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The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels

Updated October 20, 2020 3.5k votes 740 voters 69.8k views28 items

It's no secret that two of the most iconic horror movies of all time take place in hotels, but beyond Psycho and The Shining, what are some good scary movies that take place in hotels or motels? This list ranks the scariest hotel horror movies, with the help of your votes. The top spots are almost exclusively reserved for the aforementioned films, but there are plenty of other scary movies set in hotels for you to vote on below.

Although it didn't receive the highest accolades from critics, Identity is actually an entertaining motel horror film with a great twist at the end. Other examples of horror movies with hotels include 1408, Motel Hell, The Innkeepers, and Eli Roth's Hostel.

Did we somehow miss the scariest hotel horror movie on the list? Add as many films to this poll as you want, as long as they are scary movies about motels, hotels, or hostels.

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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    1408 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    1408

    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack

    Released2007

    Directed byMikael Håfström

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    Piercing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Piercing

    Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska

    Released2019

    Directed byNicholas Pesce

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    Identity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Identity

    Amanda Peet, John Cusack

    Released2003

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    Vacancy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Vacancy

    Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson

    Released2007

    Directed byNimród Antal

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    Hostel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Hostel

    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins

    Released2005

    Directed byEli Roth

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    The Witches is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    The Witches

    Rowan Atkinson, Anjelica Huston

    Released1990

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

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    Doctor Sleep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Doctor Sleep

    Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson

    Released2019

    Directed byMike Flanagan

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    The Innkeepers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    The Innkeepers

    Lena Dunham, Sara Paxton

    Released2011

    Directed byTi West

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    Puppet Master is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Puppet Master

    Barbara Crampton, William Hickey

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid Schmoeller

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    Motel Hell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Motel Hell

    Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack

    Released1980

    Directed byKevin Connor

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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    The Shining

    Rebecca De Mornay , Steven Weber

    Released1997

    Directed byStephen King

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    I Still Know What You Did Last is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byDanny Cannon

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    Hostel: Part II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Hostel: Part II

    Bijou Phillips, Lauren German

    Released2007

    Directed byEli Roth

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    Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Horror Story

    Ondrej Pavelka, Klára Jirsáková

    Released1993

    Directed byJaroslav Brabec

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    The Unseen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    The Unseen

    Barbara Bach, Sydney Lassick

    Released1980

    Directed byDanny Steinmann

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    Hotel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Hotel

    Franziska Weisz, Birgit Minichmayr

    Released2004

    Directed byJessica Hausner

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    The City of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    The City of the Dead

    Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Llewellyn Moxey

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    The Beyond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    The Beyond

    David Warbeck, Veronica Lazăr

    Released1981

    Directed byLucio Fulci

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    Cold Prey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Cold Prey

    Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Viktoria Winge

    Released2006

    Directed byRoar Uthaug

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    Ghostkeeper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Ghostkeeper

    Les Kimber, Georgie Collins

    Released1981

    Directed byJim Makichuk

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    Hostel: Part III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Hostel: Part III

    Thomas Kretschmann, Kevin Ian Pardue

    Released2011

    Directed byScott Spiegel

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    Eaten Alive is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Eaten Alive

    Kyle Richards, Robert Englund

    Released1976

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • 25
    Private Parts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set In Hotels
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    Private Parts

    Stanley Livingston, John Lupton

    Released1972

    Directed byPaul Bartel

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