only'' room 1408. The rest of the Dolphin Hotel is quite nice.
%%* The hotel in ''Film/TheLostBoys''
%%* The hotel from ''Film/{{Vacancy}}''.
* The hotel in ''Film/SilentHill'' is where the BigBad is staying.
* ''Film/{{Identity}}'' was set in a motel no character could leave.
* The Hollywood Tower Hotel in the MadeForTVMovie ''Film/TowerOfTerror'', based, of course, on the [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Hollywood Studios]] ride.
* The CrossesTheLineTwice shootout finale of ''Film/PunisherWarZone'' takes place at one of these.
* ''Film/MotelHell'', where [[spoiler: stranded travelers are rendered mute, 'planted' up to their necks in a garden behind the motel, then processed into smoked meats.]]
* The hotel in ''Film/SeeNoEvil,'' inhabited by an AxCrazy serial killer with a penchant for ripping out people's eyes.
* The abandoned desert motel from ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction''.
* The eponymous B&B from ''Dead and Breakfast'': home to SealedEvilInACan that touches off a ZombieApocalypse.
* ''The Red Inn'', name of five movies (between 1951 and 2007). In that hostel, the customers are killed at nighttime and their money stolen while the bodies are buried in the garden.
* Exactly where Barbara goes to look for help in ''Film/{{Dagon}}''.
* ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' has a backpacker hostel in Eastern Europe that is the front for a secret criminal organisation which allows wealthy international sadists to rape, torture, and murder the guests.
* Downplayed with the Hotel Luxor in ''Film/Die1000AugenDesDrMabuse'', which is run by a criminal gang who aren't (usually) directly killing the guests, but spying on them so that they can plot crimes to be committed elsewhere.
* ''Film/{{The Dead Pool}}'' briefly features a literal example, seen in a promotional poster for one of Peter Swan's low-budget horror movies: ''Hotel Satan (You check in. You die.)''
* ''Film/TheBoy2015'' has this kind of hotel as its main setting, though the murders are not the fault of anything supernatural. The titular boy is responsible for them.
* ''Film/HellHouseLLC'' is set in the fictional Abaddon Hotel which is rumored to be this and is converted into a haunted house attraction.
* ''Film/TheInnkeepers'' focuses on the Yankee Pedlar Inn, a purportedly haunted hotel in Connecticut, as two employees try to find proof of ghosts in the days before the inn is closed down for good.

* The ''Literature/GiveYourselfGoosebumps'' book "Checkout Time at the Dead-End Hotel". For starters, the mint on your pillow makes you a ghost. [[FridgeLogic Somehow]].
* ''Horror Hotel'' from the lesser-known Plot-Your-Own Horror Stories series, is, unsurprisingly, all about this.

* Creator/StephenKing:
** ''Literature/TheShining'': The Overlook Hotel, a remote hotel in the mountains plagued by evil ghosts. in King describes the place as follows: "This inhuman place makes human monsters."
** ''Literature/FourteenOhEight'': Room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Only one room is actually a portal to something hellish, the rest of the hotel is quite pleasant and the manager tries his damnedest to make sure no one but he and a select few of the staff go into that room.
* ''Literature/TheTalisman'', co-written by Stephen King and Peter Straub, had two of these, one at the start where Lilly slowly died of cancer and then one at the end where the Talisman was held.
* OlderThanTelevision: The sub-trope of "only one room" being haunted goes back to F. Marion Crawford's short story "The Upper Berth" (1894) where the haunting is not just in just one cabin on a ship, but mostly confined to the upper berth, leaving the person in the lower berth alone.
* The Three Cousins Motel in ''[[Literature/FeliksNetAndNika Feliks, Net & Nika and the Third Cousin]]''. It's creepy place in the middle of nowhere with paintings that paint themselves and rooms that change their dimensions a la ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves''. And the owners are ''two'' cousins that are creepy, old women [[spoiler:(Actually witches. And the third one is the witch too.) that kidnap young woman to have new bodies]]. ''Third Cousin'' is easily the scariest book in the series.
* There's the motel at "the centre" (the central point of the continental United States) in ''Literature/AmericanGods''. That's a pretty creepy place. It is abandoned, but not technically haunted.
* Parodied in the animal fantasy novel ''Literature/WelkinWeasels: Vampire Voles!'', in which Scruff, for a prank, tricks Maudlin into thinking that their host is a serial killer.
* The Gilman House, in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth''.
* Even more so in the game, ''Dark Corners of the Earth'', where the innkeeper's diary reveals that he routinely tortures and murders his customers [[ForTheEvulz for lulz]].
* The Hotel Denouement in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' is a variant. Although it's not especially creepy or unpleasant for the guests, the protagonists are employed there (under the bizarre or nonexistent child labor laws of their universe) as concierges. The hotel is organised by the Dewey Decimal System[[labelnote:*]]There really ''is'' [[http://www.libraryhotel.com/ a hotel like this.]] It is not an example of this trope.[[/labelnote]] for reasons which aren't explained until much later, and no index exist (the staff seem to be expected to memorize it). Also, the children are not given breaks, even for sleeping, they just have to kind of doze at the concierge desk.
* The ''Right Inn'', where a very set-in-his-routine salesman passes out from the sheer horror. [[spoiler:It turns out that the inn's sign was on the fritz and it's actually The ''Fright'' Inn, a theme motel for horror buffs.]]
* Frank Herbert's short story "Gambling Device."
* Creator/SarahMonette's short story "The Devil in Gaylord's Creek" features one of these.
* The ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' series has the Lotus Hotel and Casino, a modernized version of [[LotusEaterMachine the Island of the Lotus Eaters]] from ''Literature/TheOdyssey''. People go in, get sucked into the awesome food and activities, and lose all track of time[[labelnote:*]][[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife Sound familiar?]][[/labelnote]] -- when Percy, Annabeth, and Grover finally escape, they discover that [[YearOutsideHourInside what seemed like a few hours to them was in fact five days outside.]] Most people aren't that lucky, and they end up trapped for years.
* In ''Literature/HalfWorld'', by Hiromi Goto, the sinister Mr. Glueskin is keeping Melanie's mother hostage in a creepy hotel.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The {{trope nam|ers}}ing song is inspired by "A Nice Place To Visit", an episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.
* The Hyperion Hotel on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was abandoned and haunted for several decades by a demon that fed off people's fear. Later a vampire and other assorted beings killed the demon and took control of the hotel themselves - but since [[UrbanFantasy they're the heroes]], it probably doesn't count anymore.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** The episode "Playthings" featured a haunted hotel.
** The episode "Hammer of the Gods" featured a hotel that had been taken over by pagan gods as a trap for the Winchesters, and had locked the surviving guests in the larder.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's WidgetSeries ''Solstrom'' had an often-humorous version of this as the setting for an episode, "Howling Winds". An aging hotel is suddenly transformed into a HauntedCastle-esque one with a vampire waiter, an ogre bellboy, etc. -- but a pair of newlyweds on their honeymoon, being SickeninglySweethearts, don't notice what's happened until it's far too late. Meanwhile, the confused owner tries to conduct business as usual despite the fact that he's slowly turning into a wolfman. Even Death takes a holiday here!
* The Candlewick Inn from ''Series/HarpersIsland''.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' had Dick and Joanna traveling through a very rural area, only to stop at a small motel. [[SignsOfDisrepair The M in the Motel sign had burned out]], prompting Dick to call it "Otel Hell".
* The Sunshine Motel from ''Series/TheLostRoom'' could be considered this.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Paradise" had a small roadside motel which was run by a serial rapist and killer, who would trap patrons in their room and psychologically and physically torture them before beating them to death.
* Parodied in the "Jolly Boys' Outing" episode of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''. The Trotters become stranded in Margate, but cannot find anywhere to stay the night, so they end up in a terrifying-looking guest house which in Rodney's words "looks like Series/TheMunsters' weekend place"
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The God Complex" takes place in one, and a great deal of "The Angels Take Manhattan" takes place in another. Both were some variety of method of feeding guests to the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* Played with on ''Series/TeenWolf''. The episode ''Motel California'' is set in a motel whose creepy owner boasts about having the highest suicide rate of any hotel in America, and most of the main characters experience terrifying apparitions and try to kill themselves. However, the suicide rate is noted (when someone stops to do the maths) as not being that statistically unusual and the visions and self-harm attempts are caused by a mixture of hallucinogenic poison and psychic suggestion from a villain totally unrelated to the motel, and in one case by a character (unknown to themselves) being a banshee who is extra-sensitive to places where people have died.
* The setting of ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel''.
* Played with in ''Series/MurderSheWrote''. It's not an actual motel which is the centre of a murder mystery, it's a movie set... of the [[ShoutOut Bates]] [[Film/{{Psycho}} Motel]]. Well, the house overlooking the motel, but it plays both the house and motel for maximum suspense.
* ''{{Series/Timeless}}'': H. H. Holmes and his "Murder Castle" appear in "The World's Columbian Expedition". Flynn cruelly leads an unwitting Wyatt and Rufus to check in there during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, where they're put in danger. Lucy has to enlist the help of Creator/HarryHoudini in their rescue.
* The ''Series/BatesMotel'' is the mysterious motel on the highway where Norman Bates gained his StartOfDarkness and hides his family's screwed up secrets. It naturally has a high number of mysterious disappearances surrounding it as well. It really doesn't help that throughout the series it always appears abandoned despite the vacancy sign reading open for new guests every day.
* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': After getting depressed, thinking his friends no longer needed him, Mr. Potato Head stays at a run-down hotel in a dangerous neighborhood to mope.

* "Hotel California", by The Music/{{Eagles}}. The "Hotel" is apparently an allegory for the Southern California music industry of the mid-Seventies, or drug addiction, or who knows, just Southern California. On the surface the song describes the tale of a weary traveler who becomes trapped in a nightmarish luxury hotel that, at first, appeared inviting and tempting.
** On a related note, Cledus T. Judd's parody of this song, "Motel Californie." The titular motel really is an awful place, in serious disrepair and filthy, but it gets worse near the end when he's trying to get clean linens and [[spoiler: finds the proprietor stabbed to death.]]
* The [[DerangedAnimation video]] for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJzWGkgFcTU "The Ghost of Stephen Foster"]] by the Squirrel Nut Zippers, features the unbelievably creepy "Hotel Paradise", with [[{{Homage}} Betty Boop-style animation]]. Think of it as [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Max Fleischer]] [[JustForFun/XMeetsY presents]] ''Film/FourteenOhEight''.
* The video for "The Kill" by [[Music/ThirtySecondsToMars 30 Seconds to Mars]] is a direct homage to ''The Shining''--specifically, Kubrick's film version. In the video, the band members wander the corridors of an otherwise deserted hotel, encountering various ghostly inhabitants before respectively coming face-to-face with [[spoiler: their own evil, tuxedoed dopplegangers]].
** In the same vein, the video for "Spit It Out" by Slipknot is also an homage to ''The Shining.'' The band wanders around the hotel, encounters the twins, and gets lost in a human maze.
* The song "Vertigo Motel" by Dog Fashion Disco.
* Homer and Jethro's song "Hart-Brake Motel," parody of Music/ElvisPresley's "Heartbreak Hotel."
** And for that matter, [[Music/VelvetUnderground John Cale]]'s [[CarefulWithThatAxe cover]] of "Heartbreak Hotel".
* The music video for Music/{{Opeth}}'s song "Porcelain Heart" takes place in a hotel that looks eerily like the hotel from ''VideoGame/SilentHill2''.
* "Kross Roads Inn" by Music/{{Twiztid}} is about a legendary hotel that, due to an ancient pagan curse, kills anyone who spends one night there and traps their spirits in the hotel forever. Twiztid themselves play a couple of thrill-seeking ghost hunters who seek to disprove the myths and urban legends surrounding the place. As soon as they sign in, they're harassed by spirits. They try to leave, but [[GeniusLoci the building warps and alters to keep them there forever]].
* Music/{{Supertramp}}, "Gone Hollywood".
-->''I'm in this dumb motel\\
Near the Taco Bell\\
Without a hope in Hell\\
I can't believe that I'm still around''
* The trope namer, "Hell Hotel", by Music/TheyMightBeGiants, from their 1985 Demo Tape. Supposedly based off of the Series/TwilightZone episode "A Nice Place to Visit", except, about a hotel.
* "Home By The Sea" by {{Music/Genesis}}, complete with inhuman spectres wandering around. Although unclear whether the building in question is really a hotel -- it may be a retirement home.

[[folder: Theater]]
* Hell in ''Theatre/NoExit'' is a hotel. [[InvertedTrope A rather normal looking hotel, at that]]. Except that roommates are specifically chosen to drive each other crazy, and they're locked in there forever. [[spoiler: But not really. The door isn't locked, but ''nobody'' has the strength of character necessary to leave, even when the door just pops open at the end]].

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* ''[[Ride/TheTwilightZoneTowerOfTerror The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror]]'' at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney's various theme parks]] is built on this theme. "The Hollywood Tower Hotel" allegedly lost a lot of business after a bolt of lighting removed three "wings" from the front of the building and sent an elevator (plus its five occupants) to another dimension in the later 1920s/early 1930s. That tends to look bad on any hotel's record. It's gotten an "Attractionistas" souvenir doll, Holly, a creepy bellhop.
* A real example, the "Legendary Years" wing of the Pop Century resort at Walt Disney World was abandoned in 2002 due to 9/11 related tourism dips. Since then, the economy roared and now once again whimpers, and in all that time the structures remain left behind, the only thing complete being the parking lot.
** In 2012, the empty resort has opened as Disney's Art of Animation Resort, making this a subversion of the trope.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', the Statesman Hotel. It is filled to the brim with Super Mutants, Centaurs, and mines. You can come here for an optional sidequest to save the Riley's Rangers.
** The Homestead Motel from ''Point Lookout'' is closer to the trope. There are three explorable rooms. 1D holds a dead Chinese spy killed before he could start his mission. 1G holds the skeletons of two bank robbers who died in a gunfight with each over about how to split the cash. Finally, [[RoomFullOfCrazy 1K holds]] a [[MonsterClown Clown Masked serial killer's]] [[BlackMagic bloody satanic altar]]… made of body parts.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' brings us the El Rey Motel. Every bit as ramshackle as the Statesman, but populated with angry drug addicts instead of Super Mutants.
** Also in ''New Vegas'', the Lucky 38 casino is a milder example. While not actually dangerous (unless you betray the Mr. House and he sicks his robots on you), it has a very strong HellHotel atmosphere, being a once-popular and -successful casino that no living being has entered in over 200 years. It's mostly unlit and eerily silent, but otherwise completely untouched by anything except time. The place would probably become ''[[NothingIsScarier less creepy]]'' if there were any actual dangerous critters living there. Also, the player ''lives there'' for the later half of the game. And no, you can't redecorate to make it a bit more inviting.
** Of course, perhaps the ultimate example of a HellHotel in ''New Vegas'' is the Sierra Madre, the centerpiece of the Dead Money expansion. A sprawling, labyrinthine villa, the Sierra Madre exists somewhere in the desert, though no one is quite sure where it is. A red, poisonous fog permeates through the area. Ghostly figures wander the streets, attacking anyone who comes their way. Radios murmur to no one, and put out signals that might interfere with your ExplosiveLeash. And, of course, there's lots and lots of ApocalypticLogs to find (including ones that are hologram recordings of many guests' final moments when the bombs fell, doomed to repeat for eternity...).
* ''VideoGame/{{Nightmare}}'' mostly takes place in one of these, it's abandoned and smeared with blood in places.
* There's only one luxury hotel on ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'''s Isle Delfino, and it's haunted. Great.
* The venerable, historic [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: HOTEL ]]
in ''MaxPayne''. Okay, so it's a standard film noir dive owned by third-rate mobsters. Max, an undercover cop, has free reign to climb all the way to the penthouse suite; however, once his cover is blown, the fire escapes are locked and the hopeless elevators aren't buzzing to life anytime soon. Max has to blast his way back the lobby. The hotel itself is falling apart, as the only customers are drug dealers and johns.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', the player character must exorcise the two ghosts trapped in the Ocean House Hotel.
** Also, the Los Angeles Sabbat have taken up resident in the abandoned Hallowbrook Hotel, which the player character must also visit close to the end of the game; while most of it is a decrepit ruin used only for sheltering the Sabbat mooks from the sun, the basement has been converted into a slaughterhouse for their leader, Andrei the Tzimisce, filled with mutilated bodies and thick puddles of blood. This is also where [[spoiler:Heather Poe, your ghoul, can meet her unfortunate death, depending on your choices.]]
** What really makes the first hotel scary is the cleverest element about it. It builds up the tension throughout your progression through the building, relying on atmosphere and environment along with the build-up of this brutal murder story to make the player psych him/herself out. It keeps building and building, and you're waiting for something to happen--some monster to pop out and fight you. [[spoiler:There is no monster or any combat whatsoever in this level.]]
* The setting of ''Trilby's Notes'', the third chapter in the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'' series. At first, it seems the hotel is rather normal, but then the protagonist begins warping into a much darker and messed up version.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode 2'' provides a variation with its frighteningly intense Inn battle.
* The very aptly named Hotel Horror from ''VideoGame/WarioLand4'', complete with AxCrazy ghosts.
* ''VideoGame/HotelMario''. [[ShapedLikeItself If you need instructions on how to get through the hotels, check out the enclosed instruction book.]]
* One of the last levels of ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' is named "Hotel Hell".
* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', the Threed hotel briefly becomes one of these when it is overrun by zombies.
** In ''VideoGame/MOTHER1'', the hotel in Spookane is similarly run by a Starman who attacks if the party tries to stay the night there. Unlike the above example, the Spookane hotel never returns to "normal" and is abandoned for the rest of the game.
* The Lakeview Hotel from ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' is the final area of the game and the location of TheReveal.
* The Victory Hotel in ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' is particularly jarring if you played the original ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'', since it was formerly the friendly, cheerful safe haven for April…
* The Innsmouth hotel in ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth''. Not only is the hotel falling apart and owned by a [[TheCorruption decidedly creepy host]], but Jack has a [[spoiler:surprise 'wake-up call' by the town's residents and has to escape.]]
* The Sedgewick Hotel in ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'', not in the first time when you're sent there, but when you visit it the 2nd time around…
* The Quiet Haven Hotel from the indie adventure game, ''VideoGame/{{Downfall}}'', where the main character, Joe Davis, wakes up in the middle of the night to find out that his supposedly schizophrenic wife, Ivy's, visions of terror about the hotel have suddenly become far too real for his liking.
* The Apple Inn of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak'', which was both packed with monsters and ''on fire''.
* Stage 3-3 from ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'' is a hotel that is riddled with spikes, inhabited by bats, has ''very'' low quality rooms ''and'' it has only one toilet which is the only way to access the second building. Who would be ''[[MalevolentArchitecture this]]'' sadist is a question for anyone.
* The Edisons' motel in ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle''. It's pretty normal right now, but it used to be called "VideoGame/ManiacMansion" before, and its owner Dr. Fred Edison was a brainwashed MadDoctor before the protagonists restored him to normal. Remnants of its creepy past are still there: they include a mummified Cousin Ted who stands nearby the hotel as a decorative statue, Dr. Fred's lab in the basement, and two alien tentacles (Green and Purple) who still reside in the building.
* The Old Chateau and Canalave Inn, [[spoiler:which are both haunted]], in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''.
* The indie adventure/hidden object game ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmat}}'' has the delightfully-named "Drowned Dead Hotel", perched on a cliff above a flooded town, complete with requisite creepy owner and residents.
* There's a fake haunted hotel in the Golden Saucer in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', where Cloud and his party can rest up.
* And there's the Dowerton Station Hotel in ''VideoGame/DarkFall'' that's really haunted and disturbingly clean, so much that 2 ghost hunters came down to find out.
** Its sequel version in ''Lost Souls'', though, fits this trope to a T.
* In ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'', there's an arcade-mode map that's set in a creepy, run-down hotel with flickering lights, a misty outside 'arena', and the recommended AI-controlled characters are mostly zombies. And [[HellIsThatNoise the music makes it so much worse…]]
* ''VideoGame/UrbanRivals'' the [[TheBerserker Berzerks]] reside in the Red One Hotel where its occupants are afflicted by some gas that turns them into red-skined, [[{{Series/Firefly}} hyper-aggressive]] people who'll pulverize anyone in arms reach.
* ''Johnny Bazookatone'' has Hotel Demonique, the second level of the game. It features several elevators, an attic, and a disco where you must defeat the Concierge and rescue the captive Soul Guy.
* ''Videogame/TheCrookedMan'' has Hotel Ruenheim, a run-down abandoned hotel, where you meet a girl named Sissi... and also where you first encounter the titular Crooked Man.
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' provides a literal example of this trope, with a hotel that contains portals to hell.
* Cairo-Stewart Hotel in ''VideoGame/PharaohRebirth'' should be a normal luxury hotel, but one bad guy turned all of the staff against you, there are falling chandeliers and deadly spikes everywhere, one elevator is haunted and infested with the spirits of the dead, and to top it off the same bad guy is trying to murder us with a KillSat! The bonus level added to the Steam version of the game is another example: Anubis took over the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, turned the staff into humanoid animals and put even more deadly spikes everywhere.
* Stage C of ''VideoGame/{{Galerians}}'' is set entirely in the Babylon Hotel, a crumbling, noir-ish place that prostitutes, would-be terrorists and (of course) drug dealers appear to call home. Only two of the characters that turn up in the hotel leave it alive.
* The ''VideoGame/GoldenKroneHotel'' is filled with vampires and other monsters.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.hell-hotel.com/lang-pref/en Hell Hotel]] obviously. A hotel is owned by the Devil's runaway son. PlayedForLaughs

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/NanQuest'' features a HellHotel that's both a TimeyWimeyBall and an EldritchLocation, trapping unsuspecting guests into a PocketDimension that's also home to a number of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s known as the "Uninvited Things" which, apparently, aren't all on the same side.
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version 2 had one of these. It became one of the bloodiest places in the game - no fewer than ''fifteen'' students met their ends somewhere within it. Escapades taking places there included (and were not limited to): murder (duh), castration, evisceration and ''necrophilia''. The V2 hotel was ''not'' a fun place.
* Season 2 of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' opens in one, although its creepiness doesn't become apparent till a few episodes later, when Jay realizes that he [[spoiler:and Jessica are the only customers in the hotel.]] Just when he decides to leave, [[spoiler:Masky shows up.]]
* From the same [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos mythos]]: the Halloween 2011 episode of ''WebVideo/TribeTwelve'' lands Noah in one. Unlike Jay, Noah barely has time to unpack before the creepiness starts.
* Inverted in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeOWxqYp80A Hazbin Hotel]] which is a literal [[HellOfATime hell hotel]] meant to [[Ascended Demon reform the damned.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Every hotel ever visited by the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' gang. All of them were scary but for twenty-plus years none of them had real monsters. [[TakeThat Unless Sonny and Cher count]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' once had one with a possessed family that Jack wandered into.
* The Hotel Cabal from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. Not actually haunted, but filled with {{death trap}}s designed to drive prisoners insane and impossible to leave without one of the special keys.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', "Fear Factory," featured a space-station version that was a lot like a mysterious mansion, with the butler and being invited to dinner.
* One of Creator/ChuckJones' ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons, "Claws For Alarm", has WesternAnimation/PorkyPig and his pet cat Sylvester staying at a ghost town hotel populated by murderous mice. Sylvester is aware of the horrors, but being a pet, is mute and can't communicate it to his oblivious master.
* Katz Motel from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. Staffed by what is [[Monster/CartoonNetwork the cruelest villain in the series]], [[CatsAreMean Katz]] (that is until "Rembrence of Courage's Past" in which The Cruel Vet took that position). You'll be fed to spiders by morning (Oh, and No Dogs Allowed).
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MartinMystery'' had a luxury hotel being haunted by the ghost of its founder.
* The Cobweb Hotel in a [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]] short. Well, it's a Hell Hotel to flies, anyway.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', "The Sludge Monster", is set largely in a hotel haunted by the titular being.
* The motel that Taz and Bushwacker Bob stay at in the ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' episode "A Midsummer Night's Scream". The desk clerk is an {{Expy}} of Creator/PeterLorre.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStoryOfTerror'' takes place in a motel. It's actually quite nice, and the manager is very friendly... if you're a human. If you're a toy, [[spoiler:he will send his pet iguana to capture you and sell you to unsuspecting internet bidders.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.travelcreepster.com/hh-holmes-murder-castle.html H. H. Holmes' "Castle".]] Custom-designed by one of America's first {{Serial Killer}}s, it came complete with secret passages and a TortureCellar.
** One vigilante burned it down after Holmes' execution. Presumable to avoid NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambassador_Hotel_(Los_Angeles) The Ambassador Hotel]] in Los Angeles was like this for many years, as it went out of business after Robert Kennedy's assassination there. It was often used as a police training ground, as depicted in ''S.W.A.T.'', and as a filming location and backdrop for movies and television programs (e.g. Music/RoyOrbison chose it to film a TV special in 1988). It was ultimately demolished in 2005, and a complex of public schools were built in its place.
* The abandoned [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coco_Palms_Resort Coco Palms resort]] on Kauai in Hawaii.It's currently in the process of being remodeled, and is set to re-open in 2018.
* Many of the [[https://www.oyster.com/articles/55071-creepy-abandoned-hotels-across-the-u-s/ abandoned hotels]] dotting the United States could fall under this.