W New Orleans – French Quarter
What We Love
- The serene interior courtyard with a tiered water fountain, pool and vine-covered walls
- Locally inspired minibar items such as Abita Amber brews and Louisiana Zapp’s Potato Chips
- The Jay Godfrey-designed staff uniforms which include slim-cut suits and skinny ties
What To Know
- The French Quarter is known for nightlife. Book a courtyard-facing room for a quieter sleep
- Valet parking is $40
- While WiFi is free in public spaces, you’ll be charged for guestroom use
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
After a $9 million renovation in 2012, this urban property blends W’s minimalist style with a true sense of place, courtesy of IT design and architecture firm Nemaworkshop. Traditional wrought iron gatework and a gurgling old fountain mix with low-slung loungers and mod cabanas. The city’s musical heritage finds its way into massive chandeliers inspired by brass horns. And walls bear oversize murals of voodoo queen, Marie Laveau.
Bed and Bath
The W’s 97 guestrooms are decked out in one of two styles: Beds look like tuxedos thanks to cummerbund throws and bowtie pillows in the jazz rooms; in tarot-themed spaces, a queen of pentacles image extends from the floor onto the ceiling. All rooms have W’s signature Bliss lemon and sage amenities as well as iPod docking stations and 40-inch LCD TVs.
After a workout in the new SWEAT fitness facility, with state of the art Technogym equipment, take a dip in the intimate courtyard pool. Make a reservation at Zoë restaurant for an updated take on classic New Orleans fare—think duck beignets with chicory coffee ganache—as well as haute cocktails from brassy bartenders. Self-serve wine and beer machines are especially innovative.
In the Area
Food and drink might as well be New Orleans’ unofficial mascots. Go old school with a po’ boy from Vertimarte or a pizza-sized muffaletta from Central Grocery or go haute with roasted oysters and house-cured pork sausages at Cochon. Join locals sucking back suds at the divvy R Bar, or head to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, originally built in 1722, for expertly crafted hurricanes. Go club hopping down Frenchmen Street to survey the music scene from d.b.a. to Spotted Cat to La Maison de la Musique.
How to Get There
Expect a really nice experience from a W brand hotel. This place only partially delivers. You get the free breakfast when you’re titanium Marriott but the room is tiny and dated. It’s in a great location, walkable to most things in the French quarter but its not a relaxing place to be and its tight on room for everything. No room for valet cars, lobby is tiny, room is tiny, pool is tiny. Seems more like a hotel in Tokyo than in a US city. I’d only chose this place if location was your number one objective. There are more comfortable places to stay in New Orleans.
Can't say enough good things about my experience talking with Shawn on the phone.
She was pleasant and professional. I will add more to this review after staying in August but if the W Team are as lovely as Shawn we are going to love this place. Great job!! See you soon with maple syrup!
This location is perfect if you plan to spend a lot of time in the French Quarter. We had a king room with a terrace that faced the court yard and from the terrace you could go down the steps to the court yard and the pool. The court yard was really lovely with a fountain, sofas, lounge and tables. The bar was close by and so was the pool, which my grand daughter really enjoyed. I felt the rooms were rather compact but comfortable and we spent very little time in our room. However the housekeeping was a little lax. We stayed for four nights and were gone every day for most of the day but twice when we returned our room had not been cleaned. When it was cleaned we were shorted on towels and soap. When we called everything was taken care of immediately.
Only rating the BAR at the W - - although the Hotel looks super cool! Stopped here for a nightcap and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience! Bartender CHRIS was funny, engaging, and let us try that day's special "punch" for free!! Had an expertely-made Sazarac, and also really loved their "milk punch" recipe that was made with honey-nut Cheerios!! HA! It was great!!! Cool vibe and comfortable atmosphere - - I'd definitely stop here again next time I'm in NOLA!
We just returned from our stay at the W French Quarter. I travel frequently for work and always want to stay somewhere at least as nice as my home. This time the trip was for pleasure with my family. My expectations were high and the W fulfilled them all. The hotel was very central to everything in the Quarter and once we valeted the car we didn't need it until it was time to go home. We had a double Queen room with a balcony facing the courtyard. The room wasn't cramped and was very clean. Decor was modern, the balcony was very spacious, and the courtyard view was beautiful. The staff were very inviting and accommodating. We visited the heated pool several times, ordered drinks and food from the bar and ordered room service -- I can't think of one complaint. Thank you to everyone for making our visit a great one!