Creepy Motels We'd Worry About Spending A Night In

There's nothing like a good ole fashioned road trip, complete with a stay at a haunted hotel. Whether you're with friends or family, nothing beats the freedom of the open road. Unfortunately, you have to sleep somewhere, and usually, if you're in the middle of nowhere, your choices are slim. At times it can feel like you're choosing between the Macabre Motel or the Lunatic Lodge. Sometimes you'd be better off sleeping in your car.

If you're doing double nickels on the dime this summer and you see one of the motels on this list, you might just want to keep driving: there's nothing good for anyone at these creepy inns. In fact, you stay at any of them, we can guarantee that you're going to get quite a scare.

Some of the places on this list actually look kind of nice, but they're haunted by legless hobo ghosts that keep residents up at all hours of the night, or they're captivated by rooms so frightening that they have to be locked from the outside. Others have a reputation for being dens of iniquity to the nth degree, and some of the motels just can't seem to keep bugs out of the ceiling. Whatever the case, these scary motels and haunted hotels are sure to have you doing triple research on the next place you plan to lay your head.

Vote for which motel you think would be the scariest to spend the night at, and leave us a comment if you've had any creepy overnight experiences. 

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    1,810 VOTES

    The Clown Motel - Tonopah, Nevada

    The Clown Motel seems like the perfect storm of nightmare fuel; not only does it have a clown theme, but it's 70 miles from the nearest town (so scream as loud as you can). The Clown Motel shares a parking lot with a cemetery full of gold miners who passed from a plague. Sweet dreams, travelers!

    1,810 votes
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    1,334 VOTES

    Congress Plaza Hotel - Chicago, Illinois

    The only reason you would want to stay in the "most haunted hotel in Chicago" is either because you lost a bet, or you're an over-achieving ghost hunter. Supposedly, the ghost of a felled hobo walks the halls panhandling, and a bunch of dismembered limbs can be seen sticking out of the walls.

    To top it all off, on the 12th floor there's a room so frightening that the door was fastened shut. If you need us, we'll be finding the furthest place from Chicago on the map and going there.

    1,334 votes
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    1,418 VOTES

    The Stanley - Estes Park, Colorado

    The Stanley - Estes Park, Colorado
    Photo: Miguel Vieira / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0

    Hey, when you decide to stay in the hotel that was Stephen King's inspiration for The Shining, it's on you if you get terminated by a creepy lady in a bathtub. Just stay out of room 418 and don't be surprised if your pictures have ghosts in them

    1,418 votes
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    884 VOTES

    Green Valley Motel - Orick, California

    If a mysterious roadside perp doesn't stab you in your sleep, you'll probably be crushed by falling ceiling tiles or eaten alive by cockroaches at the Green Valley Motel.

    884 votes
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    862 VOTES

    Monte Vista Hotel - Flagstaff, Arizona

    When a hotel has at least 10 ghosts, you're probably going to have to deal with at least one with a bad disposition. We're fine with the weird bellboy, but we don't if we can deal with a ghost hanging meat from a chandelier.

    862 votes
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    855 VOTES

    Topanga Ranch Motel - Malibu, California

    The Topanga Ranch was originally constructed in the 1920s as housing for workers who were building the Pacific Coast Highway. Later it became a cheap motel that quickly de-evolved into a hideout for transients and Charles Manson wannabes.

    855 votes