Honeymoon Hotels in New Orleans

by Cicely A. Richard
French Quarter

French Quarter

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New Orleans spirits visitors to the past, with streets lined with 18th- and 19th-century buildings. Honeymoon hotels in New Orleans capture the city’s history, boasting antebellum and Victorian architecture. Numerous hotels, like Le Pavillon Hotel, are in structures that have stood for more than a century. Couples enjoy views of the city skyline or walk down cobblestone streets lined with oak trees. New Orleans offers romantic carriage rides in the French Quarter and historic neighborhoods.

Historic Hotels

Le Pavillon Hotel, a Historic Hotels of American member, has operated since 1907. Its Crystal Room and lobby feature Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers, antiques and paintings. The rooftop pool offers a view of the skyline. Its romance packages includes a deluxe king room, complimentary champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries and breakfast for two in the Crystal Room. Guest rooms contain handmade drapes, hand-painted ceilings and black marble bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers. Chateau Bourbon, a Wyndham hotel, is a historic French Quarter hotel built in 1849 as a D.H. Holmes Department Store. The hotel combines antebellum and neoclassical architecture and features antique furniture. Guests enjoy drinks and swimming in its two courtyards. Its Desire Romance Packages offer suite accommodations, breakfast for two, a welcome bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and rose petals. Many rooms overlook Bourbon Street and have 32-inch flat-screen televisions.

French Quarter

Le Richelieu opened in 1969; however, its designs resemble 19th- and early 20th-century architecture. The hotel features wood moldings, antique-style furniture and cascading draperies. The hotel has a saltwater pool in its courtyard. The honeymoon/anniversary package includes two nights in a deluxe suite, a bottle of champagne, a champagne breakfast and nightly cocktails. Guest rooms contain artwork and brass ceiling fans. Omni Royal Crescent Hotel sits in New Orleans Art District, two blocks from the French Quarter. The exterior and interior of the hotel boast shades of brown and antique reproductions. It also has a rooftop sundeck and hot tub. The Double Bubble Romance Package includes special concierge service, two personalized bottles of champagne, turndown service with rose petals, breakfast for two and late check-out. King Jacuzzi junior suites have separate living areas with lounge chairs and whirlpool tubs.

Bourbon Street Area

Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel, built in 1925, is in downtown New Orleans, only one block form Bourbon Street. The historic hotel features browns accented by reds and oranges. Concierge arranges spa and tour excursions. Each floor celebrates jazz musicians. Its Cupid Checks into New Orleans with the “In Love in NoLa Experience” package includes romantic welcome gifts and breakfast in bed. Guest rooms have bathrooms with marble floors and Internet television. The Maison Dupuy Hotel is in the Vieux Carre District, two blocks from Bourbon Street. The hotel encompasses five connected townhouses and features wrought-iron balconies and a courtyard with a marble fountain, tropical plants and heated swimming pool. Its Romantic Rendez-Vieux package includes a bottle of champagne, chocolate-dipped Louisiana strawberries, breakfast for two, evening cocktails and a NOLA Bonus Pack, discount coupons to restaurants and attractions. The honeymoon suite has a two-person whirlpool tub.

Wedding/Honeymoon Planning

The New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau has a list of hotels that offer honeymoon and wedding packages. Its Group Wedding Assistance service helps provides contact information for hotels and wedding venues. Couples can create customized packages before arriving in New Orleans. The NOMCVB website lets couples make reservations.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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