My wife and I traveled down to New Orleans to stay for two nights at the Hotel Monteleone in early October. The city itself is fabulous: great food, great people, great atmosphere. I was hoping that the Hotel Monteleone would provide a great way to experience all the city has to offer.
The first thing that I can say is that this is a historic hotel somewhat reminiscient of a stay at the Hotel Del. The rooms, while nicely updated and furnished, still have different characteristics than the standard hotel rooms of today. That means odd shaped hallways, odd shaped bathrooms, different size standard rooms, and different architecture throughout. Some people will find this attractive while others will not. Be sure that you do not mind this feature before you book, as it could be a deal breaker for some. To myself, the hotel, especially the lobby and carousel bar, are amazing. I love the hisotrical feel and look of the hotel. The style is almost a shock to the senses after having spent so many nights in plain "modern" hotels. It should be mentioned that the hotel has done a nice job of maintaing the structure itself and has provided some modern ammenities (definitely use the workout room and roof-top pool, if only for the view).
The service itself is excellent. We were graciously assisted in every aspect of our visit, from check-in to check-out. There was always a helpful hand to help out. The servers at the restaurants were very good as well. While the Hunt Room Grill took a long time to serve the food (be prepared to slow down for a meal here, do not come if you are in a hurry!), the waitstaff was extremely gracious and the food was top-notch. Filet mignon and crab-stuffed shrimp were excellent.
The location is great as well. Just a jump away from Bourbon St. (without all of the noise) and located right off of Canal St. the hotel is very easy to locate. It should also be mentioned that the hotel is located on Royal St. which becomes St. Charles St., so it is very easy to hop on a street car and head off to the Garden District (which is fabulous).
Overall a very good trip. I booked the trip through LuxuryLink which I highly recommend. Great rates, great service, and a GREAT experience. This website and this hotel do not disappoint. I recommend both.