Shelton Hall is one of eight large buildings at Boston University that serve as dormitories. Located at 91 Bay State Road, the building has nine floors and a capacity of 418 students. Living quarters are divided into four- and five-person suites, and a few private doubles. The ninth floor consists of a study lounge that provides an impressive view of Boston and the Charles River as well as Fenway Park. There is no longer a dining hall in Shelton. The students who live in the lower Bay State Road area now have to go to Bay State 100 for meals.
The building was constructed in 1923 as one of the first Sheraton hotels. Above the entrance the name "Sheraton" can still be seen engraved in the concrete. In 1954, Boston University bought the hotel and changed its name to Shelton Hall.
Students like the building for its quiet atmosphere. In 1953, playwright Eugene O'Neill died in suite 401 (now the RA's room—417) on the fourth floor. In his honor, the fourth floor was named a specialty housing area called the Writer's Corridor. Other specialty floors include the 5th floor for students in the College of Engineering and the 2nd floor for School of Management students. School folklore holds that the building is haunted by the playwright. Apparently, lights on this floor are dimmer and the elevators would randomly stop at the fourth floor.