New Orleans' reborn grand hotel
379 Rooms / 125 Suites
One of the South’s first luxury hotels, The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel’s legendary past dates back to 1893. Numerous iconic celebrities, athletes, presidents and royalty from around the world have all graced the property. You can easily imagine the stars promenading down the grand marble lobby, with rows of crystal chandeliers floating above the tiled floors — all anchored by the Mystery Lady Timepiece and Conical Clock.
It’s no surprise that this is a tourist attraction; here, staff members are trained in the art of privacy. From the plush 504 guest rooms to the fine dining to the historic lounge, this hotel is a New Orleans institution for a reason.
The historic property was actually built as a hotel (not necessarily the case with other older buildings) and this fact translates to wide hallways, soaring ceilings and built-for-comfort accommodations.
Each guest room is decorated in elegant furnishings, with rich leather details, formal dark wood furniture and thick, luxe fabrics. Luxuriate in the Waldorf Serenity beds, high-end linens and Ferragamo bath products.
Should you require some space to spread out, all suites feature a separate seating area, while the six Astoria Suites have 1,350 square feet of living space. Here, you are secluded along a private hallway on the second floor, arranged like the traditional New Orleans shotgun-style homes, flanked by large bay windows, clawfoot tubs, and helmed by a personal concierge.
Dotting the first floor is Domenica restaurant, the brainchild of John Besh and Alon Shaya, two of the city’s most celebrated chefs. The place is famous for its lively happy hour, where nearly everyone inside is sipping on crisp white wine and sharing clam pizza (topped with Parmigiano Reggiano, Calabrese peppers, roasted garlic and oregano), and nibbling on the popular roasted cauliflower with sea salt and whipped feta.
The New Orleans hotel is also home to well-known Sazerac Bar, the grand dame of New Orleans cocktail lounges. Constructed from a single piece of African walnut with Paul Ninas’ mural (look for the infamous bullet hole), this handsome salon is where tourists can rub elbows with the locals who’ve come to celebrate law school graduations, wedding engagements and other events.
The 10-treatment room Waldorf Astoria Spa is a favorite among both hotel guests and locals. In fact, it’s a top choice of among local professional athletes and their spouses. The black-and-cream color scheme makes you feel as if you are in the toniest apartment in the French Quarter.
The spa carries luxe products by OSEA Skincare, Kevyn Aucoin and Carita. Indulge in an array of treatments, including a four-handed massage, a synchronized treatment performed by two therapists and a body treatment utilizes gold-enriched creams that leave the skin soft and radiant.
The rooftop pool — reserved for guests of the luxury hotel only — is a lovely oasis with a bubbling fountain, a large pool bar and an arsenal to combat the notorious New Orleans heat (think oversized umbrellas, whirling fans and ice-cold water and popsicles served poolside).
Private cabanas are available for rent and hold up to six guests. Fitness enthusiasts should head to 24-hour gym, featuring Precor equipment as well as lockers and showers.