8. Hotel Chelsea
The Hotel Chelsea is famous for the many artists and musicians who called it home throughout its over 130 year existence and the infamous incidents that took place within its walls. Everyone from Mark Twain and Tennessee Williams to Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix at one point boasted a Chelsea Hotel address. The artistic significance of the hotel runs so deep that when materials from inside were being discarded as part of ongoing renovations, someone saved the doors that once hung at the entrance of some of the hotel’s most famous rooms and auctioned them off at Guernsey’s. The Gothic style of the hotel, which was completed in 1884, only serves to enhance the morbid tales.
While there are many stories of apparitions wandering through the Chelsea Hotel, the most famous are the ghosts of Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The couple lived at the Chelsea in the late 1970s when Spungen was found dead in their room of an apparent knife wound. Sid Vicious was charged with her murder but died of an overdose while on bail awaiting trial.