Last Updated on January 17, 2021 by Ben
The Big Easy’s blend of French and Creole culture makes it one of the most unique cities in America. Without a doubt, the beating heart of New Orleans’ culture is the iconic French Quarter. Nearby attractions include Jackson Square, Bourbon Street and the French Market. Here are four of the best hotels in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal St., 504-523-3341)
Open since 1886, this venerable hotel is one of the city’s first and best-known landmarks. “The experience at this hotel embodies much of what we love about the city of New Orleans: indulgence, over-the-top grandeur, history bordering on haunted, and a good time to be had by all,” says Fodors. A Trip Advisor reviewer had “a great stay,” noting the room “was a little on the small side.”
The hotel is also famous for the Carousel Bar & Lounge, the city’s only revolving bar, with a 25-seat, bright merry-go-round. It’s number 6 on Food & Wine magazine’s “12 of the world’s most iconic bars,” which notes that Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams immortalized the Carousel in their writings. A Yelp reviewer notes that you “barely feel the bar rotating since it’s very slow moving.”
Omni Royal Orleans (621 St Louis St., 504-529-5333)
The classically-designed hotel opened in 1960, featuring some rooms with wrought-iron balconies that overlook the French Quarter. “The hotel has a wonderful location in the heart of French district, without being too loud or overwhelming,” says a Google reviewer.
The hotel’s rooftop La Riviera Poolside bar, with views of the French Quarter and the Mississippi River, is a great spot for “happy hour before heading out in the quarter,” says a Trip Advisor review. The Zagat-rated Rib Room is known for its prime rib, beef specialties, fowl and seafood prepared on giant French rotisseries and mesquite grills. A Yelp reviewer says the restaurant is “always a magical dining experience.”
Bourbon Orleans Hotel (717 Orleans St.; 504-523-2222)
This hotel’s claim to fame is its ranking as one of New Orleans’ top haunted hotels. “The lobby has character. The staff members are friendly and efficient. Everything about this hotel is top quality,” says a Trip Advisor reviewer. Condé Nast Traveler put the hotel at number 8 on its New Orleans: Readers’ Choice Awards, calling it the “Grande Dame of French Quarter hotels.”
In addition, the hotel’s Bourbon O Bar is known for live jazz and classic cocktails, including its signature Ramos Gin Fizz. “I came in specifically for a Ramos Gin fizz, and was not disappointed,” says a Yelp reviewer. On nice nights, the bar will open its doors and allow patrons to people watch on Bourbon Street.
Royal Sonesta New Orleans (300 Bourbon St.; 504-586-0300)
This AAA Four Diamond hotel mixes timeless elegance and southern refinement with traditional gabled windows, wrought-iron balconies and a lush courtyard. “Surrounded by the lurid cacophony of Bourbon Street, the hotel is a bit of an oasis with Art Deco décor, contemporary art, and seriously impressive floral arrangements,” Condé Nast Traveler writes.
Reviewers love the hotel’s convenient location in the French Quarter. One Yelp reviewer writes “Hotel was located in a great location. Walking distance to everything you need. Bonus that there are great bars, live music and restaurants all connected.” The hotel’s Jazz Playhouse also gets rave reviews. A Trip Advisor user writes: “Everyone says they have the best jazz the best food etc but I do believe the Jazz Playhouse is in the top three. When on Bourbon Street there are really only two places I love for jazz, this being one.”