Regal ambience in the Central Business District.
This hotel stands out with its opulent formality. A doorman wearing a top hat and white gloves greets guests as they step into the entry portico adorned with tall columns. The high-ceilinged lobby of the narrow building comes complete with a pianist. Far from being stuffy, though, the hotel has a sense of humor about its own excess. Every night guests help themselves to a spread of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches set out on silver trays and chocolate milk cooling in Champagne buckets. The property dates back to 1907 when it opened as the DeSoto Hotel. Many of the guest rooms (some quite small) are draped in finery, some with antique-style appointments and nineteenth-century-style paintings. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. There is a rooftop pool with beautiful views. Elegant meetings spaces include the clubby Poydras Board Room for small executive gatherings. Room service is available round the clock.