Bourbon Orleans Hotel, New Orleans - Hauntings

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The History of the Haunting

Stories of the rooms and corridors of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel being haunted are about as old as the hotel itself. In fact, the Bourbon Orleans has a reputation among locals as New Orlean's most haunted hotel. There are said to be as many as 15-20 separate ghosts roaming the hotel and many of these are children. Ghosts, who roam the halls and rooms of the Bourbon Orleans today, lived in all different eras of this building's history. There is the story of the confederate soldier or "The man" that dwells on both the sixth and seventh floors. The children and female apparitions found at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel are most likely from the era when the Sisters of the Holy Family operated a convent, girl's school, medical ward and orphanage. The famous Orleans Ballroom, home to the grandest social events of the nineteenth century, is also home to a lonely ghost dancer, seen dancing underneath the ballroom's crystal chandelier.

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.