New Orleans is often referred to as the most haunted city in the United States. Several tours showcase the city's supernatural sights, but if you stay at the right hotel, you may just get a free sighting or two included. These six haunted hotels are purportedly home to centuries-old ghosts.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
You can't talk about the haunted hotels of New Orleans without mentioning the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Once a ballroom, and then convent, the storied building is said to house apparitions of former tenants, like the Confederate soldier roaming the sixth and seventh floors, and the dancer seen swaying underneath the crystal chandelier in the hotel's ballroom.
The Garden District's white-columned Columns Hotel boasts a veranda perfect for watching the St. Charles parades during Mardi Gras and a dapper late-owner who's known to check in on modern-day guests.
Guests at the French Quarter Dauphine Orleans report seeing a dancing woman in the courtyard and the spirit of a patron roaming the grounds, reminders of the days when a bordello existed here.
Lafitte Guest House
The French Quarter's attractive French-style Lafitte Guest House has a lovely Victorian parlor and individually decorated rooms. Room 21 has a particularly storied past: a young girl reportedly died here of yellow fever and various guests have seen her reflection in the mirror.
One of the grand old hotels of New Orleans, the Hotel Monteleone—which dates back to 1886—oozes sophistication, romance, and history. What's more, the lobby's grandfather clock is said to be haunted by the ghost of its maker.
The historic Le Pavillon in the Central Business District is known for its magnificent chandeliers, handsome art collection, and opulent lounge. No fewer than four ghosts are said to live here as well; one of them, a well-dressed 1920s-era gentleman, apparently likes to play pranks on housekeeping.