Fine Hotels in New Orleans

by Karen Sprinkles

Whether soaking up the musical offerings of Jazz Fest or enjoying the historic clubs and restaurants of the French Quarter, visitors to New Orleans will experience a world-class setting in the birthplace of American jazz. From Colonial-era architecture to gourmet Cajun cuisine, New Orleans' international flair beckons visitors to let the good times rolls, a.k.a. "laissez les bons temps rouler." Elite accommodations abound in the French Quarter and Vieux Carre.

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Windsor Court Hotel

Located within walking distance of the historic French Quarter, the Windsor Court Hotel showcases an elegant collection of fine art from Europe on display throughout its elegant premises. Recipient of Forbes Four Stars ratings and AAA Four Diamond awards, the hotel offers all-suite accommodations that include Italian marble baths, English-style decor and designer bedding. Overlooking the Mississippi River, the exclusive Penthouse suite boasts original, museum-quality artworks, a library and full kitchen. On-site amenities range from an outdoor heated lap pool to fitness center, salon and live nightly music in The Grill Room.

Bienville House Hotel

Featuring 83 guest rooms in the heart of the French Quarter, the Bienville House Hotel unveils stately accommodations highlighted by mahogany four-poster beds, beveled mirrors, crown moulding and executive work desks. The hotel's Penthouse Suite offers a one-bedroom suite with Jacuzzi tub, dining room, and separate parlor with a balcony overlooking Decatur Street. In the courtyard, guest can enjoy an outdoor heated salt water swimming pool surrounded by manicured gardens, archways and statuary. The on-site Iris restaurant offers French and Italian gourmet cuisine for lunch and dinner.

Andrew Jackson Hotel

Situated in the Vieux Carre district, the historic Andrew Jackson Hotel features wrought-iron balconies, fountains, Creole courtyards and Old World architecture. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel presents 22 guest rooms and suites appointed in elegant furnishing reflective of the 18th century. The fully air-conditioned hotel also features traditional ceiling fans in every room, along with private bathrooms replete with designer toiletries from France. A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning.

The Cornstalk Hotel

A Victorian mansion in the heart of the Vieux Carre, the historic Cornstalk Hotel features 14 guest rooms outfitted in antique furnishings, crystal chandeliers and fine art. Built in 1816, the hotel, located on Royal Street, offers proximity to nearby shops, art galleries and restaurants while offering a quiet retreat from the noisier sections of Bourbon Street. Showcasing balcony rooms overlooking Royal Street, the hotel includes central air-conditioning, lush tropical gardens and private baths in every room.

About the Author

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.