Bourbon Orleans gets in the spirit

NEW ORLEANS -- To celebrate the completion of a $15 million renovation, including 216 refurbished guest rooms, the Bourbon Orleans -- a Wyndham Historic Hotel is offering two leisure packages designed to showcase the flavor of the French Quarter and the Big Easys interest in the paranormal. Both packages are valid through May 31.

Partial to the Paranormal, beginning at $270 per night, double, for the first night, and $180 for each additional night, offers deluxe accommodations for two on a floor known for haunted activity, according to the hotel.

The package also includes two tarot card readings; New Orleans Ghosts II, Victor Kleins detailed account of local hauntings; and tickets for two haunted city or cemetery tours.

The Viva Mardi Gras package, which starts at $385 per room, double, for the first night and $282 each additional night, includes a balcony suite overlooking Bourbon, Orleans or St. Ann streets; a collection of Mardi Gras beads; a bottle of champagne and a king cake upon arrival; two disposable cameras; a $50 dining credit at Snooks, the hotels jazz and blues club; and a list of French Quarter nightclubs.

The Bourbon Orleans is within walking distance of many of the citys landmarks, including Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the French Market, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Pat OBriens bar and restaurant, Cafe du Monde and the Shops at Canal Place.

To book, call (800) WYNDHAM.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Destinations Editor Margaret Myre at [email protected].

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