I’ve just returned from my first visit to New Orleans and, given the experience, it won’t be my last!
I was there to speak at the Summit 2017 conference hosted by IAAP, the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
While I was highly focused on delivering the best possible presentation, I also built time in to explore the city … and what a city! It’s historic and oozes southern charm, and the people are hospitable.
After the conference, I stayed in the French Quarter, at the historic Hotel Monteleone. It’s situated on Royal Street, just off Canal Street and two blocks from Bourbon.
When founder Antonio Monteleone arrived from Sicily, it was a more modest 64-room property known as the Commercial Hotel.
Monteleone bought the property in 1886 and, over time, the family renamed and made a number of additions to the hotel.
Ultimately, the original property was razed and rebuilt as a luxurious 570-room property, with a rooftop pool, exercise and business facilities, and 55 suites.
Well over a century later, the family continues to own and operate this elegant spot in the French quarter.
These hoteliers are proud of the property’s literary associations. In fact, Hotel Monteleone is one of only three American hotels (alongside NYC’s Algonquin and The Plaza) to have been designated an official literary landmark by the Friends of the Library Association.
That doesn’t mean, though, that this is a serious place. My visit coincided with the city’s Tales of the Cocktail event, and I dropped in on a highly entertaining event hosted by Hendrick’s Gin.
I’d not visited New Orleans prior to the most recent restoration, valued at $70M, but can tell you that I felt pampered and spoiled in my beautiful room. It’s little wonder that the property holds an AAA Four Diamond rating.
This historic hotel is also home to The Carousel Bar.
I was joined in New Orleans by sophisticated travellers from more countries as far flung as Canada, England, South Africa, the UAE and the USA. I happily led them to the Carousel Bar and Lounge, and we were all impressed with the ambience.
The Carousel Bar has been part of the hotel since 1949, long before many of today’s visitors were born. Those lucky enough to nab a colourful bar stool will find themselves rotating only very slowly, and the rest of the lounge oozes vintage charm. Click below for another look at what you can expect when you visit.
Planning a visit? You should know …
Hotel Monteleone hosted this stay and, as always, perspectives are entirely my own.
Property website: click here
Address: 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-2201