Family-owned for five generations, the Hotel Monteleone stands majestically on Royal Street in New Orleans. It has even been said. “The French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone.” One step into the lobby and I understand how true that is.
Ornate chandeliers hang from gilded ceilings and Monteleone family portraits adorn the walls, lending an air of aristocratic sophistication. Fresh flowers and a beautiful grandfather clock add to the beauty of this lobby. I feel like I slipped back in time in the grandest way. In some ways I have, this hotel opened back in 1886 and still has world-class allure.
From the smiling doorman to the friendly guest registration staff to the accommodating housekeeper, I find welcoming staff with my every turn. For first-time New Orleans visitors, the friendly concierge will happily guide you through your stay. The top-notch staff is a true asset to the hotel, making everyone feel like a VIP.
Luxurious Rooms and Suites
Inside this elegant old hotel, timeless sophistication graces their 570 guests rooms and 55 suites. Under high ceilings and crown molding, every accommodation is decorated from days past in the most tasteful way.
This hotel earned the prestigious Literary Landmark designation – one of three hotels in the US given this honor, due to famous literary figures who have stayed here – William Faulkner, Ernest Hemmingway, and Tennessee Williams. You can book a literary suite and follow in the footsteps of famous authors.
Beautifully landscaped with potted flowers and greenery, the rooftop pool is the perfect place to enjoy your favorite cocktail while taking in the city views. If you get hungry, order a salad, sandwich or pizza to satisfy your cravings. A row of misting fans will help cool you on a hot summer day.
No need to take a step outside the hotel for fine dining, book a reservation at Criollo, Spanish for Creole. The menu reflects a mixture of cuisines from Africa, France, Italy, and Spain with a heavy dose of Louisiana flavor represented in a modern way. Begin your day with beignets with praline sauce and strawberries, lunch on turtle soup and jumbo shrimp creole, and end your day with baked stuffed creole redfish – just some of their signature fare.
Carousel Bar & Lounge
Opened back in 1949, the famous Carousel Bar is a longtime favorite hotspot. Everyone wants to sit in one of the 25 seats surrounding the revolving bar, which makes one complete rotation every 15 minutes. A line forms long before their 11:00 AM opening to snag one of the coveted, hand-painted, circus-themed bar stools.
One look at this beautiful ornate Merry-Go-Round bar, it’s hard not to want to jump in line for a seat. If you are not the waiting type, then grab a seat in the lounge and watch the bar make its rounds while you sip on a cocktail as a jazz band’s sweet sounds fill the room.
When staying at Hotel Monteleone, you are steps away from many famous restaurants – Brennan’s and Court of Two Sisters, music clubs, and upscale shopping from European antiquities to modern souvenirs. You are just one block from Bourbon Street, one block from Canal Street where you can jump on a Street Car, and four blocks from the Mississippi River. You will be in the middle of art, food, and history – the best of what New Orleans has to offer.
A longtime French Quarter favorite hotel, you will marvel at how fabulous your Hotel Monteleone experience will be. With its impressive history, I believe it will continue to be a favorite hotel for many generations to come.
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