Beyond the fact that Hotel Monteleone is a legendary hideaway for some of the world’s most influential authors, it serves cocktails in one of Condé Nast Traveler’s top three Big Easy bars and offers rooms that perfectly blend old and new. Opened in 1886 on Royal Street in the French Quarter, the Monteleone family-owned hotel has a rich heritage that will intrigue and delight as you walk into its grand foyer, champagne in hand, up the chandelier-lit lobby towards your well-appointed guestroom. This AAA Four Diamond hotel serves as an illustrious destination for relaxing, indulging, and exploring.
- Stretch out in one of 600 elegant guestrooms, including the splendid Literary Suites
- Sip a Vieux Carré cocktail at the revolving Carousel Bar & Lounge
- Take a dip in the heated rooftop pool, enjoy complimentary morning yoga, or relax in the spa
- Listen to live jazz as you stroll through nearby Jackson Square and the famous Bourbon Street
- Host an event overlooking the Mississippi River with expansive meeting space
- Eat jumbo shrimp, soft-shell crab, and snapper in classic Creole restaurant, Criollo
Walk in the footsteps of literary greats like Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and William Faulkner, who were frequent patrons of the Hotel Monteleone and even wrote it into some of their best-known works. Order Hemingway’s favorite at the revolving bar, which has been pouring drinks since 1949, then head to the stunning rooftop where you can relax in a heated pool or soak up breathtaking views of the Mississippi River.
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Choose from 600 elegant guestrooms, including 55 suites, at the Hotel Monteleone, with high ceilings, crown molding, and views of the Mississippi River or the French Quarter. The luxury suites offer extra comforts such as overstuffed king-size beds, parlors, marble and granite bathrooms, and private Jacuzzis. The hotel has been appointed as a prestigious Literary Landmark — only one of three U.S. hotels to hold this distinction. It has book-themed touches throughout, including Literary Suites decorated to the style of prominent writers who once stayed at the hotel. The two-bedroom Ernest Hemingway Penthouse, which is located in an area of the hotel that housed Union soldiers during the Civil War, features elegant dual balconies with panoramic views.
Whether you want a pet-friendly room, access to the 24-hour business center, or advice on exploring the city, hotel staff are ready and waiting to accommodate your every need. They can also tailor-make packages like the "Romantic Getaway" so you can savor Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries on arrival, a three-course meal with wine, and cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe Du Monde.
Ask the bow-tied bartenders to mix one of their potent signature concoctions while you take a spin at Hemingway’s favorite hangout. Then enjoy modern Creole cuisine — a rite of passage in the South — and live tunes at Hotel Monteleone’s Criollo Restaurant.
The Carousel Bar & Lounge – A New Orleans institution since 1949, this bar’s 25-seat counter revolves like a real carousel while guests enjoy signature Sazerac and Vieux Carré cocktails, alongside New Orleans favorites like po’ boys and blue crab beignets.
Criollo Restaurant – From chargrilled oysters to Creole classics like turtle soup, this watering hole offers an authentic slice of Louisiana life. The décor is cozy, with glass-orbed chandeliers, marble flooring, and dark-wood accents. Settle into leather seats and try the jumbo lump crab cake with a side of live jazz for dessert.
For more local fare, nearby hotspots include Napoleon House Bar & Café, Old Absinthe House, and Nola Restaurant.
All the color and character of New Orleans can be found at the Hotel Monteleone, whether you want to relax in a rooftop cabana, take a dip in the heated pool, soak in a private jacuzzi, or book a spa treatment at Spa Aria. Wake up to a workout with views over Crescent City in its state-of-the-art fitness center, or round off a perfect day with a cocktail at the famous revolving bar.
Outside the hotel, the city’s highlights are within easy reach. Hop aboard the Creole Queen River Boat and enjoy a Mississippi jazz cruise at sunset, or explore Louisiana's swampy backcountry. If you would rather keep your feet on firm ground, head into the heart of New Orleans to find candy-colored houses with wrought-iron balconies, fragrant spices, and jazz music on every corner.
Hotel Monteleone puts you right in the heart of the action in New Orleans’ atmospheric French Quarter, just steps from Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, the French Market, and the Riverwalk, where you can watch steamboats glide along the Mississippi River. For a collegiate trip, Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, and the University of New Orleans are all about 15 minutes away by car.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is 16 mi / 25 km away, around 35 minutes’ drive.
Canal and Carondelet streetcar stop is a four-minute walk, with easy access to the St. Charles Avenue streetcar.