The tale of the vanishing hitchhiker is one of the most popular urban legends of all time, and some believe that the tale started in New Orleans at Le Pavillon Hotel. A taxi driver picked up a beautiful woman one night and agreed to drive her to the hotel. As they neared the entrance, he looked back and realized the woman was gone without a trace. The woman, who many refer to as Adda, also haunts the hotel itself.
The beautiful young woman with long dark hair and dark eyes stayed at the hotel at the turn of the century. Hoping to enjoy the city a little, she tucked her long hair under a stylish cap, donned a long skirt and pulled a shawl over her shoulders to ward off the chill in the air. She made it only a few steps from the hotel before losing her life when an out of control carriage ran over her on the street.
Adda is one of the few spirits who makes contact with guests. Often seen in the lobby, she looks so real that guests actually ask hotel staff to help her. Some guests even felt the woman rush into them as she paced back and forth across the floor. Many locals think that Adda haunts the hotel because she had important business to do on the day she died and that she can’t rest until she completes it. That might explain why she seems so frustrated and continually paces the same parts of the hotel.
A prankster ghost also has a tendency to pop up at Le Pavillon Hotel. Some refer to the man as a hippie because he never wears shoes and has long hair that sweeps across his shoulder. Guests blame him for things that inexplicably go missing in their rooms and when they find things rearranged in their rooms. He is also responsible for pulling blankets off guests in the middle of the night.
Other ghosts at the hotel show the power of love. An older couple checked into the hotel and decided to spend some time together exploring the city. Not long after returning, the man had a heart attack and died. His wife died just a few weeks later. Guests sometimes see them walking around the grounds, holding hands and clearly enjoying their time together. Le Pavillon Hotel ghosts thrill, delight and terrify guests every day.
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