My partner and I decided to take a quick weekend getaway for my birthday. I selected the Ritz-Carlton because I wanted to see if it stands to its wonder reputation. In most regards, it's an amazing hotel. It's definitely one of the top 5 hotels in NOLA.
The Ritz-Carlton is in a very conveniently location (Canal street) right on the edge of the French Quarter and the CBD. As a native of Baton Rouge, I frequently visit NOLA for both business and pleasure. However, I have never previously stayed at the Ritz. It's easy to get to arriving from either end of canal or by driving through the CBD. Valet car service at check in is a plus and extremely convenient. Even though you're several blocks from Harrah's and the Shops at Canal place, you're still close enough to walk to all of the action. A cab ride or drive to Frenchman street isn't bad either.
The front desk attendants were very pleasant and helpful. Check in was smooth and swift. The concierge was very attentive and accommodating. While we did not dine in the restaurant or bar area we did order room service twice. The food was delicious.
We had a basic king room. It was very nice. Of course, Ritz-Carlton properties have plush bedding that makes for a great night's sleep. The bathroom seem a little outdated, as the regular shower/tub combo was odd. Maybe Ritz-Carlton should update its king rooms with jetted tubs or remove them completely and install large walk in showers. I also thought it was strange that there isn't complimentary in room coffee or tea.
There is no outdoor pool at the Ritz. Guests do have access to the Marriott's pool. The Marriott is about 3 city blocks away and makes for a terribly inconvenient walk if you just want to to take a quick dip in the pool during the hot Louisiana summer. Parking is a little pricey at $45 per night. After taxes and fees it's right at $50 per night. If you're going to stay longer than 4 nights don't drive to the hotel. It may make more sense to use a transfer service. If you must drive seek economic garage parking else where.
The overall decor is soft and elegant. Fragrant fresh flowers and aromatic candles are always nice to have in the lobby and common areas. The courtyard was also beautiful and makes for great scenery when one wants to have their morning coffee or tea outdoors. We did listen to Jeremy Davenport one night. His band was very nice. Live music is always great.
I've been loyal to the Marriott family for quite some time. I just may return to the Ritz-Carlton soon so that I may experience more of what the hotel offers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Closed due to damage from Hurricane Katrina until December, 2006. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Hotel New Orleans
- New Orleans Ritz Carlton
- Ritz New Orleans
- Ritz Carlton New Orleans