Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans


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Booking Type: Cash

Room Type: Calliope King Suite

Date of Stay: 2018



Hotel

Named after the Count de Pontchartrain, a member of Louis XVI’s Court (I read this at only one reputable source, not sure if this is true or not). The original hotel idea was created by New Orleans businessman Albert Aschaffenburg Sr in 1918. He passed away before he could get the plans off the ground, but his son E. Lysle Aschaffenburg resurrected his father’s idea and completed the hotel in 1928 as the Residential Hotel. The hotel stayed in the Aschaffenburg family until 1987. In 2014, the hotel was acquired by AJ Capital Partners and underwent a grand renovation in the tone of ten million dollars aimed at restoring the hotel to its former glory. The Pontchartrain hotel reopened in June of 2016 and is still one of the best hotels in the city. 

Notable guests to name a few, include Richard Burton, Henry Kissinger, Dame Margot Fonteyn, James Beard, Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, The Doors, United States Presidents Gerald Ford, and George H. W. Bush, and perhaps the hotel’s most famous guest Tennessee Williams, who wrote A Streetcar Named Desire while staying at the hotel. 

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Hotel amenities include three dining options, a rooftop bar, and access to a local fitness center. Overnight valet parking is $30. One of the few things I don’t like about the hotel is their cancellation policy of 72 hours. That’s not very guest friendly; it should be maximum 48 hours. 

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Booking

I found the best way to book my stay was through their website. I originally booked a Clio king for $161.89 but was emailed an offer to upgrade to the Calliope Suite for $40 extra a night, which I did. 

 

 

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Check-in

I arrived at 11:15 am, expecting not to check-in but rather leave my bags there while I went to lunch. However, the front-desk staff had no problem getting me a room. I love is an early check-in and late check-out. 

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Room 607

One reason I upgraded to the Calliope Suite is because I love having two rooms when I stay at hotels. This particular room had a master bedroom with an additional living room and entertainment area. The room was generously spacious.

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The mini-bar was fully stocked with drinks, snacks, and alcohol. I had no problem with the prices.

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The bedroom was located on the other side of the room down the hallway. The bed was extremely comfortable with the mattress being soft, and the pillows were top-notch. Both nightstands had easy access to outlets on the lamp. 

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The views were mostly unobstructed of the local neighborhood.

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The Wi-Fi was decent. I checked them several times during my stay, and they were always around these numbers. 

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Bathroom

The bathroom was located in-between the bedroom and living room. The water in the shower was intensely hot, and the toiletries were, for me, the holy grail of soaps: Le Labo Santal 33. I would absolutely stay at a hotel just because they have Le Labo Santal 33 toiletries. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only hotel in New Orleans that has Le Labo products. The hairdryer was the Andis 1875, but at least this one had somewhat of a concentration attachment at the end. As for the bathrobe, this one may rank up there in the top three I’ve seen all year. It was Pontchartrain’s signature pink plush robe and best of all, it came in both a men’s and women’s size. 

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Fitness

The hotel does not have a fitness center, but it does provide free access to St. Charles Avenue Athletic Club that is close by. I did not visit it on my trip, but here is their website if you want to check it out. SCAAC-NOLA.COM 

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Restaurant

First up is Jack Rose. They have three dining rooms: The Jack Room, Rose Room, and the Mile High Pie Club, as well as the Lil Wayne living room and their garden patio. 

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I had a great dinner here. Jack Rose took the place of The Caribbean room, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would highly recommend coming here. I give the food high marks. 

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I don’t know if this is year round or just during the summer or what, but they offer bottomless Veuve Rosé for $35 on Friday’s 11am-2pm. I mean talk about a real winner. 

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Bayou Bar is where the New Orleans Saints football franchise was christened in 1966 and is said to be the former drinking den of Sinatra and Capote. The bar is open for lunch and dinner.

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Silver Whistle is a breakfast and high-quality coffee spot open from 7am-3pm. 

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One of my favorite bars in New Orleans is the Hot-Tin Rooftop Bar. They offer some of the best craft cocktails in the city with a backdrop of the skyline. It’s without question one of the prettiest views of New Orleans. I was lucky enough to be there for the 4th of July, and it did not disappoint. 

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Service

Service was outstanding during my stay. I love it they let me check-in early. The service in Jack Rose and Hot Tin was incredible, and the manager on duty showed me up to Hot Tin before they opened so I could get a few photos. Even the valet/bellhops opened the front door to the hotel for me every time I came back. Service gets 9.5/10. 

Overall

This place is a true New Orleans gem. I love a hotel with history, and this place has the service, food, and accommodations to match it. You add in the Le Labo bath products, and I’m a believer. This is one of the best hotels in New Orleans. Needless to say, I highly recommend this hotel. 

Have you stayed here, what are your thoughts?

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