Can You Still Book a Room at The Cecil Hotel?

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What Is the Cecil Hotel?

The Cecil Hotel is a 14-floor hotel with 700 guest rooms that opened in December 1924 in downtown Los Angeles. Half a decade after opening, the Great Depression hit the U.S. The Cecil Hotel reopened on Dec. 13, 2021, as an affordable housing complex overseen by Skid Row Housing Trust. The new housing complex provides living space for 600 low-income Los Angeles residents.

Why Is the Cecil Hotel Famous?

The Cecil Hotel is famous for a chain of rather mysterious deaths and numerous suicides that have been the subjects of many true crime documentaries.

What Happened at the Cecil Hotel?

A better question is, “what didn’t happen at the Cecil Hotel?” It seems like just about everything you could imagine has happened at the Cecil Hotel. As a result, the city doesn’t issue tickets to vans parked there. As Travel Bean’s tour guide said, “Every vehicle that you see that you suspect someone might live in — they do.”

Is the Hotel Still Open?

A large portion of Cecil Hotel went through a branding change to become “Stay on Main” in 2011. From 2014 to 2016, the hotel underwent some ownership changes and renovations. In 2017, the hotel closed to go through serious renovation. However, the pandemic shut down the renovations, and it wasn’t until December 2021 that the hotel reopened, but with a different mission.

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