Royal Sonesta New Orleans
There are few elegant landmarks on otherwise gaudy and bawdy Bourbon Street, but this 483-room modern hotel stands out as one of them. Stepping into the lobby immediately elevates the levels of civility, the gabled windows and fresh cut flowers a welcome diversion. The modern rooms nod to a classic New Orleans style, with wrought iron and French doors, while the courtyard and its swimming pool compete for the most desirable in the city. The hotels' recreational amenities offer two sophisticated experiences, Restaurant R'evolution being a welcome recent addition to New Orleans' fine dining portfolio and Irvine Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, which serves up refined musical acts against a plush lounge backdrop.