American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)


American Horror Story

Critics Consensus

Favoring garish style over effective storytelling, the fifth American Horror Story strands a talented cast at Ryan Murphy's Hotel.



Critic Ratings: 48


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User Ratings: 1474
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Air date: Oct 7, 2015
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A horror series set in an eerie hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story Hotel

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (24)

In short, what's old is new again, a theme many hotels have used in their day. For Horror Story, heading into its fifth season, it sure feels due.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If it falls short, that could be because the premiere feels more cruel than scary.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Disturbing us is the point, of course, but good horror stories go beyond grotesqueries and gore. American Horror Story: Hotel may do that, but I won't know; I don't plan to spend another night there.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The findings are auspicious. AHS: Hotel more obviously resembles the first two, better seasons of American Horror Story than it does the latter, lesser two.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

AHS: Hotel has the subtlety and texture of Gaga's ill-considered meat dress. But it sure is a butcher shop.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

They're pushing boundaries. Screw your need for normalcy. You can get that anywhere. And, on that level, Hotel works. The question of quality comes down to the tolerance you have for style over substance.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

The violence, all set that anodyne, pumping pop soundtrack, is unequivocally gross.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

American Horror Story: Hotel does not inspire interest. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 15, 2018 | Full Review…

This season was certainly the only season... to not drop off any storyline or have any plot holes through the season which was a welcome surprise, and there were some great characters.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

American Horror Story fans will no doubt enjoy Hotel, which may turn out to be the most elaborate and entertaining season yet.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It's fitting that American Horror Story: Hotel initiates a pop star's transition from music to television with a scene that's essentially a hybrid of the two.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Ryan Murphy and company have set the stage for a monstrous fifth season that's boasting its ability to be unapologetic from sex to the drugs and violence.

May 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Hotel

  • Oct 13, 2019
    the next chapter of the popular FX horror series continues this time the creators have Season 5 taking place at the Cortez Hotel in Los Angeles where all sorts of nightmarish happenings ensue regular cast members include Kathy Bates, Wes Bentley, Chloe Sevigny, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Angela Basset the newest additions here include Cheyenne Jackson, Matt Boemer and popular artist Lady Gaga the opening has two foreign sisters check into the hotel only to find a deformed man sewn inside their mattress, meanwhile the main focus is on Detective John Lowe digging into a murder case it might even be connected to this establishment Gaga plays the Countess who slays her customers and consumes their blood plus each occupant suffers a nasty fate based on the Ten Commandments; thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wife etc. turns out she's a bloodthirsty vampire whom also has 3 kids, one of which is also the missing son of the detective he lost a while back and it looks like he's knee deep under her influence James Patrick Marge was the creator of the hotel from the 1920's with an insatiable appetite for killing so essentially he put together a torture chamber for all his victims and disposing of them a female 1970's movie star from the Countess' past comes back to exact revenge on her for taking away what she loved most, the flashbacks also show that the Countess doesn't approve of another queen creating others and she actually gave birth to a child but it wasn't exactly traditional Certain souls who die at the hotel are stuck and cursed to carry on the bloodlust until they find their true purpose The rest of the season is a fight for power struggle, we learn the Ten Commandments killer's true nature and why everyone is doomed to live the life they do all kinds of dangers exist so we must protect our children at all times, God exists everywhere even in our hearts, people do enough damage without the supernatural involved, two parts of the world exist; the light has us be who we truly are and the shadows are what lies eternal suffering, emotions are like flavors you can taste them based on what they are, maybe Death is the only salvation where no rules exist, if you can't go out into the world bring the world to you 'Hotel' may underwhelm a lot of viewers given the choices the writers decided to go with this time around but I didn't end up hating this season I found myself genuinely creeped out with all the dark corners, the shadows, the set designs, the various dark figures making their presence known, and loving the hell out of Lady Gaga next to Wes Bentley's chilling performance truly felt a lot of elements from 'The Shining' as well think what you will but 'Hotel' is really one of my favorite seasons so far
  • Oct 06, 2019
    Fun and Gory, still not remarkable though specially when the Amazing Jessica Lange was not present. I'll also admit Lady Gaga was not a bad addition to the cast.
  • Sep 28, 2019
    In Lady GaGa's debut on the television screen, American Horror Story: Hotel revitalizes the series with a diverse new spin of 'The Shining' in a way. Well acted, well written, and well directed.
  • Sep 19, 2019
    Gaga was just breathtaking
  • Sep 13, 2019
    This is a big shit...
  • Aug 13, 2019
    I enjoyed this season, not as much as the previous 4, but there was alot to be enjoyed. The cast are great, and Gaga is also good, though not as great as Lange would have been in that charactor. It is a stylish season and i think reviewers where harsh in initial reviews. 3.5/5
  • Aug 10, 2019
    This season was pretty darn good. I enjoyed it when they brought back all the serial killers. Very entertaining.
  • Jun 18, 2019
    Honestly I found this season boring, lacked a compelling enough narrative, seemed to be going for shock value over actual plot, and I gave up watching this season about halfway through.
  • Apr 14, 2019
    Still good, but a less focused season of AHS. Pros were Dennis O'Hare and Kathy Bates' poignant turns and Evan Peters eccentric hotelier. This season has the classic shocks and awes, but it lacked something. That being said, it's still better than most and you won't be able to look away.
  • Feb 27, 2019
    Has to be worse one yet. The first 4 episodes were terrible, fell asleep. Just trying to hard to be disturbing, but just wasnt working. Corny sex scenes and poor acting. Gets better after episode 5 but still a bit of a drain. The scene with Liz and Iris guns blazing like 2 mafia noses was genius tho!! Lol Bring on next one because this undead is more like dead, buried and never to be seen again unfortunately.

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