The Haunted Le Pavillon Hotel, built in 1907, has Italian statues representing peace and prosperity by its front door. There are gleaming crystal chandeliers, fine antiques and an elegant décor that graces the entire building which adjacent to the French Quarter. Recorded EVPs have voices telling people to get out and saying that they see them. There are inexplicable sounds and its ghostly residents.
Adda – Pavillon’s Lost Ghost
The tearful teenage girl’s apparition, also called Ava, Eva and the Crying Lost Ghost Girl, haunts the main entrance and lobby. It’s said she was killed by a runaway carriage as she was getting ready to board a ship with her family. She has fair skin, brown hair and eyes, carries a clutch purse and wears a long black skirt, shawl and hat that were the fashionable in the mid 1800s.
She paces in the lobby and, sometimes, bumps into people, apologizes and says she’s lost before she abruptly vanishes. Adda has been mistaken for a Mardi Gras celebrant or someone in costume. Those she has bumped into say she feels solid. Some experients have smelled the scent of a rose; others, lilacs.
Taxi Drivers’ Encounter Adda, Apparition of Le Pavillon
A hotel doorman helped her get into a taxi on a cold rainy night. She asked the driver to take her to the ship passengers’ terminal. She suddenly disappeared when they were a few blocks away from the hotel. The cabbie returned to the hotel and told the doorman what happened. The man said others have had the same experience.
Sometimes, Adda has walked up to people on the sidewalk and asked them if they knew the way to the terminal. A couple reported that, when she asked them the question, they said they were going on a cruise and would share of taxi ride with her, thinking that she was a costumed actress. The three of them entered the cab and she disappeared after they rode a few blocks. The scent of roses lingered in the vehicle.
Le Pavillon Hotel’s Ghostly Couple
The man is said to have died suddenly, after they went for a walk. She died years later. When seen alone, she’s crying. When they are seen together, the duo appears to be happy as they walk in the halls and on the grounds, holding hands. They’re dressed in clothes of the 1920s. The couple strolls through doors and vanishes into elevators.
He has a dark moustache, smokes a cigar, wears a dark hat and, sometimes, carries a cane or umbrella. The pungent smell of his cigar lingers. The lady, said not to be his wife, wears a light blue long dress, has dark hair and totes a beaded purse. Many people believe her room was on the third floor because, at times, it’s filled with the fragrance of her perfume. His fourth floor room smells of cigars smoke.
Man’s Ghost Haunts Le Pavillon Hotel
The specter of a happy-looking young long-haired shoeless man, wearing a vibrantly colored shirt, bell bottom pants and a large belt buckle has been sighted in all parts of the hostelry, its parking lot and nearby sidewalk. He’s been seen running through the hotel as if someone was chasing him. He’s been seen walking on the pavement, then vanishing into a wall.
The man is said to play pranks by yanking sheets from beds during the night, moving guests’ belongings or hiding shoes and room keys. Witnesses have seen his reflection in mirrors and his face peering into rooms’ windows from the third floor to higher ones. Security has investigated his hijinks and found no one.
Grey Haired Ghost of Le Pavillon Hotel
A guest woke around 2:30 AM to seeing an elderly gray-haired woman, attired in a black dress, sitting on the side of his bed. He felt her body’s weight on the bed and against him. Her ice-cold hands stroked his head while she said she would never let him go because he was hers. When he turned on the light, she faded away.
Visiting Le Pavillon Hotel
The hostelry, a member of Historic Hotels of America, has earned AAA’s four-diamond award since 1996. During New Orleans’ Carnival season’s festivities, it’s an ideal place for celebrants’ lodging because Lundi Gras Festivities and Mardi Gras Parades are nearby. Ghost enthusiasts like it year around because of its specters and paranormal phenomena.
Photo Credit: Harald Hoyer from Schwerin, Germany