While New Orleans may be famous for its Mardi Gras, voodoo magic, and mouth-watering cuisine, it’s also got a spooky side that’s not to be missed! This city is becoming known as one of America’s most haunted, so watch your back!
If you’re feeling brave, check out these haunted hotels in New Orleans! Surprise, surprise, most of them are located in the good ol’ French Quarter – where else would ghosts want to hang out?
1. The Hotel Monteleone
The first stop on your tour of the most haunted places to stay in New Orleans lands you in the very haunted French Quarter at the Hotel Monteleone!
From the day the Hotel Monteleone opened in 1886, it was home to everyone from royalty to movie stars to political figures. 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 completely naked, save for a feathered mask, before them in their room. He then vanishes unexpectedly.
The spirits of the original owner and a Jazz singer linger around the hotel. One sad ghost is a small child who holds your hand, makes eye contact, and then vanishes.
Former hotel employees appear in a 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. [CHECK AVAILABILITY]
2. Le Pavillon Hotel
The Le Pavillon Hotel opened its doors in 1907 near the famous Bourbon Street and adjacent to the French Quarter. Le Pavillon Hotel has been an idyllic hotel for guests 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.
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 trying to sleep. Sheets have been tugged off 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. [CHECK AVAILABILITY]
Learn more about the haunted Le Pavillon Hotel, New Orleans
3. Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Avid ghost hunters looking for one of the most haunted places to stay in New Orleans need to look no further than the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Before becoming a hotel, Bourbon Orleans was a convent. Over the years, the hotel’s ghosts 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 spirit of the man is not seen.
In the ballroom, if one is lucky, one 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 saying a derogatory word.
On the seventh floor, if you are lucky, you might run across the ghost of a Confederate soldier. Another spirit is rather forward and kisses women he deems beautiful. [CHECK AVAILABILITY]
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4. Le Richelieu Hotel
Le Richelieu Hotel is a reasonably 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. Some stories say the land on which Le Richelieu sits was once the site of numerous executions.
The ghosts of Spanish soldiers have been seen wandering the property in their uniforms. The most common places these Spanish soldiers are seen are the small bar and swimming pool. [CHECK AVAILABILITY]
5. Omni Royal Orleans
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 beautiful accommodations.
The Omni Royal Orleans also offers visitors and guests the chance to run into a ghost or two. Fortunately, some spirits haunt the Omni Royal Orleans, have a sense of humor, and enjoy playing pranks on people.
The ghost of a maid from the 18th century 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 and 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. [CHECK AVAILABILITY]
6. Lafitte Guest House
Located in the French Quarter it has been there since the mid-1800s. Before the Lafitte Guest House, a hospital sat on the site. Tragically the hospital burned to the ground in 1809. There have been many tragic events in the Lafitte Guest House over 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 sadness and despair attributed to the spirit of the two children’s mother. Crying has also been heard in the room.
Another little girl, people named Marie, also died in the building. She is said to wander around the hotel along with her mother. The number of children people have claimed to haunt the hotel is extensive.
If you want to stay in a haunted bed and breakfast in New Orleans, you can’t possibly leave out Lafitte! [CHECK AVAILABILITY]
Learn more about the haunted Lafitte Guest House, French Quarter
7. Andrew Jackson Hotel
According to legend, an all-boys school once sat in the current Andrew Jackson Hotel location. Tragically a fire broke out in 1788 in the building, destroying it and 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 who state they have seen him said he wanders through the hotel and out into the yard. [CHECK AVAILABILITY]
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8. Dauphine Orleans Hotel
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.
Many people have been in and out of Dauphine Orleans over the years, including the famous John James Audubon. Reports state that while he was at the hotel, he painted the renowned series “Birds of America.”
When guests are not captured and fascinated by the history of 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 relatively 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 a woman dancing or a man in a military uniform with dark hair. [CHECK AVAILABILITY]
9. Hotel Provincial
This historic hotel is located in the heart of the French Quarter and has been around since the early 19th century.
Rumor has it that during the Civil War, the buildings that make up the hotel were used as a military hospital for Confederate soldiers. Now, if you’re brave enough to stay here, just remember – you might end up sharing your room with a ghost or two!
Some of the unlucky souls that died in the hospital still reside to this day, with the ghosts of soldiers, and doctors regularly reported.
Guests who dare to stay have claimed to hear the wails and moans of the wounded soldiers echoing throughout the halls at all hours of the night. And don’t even think about staying in Building 500 – the most haunted area of the hotel – unless you want to invite the spirits of the soldiers into your dreams.
But if you’re feeling brave, why not take an EVP recorder and see if you can communicate with the ghostly inhabitants of the Hotel Provincial? Who knows what they might have to say to you? Just be prepared for the possibility that they may not want you to leave… alive, that is! [CHECK AVAILABILITY]
10. Hotel St. Marie
The Hotel St. Marie, a beautiful historic French Quarter hotel with a fascinating past dating all the way back to the mid-19th century. But don’t let the fancy facade fool you – this place has seen some dark times. It served as a Civil War hospital and a hotspot for jazz musicians, but unfortunately, it was also the site of a brutal murder in the 1940s.
Legend has it that the spirit of the murdered young woman still haunts the hotel, giving guests and staff members the creeps with her ghostly presence.
But hey, if you’re feeling brave and want to stay at a mid-priced hotel with some serious historical details, the Hotel St. Marie might just be the perfect pick for you – as long as you don’t mind sharing your room with a ghost or two! [CHECK AVAILABILITY]
11. Dauphine Orleans Hotel
On the lookout for the most haunted places in the Big Easy, then look no further than the Dauphine Orleans Hotel in New Orleans!
The hotel’s spectral residents include a cast of characters that will make your hair stand on end, from Civil War soldiers to ladies of the night who once worked at the former bordello known as May Baily’s Place. But the real star of the show is the phantom bride herself, Millie Baily.
Millie’s love story is a tragic one, folks. Her groom-to-be was shot dead on their wedding day. But that hasn’t stopped her from wandering the halls of the hotel, still dressed in her wedding gown, searching for her lost love.
If that’s not enough to give you goosebumps, guests have reported hearing mysterious footsteps coming from empty rooms all night long. And don’t just take our word for it – check out the video from Buzzfeed Unsolved where Ryan and Shane stayed at the hotel and experienced all sorts of spooky sounds and sights. [CHECK AVAILABILITY]
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