Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans is Historic Chic Luxury

Sep 8, 2023

For a night of refined luxury in the heart of New Orleans, look no further than the exquisite Hotel Monteleone. Found in the heart of the French Quarter, Hotel Monteleone beckons those with finer, more discerning tastes. Here you can experience a blend of timeless elegance and modern sophistication. With a rich history, legendary Carousel Bar, and an alluring touch of the supernatural, Hotel Monteleone promises an unforgettable stay! 

Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans is Historic Chic Luxury

Hotel Monteleone is often dubbed the grand dame of Royal Street. It proudly remains one of the few enduring family-owned and operated hotels in New Orleans. This fabulous hotel has been in the hands of 5 generations of Monteleone’s! Since 1886, this historic establishment has continuously shone as a radiant jewel within the heart of the French Quarter. 

A newly renovated guest room at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.

With over a century of history, Hotel Monteleone has garnered numerous awards and prestigious affiliations. This includes recognition as an official literary landmark by the Friends of the Library Association, and memberships in the Historic Hotels of America. This iconic hotel stands as a testament to timeless elegance in the vibrant tapestry of New Orleans.

A newly renovated, luxury bathroom at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.

It now boasts 523 rooms! Not only that, as of August 2023 the tower has been fully renovated after a multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation. They’ve converted 90 small rooms in the Iberville tower into 45 luxurious suites. There’s plenty of room for everyone at Hotel Monteleone! 

Historic Rooms in Hotel Monteleone 

The guest rooms feature high ceilings, crown molding, and traditional décor that exude timeless and historic charm. Meanwhile, Hotel Monteleone’s luxury suites offer five unique layouts, each designed to cater to your every need. As a tribute to the literary giants who found inspiration within this French Quarter hotel, they offer Literary Suites. 

A sitting room in a luxury suite in the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.

Top Amenities

At Hotel Monteleone, your comfort and convenience are paramount. Their exceptional amenities enhance your stay, ensuring a seamless blend of relaxation and convenience.

Rooftop Pool and Bar

Take in breathtaking city views while lounging by the rooftop pool or enjoying refreshing drinks at the bar. There are also fantastic views of the French Quarter from the rooftop. 

The rooftop pool at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.

Spa Aria

Pamper yourself with rejuvenating spa treatments using high end products from Pevonia and Cinq Mondes. Spa Aria is the perfect place to unwind, refresh, and revitalize during your stay. 

Fitness Center

Stay active in the well-equipped, 24/7 fitness center. Get in your daily run, inside, with air conditioning, while overlooking the Mississippi.

The fitness centre at the Hotel Montelone in New Orleans.

Delectable Food and Drinks at Hotel Monteleone 

Experience the vibrant tapestry of flavors that define New Orleans through their exquisite array of restaurants. They promise a memorable journey through the rich culinary heritage of the Crescent City.

The Carousel Bar and Lounge 

In 1949, the enchanting Carousel Bar made its debut within the walls of the historic Hotel Monteleone. This marked a significant milestone as New Orleans’ first and only rotating bar. Stepping inside is like entering a whimsical world of its own, where a carousel theme and stunning design come together! 

Here, patrons can savor the delight of a gentle, rhythmic rotation around a world-class cocktail bar, completing a full circle approximately every 15 minutes. It’s a unique and delightful experience that makes the Carousel Bar a must-visit in the heart of the Crescent City.

Criollo Restaurant 

Indulge in a culinary journey like no other at Criollo Restaurant. Here the essence of Old-World flavors harmonizes with the refined art of Southern dining. Located within the hotel, Criollo serves as a culinary haven where creativity and seasonality merge. They offer delectable dishes that celebrate the distinctive flavors that define New Orleans’ culinary landscape. It’s a dining experience that captures the soul of the city on each plate, making every visit a memorable celebration of Southern cuisine.

Acqua Bella Poolside Bar 

The Acqua Bella Poolside Bar not only provides stunning city vistas but also serves as a serene oasis for unwinding with a drink in hand. Enjoy exquisite lite bites to cap off the day. Cocktails are flowing as you enjoy the stunning rooftop views and vibes. 

A view of the French Quarter from the rooftop of the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.

Hotel Monteleone Welcomes LGBTQ+ Guests!

This hotel prides itself on its diverse workforce! Their employees are passionate about delivering personalized service to all guests. To promote inclusivity, all staff undergo diversity and inclusion training. While they don’t possess specific LGBTQ accreditation, the front desk team is proactive in confirming reservation details, they focus on accuracy rather than discrimination. 

A bucket of champagne at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.

Collaborating with a local hospitality firm, they aim to enhance the overall customer experience. Notably, they have transgender employees on staff. In the event of any issues, they prioritize open communication and empathy when addressing guest complaints, though the specific resolution process remains unspecified.

Book Your Stay Today

Immerse yourself in the splendor of Hotel Monteleone and discover the essence of New Orleans’ charm. Whether you’re drawn to the history, the luxurious accommodations, or the culinary delights, this iconic destination caters to your every desire. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this refined haven in the French Quarter. 

Book your stay today and let Hotel Monteleone be your gateway to the enchanting world of New Orleans. Visit the Hotel Monteleone website now to reserve your unforgettable getaway.

New Orleans: A Year-Round LGBTQ+ Paradise

New Orleans doesn’t simply host parties – it embodies them. And when it comes to celebrating the vibrant LGBTQ+ community, the city shines brightest. Whether it’s the iconic Southern Decadence or any other day on the calendar, New Orleans extends a warm, inclusive embrace to everyone.

A group of friends celebrating Southern Decadence with a Pride flag in the background.

But there’s more than just the festivities; the city boasts an eclectic mix of LGBTQ+ bars, dining spots, and pulsating dance clubs. Dive deeper, and you’ll uncover a rich tapestry of Cajun and Creole experiences waiting to be explored. Whether it’s your first visit or your fiftieth, let ‘Visit New Orleans‘ be your guide in curating the perfect gaycation in this lively city. Come, let the magic of New Orleans whisk you away!

Bourbon Street in New Orleans during Southern Decadence.

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Brian Webb

Brian Webb


Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award. An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content. Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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