- North Korea's "Hotel of Doom" remains the tallest unoccupied building in the world
- Cyprus's Varosha lost its tourism appeal after the Turkish invasion in 1974
- Ukraine's Hotel Polissya was evacuated in 1986 after the catastrophic explosion of the nearby Chernobyl nuclear reactor
(CNN)Luxury hotels and resorts conjure images of sunny skies, designer furnishings, lavish restaurants and the well-to-do milling about in grand fashion. But all that can change in rapid time, leaving decay and squalor in its place.