Disclaimer: I have personally stayed and reviewed these hotels on my dime. I’m happy to bring you my unbiased opinion on what I think are the best hotels. All photos are taken by us, unless noted.
My rankings are based on a five category points system. Location 10 points, value 10, service 25, guest room 25, and amenities are worth 30 for a total of 100 possible points
For New Orleans, I consider these two properties far above all the others.
#2 Best hotel in New Orleans is The Melrose Mansion.
- Location: 10/10
- Value: 8/10
- Service: 22/25
- Guest Room: 23/25
- Amenities: 24/30
- Total: 87/100
The Melrose Mansion is located in historic Faubourg Marigny, a Creole neighborhood along the edge of the French Quarter on Esplanade Avenue. This puts the Melrose Mansion on the backside of the French Quarter away from the major crowds but still just a few minute’s walk to some of the best restaurants in the city. Walking the deserted French Quarter streets at night, with the flickering flames of gas lanterns hanging on the cottages and mansions, sure brings a feeling of days gone by. 10/10
This property is a steal considering there are many days a year where the lowest rate is $100-$150. However, if you are looking for a suite during Madri Gras, it might cost you $900+. I have found that booking through the hotel will usually yield the cheapest rate. One of the many great things about this property is breakfast is included. 8/10
This hotel has 21 rooms, so it’s easy to get personalized service if you are in need of a special request. If you happen to stay here on a slow day, you might be the only guest in the entire hotel, making you feel as if you are in your very own Victorian mansion. During my last stay, they were talking about adding butlers to help elevate the service. If they did this, I can assure you my service rating would go up. 22/25
There are seven room types here. I stayed in a jacuzzi suite with views of the pool, but if I had my choice, I would pick the residential executive one-bedroom suite. The marble bathrooms are a highlight but I wish they would put Nespresso machines in all the rooms, not just the suites. 23/25
The amenities get a huge boost in score because of the pool. New Orleans during the summer and fall can be scorching hot and having a place to cool off is essential. This is the best hotel pool in New Orleans, hands down. I love a pool that has an actual deep end, and this one comes in at about 8 ft. Not only that, but it’s open 24 hours a day, making night swims one of the highlights of the hotel.
Along with the pool, the other amenities that make this hotel great are the free happy hour with cheese and wine every day, the free breakfast, and the fitness center, but it could use an equipment update. 24/30
I stayed approximately 115 nights last year in hotels, and this was one of my favorites. I don’t think it’s hard to see why. For more information on this property, you can read my review here.
Now, for the best hotel in New Orleans. Drum roll, please!
#1 Best hotel in New Orleans is the Windsor Court Hotel.
- Location: 10/10
- Value: 9/10
- Service: 23/25
- Guest Room: 23/25
- Amenities: 28/30
- Total: 93/100
Windsor Court Hotel is located in the Central Business District, which puts you within two blocks of the Mississippi River, the French Quarter, and the Warehouse/Arts District. It doesn’t get much better than that, considering you are within walking distance of some of the best restaurants and activities in New Orleans. 10/10
I give the hotel almost a perfect score on value for two reasons. First, they participate in various booking programs, including American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, which gets you free perks I consider very valuable, like free breakfast, late check-out, and a unique property amenity valued at $100. Secondly, there are plenty of days a year you can book this property in the $200-$300 range. If there were a way to book this hotel with hotel points it would get a perfect ten. 9/10
From the Polo Club Lounge to the Grill Room and beyond, the wait staff are professional and eager to please with first-class service. The hotel concierge has the ability to book hard-to-find dinner reservations and show tickets. The service you receive is only matched by the service your four-legged friends get, including plush dog beds, the ability to book pet-sitting services, and all grooming needs. The only thing the hotel is missing is personalized butler service. 23/25
How many hotels do you know where 80% of the rooms are suites ranging from 600 to 2000 sq ft? I don’t know many, especially in New Orleans. Most rooms are done in an English/French Vogue decor with mini-bars, Italian marble bathrooms, and private balconies.
Being upgraded to a suite makes all the difference in the world, especially if you’re traveling as a family. With this hotel being mostly suites, you have a good chance of staying in one. 23/25
It’s easy to rate the amenities high here. It’s the second best hotel pool in downtown and the French Quarter, and they have the best spa in the city.
New Orleans is arguably the best food town in the United States. That’s why I recommend going out for dinner when staying at most hotels here, but not when you are staying at Windsor Court. If afternoon tea is your thing, I recommend going to Le Salon at the Windsor Court. How about cocktails before dinner? The Polo Club Lounge is one of my favorites, and if you happen to have a few too many (it happens to the best of us), then visit the AAA Four Diamond restaurant, The Grill Room. I’ve had dinner here several times and enjoyed it immensely on each visit. 28/30
There you have it, the best two hotels in New Orleans according to CaddieTravels. I would love to hear your thoughts on these properties, or if you think another property deserves to be in the conversation.