As L.A. faced a drug and homeless epidemic, the neighborhood surrounding the hotel became known as Skid Row, and the hotel started to see a decline in bookings.
The owners instead decided to turn the property into a luxury hostel with long-term housing.Netflix explores some of the mysterious actions that have occurred on the property over several decades.
Over a dozen deaths happened in the hotel from 1927 until 2015. There was even a record of a serial killer, Richard “The Night Stalker” Ramirez, checking into the property for $14/night in the 80s.
One of the creepiest deaths was that of college student, Elisa Lam who was found in a water tank on the hotel’s rooftop after guests began complaining about a drop in the water pressure.
The Cecil rebranded to Stay on Main in 2011— a new and upgraded hostel, dedicated to young travelers looking for luxury on a budget.
In 2017, the hotel officially closed, and was bought for $30 million dollars by Simon Baron Development. The property is set to open sometime in 2021 or 2022.
Many await the new reveal of L.A.’s creepiest hotel.