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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.
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.
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.
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.
Rooftop fitness center with tons of equipment
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.
A renowned restaurant and two popular bars
Business-oriented services, plus a few extras
Tons of meeting space as well as solid business-oriented services
The hotel offers a few accessible rooms.
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.