A historic luxury hotel that’s located deep within the heart of the French Quarter, the Bourbon Orleans hosts as many as 17 ghosts. Most of the hotel’s resident ghosts are small children. Locals have called it one of the most haunted hotels in the Crescent City. The hotel ranks as one of New Orleans’s top haunted hotels. Various acclaimed psychics have been to the hotel to conduct investigations. One of the more frequent reports is that of the Confederate Soldier who is said to walk around the sixth and third floors.
It is said that a yellow fever epidemic struck New Orleans and the hotel was an orphanage and a convent at that time. To this day, the ghostly apparitions of little children and nuns can still be seen and felt throughout the hotel. A little girl can be seen and heard playing and chasing after her ball in the corridors of the sixth floor.
The famous ballroom is also the home of a lonely ghost dancer. She can be seen dancing underneath the crystal chandeliers. Numerous reports of a figure hiding behind the draperies have been received by guests, staff, and owners of the hotel.
The Bourbon Orleans Hotel has a long history dating back to 1817 when it was first built as the Orleans Ballroom by entrepreneur John Davis. When it opened, the ballroom catered to the most prominent people in New Orleans. Various events were held in the ballroom, including carnival balls, Quadroon balls, and masquerade balls. In 1827, the Ballroom became a meeting place for the state and house legislative. It is rumored that Andrew Jackson announced his intention to run for office in the Bourbon Orleans.
The success of the ballroom led John Davis to build the Orleans Theater on the adjacent plot of land. It earned recognition and became an established venue in the area. It introduced French Opera to the locals and it became equal to some of the best gaming and dining rooms in Europe. By the year 1881, both the Ballroom and Orleans Theater were bought by the Sisters of the Holy Family. It was used as a convent and a school and they remained the owner for more than 80 years. The property was then sold and they became the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. The hotel gives guests easy access to the city’s best dining, shopping, and nightlife. The hotel has hosted several dinners, receptions, weddings, and meetings.
Bourbon Orleans comes with upscale French quarter accommodations which will surely relax you and restore your balance. The hotel has Traditional rooms which have been just newly restored. It gives guests a true flavor of New Orleans with Provencal-style décor, wide-blade plantation shutters, and marble bathrooms. Traditional guest rooms can come with a single queen bed, king bed or two double beds. Vieux Carre rooms offer New Orleans flair and the elegance of a time gone by. These rooms can come with two queen beds or one king bed. On the other hand, Petite Balcony rooms are a mix of urban luxury and New Orleans tradition. It comes with views to the French Quarter and the St. Louis Cathedral.
- Wireless internet access
- Flat-screen televisions
- Daily in-room bottled water
- 24-hour front desk
- Fitness center
- Luggage assistance
- Concierge services
- Valet parking
- Waffle cotton bathrobes
- Iron and ironing board
- Coffee maker
- Complimentary local calls
- In-room safes
- Pay-per-view movies
- Individual climate control
Things to Do
The best to experience New Orleans is to visit the neighborhood. New Orleans has a unique history, culture, and architecture. The French Quarter is the original settlement and the oldest neighborhood in the city. It was established by the French back in 1718. Today it is a National Historic Landmark and it is home to various hotels. Nightlife in the French Quarter is alive and well. You can sip cocktails, share stories with people and marvel at the museums and old buildings.
Jackson Square is originally known as “Place D’Armes” and it was later renamed in honor of the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson. The Central Business District is where guests will find several notable landmarks, such as the New Orleans Arts District, Harrah’s Casino, Riverwalk Marketplace and the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
If shopping is your thing then you will be very happy to find various antique shops lining Royal Street. It has been named by many travel shows as the best street in the world for antiquing. There are also various galleries and boutiques in the area.
Traditional queen rooms start at $144
Traditional double rooms start at $164
Bourbon Orleans rooms start at $174
Townhouse suites Orleans St. Ann view start at $294