Overall, I had a pleasant stay at Hotel Monteleone and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. I liked the location - close enough to the action, but not too close. Within walking distance of almost everything and being only 2-3 blocks from Jackson Square was a plus.
It became evident that I didn't read enough reviews regarding room location...and requesting a room with a view of the Mississippi. My room was on the 11th floor and faced a brick wall with windows (the other side of the hotel) - I couldn't see anything else, which was a bit of a disappointment...but again, I think if I requested a room with a view, I might have gotten one.
The room itself was very nice and well-equipped with everything you might need. Beds were very comfortable, towels soft, robes provided. It was very very clean (immaculate even) and I couldn't find anything that housekeeping missed.
Don't miss the rooftop pool - definitely worth a visit even if you don't plan on swimming. There is a lounge area to the side that allows you to relax with a book in private. And the bar serves cocktails for most of the day.
I only ate at the hotel restaurant once - for breakfast buffet - which was on the pricey side. No way I could eat $24 worth of breakfast. But the food and service was very good.
I did order room service one night and I would say it was one of the mishaps of my stay. Ordered a burger and they quoted a time of 45 minutes - about an hour later, I called and said it was one the way - it arrived about 20 minutes later. So total wait time for room service was well over an hour - which seemed a bit long, especially when you are hungry from sightseeing all day. I would recommend getting a burger at the bar rather than waiting for room service.
The other mishap was the fire alarm going off at 2:30 in the morning. It went off for about 20 minutes while someone from security banged on doors asking if anyone was smoking in their room. Then it went off again the next morning at 8:00 am. I received a letter under my door apologizing for the inconvenience.
The hotel was very busy, including the restaurants and bars. As a solo traveler, I didn't feel as safe as I normally do staying at a hotel because of the amount of people coming in and out. However, every staff person I encountered was very nice and helpful and overall I had a pleasant stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It’s been said that the French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone. In fact, this venerable establishment sits majestically at the foot of Royal Street giving guests the best point of departure for all things New Orleans. Visitors need only step outside this French Quarter hotel to discover shop after shop of fabulous European antiques, estate jewelry, Oriental rugs, and art and antiquities from around the world. Quaint restaurants and specialty shops outside of this luxurious New Orleans hotel line the cobblestone French Quarter streets that lead to Jackson Square, the Old French Market and the Riverwalk where tourists and native New Orleanians stroll the levee and watch the steamboats and barges along the Mississippi River. At this New Orleans hotel, you’ll find history around every corner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monteleone Hotel New Orleans
- Monteleone New Orleans