We started our Anniversary Road Trip late on November 30th. We drove all night in the 2011 Buick Regal and arrived in New Orleans super early in the morning. We went over to Harrah’s and played the casino for a few hours to pass the time and took an early morning walk around the French Quarter. We pulled up at the Hotel Monteleone around 7. It was magnificent. That is the only word that will do. My husband said “THAT’S the hotel?” I smiled and grabbed a few pictures of the outside then we let the valet take our car.
We decided to go ahead and check in and eat an early breakfast buffet at Le’ Cafe while we were waiting for our room. I was tired and hungry so I forgot to take pictures, but it was a wonderful breakfast. My favorite part was the yummy Southern Grits. I always had sugar and butter to my grits and they were just perfect. Brian had a croissant and some fruit.
One thing I realized on this trip is that I desperately need a new camera. My inside pictures just don’t do the hotel justice at all. The chandelier’s were dripping with elegance and I loved seeing the history of the hotel itself. Famous authors and celebrities have stayed at the Hotel and even some famous movies like Double Jeopardy, Glory Road, and 12 Rounds have been filmed there. Here is what it says on the Hotel Monteleone website.
It’s been said that the French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone. In fact, this venerable establishment sits majestically at the foot of Royal Street. giving guests the best point of departure for all things New Orleans. Visitors need only step outside this French Quarter hotel to discover shop after shop of fabulous European antiques, estate jewelry, Oriental rugs, and art and antiquities from around the world. Quaint restaurants and specialty shops line the cobblestone French Quarter streets that lead to Jackson Square, the Old French Market and the River Walk where tourists and native New Orleanians stroll the levee and watch the steamboats and barges along the Mississippi River. At this New Orleans hotel you’ll find history around every corner. Check out the Hotel History HERE.
The Hotel Lobby was decorated for Christmas and on certain days they had the schools choirs from around the community come in and do carols. I always enjoy hearing kids sing. They sound like angels, but this had a New Orleans flair to it because the director played a saxophone along with them. Truly a unique experience.
We stayed in one of the Vieux Carre Suites. Lovely two-room suites overlooking the Mississippi River or the French Quarter offer a king-bedded room and a separate parlor with a sofa, small desk and half bath. The marble and granite bathrooms include a Garden tub and separate glass shower. The suite features a portable telephone, high-speed Internet, a minibar and other upscale amenities.
I liked how spacious it was. We got on the computer, would sit on the sofa, or would iron in the parlor. The bed was one of those grand King beds that are always more comfortable than your bed at homes. The night of our anniversary we even came back to the hotel early and had some chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us.
Then there was the bathroom made for a king or queen. Marble and granite everywhere. A Glass Shower so modesty is out and a HUGE jacuzzi bathtub big enough for more than one. 😉 Oh and a phone by the toilet. That has always been one thing that puzzles me, but as many as I’ve seen someone must actually use it.
Our stay at the Hotel Monteleone was everything I could ask for and more. It was beautiful, romantic, and in the perfect spot. If you ever get a chance to stay there I would! As a matter of fact right now through December 29th you can get the Papa Noel rate. Check out my previous post for more information. Thanks again to the New Orleans CVB and the Hotel Monteleone for hosting us on our stay!
***Disclosure: The Hotel Monteleone through the New Orleans CVB hosted our stay while we were in New Orleans***