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Destination Spotlight: Haunted New Orleans

Founded by the French in 1718, the city was named in honor of Philip, Duke of Orleans. After being passed back and forth between the French and the Spanish, New Orleans became part of the U.S. in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Since then, the southernmost city on the Mississippi River with a strong Creole culture, has been a battleground with a storied past, including the slave trade, American and French Revolution, War of 1812, and being captured by the Union during the Civil War. The city's various hardships have led to legendary stories of haunted buildings and alleyways, sightings of ghosts, and supernatural appearances. Offering a variety of ghost tours, as well as graveyards that are tourists destinations in their own right, we've gathered a list of five of the top haunted luxury hotels in New Orleans, where you may be able to experience a haunted happening of your own. 

1. Hotel Monteleone

Hotel Monteleone New Orleans

Recognized as as one of the city's premier haunted hotels, Hotel Monteleone has a locked restaurant door that opens on its own every now and then. Along with an elevator that stops on the wrong floor, revealing a couple down the hallway and ghostly children playing. The International Society of Paranormal Research spent several days at the hotel in 2003, making contact with more than a dozen entities, including a former employee and a young boy that both died in the hotel.

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2. Audubon Cottages

Audubon Cottages, New Orleans

Built shortly after the two great fires that destroyed New Orleans in the late 18th century, the Audubon Cottages are named in honor of naturalist and painter John James Audubon, who lived in Cottage One from 1821-1822 while he completed his Birds of America series. Consisting of seven private cottages in the heart of the French Quarter, the secluded retreat includes haunted histories for Cottages Two and Four. Legend has it, there's a country music-loving Confederate Soldier that ensures the radio is always playing is favorite music in Cottage Four (he's also been seen in the courtyard), plus the feeling of being touched and disembodied voices are common happenings. 

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3. Le Pavillon Hotel

Le Pavillon Hotel, New Orleans

Located in the French Quarter, Le Pavillon Hotel opened in 1907 as the New Denechaud Hotel, later renamed the DeSoto Hotel, and was transformed into the luxury Le Pavillon Hotel in the 1970s. Recognized as a haunted hotel, common stories include showers turning on in the middle of the night, travel items found in random locations, and sheets being pulled off the bed. There's several ghosts from the 1960s, including a couple, young woman, and a young man with varying stories of what happened to them at the hotel, and other guests have been awakened by supernatural light at the foot of the bed. 

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4. Bourbon Orleans Hotel

Bourbon Orleans Hotel

Next to two famous landmarks, the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel originally opened as ballroom in 1927. Acquired by the Sisters of the Holy Family in the late 1800s, the building was used as an orphanage, medical ward, school, and convent. The Yellow Fever struck during that time, and many children died during the epidemic. Today, stories of ghostly children and nuns have been reported throughout the hotel, as well as ghost dancers in the Orleans Ballroom. 

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5. Omni Royal Orleans

Omni Royal Orleans

Originally rebuilt in the 1840s, following a fire that destroyed the Saint Louis Exchange Hotel in 1841, the Omni Royal Orleans was transformed in the 1960s into a luxury French Quarter property. Featuring architectural elements like the stone arches and wrought-iron railings that graced the original Saint Louis Hotel, the property is recognized as one of the Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Over the years the property has welcomed movie stars, famous athletes, and entertainers from around the world, and according to stories and paranormal investigators, the hotel is also frequented by ghosts including an 18th century maid who sometimes tucks guests into bed, while other ghosts have played pranks on visitors by moving historic artifacts. 

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Posted in: New Orleans, LA

Mixing contemporary design and European influences, Le Meridien New Orleans provides a modern setting close to the French Quarter and downtown. Fresh off a $29 million renovation, the property offers guests the opportunity to discover the arts through its "Unlock Art" partnership program with the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Ogden Musem of Southern Art. The program allows guests to visit the partner museums free of charge by showing their room keys. Read more below the photo.

Lobby of Le Meridien New Orleans

In addition to the art program, the hotel has a rooftop pool on the fourth floor. Surrounded by a sundeck, the pool has complimentary lounge chairs. Guests looking to upgrade their experience have acess to the reservable cabanas, which include TVs, couches, and lounge chairs for an additional fee. Continue reading below the image.

Le Meridien New Orleans

Centrally located, Le Meridien New Orleans is close to the French Quarter and downtown, yet removed enough to offer a quieter environment. Guest rooms and suites feature modern decor with large flat-screen TVs, pillowtop mattresses, work desks, and oversized windows with city views. In the hotel's Hub area designed for socializing, there's the Longitude 90 espresso bar, and the LMNO Restaurant serves New Orleans-inspired cuisine with Southern influences. 

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Tucked amongst the cobblestone streets and historic architecture, the W New Orleans French Quarter offers a stylish setting. Situated two blocks south of Bourbon Street, the property is close to it all, with luxurious amenities, including a gourmet restaurant, outdoor pool, and FIT fitness facility. There's also the Living Room which serves as a playful area for guests to meet and mingle, along with a variety of business services. Read more below about the top three amenities at the W New Orleans French Quarter.
 
Courtyard at the W New Orleans French Quarter
 
1. SoBou
SoBou Restaurant at W New Orleans French Quarter
The property's SoBou restaurant provides a spirited dining setting. One of the newest creations by The Commander's Family Restaurants, the gourmet eatery is under the guidance of James Beard Award-winning Chef McPhail. Serving colorful and creative Creole cuisine, the restaurant offers signature dishes such as Duck Debris & Buttermilk Beignets with chicory coffee ganache, a reimagined version of Louisiana's Po-Boy sandwich. The restaurant also presents a cutting-edge cocktail program with custom-made concoctions, signature drinks, and well-crafted classics. 
 
2. WET Pool
Courtyard Pool at W French Quarter New Orleans
Situated within the hotel's classic New Orleans courtyard, the hotel's heated outdoor pool is surrounded by lounge chairs, trees, and an intricate iron gate, providing a chic retreat in the heart of the city. 
 
3. P.A.W. - Pets Are Welcome Program
As part of the W Hotels, the property participates in the P.A.W. program. The hotel welcomes dogs and cats (for an additional fee) with custom W Pet Beds, treats, and dog walking services available. 
 
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Considered one of the U.S.A.'s most culturally and historically diverse cities, New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, food, and music. Offering a host of restaurants, live music venues, historical sites, and cultural attractions, along with a long list of luxury hotel options, it can be difficult to choose where to stay.

Here are Three Boutique Hotel options in New Orleans:

1. The Audubon Cottages provide a historic setting in the French Quarter, with one and two bedroom suites set within seven private cottages. Offering a high level of service, guests have full access to additional amenities at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel including valet parking, fitness center, and continental breakfast. Continue below the photo.
The Audubon Cottages
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2.  Set in the French Quarter, the iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel offers a historic venue that recently underwent a multi-million dollar transformation. Classically furnished, guest rooms are designed for the modern traveler with plush pillowtop beds and walk-in showers. Steps away from Bourbon and Royal Streets, the hotel has a private courtyard with an outdoor pool, plus the Roux on Orleans restaurant. Read more below. 
Guest room at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel
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3. Modern and trendy, the Hotel Le Marais is a chic hotel in the French Quarter. Combining a historic backdrop with contemporary styling,  the trendy bar Vive! features signature cocktails, and a chic lounge that opens to a French Quarter courtyard with a heated outdoor pool and lounge space.  
Hotel Le Marais
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Offering European grace in the heart of the French Quarter, Hotel Mazarin is a boutique property with 102 guest rooms. Combining the city's signature charm with modern amenities, the hotel's centerpiece is a private and elegant European-inspired courtyard. Accommodations feature bespoke service, along with Egyptian cotton robes and slippers, cube coolers, in-room coffee, and bottled water. Ideally situated for exploring the city, the property is a half block away from the shops and galleries on Royal Street. 

Close to Bourbon Street, the Hotel Mazarin offers guests two upscale on-site options for enjoying a cocktail or nightcap. Patrick's Bar is the only wine bar in the French Quarter, and it's managed by New Orleans' own bon vivant, Patrick Van Hoorebeek. Featuring a chic setting, the wine bar opens to an outdoor courtyard, and serves small plates along with fine wines. There's also wine lockers for those seeking to preserve their own vintages. 

Bar Vin at Hotel Mazarin

The 21st Amendment at La Louisiane pays tribute to the 1920s, when the mafia and speakeasies thrived in the Big Easy. Featuring handcrackted cocktails infused with locally grown herbs, homemade syrups, and special spiritis, the bar offers a speakeasy-inspired setting within the former La Louisiane Restaurant. Continue below the photo.

21st Amendment at Hotel Mazarin

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Located in the heart of New Orleans' most historic district, at the W New Orleans French Quarter, 2 blocks from Bourbon Street, guests are within walking distance from some of the city's best live jazz venues, top restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, and the iconic Jackson Square. There are lots of reasons we love this enchanting hotel with Southern hospitality, but here are three:

1. The lush courtyard, with complimentary wireless internet and bubbling fountain that leads to a heated outdoor pool surrounded by green trees and an intricate iron gate designed to transport you to the French Riviera. 

W New Orleans French Quarter Courtyard

2. The four Studio Suites are in their own standalone building. From inside where there is a seating area and separate master bedrom, go out the front French doors to a private patio or balcony, or head out the back where a second balcony or a private courtyard with a Jacuzzi awaits. 

Studio Suite at W New Orleans French Quarter

3. SoBou, featuring Louisiana Street Food Inspired Small Plates, has a Beer Garden with beer taps in the tables and self-serve wine machines. 

SoBou Beer Garden W French Quarter

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After a $29 million renovation in 2015, the all new Le Meridien New Orleans mixes contemporary culture with its European heritage, creating a culturally refined and meaningful atmosphere in downtown New Orleans. Just steps from the French Quarter but in a quieter location, close to Harrah's Casino and the Warehouse District, enjoy complimentary admission to the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), and the Ogden. 

Right now the Le Meridien New Orleans is offering the "Bike the Big Easy" package, which includes 2 Buzz Nola Bike rental gift certificates for 1/2 day rental, plus breakfast for 2 guests in LMNO, located on the ground floor. 

After a day exploring New Orleans on your bike, and wandering through the museums, the rooftop pool is one of our favorites. Located on the 4th floor, lounge chairs are complimentary but the private poolside cabanas (equipped with a TV, couch and lounge chair) require a reservation. 

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Le Meridien New Orleans Rooftop Pool

 


This historical hotel, located three blocks from Jackson Square in the French Quarter, is comprised of three large and gracious 1830's Townhouses. The beautiful accommodations at Soniat House are filled with antiques and good taste.

 

Soniat Hotel

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Posted in: New Orleans, LA

Set amid a historic and cultural backdrop, Hotel Le Marais is a modern and upscale sanctuary in New Orleans' French Quarter, featuring four-star amenities and a high level of personal service.

Hotel Le Marais

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The iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel is located in New Orleans' exciting French Quarter. The guest rooms and suites overlook the stunning French Quarter courtyard, featuring a large heated saltwater pool, or the picturesque French Quarter surroundings. From the private balconies, many of which overlook Bourbon Street, guests enjoy picturesque French Quarter views. Guest rooms are thoughtfully appointed with plush pillow-top beds, 42" flat screen televisions, and spacious bathrooms with granite countertops and walk-in showers. Newly renovated French Quarter suites all feature two floors with a queen bed and spacious living area downstairs, complete with a wet bar, WiFi, 42" flat screen televisions, MP3 docking stations, in-room safes, as well as bottled water and in-room coffee and tea. All Loft Suites are approximately 500 square feet. All guest rooms are non-smoking.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
 

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