We spent a three day holiday with friends celebrating a retirement and birthday at the Monteleone in June. While I've enjoyed the Carousel Bar forever, I've not recently stayed at the Monteleone until this last visit. The experience - room, ambience, courtesy and comfort of the Monteleone is a superb investment in an authentic French Quarter tradition. There were three wedding receptions held during the first two days we were there and it was great to see the wedding parties enjoy themselves both within and without the hotel - the latter with full brass bands, second lines, and police escorts.
The rooms on the 11th floor were especially comfortable with great views overlooking the French Quarter and the Mississippi river yielding spectacular picture postcard sunrises and sunsets. The shower, bed, and comfort level of the room was as one would expect from such an elegant hotel. I ate two breakfasts in the hotel restaurant (needing to recuperate from all the festivities) and both meals were excellent with attention to service and quality.
As mentioned in the beginning of this post, I've been a fan and admirer (and imbiber) at the Carousel Bar for over twenty-five years, and it's never lost its fun, friendliness, and superb offering of cocktails. It can be quite crowded at times, but the bartenders (Hi, Marvin!) are the real deal and secret ingredient to making such a great bar. Marvin even has a new book out that I highly recommend: Magic in a Shaker: A Year of Spirited Libations. The hotel management has also expanded what was the rear wall of the bar to include a jazz and music venue with additional seating while watching the stream of humanity out the windows onto Rue Royal.
All in all the Hotel Monteleone is the complete package...uniquely part of the historic French Quarter and easily accessible to the rest of the Quarter, the river, and Downtown, old world ambience, courtesy, and charm with modern amenities and a style which is all its own whether it's the hotel, the restaurant or the Carousel bar. The Monteleone Hotel was truly delightful and helped make our retirement and birthday celebrations treasured memories.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It’s been said that the French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone. In fact, this venerable establishment sits majestically at the foot of Royal Street giving guests the best point of departure for all things New Orleans. Visitors need only step outside this French Quarter hotel to discover shop after shop of fabulous European antiques, estate jewelry, Oriental rugs, and art and antiquities from around the world. Quaint restaurants and specialty shops outside of this luxurious New Orleans hotel line the cobblestone French Quarter streets that lead to Jackson Square, the Old French Market and the Riverwalk where tourists and native New Orleanians stroll the levee and watch the steamboats and barges along the Mississippi River. At this New Orleans hotel, you’ll find history around every corner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monteleone Hotel New Orleans
- Monteleone New Orleans