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20 stunning abandoned hotels around the world and the history behind them

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Rotting, crumbling, or completely taken over by nature, abandoned buildings can be as creepy as they are fascinating.

Hotels are no exception.

From once-thriving beach resorts to former celebrity hotspots, we've rounded up 20 of the coolest abandoned hotels from around the world, as well as the history behind them.

Roy’s Motel Café, Amboy, California

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Located in Amboy, California, a ghost town on the historic Route 66, Roy's Motel Cafe has been featured in various movies, including "The Hitcher" and "Southbound."

Roy's opened in 1938 and employed over 70 staff members in its heyday, but fell into despair when Interstate 40 opened up in 1972, effectively bypassing Amboy completely.

Although the coffee shop and gas station were reopened in 2008, the motel remains closed.



Haludovo Palace Hotel, Krk, Croatia

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The Haludovo Palace Hotel was once a luxurious vacation destination on the beautiful Croatian island of Krk.

The hotel became even more lavish when the founder of Penthouse Magazine, Bob Guccione, invested $45 million in the property and renamed it the Penthouse Adriatic Club Casino.

However, after the Yugoslav Wars began in the early 1990s, tourism in Krk came to a drastic halt. Today, many beautiful beachfront properties still remain empty, including this former resort.


The Lorraine Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Originally built as an apartment complex, the Divine Lorraine Hotel is a 124-year-old establishment that has a somewhat twisted past. It was home to a cult, as it was purchased by the International Peace Mission Movement in 1948 in order to provide affordable housing, meals, and a place of worship for rule-abiding followers.

With the cult's mission focusing on racial harmony, the hotel became the first racially integrated hotel in the US, but has stood abandoned since 1999.


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