Occupying the former headquarters of a steamship company, the Loews New Orleans Hotel’s swanky, Caribbean-influenced luxury adds a graceful note to the growing scene surrounding Harrah’s Casino. The rooms on the sides of this luxury hotel are incredibly spacious, while those on the end are smaller. Request one above the fifteenth floor ending in 04 for a spectacular view of the Mississippi. Loews is also a few blocks from clubbing routes, gallery hopping, and the French Quarter. Not that you have to leave the hotel to have fun-it boasts a spa, a lap pool, hip Café Adelaide, and the buzzing Swizzle Stick Bar, which has one of the best bartenders in town and a lively after-work cocktail scene.