Hotel Monteleone

The French Quarter's Beaux Arts classic
Since 1886, the venerable Hotel Monteleone has stood at its fashionable Royal Street address in New Orleans' French Quarter. It’s one of the last family-run hotels in America, with the fifth-generation Monteleones overseeing operations.

It is said that “the French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone” because one step into the bustling lobby — with its pristine marble floors, ornate chandeliers and intricate brass appointments — and the Old World grandeur of the French Quarter comes to life.

Steps away from the quaint shopping, rollicking nightlife and exceptional fine-dining restaurants found in the French Quarter, you will find little difficulty navigating the Big Easy’s main attractions. Though with fabulous amenities like the rooftop pool, Spa Aria, Criollo Restaurant and the Carousel Bar, you don’t even have to leave to find a New Orleans state of mind.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Luxury is the name of the game at Hotel Monteleone, the historic New Orleans’ landmark whose design evokes the grandeur of bygone eras with chandeliers that drip from the ceiling, beautiful artwork, and the famous sign on top of the building.
  • The legendary Carousel Bar & Lounge is a design highlight. Celebrities from William Faulkner to Rod Stewart have had a drink on the merry-go-round of a bar.
  • The hotel is a destination itself, where locals and tourists alike gather for a famous Vieux Carré cocktail (Hennessy, Benedictine, rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters).
  • One of three Literary Landmark hotels in the world, the Monteleone was selected by the Friends of Libraries USA as a historic treasure, having been written about in many significant works of literature from authors like Eudora Welty and Ernest Hemingway.
Things to Know
  • Most guests find it easy to get around on foot because the hotel is within walking distance of numerous attractions, including Bourbon Street, iconic restaurants such as Galatoire’s and Antoine’s, Jackson Square, the French Market, the Mississippi River and more.
  • The Canal Street car line is also within walking distance of the New Orleans hotel, but if you want a quaint ride to City Park, the Garden District or all the way Uptown—a horse-drawn carriage or a ride in a pedicab are perfect for putting your legs up.
  • The largest spirit event in the world, Tales of the Cocktail, takes place every July at Hotel Monteleone. It fills up with cocktail aficionados, mixologists and celebrities who want to imbibe delicious drinks from around the globe.
  • During Mardi Gras, the Monteleone is right in the middle of the action, only two blocks away from the famous Krewe of Rex parade route and a block from Bourbon Street.
  • The Monteleone also hosts the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival each March; it’s a fitting tribute, since the hotel was featured in Williams’ play The Rose Tattoo and the author was a frequent guest.
The Rooms
  • Hotel Monteleone has 570 rooms and 55 luxury suites, most of which offer breathtaking views of the French Quarter and Mississippi River.
  • All guest rooms come with modern staples like iPod docks, flat-screen televisions and Keurig coffeemakers, yet the traditional décor is a throwback to the inviting aesthetic of Southern hospitality. You’ll find crown molding, toile fabrics, French-style antiques and granite and marble bathrooms.
  • The F.J. Monteleone Suite has its own lockable entryway, separate from the master suite to ensure the utmost privacy for guests and a secret gold sink for an added luxe touch.
  • The New Orleans hotel also pays homage to iconic Southern authors who were frequent guests or wrote about Hotel Monteleone with its Literary Suites.
  • The Ernest Hemingway Suite honors its namesake — who included the revolving Carousel Bar & Lounge in his short story “The Night Before Battle” — with a parlor, two balconies, a main bedroom and an optional guest room.
The Restaurants
  • New Orleans is known for its flavorful Cajun and Creole cuisines, and the Hotel Monteleone’s self-described “Louisiana fusion” restaurant Criollo (Spanish for “Creole”) is a good starting point for those unaccustomed to the city’s dining scene.
  • Order dinner dishes like the grilled veal chop with a potato soufflé and whiskey-morel sauce, and the Perdido Pass snapper with jumbo lump crab, orange-and-fennel slaw, roasted sweet pepper and ancho-lime butter.
  • The 25-seat Carousel Bar & Lounge, the restaurants’ adjoining legendary revolving bar, has attracted numerous celebrities, from William Faulkner to Rod Stewart, since it first opened in 1949.
  • The bar serves lighter fare for lunch and dinner, like blue crab and crawfish beignets as well as fried shrimp and oyster po’ boys.
  • The lounge surrounding the Carousel Bar is also a retreat from busy Royal Street, with comfortable sofas and chairs situated intimately for small groups and those who just want to relax with a drink without riding the merry-go-round.
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
MSY (22-35 min)  
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