This was our first visit to NOLA and I'm more than pleased to recommend the Hotel Monteleone. When I made the reservation on-line, I took advantage of joining their "club." Because of this, and due to availability, we were offered a free upgrade to a Premium King room on the tenth floor. It was spacious and included a jacuzzi tub in addition to the shower. We had a view of the water and saw cruise ships coming and going. We also received a coupon for a free drink in the Carousel Lounge. Since we took advantage of the special reduced summer rate, it helped to offset the parking charges.
The hotel is in an excellent location in the French Quarter -- close to several of the Brennan family restaurants: Brennan's on Royal, Mr. B's Bistro and The Bourbon House, and it's not a bad walk up to Frenchman Street for dinner at Adolfo's either. Walgreen's is on a corner (of course) very close by and there's a Smoothie King just down the street. You have easy access to the bus and Trolley (St. Charles).
Monteleone's decor is first class and you'll see a huge bouquet of fresh flowers in the lobby (like the Royal Sonesta) and I was impressed by the sparkling bathrooms with granite tile, more than ample supply of towels, a Keurig coffee pot in the room and a comfortable bed. Also worth noting is how quiet our room was at the end of the hallway.
As it was stifling hot in NO, we enjoyed coming back to the hotel in mid-afternoon and spending time at the pool -- plenty of towels and cold drinks. By that time, you could enjoy a little shade as well.
I found ALL of the staff I encountered during our 3-night stay to be gracious: Check-in staff, Parking, Concierge, Pool staff, Doorman and Maid service. Our maid even stopped by one afternoon to offer ice and chocolates!
We look forward to visiting again and will definitely try to book at Monteleone. Oh, and by the way, while we were there, we saw that a Hollywood celebrity made the Hotel Montelone their choice as well. What more can I say?
- 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