New Orleans is full of supernatural encounters and paranormal fun. Here are a few of the hotels in the area that you may want to visit if you are up for a good spook!
Hotel Provincial – This lovely hotel was once a confederate hospital and has been a hotspot for ghost sightings. The soldiers still amble through these halls at night, and blood stains appear and then vanish on the walls. Many guests have encountered apparitions and hear the moans of the ill patients. Once as the elevator opened in the lobby, the entire hospital was visible to those who witnessed it. This hotel has the added benefit of being in the heart of the French Quarter.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel – Also located in the Vieux Carre, the building was once a convent and ghostly children have been known to play in the halls here. There is a woman who is sometimes seen in the elevator, and once a man working in the building used profanity on the stairwell and was slapped across the face by an unseen hand.
Hotel Monteleone – This hotel has been investigated by The International Society of Paranormal Research. During their stay they documented sightings of more than twelve different ghosts. The elevator often stops on the fourteenth floor and when it opens the ghosts of children can be seen and heard playing in the hall.
Dauphine Orleans Hotel – Once the home of a rich merchant, it was later sold and became a brothel which was frequented by confederate soldiers. Many guests have seen the ghosts of the women who used to work here, and a dark-haired soldier is often spotted in the courtyard.
Le Pavillion Hotel – This hotel is one of the most haunted in the City. Every thing from floating apparitions to ghosts who sit on the beds of guests while they are sleeping has been experienced. On the third floor, a room smells of the rose perfume worn by the girl said to haunt it.
Lafitte Guest House – Outside of room twenty-one, the apparition of a girl who is said to have died of yellow fever appears in a mirror. Her mother could never leave the house after her child’s death and can still be seen in the bedroom that was hers.
Would you spend the night in a haunted hotel? Have you? Let me know about your experiences!
Monique O’Connor James
Author of Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, The Keepers and The Mulligan Man
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