The 15 best hotels in New Orleans, from boutique hotels in the French Quarter to well-known chains like Ace and Ritz-Carlton

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best hotels in New Orleans

From the lively French Quarter scene to the colorful boutiques of Magazine Street, New Orleans is a culturally rich city boasting some of the most enchanting historic neighborhoods anywhere in the world. Add world-class music and culinary scenes, a year-round festival circuit, diverse heritage, and a bohemian reputation, and you have quite the destination.

The city has long been a hugely popular tourist destination with over 18 million annual visitors in recent, pre-pandemic years – a million and a half of these coming for the city’s biggest event, Mardi Gras. This, coupled with a healthy convention industry, has driven strong hotel growth.

Preservation restrictions forbid the construction of large hotels in the French Quarter itself, but a rash of new properties have opened up in the neighboring Central Business District (CBD), with many large national chains, as well as smaller, character-filled boutique properties in converted historic buildings. Many brands pick New Orleans to try out niche collections.

Of course, COVID-19 largely affected all that, and this year there won’t be any grand Mardi Gras parades. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy King Cakes, stroll along the lake, and stay at a top-notch hotel. Plus, due to the lower occupancy levels, instead of the usual surge pricing, many hotels are currently offering steep room discounts, and serious value can be found from budget stays to luxury hotels throughout the city.

However, it’s vital to keep in mind there’s still no guarantee of safety when it comes to travel right now. We always recommend following guidelines from the CDC and WHO and practicing handwashing, social distancing, and mask-wearing in all public areas. If you’re wondering if hotels are safe at all right, experts note that it depends on a variety of factors, including how crowded the hotel is and what new policies they have in place. To help with this, we’ve also outlined the current COVID-19 protocols in place for each hotel on our list below. 

And if you feel more comfortable staying in an Airbnb, which experts and the CDC have noted as lower risk options right now due to reduced contact with other people, we have you covered with our guide to the best Airbnbs in New Orleans.

With all that in mind, I’ve been visiting since 2001 and have lived in New Orleans since 2011, and the variety of hotels is impressive. 

I’ve chosen properties based on my own experiences, based on the following criteria:

  1. With affordability in mind, I’ve chosen hotels at a range of price points to suit various budgets, starting from just $71 and rising to $350 per night.
  2. While I’ve personally stayed at all of these hotels, and each has a more in-depth review you can read, all are also well-rated on trusted travelers sites such as TripAdvisor and Booking.com.
  3. Most are newer, contemporary, and design-forward to create a real sense of place, though some are wonderful historic hotels, and others are familiar corporate brands. In their own ways, each reflects the culture of New Orleans.
  4. Every property listed offers value as strong and attractive as the city itself.

Keep reading to discover the best hotels in New Orleans, sorted by price from low to high.

Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery

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Book Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery starting at $71 per night

It’s not every day you get to stay in a converted chandlery (maker of supplies for ships) but this art-forward, converted 19th-century warehouse in the CBD offers guests that exact opportunity.

The interior boasts refined dark wood fittings that contrast with exposed brickwork, and a rotating display of work from local and regional artists creates a reassuringly cultural space. There’s even a vending machine with miniature pieces of original art. 

The brickwork continues as a visual motif into guest rooms themselves, which also come with a pleasing amount of space and light. Expect some cheeky modern art, a very comfortable white-tiled bathroom with a walk-in shower, and the option to order a selection of pillows and inspirational books.

Downstairs, the Caribbean brasserie of Compere Lapin is one of the city’s most exciting restaurants, complemented by a bar with a well-curated craft cocktail menu. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 84 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 8.3 out of 10

Pros: The interior design is one of the most pleasing in the city, and having such a high-quality restaurant on-site is a real bonus. The comfortable rooms offer excellent value. 

Cons: There’s no swimming pool, though there is a small exercise room for keeping up those fitness regimens.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open with policies in place that include:

  • A limited contact check-in process 
  • New accredited Health, Safety, and Cleaning Processes  
  • Virtual concierge services 
  • A limited number of room reservations will be accepted each night. 
  • Housekeeping available by request only.

Read our full review of Old No. 77 Hotel  

The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans

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Book The Troubadour Hotel starting at $90 per night

This intriguing property lies at the far edge of the CBD, and outwardly, seems to be just a fairly nondescript 1960s office block. But through the doors is a different story, with a kaleidoscope of colorful, sleek retro interiors and patterns, striking sculptures of musical instruments, and design flourishes that switch between decades seamlessly. There are plentiful sofas for lounging on the ground floor and mezzanine, some nooks feel futuristic, others are straight out of a scene in Mad Men. 

The rooms are a delight and the entry-level Troubie King dazzles with floor-to-ceiling windows and visually exciting geometric patterns amid blues and gray tones. Light fittings are just shy of kitsch, as are the locally-sourced artworks, and there are aspects of both 1970s and contemporary luxury about the place. The self-service cocktail kit and huge walk-in shower feel decadently adult.

The rooftop bar, Monkey Board is as sexy as any in the city, with its taco stand and views, and restaurant Jayne has a great selection of elevated casual favorites.  

Trip Advisor Ranking: 77 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 8.6 out of 10

Pros: Don’t let the lower Trip Advisor ranking fool you, the design-forward rooms offer some of the best value accommodations in the city. 

Cons: The rooftop bar space is crying out for a small pool, but sadly there isn’t one.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open. As part of the Hilton family, it is following Hilton’s new ‘CleanStay with Lysol protections’ that include:

  • Hilton CleanStay Room Seal indicating guest rooms haven’t been accessed between cleaning and when guests enter.
  • Extra cleaning in rooms of high-touch surfaces and increased cleaning frequency of public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning for fitness centers.
  • Contactless check-in/check-out options.

Read our full review of The Troubadour Hotel

Ace Hotel New Orleans

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Book the Ace Hotel New Orleans starting at $117 per night

A sister property of Maison de la Luz, the Ace Hotel New Orleans offers a reassuringly familiar experience to those familiar with other hotels under the brand in other major cities. As a relatively small national chain that enjoys a reputation for its minimalist-chic presentation and casual ambiance, there’s an experiential consistency that young, out-of-town travelers are drawn to. 

All of the room categories share the hotel’s aesthetic, branding being high up on the list of Ace’s priorities. Traditionalists may find them somewhat on the stark side, but minimalists will be much more at home. The bohemian aesthetics and colorful touches, like hand-painted wardrobes and matelassé quilts, add a level of character that isn’t found in the international chains that make up the hotel’s peers in the CBD.

The hotel also boasts an excellent rooftop with a pool and an excellent on-site Italian restaurant. During non-pandemic times, locals and visitors alike can be found spending evenings at the buzzing cocktail bar and music venue.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 79 out of 177 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Pros: The Ace brand definitely has its loyal followers, many of them Instagram-happy millennials who enjoy the vintage look and quirky design flourishes. The music venue and rooftop pool are particularly standout on-site offerings. 

Cons: Unfortunately, the music venue and cocktail lounge are not currently operating due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and has new policies in place, including:

  • The hotel is implementing deep cleaning and sanitation of public spaces on an hourly schedule.
  • All staff and guests must wear face coverings in public areas — they have some available if you forgot yours.
  • Each of the team members undergoes a temperature check before each shift.
  • They posted social distancing guidelines throughout the hotel that we ask both staff and guests to follow.
  • Touchless hand sanitizers and wipes are available throughout the hotel.
  • Complimentary health and safety kits are available at check-in.
  • Guest rooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and then sealed for your safety for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the next guest arrival to allow for proper deep cleaning.

Read our full review of the Ace Hotel New Orleans

Hotel Peter & Paul

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Book Hotel Peter & Paul starting at $119 per night

The Marigny is a mostly residential neighborhood next to the French Quarter, and this hotel a considerate, discreet addition to its streets. Housed in a converted church, both the sacred space and the associated properties such as a school house, rectory, and convent were all repurposed to welcome guests.

The original architecture still very much on display and interiors pay dutiful homage to the former lives of the buildings. Stained glass windows and swathes of richly colored fabrics frame the spaces and there’s a casual holiness to the captivating ambiance. 

The rooms are spread across three of the buildings, and given that the original structures have been preserved, come in a wide array of styles and sizes. There’s a pastoral feel to most, with contemporary rustic decor and gingham furnishings. Religious iconography pops up, landing the rooms somewhere between a farmhouse and a seminary. 

The Elysian Bar is a destination spot with its decadent wall hangings and the striking curved and colorful columns of the bar itself. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 13 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Pros: The sense of place and former life of these buildings has been honored respectfully and thoughtfully, and it’s a truly memorable place to stay with affordable prices.

Cons: Due to the age and design of the original buildings, some of the rooms can feel quite small.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open with new policies in place, including:

  • All staff and guests must wear face coverings in the hotel’s public spaces. Additional masks are on hand.
  • Temperature checks are required upon entry.
  • The hotel’s common areas are cleaned and sanitized on a rigorous schedule with technical and industry-specific products and tools.
  • Rooms will be vacant for at least 24 hours whenever possible.
  • Team members have all been trained on the most up-to-date hospitality safety protocols and procedures. 

Read our full hotel review of Hotel Peter & Paul

The Pontchartrain Hotel

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Book The Pontchartrain Hotel starting at $129 per night

This hotel reopened in 2016 after a 60-year hiatus and the refurbishment was a panoramic triumph. Though the hotel is away from Downtown in the Lower Garden District, it’s a true destination property with 1940s glamour that was lovingly recreated throughout the building. Details such as the gold leaf in the original elevators, staff uniforms, antique mirrors, curated art, and the cinematic period front desk that issues actual metal door keys to guests, all curate a retro aesthetic that is completely on point. 

Guest rooms are equally vintage feeling and unmatched in style in the city. European and Caribbean influences are apparent with tiki-style decor, velvet headboards, and chaise lounges that add to the plush feel. Antique medicine cabinets in immaculately-tiled bathrooms and original wardrobes complete the aesthetic.

Stand-out food and beverage options include the artfully decadent Jack Rose restaurant, but the real jewel is the rooftop bar, Hot Tin, which serves up the best views of the city alongside craft cocktails. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 3 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10

Pros: The attention to detail in the refurbishment is astounding, making The Pontchartrain Hotel one of the most evocative hotels in the city. 

Cons: The location is slightly away from the main action of Downtown, but some visitors may prefer the quieter ambiance the slight distance provides.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and has new policies in place, including:

  • Upon arrival, hand sanitizer machines will be found at entry. Masks will also be available upon request.
  • Rooms are equipped with individual A/C units along with single-use toiletries.  Complimentary hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be placed bedside.
  •  The in-room private bar will not be available. But, convenience and snack items, along with beer and wine, are available upon request for pick-up or delivery straight to your room.

Read our full review of The Pontchartrain hotel

The Higgins Hotel New Orleans

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Book The Higgins Hotel New Orleans starting at $129 per night

Not many hotels in the world can say they are the sister property to a museum, but that’s the case here at this unusual property. Neighboring the National World War II Museum, The Higgins reflects a retro 1940s chic feel. The imposing, Gothic exterior gives way to a glorious lobby, with Art Deco aesthetics and huge, floor-to-ceiling murals. Wartime artifacts and music from the period create an impressively evocative atmosphere, all designed to welcome the veterans and history buffs that make up most of the clientele. 

The entry-level rooms are impressive, with inviting royal blues and gold hues in King Rooms that complements the military precision of clean lines and general tidiness. There’s wartime-inspired artwork and kitsch posters as well as panoramic city views.

The hotel’s amenities continue the theme, with Kilroy’s lobby bar and rustic French restaurant Café Normandie both offering additional military aesthetics. Hilton Honors members can use the lounge, which boasts General Patton’s piano. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10

Pros: A truly interesting and memorable property that is right next door to the world-class National World War II Museum, and certainly takes inspiration from it. It’s a must for history buffs. 

Cons: Younger travelers may find the clientele on the mature side, but there’s every respect paid to veterans and servicemen and women.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and, as part of the Hilton family, will be following Hilton’s new ‘CleanStay with Lysol protections’ that include:

  • Hilton CleanStay Room Seal indicating guest rooms haven’t been accessed between cleaning and when guests enter.
  • Extra cleaning in rooms of high-touch surfaces and increased cleaning frequency of public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning for fitness centers.
  • Contactless check-in/check-out options.

Read our full review of The Higgins Hotel

The Royal Sonesta

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Book The Royal Sonesta starting at $129 per night

There are odd touches of class to be found along New Orleans’ tackiest thoroughfare, Bourbon Street, and this grand dame of a hotel is one of them. Taking up a whole city block, stepping inside immediately transports you away from the neon and noise outside into an elegant Art Deco lobby, replete with floral arrangements and sleek sofas. The hotel boasts a 6,000-piece art collection, making it the most cultural spot on the street. 

Thanks to a 2016 complete renovation, the rooms feel fresh with royal blue bedding, maroon flourishes, and decor that feels whimsical without straying into pretension.

The hotel’s flagship restaurant, R’Evolution, is one of the finest in the city providing a gourmet romp through the best cuisine in the South. There’s an on-site jazz lounge for taking in the local music scene, and an outdoor heated pool that’s a blessing year-round. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 52 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Pros: Staying at Royal Sonesta places you right in the thick of the action, surrounded by the entertainment district of the French Quarter, without feeling overburdened by it.

Cons: Some guests might see the location as a minus, as it can be one of the noisier spots at peak times.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and operating under the ‘Stay Safe with Sonesta’ policies, which include:

  • Rigorous cleaning protocols, including frequent sanitizing of public areas and other high traffic/high contact touchpoints, using Ecolab hospital-grade (CDC-approved) cleaning products.​
  • Signage and guidance to encourage appropriate physical distancing.
  • Limited-contact check-in/out procedures.

  • Updated guest room cleaning and sanitizing protocols, following the latest CDC recommendations and using Ecolab hospital-grade (CDC-approved) cleaning products.

Read our full review of the Royal Sonesta

Hotel Monteleone

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Book Hotel Monteleone starting at $149 per night

Operational since 1886, this hotel is one of the very few family-owned properties of its kind, now under fifth generation management. Exterior lights up Royal Street with elegant Italianate architecture, and the lobby feels alive with old-school European charm. Exhibition cases show off a proud literary history with artifacts from Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Service harks back to the Golden Age of travel, and the hotel’s famous Carousel Bar (literally designed around a slowly-rotating carousel bar) is a major tourist draw and has been welcoming guests and locals for cocktails for over 100 years. 

There’s a traditional, almost imperial feel to the rooms with brocaded curtains and striped wallpaper, but it’s the hotel’s public spaces that really shine. As well as the Carousel Bar, the flagship restaurant Criollo serves Southern Classic and live jazz. On the rooftop, one of the city’s best pools awaits guests, and the day spa, Aria, is also suitably welcoming. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 21 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10

Pros: The feeling of staying in a truly unique property is unmatched the access to Carousel Bar is a major advantage. Hotels like this one don’t really exist anymore in the United States. 

Cons: The entry-level rooms are more functional than showstoppers, though the suites are among the best in town. 

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and has new policies in place, including:

  • The front desk will have Plexiglas shields in place.
  • Staff and guests will be required to wear face masks.
  • Masks will be available for guests upon request.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided and visible.
  • Housekeeping personnel will be required to wear face masks.
  • Rooms will be cleaned and sanitized for guests arrival and again upon departure.
  • Rooms will be vacated for 24 hours prior to the next guests being able to check-in to a room.
  • Increased cleaning frequency of the bar areas with one dedicated staff member sanitizing per shift.

Read our full hotel review of Hotel Monteleone

The Hyatt Regency New Orleans

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Book The Hyatt Regency New Orleans starting at $149 per night

This large convention hotel – still fresh from a $275 million renovation – lies in a plumb spot just behind the Louisiana Superdome. In terms of service and breadth of amenities, it stands alone in the city. Seven award-winning dining options and an outdoor saltwater pool are just a couple of the highlights. The interior is a symphony of glass and steel, with futuristic elevators and striking windows that are a work of art in themselves and stretch for several stories with views of the stadium beyond. 

There are 1,200 rooms, arranged in a horseshoe pattern around the central public space. They are cleaned to hypoallergenic standards and deliver everything you might expect from a successful international brand including a high standard for business design, with gold and ivory accents and a tech-forward feel.

The restaurants run the gamut of high-end to casual, with coffee shops, stores, and a 32nd-floor gym, meaning you don’t have to leave the property if you don’t need to. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 83 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10

Pros: Solid quality accommodations with so many amenities that leaving the hotel isn’t necessary. The Trip Advisor ranking belies how good the value of this hotel is.  

Cons: If it’s a sense of place and character you’re looking for, a smaller boutique property would be better. This is definitely a chain business and convention hotel and feels as traditional as you’d expect from a big name.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and, as a Hyatt property, the hotel is adhering to the brand’s policies that include:

  •  GBAC STARTM cleanliness and training accreditation process through the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) at all Hyatt hotels.
  • Trained Hygiene & Wellbeing Leader or team at all locations, responsible for their hotel adhering to new operational protocols and training.
  • Sanitizer stations prominently placed throughout hotels.
  • More frequent cleaning of public spaces and guestroom surfaces.
  • Enhanced food safety and hygiene protocols.
  • Colleague temperature checks at Hyatt hotels globally, and guest temperature checks at some locations in compliance with local government requirements and in light of local situations and practices.
  • Removal of certain high-touch items from the guest rooms.

Read our full review of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Loews New Orleans

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Book Loews New Orleans Hotel starting at $149 per night

Loews New Orleans Hotel is a NoLa darling, known for its pool and spa, as well as a beloved restaurant and bar that’s among the higher ranks of New Orleans four and five-star properties. 

It sits in a small cluster of luxury hotels at the end of Poydras Street, just on the outskirts of the historic French Quarter. The Mississippi River is on the doorstep, and its understated elegance merges together with alluring amenities.

The Loews New Orleans Hotel has seven room categories, all with similar artwork and amenities, just varying sizes and views. A contemporary luxe aesthetic carries through all of the rooms and suites, mostly neutral greys, creams, and whites with royal blue accents and sleek decor that blends in rather than standing out. Those seeking exceptional views will want to make sure they book a River View room.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 32 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10

Pros: Offering competitive prices for a luxury hotel, the on-site amenities are particularly fabulous, including the beloved restaurant and bar and the indoor heated pool. 

Cons: Street performers on Poydras Street can cause a certain amount of noise, especially if you’re staying on a lower floor.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and following Loews Hotels standards, which include: 

  • Upon arrival, all guests will be asked to have a face covering/mask on, prior to entering the hotel.
  • Everyday cleaning standards include cleaning guestrooms, meeting rooms, outlets, corridors, and public areas with a Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant, an EPA approved product effective against emerging viral pathogens and COVID-19, including the frequent cleaning of “high touch areas” such as telephones, remote controls, door handles, light switches, elevators, and tabletops.
  • High alcohol content hand sanitizer stations have been added to front desks, spas, fitness centers, elevator landings, meeting rooms, and other high traffic guest areas.
  • The hotel limits the number of passengers for each elevator ride. Face coverings/masks are required in elevators. The elevator buttons and handrails are disinfected every hour and we have also added hand sanitizer stations on all landings throughout the hotel.

Read our full review of Loews New Orleans

The Roosevelt New Orleans

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Book The Roosevelt New Orleans starting at $162 per night

One of the oldest hotels in New Orleans (it dates back to 1893), this magnificent building combines architectural styles from the Gilded Age, as well as Art Deco and Beaux-Arts flourishes. The block-long lobby is stunning, all done up in golden sophistication with murals, elaborate light fixtures, and period furniture. Uniformed lobby staff dart between guests, and there’s an ambiance of a grand, European hotel, including old-school touches such as a shoe-shine stand. 

Off the lobby are famed local institutions, such as the wood-paneled Sazerac Bar and legendary event space, The Blue Room, while live jazz music floats from The Fountain Bar. There’s a traditional feel to the rooms, with dark woods and floral patterns, and suites offering a particularly good value. On-site restaurant Domenica offers upscale Italian classics, and the Waldorf Astoria-branded spa and rooftop swimming pool are elegant relaxation areas. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 47 of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: The wealth of amenities and services give guests a reassuring feel of a true full-service five-star hotel. 

Cons: Some of the walls in the standard rooms can be thin, but it’s not a hotel that books in many large parties of young people.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and, as part of the Hilton family, will be following Hilton’s new ‘CleanStay with Lysol protections’ that include:

  • Hilton CleanStay Room Seal indicating guest rooms haven’t been accessed between cleaning and when guests enter.
  • Extra cleaning in rooms of high-touch surfaces and increased cleaning frequency of public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning for fitness centers.
  • Contactless check-in/check-out options.

Read our full hotel review of The Roosevelt New Orleans

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

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Book The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans starting at $199 per night

The New Orleans branch of the global luxury brand dominates a city block on Canal Street and the edges of the French Quarter, in an imposing Beaux-Arts building. Once a high-end department store, it’s now a sprawling, five-star property with all the amenities and comforts visitors would expect of a brand such as The Ritz. The elevator to the lobby delivers a reassuring degree of exclusivity, and the lower floor is dedicated to the hotel’s high-end spa and gym. 

Rooms err on the traditional side, with opulent curtains, oversized embroidered headboards, and a plush blue velvet armchair that create a certain antebellum charm. There’s a club level in its own annex with even higher levels of indulgence.

M Bistro, the flagship restaurant, has a Southern menu that locks in a sense of place, and the Davenport Lounge sees local jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport entertain with classic songs for free on weekends. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 46 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: There’s an assured confidence of booking into a Ritz Carlton property and the standards that come along with that. This outpost certainly does not disappoint.

Cons: The Ritz Carlton New Orleans is one of the more expensive options and the interiors don’t really reflect the city in a very noticeable way.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open. The hotel is under the Marriott Bonvoy brand and will be following Marriott’s new ‘Global Cleanliness Council’ policies that include:

  • New cleaning technologies that include electrostatic sprayers for touchless disinfecting capabilities and cleaning processes. 
  • Surfaces are treated with hospital-grade disinfectants and cleaning is done with increased frequency. 
  • In guest rooms, Marriott has added detailed cleaning practices, requiring all surfaces be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. The company will also be placing disinfecting wipes in each room for guests’ personal use.
  • Signage in lobbies will remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols.
  • Added partitions at front desks provide an extra level of precaution for guests and associates.
  • More hand sanitizing stations around Marriott’s hotels particularly near the entrances and front desks, elevator banks, fitness areas, and meeting spaces.

Read our full hotel review of The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

Maison de la Luz

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Book Maison de la Luz starting at $233 per night

This new (opened 2019) luxury hotel is a side venture from the Ace Hotel brand, and The Ace Hotel New Orleans is just across the street.

This newer concept, however, is not like the minimal mod Ace properties you’ve come to know. Rather, it’s far more exclusive and luxurious. The 67-room property feels like you’ve slipped into the townhouse of a global traveler, who returned to New Orleans and decorated her property with curios she collected. The lobby is framed by glorious twin staircases and retro Art Deco flourishes complete the look. 

The rooms enjoy expert interior design, as well as indulgent amounts of daylight with high ceilings and huge windows. Quirky touches such as zodiac-themed coffee tables and sculpted snakes for shower door handles ramp up the visual curiosity, while stand-alone tubs and high-end mini-bar liquor reflects the 5-star status.

The lounge and restaurant downstairs evoke feelings of an Egyptian museum and French brasserie respectively, and the scarlet library of front bar Marilou is a decadent escape that also houses a secret bar within a bar behind a bookshelf for hotel guests. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 9.8 out of 10

Pros: The hotel has truly elevated the level of exclusive luxury in the city, and there are no properties quite like it in town. 

Cons: Maison de la Luz is priced higher than most New Orleans hotels, and besides the bar and restaurant, there are no real amenities. For a pool or exercise room, guests need to use those at the Ace Hotel, though this is only a minute’s across the road.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open and has new policies in place that include:

  • Implementing deep cleaning and sanitation of public spaces on an hourly schedule.
  • All staff and guests must wear face coverings in public areas — masks are available upon request.
  • Posted social distancing guidelines throughout the hotel that both staff and guests must follow.
  • Touchless hand sanitizers and wipes are available throughout the hotel.
  • Complimentary health and safety kits are available at check-in.

Read our full hotel review of Maison de la Luz

Windsor Court Hotel

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Book Windsor Court Hotel starting at $278 per night

For an unlikely slice of British refinement in the CBD, this 5-star hotel comes complete with afternoon tea service and fine art depicting hunting scenes and high society.

The exterior is unswervingly modern, but inside offers a traditionally luxurious experience following a $22 million refurbishment. The public spaces feel like a private members club with leather sofas and a lingering air of refinement and the heated pool is easily the most alluring in the city. 

The suites (it’s an all-suite hotel) scream classic English vogue, with blue and gold overtones accentuating traditional patterns and views of the river from small private balconies. The all-marble bathrooms elevate the ambiance even more, and though the rooms are decidedly unflashy, they reflect a high standard of design.

The restaurant, The Grill Room, is one of the highest-rated in the South, with its murals and leather-backed chairs, and the Polo Lounge is a sophisticated spot for an after-dinner cocktail. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 10 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 9.4 out of 10

Pros: A high-end, full-service hotel that instantly delivers a real sense of refinement and elegance. 

Cons: Windsor Court is very traditional, and fans of modern design may feel it’s on the stuffy side.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open. New policies include:

  • Additional cleaning procedures in all areas of the hotel, including increasing the frequency of these cleaning routines with an emphasis on all high-touch areas. 
  • Modified housekeeping service in sleeping accommodations.
  • Placing hand sanitizers in key areas around the property, including the lobby, meeting spaces, and other public spaces. 
  • Practices of social distancing which include: reduced occupancy of guest elevators, increased spacing of check-in stations, suspension of house car service, and use of masks by all associates.

Read our full hotel review of Windsor Court Hotel

Soniat House Hotel

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Book Soniat House Hotel starting at $350 per night

It’s easy to walk right past this early 19th-century complex of high-end Creole cottages tucked away on a tranquil, residential stretch of the French Quarter.

Stepping through the door, though, guests see flickering gas lamps and tropical foliage framing a stone-flagged courtyard. Wrought iron balconies and public spaces bedecked with period antiques hint at the levels of sophistication within, and the hotel serves as a timeless iteration of Southern elegance. 

The 31 accommodations differ in size and layout but all reflect a rustic sophistication. Entry-level cottages come with canopy beds, gold and green color palates, chandeliers, and antique ornaments. Doors open out onto the courtyard, where guests can enjoy freshly-baked biscuits, preserves, and freshly-squeezed orange juice for breakfast, and there’s also a well-stocked honor bar in a plush guest lounge for pre-dinner cocktails. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 63 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans

Booking.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10

Pros: The feeling of privacy and exclusivity while still staying in the French Quarter is unmatched. 

Cons: With only a breakfast menu (though it is available for most of the day), guests have to rely on dining out options. Amenities on-site are quite limited.

COVID-19 status and policies: This hotel is currently open with new policies in place that include:

  • Enhanced rigorous cleaning practices and protocols, with increased frequency, diligence, and great attention to detail in high-touch areas.
  • All rooms and suites will be vacated for 48 hours prior to the next guests being able to check into a room or suite.
  • Temperature checks at arrival.
  • Protective plexiglass shields at the front desk.
  • Housekeeping services tailored to comfort levels.

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