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The Roosevelt is one of New Orleans’ grand dames
First opened in 1893 as The Grunewald, rebranded as The Roosevelt in 1923, renamed The Fairmont in 1965, and later damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Roosevelt is one of the city’s grand dames. It has been an important part of New Orleans’ history, hosting politicians, celebrities and the rich and famous for well over a century now, and still attracts well-heeled travelers.
Its grand lobby is one of the most striking in town, with high ceilings, golden columns, and gorgeous floor mosaics that were discovered during renovations after Hurricane Katrina. Even from the outside, the building's white façade dotted with bay windows is striking, and uniformed valets greet guests below Art Deco marquees. Past the entrance, handmade plaster work, coffered ceilings, and crystal chandeliers welcome guests to a bygone era.
Rooms are elegant and classic, but somewhat more subdued than the common spaces, with earth tones, wood furniture, and blue, red, or golden bed throws with matching pillows.
Right on the border of the French Quarter and the Central Business District
The Roosevelt has a central location off Canal Street, the border between the hopping French Quarter and the Central Business District. It is within easy walking distance of streetcars, attractions (such as the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the Insectarium, Jackson Square, several museums, and the Preservation Hall), and dozens of exceptional restaurants.
Rooms feature classic decor and modern amenities
The Roosevelt offers multiple room types: Deluxe Rooms, Superior Rooms, King Suites, Luxury Suites, Waldorf Suites, and Astoria Suites. They all feature the same classic decor and modern amenities, but each category has its own extras. Superior Rooms have a small sitting area; King Suites have a separate living area with sleeper sofas (and some offer an extra half bath); Luxury Suites are larger than the King Suites, and have separate showers and soaking tubs; and Waldorf and Astoria Suites have a dining area, a half bath, and clawfoot tubs.
A great rooftop pool with cabanas and a bar
The hotel offers a rooftop pool featuring a large sundeck with plenty of loungers and a few cabanas. It is open daily from early in the morning to dusk, and offers shaded areas and a whirlpool.
Spacious, 24-hour fitness center with a wide array of machines
High-end Guerlain Spa offers great treatments and salon services.
The full-service Guerlain Spa is part of a high-end French brand with outposts around the world, and offers a wide array of treatments, including hydrotherapy, massages, and exclusive packages for hotel guests.
The vibe here is more adult-oriented than kid-friendly, but the hotel does offer suites with pull-out couches and a pool.
A historic restaurant and a casual café
The Roosevelt is known for its wonderful service.
Over 60,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, plus solid business-oriented services
With a grand lobby, classic rooms, a rooftop pool, a historic restaurant, and wonderful service, The Roosevelt attracts a varied crowd of celebrities, well-heeled couples, and business travelers. The upscale spa, the large fitness center, and the hotel’s central location are all great features, but guests should note that there are fees for Wi-Fi and for valet parking.