10 TPG-approved hotels for your next New Orleans stay
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Few American cities contain the mix of culture, hospitality and history – not to mention personality and party spirit – of New Orleans. There’s no place like it in the United States, not to mention the rest of the world.
New Orleans always brings the good vibes, whether you come to let loose in the French Quarter, descend for a family weekend (there’s plenty of wholesome fun to get up to here, too) or are all-in on restaurant-hopping and seeing live music in one of the best places in the land for forgetting your diet and listening to jazz.
Here are a few hotels to consider checking in to next time you’re in town.
Virgin Hotels New Orleans
Sir Richard Branson’s Crescent City debut threw open its glam doors in October 2021 in the city’s edgy Warehouse Arts District, about a 10-minute stroll from Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.
Virgin Hotels New Orleans has 238 rooms (called chambers here, per the chain’s protocol), some of which are over 1,000 square feet and beg guests to settle in and stay awhile. You’ll find most of the amenities standard at Branson’s other hotels in cities like Nashville and Dallas here, too, including The Funny Library Coffee Shop and The Pool Club, a rooftop oasis for swimming, sipping umbrella drinks and vibing to live DJs.
Dreamboat is the hotel’s cool 13th-floor cocktail lounge near the pool, overlooking the city with double-sided fireplace sure to make it a year-round scene. Classic Southern cuisine by celebrated New Orleans chef Alex Harrell is the star at the Commons Club, which does a mean brunch, too.
Four Seasons New Orleans
New Orleans’ most luxurious hotel opened in August 2021 at the end of Canal Street, along the banks of the Mississippi River, inside a dramatic 34-story modernist building designed by Edward Durell Stone.
The spendy but worth it Four Seasons New Orleans is a must for loyalists of the brand – or anyone, for that matter, celebrating a special occasion or with cash to burn. The hotel lives up to the hype with amenities that include a 75-foot-long rooftop pool, observation decks on the 33rd and 34th floors with Mississippi River views and world-class restaurants and bars.
Rooms and suites let in lots of natural light and river and city views, and are washed in tones of white and grey for a calming, modern effect. But it’s the hotel’s common spaces that really wow, from Chef Alon Shaya’s Miss River restaurant (his “love letter to Louisiana” that dishes up things like puff pastry filled with Louisiana oysters and salt-crusted red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico) and the lobby Chandelier Bar, a cocktail haven that spills onto a garden patio.
Laissez les bon temps roulez (let the good times roll)!
How’s this for a sweet New Orleans stay: A hotel transformed from a former sugar refinery.
One11 debuted in late 2020 along the Mississippi River in the Vieux Carré quarter, making it the French Quarter’s first new hotel in 50 years.
The building housing the boutique hotel originally belonged to The Louisiana Sugar Refining Company. In its guest rooms, glass showers, exposed brick and beams, high ceilings and lots of natural light hew to the industrial-chic look.
Guest amenities include free access to an independent fitness center across the street, an on-site swimming pool and a rooftop hangout with views of the surrounding French Quarter and river. Be sure to pop into the hotel’s bar and restaurant, Batture Bistro + Bar, for craft cocktails by the fire pit that flickers away on the climate-controlled patio.
The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
Housed in the French Quarter in a Beaux Arts building on Canal Street that dates to 1908, The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans oozes history and lore. The property attracts a mix of leisure and business travelers. You can get your wellness fix here, too, at the largest spa in New Orleans, where the more than 100 treatments on offer run the gamut from warm stone massages and facials to couples Voodoo Rituals that incorporate ingredients like coffee and praline into the therapies.
The hotel’s dining is world-class, too, whether you’re tucking into a plate of bouillabaisse or shrimp and grits at M Bistro or settling in for afternoon tea service or to sip a Sazerac with live jazz at the Davenport Lounge.
The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property, so stays will cost you between 50,000 and 70,000 points per night, depending on availability and dates. You could easily snag a night here with the 75,000-point welcome offer on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card after you use your new card to make $3,000 in eligible purchases within the first three months of card membership.
The 14 rooms housed inside this 19th-century Victorian boarding house and mansion-turned-boutique hotel in Uptown New Orleans in the Garden District make for a peaceful respite from the more raucous surrounds of the French Quarter.
A stay surrounded by leafy residential streets at The Chloe might be just the experience you’re after if you’re looking to base in a more local setting along St. Charles Avenue, with all manner of chi-chi boutiques and cute cafes out the door.
Rooms here are spacious and modern, with Italian linens, handwoven robes, complimentary chocolates and welcome drinks among the extras that await guests. There’s an on-site pool in the backyard garden, too, that’s extra inviting during the sultrier months of the year after a day out and about exploring the town.
Locals patronize the hotel’s restaurant and lobby bar (always a good sign), with a great menu of oyster and seafood dishes and cocktails (including excellent frozen margaritas).
Maison de la Luz
In New Orleans’ Warehouse Arts District — a trendy spot for galleries, museums and contemporary restaurants south of the French Quarter — Maison de la Luz offers a stay apart, with 67 modern suites in a historic building that dates to 1908 and oozes Southern charm in spades.
You may feel more like you’re staying in a rich uncle’s luxury townhouse than a hotel here, with perks that include an honor system bar and the hotel’s guest-only entrance to Bar Marilou, a craft cocktail bastion secreted away in the City Hall’s historic library.
Guests can access the amenities at larger sister property Ace Hotel across the street, with a sprawling rooftop garden and swimming pool. But it’s hard to walk away from the discreet rockstar vibe at Maison de la Luz once it sucks you in.
JW Marriott New Orleans
For action and entertainment – and a peaceful retreat from it when you’re done for the day (or night) – it’s hard to beat the JW Marriott New Orleans , located within a quick stroll of iconic French Quarter spots like Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, the House of Blues and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
Rooms are predictably luxurious, with bi-level suites with separate living and dining areas that make it easy for families to spread out and get comfortable.
Other perks include a rooftop outdoor saltwater pool and an onsite Brazilian steakhouse for when you’re ready to switch it up from Creole food for a spell.
The JW Marriott New Orleans is a Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy property, so stays will cost you between 40,000 and 60,000 points per night, depending on availability and dates. With the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card’s current bonus offer of 3 Free Nights (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first three months from account opening.
Higgins Hotel New Orleans, Curio Collection by Hilton
Near The National WWII Museum (in fact, this is the museum’s official hotel) in the Warehouse Arts district, the Higgins Hotel New Orleans, Curio Collection by Hilton, offers a different kind of city stay. You’re a mile from Bourbon Street here and there’s an on-site conference center, so the hotel, which opened in 2019, tends to draw a more business and low-key leisure crowd than the standard New Orleans party types.
Standard rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and themed suites pay tribute to past presidents. There’s an Art Deco vibe throughout, a good French restaurant (Cafe Normandie) and the hotel’s rooftop bar for when you just want a place to hang out that’s within stumbling distance of your bed at the end of a busy day working or playing.
The Higgins Hotel New Orleans, Curio Collection by Hilton has rooms for a maximum reward redemption of 60,000 Hilton Honors points per night. With the Hilton Honors American Express Card, you can easily book a rewards night at the Higgins Hotel by earning 100,000 Hilton honors points after spending $1,000 in the first three months of cards membership, plus earn $100 in statement credits on eligible purchases made on the card at any of the Hilton family hotels in the first 12 months of membership.
Hotel Saint Vincent
Located within a building that was once a children’s asylum in the Lower Garden District, Hotel Saint Vincent opened in 2021 within a revamped property that dates to 1861. Handpainted murals, Murano glass and woodworks by local artists are among the fascinating decorative touches within the 75-room hotel that formerly operated as an orphanage.
The hotel’s tiled, palm-lined courtyard houses a sparkling chaise-lined pool as well as a pool bar. There’s even an art-filled cocktail bar, The Chapel, reserved for hotel guests only.
Coastal Italian cooking is the specialty at restaurant San Lorenzo, with items such as grilled Creole oysters and fresh Gulf flounder piccata on the menu.
Right on Royal Street in the French Quarter and a block off Bourbon Street, this elegant hotel known for the ground floor Carousel Bar (that slowly spins as you imbibe) is a true New Orleans institution.
Even if you’re not checking into Hotel Monteleone to spend the night, make time to pop by to enjoy live music and livelier conversation at New Orleans’ lone revolving bar, where there are just 25 seats to be had.
The hotel’s 552 rooms include decadent suites named after famous writers who’ve checked in here, including William Faulkner, who stayed in 1951 when he came to the city to accept a French Legion of Honor Award.
Featured photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans/Facebook
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