Downtown New Orleans has more to offer than cultural history, Southern cuisine and artistic and musical expression. The area features some amazing hotels that welcome more than 20,000 visitors each year. We list the best hotels to base yourself in.
The Ritz-Carlton is set within the historic Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building and the hotel has the grace and charm of an antique mansion. Bourbon Street and other popular tourist attractions are on the doorstep. The hotel hosts weddings, corporate meetings, and private parties.
Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter, this famous hotel is a historic and literary landmark that has been providing accommodation for travelers since 1866. The hotel’s amenities include a full service business centre, on-site valet parking, a fitness center and heated pool with views of the downtown New Orleans skyline.
Soniat House is a dream come true for New Orleans residents Rodney and Frances Smith, who opened the hotel in 1982. They incorporated modern amenities into historic structure, and luxuries here include an honor bar, wine cellar, and in-room massage. The Smiths decorated the hotel with a keen eye for detail, and Soniat House was featured in Architectural Digest for its unique interior and exterior.
International House is set in a Beaux Arts-style building located a few blocks away from the French Quarter. This boutique hotel aims to make use of the power of meaningful design to uplift the human spirit. As such, International House is an ensemble of unique architecture, colorful themes, joyful atmosphere and signature food.
Omni Royal Orleans has received the four-diamond luxury award and the Pinnacle Award for its service. The rooms, decorated with traditional Creole and French touches, have flat-screens and free wifi and some have balconies. The suites have separate living areas, pullout sofas, and some have a jacuzzi. The restaurant is home to a classic American restaurant and three bars, including a trendy covered rooftop bar.
The Royal Sonesta, which sits near the Mississippi Riverfront, the Central Business District, and Louis Armstrong International Airport, offers tastefully decorated rooms with flat screen TVs, free wifi, coffee makers and refrigerators. Amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness room and a gift shop.
Loews New Orleans Hotel has been welcoming visitors for 60 years, offering great value and excellent service. Rooms are done out in contemporary décor and attractive artwork and feature wall-to-wall windows with city views. The restaurant offers contemporary Creole cuisine, while the bar serves cocktails and American food.
Le Pavillon Hotel is a historic landmark that showcases antique European furniture, art and décor; some of the marble railings on the staircase are from the Grand Hotel in Paris. Rooms feature 46in flat-screen TVs and free wifi, and upgraded rooms include hand-carved fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs. The upscale restaurant serves French cuisine, and food and drinks are also served by the rooftop pool.
Windsor Court Hotel is located close to the heart of the French Quarter. The rooms feature classy English style décor and Italian marble baths and the hotel offers a rooftop pool, a fitness center, a business center and full-service spa. There are also four dining options including a lounge which hosts live jazz performances.
InterContinental is a Louisiana favorite, with luxurious rooms and four-diamond status. The hotel offers fine dining, stunning views from its balconies, and a 15th floor outdoor pool. There are three types of rooms: classic, executive, and suite. Situated just two blocks from the historic French Quarter and providing a front row spot for Mardi Gras, this hotel is the perfect place to stay for those who want to explore new Orleans.