Bourbon Orleans Hotel

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Numerous ghosts are reported to haunt the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. A confederate soldier is said to roam the halls as well as the ghosts of nuns and children who died during the yellow fever epidemic when the hotel was being used as an orphanage. It is also claimed that a lone, ghostly dancer continues to whirl away in the hotel ballroom.

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    717 Orleans St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    United States

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    29.9588125, -90.06465359999999
    Orleans Parish, Louisiana
    Nearest Towns:
    New Orleans, LA (0.7 mi.)
    Gretna, LA (3.1 mi.)
    Arabi, LA (3.6 mi.)
    Terrytown, LA (3.9 mi.)
    Harvey, LA (3.9 mi.)
    Marrero, LA (4.6 mi.)
    Jefferson, LA (5.3 mi.)
    Metairie, LA (5.6 mi.)
    Westwego, LA (5.9 mi.)
    Timberlane, LA (6.0 mi.)

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    1. I stayed in the Bourbon Orleans hotel in August 2017 the same weekend Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast. Our flight was delayed due to the hurricane and we didn’t arrive to the hotel until close to midnight. I never “felt” much in the hotel, but after getting checked in me, my husband, and two of our friends stepped in the elevator. We thought it was strange that the elevator music turned on loudly as soon as we stepped in. The volume seemed to increase as the elevator went up. It was so loud we stopped trying to talk over it. Once we exited the elevator, the music continued with us down the hall into our room. It turns out it was MY phone! What’s weird is that my phone (still in airplane mode) was loudly playing a song I had never heard before; when I looked at the locked screen, the music immediately stopped. I checked the volume and as usual, the phone was on mute.

      Our room in the hotel was lofted, with a sitting area downstairs and the bedroom/bathroom upstairs. After getting my phone to stop we checked out the seating area (room was quiet). As soon as my husband put his foot on the stairs, the radio next to the bed turned on and began playing jazz. We mentioned this to our friends traveling with us, and decided it was possible the hotel staff leaves the radio playing or it could be an alarm that was set and shrugged it off. For the rest of the week, every time we entered our room I kept waiting to hear the radio left on by the staff – but it never happened, no alarm ever went off either.

    2. In the 80s, I stayed at the Bourbon Orleans in the French Quarter. Arrived late, went right to bed. Awoke to see the spirit of a young black woman in a black dress with white collar and cuffs in the room. She was surprised that I saw her. Next morning, leaving for breakfast saw the plaque on the wall outside of hotel describing the black nuns housed in the building in 1800s.


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