We’ve covered some pretty strange hotels before, and while some of those might seem weird, this one is downright morbid. It all starts in a quaint New England town, where owner Andrew Knight renovated the rectory of an old church into a cute little hotel. The Italianate building is pleasantly picturesque from the outside, but inside, there’s a dark little secret.
This is the newly opened Inn at the Agora in Lewiston, Maine. It was originally the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Looks cute, right?
In the late 19th century, St. Patrick’s was run by Monsignor Thomas Wallace. He loved the church and the town so much, he never wanted to leave.
The Monsignor oversaw the church’s construction, as well as that of a mortuary chapel and a crypt so that he could be buried in the place he so loved. In 1907, his wish was fulfilled, and his remains were interred in the crypt.
Wallace stayed there for 102 years, until 2009, when the church closed. His body was relocated to a local cemetery, and the church was purchased by Knight, who set about turning it into a hotel — including the crypt.
That’s right. For a little extra, you can spend the night in Wallace’s next-to-final resting place.
It’s outfitted with furniture and a TV.
It even has a cozy coffin for two in the space where Wallace’s body used to be.
Wallace’s original name plaque is still visible, and the coffin bed is placed atop the original slab that once contained his bones. But don’t worry, he’s been moved.
It seems morbid, but sleeping in a crypt was surprisingly popular. Knight held an eBay auction for the first night, and the first guests won with a bid of $760.
Since it’s a crypt and not exactly designed for the living, the crypt room doesn’t have a toilet. Because of this, guests are required to leave by 2 am, and must make arrangements at the Inn at the Agora for the rest of the night.
The entrance to the crypt as seen from the outside.
If you’re staying at the Hotel Crypt, you’ll also be treated to a complimentary bottle of “Bloodeaux” red wine. You can opt for a “last meal,” as well.
To those who think that turning a crypt into a hotel room is disrespectful, Knight insists that Wallace would be thrilled to find that people love his church as much as he did. “He’d at worst have shrugged it off as a minor annoyance or, at best, laughed at the ridiculousness,” Knight says.
You can check out more information, including booking deals, at the Inn at the Agora and Hotel Crypt websites.