Many guests have reported seeing the image of a young boy in the hotel. Legend has it that he was the son of Josephine and Jacques Begere who stayed at the Monteleone when they came to New Orleans in the late 19th century to attend an opera in the famous French Opera House on Bourbon Street.
Maurice, their young son, was left with his nanny while the couple went off to the opera. He had not been feeling well and while they were gone he developed a high fever. Shortly after the parents got back to the hotel, Maurice had a convulsion and died unexpectedly. It was a total shock to the parents who grieved so for their son that they returned to the room on each subsequent visit to New Orleans in hopes somehow his spirit would pay them a visit.