Four Out of Five New Yelp Reviewers Do Not Recommend Staying at Cecil Hotel

Some inevitable updating has occurred on the Yelp page for the Cecil Hotel, the downtown LA $65-a-night joint now forever branded as the establishment where a corpse was discovered in the rooftop water tank. A male jokester in Charleston, MA – via a post that will surely soon be deleted – today gives the destination five stars:

Very helpful staff, any and all questions were answered in a timely fashion. “Do you have running water?” “Of corpse we do” WAKA WAKA WAKA!

Otherwise, this gruesome news event had three folks from LA and one from Arkansas all chiming in February 20 with various degrees of one-star horror. One local simply cut and pasted a CNN report about the latest aspects of the missing traveler case, including the now-confirmed detail that the water tank was a source of H2O for hotel guests.

It could get worse for Yelp if the above reviewers and others catch up to the latest round of reporting at KPCC and elsewhere. The hotel’s previous infamy includes the fact that “Night Stalker” serial killer Richard Ramirez stayed there extensively during the 1980s.

Update – 02/21/13: The gag five-star review and all but one of the other write-ups we reference have been deleted from the Yelp page.