Friday the 13th: Haunting hotels in New Orleans

There are several spooky haunts you can find in New Orleans this Friday the 13th. (Source:...
There are several spooky haunts you can find in New Orleans this Friday the 13th. (Source: Press Release Jet)
Updated: Jul. 13, 2018 at 12:14 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - In honor of Friday the Thirteenth, here are some ghostly places to stay in New Orleans that will help you get your scare on…If you dare.

Andrew Jackson Hotel - 919 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

The Andrew Jackson hotel is a true gem. Just steps away from lively Bourbon Street, renowned restaurants, and jazz music the hotel is everything and more, but it's also a gold-mine for ghosts. The Andrew Jackson Hotel is known as one of the most haunted hotels in New Orleans. In the 1774 yellow fever epidemic it became a boarding school and orphanage for boys. Until a tragic struck in the French Quarter and burned down the orphanage, with five young boys inside. Today, many say the building is haunted, with reports of the ghosts of  what seem to be young boys waking up guests with laughter or pushing them out of the bed. After the fire, the building became a courthouse and was even a site where Andrew Jackson was held in contempt for obstruction of justice. Some guests even report to see the 20th President of the United States also roaming the halls.

Le Pavillion Hotel-833 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Nicknamed "The belle of New Orleans" this hotel takes luxury to a whole new level. At the turn of the 19th century, the land on which Le Pavillion sits on was incredibly dangerous. Poydras was not the glamourous strip it is today, but instead was home to foul deeds and midnight murderers. In 1867, the site became the Grandeur Theatre and hosted many extravagant affairs and shows. The building was consumed by a fire in 1887, and in 1907 became a hotel. The hotel embraces its historic past which Paranormal investigators claim up to 100 apparition spirits could be detected. Guests are often visited by the ghost of a girl named Ava- who was hit by a carriage on Poydras street in front of the hotel, a dark-haired prankster who loves to play tricks on guests, and a woman in a black 1920s style dress.

The Jean Lafitte House- 613 Esplanade Avenue New Orleans, LA 70116-2018

When the French Quarter was being laid out in 1718 a portage was needed for a quick passage from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain five miles upriver. The passage was used the passageway was still used by sailors, merchants and,allegedly pirates too. It is believed that the location was once Jean Lafitte's Captain's Quarters, perhaps even for the equally as legendary Rene Baluche. In 1984, the owner of hotel discovered an underground tunnel running parallel with the guest house and with Esplanade Avenue itself. Archaeologists believe that this was either a smuggling or escape passage for pirates of New Orleans. Guests have seen a ghostly woman in white and heard disembodied voices in the dead of night.

The Bourbon Orleans Hotel- 717 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Constructed in 1815, the hotel was originally known as the Theatre d'Orleans and it was said to rival the most grand of opera houses in Europe. The Orleans Ballroom became a hotspot for Creole culture in New Orleans. After the Civil War,the Sisters of the Holy Family, the first African-American convent, moved into the space. The property would then function as a  sisterhood cloister, an orphanage, as well as the first Catholic school for African-American girls in New Orleans. Many guests often hear and see the ghosts of little children whom the nuns cared for during the 19th century when yellow fever struck the city. Guests also report hearing screams and cries from 644: the most haunted room where a nun allegedly took her own life. Guests also report seeing apparitions of confederate soldiers and women dressed in ball gowns.

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