Los Angeles is a city that attracts people from around the world. Some people venture to the city in hopes of getting a break into acting. Others visit the city for the beaches, restaurants, and other sporting and entertainment venues.
There’s also another group of characters who travel to the city in hopes of experience the paranormal – our kind of people! The Los Angeles area is bursting with haunted locations, so you’re in for a treat!
Visiting LA looking for spooks rather than stars? You can get both here with ghosts of celebrities haunting many of LA’s hotels.
Let’s dive right into the most haunted hotels in Los Angeles…
1. The Chateau Marmont, West HollywoodBook a Stay
The Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard has served as an escape for the rich and famous since it became a hotel during the 1930s. Countless A-list actors and other celebs have reportedly spent a tremendous amount of time at the Marmont, some staying there during work projects while others were there allegedly having affairs.
One of the famous celebs from the past who died in Bungalow 3 is John Belushi. There have been reports of children talking to the ghost of Belushi. Many of the children refer to him as the “funny man.”
According to Angela Bassett, there is a very neat ghost at the Marmont. As the story goes, while she was asleep, a ghost cleaned up her room. Bassett woke up wondering if the housekeeping staff cleaned her room as she slept. The front desk staff confirmed no one, living, had been to her room.
Of all the rooms at the Marmont room, 79 is believed to be the most active. Guests have seen a floating head outside the window and seen other ghosts that appear to be knocking on the door. Items such as furniture and other personal belongings have been moved around the room with no explanation.
The number of paranormal reports so high that many consider the Chateau Marmont the most haunted hotel in Los Angeles.
2. The Mayfair Hotel, Downtown LABook Now
A hidden gem in downtown Los Angeles, the recently refurbished Mayfair Hotel was built in 1927 during the Moorish Revival. An interesting little fact as well, it was the filming location for True Lies, a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that came out in the 1990s.
As well as an affordable stop of guests visiting LA, the hotel harbors a dark history and is apparently haunted by several spirits. According to Paul Dale Roberts (a paranormal investigator), he spoke with a clerk at the Mayfair Hotel who had been working there for several years. According to him, the clerk shared stories about the ghost of a little boy who has been seen throughout the third floor. He’s described as wearing a blue jean one-piece jumpsuit, and guests refer to him as “the lost boy”.
The Mayfair Hotel is also home to a female ghost. Believed to have been a prostitute during her life, she’s often seen passing through doors on the fourth floor with no clothes on!
3. Hotel Normandie, KoreatownStay Here
The Normandie is another hotel that opened its doors in the 1920s. The historic hotel has been accommodating its guests ever since. Some of the guests remain in the hotel, even after passing away.
Some people have said that they have seen shadow figures in their hotel rooms. Others have been unable to sleep because of an unknown, or unsettling, feeling they get while in their hotel room. Some people have heard odd noises during their stay, including creaking floors and similar.
Whether you feel it is haunted or not, there is something unusual and unsettling about this old historic hotel.
4. The Georgian, Santa MonicaBook Now
In 1933, the eight-story Georgian Hotel opened. At the time, it was one of the city’s tallest hotels. It was also a popular spot for famous gangsters and the Hollywood elite. With the likes of Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel as regular visitors to the hotel, it is no surprise the hotel is known for ghosts and haunted activity.
Employees claim to have heard disembodied voices, loud sighs, and even someone gasping in the restaurant. One guest of the hotel recounts a story of taking a shower only to wake up to find his suitcase empty, the covers on the bed turned down, and the television on.
A front desk clerk reported that a call came in from a room while working an overnight shift. The clerk only heard the sound of someone giggling. It turns out no one was checked into that specific room.
5. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, HollywoodSpend the Night
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has been an LA landmark that has catered to the rich and famous since 1927. The Roosevelt Hotel was home to some of the Golden Age of Hollywood’s elite. The likes of Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Montgomery Clift, and Marilyn Monroe all lived at the Roosevelt during their lifetime.
Some of Roosevelt’s elite residents enjoyed the hotel so much that they have been reported to wander around the hotel in the afterlife. Montgomery Clift, for example, reportedly continues to spend a great deal of time in room 928.
The image of Marilyn Monroe appears in a mirror in the hotel. Her ghost has also been spotted in her old room. In the upper levels of the Roosevelt where Carole Lombard lived, she continues to wander around.
Ghostly figures in tuxedos have been spotted in the Blossom Room, the former home of the Oscars. The ghost of a little girl wanders the hotel in her blue dress, based on reports. Visiting Hollywood and wanting to stay in Hollywood’s most haunted hotel? The Roosevelt is a perfect choice!
6. Stay On Main (The Cecil Hotel), Downtown LABOOK NOW
When the Stay on Main first opened back in 1924, it was known as the Cecil Hotel. The hotel was meant to be a location for business people to stay when passing through Los Angeles. What ultimately ended up happening at the Stay on Main is that it became the site of countless crimes and tragedies.
Numerous people have reportedly either committed suicide while staying at the hotel or were murdered. With so many horrific incidents occurring at this hotel, it is no surprise that there is quite a bit of paranormal activity at the location. Some people even consider it one of the most haunted hotels in Los Angeles.
When it was discovered that Elisa Lam had drowned in a water tank on the hotel surveillance video, the video showed she was acting erratically. With no illicit drugs found in her system, some believe she was mentally ill, while others believe there could have been a paranormal explanation. The elevator she was in refused to close, despite the buttons being pushed multiple times.
There is an eerie and uncomfortable feeling in many hotel rooms due to the location being a former residence to serial killers Richard “The Nightstalker” Ramirez and Jack Unterweger. One ghost that people have spotted is a little boy who appears outside a window on the fourth floor. What his story is, no one knows. In the lobby, a clock is stuck at 5:27. Why that hour, no one knows.
One man who stayed at the Cecil Hotel claimed that he felt like he was being choked while attempting to sleep. He demanded his room be changed when he was finally able to move. It turns out a murder occurred in that hotel room. Numerous people have made claims they felt like someone was lying on top of them in bed. Others have reported that while in bed, it sounded like someone was rummaging through their things, but no one was in the room.
Cold spots have also been reported in various locations throughout the hotel.
7. Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Downtown LABook Here
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel has been many things since it opened in 1923. It has been one of the most popular and talked about luxury hotels in LA and hosting the Oscars, and being a place of respite for soldiers during World War II. With a colorful past, it should not be surprising that many consider the Biltmore to be one of the most haunted hotels in Los Angeles.
One of the most famous ghosts that people claim to see in the lobby of the Biltmore and on the tenth and eleventh floors is the ghost of Elizabeth Short, also known as the Black Dahlia. Following her murder, it has been reported that her ghost enjoyed spending time at the Biltmore.
According to other reports, some young children haunt the hotel. A faceless boy is apparently the ghost present on the roof while a creepy girl wanders the ninth floor. On the second floor, people sometimes see the ghost of a nurse.