Faulkner and Hemingway favoured the Hotel Monteleone; Eudora Welty and Tennessee Williams wrote about this classic hotel and Truman Capote claimed that he was born here. It’s not hard to see why so many fanciful minds have been captivated by its gracious charms.
Liveried doormen greet guests below the baroque façade. The marble lobby opens onto the Carousel Bar, a favourite of both locals and tourists. The rooms are tastefully elegant, with pale striped wallpaper, moldings on the ceiling, imposing wood armoires, and plush mattresses so popular that the hotel now sells them.
A 2005 remodel has given many rooms at The Monetleone separate Kohler spa tubs and showers. The best rooms are deluxe Kings with a river view-allowing you to see the edge of the French Quarter and the quick-flowing Mississippi beyond. The landmark also has a sixteenth-floor roof-top pool and a gym full of cardio machines with individual flat-screen televisions.
The Monteleone is the epitome of old-school New Orleans: a bit of a faded grandmother you can’t help but love.