Any rational individual could wonder what the point is of spending the night in a terrifying location. So, of course, you’ll choose a wonderfully cozy room with a hot shower and a beautiful view from your windows. However, for all you thrill-seekers out there, here is a list of the world’s scariest hotels/hostels that will send shivers down your spine. Click here to see hotels in Lahore.
Faengslet is sleeping
The SleepIn Faengslet (Fngslet = jail) in Denmark is located in an ancient, sick ward of a prison. The structure has been refurbished, yet the authenticity of jail life has not been lost. The last inmate departed the facility in 2006, but their writings on the walls remain to preserve the authenticity and keep your mind occupied during the night. The jail workshops, meeting hall, and gym can be rented. I can’t even think what these premises could be used for.
Mount Gambier Old Gaol
From 1866 to 1995, the Old Mount Gambier Gaol served as a penitentiary. The term “gaol” refers to a jail in “Old English.” Unless you have a large enough money, you will sleep in one of the ancient jail cells unless you choose the non-cell option in the prison’s old staff quarters.
Hostel in Ottawa Jail
The hostel is housed in the former Carleton County Gaol, which had housed death-row convicts. There have been claims of ghosts and weird incidents since the hotel was opened to tourists in 1972 — zoiks! In contrast to the prior inmates, you will have heating (oh yeah!) and free wifi in your cells.
Pyongyang Ryugyong Hotel
You might be wondering what a good-looking tower has to do with the scariest hotels list. This tower is located in the middle of Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital city. Tourists are watched and their every action is recorded in this country known for its tight regime. You won’t be able to go for a night stroll in the city because leaving the hotel grounds at night is strictly prohibited. There have been reports of persons going missing…
Island City Propeller Lodge
Berlin, the world’s most avant-garde city, now has the strangest hotel: Propeller Island City Lodge. It’s not a hip designer hotel; it’s a working art installation where you can sleep and utilize whatever you see. That is the thing that worries me. In the photo above, the “Wrapped” room has three sleeping areas on tiered beds in a tubular space. You may see more of their bizarre creations by clicking on the title.
Here comes Johnny! This is hopefully not something you will hear at Timberline Lodge, which served as the setting for the 1980s cult horror film The Shining. The masterwork by Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick was set in the high highlands, entirely cut off from society. It’s not uncommon for it to blanket the building from the ground up, with just the windows breathing their way out. According to legend, the Timberline administration urged Kubrick not to use room number 217 for the film, so they switched to the non-existent room number 237. Even still, watching The Shining in your snug Timberline Lodge room will give you shivers.
The ancient prison church, built by Tsar Nicholas I in 1837, has been preserved in its original form and is a wonderful destination to visit. Before it opened as a hotel in 2002, five priests sanctified the structure to cleanse it of any negative influences from the past. Fingers crossed that the blessings were effective!
Karosta Correctional Facility
The Karosta Prison, built at the turn of the twentieth century, was a terrifying place until very recently, in 1997. Sailors, non-commissioned officers, and anyone accused of treason against the Tsar or, later, the Soviet Communist Party received their sentences here. If staying in one of the punishment cells doesn’t sound exciting enough, how about going to the so-called “Extreme Night,” when, quote, “only those who sign a declaration agreeing with the show’s terms will be able to participate.” You can count me out!
Mogadishu Sahafi Hotel
The Sahafi Hotels closed in 2015. The events that led up to it illustrate the dire condition in Somalia’s capital city. Mogadishu was formerly the most developed metropolis in Africa, dating back to the 1960s. It was also dubbed and promoted as the “White Pearl of the Indian Ocean.” Following the Somali Civil War, which cleared the way for warlords and the infamous Al-Shabaab terrorist group, things have altered dramatically. A unified military action forced them to flee the city, but this did not mean they were safe. The city has been steadily redeveloping, and international planes have begun to arrive at the airport, despite the fact that the road leading to the town is still dangerous.
Sahafi Hotel was renowned to be one of the safest hotels to stay at in Mogadishu, with only two incidences of murder and kidnapping. So what happened in late 2015 was unexpected. Al-Shabaab militants besieged the hotel, launching a suicide car bombing at the entrance before gunmen entered the structure. When government soldiers attempted to seize the structure, two more bombs exploded. At least 15 people were killed in the extended struggle.
Despite the fact that Mogadishu has one of the quickest development rates of any city, tourism is still in its infancy.