Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA
214 Royal Street, French Quarter (Vieux Carré), New Orleans, LA 70130, USACHECK AVAILABILITY
Hotel Monteleone, built in 1886, has a lot of ghostly activity within its walls. Various ghost hunters with television crews have come to the hotel in hopes of capturing these tormented souls on camera, some of the entities said to call the hotel their home are “Red”, an engineer; William Wilder, a guest who reportedly died in the hotel; a little boy who likes to play hide and seek with another young spirit; star-crossed lovers and others who remained unnamed.
The hotel’s famed grandfather clock which is located in the lobby is said to be the center of one of the hotel’s ghostly activities. It is said that the apparition of the clock’s maker can be seen working on it at night and sometimes during the day. Hotel staff and guests have also told the story of Jazz singers wailing in the lobby for an entire night. There is the lost child who asks people to hold their hand and then quickly disappears after looking up into the guests’ eyes.
The many strange happenings in the hotel have been featured on a program called “Weird Travels” on Travel channel. The show “Spirits of the South” has also featured the hotel among many other paranormal shows and investigators.
Hotel Monteleone was named after Antonio Monteleone, an industrious immigrant from Sicily who owned a successful shoe factory. He arrived in the United States in 1880 and started a cobbler shop on Royal Street. After 6 years, he had enough money to buy a hotel on the corner of Iberville and Royal Streets. Fast forward today, four generations of the Monteleone family have dedicated themselves to keeping the hotel alive and it has become one of the must-visit places in the French quarter. Since the hotel opened, there have been 5 major additions. More than 50 guest rooms have been added, as well as a new building which houses facilities such as the cocktail lounge, ballrooms, and dining rooms.
Hotel Monteleone has 600 rooms which include 55 suites and guests can choose from smoking to non-smoking accommodations. All rooms have been refurbished and have luxury bath products and marble and granite floors and countertops. The standard rooms are the smallest with king or double beds. Superior rooms are larger with king-sized beds or two double beds with limited views. Deluxe rooms feature one king or two double beds with views of the Mississippi River or the French Quarter. Deluxe suites are one-bedroom suites with king-sized beds. The hotel also has a collection of luxurious Author’s suites that pay homage to some of the country’s greatest writers, including Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and Eudora Welty.
Guests can start their day at the Le Café, home of New Orleans’ finest buffets breakfasts. The Aft-Deck Oyster Bar and Restaurant offers some of the freshest seafood in town. The Hunt Room Grill serves dinner daily and features Continental cuisine with a unique New Orleans flavor. Guests who would like to cap off the night with a few cocktails can go to The Carousel Piano Bar and Lounge.
New Orleans is a lovely place with lots of great things to offer not only to locals but to vacationers, as well. There are numerous festivals throughout the year and some of the most popular are the Mardi Gras, French Quarter Festival, Creole Tomato Festival, Oktoberfest and the New Orleans Film Festival.
Those who would like a quick lesson on New Orleans’ history should head to the American Italian Cultural Center. It is a place where priceless information and memorabilia celebrating the contribution of Italian immigrants to New Orleans can be found. Cabildo is one of the most significant buildings in the history of the USA and it served as the seat of government during the Spanish Colonial period.
The night is well and alive in New Orleans and there are lots of places to go to for fun. The 12 Bar on Fulton Street has entertainment rooted in Jazz, R&B, and Blues. They also have diverse comedy shows for guests. The 8 Block Kitchen and Bar also serves great food to visitors.
Traditional king rooms start at $239
Vieux Carrie suites start at $519
Traditional one double rooms start at $249