I recently started watching Bates Motel, the kinda-sorta prequel to Psycho that chronicles crazy Norman’s childhood with his even crazier mother. Of all the things I have thought while screening the series (like Why would someone hide anime porn under the carpet where they can’t get it? and Damn, I’m so happy I don’t have cystic fibrosis), my most prominent preoccupation has been with how creepy that motel is. Seriously, who would book a room at the Bates Motel? You’re basically asking to be murdered in the shower.
As you’ll see in this infographic from HRS Hotels in the UK, the blood splattered roadside inn immortalized in Psycho is just one example of a hotel made famous by the silver screen. Whether they’re used to scare us into thinking cross-dressing murderers and decapitated ghost twins lurk in communal hallways, or simply to throw some gilded luxury into the background of a dramatic scene, hotels are some of the most iconic settings for history’s greatest films.
The best part about this list of famous hotels is that you can actually stay in them, taking the movie experience out of the theater and into real life. Well, except for the Bates Motel, which only exists on the Universal Studios lot – and in your darkest nightmares.
Editor’s note: I would also like to point out that the Grandhotel Pupp in the Czech Republic made an appearance in the seminal Queen Latifah classic Last Holiday, in which she plays a depressed department store employee who learns the value of her life after discovering she has incurable cancer. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll actually want to stay at a hotel called “poop.”