Our first wedding anniversary was on September 14, and we wanted to really make the celebration one to remember! My husband was completing grad school during our wedding and so our honeymoon was cut short for his required trip to Chile. With year one under our belts we were ready to laissez les bons temps rouler (“let the good times roll!”)
With input from many friends and family (many from Louisiana and even New Orleans), I poured through hotel recommendations from them and travel guides (including the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau which is a fantastic online resource).
I knew I wanted a romantic getaway, plush and lavish, and the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans was all that and more. Our expectations were far exceeded repeatedly during our stay.
921 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112 USA
Location, Location, Location
Perfectly located in the French Quarter on Canal Street, we were literally one block from Bourbon Street, short cab rides to all the restaurants we wanted to try (Commander’s Palace, Lilette, Stella!), and walking distance to Jackson Square and Harrah’s Casino. Originally the Maison Blanche department store, it was renovated to embrace the existing architecture while ensuring commitment to New Orleans charm (like making sure there was a large courtyard with sun shining through.) Opening in October 2000, this hotel quickly became “Canal’s Crown Jewel”, offering 527 beautiful guest rooms and a 25,000 sqft spa and fitness center. (More details about the fabulous spa in my next post!)
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans’ lobby is actually located on the third floor, from the street entrance simply take the elevator up!
Luxury in Every Sense of the Word
Throughout the hotel you can appreciate their $3.5 million art collection, accumulated from estate sales and auctions throughout the State. The hotel, like much of NOLA, has a commitment to supporting local artists, producers, and citizens with a passion not found in other states. Similar to guests in a Garden District mansion, many years before, the guest rooms are plush with Italian marble baths, beautiful courtyard views, ornate decorations, and inviting beds.
Celebrating our anniversary, my husband, who checked into the hotel a couple of hours before I flew in, was able to quickly and easily work with the concierge to deliver a dozen beautiful roses and hydrangeas before my arrival. They also did a beautiful rose petal turn down and champagne service.
Every guest has a nightly option of a dark chocolate turn down service.
Luxury Kicked Up Another Notch
And if you’re looking for something even more intimate, the Ritz-Carlton Club level offers a hotel within a hotel with a dedicated concierge service. Sonia and Russell are just two members of the team, ready to welcome you to the hotel, help with plans during your trip, refreshing your glass of champagne of local craft beer offerings, and serve you breakfast, light snacks, hors d’ oeuvres, beverages and sweets preventing any hunger pains!
Since opening in January 2010, the Davenport Lounge and M Bistro have received continued accolades! Named after the hotel’s headline entertainer, Grammy-nominee Jeremy Davenport has graced the pages of GQ, Travel + Leisure, Southern Living, and Elle with his Rat Pack style and jazz legend resume.
Davenport performs every Thursday from 5:30 p.m until 9:00 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.
- 500 World’s Best Hotels- Travel + Leisure (2001 – 2006; 2008-2013)
- Top 40 Hotels of the South – Conde Nast Traveler (2012)
- Best Hotel in New Orleans – U.S. News and World Report (2012)
- #1 Hotel Spa in the U.S. and Canada, Travel+ Leisure (2011)
- Top 10 Luxury Spas- SpaFinder (2010)
- Best Urban Hotel Spa, Favorite Spa Therapist & Spa Manager- Spa Finder (2009)
- Best Hotel, Best Place to Get a Massage in New Orleans- The Gambit (2008-2012)
- Favorite Day Spa, Hotel, & Best Bar in New Orleans- New Orleans Magazine (2010-2012)
- Coolest Hotel for Honeymoon- Brides (2011)
And I can easily see why.
Disclaimer: Although a media rate was received, the idea for this post and all of my opinions are my own.