French Market Inn

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Among the eerie happenings reported here are red handprints that turn up on guests’ beds, strange misty figures that float, and the metallic clanging and creaking sounds of a pulley system in the night. These instances have been reported as far back as 1832.

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501 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
United States

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29.955379, -90.06433099999998
Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Nearest Towns:
New Orleans, LA (0.6 mi.)
Gretna, LA (2.9 mi.)
Arabi, LA (3.5 mi.)
Terrytown, LA (3.7 mi.)
Harvey, LA (3.7 mi.)
Marrero, LA (4.4 mi.)
Jefferson, LA (5.4 mi.)
Metairie, LA (5.7 mi.)
Timberlane, LA (5.7 mi.)
Westwego, LA (5.8 mi.)

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  1. 7 years ago I had an eerie experience ag the French Market Inn where I felt like a presence was filling me with a sense of dread. Happened during a hedonistic stay there with my girlfriend at the time. I haven’t told anyone about it until now. It was the most oppressive feeling I’ve ever had and lasted most of the night.

  2. I am staying at the French Market Inn now and woke up to blood ALL over my pillow. It’s my own blood but I found a scratch on my facs that caused it. I have nails that could not have caused this scratch. It was not there when I went to bed. I did not have a drunken night. Also, before I woke up to find this, I had opened my eyes and saw a dark shadow next to me. I thought it was just my eyes adjusting. But my friend staying with me said she saw the same thing in the night. I had no idea this hotel was labeled as haunted. I got online and started searching after this happened and found all of the stories. Interestingly enough, I had gone on a ghost tour and left early because it wasn’t spooky. I even said I want a real experience where I get touched or scratched by a ghost. Well, got my wish granted!

  3. We stayed here in December of 2002. Our room was in the older part of the hotel on the second or third floor and windowless. That was creepy but the second night we stayed there, I and my friend started getting a weird feeling, just sort of creepy in general, then the room got freakishly cold. I thought the air conditioner was working over time and turned it off, but it continued to get colder in the room. Then there was odd clanking and then the toilet flushed. Literally flushed. Freaked us both out. We spent the night with the lights on and got very little sleep. I had no idea the place was known as haunted up until then and not until a few years later on a whim i searched the internet and found out the place had a paranormal history!

  4. November 2018 My wife and I stayed at The French Market Inn. We took the inner room with no windows. After a full day and night in the French Quarters neighborhood we went to our room and went right out . The only lighting was from the red numbers glowing from the alarm clock, My wife loves it pitch black and extremely quiet. About 4:00 am I was wakened by the lamp light clicking on, I opened one eye and noticed the light coming from just the top of the lamp shade, like a flood light to the ceiling, no light was going down. I found that to be odd. And at that moment it clicked off. It happened a second time only seconds later, now with both eyes wide open, I saw a large black shadow covering some of the ceiling and wall and began traveling across the entire room. I felt a presence but wasn’t frightened, the entity wasn’t threatening. The next morning I asked the woman at the desk if she has heard of any unusual reports. She then asked me what room I was staying in, like that would make a difference. I told her room 234 She then told me yes but not that often. Maybe once every two months. I asked, what did they see? She said most of the complaints were reports of being touched. I wanted to ask for a refund, Why wasn’t I touched? True story

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