214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Photo courtesy of Hotel Monteleone
Hotel MonteleoneThis family-run hotel, originally opened in 1886, is steeped in history from its classic furnishings to its esteemed guests. Literary legends William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway have stayed here; Tennessee Williams wrote about the hotel in his play The Rose Tattoo, and Truman Capote was known to prop up the Carousel Bar & Lounge on many a night. The merry-go-round–like bar (which was recently renovated and actually revolves, though quite slowly) is probably the hotel’s most famous feature, and a Vieux Carre cocktail there is de rigueur. A newer addition to the hotel is the restaurant Criollo, offering an updated take on traditional N’awlins fare.