The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
What We Love
- Weekly live jazz and by-the-glass bubbly at the Davenport Lounge
- The magnolia-infused Swedish massage at the Spa
- Modern NOLA fare at M Bistro
What To Know
- Pets under 40 pounds are welcome with a non-refundable fee of $150 per stay
- Valet parking is available for $40 per night
- WiFi costs $12.95 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This elegant New Orleans mainstay serves up southern hospitality and French Quarter character right alongside the quintessential Bourbon Street bustle. The spa sprawls over 25,000 square feet with 22 treatments rooms, while a NOLA antique collection sets a decidedly old south scene. Vibrant jewel tones lend a festive vibe in the rooms with neoclassical-style furniture, marble bathrooms and specially commissioned artwork. Both the Davenport Lounge (with Wednesday jazz) and M Bistro (with a southern tour of farm-to-table flavors) attract tourists and locals alike.
In the Area
Start your day with creative crepes (like duck confit with apple and balsamic reduction) at Merchant cafe. Head over to Congo Square at Louis Armstrong Park for grassy lounging scored by street jazz. Then get ready for more good eating, from down-and-dirty po’ boys at Verti Marte to duck confit beignets at SoBou to the boozy 25-cent martini lunches at the landmark Commander’s Palace. Ditch the Bourbon Street mess in favor of nights spent chilling to live music in the backyard of wine bar Bacchus or hitting up the jazz clubs—Spotted Cat, dba—on Frenchmen Street.
How to Get There
I rarely take the time to write reviews, but since this is very fresh on my mind I thought I would go for it. I will start by saying this was my wife and I very first time staying at a Ritz. The check in process was good, but again I have often heard and read so much about the Ritz and its gold standard that I was looking for a little more. The hotel itself was good, you can tell it was a little older but nicely kept. We upgraded to the club level and it was worth it with the food and drinks. The room was nice, but again it didn't blow me away. There was actually a hair scrungy left in the bathroom from a previous guest again minor, but hey its the Ritz. It was very nice that they brought is a complimentary bottle of champagne and chocolates with a nice note acknowledging our anniversary. The service in the club area was great, Janice in particular and a gentlemen that named escaped me. However, there was not consistency among the staff. I immediately thought that some may have got the gold standard training and others may have not. Let me be clear the service was still good, but great from some. The food was awesome and the premier drinks were limitless. The location of the hotel was great and offered easy access to everything. Valet service was good, although there was a few times no one opened the door again small things but inconsistencies among staff. Overall, this was a good experience for my wife and I. However, I'm not sure that I would stay in the same place at the price versus exploring other options. Like I said I rarely write reviews, but wanted to give it a shot. This is not meant to be a negative review, but more of calling out a few little things that would've made it a outstanding experience.
I've stayed here a couple of times and love the joint. The service is generally good and on this trip I was upgraded to a suite which is pretty rare for Ritz property. The club lounge is always great with food and drink. The hotel is an oasis in a hot and sometimes gritty New Orleans...but isn't it why you come! ;)
We stayed here for a business conference. As soon as we arrived, we were treated like royalty. Every staff member always said hi to us no matter what time of day or where they saw us. The room was beautifully maintained, comfortable and spacious. I used the hotel's app to contact the concierge desk from my room about having something brought up, and before I could finish the conversation there was a knock on the door, a smile and exactly what I was looking for. The service and food provided at the conference was also first class! The food was delicious, the wait staff professional and the conference hall just as spotless as the rooms. I would have no problem referring anyone to the Ritz. It made my short stay in New Orleans truly enjoyable.