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Take a Seat: New Orleans' Best Hotel Lobby Bathrooms

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This photo of The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans is courtesy of TripAdvisor

It's slim picking when it comes to public restrooms in New Orleans and it's certainly no secret that some of the best facilities happen to be in hotel lobbies. While hotel staff may not exactly usher in non-guests who need to pop a squat, they're usually willing to look the other way. The best advice: act like you belong and walk with a purpose. It should be noted that Carnival season is a whole different animal. Most hotels go on lock-down, providing wrist bands or checking room keys at the door to keep the Mardi Gras madness out. Here now are six downtown hotel restrooms that are easily accessible, clean, and a couple are even pretty fancy. Did we miss your go-to spot? Do let us know via email or in the comments section below.


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1. The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

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130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 648-1200
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After your luxurious lavatory experience at this Waldorf-Astoria property, take a minute to enjoy the swanky block-long lobby with beautiful tile and chandeliers. The men's and women's washrooms are located on opposite ends of the lobby, by the way.

2. The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection®

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931 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 522-5400

The Saint Hotel's lobby bathroom is easy to find (straight back from the main entrance) and there are certainly no shortage of mirrors in here.

3. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

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921 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 524-1331
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The layout of this Ritz can be confusing (the lobby is on the third floor) and the bathrooms are down a side hallway, but the cloth hand towels and fancy soaps make it worth the trip.

4. Hotel Monteleone

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214 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Perhaps one of the most well-known places in the French Quarter with an easily accessible lobby bathroom, be prepared to wait in line with the Carousel Bar patrons.

5. Royal St Charles Hotel

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135 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 587-3700
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The lobby bathroom is nothing fancy, but it wins points for its location right at a streetcar stop.

6. Le Pavillon Hotel

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833 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 581-3111
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A tipster named Le Pavillon's lobby bathroom as one of her go-to spots, mentioning clean toilets, private stalls "with secure locks" (always a good thing!) and staff that doesn't seem to mind that you're using their facilities.

1. The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112

After your luxurious lavatory experience at this Waldorf-Astoria property, take a minute to enjoy the swanky block-long lobby with beautiful tile and chandeliers. The men's and women's washrooms are located on opposite ends of the lobby, by the way.

130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112

2. The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection®

931 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112

The Saint Hotel's lobby bathroom is easy to find (straight back from the main entrance) and there are certainly no shortage of mirrors in here.

931 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112

3. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112

The layout of this Ritz can be confusing (the lobby is on the third floor) and the bathrooms are down a side hallway, but the cloth hand towels and fancy soaps make it worth the trip.

921 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112

4. Hotel Monteleone

214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Perhaps one of the most well-known places in the French Quarter with an easily accessible lobby bathroom, be prepared to wait in line with the Carousel Bar patrons.

214 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. Royal St Charles Hotel

135 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

The lobby bathroom is nothing fancy, but it wins points for its location right at a streetcar stop.

135 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Le Pavillon Hotel

833 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

A tipster named Le Pavillon's lobby bathroom as one of her go-to spots, mentioning clean toilets, private stalls "with secure locks" (always a good thing!) and staff that doesn't seem to mind that you're using their facilities.

833 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112