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Roosevelt Hotel, Waldorf Astoria

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Roosevelt Hotel, Waldorf Astoria

I'm told this hotel is close to the action but a bit quieter. Is it safe to walk around this area at night? Are bars and restaurants close enough to walk back from late at night? Any responses to these questions or restaurant, nightclub suggestions would be appreciated

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1. Re: Roosevelt Hotel, Waldorf Astoria

Yes, that's how I would describe it. "Close to the action but quieter".

It's right off Canal Street so walking around at night isn't a problem early. Late at night it would be quiet as the immediate area of the hotel doesn't have much going on.

You're not likely to be spending much time in the immediate surrounding of the hotel since it's not teeming with nightlife. (Although Cajun Mike's across the street from the hotel is a nice little local dive with friendly folks!)

You're more likely to be returning from somewhere in the French Quarter or elsewhere, and later at night I find some of the crowd on that end of Canal to be a bit rowdy so I choose to take a taxi.

You've made a good choice on the hotel, it's a great property. Don't miss the Sazerac Bar, and Domenica restaurant, both in the hotel.

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2. Re: Roosevelt Hotel, Waldorf Astoria

Fun Loving NY..........Is this your first trip to NOLA. The Roosevelt is a great hotel but it's slightly inconvenient if you plan to spend a lot of time in the FQ. Have you considered Ritz Carlton, Royal Orleans, Royal Sonesta or Monteleone. Most visitors prefer to stay in the FQ so they can walk to the great restaurants, shops and bars there. And you would be much closer to Marigny if you plan to visit the great music clubs there. The Roosevelt is a fine hotel but it's inconvenient IMO. Galatoire's, Mr. B's, Bayona, Stella, Irene's and NOLA are just of the few great restaurants that are close to the FQ hotels listed above. Enjoy your visit.

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Hi Funloving - We stay at the Roosevelt every trip. We absolutely LOVE this hotel - the people are wonderful, though a "chain," the hotel still has the NOLA charm, and the beds are to die for (we actually bought the Roosevelt bed for home!). I feel like I am sleeping on a cloud there! It is pretty quiet - I am a very light sleeper are rarely wake up in the night there (might also be the Abitas?) except for an occasional siren, or rare instance of laughs from the late night partiers making their way home wafting up to our window. I would describe the Roosevelt as directly across the street from the FQ. It's about 1/2 block to Canal, cross Canal and you are in the FQ (Canal/Dauphine). 1 block towards the River is Bourbon so you are really right there. Though our practices have changed through the years, we have decided the later is gets at night, the more questionable the characters at that corner where we cross. If we are just coming in from the FQ, we usually walk it - assuming we have not had too many drinks! We walk with a purpose and check out surroundings, such that (I'm hoping) we don't look like an easy mark. After about midnight, though, we have started cabbing back to the hotel, especially if we have been hanging out at Harrah's for a few hours. It's a cheap cab ride and well worth it!

Enjoy!

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4. Re: Roosevelt Hotel, Waldorf Astoria

Heather, now that's what I'm sayin, at the end of a busy day, walking, eating and drinking, had a reservation tentatively at the Roosevelt, you sealed it for me. Are the linens as good as the bed? I'm in.

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5. Re: Roosevelt Hotel, Waldorf Astoria

You will enjoy the Roosevelt The Q Clearwater. It's not convenient if you plan to visit Marigy and the E side of Bourbon. But's it's a fine hotel. My wife was there in December. And take a cab back late at night. Enjoy your visit.

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Rats. Posted a whole response and my computer crashed! The linens are awesome! The beds are amazing. Even the bath towels are great! We tend to spend long mornings in the room so we really enjoy these little luxuries as we are getting ready for that day's adventures.

Enjoy your visit and let us know what you think of the Roosevelt!

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You sound like my kind of friend to travel with.

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8. Re: Roosevelt Hotel, Waldorf Astoria

We stayed at the Roosevelt during Mardi Gras last year. Really loved it. Room was comfy and lovely. The Sazerac Bar is great, and in my opinion, the best place to get a Ramos Gin Fizz in the city. We have also stayed in the JW Marriott and the Renaissance Pere Marquette on the CBD side of Canal and always felt like we were still in the quarter.

Nearby, the Roosevelt Bar (independent of hotel) on University is a cool spot. Red Gravy is not far for a breakfast/lunch spot. Both of Irvin Mayfields clubs are easy walking, as well as Ritz club across the street where Jeremy Davenport plays. I am good with the area. Very close to 24-Hour CVS and Walgreens for supplies of all types, including bottled water, alcohol and of course, Hubig's Pies.

Regarding seedy element late at night near Bourbon/Canal....maybe somewhat, but I just walk on by those asking for money, a cigarette, a light, etc. If you are from NY, you will know how to do that without any additional training.

It is a short cab ride to Frenchmen street.

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9. Re: Roosevelt Hotel, Waldorf Astoria

The Roosevelt is a great hotel and the location is fine. Don't miss top chef John Besh's Domenica restaurant at one end of the long lobby. It is an informal and affordable Italian- accented place, with a great and varied menu nand lots of activity. Half priced pizzas and drinks at happy hour (I think 3-5 though check that) - sit at the bar and meet interesting people and nice bartenders! Ask someone where the "Blue Room" is and take a quick look inside. Not sure what they use it for now but it is restored to its great old look when it featured Las Vegas entertainment and dinner. You are going to love the Roosevelt. It has probably the most beautiful lobby I have ever seen - sort of an ornate tunnel, running from one far end of the hotel to the other.

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Any other restaurant suggestions. Thank you for your post. Not sure why I have never gotten to NOLA, but better late than never.

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