A Long Weekend in New Orleans: Where to Stay
In my opinion there is only one hotel option in New Orleans, and that is the Windsor Court. The beautiful French elegance oozes from the walls, but not in a theatrical way. The hotel is classy and comfortable with high tea and harpists at 3pm sharp followed by live jazz for evening drinks. The suites are enormous and feel akin to a spacious one bedroom apartment in Paris. An enormous opulent vanity, a separate sitting room and an expansive view of the city make this hotel one of my favorites ever, not just for New Orleans.
The food was impeccable, the brunch offering the only healthy options I found throughout the city, and the service on point. I felt transcended to a French countryside chateau as I enjoyed a complimentary glass of champagne with the tart cherries, mixed nuts and truffled popcorn. Regrettably, I did not review the restaurant for lunch or dinner, but I was pleased with the Boudin balls and chefs garden butter lettuce from the Polo Club Lounge. I was pleasantly surprised to find
fresh fruit parfaits on the brunch menu, but I shamelessly ordered beignets as well. And I was not disappointed. I also let my sweet tooth get the best of me with the fresh baked pralines left for turn down service one night.
Directly across from the hotel you will find yourself at New Orleans only casino, Harrahs. You are also a beignets throw from the Mississippi River, Riverwalk outlets and new WWII museum. The hotel is just far enough that you don’t smell the stench of Bourbon Street but close enough that you can walk to the action in minutes.
If I had to make a complaint, it would be about the pool, which receives little sun. And if I just absolutely had to offer an alternative hotel to stay in, I would suggest: The Ritz. Although their pool is indoors, which in my opinion is incomprehensible in a city as sweltering as New Orleans.
And one last thing, inquire about the promotions. We stayed 3 nights to get the fourth free. Amuse-toi bien!
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