In Washington, DC, you can find hotels full of ghosts of former Presidents and politicians. New England is rotten with beds and breakfasts where Revolution era heroes once slept and continue to haunt. But here in Los Angeles, we can boast that our hotels are haunted by deceased rock stars, either who frequented the spots or died there. Who says we have no history?
So, if your desire to see a ghost ever crosses with your goal to be a groupie, here are some locations you can get your fix:
Get Your Mojo Rising at The Alta Cienega Motel
1005 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069
This slightly seedy West Hollywood motel was once a favorite crashing pad for Jim Morrison, who recorded some of the Doors albums nearby. Room #32, supposedly his favorite, is a mecca for Morrison fans, and where his ghost reportedly makes frequent visits. Be sure to read the Yelp! reviews before booking a room here – some guest experiences sound more frightening than a run in with any ghost.
The Grievous Angel of the Joshua Tree Inn
61259 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Room #8 here is where Gram Parsons died of an overdose in 1974, and where a journal is kept for guests who regularly document paranormal activity attributed to his spirit.
The Full Tilt Bogie of the Landmark Motor Hotel (now called the Highland Gardens Hotel)
7047 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90068
The iconic voice of ’60s singer Janis Joplin ended here in room #105, where she was found dead of a drug overdose on October 4, 1970. Several paranormal investigators have reported making contact with her ghost here.
The Grammy Crooner at the Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Whitney Houston drowned in the bathtub of room 434 here on February 11, 2012. Cocaine was found in her system.
The King of Soul’s Reign Ended At the Hacienda Motel
9137 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90003
Sam Cooke was shot to death here on December 11, 1964 by the motel manager, who claimed to do so in self defense. Backstory here. Even in 1964, this motel had seen better days than it has since Cooke’s untimely passing.