It was a tough decision picking which haunted hotel we wanted to stay at when we visited New Orleans, but I ultimately decided on the Hotel Monteleone. It was at the top of our budget, but you know what? Sometimes it’s worth it to splurge.
In this case it was well worth it.
In addition to having a history of ghosts and hauntings, the Hotel Monteleone is loaded with history period and it’s a literary landmark. In fact, it’s one of only three hotels designated as such a landmark. Plus, it proved to be an excellent location for getting all around the French Quarter easily.
The best part was our room.
It was just a regular room in that it was not a suite or anything fancy like that. No, what made it so great was what floor it was on: the 14th.
Why am I so excited about a room on the 14th floor of a hotel? Because the staff at the Hotel Monteleone listened to me and respected a request I made.
You see, when I made our reservation online, I used the comments section to explain I was the Director of Paranormal Tourism for Haunt Jaunts, and if it was possible we’d like be placed in either a room, or on a floor, noted for paranormal activity.
I wasn’t sure they’d read that section, but guess what? They did!
When we checked in and got our room, I asked the front desk clerk where the most activity was.
“Both floors seven and fourteen. But mostly on fourteen.”
“Oh good! So we’re there.”
“Yes, ma’am. We saw your request in the comment section.”
The haunted rumor mill has it that the ghost who appears as a 10-year-old boy enjoys haunting the 14th floor most and playing with another child spirit also thought to live in the hotel.
We, however, didn’t encounter any paranormal activity the night we were there. I did wake in the middle of the night and thought someone was sitting at the end of the bed on my side, but I can’t say it was paranormal. I didn’t see anyone. It just felt like something was there. Since I was missing my animals, who sleep at my feet, I could’ve been experiencing phantom pet pangs. Or it could’ve been my healthy imagination trying to manifest some activity.
Still, we did spot something odd, though. Take a look at the next picture and see if you spot it too.
Do you see it? If not, I’ll give you a hint: do you notice anything odd about the floor numbers?
That’s right! There is no thirteenth floor.
I’ve always thought that’s such a funny superstition. You can renumber a floor all you want. It’s not going to change the fact that it’s still technically the 13th floor.
Which I just can’t help but wonder: does that have anything to do with why the Hotel Monteleone’s fourteenth floor is haunted?