The Real Bates Motel

The Real Bates Motel

To the west of the Coeur d'Alene National Forest lies the city of Coeur d'Alene in northwest Idaho. Its location immediately to the north of Lake Coeur d'Alene ensures that the Spokane River always has a steady water supply. Located just north of the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course and west of the St. Thomas Cemetery, The Bates Motel may be found off Sherman Street. The neighbourhood has fourteen other hotels, but this one stands out because of its unique name.

This was not always a motel. Pre- and post-World War II, it served as an army officer's barracks. The land was sold after the war, and the building was converted into a hotel. Previously known as The Roadway Inn, its most recent owner is Mr Randy Bates. Everything changed once he rebranded the hotel.

It has been said that Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Bloch worked together to adapt their bestselling book Psycho into the film version that became a box office smash.

The original Psycho film and the Bates Motel TV series were not shot on location, but a different film from the 1980s was. The movie team erected the motel's notorious sign and then abandoned it after filming was done. The Bates Motel continues to attract both fans and paranormal researchers in its new incarnation as a cheap hotel.

Although there is no hard evidence of murder or suicide on the property, both visitors and workers have seen unexplained occurrences they attribute to ghosts.

Please ask for Room 1 or 3 at the Bates Motel if you do decide to stay there. Almost all of the action seems to be taking place there. Guests have reported eerie emotions of being watched or a sudden chill. Unknown sounds are being heard by them. The lights will randomly turn on and off. Things will seemingly move on their own, like ashtrays falling off tables.

We don't have Norman today, which may or may not be a bad thing.

Still, looking? You should read up on the legend of the Haunted H1, a roadway on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.