New Orleans has always offered so many choices of hotels for even the most discriminating traveler. Finding one that is luxurious with convenience to most attractions is not difficult. You just need to narrow down the possibilities to suit your travel taste and preferred lodging style. You may choose to stay in a grand property with resort amenities, a boutique historic inn or a romantic bed and breakfast with courtyard views, wherein you may be awakened each morning by the sound of horses’ hooves on cobblestone streets.
Roulez recommends our favorite five time-honored favorites where we have received the best service over the past decades, as people have throughout history.
Grand New Orleans Hotels
Since 1886, Hotel Monteleone has been a French Quarter Legend. Classically elegant, the Monteleone has preserved its history and grandeur that originally attracted such renowned individuals as Liberace, Louis Prima, Elvis Presley and even James Gandolfini. The hotel is one of only three in the United States to be honored with the distinguished Friends of Libraries’ USA Literary Landmark designation, as the Hotel Monteleone has hosted William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and others.
Some of the city’s finest dining establishments are within the hotel, as is the famous Carousel Bar, where guests can sip cocktails while circling the bar on the working carousel. Spa Aria, also within the 600-room property, offers a complete menu of luxury spa services, not far from the rooftop pool and workout facility with sweeping views of both the Mississippi River and the Vieux Carre.
Beyond the obvious, the regal property offers some legendary surprises, such as a host of purported resident “ghosts” attributed to varied guests who remain loyal and attached to the property after many years, although we personally did not experience any such activity. Hotel Monteleone is a AAA Four-Diamond Hotel, only steps from Bourbon Street.
Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans, another AAA Four-Diamond Hotel, occupies an entire city block within all of the excitement of the French Quarter. It consists of over 500 rooms housed around the perimeter of the block, with the courtyard and pool in the middle where one can find quiet in the private, tropical surroundings.
Restaurant R’evolution offers Creole and Cajun specialties reinterpreted by Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto. Also renowned, the Desire Oyster Bar offers fresh Louisiana seafood and Creole delicacies in a streetside bistro. Live New Orleans jazz resonates into the lobby from the hotel Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. Bar R’evolution, Le Booze and PJ’s Coffee Cafe are other well-known stops within the property, for both locals and visitors.
Le Pavillon Hotel
Le Pavillon Hotel New Orleans is a third AAA Four-Diamond Hotel with a 100 year history of elegance, luxury and romance. Located adjacent to the French Quarter, the hotel’s lobby of chandeliers, marble and even bronze cherubs evokes the utmost of historic sumptuousness.
To add charm to the luxury, a personal touch of peanut butter and jelly sandwich snacks is served each evening on silver platters. An especially nice aspect of their offerings is the year-round rooftop pool, heated in cooler weather. A hot tub, sun deck and private cabanas with pool service menus add to leisure and relaxation with views of the Crescent City at your feet.
The Crystal Room, Le Pavillon Hotel’s signature restaurant, serves seasonal Louisiana French cuisine in a classically designed dining room complete with sparkling crystal chandeliers. Le Gallery Lounge provides visitors and locals with a posh environment for warm socialization over alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, complete with decor touches from the Grand Hotel in Paris. 833 Poydras Street.
Boutique New Orleans Hotels
Bienville House Hotel
Originally a grain warehouse, Bienville House Hotel is derived of its predecessor, the North American Hotel, which had converted the grain facility for overnight stays by 1835. The Monteleone family – also of the grand Hotel Monteleone – purchased the property in 1972 and ensured its continuance as a charming, intimate boutique hotel of 83 rooms and suites.
A flagstone courtyard surrounds the private pool and distinctively New Orleanian elements such as wrought iron balconies and four sundecks add warmly romantic touches. Bienville House is pet friendly.
Bienville House Hotel’s restaurant is Latitude 29. A French Polynesian Tiki dining experience, Latitude 29 offers world class cocktails and creative Polynesian cuisine within a comfortable yet sophisticated atmosphere. 320 Decatur Street.
Maison Dupuy is conveniently and spectacularly positioned within the heart of the true Vieux Carre, the section originally established as the French Quarter in 1722 along the Mississippi River. The first-class boutique hotel is built on the original site of the nation’s first cotton press of 1602 and carries a certain aura of history and authenticity that is becoming evermore unique in American hotels.
Bistreaux, the Maison Dupuy Hotel’s restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, provides “inspired comfort food.” This American cuisine prepared with Louisiana flair using seasonal and organic foods ensures guests appease their palates with familiar foods prepared in locally inspired ways.
In passing through the lush courtyards with fountains, through Maison Dupuy’s rooms or while enjoying a sumptuous meal at renowned Bistreaux, one can easily sense the European flair, unique history of the city and whispered notes of authentic New Orleans jazz in the air. 1001 Rue Toulouse.