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Where is the Cecil Hotel and is it still open/can you stay there?


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Netflix’s new series Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is available to stream from today and lifts the lid on serial killer Richard Ramirez and how his crimes went undetected for so long.

The new four-part documentary takes a look at the mysteries of Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, a guest house where Ramirez lived.

Dubbed ‘Hotel Death’, the location is described as a place where serial killers ‘let their hair down’, and one which is known to many as LA’s deadliest hotel.

Ramirez, who would later become known as the Night Stalker, raped, killed and tortured dozens of people around Los Angeles between 1984 and 1985. 

He would walk in to the Cecil Hotel covered in blood and no one would bat an eyelid…

The most chilling event inside the hotel came in 2013, when college student Elisa Lam vanished during her stay.

Can you stay at The Cecil Hotel? (Picture: Netflix)
Richard Ramirez went on to kill dozens of people (Picture: Netflix)

The case became one of the most-discussed on the internet, and now it’s being examined in more detail.

The series will take a look at Elisa’s case, analysing the last footage of her acting erratically in the hotel’s elevator.

Elisa Lam vanished while she was staying at the Cecil (Picture: Netflix)

The footage shows her moving her hands around strangely, looking like she could have been ‘conjuring a spirit’.

Is The Cecil Hotel still open and can you stay there?

Based on the edge of a deprived area of LA known as Skid Row, the Cecil Hotel’s sordid past spanned decades, with dozens dying while staying there either by suicide, murder or accidental overdose. 

The hotel is still open, although, it is now under the name of Stay on Main.

The 19-floor hotel was opened in 1924 by William Banks Hanner, Charles L. Dix and Robert H. Schops.

The three hoteliers invest $2.5million into the hotel but five years later, the United States sank into the Great Depression.

In the 1940s, the hotel began to decline as the area nearby became populated with the homeless.

In 2007, Cecil Hotel had a refurbishment and in 2011 it was rebranded under the new name of Stay on Main.

In 2014 it was sold for $30million to hotelier Richard Born who had plans to renovate the hotel.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel arrives on Netflix on February 10

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