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Hotel Monteleone: a Southern Belle in the Big Easy

Many big cities throughout the world have Grand Dame hotels—properties that serve to tell the history of the area and its residents, both past and present.

New Orleans has just such a property—the Hotel Monteleone. Situated on iconic Royal Street in the French Quarter, just a block off Bourbon Street, it has become one of the best-known landmarks of the Big Easy.

Originally built in 1886 by Antonio Monteleone, a cobbler from Sicily, this elegant testament to the American Dream has been shaped and adapted by five generations of the Monteleone family—evolving into the perfect tribute to local history, culture, and the famous guests who have flocked there for more than 130 years.

Perhaps because of its location—or perhaps because of its welcoming style, outstanding service, and discerning staff—Hotel Monteleone has been home, or home-away-from-home, to some of the last century's most prolific writers, artists, and celebrities.

Southern novelists like Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, and Truman Capote were guests or long-term residents of the hotel, and local lore often reveals tales of their work and exploits there.

Present day greats like Anne Rice, John Grisham, and Stephen Ambrose have also visited the hotel, along with a multitude of Hollywood and music legends.

Hotel Monteleone has changed dramtically since its original inception, with numerous additions and rebuilding efforts over the years—and thanks to its most recent renovations, is now a magnificent, thoroughly modernized property featuring all the amenities and services a visitor could want.

Guests rooms and suites, some named after its famous past residents, are serenely spacious—with high ceilings, elegant furnishings, luxurious linens, and the latest technology. Public spaces are warm and graceful, inviting you to relax and unwind—southern style.

And with everything from a heated rooftop pool, on-site spa, full fitness center, and famous Criollo restaurant, Hotel Monteleone caters to all visitors and their every whim.

One of the property’s most well-known features is the Carousel Bar, built in 1949, which features a real 25-person revolving bar—perfect for enjoying a cocktail (including the Sazerac, the hotel’s signature drink), or gazing out to Royal Street to people-watch.

Relax and listen to the bartenders and staff recount anecdotes of the hotel's vibrant history and even its haunted past, with stories of ghostly sightings in many hallways and lounges. And in a town with as much supernatural culture as New Orleans, this should be no surprise.

With a profound sense of history, a sterling reputation for service, and a modern sense of style, Hotel Monteleone combines the best of local history, Creole culture, and vision to the future.

Guests traveling on Orbridge’s Nashville to New Orleans program will experience three splendid evenings at this opulent hotel to truly experience all that this majestic property, and the Big easy, has to offer.