From a rooftop pool with panoramic views of the city to a location in the heart of the French Quarter, the Hotel Monteleone is truly the best place to stay in New Orleans. It’s no wonder that the hotel is a member of Preferred Hotels, a group that represents some of the best independent hotels globally.
This 4-star hotel is traditional and historic and is home to over 550 rooms, many of which have gorgeous views of the French Quarter or the Mississippi River. I stayed in room 1480, a Preferred King room that had so many windows and views, I didn’t know where to look first! My favorite part of the day was waking up for sunrise and watching it right from the desk of my room. Also, every room in the hotel features marble and granite baths, raised ceilings, and a mini-bar. What more could a girl want?
We absolutely loved our lunch experience at the beautiful and modern, Criollo restaurant located right inside the hotel. For authentic creole cuisine, look no further than Criollo. I ordered the Gulf Seafood Napoleon and it surely did not disappoint. You know you’re in the South when your lunch looks like this!
What could be more quintessentially NOLA than a revolving bar in a form of an authentic carousel? The hotel’s bar is not only a favorite of many guests’ and visitors but it just so happened to be a favorite hangout of Mr. Ernest Hemmingway himself.
Things to Do
The St. Louis Cathedral is the heart of New Orleans and is located right in Jackson Square. The cathedral is also the oldest cathedral in the United States. You’ll also be entertained by horse drawn carriages, street performers, art vendors and more in this square.
Go for a ride on the city’s charming streetcar located on Canal St. The green street car takes you all the way to the Garden District where you’ll find tons of beautiful mansions to marvel at. Cost: $1.75 one way, $3.00 for an all day pass.
We’ve all heard of the famous Mardis Gras’ event and Bourbon Street is truly where all of the fun happens. I had a blast walking up and down the street and watching the street performers.
But if you want to hang out where the locals hang, then you go to Frenchmen street. I walked straight down Royal Street from Hotel Moteleone until I reached Frenchmen St. and discovered many charming homes to photograph along the way. While you’re in the area, make a stop at the famous French Market just around the corner.
If you’ve worked up an appetite after all that walking, stop by Dat Dog where you’ll find a long list of creative house made hot dogs with over 30+ topping to choose from.
Beignets at Cafe Beignet make for a great way to start the day but beware as this place is just two blocks away from Hotel Monteleone which can be deliciously dangerous!
The cafe is known for their cafe’ au laits, so don’t forget to get your caffeine fix, located near the French Market.
Make reservations at one of the city’s many fine dining restaurants
Mr B’s Bistro
Discover hipster spots in the Central Business District
This is where you go to find those trendy spots that you see all over Instagram. A walk down Girod Street led me to Stumptown Coffee and Drip Affogato Bar, a cafe dedicated entirely to my favorite, affogatos! Head further down into the Garden District to find more of these gems.
Last but not least, the best way to see New Orleans is to get lost
The city center of New Orelans is incredibly walkable and you can get almost anywhere by foot. My favorite experience of my trip was getting lost in the streets and stumbling upon corners like this:
To see more of New Orleans, follow my hashtag: #nastasiainneworleans
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