The W New Orleans in the French Quarter, a few minutes walk from historic Jackson Square, layers modern luxury atop a boutique hotel vibe that takes full advantage of charming Chartres Street. Many of the 97 rooms, spread over three buildings, are small but offer signature touches such as the “W bed” and a chic, minimalist design. Staff is quick to respond at the front desk and on the “Whatever, Whenever” concierge phone line. We relished having breakfast—try the eggs, sausage, potatoes Lyonnais and biscuit “Power Breakfast,” served with a pot of delicious coffee—on a terrace overlooking the hotel’s leafy stone terrace and heated pool.
The adjoining SoBou (south of Bourbon) restaurant, which dates back to the 1860s, boasts an intriguing design: walls covered with shelves of gleaming bottles of all sizes. Try the boudin balls, smashed red beans and ham hocks or the Surf & Turf, which is 24-hour smoked Cochon de Lait, Louisiana crispy oysters and sugarcane mirlitons with grilled tortillas.
Below, W New Orleans—French Quarter general manager James Wroblewski tells us about the most sought-after room on the property.
The most requested room:
The Studio Suite is our most requested type of room.
What makes it so special?
These guestrooms have separate entrances off our European-style courtyard from the main building. Two of the rooms feature hot tubs in a private exterior courtyard while the spacious guestrooms include king beds and have additional seating areas. Rich, golden yellow walls, a white bedspread with black cummerbund and bowtie pillow that resembles a sophisticated tuxedo and a large, backlit floor-to-ceiling image of the bell of a horn sets the vibe in the room.
The average rate for a Studio Suite (of which there are four) with a hot tub is $699 per night.
Your personal favorite:
Our Fabulous Room type.
It’s a more exclusive way to experience the French Quarter from the privacy of your own balcony and a great way to take in the sights and sounds. Or, if you want a little more tranquility, we do have Fabulous Rooms that overlook the courtyard.
W New Orleans—French Quarter was the site of the very first parade in New Orleans. When the Ursuline nuns were relocated to another area of the French Quarter from their convent across the street from the space that is now occupied by the hotel, the people of New Orleans were so grateful for their services and generosity that they sent them off with a parade.