This English-inspired hotel has been the place to stay in New Orleans for basically forever—well, since it opened in 1984, at least. It’s plush without being pompous, stately without being too serious, though it should be said that this is the kind of place where gents might wear a pocket square and watch fob and feel right at home. The $8 million art collection, which includes original works by Reynolds, Gainsborough, and Huysman, is museum-worthy (you can even take an audio tour), and the 4,500-square-foot spa, part of the recent $22 million renovation, is one of the city’s most luxurious. Other notable upgrades include the lobby cocktail bar—a more feminine alternative to the leather-clad Polo Lounge, and an outdoor pool.
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Located in the CBD or Central Business District, the Windsor Court is removed from the hubbub of the French Quarter—but just barely. It’s the best of both worlds, really. Guests can laissez les bon temps rouler on Bourbon, then retreat to serener quarters. Right around the corner is John Besh’s August and, if the Windsor Court had a spirit restaurant, it would be this esteemed spot. Book a table in advance and don your finest. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s Mother’s, known for its debris po’boy. Be prepared to wait in line during peak hours.
Need to Know
Rooms: 55 rooms, 261 suites. From $225. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: At the Grill Room, guests sup on updated riffs on classic Cajun and Creole dishes. The restaurant has an impressive 600-label wine collection, which is also available in the decidedly masculine Polo Lounge next door. In the lobby, traditional tea is served daily at Le Salon, while the Cocktail Bar has classic tipples and small nibbles. Spa and gym details: The palatial, full-service spa has eight treatment rooms, including a couples suite, plus a sauna, steam room, and salon. The adjacent rooftop fitness center has cardio and weight equipment, and there’s also a 65-foot saltwater pool.
Who's it for: Anglophiles and space seekers (most of the hotel’s 316 rooms are suites). Our favorite rooms: All rooms have either a private balcony or a bay window with views of the Mississippi, but if you want to experience life as an A-lister, opt for the 2,700-square-foot Presidential Suite, which has a baby grand, original art, and two terraces. In-house highlight: Head to the wood and leather–swathed Polo Lounge on Fridays and Saturdays for tunes by Robin Barnes and tipples from legendary bartender Roger Blais.
Classic English/French Vogue decor; Suites feature separate living area with couch, work desk and chair; mini-bar
Genuine Italian marble bath; oversized dressing area
Suites feature private balconies or bay windows with views of French Quarter, Central Business District, or Mississippi River
Spa at Windsor Court
Top rated spa with a wide variety of treatments for body, facials, hair and nails
Rooftop fitness center with cardio and weight machines
Windsor Court Pool - rooftop pool and deck, cocktails and light fare served
The Grill Room - Award-winning, comtemporary Southern Fare
Polo Club Lounge - Classic cocktails in an exclusive setting with jazz five nights a week; Cocktail Bar - Ground floor cocktail bar, Le Salon - Host to daily afternoon tea service
Oversized guest rooms feature Italian marble baths and Windsor Court's signature English-style décor. Deluxe guest rooms are approximately 400 square feet.
Elegant Deluxe Suites have a large sleeping area with a king-size bed in addition to a separate sitting room with a wet bar.
Spacious Premium Suites are 800 square feet in size, with separate parlor and bedroom divided by French doors, wet bar and a dressing area.
Features a private lounge, complimentary expanded continental breakfast, afternoon tea and complimentary evening hors d’oeuvres with cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks.
James J. Coleman, Jr. Presidential Suite
Over 2,000 square feet, the spectacular two-bedroom James J. Coleman, Jr. Presidential Suite on the 22nd floor affords the ultimate in luxury and privacy.