Located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel is a haven for luxury, history, and even a few restless spirits! I have been so lucky to visit the beautiful city of New Orleans multiple times in my life and the Bourbon Orleans Hotel has been on my “accommodations wish list” for a while because of the haunted history, and it’s sheer elegant beauty. Thanks to Hotels.com Rewards I finally racked up enough nights to book a few nights stay there.
From the moment we set foot in front of the hotel, the staff made us feel welcome. We were super early for check-in so our rooms were not ready but they directed us to their facilities so that we could freshen up, and locked our luggage up safe for us so that we could go out and enjoy the French Quarter while our rooms were being prepared. After just a few hours (and two hours earlier than regular check-in) we received a text informing us that our rooms were ready.
What I loved about this hotel was:
- The Location.
Everything is a 5-10 minute walk away, or a quick Lyft, Uber, or streetcar ride. One of the best things about being in this location was to walk out of the lobby, look to the left and see the back of the Saint Louis Cathedral just a few steps away. You could also check out the party (or join the party, if you prefer) on Bourbon Street, and when you’ve had enough for the night, retire to your quiet room around the corner.
2. The Ambiance.
The lovely decor, the warm staff, the water and iced tea waiting to refresh you as you walked in from a long day of exploring, the cleanliness of the facilities, the perfect location, and the interesting history all blended together to create a unique ambiance only found at a hotel like this. It is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in New Orleans, and honestly I can see why these spirits may not want to leave. I did not want to leave when it was time to check out. It was a wonderful place to retreat for the evening, or just sit in the lobby to pass the time.
3. The Bed.
Yes, I had to mention this. It was sooooo comfortable. Very spacious, with lots of fluffy pillows to surround you. If not for the promise of fresh beignets and cafe au lait waiting for me in the morning, I probably would have spent the entire weekend sleeping in that comfy luxurious bed!
Was there something I did not like? Well, just the price tag. If it wasn’t for my hotels.com rewards I probably could not afford to stay there. But you get what you pay for, right? This place is worth it!
As for the haunted history: By now, my loyal readers know that I am a sucker for exploring spooky places. Besides an eerie feeling of being watched from time to time and me not letting my husband leave me alone in the hallways or room because of it, I didn’t really experience any of the paranormal activity described here . There was one night when I woke up thinking I heard whispering in my ear but I was too tired to confirm if it was ghost, or just my husband’s sleep apnea 😛 . If you happen to be staying on a Thursday night, sign up for the 30 minute Haunted Hotel Tour given by the hotel concierge, John Fitzpatrick to learn more about its 200 plus year history!