Omni Royal Orleans Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Pros

  • Centrally located in the French Quarter, two blocks from Jackson Square
  • Elegant rooms with high-end amenities; some have balconies
  • Outstanding historic restaurant and two bars
  • Heated saltwater rooftop pool with observation deck and a bar
  • Well-equipped fitness center with natural light
  • Concierge, babysitting and turndown service
  • 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting space
  • Pets allowed for a one-time, non-refundable fee
  • Free Wi-Fi in common spaces; free in rooms for loyalty program members

Cons

  • Some small rooms and bathrooms
  • Fee for valet parking

Bottom Line

The Omni Royal Orleans is an upscale business hotel housed in a historic building in the French Quarter. It offers 345 elegant (if small) rooms featuring solid amenities, including flat-screen TVs with LodgeNet system, iPod docks, and stocked minibars. Property highlights include a renowned restaurant, a heated saltwater rooftop pool, and a well-equipped fitness center. But there’s a fee for in-room Wi-Fi (free for Omni’s loyalty program guests) as well as for valet parking.

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 Scene

An upscale historic hotel popular with business and leisure travelers

Housed in a historic building located within walking distance of both French Quarter attractions and the Central Business District, the Omni Royal Orleans is an elegant hotel that's popular with well-heeled couples, business travelers, and families. The stately lobby sets the vibe for the rest of the property, featuring crystal chandeliers, statues, ceiling moldings, and arched windows. It is busy during the day with meeting attendees and guests, but at night it feels more lively and relaxed than business-y; live piano music is offered several times a week and locals and guests alike mingle at the Rib Bar.

The rooftop pool is one of the hotel's best features. It's open year-round and has water treated with salt and minerals instead of chlorine for a gentler experience on the skin. Guests can relax here with drink in hand, or enjoy the stunning views from the observation deck, located on the highest part of the building and boasting sweeping views of the city.

The rooms are somewhat smaller than the average New Orleans hotel room, starting at just 120 square feet, but have attractive classic decor in different shades of brown. Most have good views and a few also have a balcony overlooking the street. Just note that some Deluxe Queen rooms have limited views, and that bathrooms are a little tight, too.

 Location

In the heart of the French Quarter, blocks from nightlife, shopping and attractions

The Omni Royal Orleans is located in the heart of the French Quarter, across the street from the Louisiana Supreme Court and a block from Bourbon Street. It offers easy access to major tourist attractions (including Jackson Square and St. Louis Cemetery No. 1), as well as to shopping, dining, art galleries, and streetcars along the river and Canal Street.

  • 23-minute drive to Louis Armstrong International Airport
  • Half a block from shopping and art galleries on Royal Street
  • A block from nightlife on Bourbon Street
  • 3-minute walk from Jackson Square
  • 5-minute walk to the riverfront Woldenberg Park
  • 6-minute walk from renowned Café du Monde
  • 7-minute walk to the Central Business District
  • 8-minute walk to St. Louis Cemetery No.1
  • 9-minute walk to Congo Square
  • 14-minute walk to the Warehouse District
  • 22-minute walk to the Museum District
  • 5-minute drive to the Superdome
  • 7-minute drive to the Julia Street Cruise Terminal

 Rooms

Classic and elegant, with upscale amenities but small bathrooms

The Omni offers four room types ranging from 120 to 200 square feet, plus several larger suites of up to 800 square feet. All units are elegant, with classic decor in a subdued brown palette, and great amenities, including large flat-screen TVs with a LodgeNet system and iPod docks. Rooms come with varying views -- a few overlook a courtyard, others have street views, and yet others feature balconies overlooking the French Quarter. They are fairly small for New Orleans, but then again, this is a historic building, which explains the different room layouts and sizes.

  • Large flat-screen TVs with LodgeNet system featuring on-demand movies
  • iPod docks
  • Fee for Wi-Fi (free in common areas, and free for Omni’s loyalty program members -- there's no cost to join)
  • Small marble bathrooms with hotel-brand toiletries and shower/tub combos
  • Large work desks with comfy chairs and easily accessible power outlets
  • Unique artwork on walls created exclusively for the hotel
  • Some rooms feature a balcony with French Quarter views.
  • Suites have a double pull-out couch.
  • 24-hour room service
  • Jacuzzi Suites have a jetted tub.
  • Accessible rooms available

 Pool

A heated saltwater rooftop pool with a bar and great views

The hotel’s heated saltwater pool is located on the rooftop and offers great city views. There are plenty of loungers for guests to use free of charge as well as a covered area with plush sofas and ceiling fans.

  • Open year-round
  • Seasonal poolside bar with drink menu
  • Free use of towels
  • The pool is handicap-accessible.

 Fitness Center

Rooftop fitness center with tons of equipment

  • Cardio and strength-training machines
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Free use of towels
  • Pilates balls and yoga mats
  • Free bottled water
  • Get Fit Kit available on request for in-room workouts

 Family

The Omni offers a few great kid-friendly amenities.

The Omni attracts more couples and business travelers than families, but the hotel does offer a few great kid-friendly perks, including a kids’ program and babysitting services.

  • The Omni Sensational Kids Program includes welcome backpacks full of toys, books, and games for kids to use during their stay.
  • Some one-bedroom suites have a pull-out couch, a second half bath, and dining space for up to six guests.
  • Milk and cookies delivered to the room on the first night
  • Pets under 25 pounds allowed for a one-time, non-refundable fee

 Food

A renowned restaurant and two popular bars

  • The Rib Room is a renowned rotisserie open for all three meals daily, plus brunch on Sundays.
  • Rib Room Bar is a popular hangout among locals and offers a famous specialty cocktail, the Washbucket Martini.
  • Touche Bar is adjacent to the hotel and serves comfort food until after midnight daily.
  • The lobby gift shop serves Starbucks coffee and snacks.
  • La Riviera is the hotel’s poolside bar and offers continental breakfast, light fare, and drinks; open seasonally
  • Room service is available 24 hours a day.

 Services

Business-oriented services, plus a few extras

  • 24-hour self-service business center
  • Concierges
  • 24-hour room service
  • Turndown service on request
  • Mending and pressing services
  • Check cashing
  • Full-service barbershop
  • Gift shop with Starbucks coffee
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas (fee for in-room Internet access)
  • Pets allowed for a one-time, non-refundable fee
  • Babysitting services
  • Valet parking with unlimited in-and-out privileges (for a fee)
  • Video checkout available

 Business and Conventions

Tons of meeting space as well as solid business-oriented services

The Omni Royal Orleans offers 14,000 square feet of well-appointed flexible meeting space with audiovisual equipment and catering services.

  • Some meeting spaces have balconies and/or natural light.
  • Fine dining for groups available
  • 24-hour business center with secretarial services
  • Fee for in-room Wi-Fi (but free for Omni’s loyalty program members and in common spaces)
  • Check cashing
  • Valet parking for a fee

 Handicap

The hotel offers a few accessible rooms.

  • Wide door openings
  • Roll-in showers in most accessible rooms
  • Hand-held showerheads and grab bars in bathrooms
  • Visual notification for hotel alarm system, door, and phone

 Bottom Line

The Omni Royal Orleans is an upscale business hotel housed in a historic building in the French Quarter. It offers 345 elegant (if small) rooms featuring solid amenities, including flat-screen TVs with LodgeNet system, iPod docks, and stocked minibars. Property highlights include a renowned restaurant, a heated saltwater rooftop pool, and a well-equipped fitness center. But there’s a fee for in-room Wi-Fi (free for Omni’s loyalty program guests) as well as for valet parking.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 345
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: French Quarter, New Orleans
Address: 621 St Louis St, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130
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