Destination: New Orleans
A prime example of simple and classic southern luxury, the Ritz is feminine and romantic without being frilly. A leafy and spacious courtyard off of lobby offers a serene place to relax. The service suffers from inconsistency, but the staff was always friendly when I visited. The hotel boasts 527 rooms and suites, all of which are classically decorated with modern touches; the suites have a more formal Neoclassical design with Louis XVI accents. Located across the street from The Roosevelt, and a few blocks from the French Quarter. The Davenport Lounge features live music with a religious following. The Ritz is popular among a variety of clientele, from couples to business travelers. Rates from $199.
The Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria
A recent renovation has returned the Roosevelt to the top of the luxury heap in New Orleans. Arriving at the property, guests are greeted by a striking lobby, with a soaring ceiling supported by grand columns gilded in ropes of silver and gold, mosaic tiles underfoot and gorgeous chandeliers. While 369 standard rooms are petite, the 104 luxury suites are generously sized. Interiors features a classic and stately style, but not to the expense of comfort. Onsite amenities include a Guerlain Spa, rooftop poolside-bar, and the bustling modern Italian restaurant by John Besh, Domenica. The Roosevelt is great for families, large groups and business travelers. Rates from $239.
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