Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sometimes there"s incredible beauty and mystery in the most forgotten
places.
(Photo by morten larsen / Alamy Stock Photo.
Design by Lauren DeLuca
for World traveling club Travel.)Nothing is quite as ominous and foreboding as
a huge abandoned building, one with burnt, crumbling walls pockmarked with
shattered window panes seeming to glare down as if from the blackened eye
holes of a skull.
"Abandoned hotels seem to possess a special malignant aura,
as if the souls of long-dead guests from the past lurk in the rubble, angry
that their formerly happy retreat has been forsaken."
The world is dotted
with such ruins, some caused by war, some by natural disaster, others just by
bad business or neglect.
We"ve chosen six of the creepiest for your
review.
What other abandoned hotels have you seen which inspire dread? The
Holiday Inn, Beruit, LebanonThe bullet-torn remains of Beirut"s Holiday
Inn.
(Photo:"dpa picture alliance archive / Alamy Stock Photo)This 24-story
bullet- and shell-scarred corpse of a hotel was a casualty of Beruit"s
1975-1976 "War of the Hotels." This war wasn"t a metaphor for tough marketing
or pricing competition, but rather an all-out street battle between different
factions in Lebanon"s vicious civil war of the 1970s.
The top floors were
occupied by snipers as their opponents pounded the strategic structure with
artillery.
Now the structurally unsafe building is off limits to visitors
(though as recently as 1998 it hosted an underground dance party), and stands
as an ugly tombstone to the country"s war-scarred recent past.
"
Related:
Eternal Vacancy: 5 Abandoned Resorts From Around the Globe
Grossinger"s
Resort, New YorkIt"s hard to believe that families once splashed and played in
this now-deserted and moss-grown pool at Grossinger"s.
(Photo:"Forsaken
Fotos/Flickr)
This formerly hip and happening place in the "Borscht Belt" of
upstate New York was a popular destination, particularly for Jewish families
in the early 20th century who were excluded from many other U.S.
country clubs
and resorts.
Opened as a one-room farmhouse hotel in 1914, it expanded to a
1,200-acre resort complex hosting tens of thousands of guests, including the
rich, the famous, and me.
This place feels personally creepy as I stayed here
with my family as a little kid, swam in the now trash- and muck-filled pool,
had camp activities in the now graffiti-stained lobby, and slept in a room
that now looks just like the setting for a certain kid"s 1970s-era
post-apocalyptic nightmare.
Also, it was during my stay here when I heard
Elvis died.
Creepy! Liebig Ghost House, NamibiaOnce a guest house, now a
creepy rave spot.
(Photo: Bill Fink)
In the countryside outside of the
capitol of Windhoek, Namibia, the Liebig "Ghost House" looms on a small hill
above grassy fields like a scarred zombie emerging from the earth.
Not
strictly a hotel but rather a guest house for visiting farm managers, the
Liebig House was owned by a large farming company and was sold multiple times
before being abandoned sometime in the 1950s."
Photo: Bill Fink
When I
stopped there one Sunday morning, I walked through the once-majestic but now
collapsing interior stained with decades of graffiti and rot.
Then, out the
windows I saw pale, slow-moving humans staggering around the grounds.
Zombie
attack? No, just the last lingering partiers left over from an all-night rave
party on the grounds the prior night.
Hotel Igman, Sarajevo, BosniaThe
war-torn shambles of the formerly luxurious Igman Hotel.
(Photo:"Fehim
Demir/epa/Corbis)Built in a spirit of optimism, unity, and teamwork for the
1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, the 162-room Igman Hotel was a showplace for
mountain luxury but was brutally torn apart, along with the rest of the city,
during the Balkan War and siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s.
The shattered
concrete building, surrounded by unmapped mine fields, looks just like the
war-scarred bunker that it was used for during the battles.
Accusations of
torture and executions that took place inside make the structure seem both
tragic and evil.
Its ruin stands as a silent monument to the horrors of war
and the speed with which good times can be turned to terror.Related: Chilling
Photos: Would You Brave this Abandoned Amusement Park?
Igloo Hotel, AlaskaThe
frosty facade of the formerly glorious Igloo Hotel.
(Photo:"morten larsen /
Alamy Stock Photo)This four-story "white blob" of an abandoned hotel looks
like an alien spaceship has crash landed in the Alaskan countryside 180 miles
north of Anchorage.
Small, darkened windows jutting from the dome look like
they might spit out hostile arctic drones, or maybe a bunch of White Walkers
who have been using the place as a clubhouse.
The real story is more prosaic:
the hotel was built to be a roadside rest stop in the 1970s, but its design
didn"t meet fire code standards, and the original owner lacked the money to
fix it.
Abandoned since then, the blob is slowly deteriorating due to tough
arctic weather conditions (and tough arctic vandals).
But good news—it
can be yours for the price of $300,000!
Related: Forever
Vacant—Haunting Photos of Abandoned Hotels
The Lake Shore Inn,
CaliforniaAn old decrepit sign and the bare bones of the hotel are all that
remain.
(Photo:"Marcin Wichary/Flickr)
Sort of a post-modern ruin, the Lake
Shore Inn was part of a huge suburban planned community called California City
out in the desert northwest of Los Angeles.
The town is the third-largest city
in California based on geographic size, but just 14,000 people live there,
surrounded by miles of empty roads leading to abandoned lots and a large
prison.
The Lake Shore Inn was part of the plan to host visitors, but almost
nobody came and it was abandoned a couple decades ago.
The hotel has no gothic
towers, ancient burial grounds, or ghost stories.
The concrete shell just
stands as a sad, hollow monument to a suburban dream dying "not with a bang
but with a whimper."
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Off-Limits Nazi Compound in L.A.
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Check out our original adventure travel series, "A Broad Abroad."
Design by Lauren DeLuca for World traveling club Travel.) Nothing is quite as
ominous and foreboding as a huge abandoned building, one with burnt, crumbling
walls pockmarked with shattered window panes seeming to glare down as if from
the blackened eye holes of a skull.
 Abandoned hotels seem to possess a
special malignant aura, as if the souls of long-dead guests from the past lurk
in the rubble, angry that their formerly happy retreat has been forsaken. 
The world is dotted with such ruins, some caused by war, some by natural
disaster, others just by bad business or neglect.
Not strictly a hotel but
rather a guest house for visiting farm managers, the Liebig House was owned by
a large farming company and was sold multiple times before being abandoned
sometime in the 1950s.  Photo: Bill Fink When I stopped there one Sunday
morning, I walked through the once-majestic but now collapsing interior
stained with decades of graffiti and rot..Igloo Hotel, AlaskaThe frosty facade
of the formerly glorious Igloo Hotel.
(Photo:"morten larsen / Alamy Stock
Photo)This four-story "white blob" of an abandoned hotel looks like an alien
spaceship has crash landed in the Alaskan countryside 180 miles north of
Anchorage.
Small, darkened windows jutting from the dome look like they might
spit out hostile arctic drones, or maybe a bunch of White Walkers who have
been using the place as a clubhouse.
The real story is more prosaic: the hotel
was built to be a roadside rest stop in the 1970s, but its design didn"t meet
fire code standards, and the original owner lacked the money to fix
it.
Abandoned since then, the blob is slowly deteriorating due to tough arctic
weather conditions (and tough arctic vandals).
But good news—it can be
yours for the price of $300,000!
Related: Forever Vacant—Haunting
Photos of Abandoned Hotels
The Lake Shore Inn, CaliforniaAn old decrepit sign
and the bare bones of the hotel are all that remain.
(Photo:"Marcin
Wichary/Flickr)
Sort of a post-modern ruin, the Lake Shore Inn was part of a
huge suburban planned community called California City out in the desert
northwest of Los Angeles.
The town is the third-largest city in California
based on geographic size, but just 14,000 people live there, surrounded by
miles of empty roads leading to abandoned lots and a large prison.
The Lake
Shore Inn was part of the plan to host visitors, but almost nobody came and it
was abandoned a couple decades ago.
The hotel has no gothic towers, ancient
burial grounds, or ghost stories.
The concrete shell just stands as a sad,
hollow monument to a suburban dream dying "not with a bang but with a
whimper."
WATCH: Inglourious Hikers: Visiting the Abandoned, Off-Limits Nazi
Compound in L.A.
Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang
out with us on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Check out our
original adventure travel series, "A Broad Abroad."
Design by Lauren DeLuca
for World traveling club Travel.) Nothing is quite as ominous and foreboding
as a huge abandoned building, one with burnt, crumbling walls pockmarked with
shattered window panes seeming to glare down as if from the blackened eye
holes of a skull.
 Abandoned hotels seem to possess a special malignant aura,
as if the souls of long-dead guests from the past lurk in the rubble, angry
that their formerly happy retreat has been forsaken.  The world is dotted
with such ruins, some caused by war, some by natural disaster, others just by
bad business or neglect.
Not strictly a hotel but rather a guest house for
visiting farm managers, the Liebig House was owned by a large farming company
and was sold multiple times before being abandoned sometime in the 1950s. 
Photo: Bill Fink When I stopped there one Sunday morning, I walked through the
once-majestic but now collapsing interior stained with decades of graffiti and
rot.

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