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Many locals know the best place
to experience a one-on-one encounter with some
of the resident ghosts and ghouls that haunt New
Orleans. Haunted New Orleans Tours has created
a definitive guide to some of the city’s
spookiest and most ghost-ridden Locations where
specters make contact with the living on an almost
The following list of haunted locations
are those most frequently reported to Haunted
New Orleans Tours as where ghost are sighted AND
most often ghost photos happen frequently.
1. Lalaurie House
1140 Royal Street, that is notorious even by
the bizarre traditions of the French Quarter.
Built in 1831, the three-story edifice was the
home of Dr. Louis Lalaurie and his fashionable
wife Delphine, esteemed for her elegant balls
as well as for her charitable work among the sick
and the poor. 1834, when a fire broke out in the
Lalaurie residence. Firemen smashed open a locked
interior door and came upon a scene surpassing
horror: There, chained and suffocating in the
heat and smoke, were seven starved and severely
beaten slaves. Upstairs, in a sort of macabre
laboratory, the fire patrol found more slaves,
some dead, others barely alive with limbs amputated
or purposefully deformed. Preserved organs and
other body parts completed the picture.
Money mysterious photos occur often at the Lalularie
house. Balcony ghost photos and haunted videos
usually show orbs, strands of mist and the figures
of a ghost or two walking it's legnth.
There is so much to see when touring New Orleans many tourists bring their best low interest credit cards for purchases and admission charges. Having a low interest credit card on hand will make it easy for visitors to sign up for all the haunted tours they want to do.
2. St. Louis cemetery Number
by locals visitors and paranormal investigators
world wide as actually the most haunted cemetery
No. # 1 haunted Cemetery in all the United
Listed on the National Register of Historic
of the more interesting tombs in St. Louis
Number One are a huge tomb that holds the
remains of some of the participants in the
Battle of New Orleans; chess champion Paul
Morphy; New Orleans' first black mayor, Ernest
N. "Dutch" Morial. But the most
famous and interesting tomb here is said to
be where Voodoo Queen Marie Leveaux is buried.
People still visit her tomb to light candles,
perform various religious acts and leave offerings.
New Orleans' first black mayor, Ernest N.
"Dutch" Morial is buried right next
Across the street, with its front facing N.
Rampart St., is Our Lady of Guadalupe Church,
which originally was the mortuary chapel built
to handle the funerals and last rites of victims
of yellow fever in 1826. It is the oldest
surviving church in the city.
Vault burial was introduced
in New Orleans during the Spanish regime,
and our oldest cemetery -- St. Louis No. 1
(1789) -- has society tombs built by the French
Society, the Portuguese Benevolent Association,
the Cervantes Mutual Benefit Society, the
Italian Society, and the Orleans Battalion
This New Orleans
graveyard is said to be haunted by the ghost
of the world famous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans,
Marie Laveau. Her spirit has been reported
inside of the cemetery, walking between the
tombs wearing a red and white turban with
seven knots in it, and mumbling a original
New Orleans Santeria Voodoo curse to Cemetery
trespassers. Her Voodoo curse is loud and
very audible, heard often by passerby's on
nearby Rampart Street. Locals say this has
started in recent years for she is alarmed
by the many vandals and state of the cemetery.
Believers and Tourist and locals still come
to Marie Laveaus tomb daily to leave many, many
Voodoo offerings. (candles, flowers,the
monkey and the cock wish statue, Mardi
Gras beads and parade Krewe dabloons, Gris Gris
bags, Money, Voodoo dolls and food) All in hopes
of being blessed by her supernatural powers
from beyond the grave. Many make a wish at her
tomb marking three X's. while others say they
have her Ghost on film emerging undead from
Voodoos of the New
Orleans Secret Society say her soul appears
here as a shiny large black Voodoo cat, with
fire red eyes. If you see this Were cat run!
One New Orleans Voodoo Manbo suggest upon
seeing this Devil cat, cross your self three
times and back away. One should never let
the cat see your back. If Marie's spirit,
or Devil cat sees it... you will be cursed
for ever to do her bidding.
say Marie laveaus familiar, her large snake
that she called Zombi, (or spelled Zombie, or
Zomby) is buried in the tomb with her body.
One voodooist says he was placed in the coffin
alive with Marie's dead body by her daughter
Marie Laveau II . A story or two have been told
over the years of people seeing a large black
boa constrictor, or black anaconda over 12 feet
long slithering amongst and between or through
the tombs tight small allies. Always close to
Marie Laveaus' tomb is Zombi, guarding it night
and day. local New Orleans Voodooist say this
is a great ghost snake spirit, not a real snake.
A few young teenaged boys on a recent Haunted
cemetery tour tried to catch Zombi, they said
they chased him down a tight alley and Zombi
just disappeared. Zombi's ghost has been said
to be seen high atop Marie Laveaus' tomb basking
in the noon day Sun. He protects her tomb from
those that mock her says many of the Voodooist
of Marie Laveaus secret Society. One tale of
this ghost snake tells that Zombi followed a
recent New Orleans visitor back to her hotel
room. He appeared and began to wrap his coils
around her as she slept, Zombi frightened her
out of her wits. The reason, she spit on Marie
Often stories or told
of Ghostly nude Voodoo Probationers in an
eternal dark secret Ritual. Always after midnight
and well into the early morning hours. With
Marie laveaus' ghost dressed in white presiding
over the ritual. Nude Voodoo Ghost dancers,
male and female can be seen and heard in an
orgy of spiritual Voodoo calling dow the power.
times fine china plates and cups and saucers
and ornate silverware or found through out St
Louis No.1 graveyard. Paranormal Investigators
say this is part of the ancient wiccan practice
of the occult. It is called the" Dumb Supper".
This is a old ritual, a mock table setting of
a meal. An two empty plates filled with invisible
ghostly food. It is usually a setting for the
ghost and the a setting for the person who questions
the ghost. This is to call the dead to answer
your most sought after questions. Sometimes
wine glasses or even bottles of rum and or wine,
cigars or packs of cigarettes, bags of chips,
or candy or even many times a loaf of french
bread. All this can be found placed before many
of it's tombs. Visitors think it's litter, but
if you look at how it is placed you then realize
it is a special ghost offering to the spirits
of the cemetery.
Other know and unknown ghost haunt this cemetery, there is
a ghost called by some Henry. This haunted
Cemetery Ghost story tells that he gave his
tomb to the lady who owned a boarding house
to keep the papers for him if he died. Local
workers for the cemetery say she sold the
tomb when he was away at sea. When he returned
he died and was buried in potters field. Every
day his ghost is said to walk up to someone
visiting the cemetery asking if they know
the where about's of the Vignes' tomb. Many
a tour guide has related the tale of Henry
and have said how he appears ragged and lost.
And his blue eyes will look right into yours.
The tall white shirt dressed man seems very
real. Until he walk away into thin air. Sometimes
he will tap you on the shoulder, or lead you
to a lone tight alley between tombs asking
" Do you Know anything about this Tomb
here?" Then he disappears. Henry has
also been known to have walked up to people
at burials and asked if they think there's
room in the tomb for him! His voice often
appears on EVP's saying I "I need to
rest!" And in ghost Photos he appears
in a Dark suit with no shirt.
well known ghost of St. Louis No.1 is that of
Alphonse he is a lonely young man and will take
you by the hand telling you his name and asking
can you help him find his way home. He is also
known by some to be seen carrying flowers and
vases from other tombs and placing them on his
own. Those who have seen him say he is afraid
of a tomb with the name Pinead on it and is
said to warn visitors to stay away from it.
He always has a smile on his face but is said
to start crying then just disappear. Alphonse
has been Known to turn up in many of a ghost
Ghost cats and dogs
are said to prowl the cemetery daily. Very
near the great walls of oven tombs. None of
these ghost animals have ever shown signs
of meanness. Several Tour guides say these
are the animals of an 1800's cemetery keepers
guard dogs and pets. Often they lurk the cemetery
waiting for their owner who was buried in
St. Louis No.2 to return to feed and care
Etienne Bore, pioneer in sugar development;
and, Paul Morphy, world famous chess champion
and many more are buried here.
"Easy Rider" featured Dennis Hopper
and Peter Fonda tripping out at St. Louis
Cemetery No. 1,
Orbs, ghost photos,
EVP"S, strange paranormal phenomena and
ghost activity, Voodoo rituals, witchcraft,
and haunting's to many to mention all happen
in this the most haunted Cemetery in America
A paranormal research team identified
four ghosts at LePavillon including a 19th century
teenage girl, a young aristocratic couple from
the 1920’s, and a dapper gentleman from
the same era who likes to play pranks on the cleaning
"Imagination governs the
world"- Napoleon Bonaparte
With a history stretching back
to the Gilded Age and impeccable French décor
throughout, Le Pavillon Hotel of New Orleans
piques the imagination in a way that even the
Emperor himself would applaud.
Located in the heart of downtown New Orleans,
Historic Le Pavillon Hotel is adjacent to the
French Quarter, only five short blocks to the
celebrated music clubs of Bourbon Street and
the famous restaurants and antique shops of
Royal Street. Within a five-minute walk, you
can find yourself at the Louisiana Superdome
for a NFL Saints home game or at the New Orleans
Arena for a world-class concert or NBA Hornet's
If your travel to New Orleans
is conference related, you will be pleased to
know that Le Pavillon is only eight blocks to
the Morial Convention Center, the largest convention
center in Louisiana. During Carnival season,
Le Pavillon Hotel offers an ideal location;
as Mardi Gras parades roll only two blocks away
from the grand entrance of this classic New
Opened in 1907, Le Pavillon Hotel New Orleans
is a member of Historic Hotels of America and
maintains membership in the exclusive Preferred
Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Le Pavillon Hotel
of New Orleans has been the proud recipient
of AAA's four-diamond award since 1996. Out
of hundreds of eligible New Orleans Hotels,
Le Pavillon Hotel was named to the "Gold
List" by Condé Nast.
In a world of steel-and-glass
skyscrapers and cookie-cutter design, the age
of grand hotels seems long gone. A rare exception:
Le Pavillon Hotel of New Orleans is where guests
can instantly conjure the days of genteel luxury,
romantic evenings and glittering nights.
Often called "The Belle
of New Orleans." Le Pavillion offers turn-of-the-century
charm in the heart of downtown New Orleans.
Twenty foot Italian statues representing Peace
and Prosperity greet you at the Poydras Street
front door. Inside this spectacular grand hotel
you'll find crystal chandeliers, historic antiques
and several lively ghost.
Noteworthy, among the hotel's impressive
collection of historic antiques, are a distinctive
portrait of a lady of the French Court that hangs
in the Crystal Room. Two stipulations to the hotel's
purchase of the painting were that it would never
leave New Orleans and that it be the only painting
of a woman in the room where it was to be hung.
The hotel also boasts the largest
gas lantern in the United States, which hangs
burning at the front porch.
Proudly sitting in our Castle Suite,
is a magnificent hand carved marble bathtub, which
was a gift from Napoleon to a wealthy Louisiana
plantation owner. A similar tub that had belonged
to Napoleon is housed in the Louvre.
Palace Suite 730
This extremely rare marble bathtub is purported
to have been owned by Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor
of France. It is hand carved from one single
large block of white carrera marble. It is said
that the Louisiana Purchase was signed by Napoleon
in a marble tub. It is one of only three known
to exist in the world today. One of them is
proudly displayed in The Louvre Museum in Paris,
France, while the other is in a private collection.
This Haunted New Orleans hotel makes guests feel
at home by providing homelike touches like complimentary
evening peanut butter finger sandwiches.
At one point a few years ago the
hotel management hired paranormal investigators,
who identified several ghosts in the hotel. one
group found four another say they documented over
Strange noises in the night apparitions
of figures standing at the foot of different beds.
Bed sheets being tugged into the air after midnight,
and disappearing items only to turn up in odd
places. One guest visiting for a large medical
convention held in New Orleans last year gave
an account of a old gray haired woman sitting
on the side of his bed, he said he felt the weight
of her body on the bed and her cold hands stroking
his head and saying "I will never let you
go." he turned on the light and she faded
away. And Yes, He checked out within the hour.
Paranormal investigators And visitors
have deemed this Number 1 one of the most haunted
hotels in New Orleans.
BEWARE! Hidden by the luxurious
décor are many tales of eerie occurrences
and ghostly happenings. It is said that the entire
cleaning staff refuses to go on a certain floor.
There have been sightings of more ghosts at this
hotel then any other in the haunted Bigh Easy.
On June 24, 1991 Le Pavillon was
placed on the National Register of Historic Places
by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Le Pavilions' sister hotel the Driskill,
in Austin, Texas is also reported to be very haunted
In other cities,
gourmands may get excited about a restaurant one
minute and the next minute, the spot has been
turned into a hardware store. Not so in old New
Orleans, where restaurants can become part of
the family. None of these moreso, it seems, than
Arnaud's. New Orleans families have been visiting
Arnaud's for generations, choosing it as the location
where they want to commemorate their most important
family events and milestones.
Founded by a colorful
French wine salesman names Arnaud Cazenave, Arnaud's
recently celebrated 80 years of serving New Orleans
families and visitors the finest cuisine in a
classic atmosphere that speaks of Old World grandeur
and a simpler time.
In fact, so beloved
has this dining institution become to New Orleanians
that many have simply decided to spend eternity
is said to be the most active spirit in the restaurant,
perhaps still hanging around to make sure that
everything is being kept in order and to his liking.
Cazenave, whom most New Orleanians came to call
Count Arnaud, for no apparent reason as he was
not nobility, was a stickler for service in the
grand French style, and it is likely he still
maintains these standards today. If silverware
and napkins are not set to his liking, the staff
says he has no qualms about moving them; If he
does not like the set up at the bar, he will rearrange
it until he does. The kitchen, the service areas,
no space is off-limits to the ghost of Count Arnaud.
Just before Count Arnaud died,
he let it be known that his successor was to be
his daughter Germaine Cazenave Wells who guided
the venerable institution through many years.
The Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi
Gras Museum was opened at Arnaud's Restaurant
in her honor in 1983 by then-proprietor Archie
A. Casbarian. Open free to the public during restaurant
hours, the collection of Carnival court gowns,
costumes and other memorabilia made in France
provides a rare glimpse of the private side of
The museum has two basic themes-what
Mardi Gras is and who Mrs. Wells and her family
were. The museum brings together more than two
dozen lavish Mardi Gras costumes, including 13
of Mrs. Wells' queen costumes, one of her mother's
and one of her daughter's, as well as four king's
costumes worn by Count Arnaud, (whose title was
entirely local and honorary) and six children's
The spirit of Germaine Cazenave
is said to haunt this area of the restaurant and
Mardi Gras Museum most frequently. There have
been reports from employees and patrons who have
been startled to see a misty form appear among
the many Mardi Gras gowns and keepsakes. That
misty form is said to be the daughter of Count
The restaurant serves classic Creole
dishes, including the Count’s own spicy
recipe forRemoulade Sauce. The restaurant features
many dining rooms and the French 75 bar.
One drive through
this major city intersection and it’s obvious
to see why the area ranks number one on our list
of Haunted New Orleans Streets. This major intersection
once marked the outermost limits of the old city
of New Orleans and is a location where an amazing
thirteen cemeteries converge. Beyond the intersection
is the median (in New Orleans vernacular, the
“neutral ground”) that once was the
location of the New Basin Canal: in itself yet
another graveyard for so many Irish, German and
Italian immigrants died in digging it and all
of them were buried where they fell.
There have been a variety of reports stemming
from encounters near vortex of the dead: from
spirits seen walking hand in hand down the wide
avenues of Greenwood Cemetery, to the plaintive,
disembodied voices that call to bus riders waiting
at the corner near Odd Fellow’s Rest,
the reports are astonishing. Near this location
several witnesses have spotted the ghost of
a young woman dressed all in white running into
the path of oncoming traffic at the corner where
Canal Boulevard becomes Canal Street. Some have
speculated that the figure is that of a bride
and they point to the fact that one of New Orleans’
legendary reception and dining halls –
Lenfant’s -- stood nearby for decades.
Why the bride is running or what she might be
searching for will forever remain a mystery.
Others who have seen her have debunked the bride
theory for something more sinister: they have
said she has all the appearance of a pale, ghostlike
creature, with a gaunt, skeletal face and long,
bony hands that make a horrible “clack-clacking”
noise on the car doors of the hapless souls
who wait too long at the Canal Boulevard stop
sign. There have been other reports of ghostly
funerals passing through the CLOSED gates of
the Masonic cemetery late in the night, and
this is one of the intersections where the infamous
Haunted Bus is said to stop, and barrel on into
the empty night. If you happen by this particular
intersection remember: here the dead truly outnumber
the living, and they are not restful.
6. Cafe Lafite
Lafitte's is the oldest Gay bar in the country
and has a long and interesting history. During
his years in New Orleans, Tennessee Williams
used to frequent Lafitte's. And his ghost is
said to turn up quite often sitting at the end
of the bar sipping on a cocktail.
New Orleans most celebrated Carnival event
the Bourbon Street Awards were hosted by Lafitte's
until the early 80's when massive crowds forced
them to move from Bourbon Street to St. Ann
and Burgundy. Wood Enterprises continues to
host the awards at Rawhide 2010.
Lafitte's also features two floors of music
and video.The Dance floor is said to be a popular
place to spot a ghost or while shooting Pool.
The ghost of a man the regulars call Mr. Bubby
is said to be a frisky ghost and has been known
to pinch a but or two.
Many say the actual ghost of Truman Capotes'
ghost haunts the small stairwell leading to
the second floor and and very often his ghost
has been captured on video and film. Others
say he even strikes up a a very cute conversation
as they meet him on the stairs. Many orbs, strange
mist and strong glows appear in photos taken
Downstairs you'll find the main bar. where
a few ex Bartenders speak of Ghost sitting and
enjoying themselves at the center bar. Upstairs
you'll find a pool table and the balcony! During
Carnival, because the Gay crowd dominates this
part of Bourbon Street, people tend to be a
little more "adventurous" in their
pursuit of beads and the balcony at Lafitte's
can be quite "entertaining." Many
locals, Ghost hunters and tourist have reported
seeing many ghost on the reported haunted New
Orleans balcony that surrounds the second floor
over looking Bourbon Street and Dumaine. Ghostly
figures are said to walk upon it and even wave
to tourist then just disapear. or hollar out
at many a passerby.
Famous ghost that have been said to have been
encountered or be seen near or at Cafe Lafitte
in Exile are none other then Marie Laveau, Jean
Lafitte and his Brother, Truman capote, Louis
Moreau Gottschalk, Tennesee Williams, Huey P.
Long, and Louis Armstrong.
Lafitte's is popular and Haunted all year round
and is open 24 hours a day.
The actual claim to being first may be questionable,
but Lafitte's status as one of the French Quarter's
premier gay and lesbian nightspots is beyond
It's also a popular spot for straight locals
and the adventurous tourist, as the ceaseless
crowds will attest. Legend has it that Tennessee
Williams was a patron of this establishment;
he followed his friend Tom Caplinger, who opened
it after leaving Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop.
Lafitte In Exile was the original home of the
Bourbon Street Awards, one of the most celebrated
Carnival events in the gay community until massive
crowds forced the relocation of the ceremony.
Both floors feature music and videos, with the
main bar situated downstairs. Upstairs, there's
a pool table and the club's infamous balcony,
where rowdy patrons look out over this particular
stretch of the Quarter and can be quite, er,
901 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana,
Sultans Palace, Gardette-LePrete Haunted House
One of the most mysterious ghosts in the French
Quarter is that of the “Sultan”.
He reportedly roams the halls of the four-story
house at 716 Dauphine St., on the corner of
Dauphine and Orleans Ave.
Haunted Hous, this impressive domicile was the
New Orleans home in the 1870s to a mysterious
middle easterner who was rumored to maintain
a harem. He and his companions were all found
hacked to pieces one morning, some say at the
request of the angry sultan to whom the harem
Le Pretre Haunted
In 1839 Jean
Baptiste Le Pretre bought this 1836 Greek Revival
house at 716 Dauphine St. and added the romantic
cast-iron galleries. The house is the subject
of a real-life horror story: Sometime in the
19th century, a Turk, supposedly the brother
of a sultan, arrived in New Orleans and rented
the Le Pretre house. He was conspicuously wealthy,
and his entourage included many servants and
more than a few beautiful young girls -- all
thought to have been stolen from the sultan.
Rumors quickly spread about the situation,
even as the home became the scene of lavish
entertainment with guest lists that included
the cream of society. One night, shrieks came
from inside the house; the very next morning,
neighbors entered and found the tenant's body
lying in a pool of blood surrounded by the
bodies of the young beauties. The mystery
remains unsolved to this very day. Local ghost
experts say you can hear exotic music and
ghostly shrieks on the right night.
house in the New Orleans French Quarter has a
reputation that is known to be very haunted.
to be haunted The Beauregard-Keyes House, was
built in 1826 for wealthy auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier.
It is a fine example of a raised, center-hall
house. It derives it's name from two of its former
residents, Confederate General Pierre Gustave
Toutant (P.G.T.) Beauregard and author Frances
and his family lived in the home from 1866 to
1868 while he was president of the New Orleans,
Jackson, and Great Northern Railroad.
Mrs. Keyes used
the home as her winter residence for 25 years,
where she wrote many of her books including Dinner
at Antoine’s, The Chess Players, Madame
Castel’s Lodger, and Blue Camellia.
In a house as old
as the Beauregard-Keyes House, you know there'd
be a ghost or two haunting it. Aside from a few
run-of-the-mill vaporous presences, Orbs and sounds
the Beauregard-Keyes House, located at 1113 Chartres
St., claim some that one of the city's more spectacular
haunting's occurs here in the early morning hours.
sightings revolve around the mansion's most auspicious
resident. Some of the local folks say that this
haunted Creole mansion comes alive in gory battle
of warfare, when a supernatural version of the
Battle of Shiloh rages in the main hall. It has
been said that "Men with mangled limbs and
blown-away faces swirl in a confused dance of
death," wrote Victor C. Klein in his 1996
book New Orleans Ghosts. "Horses and mules
appear and are slaughtered by grapeshot and cannon.
The pungent smell of blood and decay permeates
the restless atmosphere."
house is also well known as the sight of a haunted
bloody mafia massacre. It has been said that in
the beautifully hedge garden, you can smell fresh
gunpowder, and you can hear shots being fired
while in the house from the garden. Many say they
have seen strange shadows and figures moving,
running madly around the garden fountain in their
eternal dance of death.
One strange haunted
tale tells of Paul Munni, a world-class chess
master. Munni was said to have went insane while
living in the beautiful home. In his crazed wild
insanity, Munni ran naked from the house, to Ursaline
Street with an large axe, He was looking to kill
anyone he would find. And the first to cross his
path would die. The police subdued him and that's
where the tale ends.
House- Patrons to the museum have reported that
after closing one evening they stayed to take
photos of the house. When the photos were developed
there were some mysterious unexplainable images
in them. In the pictures there appears to be two
civil war era soldiers standing in front of the
window looking out. The guests were sure that
no other people were in the museum at the time
that the photos were taken. This former hotel
was also the site of a mafia massacre. It is said
that at times you can smell gunpowder and hear
gunshots in the garden area of the hotel.
Built in 1886, this grand Cresent city haunted
hotel has documented more than a dozen earthbound
entities. A team from the International Society
of Paranormal Research (ISPR) identified such
creatures as “Red”, the faithful engineer;
William Wildemer, a guest who most likely died
in the hotel; a ten-year-old boy who often plays
hide-and-seek with another young spirit; a star-crossed
lover and others. The Hotel says all of their
ghosts are friendly.
The Hotel Monteleone was one of
America’s few family- owned. Historic Haunted
hotel located in the New Orleans French Quarter.
A home away from home to some countless movie
stars, dignitaries, royalty and political kingpins.
Traditional European style guest rooms are carefully
detailed and comfortable.
Numerous spirits are said to haunt
this spectacular hotel. And it's large Grandfather
clock, located in the hotel lobby. It is said
that the ghost of it's maker is seen working on
it at different times of the day and night.
From days gone by to recent new
sightings, of ghost walking the halls and the
main entrance. One recent guest told the tale
of a man appearing in their room over the past
New Orleans Mardi Gras Season, wearing only a
feathered mask. This totally naked ghost, they
said he turned and disappeared before their eyes.
Other Ghost stories from guest and
hotel staff tell of this New Orleans Hotel. Often
tell of the spirits of a Jazz singer in a room
wailing in the middle of the night, A lost child
who ask for help takes your hand then looks up
into your eyes and disappears. And the spirit
of who they say is that of the hotels original
The strange happenings at the haunted
Hotel Monteleone will be featured October 28 and
30, 2004, on the Travel Channel’s “Weird
Travels” program. “Spirits of the
South” profiles the entities living in the
118-year old French Quarter hotel that were documented
and “caught on tape” by investigators
with the International Society for Paranormal
Research in 2003. The show will debut at 7:00
p.m., and air again at 10:00 p.m. on October 28.
It will also have a Halloween day showing on October
31, at 1:00 p.m.
“The staff and hotel occupants
have come to live with and even welcome the ghosts,
so we welcome the opportunity to share our experiences
with those not familiar with the stories,”
explained Andrea Thornton, director of sales of
marketing for Hotel Monteleone. “The nationwide
audience and even New Orleans area viewers are
in for a real treat to see who and what lie behind
the doors of the Quarter’s oldest hotel.”
“Spirits of the South”
begins in Memphis, Tennessee, where an ancient
Egyptian curse still casts a spell on the city,
and a modern-day pyramid marks a portal into the
paranormal. Next, it’s off to the hills
of western North Carolina to the Graystone Cabins,
where creatures from another world still lurk
around every tree, and a sordid love triangle
leaves a ghost wandering the forests. Then, it’s
down to the Big Easy for a stop at Brennan's restaurant,
a visit at the Hotel Monteleone and a quick tour
of an old-fashioned steamboat, whose captain was
murdered. The special ends in Savannah, Georgia
where the night sky hums with the echoes of the
dead from the famed St. Bonaventure Cemetery and
the 1790 Inn.
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About Hotel Monteleone
Since 1886, the Hotel Monteleone
(www.hotelmonteleone.com) has proudly stood as
one of the first landmarks in the famous French
Quarter. The hotel is the Quarter’s largest
full-service hotel, featuring 600 comfortable,
luxurious guestrooms and suites. Hotel Monteleone
is within walking-distance of some of New Orleans
most famous attractions, and is conveniently located
11 miles from the Louis Armstrong International
Airport. Hotel Monteleone is a two-time, AAA Four
Diamond award-winner, and has won the J.D. Power
and Associates Upscale Hotel Award for “An
Outstanding Guest Experience” for the past
Follow the links below to learn
more about the spirits of Hotel Monteleone.
Day of the Dead Ritual
Voodoo rituals commemorating
the ancestors and sacred dead coincide with the
timing of other such rituals the world over. The
Day of the Dead rituals observed by the practitioners
of vodoun, however, tend to be the least public
and least accessible of all voodoo rituals. Generally,
these rituals are celebrated on or about the 1st
of November, a date that coincides with the Catholic
observance of All Saints’ Day. Sometimes,
however, the vodoun rituals will begin one to
two days prior to this holy day. Mambo Sallie
Ann Glassman traditionally hosts a Day of the
Dead (or, Dia de los Muertos) ritual in which
she honors the ancestors (the family Lwas) and
the powerful Lwas who advocate for the dead as
they cross the dark waters of the Great Abyss.
Paramount in these celebrations is the honoring
of Gede, the great Lwa of death and regeneration.
Gede, and his family of Gueddes, as well as Manmam
Brigit, his wife, all hold prominent roles in
voodoo commemoration of the dead. Offerings to
Gede or Manmam Brigit are appropriate on this
occasion; these include black and purple candles,
sunglasses with one eye missing (to acknowledge
Gede’s ability to see in both worlds –
living and dead), cigars and cigarettes, rum,
spicy pork, bones, graveyard stones and dirt,
crosses, black jewels, and raw cotton. Devotees
are often invited to participate in the Day of
the Dead Voodoo Rituals by bringing photographs
or other items that commemorate their deceased
loved ones and by participating in a ritual “Dumb
Supper” under the direction of the Mambo
French Quarter Haunted hotels reported
to us by locals and guest These are all
Full-service hotel in the center or near
the Bourbon Street excitement
Andrew Jackson Hotel
919 Royal Street• New Orleans
22 room Inn listed on the National Register
of Historic Places.
Best Western Landmark Hotel
920 N. Rampart Street• New Orleans,
Best Western hotel on the edge of the French
320 Decatur Street• New Orleans, LA
Historic hotel located near the Aquarium
and Canal Place shopping.
Bon Maison Guest House
835 Bourbon Street• New Orleans, LA
1833 historic townhouse and slave quarters.
1001 Chartres Street• New Orleans,
Charming and moderately priced hotel in
the lower French Quarter.
240 Burgundy Street• New Orleans,
Vacation rental property featuring large
units and outdoor pool.
800 Iberville Street• New Orleans,
Three star accommodations on wild Bourbon
Cornstalk Fence Hotel
915 Royal Street• New Orleans, LA
Historic hotel featuring the famous cast
iron cornstalk fence.
1013 St. Ann Street• New Orleans,
31 rooms in a 1830's French Creole home.
415 Dauphine Street• New Orleans,
Moderate hotel offering French Quarter location.
329 Dauphine Street• New Orleans,
All-suite hotel offering full kitchens and
a courtyard pool.
Historic French Market Inn
501 Decatur Street• New Orleans, LA
95 room hotel steps from the Mississippi
Holiday Inn Chateau LeMoyne
301 Dauphine Street• New Orleans,
Modern convenience combined with French
1024 Chartres Street• New Orleans,
19th century charm and modern amenities
in the lower French Quarter.
1006 Royal Street• New Orleans, LA
Built in 1827 and located 1 block from Bourbon
Hotel St. Marie French Quarter
827 Toulouse Street• New Orleans,
The Hotel St. Marie is located just half
a block from Bourbon Street, in the heart
of the French Quarter. Relax and refresh
in the Bistro Moise. A comfortable French
Quarter environment, perfect for business
or pleasure, only steps from Bourbon Street!
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Hotel St. Pierre
911 Burgundy Street• New Orleans,
18th century Creole cottages combined into
a 72 room hotel.
Hotel Ste. Helene
508 Chartres Street• New Orleans,
National Historic Landmark centrally located
in the French Quarter.
Inn on Bourbon-Ramada Plaza Hotel
541 Bourbon Street• New Orleans, LA
Located directly on Bourbon Street with
balcony rooms available.
Lafitte Guest House
1003 Bourbon Street• New Orleans,
Built in 1848 and featuring 14 antique filled
1234 Chartres Street• New Orleans,
Family-owned hotel in the quiet lower Quarter.
Maison de Ville
727 Toulouse Street• New Orleans,
A Historic Hotel of America offering exceptional
rooms and services.
1001 Toulouse Street• New Orleans,
French Quarter hotel featuring heated outdoor
pool and other amenities.
214 Royal Street• New Orleans, LA
Grand hotel at the entrance of the French
Nine-O-Five Royal Hotel
905 Royal Street• New Orleans, LA
Small Royal Street hotel with antique furnished
Olde Victorian Inn
914 N. Rampart Street• New Orleans,
Bed & Breakfast featuring a spa and
daily gourmet breakfast.
828 Toulouse Street• New Orleans,
Charming 1839 townhouse with 3 courtyards
and a pool.
Omni Royal Orleans
621 St. Louis Street• New Orleans,
Opulent accommodations from the Omni hotel
Place D'Armes Hotel French Quarter
625 St. Ann Street• New Orleans, LA
The Place D'Armes Hotel is classic, yet
casual. Nine beautifully restored 19th Century
buildings house 85 guest rooms surrounding
a traditional planted courtyard and patio
with pool. The Place D'Armes is the only
French Quarter hotel on Jackson Square,
the perfect place to relax with the Saint
Louis Cathedral, Cafe du Monde, and Bourbon
Street just steps away.
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Prince Conti French Quarter Hotel
830 Conti Street• New Orleans, LA
The Prince Conti Hotel sits in the heart
of the French Quarter and is adjacent to
Bourbon Street excitement. Within the hotel
is the Bombay Club Restaurant & Martini
Bistro for fine dining and the best martinis
in town, and also Ms. D's Cafe for an authentic
"New-Orleans" style breakfast.
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300 Bourbon Street• New Orleans, LA
Full-service hotel in the center of the
Bourbon Street excitement.
1133 Chartres Street• New Orleans,
Small lower French Quarter hotel with deluxe
amenities and services.
St. Ann Marie Antoinette
717 Conti Street• New Orleans, LA
Quaint French Quarter hotel with pool and
St. Louis Hotel
730 Bienville Street• New Orleans,
Courtyard hotel located near all French
St. Peter Guest House
1005 St. Peter Street• New Orleans,
29 rooms featuring courtyard views or streetside
Ursuline Guest House
708 Ursulines Street• New Orleans,
Small quiet guest house offering privacy
and affordable rates.
Villa Convento Hotel
616 Ursulines Street• New Orleans,
This small hotel has been called the original
'House of the Rising Sun'.
W French Quarter
316 Chartres Street• New Orleans,
Luxury boutique hotel from the W chain.
Wyndham Bourbon Orleans
717 Orleans Avenue• New Orleans, LA
Wyndham hotel centrally located in the French