Within walking distance of French Quarter attractions and museums
Contemporary rooms with great amenities; many have fantastic views
Rooftop pool with plush loungers and cabanas
Bright fitness center with a wide array of machines
Two lively bars, one of them with a great cocktails menu
Free car service within a six mile radius
Rooms showing wear; complaints of maintenance issues
Fee for Wi-Fi (free in the Living Room)
The restaurant is nothing special
Fee for valet parking
The W New Orleans is a hip upper-middle-range hotel located in the Central Business District, within walking distance of both the French Quarter and the Museum District. It offers 423 stylish rooms with dark accent walls, plush beds and great amenities -- including flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Tivoli Audios, and Bliss toiletries -- but they’re showing wear and tear, and bathrooms are in need of an update. The outdoor pool with cabanas; two lively bars; free car service; and well-equipped fitness center are all great features, but overall the hotel is not quite up to par with other W properties.
Hip and stylish, but a little rough around the edges
The W New Orleans offers the same great amenities as its sister properties -- including the Whatever/Whenever concierge services, free car service, a great gym, and a lively lobby lounge -- but it is not quite up to par with the W brand standards. Rooms, while attractive and well-equipped, are a little tired (especially the bathrooms) and the furniture is showing wear and tear.
All in all, the W New Orleans is a decent alternative to the many business hotel chains found in the Central Business District, with chic decor in a contemporary palette; two lively bars; a small rooftop pool; and a well-equipped fitness center. The lobby is spacious, attractive and always busy, with a lounge area, a popular bar, free Wi-Fi, and lots of natural light.
The restaurant, the wear and tear, and the pesky fee for Wi-Fi are the main letdowns -- plus, rates can be a little high considering the maintenance issues. Still, the location is convenient both for business and leisure travelers, and there are great extras, such as free car service and a free yoga kit (which includes six DVDs, a mat, and a foam block).
In the Central Business District, within walking distance of French Quarter attractions and the Museum and Warehouse districts
The W New Orleans is located right on the border of the Central Business District and the Warehouse District, across from the Harrah’s Casino and a couple of blocks from The Shops at Canal Place. The French Quarter attractions, including the action along Bourbon Street, are an easy walk away but far enough for nights to be quieter. Streetcars running along Canal Street, St. Charles Street, and Port New Orleans Place can be found within a three-minute walk.
23-minute drive to Louis Armstrong International Airport
Across the street to the Warehouse District
10-minute walk to nightlife on Bourbon Street
10-minute walk to the riverfront Woldenberg Park
10-minute walk to shopping and art galleries along Royal Street
11-minute walk to the Museum District
12-minute walk to Jackson Square
14-minute walk to renowned Café du Monde
16-minute walk to the Superdome
19-minute walk to St. Louis Cemetery No.1
22-minute walk, or a 5-minute drive to Congo Square
4-minute drive, or an 11-minute streetcar ride to the Julia Street Cruise Terminal
Stylish and well-equipped, but showing wear and tear
Rooms at the W are stylish and attractive, with dark accent walls, white plantation shutters, large mirrors with thick wood frames leaning against the wall, and black-and-white artwork. They come with tons of amenities, including flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Tivoli Audio systems, well-stocked minibars, and even erotic kits. However, rooms are showing wear and tear, and bathrooms are in need of an update or at least improved maintenance. For stunning city and river views, request a room on a higher floor.
W Signature beds with down duvets and 350-thread-count linens
Flat-screen TVs with in-room movies and a DVD library
Well-stocked minibars, a box with snacks, and wine
The hotel’s outdoor pool is located on the 4th floor, adjacent to the fitness center. It is big enough for a few short laps, but most guests come here to relax in the sun or in one of the poolside cabanas.
Three cabanas with ceiling fans and flat-screen TVs
Zoe serves Southern fusion tapas in a stylish space -- but food is nothing special
Zoe serves tapas-sized Southern fusion dishes in a stylish space for breakfast and dinner. Food is a little uninspired, and service is slow most of the time. The bar and lounge opens after lunch and closes after dinner, and offers free coffee in the afternoon.
The Living Room Bar, located in the lobby, has a short bar food menu available until late at night.