If you’re planning a visit to New Orleans, staying in an historic French Quarter Hotel will add a special ambiance to your stay: placing you in the center of the action and in the center of history.
If you’re someone who prefers name brand hotels that you’ve grown comfortable with--like a Westin or a Hyatt--this article is not for you. The French Quarter does have some nice chain hotels; however, this article is for those who seek the experience of staying in a non-standard older hotel, which can be quaint or quirky, simple or luxurious, but always unique.
Place d' Armes Hotel
With just 84 rooms, the Place d’Armes Hotel is an intimate property located at Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter. The rooms are divided between eight historic renovated townhouses that are decorated in the French Quarter style with antique reproduction furnishings.
The Place d’Armes Hotel is an AAA triple-diamond rated property with a lush tropical courtyard, patio and pool. The hotel serves a free continental breakfast daily, and children 12 and under stay free. Rates for this hotel begin at $89 for an interior room with two double beds.
Additional amenities at Place d’Armes include cable TV, Wi-Fi (additional charge), photocopying and facsimile services, voice mail, irons and hair dryers in every room and complimentary in-room safe deposit boxes.
Hotel St. Pierre
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1965, Hotel St. Pierre is a collection of 77 Creole Cottages and French Colonial Townhouses dating back to 1780. The New Orleans Jazz Museum opened at the Hotel in 1961; a free continental breakfast is served each day in the Louis Armstrong Room of the museum, which features jazz artifacts, photographs, instruments, original recordings and other memorabilia.
Hotel St. Pierre offers historic amenities such as exposed brick walls, hardwood beams and wooden shutters, along with two swimming pools and tropical gardens. Rates begin at $109 for a standard room with 2 double beds.
Additional amenities include free in-room Wi-Fi, cable TV, safety deposit boxes at the front desk, and fax and copy service at front desk.
Since 1886, the Hotel Monteleone has been family-owned and operated; it was one of very few family-owned hotels to survive the Great Depression. When it opened Hotel Monteleone had 64 guest rooms; after five major additions, by 1964 the hotel had 600 guest rooms, ballrooms, dining rooms and cocktail lounges and a Sky Terrace with heated swimming pools. The famous revolving Carousel Bar and Lounge has long been a favorite of both locals and tourists, presenting live entertainment several nights a week. The Criollo Restaurant (Spanish for “Creole”) serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a seasonal, ingredient-driven menu of traditional Creole cuisine.
The Monteleone Hotel is the only hotel on this list that is pet-friendly; a standard room with two double beds starts at $169 per night.
Additional amenities at this 16-story hotel include Wi-Fi (additional charge), flat screen cable TV, full service business center and meeting space, a fitness room, and full-service day spa.