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Monteleone Hotel –
Haunted Place: Monteleone Hotel
214 Royal Street (Rue Royale)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
The Magnificent Hotel Monteleone can be
found in the heart of the French Quarter, close to the corner of
Royal and Iberville, not far from Bourbon Street.
This beautiful,15 storied,
Beaux-Arts-style boutique Hotel has been family-owned for over 100
years and offers 600 deluxe sleeping rooms, which includes 55
suites. Popular in the hot summertime, is the swimming pool on the
15th floor. Hotel also has a luxurious Spa Aria, a "state of the
art" fitness center and in-house restaurants.
There is a lounge, and a unique carousel
piano bar that rotates around. There is live New Orleans Jazz
music in the bar most nights. It's location is just a short walk
from Bourbon St. and other places of entertainment.
The inside lobby is truly beautiful, with
12 foot ceilings, Beaux-arts decor, antiques and beautiful floors
and ceilings. The rooms, hallways, meeting rooms, restaurants, spas
and bars are a great combination of old world New Orleans
charm and modern conveniences that make this hotel a home away from
home. Films, such as DOUBLE JEPARDY and TV events, such as
A&E's "Criss Angel Mindfreak" have been filmed here, making
good use of the hotel's lovely decorum.
Antonio Monteleone, a successful shoe
factory owner in Sicily, came to America in 1880, and opened up a
cobbler shop in New Orleans on Royal Street. In 1886, wishing to
expand his business opportunities and dreams, he bought a 64 room
Hotel, called the Commercial Hotel, a dream that his family
embraced as well.
The hotel grew when other buildings
adjacent to this property were bought by the Monteleone family over
the years. By 1903, business was booming and 30 more rooms were
added. In 1908, 300 rooms were added to the hotel, and the name of
the hotel was changed to Hotel Monteleone.
When Antonio died in 1913, his son, Frank
stepped into the role of owner, and continued to put his all into
the hotel. In 1928, 200 more rooms were added, just a year
before the crash of 1929. This family-owned hotel not only
survived hard times of the Depression and WW 2, but was kept up to
the high standards set by Antonio.
By 1954, this grand old lady needed to be
upgraded, in order to compete with newer hotels, and its pre-1886
foundation was in need of repair. While the old building was torn
down, a new version of the old building, that combined its
original Beaux-Arts grand style, with new amenities took its
place. Ballrooms, dining rooms and cocktail lounges were added
making the hotel even more popular.
In 1964, when his father died, Bill
Monteleone took over as the owner, and more floors, a sky Terrace
with swimming pools and lounges were added.
Hotel Monteleone has long existed to serve
its guests in the best way they know how. In 1926, all the
rooms had ceiling fans and radios! In 1929, Hotel Monteleone was
the only hotel that remained open during the stock
market crash, and gave their guests money so they could make it
home. In 1930, they were the first hotel in New Orleans to offer
air conditioning in its lobby and other public areas.
After the 1954 makeover, the newly added
Swan Room hosted such entertainers as Liberace, Nelson Eddy, and
Leo Carrillo, for the enjoyment of their guests and people of the
Numerous celebrities such as Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward,
Tennessee Williams, who wrote The Rose Tattoo here, and Truman
Capote loved to stay at the Hotel Monteleone
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
Entities have been known to attach
themselves to objects and furniture that meant a lot to them when
they were alive. ( Brumder
Mansion * Lily Library * Dayton Airforce Museum )
Entities of people who enjoyed owning the
hotel, or working here or staying here as guests, have chosen to
spend their after-life at the Hotel Monteleone, more than willing
to cheerfully share this grand place with the living.
Entities of people who enjoyed owning
hotels, have been known to stay in their favorite hotel after
they pass on - not quite ready to trust the living with it, or want
to be sure that their guests are taken care of properly.
Entities of children: 14th floor.
It seems that some children caught diseases
like yellow fever, and died at the hotel.
The entity of 3 year old Maurice - In the late 1890s Josephine and
Jacques Begere, their 3 year old son, Maurice and his
nanny came to stay at the Hotel Monteleone. Josephine
and Jacques Begere went to the Opera, while the nanny stayed with
Maurice at the hotel. Disaster was just around the corner. Tragedy
struck when Jacques was killed in a carriage accident. Their
son, Maurice caught yellow fever and died at the hotel. Josephine
never got over losing her husband and son, and died a year later
of a broken heart.
"Many people who come to Hotel
Monteleone don't want to leave. Some never do..."
In March 2003, the International Society of
Paranormal Research spent several days investigating Hotel
Monteleone in March 2003, and came up with a lot of evidence
pointing to numerous entities.
The entity of a clock maker
A large, antique, grandfather clock stands
in the lobby. Witnesses have seen a male entity, thought to be the
artisan who built the clock, working on this grand antique during
both the daylight and evening hours.
Doors to the first floor dining room, found
in the lobby area (only open for breakfast and lunch):
Even when locked during the evening
hours, these doors open and close by themselves by an unseen
presence, going about its business. Some think it is the entity of
a former owner.
Several former employees are still working
here in spirit form.
A male entity who identifies himself as
engineer Rhett still putters around, keeping an eye on things. He
died in the hotel of natural causes.
The entity of a youth who probably worked as a bell hop
when he was alive, appears as a 10 year old boy who likes to play
tag with another entity of a young girl.
Entities of Adults:
The entity of a hotel guest, William Wildemere, who died
in the hotel, still is on a vacation in his after-life.
During a Mardi Gras Celebration, a male
entity dressed in the altogether, wearing only a feathered mask,
appeared in front of a couple in their room.
In the middle of the night, one surprised
couple was entertained by a private impromptu performance by the
entity of a jazz singer who appeared in their room, belting
out a tune, New Orleans style!
Entities of children - 14th floor (must have
been a popular floor for families throughout the years):
The entity of a lost little girl has
appeared in front of the living, taken their hands, asked for help,
looked into their eyes and then disappeared into thin air.
The entity of a 3 year old boy, thought to be Maurice, wanders in
the rooms, looking for his parents. He has a friendly, hopeful
countenance as he appears in front of guests, and then
Entities of various children have been seen
running around and playing in the hallway, that had become freezing
cold in temperature.
Yes indeed! Besides having many
eye-witness reports of paranormal activity from both guests and
staff, the International Society of Paranormal Research has
gathered some strong evidence pointing to the paranormal activity
that occurs in this grand hotel.
A History of Hotel Monteleone pamphlet *
Hotel Monteleone postcard
Hotel Monteleone Web Site * "Haunted New Orleans Hotels" on hauntedneworleanstours.com
Hotel Monteleone page on virtualtourist.com * Hotel Monteleone Online Tour