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Hotel is the subtitle for the fifth season of American Horror Story. The fifth miniseries premiered on October 7, 2015 and ran for twelve episodes.

The season was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for Lady Gaga. In addition, Hotel was also nominated for eight Emmy Awards, winning two.


The season's story is set in the Hotel Cortez, an enigmatic, six-storey, art-deco hotel based in Los Angeles. The plot follows The Countess (Lady Gaga), the owner of the hotel, as she tries to protect herself and her children from the fury of her past lover (Angela Bassett) that seeks revenge on her, as well as John Lowe (Wes Bentley), a Los Angeles homicide detective on the task-force for a series of grisly murders that lead him in the direction of the hotel.

Cast and Characters


Episode # Premiere Writer(s) Director
Checking In 1 2015-10-07 Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Ryan Murphy
Chutes and Ladders 2 2015-10-14 Tim Minear Bradley Buecker
Mommy 3 2015-10-21 James Wong Bradley Buecker
Devil's Night 4 2015-10-28 Jennifer Salt Ryan Murphy
Room Service 5 2015-11-04 Ned Martel Michael Goi
Room 33 6 2015-11-11 John J. Gray Loni Peristere
Flicker 7 2015-11-18 Crystal Liu Michael Goi
The Ten Commandments Killer 8 2015-12-02 Ryan Murphy Loni Peristere
She Wants Revenge 9 2015-12-09 Brad Falchuk Michael Uppendahl
She Gets Revenge 10 2015-12-16 James Wong Bradley Buecker
Battle Royale 11 2016-01-06 Ned Martel Michael Uppendahl
Be Our Guest 12 2016-1-13 John J. Gray Bradley Buecker


Lady Gaga first announced the season's name "Hotel" on February 25 by publishing a short promo on her Twitter account, in which she also announced her participation.[1]

During PaleyFest it was announced that Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, and Cheyenne Jackson would co-star.[2]

Afterward, more series regulars were confirmed, including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett.[3] Chloë Sevigny, who starred in Asylum, will return to the series for Hotel. On May 25, 2015, Ryan Murphy announced that Max Greenfield would also be joining the cast.[4]

Emma Roberts and Denis O'Hare were also added to the cast list.[5] It was announced that Emma will be starring in a few episodes before the finale to do "something special" with her off again on again fiancé Evan Peters.[6] It was later confirmed that Emma Roberts won't be part of the Hotel cast after all due to scheduling issues. Instead, American Horror Story veteran Gabourey Sidibe guest starred in the eleventh episode, "Battle Royale", reprising her role as Queenie from the third season, Coven.