I recently travelled to New Orleans for business. It was my first trip there. The Ritz is a great place to stay, within walking distance of the French Quarter and downtown. My (standard) room was beautiful. The lobby was decorated for the holidays and was exquisite. The restaurant and lounge were also terrific for both meals I had. Best yet, when I asked for a 4pm checkout, instead of getting the runaround, I was told "no problem." This hotel offered a great experience, and as a result I recommend it.