I heard that you always book a hotel near the French Quarter, but didn't understand why until my recent visit to the Big Easy. Everything is in walking distance- food, music, bars, retail stores, etc. We stayed at this beautiful hotel when it first opened 10 years ago and it feels brighter and fresher than it did back then, if that's possible.
We checked in for a romantic weekend and even treated ourselves to some spa time. This is the perfect hotel in the perfect city to enjoy a perfect stay. We walked to some of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans, like Galatoire's and Arnaud's and then went out in the French Quarter to some jazz clubs. We didn't have to worry about renting a car or getting a taxi. We walked everywhere. I heard the Garden District and Magazine Street are great, but we were happy just enjoying the French Quarter.
The hotel smells of gardenias and when I asked the lovely girl at the front desk about the scent, she told me that I could buy the candles in the hotel's retail store. I did and when I unpacked my bags, the scent of gardenias reminded me our romantic weekend! What a treat!
We will be back to New Orleans and we will stay at this pristine hotel. It was all that we remembered and more.