Hotel Monteleone Review

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214 Royal Street, French Quarter LA 70130
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Editor’s Review of Hotel Monteleone

It's said that the Hotel Monteleone is the gateway to the French Quarter. The grand, 15-story property does, in fact, tower above the historic district in New Orleans, its red rooftop sign a beacon in the night.

The family-owned hotel opened with just 64 elegant guestrooms in 1886, but has since expanded, now offering 570 (even more elegant) accommodations. It also has an onsite restaurant, swimming pool, full-service day spa, and one-of-a-kind Carousel Bar (featured in writings by Ernest Hemingway and Eudora Welty) that resembles an actual carousel -- a must-visit for parents and a fun photo op for the whole family.

Speaking of literary greats, the hotel features a selection of Literary Suites named for famous
... more writers with connections to the hotel. Hotel guests have included William Faulker, Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote, who liked to claim he was born at Hotel Monteleone.

The hotel is just one block from Bourbon Street, but far enough away that families will find it to be a quiet respite from all the action at night. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Historic hotel in French Quarter
  • Rooms and suites with mini-fridges
  • Famous Carousel Bar
Family Interests
  • Museum/Cultural
Family Amenities
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kitchenettes
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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The hotel offers a total of 570 accommodations, 55 of which are suites. All guestrooms feature high ceilings, crown mold and elegant furnishings -- similar to the to the hotel's d├ęcor when it first opened in 1886.

Cribs are available upon request at no charge; rollaways are not. Connecting rooms are available with advance notice.

Note: Rooms are based on single or double occupancy, and there is a $25 charge for each additional guest per night.

Guestrooms come in two categories: Traditional and Preferred. The only difference between them is the views; some Traditional Rooms overlook the French Quarter (most face building tops and parking garages), while Preferred Rooms face the Mississippi River or French Quarter.

Guestrooms have one king or two queen beds, and feature mini-fridges, Keurig coffeemakers, bathrobes, and flat-screen TVs, plus all the standard extras -- safes, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, and clock radios. Bathrooms feature granite countertops and shower/tub combos, convenient for bathing little ones.

Luxury Suites
All suites feature private bedrooms with king beds and sofa beds in living rooms, with the exception of the Vieux Carre and Riverview Suites. In addition to standard guestroom amenities, suites also have iHomes, Jacuzzis (most), separate showers (except Executive and William Falkner Suites), and portable phones. Some suites also have wet bars and ice makers.

Literary Suites
The Literary Suites are inspired by the greats who had connections to the Hotel Monteleone -- William Faulkner (who was fond of the hotel), Truman Capote (who claimed to be born here; that's not the case, but hotel staff did assist his mother in getting to a nearby hospital), Ernest Hemingway (who featured the Carousel Bar in "The Night Before Battle"), Eduora Welty (who also mentioned the Carousel Bar in her short story, "The Purple Hat") and of course, Tennessee Williams (whose play, "The Rose Tattoo," featured the hotel).

Each suite is slightly different, but all feature separate bedrooms and/or sleeper sofas and connecting capabilities for families.


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