The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

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Romantic Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton name usually speaks for itself, and its New Orleans iteration is no exception. Located on Canal St., the Ritz embraces Southern culture and ideals into its design and service more so than any other Big Easy hotel. The rooms themselves seemed to have been pulled out from a Victorian mansion and plugged into this gracious property. The 25,000 square foot spa is one of the biggest in the city, and in itself draws people to stay. The location is primo, close to the city's revitalized theater district and on the edge of the French Quarter, steps from everything.

Best Hotels, Luxury Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton name speaks for itself, and its New Orleans location is one of the brand's landmark properties. Located on Canal Street in a historic renovation of a pair of architectural landmarks: the Kress and Maison Blanche buildings, this Ritz drips class and elegance. The 25,000 square foot European style spa is a huge draw for both locals and visitors in need of pampering. Crooner Jeremy Davenport entertains at the Davenport Lounge, accessible from M Bistro, which allows the under 21 set to hear live music while munching on top shelf seasonal comfort fare. The club lounge is VIP heaven.

Hotels near Mercedes-Benz Superdome: Ask any born-and-bred New Orleanian, of a certain age, about the Maison Blanche on Canal Street, and the conversation will take on a nostalgic tone. Once the grand dame of the city's department stores, the Maison was the place to shop for everything from prom dresses to housewares. After a $250 million renovation, The Maison, along with its retail neighbor the Kress Building, became the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans in 2000. An architectural gem, the hotel is synonymous with luxury, offering 527 rooms and suites that were renovated again in 2011. Included in the buckets of amenities are the swank European-style spa, the Davenport Lounge featuring local crooner Jeremy Davenport and the top shelf M. Bistro, where chef de cuisine Frank Gray keeps the emphasis on locally sourced, modern Creole cuisine.

Family-Friendly Hotels: Although it's synonymous with luxury, this well located Canal Street lovely doesn't skimp on the VIP treatment for the kiddos. The POLO (Protect Our Little Ones) Kits available to parents include outlet covers, infant/toddler bath amenities, and (if needed) a forehead thermometer strip. As part of Ritz Kids – Infants Program, the youngest guests are surprised with fun bits like an activity/coloring book at check-in, as well as an age-appropriate gift (ie, rubber duck, stuffed animal or sweet treat). Cribs, pack & plays, infant bath tubs, humidifiers, diaper pail and diapers, microwave and mini-refrigerators are all available. There are 38 connecting and adjoining room setups good for extended families, with multiple bedroom arrangements connected by one master door. Add in the fine M. Bistro adjacent to the Davenport Lounge, where kids can catch live music without worrying about sitting at the bar, and this property is top shelf.


921 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Expert Tips by Beth D'Addono

New Orleans Local Expert

Best for Romantic Hotels Because: The Ritz-Carlton is a fab spot for couples who relish spa treatments - it consistently rates as a top spa in the U.S.

Recommended as Best Hotels, Luxury Hotels Because: Ritz-Carlton is a luxury brand with loyal clientele. This hotel does it up right.

Best for Hotels near Mercedes-Benz Superdome Because: Just .8 miles from the Dome, the Ritz is a well known luxury brand sure to appeal to some fans.

Best for Family-Friendly Hotels Because: The Ritz is an iconic property that knows how to treat families like VIPs.

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