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Lakeview Hotel
Toluca Lake View Hotel
The Toluca Lakeview Hotel
Location
West Sandford Street, Paleville

Key(s)
None
Floors
4 (w/ B1)
Boss(es)
Appearances
Silent Hill 2
The Grinning Man

The Lakeview Hotel was a hotel constructed next to Toluca Lake on West Sandford St. in the Resort Area of Paleville. It was built and run during Silent Hill's tourist boom, in order to attract guests to visit the town.

James Sunderland and his wife, Mary Shepherd-Sunderland, stayed here on vacation prior to the events of Silent Hill 2. It also serves as a setting in The Grinning Man.

At one point, after James and Mary left Silent Hill, the hotel was completely burned down by a devastating fire.

Design

Hotel 3rd Floor
A map of the hotel's 3rd floor.

There are a total of four floors in the hotel, counting the basement floor. The hotel map is separated into two parts; one for the hotel guests and one for the hotel staff, where the staff map includes every room. Above ground, the majority of the building consists of guest rooms. The second and third floors are mostly private rooms on both sides, whereas the previous floor's rooms are exclusively on the west side. There is a central staircase that extends up to the second floor, however, the third floor can only be accessed by a small stairwell. The hotel also has two elevators, one used by guests and another used mainly by staff. Notable locations inside the hotel building include:

  • Lake Shore Restaurant
  • Cafe "Toluca"
  • Basement floor Kitchen
  • Basement floor "Venus Tears Bar"
  • Third floor "Observation Room"

Silent Hill 2

For the majority of the game, James is in search of a way to reach the hotel, as it was the "special place" he and his wife Mary shared and her letter implied that she can be found there. When James arrives at the hotel, it appears to him that it never changed in the past three years.

Lakeview312
James in Room 312.

In Room 312, using a videotape, James sees himself smothering Mary to death on her bed with a pillow. Laura walks in shortly after, and James tells her that he killed Mary, causing her to scream at him and run out of the room. He gets up and his radio begins to start working, with Mary's voice, telling James that she is nearby. James then leaves Room 312 and sees the hotel's true form.

It is in the burned down version of this hotel where James remembers a conversation he had with his wife before she died. Listening to this conversation is one of the determinants towards achieving a particular ending.

Fire

Hotel Fire
The painting of the hotel on fire, found in one of the cells at Toluca Prison.

The Book of Lost Memories states "Before the second game took place, the hotel was completely destroyed by a fire".[1]

At one point, a fire had occurred which either partially burned or completely burned the hotel down to the ground. A mysterious painting, found in Toluca Prison, depicts the Lakeview Hotel; red paint shows fire consuming the entire building. Later, when traveling through the Otherworld hotel, crime scene lines can be found with "Warning! Fire!" on them. In the room where Angela Orosco is found, the staircase is actually on fire, although whether this is related to Lakeview's fire is unknown.

Curtain
Johnny under the curtain.
AlexShepherdAdded by AlexShepherd

The source of the hotel's fire is subtly hidden in the employee lounge. When first visiting the employee lounge, James does not have his flashlight with him. After exiting the Venus Tears bar, the player is able to retrieve their items from the shelf on the second floor, including the flashlight. At this point, the player is able to complete the music box puzzle and head to Room 312. However, the player can also head back into Venus Tears and to the employee lounge (now with the flashlight).

When the heater in the corner of the room is examined, James will say "There's a heater here. On the back, in small letters, it says: 'I'm Johnny, one hot guy'". A closer look reveals that the heater is located inches under a curtain. It can be assumed that the intense heat from the heater caused the curtain to ignite which ignited the Lakeview Hotel fire. In Italian, the translation is "Sono Johnny, e faccio scintille", which is "I'm Johnny, and I make sparks" in English.

The Grinning Man

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The exterior of the Lakeview Hotel.
TheGoodmanAdded by TheGoodman

In The Grinning Man, the title character brings a number of people he has abducted to the Lakeview Hotel because, as officer Mayberry explains it, the hotel is temporally and spatially challenged. Anyone who could manipulate those conditions would be able to hide a lot of people in the hotel. The Grinning Man binds his victims inside and brands them with his mark so he can feed off of their vitality to power his magic.

Unlike its game counterpart, the Lakeview Hotel presented in the comic doesn't appear to have been built on Toluca Lake.

Trivia

LakeviewLogo
Lakeview Hotel logo.
AlexShepherdAdded by AlexShepherd
  • In the pantry, James can examine the shelves and note that a lot of the food has expired, or smells rotten and moldy. This could be subtle foreshadowing that the hotel has decayed.
  • In Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, the number for the hotel can be found. If the player phones this number, the person on the other end of the phone will talk about the hotel and end the phone call by saying: "Make the Lakeview Hotel your special place".
  • The hotel's name spelling is somewhat inconsistent in-game. It is spelled "Lake View Hotel" (map in James' car), "LakeView Hotel" (official map) and "Lakeview Hotel" (Maria's subtitles).
  • Insert Coin Clothing sold licensed Lakeview Hotel clothing.

Gallery

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Characters
Major Characters
James Sunderland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - Angela Orosco - Laura - Eddie Dombrowski - Maria
Other Characters
Ernest Baldwin - Amy Baldwin - Rachel - Thomas Orosco - Mrs. Orosco - Jennifer Carroll - Patrick Chester - Mira - Harry Mason - Greys - Scott Fairbanks - Walter Sullivan
Monsters
Abstract Daddy - Bubble Head Nurse - Creeper - Flesh Lip - Lying Figure - Mandarin - Mannequin - Mary - Prisoners - Pyramid Head
Weapons
Chainsaw - Chinese Cleaver - Great Knife - Great Spear - Handgun - Hyper Spray - Pipe - Revolver - Rifle - Shotgun - Wooden Plank
Locations
Baldwin Mansion - Blue Creek Apartments - Brookhaven Hospital - Heaven's Night - Jacks Inn - Labyrinth - Lakeview Hotel - Neely's Bar - Observation Deck - Pete's Bowl-O-Rama - Rosewater Park - Silent Hill Historical Society - Toluca Graveyard - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Island - Toluca Prison - Wood Side Apartments - Vachss Road - Church of the Rebirth - Dog House
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - Little Baroness - Manifestation - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Siren - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending - Sexuality
Archives
Memos - Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
The Grinning Man- Robert Tower - Mayberry - Whately
Locations
Lakeview Hotel - Silent Hill
Terms
Fog World - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Mark of the Serpent
Creators
Scott Ciencin - Nick Stakal - IDW Publishing
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