New Orleans, Louisiana
My family and I stayed at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. It is a great hotel, a great location and is it is close, about 2 blocks away from Bourbon Street. It is lovely with large and comfortable guest rooms. The lobby was gorgeous all decorated for the holidays, which also extended out to their outdoor patio area. There is an incredible jazz musician/singer by the name of Jeremy Davenport who performs on most evenings in the bar. It is the perfect spot to grab a drink at the end of a busy day of touring.
The Ritz-Carlton hotels are known for their club level accommodations and this location is no different. The Club level is actually an entire building (the old Maison Dupuy boutique hotel) that is now part of The Ritz-Carlton. It has been completely redone including gorgeous hard-wood floors. The club options are really nice and include breakfast, lunch, snacks, appetizers, soft drinks, wine and cocktails.
If you stay in an Executive suite on the 4th floor, you are given access to the Club level. This makes for a really nice stay as these suites are pretty fabulous.
My family and I did a great private guided walking tour of the French Quarter and it also included the cemetery and ghost tours. The guide was great and it was one of our favorite outings.
If you are in the mood for a traditional New Orleans evening, I would recommend going to Preservation Hall. They have 3 shows a night and you can do advanced seating or stand in line for seats. This is definitely the best spot for authentic Dixie jazz.
A great spot for breakfast and within walking distance from The Ritz is the Jagerhaus. The food is awesome and not too expensive.
For dinner, I would recommend Emeril’s NOLA in the French Quarter for dinner or the Bombay Club and Martini Bar. Another fantastic restaurant about a 10 minute cab ride away in the Garden District is Atchafalaya.
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