The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans
One of the Grandes Dames of the city's hotel portfolio, this swanky property has an eventful and proud history, the visual aspects of which have been replicated in its much-vaunted post-Katrina reopening. The grandest lobby in town transports you back to the late 19th century, with a decorous corridor of activity, as well as the wonderful Italian delights of Domenica Restaurant and evocative cocktails at the Sazerac Bar. The 504 rooms boast dark wood finishes and traditional writing desks and chairs, while the suites are truly world class. The Waldorf Astoria Spa is as impressively luxurious as you'd expect, while additional dining rooms such as the Fountain Lounge complete guests' transportation into the upper echelons of New Orleans hotel life.