The 9 Best New Orleans Hotels of 2021

The Pontchartrain Hotel

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The Rundown

01 of 09

Best Overall: The Pontchartrain Hotel

The Pontchartrain Hotel

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A New Orleans icon in its own right, The Pontchartrain Hotel has hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, and Tennessee Williams – who stayed here while working on “A Streetcar Named Desire”. For today’s guests, it promises a glimpse into the city’s storied past along with every conceivable modern comfort. The hotel is located on the streetcar line in the picturesque Garden District. You’re a short ride from Bourbon Street, but far enough away not to be disturbed by its night-time revelers.

Behind the hotel’s elegant façade, an intriguing blend of old and new awaits. In the rooms, antebellum antiques exist alongside flat-screen TVs, gourmet mini-bars and complimentary Wi-Fi. Most suites come with spacious separate living rooms. There are four dining and drinking options at The Pontchartrain. Sip whiskey while listening to the sounds of the Steinway piano in retro tavern Bayou Bar; or feast on crawfish bisque at Jack Rose. In the evening, Hot Tin-Rooftop Bar offers Champagne, cocktails and stunning Mississippi River views.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Olivier House Hotel

Olivier House Hotel

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Located just off Bourbon Street, Olivier House Hotel offers a million-dollar NOLA address. Saving money doesn’t have to mean missing out on character, either – the hotel was built in 1839 and comes complete with wrought-iron balconies and red-painted walls, chandeliers and upholstered antiques. Of its 42 guest rooms and suites, the Standard Queen rooms are the most budget-friendly. You can expect a quiet upper floor location, an en-suite bathroom and a partial view over the French Quarter rooftops.

All rooms include a mini-fridge, a coffee pot, air-conditioning, and complimentary Wi-Fi. You’ll also have access to free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate whenever you want it, as well as the services of a 24-hour concierge. Ask for help making dinner or concert reservations, or opt to stay and relax amidst the greenery in one of the hotel’s two interior courtyards.

03 of 09

Best Boutique: Henry Howard Hotel

Henry Howard Hotel

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Head to the Garden District to discover Henry Howard Hotel, a charming 19th-century townhouse with a sun-soaked porch and double galleries supported by slender Corinthian columns. Inside, the hotel’s aesthetic blends the very best of past and present, with polished wooden floors, exposed brick walls and a collection of vintage and custom contemporary furniture. All 18 guest rooms are decorated with statement pieces that range from four-poster beds to antique armoires and wall-mounted saxophones.

Each one is a sanctuary complete with complimentary Wi-Fi and premium TV channels – but with so much to see and do, you’re unlikely to spend much time there. Gather beneath 12-foot ceilings for coffee and fresh pastries in The Parlor, or sit out on the porch with a cocktail in hand, watching the world go by. The courtyard at the back of the hotel is a tranquil spot for recharging in between sightseeing sessions; and in the evening, the trendy bars and eateries of Magazine Street are a short stroll away.

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04 of 09

Best for Families: Loews New Orleans Hotel

Loews New Orleans Hotel

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Loews New Orleans Hotel is the ideal pick for families, with a laid-back vibe and a great location within walking distance of top attractions like the Audubon Aquarium and the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Kids under 18 stay for free in their parents’ rooms, while the Loews Loves Families program includes a gift for every child under 10, baby-proofing kits and lending libraries of board and video games. At Poydras & Peters brasserie, there’s a dedicated kids’ menu and coloring books to keep your little ones entertained.

During the day, make fun family memories in the heated indoor pool. In the evening, ask the concierge to arrange a babysitter so you can enjoy a rare night out. The hotel has 285 rooms and suites to choose from, most with plenty of space for a crib or rollaway bed (available upon request). Options range from a room with a spacious seating area and Queen-size sofabed to a luxury suite complete with a separate living room, dining area, and pantry.

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05 of 09

Most Romantic: The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

The Roosevelt New Orleans

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A short walk from Bourbon Street takes you to The Roosevelt New Orleans, a historic landmark that has enjoyed its place amidst the razzmatazz of the French Quarter for 125 years. In that time, it has hosted a pageant of the rich and famous, from Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn. Now, you too can fall in love with the hotel’s Art Deco grandeur, letting its glittering chandeliers and rich hues of red and gold create the perfect backdrop for your romantic getaway. From lazy afternoons by the rooftop pool to couples massages in the spa, every moment is one to remember.

At the heart of The Roosevelt are its bars and restaurants. Share New Orleans-inspired small plates while listening to live music in the Fountain Lounge, or sip cocktails amidst the 1920s glamor of legendary Sazerac Bar. At Domenica, rustic Italian cuisine adds a touch of European class to an anniversary celebration dinner. All rooms and suites spoil with luxurious Waldorf Serenity beds, indulgent bathrobes, and toiletries by Ferragamo.

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06 of 09

Best Luxury: Windsor Court Hotel

Windsor Court

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Windsor Court Hotel is a AAA Four-Diamond hotel situated at the edge of the French Quarter and within a few minutes’ walk of the Mississippi River waterfront. It takes its inspiration from Windsor Castle and the British Royal Family, to whom you will find many references in its astonishing art collection, which spans three centuries and includes paintings, sculptures, and tapestries. Spend your days admiring stunning skyline views from the cool waters of the rooftop pool, or indulging in body treatments and massages at The Spa at Windsor Court.

For the most luxurious stay, book a Club Level room or suite. Located on the top four floors, they include a dedicated concierge and access to the Club Lounge, where continental breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served free of charge. The hotel also has its fair share of first-class restaurants. Head to The Grill Room for a Southern fine-dining experience, or pair classic cocktails with live jazz at the Polo Club Lounge.

07 of 09

Best Nightlife: The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection

The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection

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If you’ve come to NOLA to party, there’s no better place to be than The Saint Hotel, located two blocks from Bourbon Street at the heart of the city’s nightlife scene. The hotel’s “Play Naughty. Sleep Saintly” theme goes hand-in-hand with a vacation dedicated to drinking and debauchery, much of which will take place at its own Burgundy Bar. From the black-and-white chequered floor to the red mood-lighting, the bar feels like an upmarket bordello – especially on Fridays, when Trixie Minx’s Burgundy Burlesque troupe take the stage. Order yourself a Seven Deadly Sins cocktail, then sit back and enjoy the show.

In between parties, refuel with reimagined Southern cuisine at on-site restaurant Tempt. All 171 rooms and suites spoil with Egyptian cotton sheets, marble bathrooms, and a fully stocked mini-bar; while five themed suites transport you to heaven or hell, depending on your preference. The truly adventurous should book the two-bedroom Archangel Lucifer Suite, which comes with a private pole-dancing stage.

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08 of 09

Best Business: Cambria Hotel & Suites New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District

Cambria Hotel & Suites New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District

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Cambria Hotel & Suites is a worthy pick for any traveler, but it’s especially suited to those visiting on business. From here, you can walk to the Earnest N. Morial Convention Center in just eight minutes. There’s also a large meeting space on-site, capable of hosting up to 120 guests for corporate conferences, training seminars, and board meetings. In addition, you’ll benefit from complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, catering menus and event planning services.

A much newer hotel than most on this list, the Cambria’s spacious rooms are defined by their state-of-the-art amenities. These include a 55-inch TV, USB charging points and a Cuisinart coffeemaker and refrigerator. At the end of a busy day, the spa-like bathroom and pillowtop mattress beckon. The hotel’s bistro and bar serve mouthwatering NOLA-inspired cuisine for breakfast and dinner (think pulled pork po’boys and chili butter shrimp and grits). Other facilities include a Grab & Go Market and a 24-hour fitness center.

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09 of 09

Best B&B: La Belle Esplanade

La Belle Esplanade

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La Belle Esplanade stands on a street lined with rainbow-colored houses and graceful live oaks in Tremé, the neighborhood the locals call the “real” New Orleans. It’s ranked high on TripAdvisor, and its raison d’être is to make you feel like a local yourself for the duration of your time in the Big Easy. There are just five themed suites. Stay amidst palm branches draped with Mardi Gras beads in Les Fleurs, or surrounded by the colors of the Tricolour in La France.

Whichever room you choose, you’ll find conversation-worthy furniture ranging from four-poster beds to antique clawfoot tubs. Breakfast is just as unique. The B&B owners do not have a license to cook on the premises, so instead, they serve a carefully curated buffet of the finest produce from local bakeries, delis and farmer’s markets. Ask them for recommendations about the city’s best restaurants and underground jazz venues – most of which other tourists will never discover.

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