New Orleans’ Most Festive Hotels for the Holidays

When it comes to the holidays, New Orleans transforms into a city brimming with lights. Hotel lobbies don red bows and green garland, with miniature train sets and gingerbread houses on display. Get a taste of what you’ll see below during the holiday season.

The Roosevelt New Orleans

A Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, The Roosevelt is a holiday traveler’s dream, especially during the month of December. You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to step into their lobby befit with over 60,000 lights. Illuminated birch and Christmas trees create a path from one lobby entrance to the other. Your eyes will go wide with astonishment as you walk beneath the white-gold lights.


The Royal Sonesta New Orleans celebrates the holiday season by transforming into their annual winter wonderland: The Royal “Snownesta.”  Launching on Thanksgiving weekend, guests and patrons will marvel at the classic touches including an arcade of Christmas trees displayed throughout the hotel’s elegant lobby, festive lighting that encompasses the property’s lush interior courtyard, and glittering seasonal adornments to illuminate the hotel’s exterior facades. Stop by this December for a festive themed cocktail, concerts from local children’s choirs, and a bevy of holiday-themed events.

Windsor Court Hotel

During the holidays, the Windsor Court is rich with poinsettias, roses, and lush, green trees decked with tiny white lights. Take note of their ceiling-high Christmas tree in the lobby – it’s a showstopper. Located just steps from the French Quarter, this hotel is a standout when it comes to seasonal decorations.

Hotel Monteleone

Christmas trees and garland wrap around the lobby at Hotel Monteleone. Wreaths, red bows, and bright lights flank the windows of the hotel so that even if you’re just walking or driving by, you can get a taste of the holiday magic.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Paul Broussard

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

Elegant decorations turn the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton into a picturesque postcard of a winter wonderland. Gaze at the merriment of a lights and ornament display that illuminates the lobby and sets the stage for holiday memories.

The Troubadour

Stop by the Troubadour for a glimpse at their holiday decorations. Head up to the rooftop and relax with a drink while taking in sweeping views of downtown NOLA.

Henry Howard Hotel
Henry Howard Hotel, Image courtesy of Henry Howard Hotel

Henry Howard Hotel

The Henry Howard Hotel rings in the season with a decorated lobby with lights and garland, a must for those looking for classic holiday decor.

The Pontchartrain Hotel

Located on beautiful St. Charles Avenue, the Pontchartrain always puts on a show with seasonal decor. It’s an oasis from the hustle and bustle of downtown, perfect for enjoying the holidays in style.


Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotel features holiday decorations throughout the property come December. The bottom floor gets decked out with lights and wreaths, and the rooftop deck features “A Very Tiki Holiday” theme, so you can enjoy a festive cocktail poolside.

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