Hotel Finds: New Orleans

Windsor Court Hotel
300 Gravier Street, Central Business District

Panoramic roof-top views from the Windsor Court Hotel

Banquet and dining rooms at the Windsor Court Hotel

The Windsor Hotel "Iconic Roses" always greet customers in the lobby.

One of the more luxurious properties in New Orleans, the Windsor Court Hotel, is the only hotel in the city to receive both Forbes Four Stars and AAA Four Diamonds Awards. All the hotel's rooms are exceptionally large, with deep, rich carpets and four-poster canopied beds. Mirrored dressing areas are also quite roomy. In-room wet bars, with a wide choice of beverages and snacks, are also impressive.

An afternoon tea is beautifully served in Le Salon, while an extensive martini and drink menu is available at the hotel's Polo Lounge. Gorgeous views of New Orleans can be enjoyed at the rooftop bar as well. The Windsor Court Hotel is four blocks from the French Quarter and within walking distance to the Riverfront and shopping areas.

Soniat House
1133 Chartres St., French Quarter

Entrance to the Soniat House from Chartres St. in the French Quarter

Interior courtyards at the Soniat House are lush and private

Built in 1830 and maintained to perfection, the Soniat House is one of the most historical properties in the Quarter. Oriental rugs and antiques fill the lobby and common areas. Tastefully chosen contemporary art complements the centuries old decor. Lush courtyards are also available for guests to enjoy with afternoon cocktails or for breakfast--all with prompt, impeccable service.

The Soniat House is well located on one of the quieter streets in the Quarter, but still very much in the center of all the action. The hotel has 20 rooms and 13 suits, some of which have hot tubs. Room amenities include L'Occitane toiletries and goose-down pillows.

Hotel Provincial
1024 Chartres St., French Quarter

Entrance to the charming Hotel Provincial on Chartres St.

The Hotel Provincial's courtyard with fountain and traditional wrought iron trim

Located a few blocks away from the Soniat House, still on sedate Chartres, is Hotel Provincial. Cute and inviting, the property is a good value in the Quarter. A large portrait of Napoleon hangs in the lobby -- a reminder that, although thoroughly modernized, the buildings are some of the oldest in the Quarter. Rooms face onto courtyards, two with pools. Continental breakfast is included and served in the pretty main courtyard which includes a fountain and wrought iron tables. Europeans have discovered this attractive property. British and French accents fill the courtyard during the breakfast service.

Located directly next to Hotel Provincial is one of NOLA's hottest new restaurants, Stella!. Chef Scott Boswell has been featured in Bon Appetit and Travel and Leisure. HIs Stella! is a wonderful fine-dining option or a superb spot for an evening nightcap and dessert.

Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast
2727 St. Charles Ave., Garden District

The Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast, with private balconies and stained glass

The main parlor at the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast

This charming bed & breakfasts transports guests to another era — the pinnacle of Southern graciousness and hospitality. Lovingly maintained parlors and beautifully appointed guest rooms make for a memorable stay. Each of the eight suites has unique features — all equally appealing: including stained glass windows, private balconies, or hot tubs.

A Continental breakfast is served on either a large balcony overlooking gardens or in an attractive dining room. The Grand Victorian is a block and a half from the legendary Commander's Palace restaurant. The French Quarter can be reached by riding a street car that runs regularly on St. Charles.

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