Dating back to 1886, The Monteleone is a longtime favorite Quarter hotel, and with reason. This grand old hotel has the right mix of New Orleans grandeur, sophisticated style, and a good dose of fun, with great bar outlets, a rooftop pool, and live music.
Rooms are quiet and kept in good condition. Mixed floral patterns and striped wallpaper give decor that over-the-top grandeur you'll notice throughout the hotel. Most rooms have nice views of the French Quarter.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This is a very old building, and rooms are smaller than the modern average, at above average prices. Consider that you are paying instead for modern amenities, convenient location, and a historic charm that's hard to replicate.
Bathrooms have marble floors and vanities, and large shower tub combinations.
At times a quiet space of ornate beauty, and other times a see-and-be-seen spectacle of ball goers and bridal parties, lobby decor features huge chandeliers, gilded ceilings, and antique marble tables often filled with fresh flower bouquets.
The pool area, on a high roof deck surrounded by plants, lounge chairs, and French Quarter views, has a relaxing French Riviera feel to it. The pool area features a rooftop bar as well.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel attracts many wedding parties and festival goers, which means area like the pool and bar can get very loud and raucous.
A cozy, fragrant spa within the hotel is open until 8 p.m. and includes several types of massage, among other standard beauty treatments.
The 24-hour rooftop fitness center features stunning panoramic views, Star Trac cardio machines and a wide variety of strength training equipment.
Criollo serves all the New Orleans favorites, with specialties like a different specialty Eggs Benedict daily at brunch, and killer desserts like the bread pudding.
The rooftop bar serves frozen and tropical-themed treats, while the most popular drinking outlet in this hotel is still the famed Carousel Bar: a revolving carousel-topped bar serving expert classic cocktails and a grand ambiance.
Due to limited parking in the Quarter, the valet service (and at most hotels) is quite steep, at $45/night with in-and-out privileges. Avoid bring a car to the Quarter at all, where it's easy to travel on foot and you can take a cab or the Canal Street streetcar easily to other neighborhoods.
After you've had one too many spins around the Carousel Bar, head to Court of Two Sisters (6-minute walk) for a recovery brunch. Aside from produce, food vendors in the French Market (15-minute walk) serve crepes and sandwiches, fresh juice, and New Orleans delicacies, like the famous "alligator on a stick."
If you've had too much of the Carousel Bar and are looking for something more chill, head to local favorite Chart Room (3-minute walk). Bourbon House (2-minute walk) has a great selection of the spirit.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The experience at this hotel embodies much of what we love about the city of New Orleans: indulgence, over-the-top grandeur, history bordering on haunted, and a good time to be had by all.