Where we stayed
The Hotel Monteleone, a beautiful and historic landmark. This French Quarter hotel sits on the bustling Royal Street and boasts numerous past literary patrons such as Ann Rice, John Grisham, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. The Monteleone is a 4-star luxury hotel that is pet friendly and also contains the famous Carousel Bar & Lounge. Our stay at the Monteleone was comfortable in the luxury accommodations, and a great central location to walk all over the French Quarter.
Spook Meter Rating 2/5
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The ambiance of the hotel is timeless and elegant, which lends to a certain spookiness when hearing about the numerous spirits that inhabit the hotel. A dozen or so which the International Society of Paranormal Research made contact with over the course of several days, according to the Monteleone website. Included, was an encounter with Maurice Bergere, a boy who died in the hotel on the 14th (which is really the 13th floor).
Our Spook Quest group explored the Carousel Bar & Lounge, the 14th floor, and the surrounding areas to see if anything happened. During the evening, we explored the stairwells, walked about the haunted floor, and opened doors that we probably should not have. Though there was an undertone of creepiness throughout the building, we didn’t really find anything specifically supernatural or out of the ordinary.
A lovely plantation in St. Francisville, the Myrtles Plantation is about 100 miles drive from New Orleans. With the reputation of being one of the most haunted homes in America, the Myrtles is an antebellum throwback whose history includes hangings, disease, and death. Built in 1976 by General David Bradford (AKA Whiskey Dave), the property has changed hands many times over. Despite the sordid history, plantation management seems to embrace their haunted status in the media and on their website.
Spook Meter Rating 3/5
Adultery, shootings, hangings, poisoned children, disease – where to begin? The annals of Myrtles Plantation are certainly riddled with tragedy and horror. The star amongst the horrific happenings is Chloe – a mistress voodoo priestess slave. She was hung at a tree on the property by other slaves for causing the deaths of the master’s children, and possibly the wife. Chloe had been previously punished by the lopping off of one ear for eavesdropping, the reason to which she wore a green turban to hide the scar.
We stayed in the Crepe Myrtles cottage as well as across the plantation in the Caretaker’s Quarters. The Caretaker’s Quarters is known to be one of the haunted locations on the property, at which the well-known Ghost Adventures team had based their investigation of the Myrtles Plantation from. Naturally, we watched the Ghost Adventures Myrtles Plantation investigation episode of the caretaker’s quarters as we hung out inside.
Exploration of the grounds during the day and evening were uneventful. Yes, creepy as it got dark, and downright scary as the trees hanging low with lichen swayed to and fro in the breeze. One member of the group who slept in the Caretaker’s Quarters thought they heard footsteps on the porch outside. We took a tour of the main house to learn about the history, and examined the Haunted Mirror. The Haunted Mirror is a large and beautiful mirror that houses trapped spirits that press their hands and other body parts from ‘the other side.’ In taking a picture of this mirror, we spotted what looked like a face in the brim of a statue’s hat in front of the mirror.
Le Pavillon Hotel
A gorgeous hotel on the outskirts of the French Quarter, Le Pavillon Hotel is a class of it’s own as an independent hotel. The luxury accommodations are elegant and comfortable, and the nightly PB&J sammiches with milk and cocoa with marshmallows are a hospitality touch that means a lot to hungry Spook Questers that love free and yummy food. Built in 1907, the hotel has a rich and storied past which has attracted the attention of many paranormal investigators. One of which reported over 100 spirits inhabiting the building.
Spook Meter Rating 2/5
The prankster, a girl, and a old-timey couple are some of the spirits said to inhabit Le Pavillon hotel. The hotel is even thought to be a portal of sorts. That being said, the Spook Questers searched long and hard and didn’t really experience the occurrences that many visitors reported. Ghostly sightings, objects being moved, and sheets snatched off beds did not happen for any of us.