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, then mask up and head out for your visit. Remember to respect our city’s reopening guidelines, which includes social distancing, wearing a mask and avoiding crowds.

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 lobby will be open to the public, and they are adhering to all CDC, state and local guidelines with regards to capacity and precautions. Visitors are asked not to linger.

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. Upon entering the Beaux Arts retreat, guests will be greeted with wonder and merriment as a new multi-color light and ornament display illuminates the lobby and sets the stage for holiday memories. It will be a colorful version of the previous gold, clear, and white display. Due to social distancing requirements, viewing the lobby display is limited to hotel guests and those with holiday event reservations.

The Troubadour

Stop by Monkey Board, the Troubadour’s spacious rooftop bar, for a glimpse at their holiday decorations. Relax with a drink and check out their next pop-up market on the rooftop on 12/19 from noon to 5 p.m. The event will feature local vendors, just in time for finding that perfect holiday gift.

Henry Howard Hotel

Henry Howard Hotel, Image courtesy of Henry Howard Hotel

Henry Howard Hotel

The Henry Howard Hotel will have a decorated lobby with lights, but viewing is limited to registered guests of the hotel and patrons of the parlor bar.

The Pontchartrain Hotel

Located on beautiful St. Charles Avenue, the Pontchartrain will bring the outside in with lighted oak trees. If you’re staying at the hotel, look forward to a holiday experience which includes a live, lighted and decorated in-room Christmas tree, cookie and milk welcome amenity, free parking and more. Full details and booking is available here. The package is available for booking 12/4-12/29.