Despite being part of a chain, this is an elegant hotel that escapes feeling sterile and generic. This is only proper given that it is on the former site of the venerable 1836 St. Louis Exchange Hotel, one of the country's premier hostelries and a center of New Orleans social life until the final years of the Civil War. The original building was finally destroyed by a 1915 hurricane (it suffered no damage from Katrina), but the Omni, built in 1960, is a worthy successor, enjoying a prime location smack in the center of the Quarter. Truman Capote and William Styron have stayed here, and there is a Tennessee Williams suite. Furnishings in the guest rooms (which are quietly getting paint-and-wallpaper overhauls) have grave good taste, full of muted tones and plush furniture, with windows that let you look dreamily out over the Quarter. Suites are vast, making this a good choice for families despite the fancy appearance. Service is swift and conscientious and there are more amenities available here than in comparable properties. Altogether, an especially worthwhile choice.
Facilities: Restaurant; 2 bars; heated outdoor pool; health club; concierge; business center; salon; barbershops; room service; massage; babysitting; emergency mending and pressing; florist; sundries shop and newsstand; complimentary shoeshine.
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User Reviews for Omni Royal Orleans
This is a lovely hotel. We are staying here before leaving on a cruise. The staff was exceptionally helpful and not only recommended an excellent restaurant, but shared a discount coupon...
- posted on 11.25.12
- by anniebek
What ho, stay at the Royal O
Been staying here for years and love it. The roof top pool and bar are a secret not many know are there. Great view down the crescent and one more level up is a small observation...
- posted on 11.24.12
- by BayHeadTravelinBear
Beautiful old property in a central French Quarter location
This lovely hotel is in a fantastic location right in the middle of the French Quarter between Royal and Chartres Street. One block from Bourbon Street, two blocks to the Mississipi...
- posted on 11.15.12
- by GlendaSinging
- Highly Recommended 2010
Elegant guest rooms are equipped with umbrellas, irons, terry cloth robes and makeup mirrors. Other amenities include emergency mending and pressing, complimentary shoe shine, nightly turndown, heated outdoor pool, beauty and barber shops, and a florist. For your dining and relaxing pleasure there is the classic Rib Room or the Esplanade Lounge. La Riveria, a poolside oasis open from April-October, provides lunch and a great view of the Quarter.
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- tel: 800/THE-OMNI in the U.S. and Canada
- fax: 504/529-7089
- 621 St. Louis St
- New Orleans, LA 70140
- Omni Hotels