W New OrleansFrench Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana $$$$
New Orleans , Louisiana
Tel: 504 581 1200
Fax: 504 523 2910
Concierge.com's insider take:
The W chain's minimalist, sophisticated aesthetic works particularly well at this cozy historic property. While the lobby's anything but spacious, the well-tended courtyard feels at once romantic and urbane. (Weekend evenings, jockey for one of the intimate couches on the secluded terrace where drinks are served.) The 98 rooms feature pillow-top mattresses, duvets, and in-room CD/DVD players. Slate-tiled showers, though spacious, take the place of the bathtubs more standard in the French Quarter—historic adaptations have their limits, apparently. Upgraded carriage-house rooms are an exception, with full Jacuzzi tubs on the lower floors (the higher ones have private balconies instead). The small pool is great for cooling off, but fitness swimmers can head over to the high-rise W New Orleans, six blocks downtown, a 423-room property with exercise facilities and a larger pool (333 Poydras St.; 504-525-9444; www.whotels.com).
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