The Best Luxury Hotels In New Orleans' Central Business District
The lobby of the Roosevelt New Orleans | © GFDL/WikiCommons
If you’re visiting New Orleans
and want to give yourself the whole VIP treatment – beautiful facilities, 24-hour room service, fully-stacked mini fridge, concierge service, and all that jazz – then New Orleans’ Central Business District is the location you’ll want to stay at. Known as the NOLA’s downtown area, this urban neighborhood houses some of the best luxury lodging in town, as well as around-the-clock access to all of the Big Easy’s the major attractions, best restaurants, bars, theaters, and music venues. Here, the most lavish hotels in the Central Business District.
Le Meridien New Orleans
Just steps away from the historic French Quarter, Le Meridien
is an upscale hotel located in New Orleans’ downtown neighborhood. Featuring 410 stylish rooms and suites, a hip lobby bar, modern rooms, a fitness center and a rooftop pool with private cabanas, this luxury stay is the perfect option for those wishing to stay within walking distance of both the French Quarter and NOLA’s Museum District. While standard hotel rooms at Le Meridien have 55-inch flat-screen TVs, WiFi (for a fee) and mini-fridges, upgraded suites offer panoramic views of the Mississippi River.
Omni Riverfront Hotel
Set inside the Big Easy’s Art District, the Onmi Riverfront
is a historic luxury hotel offering visiting travelers luxurious accommodations with a vintage feel. Just steps away from top attractions in the Big Easy, including the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Contemporary Arts Center, this contemporary hotel features a relaxed bistro, a new bar with an upbeat atmosphere, a fully-equipped fitness center and a courtyard with a fountain, as well as 42-inch flat-screen TVs, WiFi (for a fee) and coffeemakers inside the stately traditional rooms/suites. And if you are traveling with kids, they get free backpacks with goodies, and evening milk and cookies on the first night.
Le Pavillon Hotel
A member of the National register of Historic Places, Le Pavillon
is a luxury hotel with baroquedécor, built in 1907. The hotel features a beautiful ornate lobby with high ceilings, marble pillars and crystal chandeliers, and offers guests fine dining restaurants serving Southern-inspired fare, a rooftop pool/whirlpool with with food and drink service (plus private cabanas), and most importantly, free peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every night. Classic spaces with elegant touches, the rooms at Le Pavillon feature traditional décor, 46-inch flat-screen TVs and free WiFi, as well as individually decorated suites with antiques, hand-carved fireplaces, 4-poster beds, Jacuzzi tubs, sculptures and fireplaces.
Windsor Court Hotel
The Windson Court
is a five-star luxury hotel serving celebrities, royals, and discerning travelers since 1984. This luxe European-style building, located near all the French Quarter action, not only houses big rooms with Italian marble baths, iPod docks and free WiFi, but also a rooftop pool, a fitness center, four options for fine dining, a a grand salon for afternoon tea, a lounge with live jazz, and an impressive art collection. Lauded as one of the best – if not the
best – luxury/most romantic hotels in New Orleans, the Windsor Court is the perfect choice for those who wish to enjoy high-end amenities within walking distance from the Quarter’s main attractions.
The Roosevelt New Orleans
Set inside a grand 1863 building, The Roosevelt New Orleans
is a five-star luxury hotel featuring a grand lobby, a rooftop pool, hot tub, loungers, cabanas and a bar, a full-service spa, a 24-hour fitness center, and world-class service. This elegant stay, which is only a one-block walk from Bourbon Street and a four-minute walk from Harrah’s Casino, offers guests rooms and suites with traditional décor, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and WiFi (for a charge). The Roosevelt’s culinary options include a dining spot serving Italian cuisine, a sophisticated bar offering a full raw bar, and the historic Sazerac Bar and coffee shop.
The Whitney Hotel
Housed inside a converted bank building and a National Historic Landmark, The Whitney Hotel
is a three-star hotel located in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District. This 1890 hotel, only minutes away from the historic French Quarter, features impeccable accommodation, an authentic Creole restaurant, and the convenience of being located just off the St. Charles streetcar line, allowing for transportation to almost everywhere around the city. The Whitney Hotel also offers its guests free WiFi, parking, laundry services, a bar and a fitness center. By Rebeca Trejo