The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
What We Love
- Located one block from the French Quarter
- On-site Sazarac Bar is a NOLA institution
- A topnotch Guerlain spa and rooftop pool
- John Besh restaurant, Domenica, is right downstairs
What To Know
- Formal atmosphere from the lobby to elegantly appointed guestrooms
- Valet parking only
- Pet friendly
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This hotel is a New Orleans institution. In its heyday, influencers like Gov. Huey P. Long did business in its Sazarac Bar, and Sinatra and Louis Armstrong regularly played its Blue Room. It was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, but a $170 million renovation by the venerable Waldorf Astoria brand not only restored the hotel to its past glory, it raised a stay here to dizzying heights. Its lobby is one of the grandest in town, with vaulted ceilings held up by gold columns and dripping with crystal and floor mosaics discovered during the renovation. Guest rooms and suites are formal affairs with dark wood furniture, heavy drapery and more gold. The on-site Guerlain spa and a lovely rooftop pool are great spots for whiling away a hangover, the likely aftermath of strolling into the legendary Sazarac Bar downstairs. Don’t miss the chef-helmed Domenica right downstairs – it’s one of the town’s top Italian joints.
In the Area
New Orleans is the home of the cocktail, and every sip comes with a story. After enjoying that sazarac in your hotel eponymous bar, mosey into the French Quarter and start your boozy odyssey off at Napoleon House — it was once offered up as a refuge to the exiled Le Petit Caporal and today is known for its Pimm’s Cup, an Anglophile fave mixing a splash of lemonade with Pimm’s No. 1. Next, get dizzy on Vieux Carrés (rye, cognac, dry vermouth, benedictine and bitters) at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar & Lounge, a former haunt of Tennessee Williams, among other writers. For dinner, pork out at Cochon in the Warehouse District — start with the wood fired oysters before diving into the signature Louisiana cochon with turnips, cabbage, pickled peaches and cracklins. Uptown, try the legendary Patois, where Chef Aaron Burgau serves haute classics like Mississippi rabbit and seasonal gumbo. Back in the French Quarter, Coop’s Place cooks up some of the best pub grub in town, including fried crab claws and a scrumptious seafood gumbo.
How to Get There
Clean and well maintained hotel with super character. Hotel service is from days past where they pay attention to detail and everyone makes an effort to make your stay and great experience. Excellent location to all attractions and shopping. Super rooftop pool/bar area. Would recommend highly.
We were very much looking forward to our first Waldorf Astoria stay on this trip to New Orleans. The lobby and public spaces at The Roosevelt are indeed the major attraction of this hotel. That said, our room needed a paint job, had dirty furniture (sofa) and no one bothered to vacuum under the dresser. When we left for the first day, we returned at 3 pm and our room still wasn’t made up. We asked for extra hangers three times to no avail. The coffee shop downstairs is downright embarrassing - day old pastries and bad coffee (and New Orleans is a foodie town!). The Sazerac Bar is historic but could also use a refresh and someone needs to tell management that fluorescent lights are never a good idea - either in public spaces or in guest rooms. The worst was that for some reason the hotel had made two different reservations for us. They told us when we checked in that they had combined the reservations and then of course when we went to our room on the final night, our key cards didn’t work. Management’s response to this? You booked thru a third party (Hotels.com) so there’s nothing we can do. Funny how they are happy to take your money thru a third party but when it comes to taking responsibility, it’s not their problem. Also, the breakfast at the Fountain Grill was ok but we had to ask for silverware three times. Clearly, this is not a luxury property and should not charge luxury prices. There are better places to stay in New Orleans than The Roosevelt.
The lobby is a time machine to the past when hotels were opulent and grand. It is stunning to stroll through. Enjoy a trip to the past with an $18.93 3-course lunch at the Fountain Lounge. Enjoy the first mixed drink, The Sazerac at the aptly named Sazerac bar. Beautiful rooms, nice pool, wonderful gift shop. If you can't stay here, at least visit and have a Ramos Gin Fizz.
Nice first impression with the beautiful, historic lobby but...our room was a big disappointment. Old and scuffed up furniture and bathroom
and bathroom vanity left a lot to be desired. Staff was professional and location was great. Just expected better from a Waldorf Astoria.
I had the pleasure of staying at the this hotel during Mardi Gras 2019 and I have to say it was a wonderful experience. The Famous Carl’s Fried Chicken was great. A little expensive but worth it. The staff was extremely helpful