With its prime location on the edge of the French Quarter, one block from Bourbon Street, the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans is in walking distance from the best that the city has to offer; but removed enough from the action to allow for a peaceful refuge. The hotel houses 527 guest rooms, 35,000 square feet of meeting space, a 25,000 square foot day spa and fitness center, one restaurant and one lounge.
The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans exemplifies southern hospitality and incorporates elements unique to New Orleans in its décor to create an exceptional upscale environment. The hotel features a courtyard in the style of those found in the adjacent French Quarter with lush foliage, a fountain, gazebo and ample room to relax in the sunshine.
The hotel’s artwork collection is valued at over $3.5 million and was purchased at estate sales and auctions throughout the state. In addition, the reception desks and elevator cabs are made of cypress, a tree indigenous to the South.
Deluxe guest rooms (415 rooms) set the stage for a luxurious New Orleans experience, making up the majority of the hotel’s inventory. Neoclassical furnishings are accented by hues of plum, gold and sapphire to capture the rich and vibrant character of this historic city. Upholstered wall panels in a rich gold and cream tapestry add a comfortable sophistication and warmth while commissioned artwork highlights the city’s diverse musical and artistic heritage.
Guest rooms also feature Ritz-Carlton’s signature white marble bathrooms. While a stay in any room in the hotel is remarkable, there is no better testament to the Ritz-Carlton’s renowned service than a stay in one of the 74 Club Level accommodations. Club Level guests are granted access to an exclusive lounge serving complimentary wine, Champagne and sprits along with continuous culinary offerings throughout the day (breakfast, light snacks, hors d' oeuvres, beverages and sweets). A stay in a Club Level room is like staying in a hotel within a hotel, where a dedicated concierge attends to individual needs in a well-appointed, relaxed environment.
Prior to opening its doors as a Ritz-Carlton, the hotel was a former shopping emporium and office building, dating back to 1909. On October 6, 2000, it became the city’s first luxury hotel to open on Canal Street. After closing for fifteen months as a result of the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the hotel reopened on December 4, 2006 after undergoing a historic renovation and restoration to the façade, basement, first floor, public space, meeting space and outlets.
This summer (2011), the hotel will undergo a $9 million room renovation, which marks the first time that the rooms have been renovated since opening in 2000. Regardless of the time of year or occasion that brings you to New Orleans, the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans is a welcome, luxurious retreat with impeccable service and accommodations.