Maribel Hotel Hell

Maribel Hotel Hell

What is called by many as Maribel Hotel Hell is located on the same street as the Maribel Caves on County Road R in Maribel, WI.  The hotel remains are located on private property, so viewing them from the road is a must.

The Stories of Maribel Hotel Hell

There are so many stories about this place that have been told. Below are a few.

Story 1

The hotel has burned down three times.  Each fire happened five years apart to the night. 1920, 1925, 1930.  

The fires claimed the lives of all the sleeping occupants each time. After the third time, the hotel was not rebuilt.  
The skeletal remains of the victims remain on the hotel’s third floor.

Story 2

The property was owned by Al Capone and used as a spa for movie stars and the wealthy.  Al Capone used the outbuildings to make moonshine and bottle the water from the spring during prohibition. There was a trap door that lead to the underground caverns and Maribel Cave system. (Doesn’t every good story start with the name Al Capone?)

Story 3

A hotel guest was brutally tortured then killed all the guests. There are remains of blood on the walls and the tortured souls remain confined to the hotel and land.  If you listen closely at night, you can hear the victim’s screams.

The list goes on and on to the stories that people have told over the years. Some stories have different versions, but they are all that, just stories.

What Is The Real Story?

Sorry to say that the real story isn’t as interesting as what the stories surrounding it are. Pieces and parts were taken from the real truths; and expanded.  

The hotel was built in 1900, by Austrian immigrant Charles Steinbrecker and did hold a therapeutic spa and spring water bottling plant.

Travelers had the natural spring water pumped to their rooms and could bathe in it and enjoy the medicinal uses of the mineral water.

The Springhouse

The picture to the right is a side shot of the old spring water bottling building on the property.

The building was used to bottle spring water from the natural spring on the property to sell to restaurants.

You can see and actually fill your water bottles at the park that is next door to the property.

Destruction Has Followed This Buiding

1985 Fire

Reports from the locals state that during the ’70s and early ’80s the property was purchased and it became a popular bar run by a gentleman with the last name of Miller. In 1985 the interior was claimed in a fire. Rendering the property a total loss.


In 2006 the interior of the building was cleaned out, leaving only the rocky limestone exterior shell.


2013, a tornado came through and destroyed most of the building.  Leaving the outside structure, unstable.

No Tresspassing

Respected their wishes and viewed from a distance. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a trespassing ticket. Or, worse.  Get yourself killed due to Structural Safety and become a real-life story of a life claimed by Hotel Hell.


Even though I struck out being able to get permission for an up-close and personal look of Maribel Caves Hotel Hell, it is most certainly an amazing structure to view.  All the stories that surround the property are interesting, to say the least. What story do you want to believe?

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