By Sara Hudson
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The Big Easy holds its own among the most haunted cities in the United States. It is a city known for embracing the dead among the living with extravagant funeral processions, above ground cemeteries and voodoo culture. It’s been said that Louisiana’s destructive early history has made perfect conditions for ghosts to haunt the city. So begin your exploration of ghost stories with these haunted hotels in New Orleans where restless spirits roam the halls. 

Haunted Hotels in New Orleans 

Hotel Monteleone: The Hotel Monteleone is a haunted hotel in New Orleans that holds four generations worth of history and there is one tale this family knows well; stories of ghosts wandering the Hotel Monteleone’s halls.  Over the years, Monteleone guests have reported the ghostly visions of former employees still tending to their duties to children playing in the halls. Guests report the 14th floor of the Hotel offers a chance to spot the ghost of the mischievous young boy, rumored to be Maurice. His parents, Josephine and Jacques Begere, were at the famous French Opera House on Bourbon Street, when a carriage accident left the father dead. Maurice’s mother died of a broken heart shortly after. It’s said Maurice’s ghost still roams the halls searching for his deceased parents. 

Audubon Cottages: Guests at the Audubon Cottages stay for the grace, beauty, and unique living setting these cottages (originally constructed in the late 18th Century) create around this French Quarter oasis. But some guests get a different experience; unexpected ghostly sightings especially in cottages 2 and 4 where disembodied voices have been heard and feelings of someone pulling at your feet in the night. A frequent guest is a music-loving Confederate soldier who ensures the radio is always tuned to Country and enjoys wandering through the Courtyard.

Lafitte Guest House: This beautiful guesthouse on Bourbon Street offers its own thrills. Items are known to move around the house - a brush from a table to a chair or pad of paper from a nightstand to a desk.  The ghost seems to be the young daughter of the original owners.  She succumbed to an early demise when she fell down the staircase and died “way back in the 1800s,” says a Lafitte Guest House employee, “but her spirit lives on in the house.”  The young girl ripples as she move, her long blond hair streaming across her nightgown as she moves across the second floor hallway - but never making it back down the stairs again.

Hotel Provincial: The Hotel Provincial sits on land that was a grant from King Louis XV. In 1718, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville claimed the area as the original "La Nouvelle-Orléans.” After passing through different hands, a military hospital was constructed in 1722.  It’s said the ghosts of soldiers still haunt the buildings. Guests have reported seeing wounded soldiers crying out in pain only to disappear when they turn on the lights or bloodstains that mysteriously appear on the bed covers only to be gone when one looks again.  Guests also report sightings of a young female ghost seen in the Hotel Provincial thought to be someone who cared for the ill in the hospital. 

Bourbon Orleans Hotel: The Bourbon Orleans is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in New Orleans.  In the past, the hotel was the Convent of the Holy Family and after 1960, the convent was transformed into the hotel.  The infamous second floor ballroom hosted many of New Orleans’ most prestigious events.  Now the ballroom is said to have a lone dancer who sways under the crystal chandelier.  Spend time in great lobby and you might see an elderly ghost who reads the newspaper while smoking a cigar.  It’s reported that sometimes guests smell the cigar before they see the apparition.

If you are still wanting to further explore the haunted history of New Orleans, take an exploration with Haunted History Tours.  Their tours vary from cemetery tours, ghost tours, to voodoo and vampire tours around the great city.