Most Elegant Hotels in New Orleans' French Quarter

You’ve toured Jackson Square, savored beignets at Café du Monde and taken in jazz on Bourbon Street. Now it’s time to kick back in the French Quarter’s most elegant hotels.

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Melrose Mansion

Once you’ve arrived in New Orleans, find this recently restored Victorian mansion just 1 block from the French Quarter. Located on historic Esplanade Avenue, Melrose Mansion showcases this swanky pool (one of the largest in the French Quarter), as well as 14 suites furnished with cozy high-count linens, down comforters and all-marble bathrooms.

Royal Sonesta

Located on Bourbon Street, in the heart of the French Quarter, this property offers a mix of Big Easy flair with European sophistication. The Sonesta’s big standout is its menu: Upon rising, enjoy a lap in one of the outdoor pools, then a traditional brunch of red beans and rice, or a roast beef po’ boy sandwich, alongside additional menu options such as French bouillabaisse, Spanish zarzuela and Tuscan cacciucco. 

W New Orleans

A short walk from Harrah’s Casino and the Warehouse District, W New Orleans is home to 410 stylishly comfortable rooms. Once you’ve made yourself at home in a “Wonderful Room” (think silky sheets and fluffy hypoallergenic pillows), enjoy some home-style comfort food at W’s Zoe restaurant, a AAA 4-diamond award winner, year after year.

Dauphine New Orleans

This French Quarter boutique hotel offers an elegant, historic feel: Among the Dauphine’s properties is the Audubon Room, where the famous naturalist painted his “Birds of America” series. Another big draw is the hotel’s suites: Brick walls and wooden posts are the backdrop to modern comforts like an en-suite kitchen. Ask the staff about paranormal sightings, too, because where there’s history, a ghost can’t be far behind.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel

Big Easy nightlife is just steps away from your room at this French Quarter hotel. The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is home to Bourbon “O,” the “freshest bar on Bourbon,” managed by a local who’s published more bar and cocktail-related books than anyone in the world. The hotel’s other big star is its ballroom, the oldest and grandest in all of New Orleans, dating back to 1817.    

The Saint Hotel

This Marriott property on the corner of Canal and Burgundy streets is a revamped wonder: Originally known as the Audubon Building, the original structure dates back to 1909 and has housed office space for decades. Then in 2005, the property was converted into a hotel, and today luxury reigns supreme at The Saint Hotel, from their marbled bathrooms, fluffy spa robes, valet parking and more.

Hotel Maison de Ville

A short walk from Bourbon Street and you’re at this French Quarter gem. Hotel Maison de Ville was recently named by Fodor’s as one of the 100 most distinct hotels in the world. The property’s antique and period furnishings have lured guests like Robert Redford and Paul McCartney; it also offers complimentary coffee and pastries each morning to enjoy on their balconies overlooking the French Quarter.  

Crowne Plaza

A rooftop pool and concierge service are among the features of the Astor Crowne Plaza, at the Gateway to the French Quarter. The Astor is also close to attractions like Jackson Square and the Aquarium of the Americas.

Omni Royal Orleans

The 345-room Omni Royal Orleans comes steeped in pop culture lore: In Live and Let Die, James Bond stays at the posh property. Today, the AAA 4-diamond property keeps up the “royal” treatment with a horse-drawn carriage ride to the front door, rooftop seating, a main lobby dripping with chandeliers and the Zagat-rated Rib Room, serving, you guessed it, prime rib, beef specialties and more.

Hotel Monteleone

Hotel Monteleone holds several big distinctions: It’s the only high-rise building in the interior French Quarter, and it’s home to the very cool Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge (pictured). This historic landmark, built in 1886 in the Beaux-Arts style -- one of the few long-standing, family-owned hotels in the US -- is also home to about 50 suites, a heated rooftop pool and a Creole restaurant.

Hotel Mazarin

Take a stroll through New Orleans, then rest up at Hotel Mazarin. Located off Bourbon Street, this boutique hotel features 102 rooms, all smoke-free. Across the street, enjoy dinner at La Louisiane Bar, where the lead French chef oversees menu items such as fig-and-goat cheese flatbread, endive stuffed with Boursin cheese, and mushroom profiterole. A daily deluxe breakfast is also included.

Bienville House Hotel

See what a recent multimillion-dollar renovation will get you at Bienville House. This French Quarter boutique hotel boasts a pool, wrought-iron balconies and in-room amenities like a daily complimentary continental breakfast. Another great perk is the hotel’s close proximity to antique shops on Royal Street, the famed House of Blues and the deliciously sweet Café du Monde, located just around the corner. 

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