Best Hotels in New Orleans
It doesn't take long for New Orleans to start working its magic on visitors. Most start in the French Quarter, where you can order a Sazerac at a historic grande dame hotel that's hosted Ernest Hemingway and Truman Capote. Another convenient base, the Central Business District, offers a renovated property with French influences, museum-worthy art, and live jazz.
But there are many more charming, distinctive neighborhoods to explore, from the stately Garden District to the Faubourg Marigny. Let T+L make your trip planning easier with this guide to the top hotels in NOLA, based on readers' votes in our annual World's Best Awards survey.
No. 1 Windsor Court Hotel
The 324-room Windsor may rise high above the Central Business District, but don’t expect all work and no play here. After a $22-million restoration that added a distinctly French allure to the classic English-inspired digs, the hotel is swinging again in more ways than one. Jazz bands serenade crowds in the Polo Club Lounge and museum-worthy sculptures, paintings, and tapestries line the lobby and halls, making the hotel easy on the ears, the eyes, and, thanks to the elegant Grill Room, the stomach. Guest rooms are appointed with Italian marble bathtubs and modern touches such as iPod docking stations. Another highlight: the gracious, helpful staff is as sweet as the city’s famous pecan pralines.
No. 2 The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans
This grand property, just one street west of the French Quarter, embraces the elegance and drama of 1893 New Orleans. The 2009-renovated hotel features restored 1920s geometric mosaic floors in the whisper-quiet lobby, which is also adorned with monumental crystal chandeliers, potted palms, and an 1867 gilt clock (fun fact: every Waldorf Astoria hotel has a featured historic timepiece). As part of the renovation, the hotel expanded the size of its rooms, turning what was once 700 rooms into 504 (including 135 suites). Accommodation layouts vary dramatically; and all rooms feature flat-screen televisions, 300-thread-count sheets, and art by local artists. Downstairs, the 12,500-square-foot Guerlain Spa has 10 treatment rooms outfitted in soothing bamboo-inspired neutrals, and the in-house Italian restaurant, Domenica, run by local celebrity (and Iron Chef America winner) John Besh, brings in a young, coiffed crowd to the stark black-and-glass dining room.
No. 3 Loews New Orleans Hotel
Located just three blocks from the French Quarter, the Loews New Orleans Hotel is housed in a remodeled office building with a modern, locally inspired design. The lobby is decorated with colored glass panels and a large chandelier, while the 285 guestrooms include local photography, granite-and-wood vanities, and neutral-toned furnishings with bright red or blue accents. The rooms also have large windows overlooking the French Quarter, Mississippi River, or downtown skyline. Owned by the Commander’s Palace restaurant group, Café Adelaide serves inventive Creole dishes like shrimp and roasted tomato grits, paired with handmade cocktails from the Swizzle Stick Bar.
No. 4 Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
Poised on Canal at the edge of the bustling French Quarter, the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans is an oasis of cool, calm leisure mixed with Southern hospitality. The owners spared little expense in the refurbishment of the Beaux-Arts Maison Blanch (1908) and Art Nouveau Kress (1913) buildings, incorporating design elements like cypress elevator cabs and a $3.5 million art collection. Billed as a "hotel within a hotel," the Maison Orleans is the Ritz's Club Level and features personalized concierge services, a business center, and suites inspired by the mansions of the Garden District. The hotel also offers a destination spa with 22 treatment rooms and M Bistro, which features the New Orleans–inspired cuisine of Emily Dillport.
No. 5 Omni Royal Crescent
Situated in the arts district, this eight-story luxury hotel is just a six-minute walk from the French Quarter and is also convenient to the city’s finest art galleries. Inside, the spacious lobby is furnished with a dark orange marble floor, a crystal chandelier, 19th-century sofas, and an antique grandfather clock. In addition to the 97 guestrooms, all of which are designed with dark wood furniture, marble baths, and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Omni has a rooftop sundeck and hot tub with views of the surrounding skyline. Dining options include the Art of Breakfast and Dress It, a gourmet burger restaurant.
No. 6 JW Marriott New Orleans
No. 7 Hotel Monteleone
The romance of NOLA’s bygone eras prevails in the historic Hotel Montelone’s white-marble lobby, where the chimes of a 1909 hand-carved mahogany grandfather clock have kept time for the century’s most notable politicians, writers, and actors. The Beaux Arts-inspired building’s gold-tinged rooms offer a touch of Southern hospitality with antique furniture, gilded mirrors, and ornamental moldings. But to truly feel at home, order a Sazerac at the revolving Carousel Bar—a 25-seat den that has hosted the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Truman Capote—and listen as regulars spin tales of voodoo priestesses, haunted alleys, and jilted lovers.
No. 8 W Hotel, French Quarter
Just a short walk from historic Jackson Square and a host of boutique shops and art galleries, this romantic boutique hotel is installed in the heart of the French Quarter. The lobby, designed to serve as a living room, features contemporary furnishings and libraries of books and games; however, the palatial courtyard space, with its tree-canopied couch seating, wrought-iron gates, outdoor pool, and fountain centerpiece, justifies the hotel's billing as "an urban oasis." Guest accommodations are marked by attention to detail and personalization, from super-fast Internet access to delightful touches like gumball machines.