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Which Haunted Hotel to Stay at in New Orleans?

Picture of the St. Louis Cathedral circa 1976 that either my grandma or grandpa took

I’ve been putting my own Haunted Places Page to good use again. We’re heading to New Orleans and I need to find a hotel. Preferably a haunted one.

I’m in luck. I’m heading to one of the nation’s haunted hotel meccas. But not just hotels. There’s no shortage of allegedly haunted B&Bs in New Orleans either. The trouble is deciding which spooky stay to sleep in.

B&Bs might be romantic, but they make Wayne uncomfortable. He always feels like he’s staying at a stranger’s house. (No matter how welcoming, gracious, and unobtrusive they are.)

So I’ve limited our choices to haunted hotels. I think I’ve narrowed it down to these eleven:

  1. The Andrew Jackson Hotel
  2. Bourbon Orleans
  3. Dauphine Orleans Hotel
  4. Lafitte Guest House
  5. Hotel Maison de Ville
  6. Hotel Monteleone
  7. Omni Royal Orleans
  8. Le Pavillon Hotel
  9. The Place D’Armes Hotel
  10. Provincial Hotel
  11. Le Richelieu

 

Most (if not all) of them are in the French Quarter, which is where we would like to stay. All are about the same price. Or close. In the same relative ballpark. (That’s the frugal Virgo in me calculating costs again.)

And, of course, they’re all allegedly haunted. Some are more open about their paranormal activity than others, though.

Like the Monteleone. Visit the “hauntings” section on their website and you’ll know right away they have ghosts. They even enhanced the graphics with ghostly images. (I always like when hotels and B&Bs put information about their ghosts on their sites and have some fun with it.)

I’m most inclined to stay at one of these four:

  1. The Andrew Jackson Hotel – Very traditional old New Orleans charm. Appealing! But it doesn’t talk about its ghosts on its site. Why not?
  2. Bourbon Orleans – Only steps away from the St. Louis Cathedral, which always reminds me of my grandma. Also, it does talk about it’s haunted history on its site. Gets bonus points for that. Not to mention it’s always on the lists of the most haunted New Orleans hotels. Very curious to stay here.
  3. Dauphine Orleans Hotel – This one doesn’t talk about its haunted history on its site either, but it does talk about the history of it being a bordello once upon a time. Don’t ask me why, but I love staying in places like that. 
  4. Hotel Monteleone – I love that this one is in the French Quarter, is extremely elegant, was in several movies and TV shows, is a Literary Landmark, and has a “History, Hauntings & Authors” link directly on its sidebar. They also include a video explaining their ghostly activity. I really love hotels that are so open like this. It’s definitely the front runner of my choices!

I’ll of course post all the gory details of which one we ended up picking and how our stay was.

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her on a tennis court somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
http://www.courtneymroch.com

3 thoughts on “Which Haunted Hotel to Stay at in New Orleans?

  1. I stayed at the Bourbon Orleans years ago and it was lovely. Conveniently located just steps from Bourbon Street as well, though it is a bit noisy. One of my favourite stories from the hotel is that during the renovation a worker hurt himself, used profanity and was slapped by someone. Of course, the hotel was once a convent, so possibly it was one of the nuns who was unhappy with his language.

  2. Thank you, Autumnforest!

    Lewis, your story was funny! I wish we could know if it was a ghostly nun who smacked the worker. We saw that hotel as we were walking around but I ended up going with the Monteleone. Didn’t get as colorful a story as you, though!

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