Hotel Cecil, Los Angeles, California
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Opened in 1927 to great fanfare, The Cecil was once the place to be seen. Costing $1m to complete and boasting an opulent marble lobby, stained glass windows and all mod cons, this hotel was a grand destination.
Fashionable in the 1940s, things began to go wrong as Los Angeles’ social problems started to grow, its unfortunate location close to the area that became known as Skid Row prompting a reputation that has ever since been impossible to shake.
The Cecil has become renowned for violence and even murder, whilst a serial killer known as the ‘Night Stalker’ is rumoured to have made this his base during his spree in the 1980s.
There is hope that recent renovation and redevelopment can lead to a brighter future and repaired reputation, but such is its chequered past and threats perceived, The Cecil isn’t high on everyone’s list of places to stay in LA.