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
We usually do not stay in the Quarter but this property kept popping up. We had a great over night trip. Very professional staff. Our room was very clean. Bathroom was a little small but everything about the room was great. We have visited the Restaurant on sight, Sobu before and yes it is a great place to dine. Location is the best, very easy to get around. We will return.
This hotel is in a great part of town. You are in walking distance from everything you could want to visit. Staff was friendly. I had a standard 2 bed room. I am not going to complain about the size of the room because this is an old building but what I am going to complain about is the way they designed the room. It was as if when they were designing the room they put all their time into style and how it looks with hardly anything given to practicality. For example, the entire room is lit by daylight florescent lightbulbs. These are fine for lighting stuff up but they are awful when placed in a hotel room as they are not fine when you are getting ready for bed as they can interfere with you sleep cycle. Along with that, there is no dim lights for when reading or when in bed. Next, mini bar takes up the ENTIRE room. What I mean by that is that there is food for sale in every part of the room. There is a bottle of water for sale in the bathroom, on the nightstand, EVERYWHERE. Then there is this tray of snacks that is conveniently located in front of the few easy to reach outlets. Finally, there is the actual mini bar which is its own dedicated chest with stuff on top and inside it. This stuff takes up valuable storage space where you could have put a suitcase. Finally, the wall separating the room from the bathroom was frosted glass. This is not great when someone has to get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night and they turn on the bathroom lights which are also bright florescent lights which illuminates the room waking everyone up. So while everything in the room was poorly designed, the beds were comfortable which was the only thing I liked about the room
From the moment we pulled onto the cobblestoned drive, underneath the balloon like blue and purple lights (So W-ish) Brandon was the first to greet us on the front drive. He was a wonderful representation of the locals and things to come, very warm and welcoming! Mi checked us in and got us situated in such a wonderful and smooth check in experience! Bianca took care of activating the smallest details of our wonderful experience, so thoughtful and kind! Chef Ahki, Made an Award-Winning display of (My fav-Chocolate covered strawberries) fresh fruits -AMAZING!!
William at the bar in So Bou-, just, simply, Cool -Great Service! Shannon was kind and thoughtful, very pleasant with every call and drop by the desk! The Hiring Manager for this property should get a raise! It takes a gift to put the right people in the right positions. That is exactly what they did! Service makes the experience and we had a wonderful one!!
Great Location! Seemed to be in the middle of everything-shops, restaurants, close to Jackson Square and the riverfront. We will definitely be returning!!