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The 18 Essential New Orleans Hotels, March 2014 Edition

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Presenting the second edition of the Curbed NOLA Hotel 18 Map, tackling the question "Where should I stay in New Orleans?" From glitzy high-dollar luxury digs to a few historical spots you won't find anywhere else in the world to hotels geared toward the convention crowd— have a look at what hotels made the cut (presented in no particular order, by the way). Later in the week we'll take a closer look at the bevy of bed-and-breakfast joints around town, so do hit up the tipline and share your experiences. Before we know it, this map will get another makeover, so holler in the comments section below or shoot us an email if we overlooked your favorite spot.

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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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Historical and glamorous – the stunning block-long lobby and the original art-deco Sazerac Bar are must-sees – with a dash of infamy (this was Gov. Huey P. Long’s old New Orleans headquarters) make this possibly the most essential hotel in the city. Guests will pay the price to stay here, but this Waldorf-Astoria property is known for its A+ service, concierges, suites, and celeb sightings.

2. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

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921 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 524-1331
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Ritz accommodations vary from the standard 350-square-foot room to the ultra-luxe “hotel within a hotel” Maison Orleans, which has a dedicated concierge, "continuous culinary options throughout the day," and a key to the private Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge. If one must leave their room there's a 25,000-sq.ft. spa and jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport’s lounge is on site.

3. The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection®

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

is, of course, drenched in red velvet with low lighting, a private stage, music, dance pole, and a “few surprises only revealed to those who stay there.”

4. Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

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300 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 586-0300
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The iron lace wrap-around balconies at this 500-room hotel offer views of bead-begging tourists and general Bourbon Street malarkey, but guests can still class it up by ducking into the marble lobby or lush courtyard. Other on-site escapes include the restaurant R’evolution, Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, and a super-VIP experience on the R Club level.

5. Hotel Maison de Ville

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727 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 324-4888
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Re-opened in 2012, the 16-unit hotel is a townhouse from 1783, four former slave quarters, and a carriage house. Tennessee Williams was a regular in room 9 and the original Sazerac maker, Antoine Peychoud, used to live here back in the day.

6. Soniat House

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1133 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116

Built in the 1830s, this lower Quarter spot has rooms ranging from a 225-sq.ft.space to a two-bdrm suite with private elevator. There's an honor bar (yes, really!), a wine cellar, and those looking for a break from the kids will appreciate the "no children under 10" rule.

7. Omni Royal Orleans

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621 Saint Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70140
(504) 529-5333
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Last year's renovation made some of the smaller sleeping quarters roomier in this centrally located 345-room Quarter hotel. For those not lucky enough to nab a room with a balcony overlooking Royal or St. Louis Streets, there's always the 360-degree view at the observation deck by the rooftop pool.

8. Hotel Monteleone

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214 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

This allegedly haunted literary landmark with 600 rooms, 55 suites, and a rooftop pool has been in the hotel biz since 1886. Some of the rooms are small but take a few spins around the must-see revolving Carousel Bar and everything will be a-okay.

9. JW Marriott Hotel

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614 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

It's not the swankiest or even the most affordable option, but the JW does offer edge-of-the-Quarter accessibility for the post-convention crowd. The 30-floor hotel has 18 meeting rooms and 19,000-sq.ft. of meeting space.

10. International House Hotel

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221 Camp St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 553-9550
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Partiers will appreciate the 11th floor “rockstar” windowless rooms and the hipper-than-thou crowd will enjoy the name-dropping design choices by LM Pagano, “designer of choice for Nicolas Cage and Johnny Depp.” The former Canal Louisiana Bank & Trust Co. building from 1906 is now a 117-room art-filled boutique hotel owned by real estate developer Sean Cummings.

11. Queen & Crescent Hotel

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344 Camp St
New Orleans, LA 70130

With 196 "European-style rooms," this CBD spot is an affordable, no-frills option just a couple blocks outside of the Quarter.

12. Windsor Court Hotel

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300 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-6000
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It's tough not to feel fancy in this elegant, luxurious space and what makes it even better, the service is not stuffy. The majority of the rooms are suites (ask for a river view) and the rooftop salt water pool is open year round. The Grill Room, Polo Club Lounge, and Cocktail Bar are all on site.

13. W New Orleans

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333 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-9444
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Hip, sleek, and appealing to the cool kids, this is what one would expect from the W brand. Rooms range from the basic “Wonderful Room” to the “WOW suite,” where guests can "soak in the oval Jacuzzi and watch the 42" plasma TV or keep the party going with the marble-topped wet bar."

14. Loews Hotel

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300 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 595-3300
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This versatile CBD hotel with a striking lobby and local artwork throughout has 285 spacious rooms and 12 suites. Good for the business traveler, those vacationing with kids (there's a "Loews Loves Kids" program), and it's pet-friendly.

15. Harrah's Hotel

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224 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 533-6000
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Those in search of the full casino experience will appreciate Harrah's 450-room hotel, right across the street from the casino. Gamble all night (or day...or both) and crash on the Beautyrest mattresses.

16. Hyatt Regency New Orleans

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601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 561-1234
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This place is massive. Clearly aimed at the convention crowd, there are 1,193 rooms, 95 suites, 200,000-sq.ft. of event space, 70 meeting rooms, and a variety of restaurants, including John Besh's Borgne.

17. Hotel Modern

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936 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
New Orleans, LA 70130

Rooms options vary from "small" to "large" and go all the way up to 2-bdrm suites. Overlooking Lee Circle and on the streetcar line, all of the 135 rooms include “thoughtfully curated books" and Keurig brewers. Cocktail enthusiasts will appreciate Bellocq, located in the hotel.

18. Hotel Indigo

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2203 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

One of the few Uptown hotels and the only luxury boutique hotel in the Garden District, this pet-friendly 132-room property opened last year after a $16.9M reno. Located on the St. Charles Ave., Mardi Gras revelers lodging here get a front row spot.

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1. The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112

Historical and glamorous – the stunning block-long lobby and the original art-deco Sazerac Bar are must-sees – with a dash of infamy (this was Gov. Huey P. Long’s old New Orleans headquarters) make this possibly the most essential hotel in the city. Guests will pay the price to stay here, but this Waldorf-Astoria property is known for its A+ service, concierges, suites, and celeb sightings.

130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112

2. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Ritz accommodations vary from the standard 350-square-foot room to the ultra-luxe “hotel within a hotel” Maison Orleans, which has a dedicated concierge, "continuous culinary options throughout the day," and a key to the private Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge. If one must leave their room there's a 25,000-sq.ft. spa and jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport’s lounge is on site.

921 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112

3. The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection®

931 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112
The Lucifer suite

is, of course, drenched in red velvet with low lighting, a private stage, music, dance pole, and a “few surprises only revealed to those who stay there.”

931 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112

4. Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The iron lace wrap-around balconies at this 500-room hotel offer views of bead-begging tourists and general Bourbon Street malarkey, but guests can still class it up by ducking into the marble lobby or lush courtyard. Other on-site escapes include the restaurant R’evolution, Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, and a super-VIP experience on the R Club level.

300 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. Hotel Maison de Ville

727 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Re-opened in 2012, the 16-unit hotel is a townhouse from 1783, four former slave quarters, and a carriage house. Tennessee Williams was a regular in room 9 and the original Sazerac maker, Antoine Peychoud, used to live here back in the day.

727 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Soniat House

1133 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Built in the 1830s, this lower Quarter spot has rooms ranging from a 225-sq.ft.space to a two-bdrm suite with private elevator. There's an honor bar (yes, really!), a wine cellar, and those looking for a break from the kids will appreciate the "no children under 10" rule.

1133 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. Omni Royal Orleans

621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70140

Last year's renovation made some of the smaller sleeping quarters roomier in this centrally located 345-room Quarter hotel. For those not lucky enough to nab a room with a balcony overlooking Royal or St. Louis Streets, there's always the 360-degree view at the observation deck by the rooftop pool.

621 Saint Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70140

8. Hotel Monteleone

214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This allegedly haunted literary landmark with 600 rooms, 55 suites, and a rooftop pool has been in the hotel biz since 1886. Some of the rooms are small but take a few spins around the must-see revolving Carousel Bar and everything will be a-okay.

214 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. JW Marriott Hotel

614 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

It's not the swankiest or even the most affordable option, but the JW does offer edge-of-the-Quarter accessibility for the post-convention crowd. The 30-floor hotel has 18 meeting rooms and 19,000-sq.ft. of meeting space.

614 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. International House Hotel

221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Partiers will appreciate the 11th floor “rockstar” windowless rooms and the hipper-than-thou crowd will enjoy the name-dropping design choices by LM Pagano, “designer of choice for Nicolas Cage and Johnny Depp.” The former Canal Louisiana Bank & Trust Co. building from 1906 is now a 117-room art-filled boutique hotel owned by real estate developer Sean Cummings.

221 Camp St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Queen & Crescent Hotel

344 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

With 196 "European-style rooms," this CBD spot is an affordable, no-frills option just a couple blocks outside of the Quarter.

344 Camp St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Windsor Court Hotel

300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130

It's tough not to feel fancy in this elegant, luxurious space and what makes it even better, the service is not stuffy. The majority of the rooms are suites (ask for a river view) and the rooftop salt water pool is open year round. The Grill Room, Polo Club Lounge, and Cocktail Bar are all on site.

300 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. W New Orleans

333 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Hip, sleek, and appealing to the cool kids, this is what one would expect from the W brand. Rooms range from the basic “Wonderful Room” to the “WOW suite,” where guests can "soak in the oval Jacuzzi and watch the 42" plasma TV or keep the party going with the marble-topped wet bar."

333 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Loews Hotel

300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This versatile CBD hotel with a striking lobby and local artwork throughout has 285 spacious rooms and 12 suites. Good for the business traveler, those vacationing with kids (there's a "Loews Loves Kids" program), and it's pet-friendly.

300 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. Harrah's Hotel

224 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Those in search of the full casino experience will appreciate Harrah's 450-room hotel, right across the street from the casino. Gamble all night (or day...or both) and crash on the Beautyrest mattresses.

224 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

16. Hyatt Regency New Orleans

601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113

This place is massive. Clearly aimed at the convention crowd, there are 1,193 rooms, 95 suites, 200,000-sq.ft. of event space, 70 meeting rooms, and a variety of restaurants, including John Besh's Borgne.

601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113

17. Hotel Modern

936 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, New Orleans, LA 70130

Rooms options vary from "small" to "large" and go all the way up to 2-bdrm suites. Overlooking Lee Circle and on the streetcar line, all of the 135 rooms include “thoughtfully curated books" and Keurig brewers. Cocktail enthusiasts will appreciate Bellocq, located in the hotel.

936 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
New Orleans, LA 70130

18. Hotel Indigo

2203 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118

One of the few Uptown hotels and the only luxury boutique hotel in the Garden District, this pet-friendly 132-room property opened last year after a $16.9M reno. Located on the St. Charles Ave., Mardi Gras revelers lodging here get a front row spot.

2203 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118