My husband and I have been coming to New Orleans every year for Jazz Fest, and have always stayed at either the Royal Sonesta or the Ritz Carlton. This year, we decided to try the Monteleone for a slight change of scenery. Location-wise, being on Royal Street as opposed to Bourbon Street made a difference -- no need to push through throngs of inebriated people to enter the lobby, no need to worry about choosing an interior room to get a good night's sleep, and one block closer to the shuttle stop for the Jazz Fest buses.
The public areas of this hotel are elegant in an old-timey way -- lots of marble, brass and crystal. The Carousel bar is a must-visit at least once. But there are several minor deficiencies in the hotel which certainly didn't spoil my trip but will make me try harder to get into my preferred hotels next time. In terms of reservations, the website for the hotel didn't let us specify that we preferred a king room instead of two doubles (either that, or our request wasn't honored); for two tall people, neither sleeping together on a double, nor sleeping separately on our own double, was ideal. The room, while clean and generally comfortable, could have used a bit of updating and freshening up, and the bedding was not the high-thread-count cotton I've come to expect even at mid-range business class hotels. We had long-ish waits for elevators, because there are only two, and the crowds in the lobby (which has lounging areas just outside the elevators) led to some clumsy maneuvering one leaving the elevator.
That aside, the location is good, the hotel is reasonably comfortable, and the service was fine. But it's not my first choice of New Orleans hotels.
- 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