I knew I was going to love the historic charm at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans long before I arrived and I was greeted by the doorman in the adorable top hat. I knew I’d love it before I stepped onto the red carpeted stairs leading to the revolving glass door and I saw the amazing lobby.
I had high expectations. I mean really, how could I not hear the name Waldorf Astoria associated with The Roosevelt and not think luxury?
I found the lobby charming with it’s restored mosaic tile flooring, ornate molding, crystal chandeliers and eye-catching conical clock that was once on display in the Paris Exhibition.
If I ever thought a hotel that had hosted celebrities, political giants or royalty would be stuffy and unwelcoming, those thoughts fled my mind at check-in. The staff at The Roosevelt are professional, courteous and dare I say, friendly?
When making my reservations, I had selected a Superior room with two queen beds and was surprised by the size. The beautifully decorated room was the largest single hotel room I have ever stayed in. I fell in love. Just take a look at all that space! And those benches at the end of the bed? Swoon.
I’m convinced if my family would have stayed in rooms this spacious when we traveled with my husband’s job, I’d never have had to lock myself in the bathroom for a good cry. Not that I did that. Too often.
At The Roosevelt I could have just locked my kids in the walk-in closet. *wink*
I loved the oversized windows that allowed plenty of natural light into the room and overlooked the rooftop pool area.
The 350 square foot room offered a desk with a well-lit work area…
a wet bar…
a sitting area…
and a huge bathroom…
with a flat screen TV, which my husband would have LOVED, but didn’t really thrill me.
I haven’t even mentioned the luxurious beds with decorative bed throws, pillows and comfy down-filled comforters.
After a long day of conference workshops and sightseeing, I arrived back at my room where a bathrobe and complimentary slippers awaited me with chocolate squares on my pillow. What more could a girl ask for?
The Roosevelt also offers several restaurants and lounges so you really could stay in all night if you didn’t feel like leaving- though there is so much to see in New Orleans I can’t imagine that would be the case.
I ate at the Domenica, a hip, modern restaurant onsite that offers wood-fired pizza. Yum.
I couldn’t leave New Orleans without mailing some post cards home to my family. I love that The Roosevelt has the original mail system which runs from each floor to the main mail box in the lobby. If you’re traveling with your kids they’d love to insert their mail and watch it fall to the lower floors through the transparent tube.
Two of my post cards got stuck at the top of the mailbox but the staff took care of it and each member of my family received their special post card. Of course I was home by the time the post cards were delivered, but its the thought that counts, right?
This landmark hotel has been in operation for over 100 years. After Hurricane Katrina, the property underwent major renovations, reopening in 2009 in pristine condition.
If you plan to travel to New Orleans and want a hotel that is top-notch, in a convenient location and steps away from the trolley, I suggest The Roosevelt.
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