Something wicked this way
What is it about abandoned hotels (or really, anything abandoned) that piques our interest? Is it the secret stories that only a select few know? The mystery of those that saw the place in its prime? Whatever the reason may be, we know that you want to dig up the dirt on these creepy abandoned hotels. Consider this a warning, however: We can’t be held responsible for what you may find.
A small town gets smaller
On Adelaide Street in the tiny municipality of Birdsville, Australia, you’ll find the ruins of what was once the Royal Hotel, built circa 1883. “Birdsville is well-known for its dust storms, the scorching heat in summer, and its loneliness,” writes Rita’s Outback Guide. The Royal operated as a hotel for only 40 years. For a brief period in the early 20th century, it was used as a hospital/nursing home by a religious mission. When the mission left, the town’s population dwindled (in 2016, the population was a mere 140), and the building was left to deteriorate.
Red tape in Cornwall
“Blotting the skyline to the south of Newquay’s most famous beach, the Fistral Bay Hotel has been left to crumble for more than a decade,” writes Cornwall Live. Built in 1910 in Cornwall, England, it thrived throughout the first half of the 20th century but declined in popularity thereafter. It was set for redevelopment in the mid-1990s, but those plans have been mired in bureaucratic red tape ever since. If you’re looking to blame someone, you might consider the Duke of Cornwall, aka His Royal Highness Prince Charles, because technically, Cornwall is his Duchy to oversee.