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This hotel offers a glimpse into the past with its historic ballroom and Bourbon Street setting.
This hotel dates to a time when anyone and everyone knew that Bourbon Street was named for the family of European royals and not the Kentucky whiskey. Its elegant marble lobby strikes a refined tone and provides a dramatic contrast to the often rowdy street scene outside. The hotel inhabits a gracious, early-19th-century building that has hosted both the pirate Jean Lafitte and the infamous Quadroon Balls, where young free women of color were introduced to potential (white) suitors. The ballroom remains and is popular with event planners.
Guest rooms are handsomely decorated, and many have exposed brick walls that provide a backdrop for Chippendale and Queen Anne reproduction furnishings. Standard amenities include 42-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod/iPhone docking stations and complimentary bottled water, while the renovated, two-floor French Quarter Suites also come with separate downstairs living areas and wet bars. House restaurant Roux on Orleans presents Louisiana flavors with an emphasis on local ingredients, and Bourbon "O" looks right on Bourbon Street and features live music Wednesday through Saturday. The hotel's central location directly behind St. Louis Cathedral provides an ideal base from which travelers can explore the oldest section of the city.
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