The Haunted Tale of Maurice Begere

Candy and costumes are top of mind this time of year, but Halloween means one more thing: ghost stories. As we ponder what to wear (while snacking on candy corn) we can’t help but think of one of our most haunted happenings at Hotel Monteleone. Turn down the lights and read by the glow of your screen – this is the story of Maurice Begere, a child who tragically died in our hotel… and who still haunts it to this day. The ghost of Maurice appeared to his mother one night years later. He told her, “Mommy, don’t cry. I’m fine.” During the late 1800s, the wealthy Begere family stayed at the Hotel Monteleone often. Jacques and his wife Josephine loved attending the French Opera House on Bourbon Street, but the lengthy operas were no place for their young son, Maurice. Entrusted in a nanny’s care, Maurice – who was just a toddler at the time – developed a fever one evening while his parents were at the opera. Although he received care, it was not enough. Maurice had a convulsion and died in his room. The grief his parents felt upon their return is hard to comprehend. Josephine Begere could not bear to leave her son behind. She and Jacques returned to the hotel year in and year out in hopes that the spirit of Maurice might visit them. Eventually, he did. On the fourteenth floor (which is really the thirteenth floor), Maurice appeared to his mother near the room where he died. In a striped shirt typical for children of that era, Maurice told his mother, “Mommy, don’t...

Hotel Monteleone’s Literary History

Are you inspired by literature? The Hotel Monteleone has been inspiring some of the best American authors since her very start in 1886 and continues to be inspired by literature enthusiasts from around the world. Deemed a national literary landmark by the Friends of the Library Association in 1999, the historic walls of the Hotel Monteleone have embraced countless distinguished Southern authors, many of which celebrated the Grand Dame into their literary works using her as the setting in over 173 stories and novels. William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, Anne Rice and Rebecca Wells (Ya-Yas!) were all guests of the Monteleone. While in the Carousel Bar, Truman Capote used to boast that he was born in the Monteleone. (He wasn’t. Though his mother lived at the historic hotel during her pregnancy, she safely made it to the hospital in time for Truman’s debut.) Another special literary feature of the Hotel Monteleone is her signature “Author Suites.” Due to the rich literary history of the hotel, she has dedicated six hotel suites to the great southern writers, all of whom both frequented the hotel and wrote about the hotel. Each suite is decorated to the individual style of the literary icon they are dedicated to. References to the Hotel Monteleone and her Carousel Bar are included in Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo and Orpheus Descending, Rebecca Wells’ Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere, Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers, Richard Ford’s A Piece of My Heart, Eudora Welty’s A Curtain of Green, Gerald Clarke’s Capote: A Biography; Erle Stanley Gardner’s Owls Don’t...

Pet Friendly Hotel Monteleone

Hotel Monteleone is now offering pet packages for four-legged guests New Orleans, La. – The Historic Hotel Monteleone is pleased to offer pet packages to pamper your favorite four-legged friends. As a pet friendly hotel, the Monteleone allows guests to bring their entire family to stay, pets included. When you and your furry friends check in, you will receive as special treat. Monte’s Pet Package. Monte’s Pet Package includes a mat for your pooch to rest its bones on, monogrammed water and food bowls, a chew toy, a bag of gourmet treats, waste bags and a brochure of pet friendly attractions in the city. Guests are free to take these gifts home with them after their stay the Monteleone has pet-friendly floors, allowing your pup or feline to mix and mingle with other visiting pets. Save yourself the hassle of finding a pet sitter or booking a kennel during your next vacation in New Orleans. “The Hotel Monteleone prides itself on offering exceptional service to all of our guests, including pets, “says Andrea Thornton, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Monteleone. “We want everyone who stays with us to feel welcome to bring along their pets to experience everything that New Orleans has to offer.” The French Quarter is a great place to visit with your pets. Everything is in walking distance and there is a lot to see. You can also take the street car uptown to Audubon Park. For more pet friendly attractions and restaurants here is some listings to get you started. Pet Friendly New Orleans Attractions City Park Tchopitoules Dog Park Cabrini Park...