If you’ve ever been to N’awlins, you know that personal space can quickly become a hot commodity. Even outside of Mardi Gras, parts of the city are always teeming with tourists. So it really matters where you stay – accommodations can make or break your experience in this city.

The right hotel can take a travel experience from crowded and bustling, and turn it into a relaxing, luxurious respite to truly enjoy the historic, gentile nature of Southern living. Here are the Luxe Lookbook top New Orleans hotels.

Windsor Court Hotel

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Windsor Court Hotel – Courtesy of windsorcourthotel.com

 The Windsor Court Hotel brings modern luxurious amenities with an ornate, old New Orleans feel. The interior is beautifully decorated with museum quality art – paintings, sculptures, tapestries and furnishings that would make any aesthete feel like they’re in heaven. The hotel also has an outdoor pool – a rarity in the historic part of the city, as well as a full service spa, fitness center, boutique shop, a 4-star/4-diamond restaurant, a lounge, bar and afternoon tea salon. The Club Level offers exclusive service, including a private club lounge with outdoor terraces, expanded breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres. This hotel is also pet friendly, offering plush pet beds, treats and walking maps.

The James J. Coleman Presidential Suite boasts almost 2,800 sq ft and two bedrooms of pure luxury on the 22nd floor, with private terraces overlooking the city. The suite has Italian marble floors, exquisite artwork, a library, dining room, a full entertainment center, grand piano, and fabulous furnishings.

The Ritz-Carlton

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Ritz-Carlton – Courtesy of ritzcarlton.com

For a more historic experience, the Ritz-Carlton is in the 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building with a tranquil, private courtyard offering some wonderful outdoor space. The hotel also offers a spacious, full service spa with pool, a fitness center, a farm-to-table restaurant, a lounge hosting live music, and tons of meeting and event spaces. The Ritz also has a Club Level with a more cozy, traditional feel with intricate antebellum styled furnishings, fireplaces and rich tapestries. The Club includes a salon, library and parlor with continuous dining service throughout the day by a dedicated concierge staff, with breakfast, light snacks, hors d’ oeuvres, cocktails and beverages as well as sweets served.

The Maison Orleans Suite is a one bedroom, 900 sq ft suite that offers traditional luxury, with marble and hardwood floors, a demi-canopied bed, full marble bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower, fireplace, and floor to ceiling windows to enjoy your expansive views of the city.



 

Hotel Mazarin

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Hotel Mazarin – Courtesy of hotelmazarin.com

A smaller luxury boutique hotel, Hotel Mazarin is the newest hotel in New Orleans, offering its own charm for those looking for a more intimate local experience. Nestled amidst the galleries and shops half a block from Royal Street, Mazarin creates a unique luxury experience for its guests, with the only wine bar in the French Quarter and a Prohibition era inspired bar. The hotel also has a private courtyard with fountain to relax with a cocktail under the stars. Additional amenities include a daily full breakfast, complimentary welcome cocktail, fitness center and a business center.

The Fleur de Lis Suite is the most luxurious accommodation, with one bedroom and over 1,000 sq ft, including two separate living/seating areas, dining area, spacious balcony, and full kitchen. The marble floors and crystal chandeliers add to the luxurious yet modern ambiance of the suite.

 

Hotel Monteleone

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Hotel Monteleone – Courtesy of hotels.com

At perhaps one of the best locations, Hotel Monteleone is a uniquely styled local luxe boutique hotel tucked into Royal Street with all of the shopping, dining and sites easily accessible. The hotel offers a rooftop heated pool and fitness center, full service spa (which is a personal favorite of New Orleans), a restaurant, a cheeky carousel bar/lounge, a pet friendly floor, and live jazz entertainment.

The hotel offers both luxury suites as well as literary suites, which are furnished in the style of – you guessed it, literary figures. The FJ Monteleone Suite is over 1,000 sq ft with one bedroom, a granite bath with soaking tub and separate shower, an office, and a spacious parlor with panoramic views of the Mississippi River.



 

The Cornstalk Hotel

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Cornstalk Hotel – Courtesy of hotels.com

The Cornstalk Hotel, built around 1850 feels like a charming Victorian B&B, and offers luxurious and intimate accommodations for those looking for a more authentic and historic experience. Known for very friendly staff who make you feel like one of the family, this hotel is all about the personal experience for its patrons. Located on elegant Royal Street, the hotel is in the midst of the shopping, dining and sites as well as beautiful, historic architecture. With antique furnishings, crystal chandeliers, fireplaces, stained glass windows, canopy beds, architectural details and a lovely brick patio with fountain, the hotel creates an historic luxury space for those looking to really experience the intricate details of the French Quarter. For a little excitement, the hotel is even rumored to be haunted by ghostly children who have apparently been seen/heard running through the halls.

 

Audubon Cottages

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Another option to experience the unique charm of the city, the Audubon Cottages offer luxurious one or two bedroom accommodations featuring private or semi-private courtyards, a heated saltwater pool, personalized butler service, complimentary continental breakfast and all-day beverage service. With only 7 cottages, this hotel is a great location for an intimate wedding or event.

 

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