This Romanesque white stone building is one of the most architecturally dramatic hotels in the city. The lobby is no less elegant, with towering ceilings, marble columns, and large crystal chandeliers, where guests can convene each night to enjoy complimentary PB&J sandwiches. Just enough off of the main drag to be quiet, but close to the French Quarter, these grand, historic digs provide a unique stay.
The old charm of this hotel comes with some wear-and-tear (some peeling paint and outdated furnishings), but not where it counts: beds are big and comfy, and ceilings in rooms are fairly high.
The hotel boasts its status as a haunted hotel, and will even place you in one of its "haunted" rooms if you're into being scared. If you're not a fan of ghosts, it's probably still fine, though. They don't usually show up.
Ornate details of the decor at this hotel carry over to the bathroom, where you'll find gold fixtures, a deep bowl sink, and patterned wallpaper. Bathrooms have marble walk-in showers or bathtub shower combinations.
Leave your shoes outside the door to enjoy a complimentary overnight shoe shine.
Marble floors and gilded ceilings surround a lobby covered in art and sculptures. While it might look more like an overdecorated parlor, guests find a relaxed atmosphere in the lobby lounge, especially enjoying the late night refreshments (sandwiches and cocoa served at 10 p.m.), unique to this hotel.
A heated rooftop pool has a couple of private cabanas for use, and beautiful views of the city and the Mississippi River. The hot tub, lit up at night and surrounded by hedges and marble renaissance statues is a fun, romantic touch.
The small gym, with a few well-maintained machines and free weights, gets plenty of nice natural light through large windows and a sky light.
The elegant Crystal Room serves an extensive breakfast menu and a lunch buffet, with salad, soup, and pasta bars. Dinner entrees are French-American staples, from Pork Chops to Steak au Piovre.
An airport shuttle will drop you directly at the hotel, where you can use the St Charles or Canal Street streetcar to get around (both a 5 to 10-minute walk). Valet parking is pricey, at $45/night.
Magasin (5-minute walk) serves up fresh Vietnamese classics, and Willa Jean (5-minute walk) with baked goods, delicious sandwiches, and coffee, fulfills all your brunch needs.
Daily Beet (6-minute walk) offers more than fresh juice and vegan fare, with a generous happy hour featuring discounted bottles of wine and local drafts. Locals and hip visitors gather at Ace Hotel New Orleans (4-minute walk) for fantastic cocktails, local music, and art.
WHY WE LIKE IT
There's nothing boring or routine about this decadent, historic hotel, and you get both a luxury stay and the distinct reminder that you're in New Orleans.