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
Both close enough and far enough away from Bourbon Street. The hotel provides beautifully appointed accommodations. And the Sazarac Bar was a nice bonus to have in the lobby! We also visited the spa, which was nice to have onsite. My only complaint would be that there was no coffeemaker in the room, but they do have a coffee shop in the lobby.
We arrived at 11:15am and got our room immediately, unpacked and headed to the French Quarter for raw oysters. We then came back, cleaned up and headed to the Sezarac Lounge. Alexandria and her co workers were fantastic bartenders. We enjoyed the costumes for Halloween and headed to Brennans for dinner. Lots of Tulane Alums in for Homecoming. The coffee shop on the first floor is great and had great blueberry muffins. Our room was spacious and the bed comfortable. We never heard our neighbors. We dont eat a big breakfast, so the coffee shop was fine. We had dinner at the small diner next to the Sezarac and had the cheese plate and wine. Our server spent alot of time with us, maybe too much to the chagrin of other patrons. Valet and the bellmen were great and friendly. Two blocks down is the streetcar line, which now is a bus ride to Lee Circle, then trolly to uptown and Tulane. Had a great time and hope to return soon. The damage at the Hard Rock causes the Canal street side to be closed. Lots of poor homeless on Canal Street but they dont bother you too much. There is a Walgreens next to the Hotel.
Impressive lobby, large suite and friendly staff (especially housekeeping!)
It’s conveniently located next to the French Quarter - but our suite, opposite the church, was a little noisy and lacked some facilities. Otherwise, we had a lovely stay.