W New Orleans - French Quarter
Chain hotels can often sacrifice a sense of place, but not so with this scaled-down version of the trendy Starwood brand. It's an updated French Quarter chic that's on offer here, five floors of jazz and tarot-themed rooms and suites set around a secluded courtyard and pool, complete with cabanas for all-day lounging. The young clientele are fashion-conscious and value a stylish oasis in the midst of the Quarter. The hotel restaurant, SouBou, is a firm local favorite with a renowned cocktail menu and innovative small plates. The usual W guest services—from Living Room to Whatever/Whenever—are all present and correct.