Building #5 is said to be the most haunted. Guests who were billeted in the rooms of Building #5 have walked in their rooms looking for a night of relaxation, only to see several bloody soldiers who are moaning in agonizing pain. They instantly disappear as the lights are turned on. Apparitions of confederate soldiers and surgeons have been reported, as well. Many people have also claimed seeing bloodstains appearing and disappearing mysteriously on the bedding of particular rooms. Pools of blood can also be seen on the floor only to disappear quickly. One guest even reported that as the elevator door opened on the hotel’s second floor, the hospital was entirely in view.
The land on which Hotel Provincial stands was a grant from the king of Rance, Louis XV. He gave it to Bienville Lieutenant Louis Boucher de Granpre in 1725. The land was bought by Chevalier Jean Lavillebeuvre and then purchased and developed by the Roque and Laurans families during the 1800s. The land was sold to the French Market Ice Company in 1903. Finally, the Dupepe family purchased the property in 1958 and the family built the buildings which became the hotel that opened in 1961.
Part of the building was used as a medicinal herb garden supplied to the Military Hospital which is just down the street. The slaves’ quarters and the townhouse were built in 1825 and the latest restoration was completed in 1967. The 400 building was built in the 1830s was used as a retails store and living quarters. There was also a hardware store in the site that was bought and restored in 1964. The 500 building was once a military hospital. It was sold by Archbishop Leon de Necke to Antoine Abat in 1831. The building was again sold to a lawyer and the building was torn down, giving way to two grand houses. The buildings were ravaged by fire but were rebuilt in the same year.
Located in a city that is well-known for its hospitality and charm, the Provincial Hotel is a secluded and intimate hotel that is the epitome of relaxation and care-free life. The hotel has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been owned by the Dupepe family since 1961. This architectural gem has some of the best modern amenities. The lobby is beautifully appointed with carefully restored outbuildings and lush tropical courtyards. It is the perfect place for family relaxation, corporate events, weddings, and fine dining.
The hotel’s award-winning in-house restaurant and a top ten Zagat selection is owned by Chef Scott Boswell. The unique menu features international flavors that reflect the true roots of Louisiana flavors. It is complemented by an award-winning wine list. The Latrobe Room has been recently renovated and is beautifully appointed for corporate events or private meetings. It can easily accommodate up to 60 guests. The Ice House Bar is just adjacent to the lobby and is the perfect place for an evening drink after an entire day spent sightseeing.
Things to Do
Provincial Hotel is located in the heart of the French Quarter and it is just a few blocks away from the world-famous Royal and Bourbon Streets. One can also take in the sights and sounds of Jackson Square, which is also one of the finest places to take a rest in. There are also several galleries in the Arts District just along Julia Street on the first Saturday of each month. You can also stroll along Royal and Chartres Streets and window shop, and perhaps even buy one of a kind arts and antiques.
The French Quarter Festival is held every April and it is the South’s largest music festival which is completely free for everyone. You can watch ships pass along the Mississippi River from the Woldenberg Riverfront Park. The historic National Orleans Collection and the Williams Research Center is also open all year long. Children can run around freely and enjoy themselves in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Parl.
Premium room with one bed starts at $109
Standard room with one bed starts at $89
Petite Suite with two beds start at $169
Suites start at $189