“Since 1886, the Hotel Monteleone has proudly stood as one of the first landmarks in the famous French Quarter,” says Kent Wasmuth, director of marketing and sales for Hotel Monteleone. But the historic building and its 600 suites—including literary author rooms, named for writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams—underwent a top-to-bottom renovation in 2011, blending its French provincial furnishings with in-suite amenities that bring it into the 21st century, such as Keurig coffee makers and iPod docking stations. Its Carousel Bar & Lounge, named by Vogue Living as one of the top 20 bars in the world, also got a facelift: Sit along the revolving bar top, gleaming with a fresh pewter surface, for uncompromised views of Royal Street. Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341, hotelmonteleone.com
From outside of the 23-story Windsor Court Hotel, take in rose-colored granite bejeweled with bronze-tinted, tempered glass and panoramic views of the Mississippi River from a hexagonal rooftop deck—but inside, allow hues of sage-green, ocean-blue and saddle-tan to serve as the peaceful backdrop to European antiques, 17th and 18th century period reproductions and an $8 million art collection with an emphasis on British works by painters Reynolds, Gainsborough and Huysman. Each suite is complete with Frette linens, Molton Brown bath products and jack-packs, which allow you to connect your tech gear to a flat-screen, high-definition television. “We’re an urban oasis within the city,” says Megan Uram, Windsor Court Hotel’s director of sales and marketing. Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., (504) 523-6000, windsorcourthotel.com.
Despite its central French Quarter location inside the historic 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building, guests of the Ritz-Carlton may find it difficult to leave their rooms. Each is stocked with 400-thread-count cotton sheets and goose down pillows, and bathrooms decked in Italian marble. Suites feature up to 700-square-feet spread across three rooms, offering marble entrances, five-fixture bathtubs, double sinks and not one, but two, 50-inch flat-screen TVs. Downstairs, a world-class spa offers more than 100 treatments, some named for and inspired from the city, including the Marie Laveau Voodoo Love Bath, in 22 separate rooms. The Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St., (504) 524-1331, ritzcarlton.com/neworleans.