I stayed at Monteleone for 3 nights in a standard king room on the 7th floor. I am surprised at a few recent less than stellar reviews for Monteleone, because I loved it here! Sure, it's an older historic hotel so it is not going to have huge bathrooms but mine was nicely upgraded with granite counters and nice fixures. The bathroom toiletries were high end Gilchrist and Soames. The ceilings must have been 14 feet also, something you'd never see in a modern property.They match the decor to the period of this grand ole dame, so dont expect chic ultra modern furnishings/color palettes and I can see where some fashionistas might find it "outdated". The water pressure was fabulous especially for an older building. The structure was added to several times over the last century and I had an interior room that just faced out onto another wing, but that was just fine. It made for a quiet room for sleeping. The king bed was comfortable and the large armoire concealed a flat screen TV and had plenty of storage and bath robes with the hotel name and logo. How many hotels provide bath robes any more, unless you are in a preferred/club/suite room (which I was not)? My staff encounters were all very pleasant, including at the famous circa 1940s carousel bar (expensive drinks though). The location is fantastic. Steps from great places to eat and, for the partiers, Bourbon Street. But it was also in a quiet location; best of both worlds. The only real complaint I have is the fitness center on the top floor had a great view, but lacked a few simple basics (mats for streatching, dumbells) that would have made a fitness buff like me much happier. I did not use it, but the small heated pool on the roof terrace was also a nice feature. I really liked Hotel Monteleone and have no hesitation recommending it, esepcially if you like historic, unique properties (and are willing to accept some of the idiosyncracies that come with them). I understand the hotel is also still family owned and managed and I love supporting such businesses.
- 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