I stayed in the Hotel Monteleone with 2 friends from July 17-20. We are in our late 20s and loved the historic feel of the hotel and distinguished touches (chandeliers, classic books, etc).
Location: Possibly the best location in the French Quarter. Very safe area. Close to Canal Street and trolley stop, but on same street as famous French Quarter antique shops and restaurants. Easy walk to Bourbon Street and Jackson Square, but far enough so you didn't get the stench and noise. We were able to walk the entire French Quarter handily from this hotel, and it was a stone's throw away from Harrah's and the central business district.
Hotel amenities: The hotel is gorgeous. Every corner of the lobby is breathtaking. The Carousel bar in the lobby is hands-down a New Orleans gem. Bartenders were some of the best in the business and the experience of slowly revolving while socializing is great! Free peanut mix and fun oldies music too! Elevators worked just fine, and had no issues with check-in/check-out. They even let me check in very early. Hotel pool is on roof with pretty cool views. The decor on the roof is much nicer than most hotels, great lounge chairs, free towels, and a great bartender making reasonably priced and yummy drinks! One complaint is that the pool needed more frequent cleaning, and the water temperature in the pool was rather warm (esp considering the air temperature is over 90 degrees!). So not exactly refreshing but the whole pool deck was great.
Hotel room: Very decent size for a downtown hotel in any city. Large clean, bathroom, safe that was free to use, a chandelier in the ceiling! Beds were pretty soft for my taste, but not a big deal. We were on the 12th floor (we heard the 10th floor was haunted!).
Service: I don't understand the bashing of the hotel staff on this site. Either those reviewers were there during an overcrowded festival weekend that would overwhelm ANY hotel staff or they are simply exaggerating. The service was great (with the exception of room cleaning sometimes getting delayed). Doormen, bell staff, front desk, all wonderful.
We all agreed we would definitely stay there again and it is probably one of our favorite hotels in the world (and I've stayed at the Hilton and Doubletree in NOLA, as well as Westins, Hiltons and Ws all over the world).
- 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