The iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel is located in New Orleans’ exciting French Quarter. It has a rich history along with a vibrant present. A multi-million dollar restoration has positioned this historic hotel as an upscale haven for the modern traveler.
We arrived to a beautiful hotel in a beautiful setting. We pulled right up and a Valet was waiting to help us get our bags out and get settled in for our Anniversary Adventure! I love where the hotel is situated. Located adjacent to two great New Orleans landmarks, the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel is in the center of it all. We did not have to use our car any while in the city and we mostly walked everywhere, but back to our first impression. The Lobby.
I love a good lobby. Especially when we’ve been driving. It’s like you walk in surrounded by beauty and you take a deep breath. I literally smelled Christmas, winter, and a touch of happiness. Ok the happiness could have just been me smiling and a bit excited. After all not only was this hotel in the middle of everything, but I had heard it was haunted too! More on that later. The lobby was decorated for Christmas with a gorgeous tree and poinsettias all around. Our night clerk gave us all our info and got us checked in within 5 minutes and we were off to explore the room.
Our room was HUGE! I love a good big hotel room. It had 2 nice big beds that were soft and comfy. Everything in the room had the old world elegance with Provence-style decor that I love about New Orleans. We even had an area to make drinks if we entertained guests. It was quite dark in the room even with the lights on, but I liked it since we were on a romantic getaway. If you prefer more light you might want to request a room with more windows. The staff of the hotel knew we were celebrating our anniversary so we had a nice bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries waiting on us.
- 42” flat-screen TVs
- Pillow-top Beds
- MP3 Docking Stations
- In-room Safe
COMPLIMENTARY AMENITIES INCLUDING:
- Bottled Water
- Local calls
- In-room Coffee and Tea
- Wired and Wi-Fi Internet
- Waffle Cotton Bath Robes Upon Request (ours were in the closet)
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Individual Climate Control
- Pay-Per-View Movies
The bathroom was beautifully redone black marble. The shower was one of those that doesn’t have a door because of the way that it sits back. Those always freak me out at first. Plenty of light and even a makeup mirror for getting ready to go out.
- Welcome Beverage at our Bourbon Street bar, Bourbon “O”
- Daily Newspaper in Lobby
- Valet Parking
- Outdoor heated saltwater pool (Hours: 7am-10pm)
- Concierge Services
- Baggage Storage
- Luggage Assistance
- 24-Hour Front Desk
- In-Room Dining
- Laundry Service
- Fitness Center
- In-room Hotel Spa Services by Le Jardin Spa
The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is one of the MOST HAUNTED Hotels in New Orleans. Let me tell you about our experience. Everything in New Orleans gives you that creepy feeling late at night. This hotel definitely had that factor. We experienced what we call “The Haunted Elevator”. 8 times out of 10 when we went to go to the Elevator it was open and waiting for us or opened even before we pushed the button. One night we ordered in and I had to go down to the lobby to get the food. Waiting elevator on the way down. Check. Then on the way down it opened on almost every floor, but there was no one there! I grabbed our food in a hurry and then went back and told Brian I was not going down that elevator again without him. It happened once to him as well. Now could it be a faulty elevator? Yes, but I think it was haunted. We also thought we heard the little girls footsteps, but I think we were just a little tipsy trying to scare each other. Here’s the real deal on the paranormal at this hotel:
Stories of the rooms and corridors of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel being haunted are about as old as the hotel itself. Prior to the hotel’s existence, the site was home to the historic Orleans Ballroom and Theater before being converted into a convent in the late 1800s. Ghosts who roam the halls and rooms of the Bourbon Orleans today lived during many different eras of this building’s history. The Bourbon Orleans Hotel ranks as one of New Orleans’ top haunted hotels. Chip Coffey, internationally acclaimed pyschic and host of A&E’s Psychic Kids, performed a reading at the historic Orleans ballroom as part of his Coffey Talk Tour and detected and communicated with several spirits, including a little boy and girl who experienced sudden deaths.
- The Confederate Soldier: There is the story of the Confederate Soldier or “The Man” that surrounds both the sixth and third floors.
- Children & Nuns: A yellow fever epidemic struck New Orleans during the time the the hotel was convent and orphanage. The ghost children and female apparitions found at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel are most likely from the era of the Sisters of the Holy Family’s convent, girls’ school, medical ward and orphanage. The most frequently told tale is of a little girl rolling her ball and chasing it down the sixth floor corridors. Light footsteps can often be heard in the hallways.
- Orleans Ballroom: The famous Orleans Ballroom, home to the grandest social events of the nineteenth century, is also home of a lonely ghost dancer, seen dancing underneath the ballroom’s crystal chandelier. Several reports have been made of the rustling and a person hiding behind the draperies in the ballroom, without a window open or person actually there.
***Disclosure: 2 nights lodgings were covered by Hotel. All opinions are 100% mine. Pictures above provided by Bourbon Orleans Hotel and Myself ***