Distinctive Lodging in New Orleans, a Historic City Full of Character
Whether visitors stay in New Orleans for one night or several, there are a variety of options to wind down for a bit while experiencing the charms of the city. Reserve a room at a historic inn, luxury resort, unique boutique hotel or quaint bed-and-breakfast. Major hoteliers also offer comfortable and convenient lodging. With more than 200 hotels and 38,000 guestrooms in the area, New Orleans can accommodate every need and budget.
In a city that is 300 years old, lodging oozes with history. For unique experiences, reserve accommodations in or near the French Quarter. Guests checking into the 64-room Hotel Monteleone, owned by the same family since 1886, will be captivated by its history. It’s one of three hotels in the country designated a Friends of the Libraries’ Literary Landmark, and suites are aptly named after Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and other writers who once stayed there.
The 1907 Le Pavillon Hotel, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a five-minute walk to Lafayette Square and close to Garden District and Bourbon Street attractions. Special touches include late-night peanut butter and jelly snacks paired with hot chocolate. It’s only been open since the 1980s, but the 31 rooms at the Soniat House Hotel were created by connecting several early 19th century French Quarter houses. The hotel is decorated with period antiques, and the Grand Suite balcony overlooks Chartres Street.
Extra amenities are guaranteed at a number of New Orleans luxury hotels. For lavish treatment, go to the Warehouse District and check into Loews New Orleans Hotel, named one of the Top 10 hotels in Louisiana in 2018 by US News & World Report. Ask the concierge to craft a customized itinerary for you, and easily walk to the Mississippi River and French Quarter. Along Canal Street in the historic 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building, expect the best at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, where you can purchase the trademark hotel fragrance. Enjoy the courtyard, live Jazz, bistro, spa and High Tea. In what is called “New Orleans’ most gracious setting,” admire museum-quality artwork decorating the Windsor Court Hotel. Relax at the cabana-style poolside bar, indulge in spa and salon treatments, and book your stay at the Club Level on the top four floors for access to a private lounge.
Intimate and stylish boutique hotels are available throughout the city, and many of them are steeped in history. At the site of the country’s first cotton press, enjoy courtyard and French Quarter views at the Maison Dupuy, two blocks north of Bourbon Street. In the 1970s, five townhouses were joined together to create the hotel, which rings a lovely courtyard. Relax on a cabana bed at the heated swimming pool.
In addition to the onsite Loa bar, the 117-room International House features rooms, suites and penthouses with interior landscape or city streetscape views. Both International House and its sister hotel, Loft 523, are near the French Quarter; 16 rooms and two penthouses are above the Gravier Street Social Club modeled after a British club with salon-style conversation, and hotel guests are automatic members. In both hotels, admire contemporary artist Byron Buchanan’s portraits of legendary people.
Looking for low-key charm? Bed-and-breakfasts often offer experiences that resemble a cultural immersion. There are dozens of them in New Orleans, so here’s a starter list: Melrose Mansion, a 21-room Victorian mansion in walking distance of the French Quarter; Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast, on St. Charles Avenue, and restored to its 1893 glory with period furnishings in bedrooms named after historic plantations; and Hotel St. Pierre, featuring 79 rooms in French Colonial cottages with courtyards and two pools in the heart of the French Quarter.
- Open since 1893, The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is known for its personalized service and amenities like a spa, cocktail lounge and rooftop pool. Among the famous guests were U.S. Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bill Clinton, and celebrities Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly.
- At Audubon Cottages in the French Quarter, naturalist and painter John James Audubon lived in Cottage 1 in 1821 and 1822 while using Cottage 7 as a studio to complete his “Birds of America” series. Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor favored Cottage 3. Try the heated saltwater pool; it’s the oldest in New Orleans.
- The Henry Howard Hotel, designed by the famed architect to be a double townhouse in 1867, is now an 18-room luxury boutique hotel in the Garden District. Each room’s honor bar includes local favorites, such as Tabasco Dark Chocolates, Zapp’s Potato Chips and a voodoo doll.
- Appropriately located across the street from both the Louis Armstrong Park and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in the Tremé neighborhood, the New Orleans Jazz Quarters Hotel offers lodging in both suites and Creole-style courtyard cottages named after musicians, including Al Hirt, Trombone Shorty and Harry Connick. The hotel has quite a history; at one time, the “Back of Town” neighborhood was the only place in the USA where people of color owned property.
- The 450-room Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel on Fulton Street impresses with its legendary casino, bars and 10 restaurants. Enjoy river and city views from this AAA Four Diamond hotel.