For generations, the name Roosevelt meant elegance – and this luxury hotel exudes just that. The hotel opened in 1893 and became the Fairmont Hotel in 1965. But locals, who came for a cocktail at the Sazerac Bar or brunch at the Blue Room, always called it the Roosevelt. In 2005, Katrina flooded the basement and the hotel sat empty for years. In 2009, it finally reopened after a $145 million renovation, and it’s now part of the Waldorf-Astoria portfolio. The Roosevelt’s chandeliers sparkle as good as new, the historic décor of the block-long lobby has been restored, and it pairs old-school service with modern luxury. New amenities include a Guerlain spa and Domenica, a rustic Italian restaurant from celebrity chef John Besh. Ask for a room in the original building facing University Place, where the ceilings are several feet higher.