Add some excitement to your next trip: Plan a spirit-filled stay at an upscale inn known for ghostly guests who never leave.
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Monteleone
The Property: Sprinkled with more than 100 years of history, this hotel—the largest in the French Quarter—has elegant furnishings, a rooftop pool, and a revolving Carousel Bar that has been around (and around) since 1949.
Book it: 866/338-4684 or hotelmonteleone.com
Chill Factor: Guests regularly report hearing children’s laughter in the hallways when there is no one there and seeing the outline of a boy dressed in knee breeches and a collared shirt dart around the corner.
* This photo was created by the hotel and does not depict true events.
Photo: Courtesy of Mary Nichols
The Property: This landmark boutique hotel has hosted locals and tourists since 1909. Inside its original mahogany-lined gathering rooms, guests are pampered with afternoon tea, entertained with live performances, and showered with classic cocktails and local fare.
Book it: 800/426-1265 or hotelsorrento.com
Chill Factor: Be on the lookout for a female apparition who reveals her presence on the fourth floor or by moving glasses on the bar.
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The Property: Dressed in elegant furnishings and fine linens, this 13-room mansion in the Historic District is within walking distance to many must-sees. You’ll enjoy gourmet breakfast and quaint afternoon tea, all served with Southern hospitality and grace.
Book it: 800/820-1020 or kehoehouse.com
Chill Factor: Two rooms on the second floor have reports from guests who have been awakened by loving caresses of small children. Other guests have complained of children running and playing in the hallways after hours, when no families with children had checked in.
Photo: Courtesy of the Queen Mary
The Property: Why stay on land when you can be haunted at sea? This ship-turned-floating hotel lets guests stay in its famous staterooms and commune with spirits of celebrated past passengers, such as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, and Winston Churchill.
Book it: 877/342-0742 or queenmary.com
Chill Factor: Spectral spirits (think: the figure of a woman in a 1930s bathing suit) have been sighted on the ship from the engine room to the first-class pool.
Chill factor: The spooky antics abound—from guests who discover hardware between the sheets of a freshly made bed to the front desk, which frequently receives calls from the Lilac room when it’s vacant.
Info: 888/752-6362 or thelandmarkinn.com