Review: Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans

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Hotel Monteleone is luxurious and historic, and it boasts the city’s only revolving bar!

In this post, I’m sharing my first impressions of the hotel’s accommodations, location, sleep quality, and amenities.

Why Book the Hotel Monteleone

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Hotel Monteleone – Expedia.com

This hotel looks like a place where royalty would be.

Doormen are on station to welcome you in well-pressed uniforms.

The exterior facade is grand and majestic.

The warm welcoming felt like first class service as the doorman swings the brass door open for me.

As I ascended the small set of stairs, the bright chandeliers, high gloss floors, and sophisticated decor were the first things I noticed.

“This will not be an ordinary stay.”, I thought.

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Spacious and clean rooms. Great for leisure or business travel.

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✔️ Pet-friendly
✔️ Roof-top Pool
✔️ Excellent Location

The Experience: Hotel Monteleone Reviews

I typically choose to stay in 4-star hotels when traveling.

What made the Hotel Monteleone particularly appealing is its French ambiance.

It was like staying in Paris without having to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

If you are not familiar with the hotel ratings systems, I wrote a post with details on what to expect from each star rating and gave a thorough comparison between them. Give it a read when you have time, it will help you decide on a place that will meet your travel needs.

What Others are Saying in Google Reviews

Hotel Monteleone
4.6
Based on 5859 reviews
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Jennifer BusamJennifer Busam
10:00 04 Apr 24
This is a beautiful hotel, directly in the middle of it all. The rooms are perfectly cozy and very clean. Every single person that we met working in the hotel was friendly and welcoming. Nights were amazingly quiet to be in the midst of all the fun.Editing to add: I posted this and went to bed. Little did we know the fire alarms for floor 14 and 15 would go off at midnight and 4:30 am causing everyone to evacuate via 14+ stories of stairs 2x in the middle of the night. With no explanation except "false alarm". Resulting in very little sleep and very angry guests.
Robert ReardonRobert Reardon
03:36 04 Apr 24
Incredible history, service is great. Recommend the bread putting. Overall a little pricey
RR
04:38 03 Apr 24
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Check-in

Our flight landed around 10:00 AM and when we arrived at the hotel an hour later, we were fully prepared to be told the room was not ready.

To our surprise, we were checked-in without any wait and given the room keys.

As we made our way to the elevator, we passed the entrance of the restaurant.

I wanted walk over and peek inside, but the elevator had dinged on arrival.

hotel lobby with high gloss floor
Lobby

a vestibule in a hotel with lamps and home decor
Console
a hotel hallway with ceramic floors
Hallway

The halls were bright with just the right about of sophistication. Nothing was overly done.

Even the floors sparkled.

The Room

hotel bedroom in floral and yellow decor

As expected, our room is tastefully decorated and feels like a guest room in a bed and breakfast.

I held the curtains to the side to see the view from our window and felt the quality of the window treatments.

The materials were thick and when the curtains closed, they darkened the room while the sun shined outdoors.

Our King bedroom faced Royal Street and I could see people crossing the road below.

TIP: The rooms facing Royal Street are exposed to street noises which sometimes include parades. However, the sounds die down to complete silence by 10:00 PM local time.

The decor is rich in textiles with floral patterns and cheerful, warm tones.

The furniture is well-appointed in a traditional style that is welcoming and bright.

There chair draped in fabric made for comfortable seating with a book. This and the coffee maker with a supply of tea and condiments made it easy for me to start my mornings in quiet thought.

We also had a desk and chair that make it convenient to work on a laptop.

The armoire was encased with a minifridge on the lower part, and a flat screen TV in the upper part.

I couldn’t find a speck of dust anywhere.

The Bathroom

hotel bathroom with marble finishes

The bathroom is a dream.

As someone who went through a major home renovation (which was not small by any means), I learned a lot about materials used to finish a room — from baseboards to built-in shelves and crown moldings.

Everything here was top notch. The floors had marble tiles with granite inlay, the countertops were made of granite, and the water fixtures and features were top of the line.

The bathroom was equipped with toiletries, hairdryer, and all the essentials.

I have seen this many times, so let’s have a moment of truth.

I don’t know who thought of adding the phone next to the toilet, but being able to call room service while on the throne is pure genius.

Location

The family-owned hotel is conveniently located in the French Quarter.

Bourbon Street is less than a 2-minute walk away and public transportation (streetcars) is less than a distant 5-minute walk.

The French Market is less than .5 mile away. It took us about 10 minutes to walk to Jackson Square.

The National World War II Museum is about 15 minutes away on foot.

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Hotel Amenities

dining area at hotel with dark furniture and zigzag floor pattern

I’m not going to waste time talking about the ironing board, the shampoo, and the free Wi-Fi.

To me, these are the things that made Hotel Monteleone stand out from the rest.

Linens

Frette is an Italian luxury linen and home furnishings brand that has been around since 1860. They are known for their high-end bed linens and towels.

I first heard of Frette luxury linens on a trip in Washington D.C. and sleeping on those fine thread counts has stayed with me and I’ve been hooked on the Frette experience ever since.

The Frette linens at Hotel Monteleone are elegantly embroidered with the hotel’s signature insignia, adding a touch of luxury that made all the difference in having a peaceful slumber.

Gym

I didn’t use the gym. I mean. Why?

Seriously though, if I were training for a marathon I would have gone. But I walked a lot on this trip and didn’t need a workout.

However, I did walk by to check out the equipment. I saw steppers, treadmills, and enough weights to please The Rock.

They have all the good stuff.

Mattress & Sleep Comfort

Maybe I am biased because my favorite color is yellow, but I just LOVED this room.

The bed was inviting and comfortable.

The mattress? Not too hard, not too soft. Just right.

The Frette linen sheets? They felt amazing.

Room temperature? Perfect. I have been in rooms where I woke at night with shivers. And then an hour later, I felt so warm from the covers that I nearly broke a sweat.

There were no loud noises in the hall. There were no disturbances in the street. The air-conditioner did not rumble on and off all night. I didn’t hear the TV in the neighboring suite.

This room was perfect. Sleep came easy.

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The Spa

woman getting spa treatment

If you had to choose a place to pamper yourself in New Orleans, Hotel Monteleone should be at the top of your list.

Trust me when I say that you will leave Spa Aria feeling like a brand new person (it needs it’s own review).

The products are French (of course) and the staff are skilled in relaxation techniques and customer service.

You’ll want to book ahead for a health and wellness getaway.

Do it.

You deserve it.

The Roof Top Pool

deck side chairs at the pool
swimming pool

The rooftop pool and deck area overlook the city and have generous seating available.

When we returned at night the pool was empty. We splashed, laughed, and floated blissfully.

Seeing the city lit up at night was magical.

view of new orleans from roof top
view of new orleans from roof

The Carousel Bar

a bar with a carousel theme

Hotel Monteleone is home to the famed Carousel Bar in New Orleans.

The decor has a whimsical vintage circus theme. Seat arrangements circle the bar while rotating slowly.

It was the first and remains the only bar of its kind in New Orleans and it takes a full 15 minutes to complete one rotation.

With only 25 seats, the bar fills up fast, so arrive before happy hour starts to secure a coveted spot. Then order one of their signature cocktails like the Vieux Carré or the tangy Sidecar.

The bar was quite lively at happy hour.  It was so crowded there was barely enough room for us to walk through the lounge.

Nonetheless, it’s a great venue for gathering with friends, a rainy day activity, or unwinding after a day of exploring the French Quarter.

The Gift Shop

woman smiling with sunglasses
woman with tote bag making a peace sign

The gift shop has great souvenirs, and we would be remiss if we didn’t mention how friendly the staff is.

Diana, who works in the gift shop, is a gem!

She offered us demi-cups of hot coffee, gave us Mardi Gras beads, shared recommendations, and made us laugh.

I love chatting with locals to learn more about the city from their point of view. It created memorable moments.

Since I love bags, this tote was the perfect little piece of Hotel Monteleone to take home!

The History of Hotel Monteleone

The hotel construction dates back to circa 1866 and was named by founder Antonio Monteleone, a shoe cobbler from Italy who came to the United States to live the American dream.

When he purchased the hotel it only had 64 rooms. It was frequently visited by literary genius such as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Truman Capote who would sit and write at the Carousel Bar for inspiration.  

Generations later, Hotel Monteleone has been architecturally expanded several times and now has over 500 guest rooms.

The hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and is believed to be haunted, as guests have reported visitations and sightings of spirits who passed from this earth.

Hotel Monteleone is also the site of the 1999 crime thriller film “Double Jeopardy”, starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones. 

Hotel Monteleone – Check Out

sign for the carousel bar with red flowers

To say that I didn’t want to leave would be an understatement. And there are even more amenities!

This hotel is a great option for business travelers. Meeting spaces may be reserved for business use. They have a full business center for professionals who need access to fax machines, printers, etc.

The Criollo Restaurant is onsite – great for a business lunch or girls’ brunch.

In conclusion, Hotel Monteleone is a beautiful hotel and within a short walking distance to Bourbon Street, shopping, restaurants, the cable car, and the French Market.

The rooms were lovely and comfortable. I would definitely book at this hotel again.

The location is ideal and made it easy to get to various points of interest during my stay.

You will like the hotel, its stately appearance, and the warm southern hospitality of New Orleans.

Whether you are visiting to get a taste of southern cuisine or looking for a luxurious hotel, the Big Easy is a great choice.

FAQs About the Monteleone Hotel

Here are a few more things you may want to know before you go, as well as the most frequently asked questions.

The property is smoke-free and you don’t have to leave your furry friends behind.

Hotel Monteleone is pet-friendly and has hotel packages to make you and your fur baby feel right at home! Pet deposit is $100 and there are fees ($25 per night, plus one time cleaning $100)

How far is Hotel Monteleone from Bourbon Street?

It is a 2-minute walk.

Who owns the Monteleone Hotel?

The Monteleone family has owned and operated the hotel for 5 generations.

Is there parking at Monteleone Hotel?

Valet parking is about $55 per day with in/out privileges.

Final Thoughts about Monteleone Hotel

I absolutely loved this hotel. The price point was reasonable for all the amenities and the location was central to other points of interest like Mardi Gras World.

There were plenty of restaurants and nightlife nearby and it’s close to the streetcars if you want to venture out. The money we saved by not reserving and parking a car was used to splurge on accommodations.

It was well worth it.

Safe travels.


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