5 Great Hotels in New Orleans' French Quarter
Need somewhere to stay in New Orleans? One of these five top-rated hotels in French Quarter could have just what you're seeking.
Hotel Le Marais
A destination boutique hotel, Hotel Le Marais is a unique locale that provides a beautiful little oasis from the fast-paced city. Located on Conti Street just three blocks from the river, the four-story hotel sets itself apart from others by cultivating a hip cocktail bar feel with a low-key yet stylish ambience. Vive!, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, is arranged lounge-style with low purple lighting and has been known to offer free drinks upon guests’ first arrival. The salt-water pool can be found in the courtyard, surrounded by greenery and classy lounge furniture atop a rustic brick deck. Equipped with paid parking, free breakfast, and a well-maintained gym, Hotel Le Marais is the perfect place for a romantic anniversary stay.
A small, high-quality hotel known for exceptional customer service and attentive staff, Hotel Mazarin is a four-story, French-inspired hotel that features paid parking, a complimentary breakfast, and two high-end bars. Compared to large hotels, this little jewel may seem less than impressive; but Hotel Mazarin holds its own. The pieced wooden floors and classy retro furniture in the lobby, coupled with the suites’ sleek tile and elaborate old-world rugs, this venue makes up for its deficit of flash with its attention to detail and charm. The hotel's lush courtyard, bordered by tall glass doors, features a seating area and a beautiful fountain. Mazarin’s location in French Quarter with a balcony overlooking Bienville Street and its proximity to various art galleries, restaurants, and stores, are part of what make Hotel Mazarin a superb choice for a romantic getaway or a soothing solo stay.
InterContinental New Orleans
A cosmopolitan venue, InterContinental New Orleans is a classic take on the ritzy and upscale hotel sought after by so many. The chic marble flooring and lavish seating in the lobby welcome guests as they arrive, and the luxurious suites are stocked with all the trappings of comfort – some even come with a complimentary bottle of wine. The hotel features a bar, a restaurant equipped to cater, a gym, and, at the fourteenth floor, a rooftop pool complete with poolside dining services. With its location near Lafayette Square, InterContinental is ideal for parade watchers and tourists who might enjoy dinner at one of several up-scale restaurants on St Charles Avenue, including Desi Vega’s, Herbsaint, and Marcello’s. Pete’s, the hotel’s in-house restaurant, opens for breakfast with pastries and coffee and highlights dinner specials and cocktails. InterContinental is welcoming to pets and children and is prepared to receive families on vacation as well as solo guests traveling on business.
The Historic Hotel Monteleone is an elegant location offering an authentic New Orleans experience. From the ornamented white stone exterior to the crystal chandeliers and delicately painted ceilings, the hotel offers old-world class in the midst of a bustling and modern city. With its famous carousel bar, rooftop pool, and spa, this gorgeous venue was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, who wrote about Hotel Monteleone in his writings. Originally opened by Antoine Monteleone in 1886, the hotel has been run by generations of the Monteleone family. The classic rooftop sign that stands fourteen floors above the street serves as a beacon, welcoming the city to experience all Hotel Monteleone has to offer. Within walking distance of some prime shopping venues as well as several seafood and Creole restaurants including Mr. B's Bistro, Le Bayou, Bourbon House, and Felix's, this child- and pet-friendly spot sets the stage for unforgettable vacationing. Providing many well-arranged conference rooms, Hotel Monteleone is also an ideal pick for business meetings and conferences.
Q+C Hotel and Bar
Also known as the Queen and Crescent, this chic spot is perfect for a hip night out and a restful morning in. Complete with a gym, the hotel welcomes children and pets. Located just off of Camp Street, the historic Q+C Hotel and Bar is known for its trendy, yet rustic and cozy ambiance. The tastefully chosen décor in the bar includes leather couch seating atop worn, industrial concrete floors laid with ornate rugs. Stylish and modern fixtures provide light above a bar set with wooden stools and flanked with rough, exposed brick. The rooms themselves also feature exposed brick mixed with stylish wall art and polished comfort. Just next door to the hotel is Welty's Deli, a popular breakfast spot. For dinner, guests may walk a little over block down to August, a French restaurant headed by Chef John Besh. The Q+C was included in Southern Living Magazine in October 2015 as one of several components of the "rejuvenation" of old New Orleans. Having received many awards, including a 2015 Downtown Development Award and inclusion in the Top Happy Hours of New Orleans (as named by St. Charles Avenue), this twelve-story locale seems to have earned its stripes.
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