Fancy something freaky on you Friday-night break?
Some hotels come with interesting stories and some are just plain scary. Would you book a night at one of them?
There are many beautiful and exciting hotels around the world, but as it turns out, there are also some hotels that come with some very interesting and sometimes controversial histories.
Here are three hotels with eyebrow-raising histories that you can book a night or two at if you are feeling daring and looking for some adventure in your accommodation.
Casa Malca - Pablo Escobar Mexican home
December 2 marked the 25th anniversary of Pablo Escobar’s death and, if you so wish, you can now live your drug lord fantasies at his former hideaway home in Tulum, Mexico. After being abandoned for almost two decades, art enthusiast Lio Malca bought the mansion and turned it into a five-star hotel called Casa Malca.
The hotel has also become a gallery as it has accumulated an impressive art collection.
Book a stay at Casa Malca from R7,700 per night.
The Stanley Hotel
This is the hotel that inspired the Stephen King novel The Shining. Located in Colorado near the Rocky Mountain National Park, it was built by Freelan Oscar and Flora Stanley in 1909. Although they have long since died, there are many stories about their ghostly appearances at the hotel and other paranormal activities.
Although in the book and screen adaptation the hotel is known as The Overlook, it nonetheless makes an appearance in the mini-series of The Shining.
Book a stay at The Stanley Hotel from R2,869 per night.
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast
In 1892 in Massachusetts, Andrew and Abby Borden were found brutally murdered with an axe in their home. Andrew Borden’s daughter, Lizzie Borden, was suspected of the murders. Although she went on trial, she was acquitted due to a lack of evidence.
The house was turned into a bed and breakfast that duplicated the original décor, with the original hardware and doors still intact.
Book a stay at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast from $225 per night.