If you are looking – and are brave enough – to encounter strange noises in the middle of the night, experience the piercing feeling of someone watching you in an otherwise empty room, and glimpse shadows from the corner of your eye, here are five New Orleans haunted hotels to visit next time you’re in need of a paranormal fix.
Built in 1886, Hotel Monteleone is one of America’s few family-owned hotels and one of the French Quarters’ first famous landmarks. Sitting at the intersection of Royal and Iberville, the Monteleone, which has come to be known for its apparitions and paranormal activity, is one of the premier haunted spots in New Orleans and has roomed generations of guests who have reported spotting children roaming the halls, as well as staff members tending to their duties. Holding four generations’ worth of history and more than 500 guest rooms, this 15-storied, Beaux-Arts-style boutique hotel is notorious for its fourteenth-floor resident, Maurice Begere, a mischievous young boy who lost his life to yellow fever during the 1890s and now haunts the room where he died.
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 523 3341
Laffite Guest House
Built in 1849 by Joshua Peebles and situated at the edge of the residential portion of Bourbon Street, Laffite Guest House is a three-story French-style boutique hotel. This restored mansion, which was probably named in honor of the infamous French-American pirate Jean Laffite, was constructed for the debt collector Paul Joseph Gleises, his wife, six children, and their slaves. Many families have lived in this mansion, and its reported paranormal activity centers around room 21, where ten-year-old Marie Gleises (one of the daughters of the hotel’s original owners) lost her life to New Orleans’ biggest 1853 killer, yellow fever, which took more than 7,849 lives. Since Marie’s death, her roaming spirit has been haunting her former room, where her mother also died some years later. Guest have reported sounds of infants crying and coughing and mirror-entity reflections of the little girl, who has also allegedly talked with guests’ children.
Le Pavillion Hotel
Nicknamed the ‘Belle of New Orleans,’ Le Pavillion Hotel is a lavishly furnished – and reportedly haunted – luxury hotel located at the corner of Poydras and Baronne streets in NOLA’s Central Business District. A member of Historic Hotels of America, this hotel has a dramatic past that dates back to the 1920s. After investigations by various paranormal groups were conducted, Le Pavilion earned the reputation of being one of the most haunted hotels in New Orleans. Frequent paranormal apparitions reported by guests include a well-dressed couple in evening attire walking around the hotel’s first floor, a finely dressed woman roaming the lobby, a six-year-old girl wandering about room 930 on the ninth floor, and a ghost who enjoys playing pranks on the cleaning crews and guests on the third floor.
The Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Once site of the historic Orleans Ballroom and Theater, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, home to more ghosts than perhaps any other place in New Orleans, was converted into a convent during the late 1800s. The hotel, which sits in the heart of the French Quarter, is reportedly so haunted that the hotel’s staff have simply chosen to embrace its paranormal reputation. One of the first eerie stories dates back to the 19th century, when the orphan-care efforts organized by the Sisters of the Holy Family collided with yellow fever, which claimed the lives of many children in their care. Guest have reported hearing children’s laughter echoing down the hallways, and others claim to have felt the backs of their shirts being abruptly yanked. Other supernatural tales include hearing tortured cries around room 644 (where, supposedly, a nun of the affiliated congregation committed suicide), a bloody confederate soldier limping in his uniform down the hallways of both the sixth and third floors, and the appearance of a woman dancing under the Orleans Ballroom crystal chandeliers.
Andrew Jackson Hotel
Located on 919 Royal Street, the Andrew Jackson Hotel offers visitors an 18th-century atmosphere with both charming furnishings and comfortable guest rooms. This two-story brick hotel was listed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1965, and the building in which the Andrew Jackson Hotel sits has existed since 1890. Initially, the plot of land served as a boarding school for children who had lost their parents to yellow fever, but after the great city-wide fire of 1794, five little boys were killed. Many say that the ghosts of the boys who perished still haunt the hotel today, heard in the sounds of them playing at the hotel’s courtyard in the middle of the night. Guest also report sightings of a child named Armand in room 208, and the ghost of a women who is believed to have the children’s caretaker, as her spirit is known to straighten towels and even fluff pillows.