Short and sweet business trip to the Big Easy. As a Hilton Honors member, was looking to keep it "in the family" and find a nice hotel with convenient access to both the Central Business District and the French Quarter. The property was formerly the Fairmont Hotel and has one of the most gorgeous and ornate lobbies - think very gilded, Art Deco style. My host in New Orleans explained to me that during Christmas time the lobby is totally decked out with unbelievable decorations. A few days prior to my arrival, I received an email from the hotel concierge introducing himself and inquiring if I needed any reservations during my stay. Didn't require his help, but it was a very nice touch. Front desk staff were very friendly, efficient, and knowledgable. Thanks to my Hilton Honors status I was upgraded to a luxurious one bedroom suite. Very neatly appointed with a spacious living room containing plush furnishings. It was perfect for a short business meeting with two other colleagues. Would be ideal for corporate recruiting or any other situation requiring a nice private space for a meeting. Down the hall was the bedroom with king bed. Fantastic mattress and comfy linens. I was on the 8th floor in Tower 1. A teensy bit of street noise did come in during the night - but mostly motorcycles revving their engines so it would have been hard to miss unless you were on the 50th floor of some building. And hey, it's New Orleans if you don't like street noise, you aren't going to like this city. Bathroom had both multi-head shower and a separate bathtub. Grabbed cocktails at the Sazerac Bar and enjoyed a couple of the namesake cocktails. The environment was incredible - again a very stylized Art Deco room with a beautiful bar area. Good place that got pretty busy on a Tuesday night. Only knock against Sazerac was that they did not offer any food beyond the bar snacks (cornnuts, pretzels, and really tasty truffled potato chips) Headed for dinner at Domenica - the Italian bistro in the hotel. I'll do a separate review there - but it was excellent. After dinner wandered one block from the hotel down to Bourbon street to take in that scenery. Conveniently located to take in all that the Quarter has to offer and stumble back easily. Overall, I would STRONGLY recommend this hotel for business travelers or upscale vacationers looking for a nice upper tier hotel in an ideal location with near flawless execution.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria hotel, provides guests with a sense of history and place. Offering 504 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, The Roosevelt is adjacent to the French Quarter and is convenient to all New Orleans attractions. The hotel features Waldorf Astoria Spa and Fitness Center, Fountain Lounge and Sazerac Bar, and Chef John Besh's Domenica. Spacious guestrooms offer luxurious linens, flat-screen TVs, refreshment centers, bathrobes, safes, and 24 hour in-room dining. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Waldorf Astoria New Orleans