owners have had numerous problems with vandalism.
Be aware that the Maribel Caves Hotel is private
property and under constant surveillance.
IS A CRIME! UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS FOUND
ON THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SUBJECT TO ARREST AND
If you have any
information that could lead to the arrest and
conviction of those responsible for vandalizing
the hotel, please call the Manitowoc
County Sheriff's Department (non-emergency):
Maribel, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
correct name is "Maribel Caves Hotel," and it was
named after the neighboring Cherney
Maribel Caves. Ghost web sites erroneously spell the town as
"Maribell" and the county as "Manitowac."
They also mistakenly refer to it as "Motel Hell," but
it is more popularly known to the local residents as "Hotel
Hell." Some sources list the original owner as Steinbrecher,
but it is actually Steinbrecker.
The Reputed History:
- The building burned three times and
each time on the exact same date. It was rebuilt
twice. The first fire was in the 1920s. The last fire was in 1930 and everybody died in
their sleep. Skeletal remains of some of the victims
can still be found on the third floor and in the basement.
- Years ago, one of the hotel guests went
psycho and killed everybody in the hotel during a
mass-murder frenzy and afterwards he committed suicide.
- The spirits of those killed in the
hotel have lingered in the building. This spiritual
activity attracted a group of local Black witches who
conducted secret rituals to curse the hotel and in the
process they opened up a portal to Hell through an old
fountain in the front of the hotel. This unleashed a
horde of evil spirits that terrorized the town of Maribel.
Fortunately, a White witch came to the rescue, sealing off
the portal and confining the demons to the boundaries of the
hotel and the surrounding yard.
- It used to be a spa in the late 1800's
for movie stars.
- During the prohibition, the hotel was
owned by Al Capone.
- It served as a hideout for Al Capone,
and he ran a moonshine business out of the hotel and the
water bottling company next door.
- Underground passageways built beneath
the hotel during the bootlegging days contain the lost
treasures of Al Capone and John Dillinger.
- A little boy was playing on the roof of
the bottling factory and was killed when it caught on fire.
Al Capone: Mugshot
of Public Enemy Number 1
- The hotel has burned only once,
in June of 1985. The cause was unknown.
Nobody was killed in the fire. There are no
- There is no evidence of a mass
murder and suicide at the hotel.
- There is no evidence of a
portal to Hell.
- Al Capone never owned the
- At one time it did operate as a
therapeutic spa where guests benefited from the
effects of the mineral spring water.
- For a while it did operate as a
health spa where people could benefit from the
therapeutic effects of the local mineral spring
water, but cinema was in its infancy in the late
1800s; consequently, it would not have been
frequented by movie stars.
- Austrian immigrant Charles
Steinbrecker designed the hotel to resemble health
spas he saw in Innsbruck, Austria. He died in
1892 before it could be built. Eventually it was built in 1900
by his sons, Father Francis Steinbrecker and Eugene
Steinbrecker. It was built with limestone from the area.
masons, commissioned by Father Francis of St,
Mary’s Catholic Church in Kaukauna, completed the
project in four months. The Steinbrecker family ran
it as a health spa hotel and retreat for
clergy. When Father Francis died in 1927, the
hotel experienced a change in clientele which
included bootleggers, mobsters, and
prostitutes. It went through several ownership
changes until it was purchased in 1986 by the
present-day owner Bob Lyman.
- At one time a bottling plant
was built next to the hotel. The Maribel
spring water was sold to fine restaurants and hotels
in Milwaukee, Chicago, and other other cities.
- It may have been a hideout for
Al Capone, and it is possible he ran moonshine out
of it. The hotel was the midway point between
Chicago and Al Capone's hideout
in Couderay, Wisconsin. The bottling company
would have made the perfect cover for his moonshine
- Although Al Capone and John
Dillinger may have frequented the hotel, there is no
evidence of secret passageways or hidden treasures.
- There is no evidence to support
the story of a little boy dying in a fire at the
- There have been a
number of sightings of a figure standing at one of the
windows peering out.
- Many people have
reported hearing strange noises such as voices, screams from
the basement, footsteps, ringing bells, rolling wheels, and
things moving around upstairs.
- The odor of sewer gases
can be smelled in the bathrooms.
- Some have claimed to
have seen objects levitate and move.
- In the basement, people
have reported having feelings of being threatened.
- On the third floor,
people have reported feeling cold hands applying pressure to
- Books found upstairs
have reportedly burst into flames.
- Apparitions have
reportedly been seen on the front lawn and sitting on the
side of the road.
- The ghost of the little
boy who died in the bottling factory fire has been seen
playing on the roof.
- The building glows
brightly during the new moon.
- Blood has been seen on
- The Dare:
If you shine your flashlight at a second story window, a
ghost will flash a light back at you.
We spoke with one witness who, on a dare,
had spent the night in the dilapidated building. She
reported hearing voices, footsteps, and things moving around.
Currently the owners and the county are
considering whether they should renovate or raze the
Further investigation is pending.
of possible ecto-mist.
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