Whether you are heading to New Orleans for one of the many festivals it is known for or are simply going to experience the city’s vibrant entertainment scene and history, you’ll want a luxurious hotel to return to after a long day of exploring. Fortunately, there are several 5-star hotels to choose from in The Big Easy. To help you narrow down your choices, here are the top 5 luxury hotels in New Orleans.
The Ritz Carlton
Located on the corner of the famous French Quarter, The Ritz Carlton effortlessly combines the historic building’s architecture with luxury furnishings and linens to create gorgeous and comfortable rooms. When you also throw in hotel’s reputation for outstanding customer service, excellent amenities, and fine dining options, it’s easy to see why it is one of the top luxury hotels in New Orleans.
Rooms range from the 400 sq. ft. Club King room with a king size bed, full marble bathroom featuring an oversized soaking tub and separate shower with rainforest head, soundproof floor-to-ceiling windows, 42-inch flat screen TV, and elegant furnishings to the 900 sq. ft. Maison Orleans Suite. Guests can take advantage of the state-of-the-art fitness facility, live music, and world-class spa that offers more than 100 different treatments. While in-room dining is available 24/7, guests can also enjoy cocktails in the Davenport Lounge before heading to the hotel’s M Bistro for farm-to-table authentic New Orleans cuisine.
Windsor Court Hotel
As the self-proclaimed “most gracious luxury hotel in New Orleans,” Windsor Court Hotel has a lot to live up to. Fortunately, the hotel, which happens to be the only one in Louisiana to receive both the Forbes Four Stars and AAA Four Diamond Awards, manages to do just that. Accommodations range from 400 sq. ft. standard rooms decorated in a French Vogue style with new luxury furnishings and a genuine Italian marble bath to the 2,780 sq. ft. Presidential Suite, which is situated on the 22nd floor for spectacular views of the city and features museum quality artwork and exquisite furnishings.
The hotel boasts the top hotel spa in New Orleans, according to USA Today, as well as a rooftop saltwater pool that is heated during the winter months, a well equipped fitness center, live music in the Polo Club Lounge, and a Pampered Pet Program to ensure your four-legged friend has a great time. Dining options include authentic southern comfort food in The Grill Room to afternoon tea served in the Le Salon. In-room dining is also an option any time of the day or night.
International House Hotel
This boutique hotel is set in what was once a world trade center, meaning it has plenty of history. Today, the space has been completely modernized, while paying tribute to its history through its furnishings, architectural artifacts, and linens. Rooms range from the Garden King, which includes a California king bed, a Carrera marble desk top, LCD screen TV, and Aveda bath amenities, to the Rockstar, which is designed to promote the ultimate REM sleep and is a favorite among touring bands. Penthouses, with Swarovski chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling Calcutta marble bathrooms with separate soaking tubs, and landscaped terraces, are also available.
International House guests can take advantage of the fitness center containing Schwinn Elite, Precor, and Cybex equipment, as well as the 24-hour concierge services and the array of massage treatments available in the on-site Owen-Graham Spa. Although the hotel doesn’t offer in-house dining, it is only 2 blocks from the French Quarter and a 6-minute walk from The Shops at Canal Place, giving guests plenty of dining options. This hotel is 100% smoke free.
Royal Sonesta Hotel
Situated on the heart of Bourbon Street, Royal Sonesta Hotel was recently renovated to offer even more decadent rooms. From the traditional gabled windows to the rich linens, wrought iron balconies, and fresh flowers, every room is gorgeous and comfortable. Rooms range from the Sonesta Guest Room, which are the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional, to the Senator’s Suite, which includes 2 bedrooms, a parlor, a dining room, bar, and French doors that open out on the courtyard below.
Guests will appreciate the 24-hour fitness center, exemplary concierge service, and outdoor heated pool with adjoining Oasis Pool Bar. There are several restaurants and bars located within the hotel, including Desire Oyster Bar, where the menu focuses on traditional Creole food, and Bar R-evolution, which has an extensive wine list, chef-created seasonal cocktails, and an array of culinary treats. Another option is The Jazz Playhouse, which serves cocktails and appetizers, while providing live music in a smoke-free environment.
Roosevelt New Orleans
As a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, The Roosevelt New Orleans is known for offering incomparable luxury and unforgettable experiences. All rooms have been appointed with world-class décor and amenities to ensure the ultimate in comfort and convenience. Accommodations range from Deluxe Rooms with 42” flat-screen TV in the bedroom and a 14” TV in the bathroom, as well as Ferragamo bath amenities to exquisite 1.300 sq. ft. Waldorf Suites, with a parlor, additional ½ bath, and dining room for six.
The Roosevelt has gone out of its way to offer every conceivable convenience and amenity, including personal concierge service, shoe shining, and a heated rooftop pool. The Waldorf Astoria Spa offers the latest treatments, including Cupping Therapy to draw out impurities, while softening muscles and relieving tension. In-room dining is always available for guests who want to relax in their rooms. However, guests can also take advantage of The Rooftop Bar, fresh baked treats at Teddy’s Café, signature cocktails at The Sazerac Bar, or authentic Italian at Domenica.
Written by Garrett Parker
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