Photo courtesy of Hotel Monteleone
This 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.
By Geraldine Campbell, AFAR Local Expert
214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA