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Turnpike Hotel

 

 

Turnpike Hotel

Where: Austintown

When: 2005

Status: Abandoned.

 

My parents had been telling me about this old abandoned hotel along the turnpike for quite some time. For some reason I had confused it for a hotel up near Cleveland next to the turnpike, so I'd never put the effort forth to go check it out. One day I happened to be back in the Youngstown area driving down the turnpike and I happened to see the hotel... that was not near Cleveland. I decided to go check it out.

So I'm back in the Youngstown area for my good friend's wedding. The last thing I wanted to do was climb around some abandoned building and end up hurting myself the day before I was in his wedding, but the oppritunity left me no choice. I ventured up near Austintown and found the old hotel to be sitting right off the main road. The enrance was a bit unusual because the hotel sits about 15 ft higher than the road.

This appeard to be a meeting area that had more recently been used for auctions.

The road near the hotel has a great parking spot for Semi trucks, so it wasn't hard to find a place to park. I then followed the driveway up in to the hotel parking lot. The area is pretty well secluded once you're up there. It was pretty obvious from the condition that I wasn't the first person to visit this one.

The main lobby area with a cool clock on the wall above the office area. I believe the lobby had been enclosed after the fact to make it more "safe"

At first glance the building appeared to be pretty well secured. I initially wasn't sure I'd be able to get in. A short walk along the rooms facing the parking lot revealed all the doors to be locked and most of the windows to be boarded. It didn't take long to find one window that wasn't boarded over. Someone had broken that window which allowed anyone to reach inside and open the door from the inside rather easily. Further travels revealed that the other side of the building is wide open making the reach through the window thing completely pointless.

I'm not sure why, but this building creeped me out a little. It was really poorly lit by outside light in many spots because of it being a hotel (thick drapes, etc). I felt like I was in the Shining. I guess something about being in a big empty hotel, in the middle of nowhere, in the dark, alone, with no background noise other than traffic passing on the highway, really freaks me out. Actually, the thought that I may not be alone is what freaks me out.

I didn't end up seeing anyone in the hotel, but it was obvious that many others had been there. Many of the windows were broken. There were chairs tossed about the lounge area. Some of the rooms had been vandelized, and there was spray paint on just about anything with a flat surface. I certainly wouldn't put this building at the top of the poor condition list, but it wasn't great either. It pretty much looked like a place that had been abandoned for about 8 years.

The former restaurant area had also been converted for auctions.

I haven't had the time to reaseach how long it has actually been abandoned, but I know its been at least a couple of years. It appears it had been temporarily used as an auction house toward the end. There was also a restaurant on site that had possibly been open after the hotel was not.

The pool side rooms and covered swimming pool.

Weeds overtaking the pool side rooms.

If you've read this site before, I'm sure I've made mention of my fear of empty swimming pools and pools of standing water. This place took a pretty good stab at freaking me out with a swimming pool, boarded over but collapsing, with about 2 ft of dark standing water. It was so hot outside that it really didn't bother me as much as I thought it would, but I still could have passed on seeing it.

The weeds in this place had just about taken over entirely. I had trouble getting around on the swimming pool side of the building. There were also birds everwhere as there always are in abandoned buildings.

Toward the end of my trip through the building I found myself in a very dark utitlity area. For some reason I heard some noise that set my brain to panic for a split second. Once your brain heads down that road it can be tough to calm yourself down. You start noticing ever little sound, smell, etc. I freaked a bit which is to say I wanted out of there right that second.

Since I was in the middle of this dark hallway, I couldn't really get a grasp on where to go next. I wanted to find the room through which I had entered when you're in a dark hallway with about 50 rooms, it can be tough to remember which one is "yours". I instead exited via a main entrance door to the pool side of the building. That meant I had to walk through itchy weeds with sweaty legs to get back to the side of the building on which I could exit the area. By the time it was all said and done, I was spent. I left... and went to another abandoned building actually. (See the youngstown Ohio section of this site for more on that).

 

Inside

Nice curtains and shag carpet.
Office from the inside. 50's lighting!
This was the lobby between the rooms, the office, the pool area, etc.
Some rooms had very bad water damage.
Stuff set up strangley in the auction area.
The standard issue Bible and a piece of paper that wants to tell its parents that it does drugs.
Restrooms
A randomly placed couch.

Outside

More of that pool
Crylon spraypaint's 3rd quarter profits.
Looking down the walkway on the pool side looking toward the lobby.
A temporary matress in the stairwell.

 

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