A haunted hotel has been lurking around my mind since summer when I went to Derwentwater in the Lake District and I caught sight of this hotel:
I do think hotels can be creepy. Maybe I've watched The Shining too much but there can be something too quiet and spooky about hotels.
For the last week of August me and Pete took a trip to Crawley where we stayed in a hotel. It was an impressive building apart from a couple of spooky aspects:
1) Very Shining-esque corridors
The corridors were very narrow and the carpet pattern reminded me of the hotel's decor in the film. Very old-fashioned looking and so silent during the day and the night. There are no windows so all you're relying on are the hall lights... which constantly flickered. This is where watching Supernatural becomes a problem. You see a flickering light and you expect a ghost to appear. As you walked under they'd hiss as they flickered. Very eerie.
2) Victorian photographs
All these little aspects and features sparked the creation of the haunted South Lakeside Inn. Flickering lights, creepy Victorian people, and a building standing in a secluded spot. I looked up some more hotels for pinterest and pinned quite a few images of hotels that were reported to be haunted. They're here if you're interested. The Tudor-like buildings are the ones that inspired the outside appearance of the hotel. I love that style! :)
Hotels are brilliant for inspiring your fictional setting. Take a good look at the next hotel you stay in. It might spark something!
Have buildings sparked fictional settings for your WiPs before?