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
The Roosevelt New Orleans is an outstanding hotel, from the time you are dropped off at its doors to the time you leave you would be extremely satisfied with everything it has to offer. Upon entering the hotel you are impressed with the internal finish and the classic Clock. The lobby is decorated in a beautiful classical wood finish and tiled floors with vaulted ceilings. The hotel is the length of a block so there are 2 entrances. The reception is off to your right as you enter the building and just pass that on the right is the restaurant. The Staff was outstanding and room 21127 on the 21th floor had an excellent view of the French Quarter. However depending on which set of elevators you take the floors could be off by one level. A bit confusing the first time but once you get used to it, no problem, could even have some fun with it.
The buffet breakfast was very well maintained and the cooks to order omelets were right on. The only down side to the hotel is it you had to call for Coffee (The hickory coffee served however was outstanding) every morning because there were no machines in the room. We were told that they are working to fix this problem. In addition the hotel is a bit pricey compared to others in the area, but if you can afford it, it is an excellent environment to spend a few nights relaxing just outside the French Quarter.
We stayed here during a very busy time in New Orleans -- The Bayou Classic weekend following Thanksgiving. The staff was very customer service oriented. The hotel accommodations were very nice. We booked a king suite and had great space for a family of 4. The 1/2 bath was great addition for the teen-aged girls to use. Overall, a good positive vibe, beautiful Christmas decorations, and excellent service and accomodations.
We had another exceptional Anniversary experience celebrating our 35th anniversary! The accommodations were absolutely sensational! Astoria Suite complete with 2 Master bath rooms-both with clawfoot tubs & separate showers. A nice sitting area with the Master bedroom & another sitting area with a dining table. Special chocolate Anniversary treats! Superb amenities & outstanding service! Especially thrilled for the Anniversary reservations at Antoine's Jazz Brunch. Appreciate the late check out! The Roosevelt is convenient to The French Quarter & a nice walk to church & our favorite restaurants! Vieux Carre Assembly of God was a highlight on Sunday morning & Sunday evening! Enjoyed Breakfast at Brennan's after check out & they kept the bags for us with the Bellman. An all round courteous staff was so helpful! Hope we can celebrate again In royal splendor! Our 97 year old Mother in law just can't understand why there wasn't entertainment in the Blue Room. She has loved this hotel from It's glamorous days & we continue the tradition staying there for Christmas & enjoying Christmas dinner! Especially love the Lobby lights!