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Haunted New Orleans Hotel History

On the National Register of Historic Places, Le Pavillon Hotel boasts a rich and storied past. First open in 1907, after a 2-year construction on the corner of Poydras and Baronne, the 10-story building was originally called the New Denechaud Hotel and run by Mr. Justin Denechaud. The thoroughly modern structure was built to withstand fires, and each of its guest accommodations offered a view. In 1913, new owners renamed it the Hotel DeSoto. It became a popular destination for visiting dignitaries, and during the Prohibition Era, an underground passage stretching about a block and a half to another building was put to use when discreet exits by politicians and other well-knowns were needed.
From 1928 to 1948, the Penthouse was used as the home of radio station WDSU. In the 1970s, new owners again changed the name, this time to Le Pavillon, in homage to New Orleans' French roots. A renovation began including a hunt for fabulous European antique furniture, art and decorative gems, including the stunning Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers and matching sconces in the lobby. Some furnishings and the marble railings of the staircase are from the Grand Hotel in Paris.

The Past meets the Present...And the Future

Today, Le Pavillon Hotel provides guests with an exceptional hospitality experience. Surrounded by authentic antiques, paintings and accents of the 19th and 20th centuries, the hotel is thoroughly modern in its amenities and services. Guestrooms and suites are outfitted with flat-screen high-definition TVs. Meeting rooms are wired for the 21st century, and every modern comfort has been thought of. Combining the beauty and integrity of the past with the innovation of today and tomorrow, Le Pavillon Hotel is the perfect choice for a New Orleans holiday or business trip.
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