Everything You Need To Know About Netflix's Mysterious Cecil Hotel

Netflix has another hit series on their hands with The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. Since airing, the history of The Cecil Hotel has been the one of the highest Google searches to-date.
While many are still trying to solve the death of hotel guest Elisa Lam, they are also looking into the history of Downtown L.A.’s most mysterious hotel.
The Cecil Hotel was built in 1924 by investors William Banks Hanner, Charles L. Dix and Robert H. Schops. The hotel temporarily housed fashionable and elite business travelers and tourists.

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.


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