Hotel Monteleone

214 Royal St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, USA
Fodor's Choice

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.

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.

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Getting Around

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.


Pet Friendly
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Phones: 800-535–9595;504-523–3341