Ritz Carlton New Orleans
Around New Orleans
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.
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.
From there we took and elevator up to the third floor where the more traditional reception desk and lobby are found.
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.
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.
We were assigned room 667, which is a Deluxe King room. We took the elevator to the sixth floor to find our room.
The room was very nice and inviting upon our entrance. The room was clean and the decor was nice.
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.
The room had a lounge chair and matching ottoman with side table full of local magazines and Ritz-Carlton’s magazine.
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.
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.
The bathroom was a decent size with nice white marble throughout.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
In the mini bar you could find the usual suspects.
The desk also had some pricey snacks on offer.
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.
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.
They had live music on the Friday night we were there with a full on band/group.
Plenty of seating and a pretty happening spot after 9-10pm.
The public areas of the Ritz-Carlton are very nicely decorated. Plenty of nice sconces and chandeliers to be found.
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.
The Fitness Center had plenty of cardio equipment as there was one room fully dedicated to that.
The other good-sized room in the Fitness Center contained a plethora of resistance training machines and weights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We also split a grilled cheese sandwich.
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 )
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.
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!