Photo courtesy of Soniat House
Tranquility in the French Quarter
If big box hotels and their generic fixtures aren't for you, but you're also averse to doilies, consider this 33-room hideaway on a quiet stretch of Chartres Street. Set in three restored 19th-century Creole townhouses, the hotel doesn't have a restaurant, spa, or bar—but who cares when your bed is draped in Egyptian cotton and goose down, your room is furnished with period furnishings and luxe fabrics, and breakfast of café au lait and biscuits is delivered to your door every morning? And then there's the concierge, who can set you up with anything else you might need.
When you're on a romantic getaway à deux, where you spend the night is more important than when you're traveling solo. Thankfully, New Orleans isn't short on romantic rooms, whether you're after a tranquil hideaway or all-out luxury. If you prefer the latter, book a room at the 33-room Soniat House, where you can laze in your French antique bed and have breakfast—of homemade biscuits, strawberry preserves, and café au lait—delivered on a silver tray. For five-star luxury, take your pick of the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton, the English-inspired Windsor Court, or the landmark Roosevelt.
Breakfast in Bed
Daily breakfast—of biscuits, strawberry preserves, fresh squeezed OJ, and cafe au lait–delivered to your room on a silver tray is, perhaps, my favorite of this tucked-away hotel's myriad charms.