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Maribel Caves Hotel Trip

By on November 19, 2012

On Sunday we embarked on an epic Wisconsin death trip to check out two obscure locations with dark and twisted histories: St. Nazianz (story coming later) and the infamous Maribel Caves Hotel.

Hotel Hell, as it is affectionately known, is located just outside the town of Marbiel, north of Manitowoc and Two Rivers. The foreboding remains of the hotel lie in a clearing behind a fence and no trespassing signs just down the road from Maribel Caves County Park on County Road R.

The sun had already slipped behind the hillside by the time we arrived. We only managed to get a few quick, blurry photos before we lost the light entirely, but even in the dim twilight the stark skeleton of the hotel stands in eerie contrast to its calm, peaceful surroundings.

The stories pin Marbibel Caves Hotel as a hideaway for the likes of Al Capone and John Dillinger, even claiming Capone owned the hotel during the prohibition era. There are also rumors of witches opening a portal to Hell in what remains of the old fountain in the front, and numerous paranormal experiences stemming from three tragic fires that happened on the exact same date years apart.

It is rumored that the nearby cave systems run beneath the hotel, where more ghosts have been encountered. By the time we got to the park, though, it was too dark and cold to explore anything. That will be the focal point of the next visit to Hotel Hell once it warms up again.

Haunted Maribel Caves Hotel - Wisconsin's Hotel Hell

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Charlie Hintz

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Artist, musician, designer. General deviant. Collector and curator of the bizarre at Cult of Weird. For the latest weird Wisconsin news and haunted places visit Wisconsin Frights.


  1. houston

    November 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    it’s just rumors why are you making it hard on yourself? lol.

  2. whitey

    May 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

    You have to be kidding! My family owned the Caves for 43 years and all the stories are nothing but untruths! I lived at the caves and the only ghost I saw was my living grandfather walking down the hallway in his white long-johns!! Get your facts straight! Complete rubbish!

    • Dr. James Rustler

      July 23, 2013 at 1:29 am

      ^^^You mad

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