The Roosevelt Waldorf AstoriaSo I was searching the entirety of North America for a swanky hotel to stay at, and up came The Roosevelt which is a Waldorf Astoria, the highest property type Hilton has. The last time I stayed in one was 2009 so I was excited to go to one again.
I then started scouting flights and found an acceptably priced one to New Orleans and well, it was a lock at that point for me.
This hotel, built in 1898, is an amazing old grand dame of a place. Originally the Grunewald, it has gone through a few high end luxury owners, but it does fit the Waldorf's over the top level of swank.
ArrivalI flew to Louis Armstrong International (MSY) and got a Lyft (about 25 minute ride) to the hotel in downtown New Orleans basically fronting on Canal Street. The entrance was impressive and when I got inside, the main floor did not disappoint!
The RoomNow, after the Conrad in Indianapolis, I started to figure out the rules for Diamond upgrades, and this time I got a two room suite overlooking the pool deck area.
Pay attention to what tower and elevator bank to use, tower 1 and tower 2 are not equal floor heights and floor 8 in tower 1 is the same as floor 7 in tower 2, but they are all connected in the middle so you can traverse.
The RestaurantsThis hotel is lousy with places to eat and drink. 5 locations, which surpasses my feelings for what makes a place a resort. I mean, you don't have to leave the hotel at all. 2 bars, 3 restaurants. Breakfast is served at the Fountain and Teddy's. Dinner/lunch is available at Fountain and Domenica. Drinks are at Sazerac and the Pool Bar but you can get drinks at Fountain Lounge and Domenica's bars also.
I did not go to Domenica because the menu really didn't appeal to me, but they do have a lot of in-house dried meats of the Italian persuasion.
FacilitiesBeing almost a resort, the spa seems quite well decked out. A let's call it decent sized gym. Not really super huge but had the devices needed, and seems to be the recent trend focusing towards running/cardio machines.
Event SpaceThe entire Mezzanine is event space and the ballrooms are just astounding. I got a private tour from the manager of event spaces at the hotel (one room we couldn't find the lights but wow it was massive with the ability to have cars delivered via elevator and more).
SummaryAn old but graceful and visually stunning hotel. The rooms can be a bit tight due to limits of the hotels superstructure, but they are still so comfortable and with great amenities. It's the top of their portfolio luxury hotel, so there are charges for many things that normally you would have included in lower levels, but I find it worth it.
Room prices here are pretty aggressive so luckily you can, with a little flexibility, find a suite for a price that shouldn't break the bank. The bar and food options are very good.