Woman Shares Terrifying Experience Of Staying At The Cecil Hotel
**Warning - disturbing content below**
The truly spine-tingling documentary retells the fascinating yet deeply disturbing disappearance of student Elisa Lam, who vanished after a brief stay at the now infamous Cecil Hotel.
The case went viral after footage of Elisa acting erratically in the hotel elevator was posted online.
However, the Cecil Hotel in Downton Los Angeles has long had a reputation for being a hotbed of debauchery and supernatural activities. As well as being the location for a series of suicides throughout the 1930s and 40s, it also had the infamous Night Stalker, Richard Ramirez, stay there while he was thought to be committing some of his killing spree.
And it's mysterious aura is part of its attraction, with many people from around the world flocking to the Cecil Hotel to check it out for themselves - with one woman documenting her own other-worldy experience as she chose to stay there.
Recalling a series of terrifying events during her time there on Reddit, one user going by the name Vklc explained how shaken she felt when staying at the Cecil Hotel five years ago - which has since been rebranded to Stay on Main.
While Vklc explained that all the staff were friendly and welcoming, a number of strange occurrences started late at night in her room.
"I heard something making a thumping noise in the bathroom so I went in," she writes. "I didn't hear a thing for about two minutes and then I heard a creak and another thump.
"It was clear it was coming from the pipes on the bathroom sink. I turned then faucet on to make sure it was working and nothing came out. That's when I went to call the front desk."
While on the phone, water then starts running and Vklc ends the call. However, she notices the water is a "sickly brown, almost grey" colour before running clear.
"Gross. I took a mental note not to drink the water," Vklc writes. Not wanting to bother the attendant again over a faucet I didn't even need at the moment, I headed to bed."
However, things start to get really weird after she is woken up in the middle of the night by a clearly troubled man banging on the door.
Trying to help the stranger, Vklc, who describes themselves as a "young 21-year-old female", was then left locked out of her room when the man pushes past her and slams the door, which sees her having to speak to the front desk.
"The man [at reception] apologised profusely saying something about all the characters he had to deal with," she said. "He called some security and up to my room we went.
"He opened the door no problem (I was worried this nut would have barricaded the door somehow) and it appeared no one was there until one of the guards went into the bathroom."
There, they found the man had slashed his wrists with a razor, and swung at both security and Vklc - with Vklc being grazed by the razor.
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While emergency services were called and the staff were apologetic, offering Vklc a new room or a full refund, she chose to remain at the Cecil Hotel for the remainder of her stay, explaining she was prepared for LA to be "whacky".
The following day, hoping to get breakfast, Vklc was left terrified when the elevator seemed to malfunction while she was in it.
"I pushed the button for the lobby and the elevator was making a weird clunking noise. This freaked me out because I've never been a fan of elevators," she says. "The elevator reached the lobby but the doors did not open. Instead, the elevator went back up to the third floor. The doors opened, and immediately shut again. Then took me up to the sixth floor.
"Here the elevator just stalled. I pressed the emergency button and an intercom came on. All I could here was a weird bubbling noise. Like when a little kid is blowing bubbles in his juice through a straw
"At this point, I'm thinking it's an electrical thing and the intercom is goofed up too. Finally the bubbling noise stops and instead the elevator fills with static. Then the elevator drops. I mean DROPS. This is my worst fear. I'm now praying to a God I don't believe in that I won't feel much pain once I crash in this damn elevator at the bottom of some creepy hotel. But the elevator stops abruptly at the third floor and the doors open."
Escaping the lift, she runs towards the stairs, but is left feeling further unsettled when she ran into a little girl and her mother.
"The little girl says something terrifying," Vklc wrote. "'Mama that lady isn't real just like Eleanor.'
'Sure she is, honey, I can see her, only you can see Ellie.'" The mother gives me a sympathetic look and smiles.
"'No she isn't mama. I can tell because she has the shadows following her, like Eleanor does.'"
How Vklc did not just bolt from the hotel at this point, we do not know.
After breakfast, she returns to her room to take a shower, but finds the water is still the same rust colour.
When she calls front desk to send a plumber up to look, he curtly tells her that the plumbing was fine - and that the discoloured water she's seeing is "all in her head".
He also advises her to check out quickly - leaving her shaken.
Naturally, Reddit lapped up the tale, urging the original poster to write more.
"Very intrigued with what your stay from then on was like!" one person commented.
"If that's just one thing you encountered there.. I definitely want to hear what else you've been through while there.. I hope you're sanity is still intact and you're doing okay..." another said.
A third added: "You need to go on TripAdvisor and warn others about this place!"
If you were hoping to stay at Cecil Hotel/Stay On Main after watching Crime Scene: The Vanishing at Cecil Hotel (why would you?!) then we have some bad news.
The hotel closed in 2017 for refurbishments, and has yet to reopen.
As much as we'd love a holiday, we'd give a break away here a miss.
Tyla has contacted Stay On Main for comment.
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