Alamy
Hadi Ktiri
January 26, 2015

More a feeling than any one concrete example, luxury accommodations are often forgotten as a testament to their effectiveness.  Like a perfectly made cocktail in your hand, a posh environment is likely to be more a nuanced texture to a delightful experience than a specific object to focus on.  That being said, it is certainly possible to pinpoint places where this particular feeling can be had.  New Orleans, being most often referred to as a properly European city, has a long and prestigious history in the art of hospitality.  Here, second and even third generation service industry professionals staff the city’s many high-end hotels and restaurants.  Because they are a much more comprehensive experience, the best hotels are sometimes hard to leave.  From the spas that treat you to relaxing massages to the pool deck that leaves you hovering high above the hectic city streets the New Orleans luxury hotel is an experience that you won’t soon forget.

Roosevelt Hotel

Regarded by most locals as the king of NOLA luxury hotels, the Roosevelt is easily the swankiest places to stay in the Crescent City.   Make sure to stop by the world-famous Sazerac Bar for one of their famous classic cocktails.  Afterwards head up to the fourth floor and relax by one of the most beautiful pools in the city.

Windsor Court Hotel

Every time I walk into this hotel, no matter how well dressed I am, I always feel underdressed.  But the English style furnishings, artwork, combined with the professional and classy staff always make me feel at ease.  Make sure to go upstairs to the Polo Lounge where resident bartender, Roger knocks it out of the park with some of the classiest service in the industry.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Expectedly so, the Ritz makes the list of the best luxury hotels in New Orleans.  Their attention to detail, service, and amenities make this spot a great choice for the discerning guest.  After dinner on the town make sure to come back for the great jazz performance by local legend Jeremy Davenport.

The Hotel Modern

This urban oasis is the contemporary rival to the city’s many luxury properties.  Upon arrival you are greeted with a delicious cocktail from the bar and escorted to your room uninhibited by the common annoyances of the front desk.  After settling in make sure to stop by the lounge bar, Bellocq where the some of best cocktails in the city are carefully prepared by their talented staff.

Loews New Orleans Hotel

Set slightly into the business district this chic hotel is perfect for escaping the madness of the French Quarter during the busiest times of the year.  The comfortable guest rooms and amenities are great at relaxing for even the most stressed traveler, and the Swizzle Stick Bar downstairs is consistently making fantastic drinks that will transport you to peace and comfort.

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