Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Review

Introduction
Ritz Carlton New Orleans
Around New Orleans

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I was able to accompany my wife on a work/pleasure trip to New Orleans.  This was our first trip without or toddler son so we were excited to have an “adult” trip but knew we would miss our little guy too.

We were booked for three nights at the lovely Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.  The hotel is conveniently located right on Canal Street in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

We arrived on a shuttle bus with numerous others and we only had one carryon bag each so we were not in need of a doorman or further assistance.  Our group entered in to the ground level lobby of the hotel.


Ground floor entry

From there we took and elevator up to the third floor where the more traditional reception desk and lobby are found.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans reception desk

The hotel was fairly elegant and aseptically pleasing like many others in the Ritz-Carlton brand.  The fall themed floral arrangement in the lobby was a nice touch.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans floral arrangement


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans lobby

We were checked in right away as they were fully staffed at the reception desk.  Check in was friendly and professional. We confirmed our Marriott rewards number was indeed on the reservation and we were given two room keys.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans decor


Outdoor courtyard just off the lobby and bar


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans hallway 

We were assigned room 667, which is a Deluxe King room.  We took the elevator to the sixth floor to find our room.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans elevator lobby


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans elevator lobby

The room was very nice and inviting upon our entrance.  The room was clean and the decor was nice.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans room

The room had a very nice and comfortable king size bed with seating bench at the foot of the bed. I thought the fabrics and finishings in the room were nice and New Orleans-esqe.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans room


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans bed


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans room

The room had a lounge chair and matching ottoman with side table full of local magazines and Ritz-Carlton’s magazine.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans room

Views were non existent as our view was of a “courtyard” which was empty on the ground level. Otherwise we simply looked across to the other side of the property.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans room

The room has good lighting and with lamps on each night stand flanking the bed.  The room also had a smallish work desk in the corner.  I can’t speak to the properties wifi speeds as i never connected to the network.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans room detail


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans room detail

The bathroom was a decent size with nice white marble throughout.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans bathroom


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans bathroom

The bathroom featured products from Kohler, which is located in my home state of Wisconsin. There was a separate water closet for the toilet with a door for added privacy.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans bathroom

My favorite bath toiletries are Asprey so whenever we stay at Ritz-Carlton I look forward to using them (I should just buy some for our shower at home).


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Asprey brand bath amenities

I of course would have liked to see a separate bath and tub in the bathroom as this room used a tub/bath combo.  As we were not traveling with our son this trip the set up was just fine for us.

The water pressure and temperature were as they should be: strong and responsive.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans bathroom

My wife enjoy’s Ritz-Carlton bathrobes, in fact, so much so that we ordered one for her a few weeks after our stay.  Very soft and comfortable in her opinion.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans bathroom

Near the room entrance was a coffee machine, however we didn’t use it as Im not a huge coffee drinker and my wife will not make coffee  (refusing to use her own very capable single cup Keurig at home) and usually enjoys spending $4-5+ per coffee drink!


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans room

In the mini bar you could find the usual suspects.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans minibar 

The desk also had some pricey snacks on offer.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans room

I was happy to see the individual property name and location on the key cards so that I could add to my personal collection of key cards.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans room keys

Room Walk Through Below:

 

Bar and Lounge

We spent a little time at the bar/lounge one evening (these photos are during the morning whilst empty) which is nice overall.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans bar and lounge area

They had live music on the Friday night we were there with a full on band/group.


Ritz-Carlton bar and lounge area

Plenty of seating and a pretty happening spot after 9-10pm.


Ritz-Carlton bar and lounge area

The public areas of the Ritz-Carlton are very nicely decorated. Plenty of nice sconces and chandeliers to be found.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

We never used the Spa or the Fitness Center but I did pop my head in both spaces to check them out.  The spa has a very nice water fountain near the entrance.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans spa entrance


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans spa and fitness center

The Fitness Center had plenty of cardio equipment as there was one room fully dedicated to that.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans fitness center

The other good-sized room in the Fitness Center contained a plethora of resistance training machines and weights.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans fitness center

Just off the Fitness Center was the pool which was quite small.  More like a plunge pool but I guess to have a pool at all in a city property is a plus.  Just next to the pool was the Ritz-Carlton’s hot tub which looked pleasant.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans pool


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans hot tub

A nice touch I thought was during check out Hurricane Nate was nearing and they had set up a TV displaying the weather forecast and flight information.


TV Monitoring Hurricane Nate for Ritz-Carlton New Orleans guests

Off of the hotel’s main lobby was a library or saloon of sorts. Very old-shool or country club looking with plenty of wood features in the space.


Off lobby level lounge at Ritz-Carlton New Orleans


Off lobby level lounge at Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

Food and Beverage

New Orleans is such a great food city so we try very much to eat while staying at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.  We did have a late afternoon snack one day via room service, we split a Po’Boy sandwich and some gumbo which was good.


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans room service


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Po’boy sandwich 


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans gumbo


Ritz-Carlton New Orleans room service

For a night cap we decided to come down to the bar one evening in which we had to try the famous beignets!  They were good and came with three different dipping sauces. Also some chips and assorted nuts were provided.


Beignet’s at Ritz-Carlton New Orleans (iPhone photo)

We also split a grilled cheese sandwich.


Grilled cheese at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans (iPhone photo)

Prior to our departure we received a letter from the hotel General Manager, Jim Oliver, in which he let guests know that our safety was their highest priority.  That was a nice touch in my mind.  Fortunately Hurricane Nate did not progress past strong category 1 or weak category 2 hurricane (which one local said they sleep through category 2 Hurricanes down there LOL )


Communication from the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans GM

Overall we enjoyed our stay and would enjoy a return visit! While New Orleans doesn’t rank at the top of our favorites list, the Ritz-Carlton was enjoyable and did a great job with a very full hotel with multiple conferences going on. A very pleasant luxury property in a great location.

PointsPinnacle Breakdown

This was a work trip paid by my wife’s employer.  No Marriott or Ritz-Carlton points were used for this stay.  The property is a tier three redemption thus costing 50,000 points (at the time of this writing).

Have you stayed at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans? Please let me know if you have any questions about our stay.

Thanks for reading!

-PointsPinnacle

 


 

 

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