10 Best Luxury Sleeps in New Orleans (and One across the Lake)

When choosing a hotel in New Orleans, location is key. If you plan on touring the French Quarter, or are coming for a sporting event at the Superdome, staying at a central location will get you to where you want to be without needing transportation. If your trip is designed for brunching on Magazine Street and window shopping, you should start looking for your lodging in the Garden District or Uptown, perhaps by beautiful Audubon Park.

Most New Orleans visitors prefer not to rent a car and have to deal with street parking or driving after an evening of libations.  Making sure your hotel is in walking distance to where you want to be. Being close to street car stops will help you branch out to explore all parts of the city that you wouldn't be able to walk to by foot. At $1.25 per ride, it can't be beat.  Renting bikes is also a great option if you like to get out and explore the neighborhood, an ideal way to leave the tourist track behind and dig a little deeper into the city's charms.

When you have your location figured out, it's time to figure out the degree of luxury, design, amenities and value you are looking for in a place to stay. New Orleans has it all. From comfortable bed and breakfasts along Audubon Park to world class five star hotels like the W French Quarter and Audubon Cottages, the options will have you sleeping easy.

Outside the city
The Southern Hotel
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There are plenty of reasons to cross the 24-mile causeway across Lake Pontchartrain to the Northshore, but downtown Covington is surely high on the list. Oozing laid-back charm, Covington boasts a historic downtown dating back to 1813. With the...  Read More

W New Orleans - French Quarter
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The renovated W in the French Quarter marries urban chic with traditional Vieux Carré architecture in a fabulous location, the best of all worlds. Spacious rooms themed jazz or tarot are decked out in bold art and niceties like Bliss spa...  Read More



Art is an important part of New Orleans culture, and the Renaissance Arts Hotel in the Warehouse District gets that. The boutique Marriott brand seems like an art gallery in itself, with an inside sculpture garden and masterpieces adorning most...  Read More



Centrally located in the heart of the French Quarter, just two blocks from Jackson Square, the Omni Royal Orleans offers understated luxury and comfort. The hotel's 346 guest rooms deliver high-end amenities, with some even offering balconies...  Read More



Hotel Monteleone on Royal Street emanates European luxury throughout its 600 sprawling rooms and 55 suites. The vibe is retro-European, from the guest rooms' rich fabrics and marble bathrooms to the liveried doormen and the 16-story building's...  Read More

Loews New Orleans Hotel
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This former office building in the heart of downtown has been reimagined into one of the best sleeps in town. From its West Indies--style lobby to its well appointed spacious guest rooms enriched with local artwork, the Loews makes a body feel...  Read More



This uber luxe 23-story landmark hotel in the Central Business District turned 30 in 2014, and she's not showing her age one bit. Long the go-to spot for celebrities, athletes and corporate thought leaders, the Windsor Court Hotel underwent a...  Read More



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...  Read More

Soniat House
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Set in three 19th century French Quarter townhouses, Soniat House is over the top in every sense of the word. Price is no object to the regulars at this exclusive hotel, celebs and industry kingpins who want the best and expect VIP service 24/7....  Read More

Audubon Cottages
Photo courtesy of French Quarter Hotel Collection


Imagine staying with a rich aunt who is touring Europe but is generous enough to give you the key to her secluded French Quarter hideaway. That's what it feels like to stay in one of the seven refurbished Audubon Cottages, named for former...  Read More


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Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

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