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
- 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 Waldorf Astoria Roosevelt Hotel welcomes you with a beautiful Chandeliered Lobby that reflects a by-gone era of fine craftsmanship.
It has all the conveniences of Digital Key, Room selection and free WiFi and the world-famous Sazerac Bar.
It is conveniently located across the street from the Ritz Carlton (where I normally stay) and also walking distance to iHop and McDonalds if you have a large family and prefer not to use the hotels excellent dining facilities. John Besh’s Dominica Restaurant is also on premises if you want a more elegant meal.
Excellent concierge, helpful doormen and efficient housekeeping makes this a definite repeat stop whenever I am in New Orleans.
The Hotel was central. The amenities were modern yet we were captivated by how the glow, charm and grandeur of this historic Waldorf was preserved. All staff were polite, knowledgeable and helpful. Some of the best dining in New Orleans is found right at the Hotel. Rooms and service were excellent. In particular, Irfan Haque, Food & Beverage Manager, made our stay so much more valuable, with advice on the Hotel & local events. We give this hotel our highest recommendation, and would definitely stay there again.
We stayed at this property on our way home from a five day stay in Orlando at the Waldorf. That property is amazing. Well kept, clean and exceptionally comfortable. The Roosevelt is one of the worst properties I've ever stayed in (and as a Hilton diamond member I stay in a lot of properties). The room was dirty and not well maintained. There were marks on the walls, the caulk in the shower had mold, the wallpaper was peeling and the beds were literally concave. We tried to sleep but you keep rolling into the middle of the bed. How old does a mattress have to be for that to happen and if it's that old, how clean could it possibly be? The front desk was friendly however despite tellling me I would receive a credit toward dining for being a Hilton diamond member I was not given the credit and was charged for valet even though I prepaid when I booked. The valet attendant was great. Overall the staff was friendly and the lobby was beautiful but the room was appalling. I would have felt cleaner and more well rested if I slept in my car. I've been very loyal to Hilton but if you're staying in New Orleans avoid this property.
My family, including two teenagers enjoyed our stay. While many guests were in formal wear due to their plans, we still felt at home in our post cruise attire (shorts and shirts). We could easily walk to Bourbon Street and Jackson Square.
What a beautiful find a short walk from everything. From the moment we arrived at Valet to the day we left - the service was impeccable! The hotel is amazingly beautiful and the all the staff were beyond friendly and very helpful. The room was room and elegantly appointed. The beds were comfortable and housekeeping was very quick to bring any extra items requested. The hotel staff recommended a few excellent local restaurants that were amazing. We would definitely stay there again and highly recommend this hotel.