Omni Royal Crescent Hotel
What We Love
- On a quiet street but close to art galleries, museums, streetcars, Canal Street shopping and the French Quarter
- Floor-to-ceiling windows with room-darkening curtains ideal for late nights in the Big Easy
- Napping on the rooftop sundeck, stocked with a Jacuzzi, pool, umbrella tables, chaise longues and a fountain
What To Know
- Some interior rooms have windows facing the hallway
- The room size is perfect for two but might be tight for a third person or child, especially with a roll-away bed
- The casual hotel restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This eight-story, 97-room hotel on leafy Gravier Street in New Orleans’s Arts District (NOAD) is just a five-minute stroll from the sights, sounds, eats, drinks and debauchery of the French Quarter. After a day of exploring the city or an all-nighter on the town, a heaping dose of Southern charm welcomes you back to the Omni Royal Crescent’s intimate marble lobby, which is decorated with Renaissance murals and European antiques, including a lovely grandfather clock.
Bed and Bath
The Omni Royal Crescent’s renovated rooms are modern, with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant yet simple dark wood decor that complements the gold palette. The rooms are decked out with all the technology requirements, including flat-screen televisions and Nespresso coffeemakers complete with espresso cups, and the marble bathrooms are spacious.
The hotel’s comfort-food focused Dress It restaurant grills up gourmet burgers, and if you’re returning after an all-night bender, the Art of Breakfast buffet fits the bill. Or you can zip up the mirrored elevator to the rooftop pool and sundeck to nap it off. As many of the guests are business travelers who leave during the day, the rooftop is often pleasantly empty, which allows remaining guests to enjoy a soak and a nap on a large lounge chair beneath a banana tree in peace. The hotel has a small fitness facility with his-and-hers saunas, treadmills, elliptical machines, yoga mats and free weights.
In the Area
The cocktail was born here, and every sip comes with a story. Napoleon House is known for its delicious Pimm’s Cup, and Guillaume Tujague’s restaurant is the place to try New Orleans’s official drink, the Sazerac. For breakfast anytime, go with a French Quarter classic: Café du Monde’s steamy café au lait and beignets. Then saunter 10 minutes south to Julia Street, the Art District hub where you’ll find several galleries, including the Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art, Callan Contemporary and New Orleans Glassworks. While you’re on Julia Street, check out Phillip Lopez’s Root. The restaurant’s innovative creations include chocolate espresso–cured lamb, black lacquered duck and coriander-scented lobster ballotine.
How to Get There
We booked through a popular, online service that represented the property as being a 4-star property comparable to Westin or Marriott properties. It is not. Facilities and staffing comparable to those of a 2-star property. The hotel is understaffed by inexperienced personnel. There are no bellman. There is no concierge. There is no room service. Front desk personnel friendly, but not always reliable. The property does not appear to have been updated in decades. Common areas are cramped and were not sufficiently air-conditioned. Peeling paint was evident in common areas and our room. Room furnishings also need an update. We found Wifi service to be unreliable and used our own. In short, very disappointing.
Close to French Quarter, Warehouse, and Harrahs, but much quieter place to stay. Stop in the bar for a relaxing drink and a bite before going out. Very friendly staff. Free wifi and in-room coffee/tea.
Great rates with AAA. Service was great. AC was noisy and they moved me promptly. Needs renovation. Valet parking across the street or self park caddy corner. Great location. Closet to French Quarter and casino.
This is the perfect place to stay in New Orleans as far as my wife and I are concerned. It is upscale enough to satisfy my wife and me, (we do prefer the front of the plane to the back in our elder years) and yet not so much it makes us uncomfortable to be in the lobby in our travel clothes, even a T-Shirt, whatever. The rooms aren't large, but large enough, the staff is above average friendly and helpful, and the location is, for us, spectacular: Close enough to walk most anywhere easily, yet far enough off the wild night streets to be quiet and charming. New Orleans is a special city, and this is a special hotel.