10Best romantic New Orleans hotels for perfect pillow talk

New Orleans is a romantic city. If rekindling or stoking the flame of passion is your goal, selecting the hotel is an important part of the process. The city has endless accommodation options, but a few choice properties reign supreme. 

What is it that sets these properties apart? Enchanting rooms, first-class service, top-notch spas, skyline views, classy dining and architecture are all on the checklist for couples making their New Orleans hotel decision for a weekend of romance. The rooms at the Windsor Court are designed for luxury and comfort, newly renovated and loaded with extra amenities and upgrades. The Hotel Monteleone has views of the city that are matched by few. The spa at the Ritz-Carlton is one of the country's best.  And the seclusion of the Audubon Cottages makes anybody feel like a rock star.

If you want to up the ante, arrange in advance for champagne to be chilled and waiting, a nosegay of flowers on a vase by the bed and maybe even set up a couple's massage at the spa.  The city, with its picturesque streets, meant for strolling, cheek to cheek dancing opportunities and a wide array of intimate bars and restaurants will do the rest.


The Eliza Jane
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Who knew that New Orleans was home to the first woman publisher of a major metropolitan newspaper in the United States? But it's true, Eliza Jane Nicholson published The New Orleans Daily Picayune in the late 1800s and it's her name that crowns a swell new addition to the CBD hotel scene. The Eliza Jane is a 196-room boutique hotel built in nine historic warehouses originally occupied by the likes of The Daily Picayune and Peychaud Bitters factory. Centrally located just two blocks from the French Quarter, the property drips with elegant meets funky embellishments and amenities. Don't miss Couvant, a French brasserie offering steak frites, roasted chicken, moules frites, steak tartare or try the bone-in double veal chop for two.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: A stop at the hotel's Couvant restaurant for oysters is sure to get your stay off to a smokin' start.

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W New Orleans - French Quarter
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The W in the French Quarter marries urban chic with traditional Vieux Carre 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 products and uber comfy bedding. The central pool is a chill lounge scene. You'll want to sit a spell at the bar at SoBou, from the Commander's Palace branch of the Brennan family. Bar chef/alchemist Amanda Thomas concocts brilliant craft cocktails using fresh herbs, tinctures and homemade bitters. Move into the dramatically lit dining room for chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez's playful menu of modern Creole bites.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The W brand speaks to the hip visitor who wants a contemporary setting and access to the French Quarter.

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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, this compact town and parish (county) seat of St. Tammany boasts a historic downtown dating back to 1813. With the reopening of the lovely Southern Hotel, Covington can now offer guests a first-class place to lay their heads. Art filled and dripping with cushy extras, this historic circa 1907 hotel was restored to its former glory and reopened in 2014. The Mission-style building, with its wide archways and lush center courtyard, offers a welcoming oasis to couples looking for a romantic retreat. Don't miss a romantic dinner in the fab Oxlot 9 restaurant onsite.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Enjoy a romantic stroll in downtown Covington while based at this romantic retreat.

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Built as a warehouse in 1910, the Renaissance Arts Hotel on Tchoupitoulas delivers the vibrant art and culture of New Orleans as soon as you walk into the lobby. The lobby delivers an art gallery sensibility, with an inside sculpture garden and masterpieces adorning most of the available wall space. The locally owned Legacy Kitchen offers authentic flavors onsite, dishes like thin-fried catfish, roast chicken and local redfish with garlic butter. Tchoupitoulas Street puts you in walking proximity to the sights and sounds of the lively Warehouse District neighborhood. Being a Marriott brand hotel, you can be sure that the quality of rooms and services is top-notch.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The rooftop pool is an intimate place to enjoy a secluded game of footsies.

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Hotel Peter and Paul
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An impressive redo of the former Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church and school, this Marigny hotel is steeped in history, from the splendid Henry Howard-designed buildings to the school's appearance in A Confederacy of Dunces. Each of the four main buildings, the school house, rectory, church and convent, have each been carefully restored and repurposed for new congregants. Each building has its own inspiration and narrative, with the resulting restoration ensuring that no two guest rooms are exactly alike. Do expect romantic touches like canopied beds, sumptuous marble bathrooms and antique and bespoke furniture and lighting, this place speaks perfect romance.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This boutique hotel in the Marigny neighborhood is truly one-of-a-kind.

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French Quarter
Audubon Cottages
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Imagine staying with a rich friend 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 recently refurbished seven Audubon Cottages, named for former resident, John James Audubon. If it's a high end, uber private and intimate digs you seek, seek no more. Each cottage is unique, and among the many notable details, you might find hardwood floors, separate living areas, dining tables and/or antique furnishings. Additional perks include complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a heated saltwater pool, as well as valet parking at the nearby Dauphine Orleans Hotel. In-room spa services are available for the asking.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: A favorite for film stars working in town, the cottages are the ultimate in luxury.

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Walk through the doors of the Windsor Court, a landmark hotel in the Central Business District, and you automatically feel like a V.I.P. Known for high-end dining and cushy sleeps since it opened in 1984, the hotel was treated to a $22 million stem-to-stern redo a few years back, leaving it lighter, brighter and more tech-savvy. But for the purposes of romance, the high-end bedding, fab spa and swank Polo Club Lounge set the stage for fireworks to come. Add in dinner at the famous Grill Room, where chef Vlad Ahmadyarov creates swoon-worthy dishes like crabcake with sweet potato hay and strip steak with duck fat roasted potatoes and life is good.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: If you arrived in style, the hotel recently installed six charging stations, four Tesla-only and two universal, the valet staff will attend.

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Hotel Monteleone on Royal Street is a family-owned luxury sleep, with 600 sprawling rooms and one of the highest inventories of suites (55) available in New Orleans. The location is perfect for many, situated on the art and shopping street of the city. Bourbon is only a block away, and the French Market and River Walk are a short stroll in the opposite direction. The hotel features a heated rooftop pool and 24/7 fitness center availability and in-room dining. Ernest Hemingway made note of the Monteleone's famous Carousel Bar, a 25 seat, slowly circumnavigating lounge that makes the hotel worth visiting even if you don't plan on staying there.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Hotel Monteleone has fantastic suites with breathtaking views, perfect for love birds.

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The Maison de Ville Hotel is another property located right in the heart of the French Quarter, steps from all must-see attractions. Guests are treated to true Southern hospitality at this historic (and some say haunted) property, with its lovely courtyard and wrought-iron balconies. One of the building's first residents invented the now official state cocktail, the Sazerac, while at the hotel and Tennessee Williams penned his famous "A Streetcar Named Desire" in room number nine. The hotel is as Old World New Orleans as it gets, with rooms containing period furniture, antiques and interesting artwork.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Visitors looking for authentic old world New Orleans charm have come to the right place.

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The Ritz-Carlton brand speaks for itself and its New Orleans iteration is no exception. Located on Canal Street in the former Maison Blanche department store, 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, on the parade, route, close to the city's revitalized theater district and on the edge of the French Quarter, steps from everything.

Recommended 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.

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