Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans: Old and New
I checked into the Roosevelt to see what old traditions were restored at this beautiful grand hotel, and what was new. After pulling up to the main entrance and checking the car with the valet ($38 a night for parking, ouch), I stepped inside.
The lobby is still a stunner, stretching a full city block. The floor is lined with marble and mosaic tile, a replica of the original flooring found when the carpets were removed. Impressive crystal chandeliers hang the entire length of the lobby, and a cheerful staff member was polishing each until they shined even more brightly. The Roosevelt follows a tradition of all Waldorf=Astoria hotels with a unique antique clock in the entryway. It dates back to the 1800s, and is wound in a weekly ceremony.
On the rooftop, the old tennis courts were replaced with a small swimming pool and poolside bar. Construction was still going on below when I visited and the landscaping wasn't yet complete, but I was still ready to jump in and enjoy the downtown views.
The Guerlain Spa wasn't open yet when I visited. Only the third location in the U.S., it will be full-service and include a 2,300 square foot fitness center.
Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans: Guest Suite
There was plenty of room for the kids to sleep in the living room, with a pull-out sofa and a crib easily sharing space, and room to walk around. (Of course, they always end up sleeping in the King bed anyway, but that's another story.) I was looking forward to enjoying the shower the next morning, with no less than four shower heads. A large closet in the bedroom provided plenty of space for suitcases so nothing was underfoot.
The hotel has high-speed Internet access through out, and while we could see a strong wireless signal and connect from our room, we couldn't get out to any web sites. A phone call yielded no results but a promise of a call back, which we never received.
Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans: Entertainment
We stopped in on a Monday night, when the crowd was small but lively, to try the Sazerac's two famous drinks. The Ramos Gin Fizz not only won out, it might be my new favorite drink. Creamy and tall like a pina colada, but with a tangy lemon-lime kick, it was a drink I could get into trouble with. The Sazerac, while I could see it was a great summer drink (cold, but no ice to melt, and a light fruity aroma) had a strong alcohol-and-licorice taste that was a bit much for me.
The Roosevelt also has 60,000 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom. I imagine this is going to be a popular wedding spot -- imagine putting "Waldorf=Astoria Ballroom" on your wedding invitations. One of the oldest Catholic churches in New Orleans, Immaculate Conception, is across the street. (Reviewed 9/1/2009)
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Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans is located In downtown New Orleans, walking distance from the French Quarter..
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112 USA
Phone: (504) 648-1200; Reservations: (800) 925-3673
Web site: Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans
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