Our recent article looking at abandoned hotels was widely read and following feedback that this was of interest to followers here are a few more for your reading pleasure….
Bokor Hill Station – Bokor Palace Hotel, Cambodia
Bokor Hill Station was a Cambodian resort town built in the early 1920s by colonial French settlers, the crown jewel of which was the beautiful Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino. Construction in the remote mountains was difficult and around 1,000 lives were lost in the process. The area flourished for two decades as an oasis in the squalid heat and clutter of Phnom Penh, but Europeans fled the area in the late 1940s when the Vietnam conflict ramped up. Bokor Palace was used intermittently over the years, but constant military and political instability, including invasions by Vietnam and mass killings by the Khmer Rouge, ensured the area was all but abandoned by the early ’90s.
Bokor Hill Station is now a popular tourist attraction, sitting on national park land. Although not even 100 years old, the hotel looks like a moss-cloaked ancient ruin.
In recent times, the region has had something of a renaissance with Cambodia’s Sokha Hotels (Solimex Group) developing a large hotel and casino in the region, resulting in new infrastructure and improved access with new roads etc
The Bay of Abandoned Hotels – Kupari, Croatia
On the beautiful Dubrovnik Riviera in Croatia, is the village of Kupari which was once home to 5 fabulous resort hotels. The original Grand Hotel, was built in the 1920’s and featured 139 rooms, together with a restaurant, pool, tennis court and sensational views over the sea.
In the 1960’s the communist government of the then Yugoslavia further developed the resort building an additional 4 hotels, and this became a military resort for thousands of officers and their families. The resort was very popular until the wars of independence in the early 1990’s, when the resort was almost completely destroyed by Yugoslav naval ships. After this followed years of looting and stripping of anything of value leaving the mere shell of the luxurious resort.
The resort was left untouched for the next 20 years, but there are now plans to restore the Grand Hotel, and after the demolition of the other hotels, develop a fantastic new resort, befitting the beauty of the bay.
The Polissya Hotel, Pripyat Chernobyl Ukraine
The Poiissya Hotel was one of the tallest buildings in the town of Pripyat – just 3 kilometres from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The hotel was built in the 1970’s to accommodate delegations and guests visiting the nearby Chernobyl plant. The town is now abandoned as a result of the catastrophic nuclear disaster which spilled radioactive material into the area after a reactor explosion.
Hotels of Sharm el Sheikh & Sinai Peninsula, Egypt
Since the 2011 uprising, the Egyptian tourist region of Sharm el Sheikh began to struggle. This was further compounded in 2015 when the bombing of a Russian airliner which was linked to poor security at the region’s airport, resulted in the suspension of international flights from many countries, notably the UK and Russia.
Since then more than 54 hotels have closed, and occupancy levels are very low in those that have remained open. One such hotel is typical of the hard times that have hit the region. The Raouf Hotel appears to have been abandoned almost overnight as business evaporated. Pictures of the resort show empty pools and furniture, fixtures and fittings still in place as if the staff were just abducted by aliens and disappeared.
These events were really just the final straw for a region that had been in difficulties for some time. An award winning photo story by the German artists Sabine Haubitz and Stefanie Zoche in 2006, details the many abandoned properties in the Sinai region from 2003 to 2005 – a result of a number of issues including poor investments, corruption and political and economic instability.