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Do Ghosts in Haunted Hotels Give Guests Privacy?

Our room on the 14th floor of the Hotel Monteleone

When I used to go with coworkers to George & Dragon in Phoenix after work on Friday nights I never thought twice about using the bathroom. (Unless it was a particularly busy night and there’d be a line.) Until I stopped one of the waitresses and complimented her on her many bangles. (From her wrist to practically her elbow she was laden with them!)

“Bells keep the ghosts away.”

“Excuse me?”

“There’s a ghost here, but it doesn’t like the sound of bells and jingling so…” she wiggled her arm and a symphony of tinkling ensued. (Or perhaps it sounded more like a cacophony if you were a ghost.)

“Have you seen the ghost?” I asked.

She shook her head.

“No, but I’ve felt its presence in the ladies room. That’s no place for a ghost to hang out. I like my privacy. I don’t much like other humans in there when I have to go but I absolutely won’t go in there without my bracelets.”

I wouldn’t go into a bathroom without toilet paper, but that’s just me.

At any rate, I couldn’t help but think of that waitress a few years later as I used the bathroom in Harry’s.  I sure sensed something in there, and was stunned when I later learned it might have been the ghost other psychics had tuned into in there.


My very next thoughts were, “Oh geez. How embarrassing. Thank goodness I didn’t have one of my tummy incidents.” (I have a nervous stomach that often likes to explode, especially after I eat.)

Ever since then I sometimes wonder about ghosts who haunt such places. The bathroom is not a place I’d choose to frequent as a spirit. (Heaven knows thanks to my stomach problems I’ve spent far too much time in bathrooms during my lifetime as it is!)

But this past weekend as my tummy again erupted after we enjoyed a wonderful dinner in the French Quarter and I found myself racing back to our hotel room at the Hotel Monteleone (rather than subjecting myself or anyone else to the humiliation of a public facility), I hoped and prayed any ghosts would give me privacy.

The next morning as I got ready to get into the shower I also said, “If anyone’s here with me now, I’d really appreciate you averting your eyes. Trust me, this is one body you won’t want to see anyway.”

Wayne was like, “Who are you talking to in there?”

“The ghosts.”

“You’re one sick puppy.”

“I’m asking them to give me some privacy.”

“You think a perverted ghost haunts this hotel? That’d serve you right!” (Wayne was less than thrilled I’d booked us into a haunted hotel to begin with, but he was fit to be tied when I told him I specifically requested a room near any reports of paranormal activity.)

I didn’t feel the way I had in Harry’s, so I’m pretty sure the ghost of the Hotel Monteleone gave me my privacy when I was in the bathroom. But it does make me wonder how many ghosts have seen the living naked as they showered, dressed, used the bathroom, and got busy between the sheets.

I know, I know. The things I think about, right? But perhaps I’m not alone. Surely someone else out there has had to have wondered the same thing. Perhaps yourself?

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 in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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6 thoughts on “Do Ghosts in Haunted Hotels Give Guests Privacy?

  1. To me it would seem like it wouldn’t matter to a ghost. When I read this I thought about Ghost Adventures when they where at Bob Mackey’s and Nick was in the restroom and heard a loud bang.Now that could just have been a dark sprit having fun with Nick. The sprits that just roam around who knows. I’d say it wouldn’t matter

  2. You know, this is the type of thing I worry about too. When I was staying in the St James, where Jesse James is said to linger, I worried about Jesse seeing me in the bathroom. All I could think of was the Brad Pit from that movie about him watching me pee.

  3. One of the ghosts that I grew up with would always come up the stairs, around the bannister, into my room and stop outside the bathroom door when I would start the shower. This went on for years. After I moved out, I would sometimes take a shower after helping my parents with outdoor chores. It never failed that “George” would check on me. My siblings wouldn’t hear it, but often when we had out of town guests, they would ask who was outside the door while they were showering.

  4. THANKS for such a fun comment, Valerie! Okay, so at least he stopped outside the door, but I have to admit it would freak me out to have any ghost, just like any person, outside the bathroom waiting like that. That kind of a ghost story gives me chills like none other! lol

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