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Hotel Villa Convento

Hotel Villa Convento

616 Ursulines Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana
70116 USA

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New Orleans, LA is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Hotel Villa Convento. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

Rumored to be the 'House of the Rising Sun,' the Villa Convento is a Creole townhouse built in or around 1833. The land was purchased from the Ursulines nuns. The first owner was Jean Baptiste Poeyfarre, who commissioned the construction of the building. His widow, ten years later, sold the property and building to Octave Voorheis. Mr. Voorheis lost this purchase in the depression following the Civil War, approximately in 1872. During the following twenty-year period, there were two different owners. On March 10, 1902, Pasquale Taromina purchased the property. The family lived here until February 1946.

Throughout the succeeding years following the widow Taromina's sale of the property, there were many owners. The property was no longer a single-family dwelling. It was converted to housekeeping rooms. The hotel has also been reported as one of New Orleans’ historic brothels.

Many of the former occupants of the rooming house have visited and reminisced about their student days living at the 'Old Town Villa,' as it was called. Jimmy Buffett, probably the most famous tenant, came back with a video crew to film a documentary on his early life in New Orleans.

The Campo Family acquired the Villa Convento in September 1981. They are meticulously trying to restore the building to its original splendor.

The Hauntings

When the clerk greets his guests assuring this is probably one of the most haunted hotels in NOLA, beware. There is no exaggeration here, for sure! This hotel is claimed by many to be haunted by the sounds of a ghostly child's laughter, although no children are allowed at this hotel.

Stemming from its previous rumors to be a brothel, there appears to be a mysterious madame is also known to knock on guest room doors. Apparently, she goes a bit (unnervingly) further!

The spirits here also appear to have a sense of interest in the intimacy of guests engage in! Many husbands claim as they are in the lovemaking mode, a woman appears in the room staring at them. Unbelievably, one mate even heard the phantom speaking suggestively to him while his wife was asleep on the bed. The spirit appears to be relentless, for the same gentlemen are greeted by the same disembodied voice as they are checking in!

Want the best experience? Ask for Room 209, for this room will give you the creeps as you enter it. You will feel "watched" among other sensations. Although ghostly phenomena have been reported in various guest rooms of the hotel, Room 209 has labeled the most haunted spot. During the hotel’s boardinghouse days during the mid-twentieth century, a man allegedly committed suicide in the tub of this room. There is little knowledge as to what caused the man to take his own life, but it's clear that something or someone is still haunting this room.

Another room to seek out is Room 302, where a woman once reported that she actually saw an apparition materialize right in front of her! Room 305, or better known as the Jimmy Buffet Room, also is a good pick for ghostly treats! Here you may have personal belongings being moved mysteriously about and unexplainable noises.

This is one of your sure bets when wanting to discover the most haunted hotels in the Crescent City of New Orleans!

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Date added: Feb/07/2020 | Last time updated: Aug/25/2020

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