The city of New Orleans has almost 300 years of history. There are inspirations from individuals who are of Cajun, Spanish, French, and African descent.
Although The Big Easy is perhaps best known for Mardi Gras, voodoo practitioners, music, and fantastic food, it’s also a city filled with ghosts and paranormal activity!
The following is a rundown of the most haunted hotels in New Orleans and in particular, the very haunted French Quarter!
8 - The Hotel Monteleone, French QuarterBook Now
The first stop on your tour to find the most haunted hotel in New Orleans lands you in the very haunted French Quarter, at the Hotel Monteleone!
From the day that the Hotel Monteleone opened in 1886, it was home to everyone from royalty to movie stars to political figures and much more. Today the Hotel Monteleone is still a luxury hotel for guests of all sorts but it is also home to numerous ghosts.
In the lobby of the hotel sits a grandfather clock. People have said that the ghost of the clockmaker tends to the clock at all hours.
Other people have seen the ghost of a man that appears to be completely naked, save for a feathered mask, before them in their room. He then vanishes unexpectedly.
The spirits of the original owner as well as a Jazz singer linger around the hotel. One sad ghost is a small child who holds your hands, makes eye contact, and then vanishes.
Former employees of the hotel appear in ghostly form to tend to the kids playing in the hotel’s halls.
The ghost of a young boy named Maurice is said to roam the 14th floor of the hotel in hopes of finding his two parents who died suddenly.
7 - Le Pavillon Hotel, Central Business DistrictStay Here
The Le Pavillon Hotel opened its doors in 1907 is near the famous Bourbon Street and adjacent to the French Quarter. Le Pavillon Hotel has been an idyllic hotel for people from around the world for more than a century.
In addition to the spectacular accommodations and exterior, Le Pavillon Hotel offers guests the opportunity to encounter ghosts and experience paranormal activity. It is not unusual that Le Pavillon Hotel is among the many haunted hotels in New Orleans.
Professional paranormal investigators have visited the hotel and the request of the management. One group of investigators only discovered four ghosts while roughly 100 appeared and were documented by another paranormal team.
Guests have seen ghostly figures standing at the foot of their bed when they are trying to sleep. Sheets have been tugged off of guests as they slept and strange noises have been heard.
One man went to Le Pavillon only to have a grey-haired woman appear before his eyes. The woman sat on his bed, touched him with his cold hands and said she’d never let him go before she vanished in front of him.
Staff members and other guests have also had encounters with ghosts as well.
6 - Bourbon Orleans Hotel, French QuarterSpend the Night
Avid ghost hunters looking for one of the most haunted hotels in New Orleans need look no further than the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Prior to becoming a hotel, the Bourbon Orleans was a convent. Over the years the ghosts of the hotel have made their presence known to guests and staff members alike.
Sometimes when passing through the lobby the ghost of a man smoking a cigar and reading a newspaper is spotted. The smell of a cigar burning is noticed even when the ghost of the man is not seen.
In the ballroom, if one is lucky they might see the ghost of a single dancer swaying away to music from times past.
Some of the spirits in the hotel encountered are less than friendly. One gentleman claims an unseen spirit slapped him after he said a derogatory word.
On the seventh floor if you are lucky, you might run across the ghost of a Confederate soldier. Another ghost is rather forward and kisses women he deems beautiful.
5 - Le Richelieu Hotel, French QuarterBook a Room
Le Richelieu Hotel is a fairly new business by most standards as it opened in 1969. Despite being open for approximately 50 years that has not prevented it from earning a reputation for being haunted. There are stories that say the land on which Le Richelieu sits was once the site of numerous executions.
It is the ghosts of Spanish soldiers that people have seen wandering the property in their uniforms. The most common places where these Spanish soldiers are seen are the small bar and the swimming pool area.
4 - Omni Royal Orleans, French QuarterCheck Availability
Without a doubt, one of the most haunted hotels in the French Quarter is the Omni Royal Orleans. The luxury hotel has an ideal location where people can enjoy fine dining, art, antique stores and wonderful accommodations.
The Omni Royal Orleans also offers visitors and guests to the hotel with the chance at running into a ghost or two. Fortunately, some of the spirits that haunt the Omni Royal Orleans have a sense of humor and enjoy playing pranks on people.
There is the ghost of a maid from the 18th century that enjoys tucking the hotel guests into their beds at night. It is reported that this ghost goes even further than tucking people into bed. She’s been known to flush a toilet at different times as well as run a bath.
Lights are known to come on in the middle of the night by an unseen ghost. Some spirits will attach to guests and follow them around the hotel, while other ghosts like to move things around on the guests.
3 - Lafitte Guest House, French QuarterStay Here
The charming Lafitte Guest House is located in the French Quarter and has been there since the mid-1800s. Prior to the Lafitte Guest House, a hospital sat on the site. Tragically the house burned to the ground. There have been many tragic events that have occurred in the Lafitte Guest House in more than a century.
In room 21 of Lafitte, one child died from Yellow Fever and the child’s sibling hung herself in the room. Unable to cope with her grief the mother died in the room not long after. It is said the room has a heavy feeling of sadness and despair which is attributed to the spirit of the two children’s mother. Crying has also been heard in the room.
Another little girl, people have named Marie, also died in the building. She is said to wander around the hotel along with her mother. The numbers of children people have claimed haunt the hotel is extensive.
If you want to stay in a haunted bed and breakfast in New Orleans, then you can’t possibly leave out Lafitte!
2 - Andrew Jackson Hotel, French QuarterBook a Room
According to legend an all-boys school once sat in the location of the current Andrew Jackson Hotel. Tragically a fire broke out in 1788 in the building destroying it as well as killing five young boys. Some of the ghosts people have spotted around the present day Andrew Jackson hotel are those boys.
Those boys manifest themselves by playing in the courtyard after dark. In the reports, people have stated if they do not see the ghosts of the boys they can hear them playing.
Claims of seeing the hotel’s namesake, General Andrew Jackson are also common. Those that state they have seen him said he wanders through the hotel and out into the yard.
1 - Dauphine Orleans Hotel, French QuarterStay the Night
Another one of the most haunted hotels in New Orleans is the Dauphine Orleans hotel situated in the French Quarter. Some of the areas of this hotel date back to around 1775.
There have been many people in and out of the Dauphine Orleans over the years including the famous John James Audubon. Reports state that while he was at the hotel he painted the famous series, “Birds of America.”
When guests are not captured and fascinated by the history of the Dauphine Orleans they might find themselves running into ghosts are experiencing unusual paranormal activity. If you don’t like the feeling of being watched you may not enjoy this hotel as that is rather common.
A prankster spirit enjoys locking empty rooms from the inside. People have heard what sounds like moans, not from living guests, and someone knocking on doors.
One of the guests spotted in the courtyard is that of a woman dancing or a man in a military uniform with dark hair.
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