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Grand Dame in the CBD
Originally opened in 1893 as the Grunewald, this landmark hotel has endured expansions, tear downs, and colorful characters aplenty (Huey Long kept a suite here in the 1930s). In its most recent incarnation, the 504-room hotel has been reborn—post $145-million makeover—as the Roosevelt. Part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, the property has all the trappings of a first-class hotel, including a luxe Guerlain Spa and John Besh's Domenica, a buzzy Italian restaurant adeptly run by Alon Shaya. But it's the grandeur of the hotel's gilded lobby and the Prohibition-style Sazerac Bar, clad in African walnut and Paul Ninas murals, that earn this historic gem top marks.