WILLIAM FAULKNER SUITE
Founded by a Sicilian count in 1886, the eponymously named Hotel Monteleone remains an aristocratic stay. Still owned and operated by the count’s descendants, the Monteleone has been a hideout for a coterie of top literary figures and a century’s worth of esteemed travelers. Recently redone to the tune of $70m, the French Quarter institution stands between some of Royal Street’s most exclusive shops. Beloved by locals for its Carousel Bar, Monteleone’s most stellar rooms remain its opulent literary suites. Choose the 1,104-sq-ft,William Faulkner Suite for its marble-and-granite bathroom and peerless views of the French Quarter.
JAMES J COLEMAN PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
Amid the Crescent City’s wealth of cultural influences,Windsor Court, a Preferred Hotel member, showcases a hint of Britain. With paintings that depict British royals at play and Cotswold-inspired decor, this plush hotel serves the best afternoon tea in New Orleans, with a harpist, 26 types of tea and scones with clotted cream and lemon curd. A glamorous spot to unwind, Windsor Court takes things up a notch with its VIP-worthy James J Coleman Presidential Suite, a 2,780-sq-ft hideaway that boasts secluded terraces overlooking the city. Anchored by a baby grand piano, the suite includes a library and oversize butler’s pantry, perfect for entertaining.
From $6,500 per night. Contact Megan Uram, director of sales & marketing, +1 504 596 4798, windsorcourthotel.com
THE RITZ-CARLTON SUITE
Ensconced in two refurbished historic buildings, the gracious Ritz-Carlton lords over Canal Street, just outside the French Quarter. Enjoy the decadence of the Maison Orleans Club Level, a hotel within the hotel whose advantages include a separate entrance and a private lounge with a Bloody Mary bar and a wine fountain (to-go cups are no problem). Other offerings include New Orleans–themed spa ministrations (we love the Voodoo Ritual) and a seafood concierge who ensures guests taste the best local fare. Take over the lavish Ritz-Carlton Suite, a grand 2,800-sq-ft space replete with stellar vistas, an outdoor terrace and an 1880s billiard table.
Now a member of the Waldorf Astoria collection, The Roosevelt evokes bygone glamour. Opened in 1893 in the Central Business District, this Art Deco gem continues to reflect timeless chic in its classically imagined guest rooms, chandelier-enlivened lobby, and famous Sazerac Bar with velvet banquettes, murals and a shiny walnut bar. Recently redone, the 1,900-sq-ft Presidential Suite has a cozy feel, with just one bedroom and a large sitting area (connecting rooms can increase the space as needed). Ideal for romantic weekends away, this suite can also hold up to 75 people for parties and events. Stunning city views go without saying.
From $3,000 per night. Contact Wayne Cody, concierge supervisor, +1 504 335 3117, therooseveltneworleans.com