Previously known as the Hotel de la Poste, the 97-room property transitioned to the W French Quarter in 2000 and has since undergone a $9 million overhaul. The newly redesigned rooms channel the city’s jazz and voodoo culture, while the new bar and restaurant, SoBou, serves modern Creole fare and has an excellent cocktail program run by New York transplant Abigail Gullo. Another addition with the renovation, which was completed in 2012, is the FIT gym, open to guests 24 hours a day.
Of course, one of the hotel’s main selling points is its central location on charming Chartres Street, which is lined with antique shops, art galleries, vintage book stores, and the like. And should you want a quiet corner to while away the afternoon, the hotel’s outdoor courtyard is the perfect place to do so.
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You need only step outside the hotel lobby and you are in the thick of the French Quarter. Stroll along Royal and Chartres streets, peruse the wares at Moss Antiques, and pop your head in at Faulkner Books, the former home of William Faulkner, now a tiny bookstore crammed with rare editions. There’s no shortage of places to eat and drink nearby either, but favorites include Galatoire’s (go for Friday lunch), Green Goddess, and Central Grocery (word to the wise: a quarter sandwich is plenty).
Need to Know
Rooms: 92 rooms, 5 suites. From $259. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Part of the Commander’s Family of restaurants and described as a “spirited” restaurant, SoBou is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but its forte is tipples by bar chef Abigail Gullo and inventive snacks like sweet potato beignets, shrimp-and-tasso pinchos, and yellowfin tuna cones. Spa and gym details: The FIT gym is located on the second floor and is open 24 hours daily. There’s no spa, but the hotel can arrange in-room spa services.
Who it's for: Starwood Preferred Guests and location snobs. The W boasts a primo Chartres Street address. Our favorite rooms: The Fabulous Rooms have balconies overlooking the French Quarter, while two of the Studio Suites have private hot tubs. Good to know: The hotel has a dedicated “W Insider” whose role is to help guests experience New Orleans like, well, an insider.