My husband and I had one night in New Orleans after he had been in town for a conference at another hotel. After some research, I chose the Roosevelt because of its old world feel and the great AAA rate -- we booked a deluxe king room.
I cannot adequately express how fantastic this hotel is. The lobby, as many have mentioned, is stunning -- it looks just as it does in the hotel photo gallery. The staff was incredibly nice -- we had requested early check-in but knew it was a longshot on a Sunday. We were unable to check in at 2 pm, but walked for a bite to eat (the French Quarter is 1 1/2 blocks away on the other side of Canal -- the streetcar stops are there, too -- close to the Quarter but not so close that you get all the noise) and the front desk called us at 3 pm (the actual check in time) to say our room was ready. My husband joked about being glad to know our penthouse suite was ready -- we returned to the hotel and were given our keys... to an amazing king suite -- to which they had upgraded us. (Ask for Room 11111.)(That is not a typo.)
I have stayed in nice hotels, including Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton properties, which were all lovely, but never in a room or suite this nice -- it was breathtaking -- an entry hall, a beautiful, large living room with a desk, large sofa, large occasional chairs, there was a separate dining table (for 2) area and a bar, then a beautiful, large bedroom with a wonderful king bed, large chaise lounge, huge dresser, wonderful bath w/2 sinks and a separate shower/tub/commode room. Fabulous robes (nicest I have ever had in a hotel) also provided.Two large flat screen tvs and another small one in the bathroom (where the sinks were). All the furnishings were beautiful period reproductions.
I was so stunned, I took pictures of the entire suite. I actually called down to the desk to find out what rate we were being charged as I was afraid my husband had signed something for a zillion dollars without reading it, but it was our original AAA rate.
The staff was very nice and accommodating. Our luggage was delayed in being delivered from the bell desk, and when we called (it had been about an hour after we checked in, and we could have called sooner, but were enjoying relaxing in the suite), it was delivered immediately with very sincere apologies for the delay. The only other blip was that the shower (very nice with multiple shower heads) had a leak from the glass enclosure to the floor, which we had to soak up with all our available (huge, wonderful) towels -- so we asked for replacements when we came in from dinner and they were delivered in 10 minutes.
The Sazerac Bar is a very cool place with all sorts of interesting specialty drinks and, again, a lovely staff.
I would stay here again in a heartbeat. It is really a beautiful, beautiful hotel. My only regret was that we could only stay one night.
With regard to what we did in NOLA, we had a wonderful dinner at Mr. B's Bistro -- very busy, popular place and the owners are part of the Brennan family, as is true of many of NOLA's finest restaurants -- and heard some interesting jazz at Snug Harbor on Frenchmen's Street (for the over-30 set, our cab driver told us, and we certainly qualified), the obligatory beignets at Cafe Du Monde (tasty and affordable) on Jackson Square, and a breakfast at the Coffee Pot, which we would not recommend -- surly service and the food was fine, but that's it. The WWII Museum is terrific and the film, "Beyond all Borders," is tremendous. We had lunch at the American Sector (part of the museum), which was hip and cool to look at and sit in, but the food was a little pricey and fine, but nothing to write home about.
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